My bookish rambles, October 25th, 2020: what inspired me to start my blog, my reasons for blogging, and more!

School is taking up so much of my time right now, and midterms made it very difficult to get any blogging done, but now I hopefully will not dissapear again! Next week is only 3 days, so I’m going to try and schedule some posts for November. Anyways, I’m going to go onto this week’s my bookish rambles post! My mom suggested the topics for this week, and I’m excited for them!

My bookish rambles is a weekly feature on my blog, where I post about all things bookish! I’ll talk about topics that interest me, and also topics you want to know my opinion on, and answer any questions you have for me. At the end of each post, I link a form where put in any questions, or any ideas for future topics. This week, I’m going to be talking about what inspired me to start my book blog, my reasons for blogging, and more!

You can always read my introduction post, for more information about this feature!

read more

1 year blogiversary! | how my blog has changed, and a few things I’ve learned along the way

It’s Friday, and today, my book blog, turns one year old! I wanted to do something fun for it, so I decided to write a little about how my blog has changed, a few things that I’ve learned about blogging, and that’s about it! I can’t believe that it’s been an entire year, and I’m so happy with where I’ve gotten to with my blog. According to WordPress, over the past 12 months, I’ve written 185 blog posts, about all sorts of topics, my blog has had 6,609 views, and 170 people has followed my blog.

But that isn’t what makes me the most happy; because those are really just numbers. I’ve made so many friends, and I’ve discovered a whole new community of other people who love books.

So, without further ado, here is my story of my blog!

Continue reading “1 year blogiversary! | how my blog has changed, and a few things I’ve learned along the way”

Let’s Talk Bookish: Do You Use an Online Persona for Book Blogging?

Hello and happy Friday! Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly discussion post created by Rukky @ Eternity Books and is hosted by Rukky and Dani @ A Literary Lion! This week’s topic is: Do You Use an Online Persona for Book Blogging? (suggested by Lydia @ Lydia Schoch)

read more

100 followers q & a | and maybe some other questions from a q & a I should have done a few months ago

Hello! Today I finally bring to you my answers to the questions that a few of you asked me about a month ago. And also the answers to the questions I got five months ago that I never answered. Sorry guys!

This has been a lot of fun to do, but I think that in the future I might structure it differently, because I sort of just threw my plea for questions randomly at the bottom of one of my posts. Next time, I’ll do it differently!

Anyway, I’ve answered all of the questions I got below, and it was really fun!

Read more

My nominations for the 2020 book blogger awards | Some wonderful blogs that you should go read!

I kind of completely waited until the last minute to finish this, but I did it!!

My wonderful readers, it’s here, and I am incredibly happy to share with you today my nominations for the 2020 book blogger awards!

This is the fourth annual book bloggers awards, and this year it is being hosted by May @ Forever and Everly and Marie @ Drizzle and Hurricane Books! I really appreciate them organizing this because I think the awards are a wonderful way to discover new blogs and to support our fellow book bloggers!

Also, there are so many amazing bloggers out there, and I couldn’t put all of you into this post!! If I didn’t put your blog here, it doesn’t mean that I don’t love it! I don’t want to make anyone feel bad, that is the opposite of what this is for.

Continue reading “My nominations for the 2020 book blogger awards | Some wonderful blogs that you should go read!”

Let’s Talk Bookish: Our Responsibilities as Bloggers & Readers

Hello and happy Friday! Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly discussion post created by Rukky @ Eternity Books and is hosted by Rukky and Dani @ A Literary Lion! This week’s topic is: Our Responsibilities as Bloggers & Readers.

I went into this post not exactly sure what I would write, but it actually turned out pretty long, and I had a lot of fun writing it! I’ve never really thought about our responsibilities as bloggers and readers, and this post was a lot of me rambling along as I tried to explain my thoughts. But that’s a lot of my posts, so let’s just get into it!

read more

Let’s Talk Bookish: Anxiety and Book Blogging

Happy Friday, everybody! I’ve had a lot with school this week, but I’m very excited for this week’s Let’s Talk Bookish! Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly discussion post created and hosted by Rukky @ Eternity Books, and this week’s topic is anxiety and book blogging!

Has there been a topic that you were afraid to discuss?

No. This might be because I haven’t actually done any discussion posts that I’ve come up with, only LTBs like this one. But when I’m writing my opinion about books or anything, I’ve never felt like I’m going to be criticized for my opinion.

Do you censor yourself because you are afraid of backlash?

No. I know that there are people with different opinions than me on literally every topic, but I don’t censor myself and my writing, because I’m fine with having a different opinion than someone as long as they’re respectful of other people’s opinions.

Does your anxiety (not necessarily an actual diagnosis, but that feeling of nervousness and minor terror/anxiousness) kick in and make you afraid to truly be yourself on your blog? How do you deal with this?

A little bit. I’ve always been nervous about showing other people my writing, and when I’ve written stuff for school, it’s usually not my best work. So when I started this blog, I was truly terrified of the prospect that anyone anywhere could read my blog. Because of that, I guess I kind of censored what I wrote. Now, I think it’s really cool that anyone anywhere can read what I’ve written on this blog, and I want people to read it.

Its also easier that I don’t know the people who are reading my blog. My parents are the only people who read my blog that I know in real life, and everyone else is kind of mysterious.

I do have blogging friends who I’ve chatted with in comments, and whose blogs I follow, but that’s really really different from knowing someone in real life!

I guess Im kind of afraid to be truly myself, because there have been times where I write a sentence, or a paragraph, or even a whole post, and then I delete it, or change it.

However, I’ve definitely started to write a lot more confidently and have started to figure out how I want my posts to be, how the style of my writing is going to look like, and that sort of thing.

Other anxieties:

I do get nervous about getting posts done on time. I sometimes feel like I need to post 4 times a week, and although that would be great and I would love to be able to do that, I have the rest of my life to balance, and it just doesn’t work out.

When I recently took a short break, it was really nice because I was able to catch up on other things, and now I’m back to writing more consistently.

Conclusion:

I do have some anxiety around book blogging, but I do find ways to deal with it, and to work past it. Not feeling guilty about not posting or not reading other blogs is definitely something I need to work on, but over I’m not to stressed about blogging.

What about you? Do you ever have anxiety related to book blogging? Chat with me in the comments below!

Happy reading!