I mentioned in my January wrap-up that I’ve been nominated for some awards since November, 2017 and I apologise to Lee Ann from Cabbage Blossom Review for taking so long to do this. Thank you so much Lee Ann for the nomination!
This award is for bloggers to nominate other bloggers in an effort to encourage writing and acknowledge the tremendous amount of work that goes into maintaining a blog. The award also seeks to create an environment for bloggers to review and reward one another’s work in a supportive environment
Here are the rules to follow!
- Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog
- Write a brief story about how your blog began.
- Provide two pieces of advice to new bloggers
- Select 15 blogs to nominate
- Comment on each nominee’s blog and provide a link to the post you created about the award.
About Stuffed Shelves
I got the idea to start this blog from my older sister who’s an AMAZING beauty blogger at A Makeupjunkie’s blog. She had been blogging for over a year in August, 2017 (before I started) and I wanted to do something like that. Create a gorgeous website, post amazing stuff and have people say they liked what I posted!
Since I had no interest in makeup, I decided my blog would be about something I love….books! So, I began writing reviews of the books I read. Those reviews were interesting and lively (unlike the boring ones I write now. I’m still trying to get back my early excitement though😂😂😂) I wrote about seven reviews before my twin sister pushed and prodded until I finally decided to stop procrastinating and actually start.
The name of my blog was given to me by a friend of mine who also gave me about five other names to choose from. I liked this one best and my blog began!
Thanks to everyone who checks my blog. I appreciate all views, I appreciate your likes and comments and even if I don’t reply your comment in a long time, please do understand that I’m in uni and I don’t have a lot of free time. I love you all.
My Advice to New Bloggers
In my first Blogger Recognition post, I stated two pieces of advice that I hope you’ll check out!
Before I start, I would like to mention that blogging is hard. I don’t want to scare you away but that’s the truth. You’re going to be spending your time, money and effort on your blog and it’s not going to be easy (no matter your niche). Your time and effort gets rewarded through the likes, comments and views your posts get.
A lot of non-bloggers think blogging isn’t “all that” but I can tell you as someone who’s been blogging for five months that it’s more than “all that”
However, try not to give up. If at some point, you need a break though, please go ahead, get your head in the right place and take all the rest you need and more.
Enough with the preamble guys. Let’s get started!!
1) Engage with other bloggers
I mentioned this in my first award post I linked above and I can’t stress this enough.
Read the below as a chant and make sure it sticks.
Like! Comment! Like! Comment! Like! Comment!
I’m going to explain this better with an example of a blogger I know. That person is Dani from Touch my Spine Book Reviews. She’s been blogging for six months and has over 900 followers and most likely 200 views or more on each post. I have over 300 followers, about 40 views on each post and I’ve been blogging for nearly the same amount of time as her.
Want to know how she does it?
She engages meaningfully with other bloggers. She was one of the first followers I had when I started blogging and every month, I get at least 10 views from her i.e. she checks out nearly all my posts every month. She doesn’t just check, she also posts lovely, nice comments that make me so happy and I know I’m not the only one who enjoys her attention.
If you want to have amazing stats and have a lot of people check your blog, you need to be willing to reach out first. Your posts may get lost in the hundreds of blog posts everyday but if you engage with other bloggers, they’ll check your blog out and engage with you.
2) Share your posts on social media.
The best social media I personally recommend for this is Twitter. Make blogger friends on Twitter and connect your blog with your Twitter account so that when you post on your blog, it automatically shows on your Twitter feed. Your blogger friends will help your posts reach more people by liking or retweeting.
Now, I highlighted the word “friends” twice. I don’t mean followers. I mean friends. You can only get friends on Twitter by interacting with people. The more people you interact with, the more friends you make and the more views you’ll get on your blog.
Some bloggers use Pinterest but it personally doesn’t bring views to my blog so I have nothing to say about it.
- Fanna @ Fannatality
- Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Book Views
- Winged Cynic
- Danielle @ The Introverted Book Nerd
- Faith @ Sucker for Coffe
- Dani @ Touch my Spine Book Reviews
- Shruti @ This is Lit
- Jenn @ Jenniely
- Alexandra @ The Hufflepuff Nerdette
- Ruby @ Ruby’s Books
- Nada @ Early Bookish Birds
- Inge @ The Belgian Reviewer
- Lucy @ That Book Gal
That’s it for this blogger award. I hope it wasn’t too long!
What advice do you have for any blogger reading this? What tips can you give me to improve my blog?
P.S. I created a Valentine Book Tag here on my blog and I hope you check it out!!
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