I decided to do something a bit different today. Seeing as there has been a lot of positivity going around lately, I decided to put my hand into it by writing a letter to newbie bloggers, because everyone could use a little support sometimes :)
First things first, I would like to say welcome! You have chosen to share all of your bookish thoughts with our community, that's awesome! Some of you may have chosen to do this because you don't have many people in your real life who relate to your book obsession, and you want to be able to have a little corner of the internet dedicated to your passion. Let me be the first to say that I've been there, most bloggers have been there, and it can be difficult. However you will soon feel much more welcome about your hobby when you are supported by a community like this.
I want you to know that this community is the place to be for anyone who needs a friend. You will be able to connect with people from all around the world, experience in bookish chats via social media, as well as communicate with your favourite authors! Although the task may seem daunting now, I hope that writing posts will become your favourite thing, if it is something that you are passionate about.
In my opinion, the most important thing about starting a book blog is to not be afraid of asking for help. This may be a whole new world for you, and you may feel overwhelmed with the task of running a website. Please know that there is a whole world of talented bloggers out there, just waiting to take your questions and give you advice. It was the support and guide of others that helped to kickstart my blog. So don't be afraid!
You may be wondering if this community has any drama like other fandoms, or if it is all just sunshine and rainbows. The answer is yes: there will always be a few rotten apples in a bunch, but the important thing to remember is to not get caught up in it. Don't worry about how many Advanced Reading Copies you have against others, don't compare your followers with other people, and most importantly, please leave the haters alone. They are bored and not worth your time.
During your blogging life, please know that it is important to voice your opinion, when appropriate. Don't be afraid of sharing your thoughts about a bad book, or about something that bothers you, but please, please, please, think before you speak! Remember, if you think your opinion might be offensive and controversial, leave it in your head and rephrase. It will help everyone get along better :)
The point I'm trying to make is, that this experience could be the best time of your lives. It is an opportunity to make new friends, be yourself, and go through the amazing process of reading in a whole new light. The world is waiting for you, make it the best time ever :)
From Your Friend,
Emily @ Paperback Princess