Thank you Greg at Book Haven for the lovely nomination! It has been a while since I participated in a tag, and this is an excellent opportunity to reintroduce myself to some new followers and share a little bit more about myself as a blogger ❤
1) Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
2) Write a post to show your award
3) Give a brief story of how your blog started
4) Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers
5) Select 15 other bloggers you want to give this award to
Then comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated them & provide the link to the post you created (I will be opting to ping bloggers by linking back to their blogs and on Twitter, as I am not one for leaving comments on nominations).
The Birth of Books, Vertigo & Tea:
I am pretty sure I may have participated in a similar tag at some point, but it has certainly been a while, so forgive me if I am repeating myself. Books, Vertigo & Tea was actually born out of a desire to share my love of reading and some persistent encouragement from the nonhusband. I have always enjoyed sharing reviews on Goodreads.com and retail platforms. I have even been heavily involved in the anime community (under my other identity 😉 ). So I am no stranger to posting thoughts and views on anything from books to films. However, just under 3 years ago my life began to shift when I started experiencing so crazy health symptoms. This lead to a reduced work schedule, more down time and the need to occupy myself with something positive. Long story short, the blog was formed in the hopes of not only sharing books and tea but also a bit about my journey with chronic illness in an attempt to connect with others.
My Two Cents on Blogging:
- There is no wrong way! I could tell you all of the very important things I have discovered since I opened this account, but I feel this has to be one of the most important. You will encounter many posts and opinions on blogger and social media etiquette. The dos and don’ts. And you may find some great guidance in between it all. But at the end of the day it is your blog and that should be reflected. Do not be afraid to try new things or explore content and topics that appeal to you on a personal. level. Try new things. Deviate from the norm. Set your own goals and work towards them in a manner that makes you happy and leaves you feeling satisfied. Believe me, when I started I had people coming out of the wood work with tips and advice. I was told I ran my social media poorly and questioned for many decisions I made. But in the end it did not matter. I found my own groove and at has been rewarding.
- Forget about stats! Seriously. I am repeating Greg here, but I cannot express how damaging those number will be if you stress over them. Any new venture takes time. And like all things in life, even the most successful blogs have lows and highs throughout the month. Looking at numbers obsessively will take away from the enjoyment and experience of blogging and the community. I make it a personal habit to look at stats about once a month now (when I even bother) and the only thing I look at is which posts had the highest views to better understand what my followers seem to enjoy. Just do your thing and have fun! Create an environment that you feel best represents you 🙂
Tagging (also consider yourself tagged if I missed you and you want to join in!):
Liis at Cover to Cover
Debby at Always Booking
Kim at Traveling, Gladly Beyond
Lilly at Lair of Books
Jazz at I Swoon Over Fictional Men
Lashaan & Trang at Bookidote
Nicki at The Secret Library
Chuckles at Chuckle’s Book Cave
Christina at Tomes and Tequila
Robbie at Robbie’s Inspiration
Sophie at Blame Chocolate
Nikola at Breathing Through Pages
Kimberly at Caffeinated Reviewer
The Captain at Captain’s Quarters
Asia at Lost Art of Reading
Happy Reading and Sharing ❤