The Blogger Recognition Award

August 25, 2017

I was nominated for The Blogger Recognition Award by Rebecca from Rebecca Reads and Sheila from She’s Going Book Crazy for this tag. Thank you both!

The rules:
* Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
* Write a post to show your award.
* Give a brief story of how your blog started.
* Give two pieces of advice for new bloggers.
* Select 15 other bloggers you want to give this award to.
* Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated them & provide the link to the post you created.

How My Blog Began

I began blogging at the beginning of March in 2015. I actually started blogging after my dad’s recommendation. He’d been suggesting it for over a year before I finally gained the courage to start my own blog. I was reading over 100 books a year at that time (oh, how nice it was to be in high school and have the time to do this) and my dad thought I should write reviews of what I was reading. I had a bookish twitter and tumblr account already where I was plugged into the YA book community, but I was nervous at first about sharing my writing and opinions, which is why it took me so long to finally take the leap. But I did and here I am over two years later!

Advice for New Bloggers

First, don’t stress about blogging! If you’re doing this for the right reasons, it should be a fun outlet for you to discuss books with others. Don’t worry about posting if you’re away on a trip or stressed about school, work, or life in general. Trust me, everybody understands and won’t hold it against you.

Second, be careful about what you request when you start to request ARCs (off of NetGalley or from the publisher directly). It’ll save you a lot of time and energy if you only request books you actually want to read or think you might like. Also remember to be thankful for the books you receive as ARCs are not a right.

I Nominate…

I don’t really know who has done this award yet, so feel free to do it if you want and no pressure if you don’t!


  • Reply Em August 25, 2017 at 10:21 AM

    That’s some great advice! I remember when I started blogging I requested wayyyyy more than I could read, and didn’t have time to read them all. And I wasn’t even that interested in some.
    Thanks for the nomination too!!

    • Reply Jordan August 26, 2017 at 8:21 AM

      You’re welcome! I’m excited to read your post!

  • Reply Emily @ Reaching While Rooted August 26, 2017 at 4:15 AM

    I think we all go through that ARC overload phase! I was just so excited that publishers were willing to give little ole’ me a shot at reading their work before everyone else.

    I think it’s also important not to worry about numbers at the beginning. It’s so easy to get wrapped up in those view numbers and how many followers you have. It can be so easy to play the comparison game!

    • Reply Jordan August 26, 2017 at 8:21 AM

      So true—great advice!

  • Reply Karen August 26, 2017 at 4:25 PM

    That is the best advice you can give and something that every blogger learns if they stick around long enough.

    The arc’s will overwhelm you and if you aren’t having fun and connecting with people there is really no point in sticking with this.

    For What It’s Worth

    • Reply Jordan August 27, 2017 at 9:45 PM

      Thanks, Karen! I’m glad to hear my advice is helpful! 😀

  • Reply Akaleistar August 27, 2017 at 1:46 PM

    What a fun award!

    • Reply Jordan August 27, 2017 at 9:44 PM


  • Reply Elise @ Roaming Reader August 27, 2017 at 2:26 PM

    Thanks for the nomination!
    I totally agree with the ARC advice! It’s easy to just go on a requesting spree on NetGalley but then you end up with a lot of ARCs you don’t actually care that much about and reading them becomes a lot less fun 🙁

    • Reply Jordan August 27, 2017 at 9:44 PM

      You’re very welcome! And I’m glad you agree with me 🙂

  • Reply Blogger Recognition Award August 30, 2017 at 12:59 AM

    […] @ Danielle’s Book Reviews 129, Paige @ Books and Belle, Danielle @ The Introverted Book Nerd, Jordan @ The Heart of a Book Blogger, Lexie @ Reading in the Wings, and Rachel @ Rachel’s Rambling Reviews for the nomination! Go […]

    • Reply Jordan August 30, 2017 at 8:00 AM

      Yay! Great advice!

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