A few days ago, I decided that I was going to make some changes to my blog.  I want to add more discussion type posts once a week.  To kick things off, today’s post is a guest post written by a blogger who I feel has become my bbf (blogger best friend), Megan at BookslayerReads.  Her blog is amazing, so please do check it out after reading this post.

Hello there, fellow readers! I am in no way a professional blogger, nor do I know everything there is to know about blogging. But in the short period of time I have been a blogger, I have learned a few things… and I’d like to share some “Blogger to Blogger Advice” with you today!

Some of these pieces of advice you may have heard before. So if you have, maybe that means we’re right! This advice is not coming from a professional, as I said, so you can take it how you want, but these are my personal suggestions for newbie bloggers!


This is always the number one rule to anything in my book. Being yourself is so important. Don’t try to be like anyone else. Your own personality is what makes your blog unique and that’s what people are looking for.


Interaction is a huge part of blogging. Respond to people who take time out to comment on your blog. And don’t forget to comment on other blogs! Sparking up a conversation with a fellow blogger is a lot fun! Try it!


Personally, I’ve found that most people prefer to read blogs that are easy to read and easy to navigate. Cluttered blogs or blogs with fonts that are difficult to read are less appealing. Just keep it simple!


This kinda goes hand-in-hand with number one… but always write about what makes you happy. Believe it or not, readers can tell if you’re writing something just to be writing it. If there’s no passion behind the writing, it’ll show. And no one wants to read something that doesn’t have a bit of personality behind it!!


This seems to be a real issue lately, I believe. When you tag someone, always make sure to link back to their post. If you don’t link back to a specific post, the blogger will not get the pingback and they will have no idea that you even tagged them! Which isn’t good. So always try to remember this piece of advice.

Well, there you have it! I know it’s not much, but it’s important! So I hope you guys use this advice to your advantage and found this post helpful!

Did you find this advice helpful? Do you agree with me? Are there some pieces of advice you think I missed? Let us know in the comments!


Megan @BooslayerReads

#LiebsterAward and #BloggerRecognitionAward

I recently hit over 100 followers on this blog, so I figured it would be the perfect time to do these awards. These awards are the second and third blogger awards that I was nominated for, and I decided that I would combine them into one post.  I also really appreciate being nominated for these awards, and I’m really grateful for all of my followers.

Liebster Award

I was nominated by Cara over at Periods and Semicolons for this award. If you haven’t checked out her blog, I suggest that you do.

The Rules:

Acknowledge the blog that nominated you and display the award. 

Answer the 11 questions that the blog gives you. 

Give 11 random facts about yourself

Nominate 5-11 blogs that you think are deserving of the award that have less than 200 followers. 

Let the blogs know you have nominated them. 

Give them 11 questions to answer. 

11 random facts about me:

1.) I’m lactose intolerant, which is completely different than a dairy allergy. I can have some dairy, like Greek yoghurt and some cheeses.

2.) Baseball is my favorite sport to watch, the Red Sox are my favorite team.

3.) I know how to splice rope, I’m not very good at it, but I know how to do it.

4.) I’m 4’11

5.) I did gymnastics for eight years, competed for six and a half.

6.) I’ve never left the United States

7.) I’m a Gryffindor

8.) I still watch Disney

9.) I have another blog

10.) I can’t drink coffee

11.) I still fit into kids clothes, I’m 28

Cara’s Questions:

What is your favorite color? 

Yellow or pink

Say one memorable quote from a book that you love: 

“Mr. and Mrs. Dursley, of number four Privet Drive, were proud to say they were perfectly normal, thank you very much.”

What is your favorite dessert? 

Currently it is Ben and Jerry’s dairy free chocolate fudge brownie ice cream

Do you have a favorite children’s book or fairy tale?

I have too many to pick just one.

If an author gave the chance to change the fate of a book character, who would you choose?

Sirius Black

What time do you usually sleep?

I fall asleep anywhere between 9 and 11 and wake up at 7 on weekdays, weekends are different. 

What is the best thing that’s ever happened to you?

I’ve had a lot of awesome things happen to me. 

When you were a child, how did you answer the question “what do you want to be when you grow up?”

An Olympic gymnast

Name three countries you want to visit:

Greece, England and Portugal

Where do you usually buy books?

Barnes and Noble or Google Play Books

Who is your all-time favorite fictional character?

Harry Potter

My questions for the nominees:

1.) Who is your least favorite Harry Potter character and why?

2.) If you could go to any fictional school, where would you go and why?

3.) What is your favorite non bookish thing to do on vacation?

4.) What time of day is your favorite to read?

5.) Coffee or tea?

6.) If you weren’t a book blogger, what would you be blogging about?

7.) Do you keep a reading journal?

8.) How often do you use Goodreads?

9.) What is the best blogging advice you have ever received?

10.) What is your favorite season?

11.) If you could change the ending of any book, what book would you choose, and how would you change the ending?

I nominate:

Jamie Wu at Watch Game Read

Ara at The Bookish Agenda

Morgan at Happily Ever Bookish

Esther at Chapter Adventure

Bubbly Bookish Girls

Yana at Books for Infinity 

Jenn at A Tad Bit Bookish 


Blogger Recognition Award

Thank you Louise from Genie Reads for nominating me, I highly suggest checking out her blog.


Write a post showing the award

Give a brief story of how your blog started

Give two advice to new bloggers

Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog

Select 15 other blogs you want to give the award too

How this blog started:

I have actually had this blog for a while, since June 20, 2012 (yes, I actually went back to find my first post).  I started my blog as a place to post my random thoughts on a variety of things. Since then, my blog has evolved into a more bookish blog, which I’m quite happy with. I feel that I still do post some random content here and there, but not as much as before. I really do enjoy the fact that my blog has more of a focus on content.

Advice to new bloggers:

My first piece of advice, your blog is yours and nobody else’s. You write for yourself and not for others. Not everyone is going to relate to the content that you post, just don’t get discouraged and take some advice from Dory, “just keep swimming, just keep swimming.” You just have to keep going, even if you feel like giving up.

My second piece of advice, you don’t have to follow every blog that follows you. While you might feel inclined to do this, it isn’t always the best idea. It is extremely important to follow blogs where the content is relevant to you or you really enjoy the content. You might feel guilty for not following blogs back, but you shouldn’t.

My third piece of advice, take breaks when you need them but still remain active.  While you may not be posting, you can still be active by reading and commenting on blogs that you follow. I took a two week break from both of my blogs, however I was still reading and commenting on the blogs that I follow.

My last piece and most important piece of advice: HAVE FUN!!!!

I nominate:

Lauren at Wonderless Reviews

Aoife at Pretty Purple Polka Dots

Giovanna at Book Coma

Vicki at Books and Strips

Heather Hobbs at Heather Hobbs A Book Blog

Liv at Curly Hair Bibliophile

Daisy at Daisy in the Willows

Angie at Thoughts of A Writer and Avid Reader

Leslie at Leslie’s Library

Shannon at Clockwork Bibliophile

Jess at Jess’s Reading Nook

Little Fantasy Land 

Layla at Baby Got Paperback

Diana at Night Train Books

Sean at Kingdom Book Blog

Blogging From A to Z April Challenge Wrap-Up

I really enjoyed doing this challenge, and it really was a challenge.  The most challenging thing about this was figuring out what to write for each letter.  Some letters were easier, while others required some more thought. Another challenge was commenting on other posts.  I tried to comment on posts that I could easily relate to.  I decided not to do a theme for this challenge, I thought it would be more fun to just do posts on somewhat random things.

My favorite part of the challenge was finding new blogs to follow.  It’s always fun finding new blogs where you love the content and can relate to most of it.  I found a lot of blogs using the pinned Facebook posts where bloggers commented the links to blogs for the corresponding letter.  I felt that this was a really good way to find other blogs.  My other favorite thing about the challenge was creating mini conversations when commenting on other blogs.

My only wish, is that more people commented on my posts along with liking them.  I really appreciated getting likes on my posts, however it would have been more helpful if people commented what they liked about my posts.  I’m definitely considering doing this challenge again next year, it was something fun and different.


There are many different types of journaling. Blogging is a form of journaling, keeping a reading journal is a way to journal. I do both. I blog on two different blogs, and I keep two different reading journals. One of my reading journals keeps track of how many pages I read, and the other journal is where I write my thoughts on books when I’m done reading it. I like keeping track of what I read and when, that way I can easily look back if I need to find something. I do use Goodreads, and in my opinion, it’s another way to journal. Goodreads is a more social form of journaling, you can easily read what others thought about a certain book. I really enjoy journaling by blogging, I like sharing my thoughts and opinions with others.


At the beginning of the year, I try to set goals for myself, whether it be blogging goals, reading goals or lifestyle goals. However, the only goals that I usually end up keeping are my reading goals, those are just the easiest ones for me to keep for some reason. Although this year, I have done a somewhat okay of keeping my lifestyle goal of being more active, I started doing yoga. I don’t remember setting any blogging goals this year, in previous years I set them, but never kept them. In my opinion, it is important to set goals even if you don’t keep them, they still give you something to work for.