Advice for Newbie Bloggers

I was thinking a lot these past few weeks about what it was like when I first started blogging. What I wish I knew. What my hopes were. How blogging became a gift that has brought me the greatest joy that I’ve ever had. At almost two years of blogging I am no longer a newbie. Yet, it feels like I only blinked a little before getting to this point.

To every person that wishes to be a part of this community, here is what I want you to know:

Your entering a place of magic. Blogging is amazing because you connect with others simply by writing about the things you love. You build friendships here. You create a corner of the internet for yourself that is full of amazing and beautiful people that will support you through everything.

To never forget to add tags on your posts. On your way to building your own personal community you have to make sure others can find you. Before publishing each new post the tags you add in the settings of your drafted post are the gates that allow others into your world. Use them!

Sometimes things get lost. Blogging isn’t always rainbows.. sometimes there are storms too. WordPress specifically can be frustrating at times. Don’t be afraid to ask for help!

Timing when publishing a saved draft. Most of my posts are published immediately after I write them. I do this because I find that the scheduling mechanic and the save mechanic to often be finicky. One of the issues I ran into a lot was writing a post, saving it, and coming back to it, finishing it, and having it publish, but instead of it publishing immediately.. it sets the time published for a day or two earlier… which means it won’t go into the reader’s feeds the way they should. You can fix this by fixing the publish time in the post’s settings. (In particular this has made me want to pull out my hairs).

Images are important! You don’t have to have a fancy looking blog to have it be successful, but having some simple imagery of some sort in your posts help keep people engaged and it breaks up the text nicely. Especially as a book blogger always try to share images of the book your talking about after the title. It’s pleasing to the eyes and it gives others a reference to remember the book and what you said about it should they see it online or in a store.

Engaging with other bloggers is imperative! Comment, like, and converse with others in the community! It is the best part! This is where the magic truly happens. The people in this community are all really welcoming! You don’t ever have to worry about anyone here thinking your annoying or anything else with you commenting. Bloggers live for the comments on their posts!! So don’t be afraid and engage!

Most importantly, be you! Don’t write what you think is popular or what is going to get you more ‘likes’ or ‘views’. Write what you believe in! Don’t be afraid to mix it up with different posts. People will flock to you just by you speaking your truth. Don’t feel like you have to present a persona on here. People will accept and enjoy your content just as it is.

All in all! If you’re a newbie blogger welcome!! This is the start of one of the most wonderful Journey’s in your life! Enjoy it!! Also, if your reading this and your new introduce yourself in the comments and I will give you a follow. Supporting you guys is so important. I can’t wait to watch as you all grow!

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-Till next time!

Blogger Appreciation: Celebrating 300 lovely followers!

I didn’t think I would be making this post so soon, but today I hit 300 followers! Thank you to each individual being who has chosen to take a look at my blog, every kind word, every like, and every read means so much to me. Thank you!

In celebration of the fact of how grateful for everyone’s support I have complied favorite quotes and passions from many of you who have both supported and inspired me! Thank you all! I wanted to do something for everyone I could to show how much I appreciate everyone’s beauty as individuals. I was touched by the responses. 

This is….

Sofii @ A Book. A Thought.  

Sofii’s Passion: 

My answer would be, first. What impassions me? I suppose I could say books and reading, but that would be very obvious ajaja. I would also say my family, because I’m very close to them and it’s something that I think I’m very passionate about, I would give anything for each one of them and Dance! , I’ve done it since I was little and I love it , more specifically Caribbean rhythms. 🙂

Sofii’s Favorite Quote:

On the other hand my favorite phrase: It’s difficult to choose only one but it would be this: “One must always be careful of books,” said Tessa, “and what is inside them, for words have the power to change us.” – Cassandra Clare, Clockwork Angel. XOXO 😀

Ava @ Reads, Rhythms, and Ruminations

Ava’s Passion: 

I’m most passionate about music, books and anime.

Ava’s Favorite Quote: 

I think I’ll have to go with this beautiful quote from I’ll give you the sun – “You have to see the miracles for the there to be miracles.” It is such a positive and encouraging quote that always warms my heart no matter how many times I read it. It is indeed something to live by. 

Teacher of Ya (an inspiration) 

Teacher of Ya’s Passion: 

I am passionate about YA literature! I wrote my thesis about it. I find it’s incredibly important to make sure classrooms use it and have access to it, because though “classic” literature is great, sometimes students need to read books that they can identify with, with characters that mirror them. So I’m big on that…that’s why I named my blog TeacherofYA. I try to help as much as I can!

Teacher of Ya’s Favorite Quote: 

Second…what is my favorite quote? Hmmm…that’s a tough one. Let me see…

I think you’re going to think it’s weird…but it’s “The road to Hell is paved with good intentions.” I use this quote all the time. Basically, it means that even though we think we are doing something with good intent behind it, if it’s bad, it’s still bad. For example, you can steal something because you have no money for a gift…and the intent is good, but the act is bad. Hence, the road to Hell is paved with good intentions. I say it a lot when people say, “but I meant well.”

I’m not really judgy, so that’s not why I like that particular quote. Mainly it’s because it reminds me that though I might think I’m doing something good, I really need to weigh the risk against the possible benefits. Ok…I know, weird quote, right?

(Note from Tiana @ The Book Raven: this quote is definitely not weird, at least to me anyway, carry on) 

Krysti @ Ya and Wine

Krysti’s Passion: 

I am passionate about supporting my local indie bookshop and local authors. 

Krysti’s Favorite Quote: 

My favorite quote is: “Words are, in my not so humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic.” By Dumbledore of course 😁
Sophie @ Blame it on Chocolate

Sophie’s Passion: 

I’m passionate about writing, mostly, and reading, of course. But I guess you could say all types of art speak to me on a deep level.

Sophie’s Favorite Quote: 

My favorite quote is probably “Well-behaved women seldom make history” by Laurel Thatcher Ulrich. But there are many great ones!

Asiya and Marcela @ Inked Epiphanies

Asiya on behalf of them both, Passions: 

Well, Marcela is away right now, so I guess I will answer for both of us and hope she won’t strangle me at sleep ahah

I think we are passionate about what we do, really. In terms of career and life in general. Also, we are very passionate about singing One Direction songs out loud until our throats hurt but shhh, I never told you that!

Favorite Quote: 

As for the quote, well, it’s hard to pick! I was actually gonna go and check my Goodreads quotes but then figured, there is always one I remember right off the top of my head.

“When you love someone, its never over. You move on, because you have to but you take them with you in your heart” ― Elizabeth Chandler.
Anna @ My Bookish Dream

Anna’s Passion: 

I’m passionate about many things, most of them are nerdy: books, games, anime, tv shows etc. But I’m also very passionate about art, both my own (mostly drawing and painting from time to time) and art history as well – which I’m actually studying in university. 

Anna’s Favorite Quote: 

There are many quotes I love and choosing one is very hard. One of my all time favourite is: “I would always rather be happy than dignified.” – Jane Eyre.
Ice Breaker694 (Aka, awesome and lovely human being) 

IceBreaker’s Passion: 

I’m really passionate about meeting new bloggers and sharing amazing reads with them! I’ve had a lot of fun blogging, and I want to inspire them to keep reading new books!

Icebreaker’s Favorite Quote:

My favorite quote is “Never trust a duck.” 😀 It’s a funny quote from Cassie Clare’s The Infernal Devices series (maybe you’ve read it) that I use a lot.

(Note from Tiana: Hello again! You may shame me, but I have not read The Infernal Devices yet. Onward once more!) 

Nicki @ Secret Library

Nicki’s Passion: 

Besides reading and books of course, I’m passionate about amateur photography. I’ve been a member of a photo a day site. It’s a wonderful online community of amateur and professional photographers. I’m heading towards my 1000th photo but there are members on there who have been posting for over seven years!

Nicki’s Favorite Quote: 

One of my favourite quotes is “You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.” by C.S. Lewis

Azia @ The Uncharted Word

Azia’s Passion: 

One of the things I am very passionate about is storytelling. Of course I’m very passionate about books, but I think it’s the story that holds everything together. I love storytelling in all forms, especially the verbal and written kind. Stories are powerful and help build connections among individuals. They inspire people to imagine, to learn, and to see.

Azia’s Favorite Quote: 

One of my favorite quotes is “Keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars” by Casey Kasem!

Ashley @ Inside My Minds

Ashley’s Passion: 

I’m passionate about a lot of different things, like reading and writing, and baseball.

Ashley’s Favorite Quote: 

 I have a lot of favorite quotes that mean so many different things to me, so it’s really difficult to pick just one.
Raven @ Dreamy Addictions

Raven’s Passion: 

I’m passionate about books and music.

Raven’s Favorite Quote: 

I have lots of favorite quotes but If I had to pick one then I’d pick the following. “The human touch is that little snippet of physical affection that brings a bit of comfort, support, and kindness. It doesn’t take much from the one who gives it, but can make a huge difference in the one who receives it.” It’s a quote from V girl by Mya Roberts.
Kim @ By Hook or by Book

Kim’s Passion: 

Hmm. Okay. I know this is going to sound like I’m taking an easy way out, but my answer to you first question would be books. They take us places where we may otherwise never go. We meet the most fascinating figures in them. And, they’re a never ending source of inspiration.

Kim’s Favorite Quote: 

I have so many quotes I love, but this one by G.K. Chesterton has always been a particular favorite of mine: “Fairy tales are more than true – not because they tell us dragons exist, but because they tell us dragons can be beaten.”

The Orangutan Librarian (full of books and Satire) 
Orangutan’s Passions: 

I’m passionate about all things books related! 

Orangutan’s Favorite Quote: 

I don’t really have a favourite, but I like this Pratchett one: “Give a man a fire and he’s warm for the day. But set fire to him and he’s warm for the rest of his life.” 
Lia @ Lost in a Story

Lia’s Passion: 

What I’m passionate about is a lot, I am always busy and I love doing everything. However, it turns out doing everything is impossible. So right now I’m passionate about books (of course), blogging (it’s like a sacred place for my thoughts), and I am passionate about psychology (I want to know how and why we do the things we do, and how we could improve ourselves by knowing how we work).

Lia’s Favorite Quote:

My favourite quote used to be “We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars” by Oscar Wilde, but now it is: “We have calcium in our bones, iron in our veins, carbon in our souls, and nitrogen in our brains. 93 percent stardust, with souls made of flames, we are all just stars that have people names.” by Nikita Gill.
Gretchen @ Chic Nerd Reads

Gretchen’s Passion:

I’m passionate about writing, reading, women empowerment, having a voice, just simply being yourself, and helping others.

Gretchen’s Favorite Quote: 

It’s what I have tattooed on my ribcage “I was reborn when I was broken”
Birdie BookWorm (As sweet as can be)

Birdie’s Passion:

What am I passionate about… well there’s the obvious, reading. I’m a pusher of books and have gotten into many debates about why books bring people joy and why I think non-readers just haven’t found the right book to spark themselves. But, if you want something not book related, I would say my parrots, who were the inspiration behind my blog and the artwork. I don’t think people realize just how intelligent and affectionate birds are. They have the intelligence of a 3-4 year old, and they act like toddlers too. 🙂

Birdie’s Favorite Quotes:

My favorite quote of all time is probably, because I think the words and the rhythm leads to the melancholy sense of what she’s saying. –

“My father took one hundred and thirty-two minutes to die.

I counted.

It happened on the Jellicoe Road. The prettiest road I’d ever seen, where trees made breezy canopies like a tunnel to Shangri-La. We were going to the ocean, hundreds of miles away, because I wanted to see the ocean and my father said that it was about time the four of us made that journey. I remember asking, ‘What’s the difference between a trip and a journey?’ and my father said, ‘Narnie, my love, when we get there, you’ll understand,’ and that was the last thing he ever said.” – Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta

Or, I like this one by John Green:

“Human existence is temporary and all the knowledge of the universe we acquire will in time be forgotten because there will be no humans left to benefit from any of the stuff we learned. And yet, this doesn’t invalidate scientific exploration to me. We seek to understand the universe because it makes our lives better and more rich. Similarly, we tell stories (and think about why and how to tell stories) because it makes human existence richer. Made-up stories matter. They bring us pleasure and solace and nurture empathy by letting us see the world through others’ eyes. They also help us to feel unalone, to understand that our grief and joy is shared not just by those around us but by all those who came before us and all those still yet to come.”
It’s amazing to me that this doesn’t even scratch the serfice of how many fellow bloggers have touched my heart. Every one of you is truly special. Thank you all for joining me on the amazing journey, let us go on to improve, create, and inspire for the rest of our lives! 

Thank you all for reading. Keep continuing to be the amazing individuals that you are. The world awaits, go and touch it, create happiness, and live free. 
As always, let me know your thoughts and feelings in the comments below. 
-Till next time!