Hello, blogging community! I’ve been taking a longer-than-I-wanted-it-to-be hiatus due to family issues, mental health issues, school issues, and having a sinus infection lasting longer than a month, but after going through this horrible cycle week after week of not knowing what to do with myself, I realized I was just sitting on my hands and the only thing stopping me was myself, soooo . . . yeah! Gotta love the cycles of self sabotage.
In other news, I want to thank Lauren @ Literary Wisdom for nominating me for this award a month ago, and for giving awesome advice that applies not only to newbie bloggers but also old hats who are still trying to get into that swing. You’re the best and I’m so thankful that you thought of me!! Thank you so much ♥
- 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 to 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 and provide the link to the post you created. Or just link to their About because that’s way easier.
How Diana Prince Reviews Got Started:
In 2016, my New Years’ Resolution was to improve my writing skills by having a book review blog where I talked about my favorite books and came up with compelling yet concise mini-essays about them, in the hopes it would help my grade in College Writing II. I ended up getting an A in that class with a 13 page paper that I wrote in one night, so I’m not sure if I really succeeded at my NYE goal, but I’d like to think my writing has gotten considerably better in the past year, so that’s something at the very least.
Advice For New Bloggers:
One thing I have to remind myself of more often than I’d like is that I started this blog for fun, it’s not a job, and it shouldn’t stress me out like one. No one on here is grading me for my performance, or is disappointed in me if I don’t post for a month, and holding myself to some invisible, unattainable quota for what makes a blog ‘good’ ruins the entire point of blogging in the first place. It’s supposed to be fun, and if you find yourself stressing out over it, take a step back and relax. Taking your writing seriously is good – but having anxiety attacks about your writing is not good. Trust me.
Some days it feels like if I don’t stick to my posting schedule, or if I lose a follower, or if something generally negative happens because of something I didn’t do, then I’ve somehow “failed” as a blogger. There is no right or wrong way to be a blogger, and while there are always ways to make your blog or your writing a little better (aka more aesthetically pleasing fonts, less filler words in reviews, more eye-catching graphics, less expletives when ranting – you get the gist), making these changes in your style doesn’t equal a pass or fail grade on some blogging report card. You’re doing it “right” just by being here and being a part of the community. Sometimes hard days happen and that’s okay. You still belong here and we’re glad to have you around.
15 Nominees for the Blogger Recognition Award:
I’m gonna split this one in half and do my tried-and-true method of nominating recent followers — hello, everybody new since last month! You’re all awesome and I’m looking forward to seeing your responses to this! — as well as nominating some amazing bloggers that I personally love seeing on my Reader every day, and who make me want to be a better writer and a better person. I tried to pick people who haven’t already done this award, so if you have, sorry about that! Now you have to do it again.
- Wendy @ What the Log
- Tanaz Masaba @ Bookish Freaks
- Ann @ Ann Reads Them
- James @ You and i books
- Alienor @ Meet the Book World
- Fangirl Killed by Feels
- A Book. A Thought.
- The Orang-utan Librarian
- Megan @ Book Slayer Reads
- Stefanie @ Your Daughter’s Bookshelf
- Heather @ The Sassy Book Geek
- Joey @ Thoughts and Afterthoughts
- Danielle @ Books, Vertigo, and Tea
- Kim @ By Hook or By Book
- Jolien @ The Fictional Reader