Blogger Recognition Award


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 ❤

The Rules: 

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 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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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 ❤

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46 thoughts on “Blogger Recognition Award

    1. Thank you ❤ And you are so welcome! You have such a wonderful blog and it is so beautiful. I used to really sweat the numbers and then I realized it was a losing battle that was really hindering my experience. I hope you have a lovely week ahead Christina.


  1. You’re welcome! and glad to see your post. I so agree- stats are important to know how you’re doing but they’re not the be-all, end-all. I’d much rather have a small number of regular comments/ followers than a ton who don’t come by much, you know? It’s just fun making book friends. 🙂

    And great advice too on doing things your own way. I think that’s what makes a blog great and unique when you just be yourself.

    I don’t know if that’s a new header up there or if I just wasn’t paying attention lol, but I liked it! Makes me want a mug of hot chocolate or tea!!

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    1. Oh haha thanks Greg! The header is fairly new 🙂 I made changes a while back and felt this one was most appropriate. If it makes you want tea, I have succeeded haha. I struggled with my tips because I knew they were on par with your own, but you gave the same advice I value. Great minds 🙂


  2. Congrats on the award!! So well-deserved ❤️
    Despite having a not so positive reason to finally prompt you to start the blog, I’m so glad you did! And I’m glad it’s been helping you cope with your health issues.
    Also, be sure to give your nonhusband a pat in the back because, hey, he helped out too hahaha
    Amazing advice! Would not have said better 🙂
    Thank you very much for nominating me! Although I’ve done this one already, I’m incredibly happy that you’ve considered me ❤️

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    1. Thank you Sophie ❤ And the nonhubs gets plenty of pats on the back 😉 He is the positive, driving force in my life. And of course I nominated you, you have been super supportive of me and this blog. Have a wonderful week dear friend ❤


  3. Cool advice, we all stress over stats at times and we shouldn’t but we do.😂

    And, absolute hell yeah to the first bit of advice. I never understand why people think that there’s a right and wrong way to blog. Well, I do, it’s partly the community and blog posts telling people ‘how to’ blog correctly’. I don’t mean the helpful ones that offer advice and tips, I mean those that state ‘if you aren’t doing this then you are a bad blogger’
    . Nah, it’s bull, only way to blog is the way that is right for you as a person and a blogger.

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    1. Haha yes! I tire of the ones who believe they are in a position to pass judgment on how someone else chooses to run their blog. We all have our own goals and should just focus on them. For most of us this is a hobby and for others something else. I respect it all. The only way to “bad blog” is to cause harm to another or spread hate in my opinion 😉 Thanks Drew.

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      1. Hate?! I’m all about the hate, spread it everyway and everywhere!😂

        True, it’s a hobby, I do think however that some who it’s a hobby for act like it’s more and perhaps that’s where they get the idea to charge for reviews, etc. They see people who do blog full time, etc and then think that their own hobby blog should be the same when it’s obviously only a hobby to them.😂 Sadly, there seems to be more and more pass judgment be they older bloggers or new ones who think they know it all.😂

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        1. Haha, I had a huge response drafted and deleted it. I will say that my opinions vary on this and will probably upset some, but I do not bother myself with a lot of what others do. I don’t feel entitled to do so and as mentioned earlier, have a bigger battle happening in my life (not going to go into on social media) 😉 Pick and choose. It keeps me sane. But we have opinions and I try to stay open. I am tired of the outing though. It creates a negative air. My post I am still working on touches on this, but I am sure it will ruffle some if and when I share. You know me though, just be happy haha.

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  4. Congrats on the award Danielle aka one of my TOP fave book blogging buddies in the universe! & NOW I’m gonna need you to disclose your secret anime identity in a text message, k? thanks! LOL! SMH LOVE your advice, my outlook has def changed since I started so ty for the nomination <3! 🙂

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  5. Great advice on blogging… I have been lucky that no one has cared to come and school me on my blogging/social media ways and if they did, I’d tell them where to go! 😀 hahaha

    Stats- man, I don’t look at stats at all and maybe that’s not entirely good as well because I should really keep track of what work/what doesn’t work but… then again… what I blog about I wouldn’t change anyway, even with poor stats, so … yeah, no need, kind of 😀

    Thank you so so so much for the nomination! 🙂 ❤ Appreciate it! *high fives from Stan* 😉

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    1. *Returning high fives* ❤ You need to change nothing and I feel avoiding stats is such a healthy habit. I do understand why some might utilize them depending on their blogging goals, but yeah not so much for me. I was "schooled" a few times and gave a polite reminded that it is my blog and social media and while I appreciate advice, I am not concerned with how someone else feels I should do it 😉

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  6. I only think about stats because 1. I want as many people to see the indie books I talk about as possible because that is what my blog is all about, and 2. I like being approved for higher profile ARCs, that I want for personal reading, because it offsets the amount of time and energy I spend on my blog. If no one was viewing my blog I wouldn’t bother book blogging anymore, I would just post on my personal blog randomly and sloppily and not care who read it. Ha ha. Which as of late (seeing I got dumped off the blog tour promoter, I fought so hard to get my stats up for, because of promoting The Black Witch) doesn’t sound like such a bad idea. 😝

    I am so happy you started a book blog because I love reading it. 💜

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    1. Thank you La La ❤ Yeah there are definitely very valid reasons for looking at stats and I could not think of a better one that promoting indie books! I unfortunately, am an obsessor haha. So it is my best interest to avoid them. I normally peak once a month or so to monitor something I feel strongly about, but have trained myself to stay away. With my limited screen time and health, the stats are lower and I cannot allow myself to constantly look 😉

      Oh Black Witch, yes. So ironic that supporters are receiving all of the back lash over it because it was deemed so racist/ prejudice. Every trusted blogger I know that has read it found no issues oddly enough so that shows how a few bad opinions can spread. I have a copy here as you know I have to explore it with all of the heated discussion 😉

      I love your blog as well and am super thankful to call you a friend ❤


  7. I loved reading your story and I for one am so happy you started blogging because it meant we became friends! 💜
    OK sippy stuff over! Congratulations on your nomination and great tips, there is no wrong way is so true I think what I love most is how individual we all are yet we all have things in common, mainly books! And then the stats thing, I only ever freak out about blogging when I start looking at my stats, when I ignore them which is 98% of the time I am fine and happily get on with things as if the world revolves around me which is just how I like it,and yes I realise just how egotistical that sounds! 😂

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    1. Aw ❤ You can be sippy all day with me. I am s thrilled to call you a friend! You make each day easier and I love having someone who totally gets it.

      I am the same with stats. Much better when I do not look. Especially with being ill, the numbers are lower and it will discourage me if I stare 😉


  8. Thank you so much for tagging us! I still remember the first time I discovered your blog after you dropped by one of my posts. I do love the passion you show for reading and for your own blog, as well as for everything that you love! Glad that you kept on going and did everything that made you happy too! Well deserved award. 😉

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    1. Aw stop making me tear up on a Sunday morning 🙂 Seriously! I admit there have been times I thought it might be better to hang it up since I am so limited with health and all, but then I remember comments like this and people such as yourself, and I simply cannot give it up 🙂

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