Thank you, JenChaos Reviews so much for nominating me for the
Blogger Recognition award.
What a lovely and unexpected surprise.
- Thank the person who nominated you and include their link
- Give a brief explanation of how your blog began.
- Give some advice to new bloggers.
- Name ten nominees and include their links.
- Tag your nominees on twitter to let them know.
My Blog’s Backstory
I got really into web design back in high school. Mind you it was dial-up back then so it had it’s challenges. I didn’t have any fancy software to generate code for me so I learned HTML and CSS through books and designed my sites on notepad 😬. After high school I got a bachelors of art degree where I took all sorts of art and programming classes. The busier life got the less interested I was in coding and became more interested in blogging. With blogging I could still make sites but with a lot less work. I’ve always been a huge reader, since I was a wee lass. And I was always really good about putting reviews on Amazon but I wanted to share them on a blog as well. The blog started off mainly just to post reviews and lots of them. My mom who also loves to read agreed to help write reviews. My name being O and hers being D I thought up OD Book Reviews as a dual-meaning for both our names and the goal of over dosing on books.
As soon as I started posting reviews I felt the pressure to write reviews that would actually HELP people decide if they want to read the book or not. I find I don’t read as much as I used to, and I take a lot longer to write reviews. But I wouldn’t change it for the world. The blog has been incredibly rewarding. Whether people read my posts or not it feels good to create them. It also opened me up to the world of indie books, where I’ve gotten to meet and work with so many amazing authors of fantastic books that are often hidden gems. Shouting about great books I’ve read and even getting to help authors is so satisfying.
Advice to New or Aspiring Book Bloggers
Don’t do it for money. It wont pay the bills. Book bloggers generally do it for the love of books and don’t charge for reviews. If you do want to blog for profit, be prepared to spend a LOT of time researching how to do that successfully and don’t expect it to happen on it’s own or over night. I don’t do it to get rich, I do have a few revenue generating sources on my site (like ads and Amazon links) but it still cost me more to run the site than I earn. If you do want to make money from this I would suggest being a “lifestyle blogger” and doing a lot of sponsored posts. I think you’ll have a greater variety of sponsor opportunities with that theme than you would as a “book blogger.”
Network with other bloggers and authors. They’ll be a great resource and good company! Don’t expect others to help you if you don’t support them as well, and be sure to follow back people with similar interest (ie other book bloggers). I’m pretty shy and I struggle with making friends but you just gotta put yourself out there, network, and find the time for social media (when you can!)
Don’t obsess about your stats or let them determine your perception of the quality of your blog. Just do you and the numbers will go up with time. If you are concerned about low stats try to find out where the problem is. For example with WordPress I now have TERRIBLE SEO. On my old Blogger blog I still get over 100 views a day, without posting on it, purely because it pops up on google. So again you’ll have to do your research when choosing where and how to blog and how to maximize your SEO, and make your blog visible to the world.
I nominate the following amazing blogs (sorry if you’ve gotten this before):