First of all, thank you so much to Jess @ Beacoupbooks for tagging me in my first ever award! I’m still not over it, since, you know, THIS IS MY FIRST EVER AWARD. I’ve only been here for a month and a couple of days; I don’t deserve this.
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.
6. Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated them and provide the link to the post you created.
Oh, God, my story is actually quite dull. I used to be a huge Goodreads user, but I found it really tiring and ended up deleting it in late October. I mentioned in a sort of throw-away comment that I might start up a blog, but didn’t seriously consider it until December. That’s when I started obsessively looking up “How to Start a Book Blog.” I think Cait’s blog (paperfury) was what really pushed me, and on December 20, I took the plunge and published my first post! If you’ve been here since the beginning, you’ll know that I actually had an old design (this is actually my third lol) and the first name for my blog was “fractured spines,” mainly because all variations of “cracked spines” were taken, and I hated it, so I stumbled upon “well-thumbed” after Googling book-related words, and “the well-thumbed reader” was born!
Apparently, I’m supposed to be giving advice to newbie bloggers, which is sort of weird for me to do since I still consider myself a newbie, so I have zero certified experience, really. But, I’ll give it a try!
1. You don’t need all the social medias.
I remembered going into full-on panic mode when I was looking through 39747 “How to Start a Book Blog” posts, and 99.9% of them were constantly telling me to get Instagram and Pinterest and Twitter and Bloglovin’ and Goodreads, etc. I am not a social media person, as I’m sure you guys know, and it really stressed me out to know that I might have to sign up for all of them and juggle them. But fear not, I ended up not giving in. I quit bookstagram after two weeks, I don’t use Pinterest that much, I don’t use Twitter because I don’t like it, I have a Goodreads that I’m still unsure if I want to use, and I have Bloglovin’ which is pretty easy to deal with after you get sort of used to it (and also pretty great for those who want to follow you, but aren’t on WordPress). I will say, I got some traction on my blog when someone tweeted about one of my reviews, but most of my views/follows/comments have come from the WordPress Reader, my Books Amino account, Google searches (which, what, how?), and sometimes from Bloglovin’. I’ve used zero social media, and I have over 71 followers, and I consistently get 10+ likes and 30+ page views on my posts. Don’t stress about it. If anything, commenting on other people’s blogs is key.
2. Don’t be afraid to request e-ARCs/ARCs.
I signed up for the big bad scary world of Netgalley just a couple of weeks ago, and requested SO MANY BOOKS. I thought I wouldn’t be approved for any of them. Imagine how excited I was when I got an e-mail from the publicist of Penguin Dutton saying that they’d love for me to read an e-ARC for Final Girl (if you’re new here, this is one of my most anticipated 2017 thriller/horror releases, and it got 5 stars). I only had around 30 or so followers. Recently, I sent in three requests to Penguin Teen for physical ARCs, and, yeah, I might not get them, but I don’t know if I don’t take the plunge. Don’t be afraid to request, because who knows what will happen? You don’t always have to have a billion followers.
(But don’t go around requesting TOO many books; then you’ll be run over with all these books you’ve been approved for and you’ll be crushed by your TBR.)
Um, I have no idea who has or hasn’t done this, and I’m not sure I can conjure up fifteen blogs, so I’ll try to get as many as I can!
Marija @ Inside My Library Mind
Sofia @ Bookish Wanderess
Kelly @ Kelly’s Ramblings
Diana @ A Haven for Book Lovers
Sam @ Clues and Reviews
Allonsythornraxx @ Allonsythornraxx (this made me realize I don’t know your real name!)
Chelsea @ The Suspense is Thrilling Me
Janel @ Keeper of Pages
Aaaaand, that’s all I got! You definitely don’t have to do this tag if you don’t want to, but you guys all definitely deserve the award!
And that’s it for my first ever blogger award! I’m still over the moon about it!