The Book Blogger Hop was originally created by Jennifer @ Crazy-For-Books in March 2010 and ended on December 31, 2012. With Jennifer’s permission, Billy @ Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer relaunched the hop on February 15, 2013. Each week the hop will start on a Friday and end the following Thursday. There will be a weekly prompt featuring a book related question. The hop’s purpose is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to their own blog.
I’m going to be trying something new. I met a local teen (the daughter of a friend) who is very interested in book blogging. So I’m going to sort of be mentoring her, and I offered her the opportunity to post her reviews on Tessa Talks Books on Saturdays. I’m working on her graphics so that it is easy to distinguish her posts from my posts – plus she will be listed as the author. So, be aware that I won’t be the only one posting but I have limited her posts to Saturday to minimize any confusion and allow her to learn how to create her own identity in this lovely and supportive world. The feature photo will look something like this (below):
Thank you, in advance, for joining me in supporting a young blogger as she finds her way around this awesome community.
Why did you start a book blog?
(submitted by Julie @ JadeSky)
Like with many of the best things in my life, I just kind of fell into book blogging.
Events Leading Up to the Blog
In 2017, I was a high school counselor. I worked with seniors (the last grade of US public education) and everything and anything college-related. The high school principal also put me in charge of a new program for college-bound students, grades 9-12, but didn’t take anything off my already crowded plate.
In my third year of doing this, all of a sudden, my health failed. It took doctors five months and multiple diagnoses of Pneumonia to figure out my heart was failing. And, my body was riddled with blood clots, including two rather large ones in my right lung and one more recent one that developed in my right arm from shoulder to wrist. The two conditions were not related but they had no idea why either was happening. The cadiologist, because of my young age (for heart failure) and my overall health, believes a virus attacked my heart but as to the blood clots – who knows?
The only thing my family and I could figure out was that there was a very real chance that the overwhelming stress I was under caused this. We all know that stress can do weird things. So as a family, we decided that for my health and literally my life, I needed to resign from my counseling position. Then I would stay at home and work on my health, which ended up entailing so many doctor’s visits – it was unreal.
All is great now. My health is back to normal. And I’m still on an indefinite sabbatical (since I’m not old enough to retire, I call what I’m doing now an indefinite sabbatical). But what to do during this sabbatical? I thought – hey, I always wanted to write novels, so what’s stopping me from doing that now. Absolutely nothing.
Everything I read said that authors need a blog, so I started one, but then I had to figure what to put in it. I finally decided, because of my love of books, to make my blog about books. I have learned about everything as I’ve gone along – NetGalley, blog tours, social media, and all that goes with a book blog. It has definitely been a labor of love and I’m always looking for ways to make it better, because that is very much a me thing. I knew nothing – less than nothing – about the book blog community and about book blogging when I started this and it’s been through help from you all and the support of the community that I have figured it out along the way.
That’s my story but now I really want to know why you started your own book blog?