I am very thankful to be nominated by Mary Smith of MarySmithsPlace for the Blogger Recognition Award as it gives me the opportunity to mention some of the wonderful blogs which are worthwhile following.
This has probably been my least productive year as a blogger for several reasons. Exactly a year ago I was recalled after my mammogram for a biopsy followed by a lumpectomy in January and radiotherapy in April. I cannot praise the NHS enough for their kindness and efficiency. They treated me like an adult, keeping me fully informed and the whole experience was actually spiritually life-enhancing. I was able to recuperate with long stays in the beautiful Algarve and I have spent a great deal of time with my grandchildren. This meant that although I read many books, finding time for the reviews was limited, but I kept Lost in a Good Book going even if my other blog Lost in the Past turned into a photo album.
How My Blog Started:
In 2014 Rosie Amber invited other bloggers to participate reviewing one book each on her wonderful review site. As this was successful she asked if we would like to carry on selecting titles from her list. I jumped at the chance, initially posting my reviews on my history/nostalgia site before deciding to begin this book blog site. My usual posts are reviews which I also put on Amazon and Goodreads but occasionally I participate in book launches or collect books on themes. I particularly enjoyed Interviews with a Book Character and intend to return to this theme.
Two pieces of advice to new bloggers
- Although you need to proofread each blog post, don’t keep perfecting it. Your readers will welcome your next post.
- Interact with your readers in post blog messages and on Twitter. You will then have more followers and more friends.
Bloggers I have chosen to nominate for the Blogger Recognition Award
Terry Tyler for her encouragement of other authors on https://terrytylerbookreviews.blogspot.com/
Carol Hedges who blogs about her books, her life as a Grandma and tips for writers https://carolhedges.blogspot.com/
Mimi Matthews for her wonderful costume and art blog https://www.mimimatthews.com/blog/
Ruth Daly for her amazing photography http://ruthdalyauthor.blogspot.com/
Becky B for showing me the birds and beautiful countryside of the Algarve https://beckyinportugal.com/
Johanna Bradley for her Monday Walks and Six Word Saturday https://restlessjo.me/about/
Lynn Heiden for her amazing research into old photographs to discover family trees and reunite the photos she has found with their owners https://lynnswaffles.com/
The Renaissance Gardener for a fascinating blog about making a garden in south west France.
There are several other bloggers I would include who have already been selected by others.
If you wish to participate, which of course you have no need to do at this busy time, these are the specifications!
1. Thank the blogger(s) who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
2. Write a post to show your award.
3. Give a brief story of how your blog started.
4. Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
5. Select up to fifteen bloggers you want to give this award to.
6. Comment (or pingback) on each blog to let them know that you’ve nominated them and provide a link to the post you’ve created.