The Blogger Recognition Award


Thank you so much to Angelica @ The Book Cover Girls for nominating me! Everyone please go check out Angelica’s amazing blog. She is the absolute sweetest person to talk to, and posts such amazing reviews!

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Give a brief story of how your blog started.
  • Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
  • Select 10 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.

How my blog started

I had wanted to start a blog for a really, really long time. As I’m sure all of us on here can relate, I love reading and talking about books, but my real life friends let me do so for only a few minutes a day, so I needed to find a new group of friends who won’t stop me talking. Hence: the internet.

I started this blog last year in June, but I actually had made my WordPress account in about March. As part of an assignment for university, I had to start a blog about a specific country and write posts from the perspective of a local. I chose Scotland (because I love Scotland). So once I decided to start a book review blog, I just continued using WordPress because it was convenient.

But the main reason I started this blog is because I want to work in the book publishing industry one day, and writing reviews/interacting with like-minded people feels like I’m halfway there already.


I feel like an older sister passing on sage, wise advice to their younger sibling, but okay, here we go.

1. Interact with people: I know this might sound a little obvious, but the best way to make new friends, not only here but on other websites like Goodreads and Twitter, is by liking and commenting on heaps of blog posts. Don’t be afraid of interacting with anyone – in my experience, everyone on this website is incredibly sweet and I’ve made some wonderful friends (I’m even a moderator on a Goodreads group with some lovely girls). Consider joining The Bloggers Commenting Back group, which means you take a pledge to actively comment on people’s blogs, and comment back to them if they comment on yours. It’s a great way to make friends!

2. Don’t be afraid of stating your opinion: Sometimes the internet can be a scary place to state your opinion. It took me a good few months before I felt comfortable enough posting my first discussion post, even though it was about something almost every YA reader agrees with. But if you have an opinion, or you want to write about something you feel very strongly about within the reading/publishing community, then go for it! I’ve had nothing but positive feedback for my ‘topical’ discussion posts, so much so, that I want to continue writing about them. Stating your opinion also means interacting with further like-minded people. I also love reading comments from people who enjoyed my discussion and thanked me for writing it – I can tell you right now, that’s such a surreal experience!

I nominate:

Beth @ Reading Every Night
Pierina @ Pierina Reads
Christina @ The Bookshelf Corner
Lauren @ Wonderless Reviews
Frankie @ A Thousand Lives of Frankie Lovely
Casey @ Adoptabookaus
Jackie @ Too Much of a Book Nerd
Nadwa @ Painfully Fictional
Mandy @ Book Princess Reviews
Anj @ Seaweed Reads

I hope you have fun completing this, but don’t feel obliged to do it if you don’t want to. 

-Laura ❤️

30 thoughts on “The Blogger Recognition Award

  1. Nadwa @ painfullyfictional says:

    I feel like sobbing because this is so cute 😭 It’s amazing that you created your WordPress account for a uni project! That would never have happened to me in a million years 😂 And that’s some seriously great advice! I think commenting on other people’s posts is the best way to make new friends AND to have a more successful blog. I was too shy at first to drop off comments on random posts, but then I saw how bloggers took the time to comment on mine so I was like, what the hell, yolo. And I’m honestly glad I did. And having you guys as moderators is the best thing I’ve ever had, I seriously would never have imagined a year ago that I’d have you girls not only as group moderators, but as people I’d actually call friends 💘💘 Lovely post, Laura! Thank you so much for tagging me 😄

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    • thebookcorps says:

      Hahah thank you Nadwa!! I still have my old uni account out there somewhere, but I haven’t updated it in over a year!
      Thank you!! I was nervous too, about talking to anyone. It helps that everyone on here is so sweet!! ❤

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    • thebookcorps says:

      Same!! Thank you! It’s so hard because you don’t know anyone, and I always felt like I was annoying someone if I commented on their post. But I love getting comments so I assumed everyone else felt the same lol! 😀

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  2. Angelica (TheBookCoverGirls) says:

    Thanks for the nice words! And you gave great advice. I always found that giving your opinion and being yourself are the most important things. Even though I know it can be a little scary at first. I love seeing people post their opinions and ideas even if they may be unpopular. And commenting goes a real long way! Really great post!

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  3. Jackie @ toomuchofabooknerd says:

    Yessss, I agree with your advice! Commenting is definitely a crucial part of blogging and it’s also so much fun! I’m so happy to have met so many amazing people because of that! I don’t have any friends in real life who like books either so blogging is a great way to share my thoughts and opinions with others who can relate!
    And thanks so much for nominating me! I’ve already done this one before but thank you for thinking of me ☺️💞

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  4. Beth (Reading Every Night) says:

    Oh thanks so much for the nomination. I have already done this one though, and while I normally do tags again if I’m nominated more than once I think my answers for this would be the same as they were the first time around. 🙂
    Also great advice as well. I agree interacting with people is so important, especially as a newbie blogger. Interacting with other bloggers is how I got my name and my blog’s name out there! 😀 Thanks again so much for the nomination, it means a lot you thought of me and my blog for this award!

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  5. May @ Forever and Everly says:

    Oh, I hope you do get to work in the book publishing industry one day! I want to be an author, so I guess that’s in the industry too??? XD And I DEFINITELY agree that interacting is important! If not, then your blog won’t be known and people might see you as “unfriendly”. 😛 Great post! 🙂

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  6. Lauren @ Wonderless Reviews says:

    Aw, I love hearing stories about how people start their blogs!! Great advice too. Interacting is one of the best things you can do. It’s super important to be honest too. Sometimes I still get a bit nervous especially if it’s for a popular book that I don’t like, but I’ll never say I like something when I didn’t.

    Thanks for the tag!! I’ve done this one already, but I appreciate the thought ♥


  7. Book Princess Review (@_bookprincess_) says:

    Lovely advice, Laura!! I definitely agree so much with that first piece of advice. That’s totally how I really started to feel like I was part of the community. I love your second piece as well. I know a few times I have been scared or intimidated to share an unpopular opinion, but if you don’t share your honesty, then what happens to the rest of the blog? Wonderful post, and thanks so much for thinking of me for the tag!! ❤

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