Blogger Recognition Award

Chantel brought it to Caidyn’s attention (because he fails at looking at things and liking things and being a good follower like everyone else is) that we got nominated for something! Yay! So, a huge thank you to Hannah!! Seriously, we so appreciate it and love knowing that there are people who really enjoy this blog.

If you guys don’t follow Hannah, you totally should. She’s a really funny one and literally makes us laugh when we read her posts. She knows how to work her humor, something that we both can appreciate since we try to bring that into our stuff.

The Rules:

  • Thank your nominator
  • Tell us about how your blog got started
  • Offer 2 recommendations for your fellow bloggers
  • Recognize 10 more wonderful bloggers
  • Let your nominees know you’ve recognized them

Caidyn will be in blue.
Chantel will be in whatever color she wants since she changes it all the fucking time.


HOW WE STARTED

Little known fact, but I actually have started a blog a million times. But I never saw the point since I have Goodreads. I have a good following on there, something I’ve built up over years and am definitely proud of. Perhaps it’s not amazing when you look at other people, but it’s something I feel grateful for every day.

So, I started blogs and wound up deleting them since I just didn’t see the point.

However, Chantel texted me sometime in December 2016 about doing a little “book club”. We started it in January and went on with some plans. Then, Chantel texted me again. She tossed out that we do a blog together, so, I agreed. And then it evolved to where it is now.

And literally that day I created the blog. It all happened very quickly. For those who aren’t in the know, Caidyn and I have never met in person because we live on the other side of the country from each other. We originally met online roleplaying about BBC Sherlock, a show that neither of us has any interest in watching anymore, and from there we talked outside of the roleplays and the rest is history. It’s not really an exciting story, but if I missed anything feel free to add, Caidyn. 

No, it’s not too exciting of a story. I just remember setting up the OOC thread all because we had an issue with the RP that was making things difficult and that’s how we became friends. We always know that we can take criticism and feedback from each other because of that, I think. That’s how we got to know one another, fixing a problem. And that sort of shows in how we interact with one another.


THE RECOMMENDATIONS

My recommendation is that you don’t force it. Seriously, if you don’t feel like blogging, don’t do it. Or try something new. Step back from reviewing books and try doing something more personal. Maybe talk about things. As my coworkers like to randomly shout while they’re packing boxes: “If it don’t fit, don’t force it!” (Usually, it’s shouted/sung. And it’s horrendous. Sadly, it pops into my head often as words of wisdom.)

I would absolutely agree with Caidyn’s recommendation. We haven’t posted a lot lately because we are both busy and I know I personally am in a reading slump. I’m glad that we have First Lines Friday to keep us active, but it’s okay to take a break every once in awhile. 

Exactly, and I know that I’m not going to post my college blogging series for a while since I have nothing to add or talk about. If anyone has anything they want me to write up how I handle something, feel free to ask.

My recommendation is something that I think Caidyn would agree with and it sounds a bit cliche, but blog for yourself and not for the followers. By this I mean, try not to get bogged down by how many followers you do or do not have. I think our followers are great and interactive, but even if we didn’t have any I would still be doing this because I need to talk about books. It encourages me to read more and I’m thinking critically about the books I’m reading. Plus, every once in awhile we do a fun tag where we bicker or we post something personal. A blog can be anything you want it to be, but remember that it’s for you. 

Yes! Definitely blog for yourself. I used to write fanfiction and I always wanted to please the readers. Then, one day, I decided I wanted to write a story for me and it was probably one of my most popular stories. Alas, I never finished it, but it still lives on. I know that, in the future, I wouldn’t be averse to doing other posts besides the tags we get or book reviews. Chantel’s passionate about movies, after all. I’m passionate about other things than books. Do whatever feels right to you. It’s your blog, not someone else’s.

That’s exactly how I approach writing. I’m only going to write stories I’m interested in, period. That being said, I don’t have a lot of motivation to write a lot of the time, this blog is about as much writing as I get done. I wouldn’t mind branching out in the future too. This is a place to explore different things, after all. 


OUR NOMINATIONS

I think this is actually our least favorite parts of doing these tags. Everyone we know has been tagged and it leaves us in an awkward position since we don’t want to double-tag people and all of that.

So, what we’re going to do is let you guys do this if you want. Anyone who follows us or sees this or anything. Feel free to make your own post or, even better, give us recommendations in the comments. We always love a good bit of feedback!

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