Awards

Blogger Recognition Award | 3

It’s always a delight to wake up and learn that someone has nominated you for an award, especially one as fun as the Blogger Recognition Award. Thanks so much to the lovely Lili @ Lili’s Blissful Pages for nominating me!! Definitely check out her blog ❤

  • Generate a post about the award.
  • 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 newbie bloggers.
  • Select 15 blogs to nominate.
  • Comment on each nominee’s blog and provide a link to the post that you created about the award.

I first started blogging back in eighth grade (five years ago!) with a blog hosted by Blogger. It was originally called Me Gusta Leer, because at the time (as I am still currently) I was really into learning Spanish. I basically only posted book reviews and the occasional random discussion post about Spanish or bookish topics, but it was very simple.

Later I wanted to rename my blog, so I came up with the title Nut Free Nerd. I liked its alliteration and the way it encompasses something more about me personally– the fact that I’m allergic to nuts. My original blog titled Nut Free Nerd still exists on the internet, and you can click here if you’d like to check it out. (It’s a tad embarrassing– oh, that awful design!)

nutfreeavatarOn December 9, 2012, I decided to start a new blog with a different blogging platform. I started from scratch on WordPress, and thus, Nut Free Nerd as it exists today was born! As I began to follow more and more blogs, I gradually increased the amount I post as well as the quality of my content. The WordPress platform helped me connect with other book bloggers and made me realize just how wonderful the book blogging community is! My talented brother created the logo I use today (thanks!), and I have now fully embraced my inner book blogger.

Instead of giving the usual general advice of blogging for yourself and not someone else’s expectations, not worrying about stats, and consistently creating original content, I’m going to give some very specific advice that I’ve found really useful:

Advice #1: Schedule posts in advance when possible. Personally, I would not be able to posts regularly whatsoever without scheduling a plethora of posts in advance. This is especially true during term time when I have little extra time to plan and write posts, particularly longer discussion ones. Scheduling posts in advance frees you up to be more creative with the time you do have in your busy schedule.

My planner for 2018.

Advice #2: Keep a blog calendar. For years I have written down my blogging schedule in my planner and it is so useful for staying organized, keeping track of what posts still need to be written and/or scheduled, and ideas for future posts down the road. I love being able to clearly visualize what I’ve already completed and what I still need to finish.

Thanks again to Lili for nominating me!

What’s your best piece of blogging advice? What do you think of mine? Let me know in the comments section below!

Yours,

HOLLY

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Awards

Blogger Recognition Award | 2

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Hello, everyone! I hope you’re all having a wonderful day! As the year nears its end (EEEK!) I’m beginning to realize how many tag and award posts I have to catch up on, so today I’ll be sharing the Blogger Recognition Award. A big thank you to Marieke Mills for nominating me! I apologize for just getting around to doing it now!

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Rule 1: Thank the person who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
Rule 2: Provide a link to the award creator. (Eve Estells)
Rule 3: Attach the award to your post.
Rule 4: Nominate fifteen other bloggers, excluding yourself and the person who nominated you.
Rule 5: Write a brief story of how you started your blog.
Rule 6: A piece or two of advice to new bloggers.
Rule 7: Comment on the blogs you have named here to let them know you have nominated them.

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I started this particular blog in high school as a way to keep a record of my bookish thoughts. My main purpose for blogging was that I would be able to look back on the books I read and see what I thought of them in the past. I never expected that so many other people would actually read my blog as well!

I feel like whenever I’m asked to give blogging advice I always say the same thing: Blog for yourself, not for others. However, another piece of advice I have is to reach out. When I first started blogging I would certainly read other blogs, but I would rarely comment on them or interact with other bloggers on social media. I know that social media isn’t for everyone, but sometimes it’s nice to pop on over and join in the conversation. Not only will you undoubtedly gain new perspectives and have some fun, but you might even make some new friends!

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Without further ado, here are fifteen bloggers that I would like to nominate:

  1. Ashley & Mariam @ Flying Through Fiction
  2. Hannah @ Mortal Reader
  3. Anne @ Inked Brownies
  4. Nino @ Enchanted Readers
  5. Aimee @ Lovely Book Loves
  6. Olivia @ Heir of Glitter
  7. Ashleigh @ A Frolic Through Fiction
  8. Beth @ Reading Every Night
  9. Shanti & Shar @ Virtually Read
  10. Ali @ The Bandar Blog
  11. Casey @ Adoptabookaus
  12. Reg @ She Latitude
  13. Heather @ Bits & Books
  14. Jenna @ Reading with Jenna
  15. Selah @ A Bibliophile’s Style

Thanks again to Marieke for nominating me!

What’s one piece of advice that you have for fellow bloggers? Also, what’s your favorite time of day to read? (Just curious!) Let me know in the comments section below!

Yours,

HOLLY