Feature: Happy One Year Blogaversary! – Bloggers – Part 3



Ahh, what can I say about the amazing book blogger community? Everyone is super friendly, and nice, and sweet, and open to anyone coming in to read about books. I was unknown. I had no idea what book blogging entailed, until I Googled book blogs. I found Wendy’s awesome blog, Cupcake and Latte, and was inspired by her to start my own. Book, blogging, writing, and maybe some web design thrown in? I wanted to join! And join I did, for this blog has surpassed even my wildest dreams.

Book bloggers are diamonds in the rough. They are honest, and loyal, and are so downright welcoming to anyone who joins the community. I know there are others that will say it feels like a competition, but they shouldn’t. I was sparked by the jealousy itch as soon as I found Kirsti from the Story Siren’s In My Mailbox meme..(Yes, I can honestly admit that and I’m not ashamed to say it.) She had so many books that didn’t even come out ’til next year. Then the whole plagiarism debacle and drama..I completely felt betrayed. I have to remind myself that sure, people get a lot of books that come out next year, but think about, “Where are they going to house them? Where are they going to find the time to read them?” It’s frightening how many books I receive a week sometimes. You won’t know until you’re on the receiving end book nerds 😉 (That’s another topic to write about though, and I’m getting off topic.)

Of course during my first few months of book blogging, I felt lost and confused, and had no idea what any terms meant such as DNF (Did Not Finish). But if you ask any blogger, or anyone on Twitter for that matter, you will receive an immediate response. Book Bloggers like to help, and are also a very opinionated bunch. If they don’t like a book, they’ll tell you. I know I do 🙂

By being helpful yourself, you’re also inserting yourself into the book blogging community as being trustworthy, and reliable. That’s when my idea sparked formed in my mind to create The Newbie Guide to Book Blogging. I like to think I learn quickly, so after almost 7 months of blogging, I started writing the guide, and it’s one of the best things I know that will help new book bloggers. I wrote it for the bloggers that couldn’t find one at all. There were tips, but there were no insider tricks, or even a “how-to” to approach publishers. I hope it helps new bloggers out.

I’m not going to single anyone out or do shout-outs but if you’re one of my best book blogger buddies (haha try saying that quickly), then you already know who you are.

Cheers to you all book bloggers! *hugs all*









Make sure to check out the rest of the posts in this series!

November 10
Part 1 – Kick-Off

November 11
Part 2 – Readers

November 12
Part 3 – Bloggers

November 13
Part 4 – Authors

November 14
Part 5 – Publishers

 November 15
Part 6 – Book Industry 

November 16
Part 7 – Thank you!

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  1. Vampirella

    November 14, 2012 at 2:38 AM

    You have one of the blogs that I always read, and watch on YouTube. = )

    Happy blogaversary!

    *Vampirella (Your blogger friend in Turkey!)

  2. Rizwana

    November 14, 2012 at 12:14 AM

    Good job girl!!!! I didn’t know blogging can be this fun. I am so scared to start a blog, but then I always think about people who are writing and blogging. Kudos to you by making this book blog successful!!!! Keep up the good work.

  3. Tiff @ Mostly YA Lit

    November 13, 2012 at 10:50 AM

    I heart you, Giselle! =)

    Great post, hope you’re enjoying your reading catch up. I’m so behind. =( My goal for next year is to work ahead on my blog editorial calendar and be organized like you!

  4. Jaime Lester

    November 12, 2012 at 11:25 PM

    You have an amazing blog. It is one of my favorites. I do have many favorites though, because you can tell how much hard work and love goes into these blogs. And tears, I am sure. You guys are an amazing group of people, and I hope that one day I can join the ranks with you guys!

  5. Grace Lo

    November 12, 2012 at 10:38 PM

    Ahh . . . I love the blogging community. It’s so amazing how each approaches books, readers, fellow bloggers, and authors, and they’re all so friendly! (Yes, there are downsides, but the good outweighs the bad by far.) I love your Newbie’s Guide to Book Blogging! Though I wasn’t really all that new when I discovered this feature, it definitely helped me out a lot, and was super precise and tidy!

  6. jennifer

    November 12, 2012 at 8:20 PM

    I’m not a blogger but the book blogging community is awesome.

  7. Ashley @ Book Labyrinth

    November 12, 2012 at 7:19 PM

    Love your thoughts here. =) Yes I agree that the blogging community is fabulous. I know there are bad sides to it as well, but I haven’t really been involved with that… I think it’s like what I said at the meet-up — finding those blogs and people that you can identify with and making a connection in some way with those people.

  8. Inky

    November 12, 2012 at 12:52 PM

    I Love blogging! I loved your thoughts Giselle! It’s so true! HAPPY BLOGOVERSARY! (and thanks for sharing my tweet! Lol. Made my day!)

  9. Zino

    November 12, 2012 at 4:41 AM

    It’s so great how you’ve helped new bloggers with the guide. I’m not a blogger myself but I love following all the different blogs because everyone is just so amazing! 🙂

  10. miki

    November 12, 2012 at 2:08 AM

    Yes the community is great and it’s part of why i started to blog too^^ and you are part of it now ^^

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