As these Blogger Spotlights are part of a series, there has to be a second right? Yes, indeed. These spotlights are a chance for blogs to gain a little more exposure and to talk about why they started blogging and give tips to others who may be looking to start out too.
Today we’re highlighting Nallie Reviews. As always, I asked my usual suite of questions to Nallie:
What is your blog about?
Best described, when I first started out (still kinda new) I wanted to just review books. I realised my writing wasn’t really strong enough, and also I had a lot of opinions about other stuff, I branded it as a bookish blog instead. I write book reviews sometimes when I can find myself wanting to talk about a certain book, whether I loved it or not. I write about things that I do while reading, or why I started reading, or what inspires me. I’ve actually written a blog post about going on a date with yourself, which was out of my comfort zone firstly because it was personal, but I was inspired after reading “Women Don’t Owe You Pretty”, and I did a poll on Instagram to see if anyone would enjoy more personal blog posts and surprisingly got more yesses than I thought I would.
What do you think makes your blog stand out from others?
I’ve been staring at my blog for hours trying to come up with a reason, which is worrying, but I’ve ended up with this; I write in my tone of voice. Everyone who has met me in real life, and who has read my blog says that I write the way I speak, that they can just tell it’s written by me. I don’t know if that’s something that others have picked up on or not, but it makes it feel even more like my pride and joy, the fact that someone could take my writing and post it elsewhere and people would be able to know that’s it’s mine.
What made you want to start a blog?
I had been having a quarter-life crisis. I went to uni, dropped out 4 months later because it wasn’t what I wanted to do. I was having a hard time at work, being forced into a lockdown, and working from home for 18 months, not seeing friends, family, being mentally and chronically ill, I needed a new hobby. I have always loved to read, and during lockdown, I got more into it, then I had a meeting at work with my manager (Jake, he always wants credits), and he told me to start a blog about books. Thought that was stupid because who wanted to read what I had to say, but I wish I had started it sooner.
What’s your most successful post you’ve ever written?
I’m only just starting out, so I don’t really have any moments that are worthwhile. I think when I first published my website, and wrote that first blog entry. I was so incredibly nervous, I’d not written anything since probably high school, and the support I got from people was lovely – definitely not something that I expected. That definitely sounds lame, and I’ve got so many exciting things planned for my blog but until I have some serious time to focus on it, that will be my proudest moment.
What advice would you give to those looking to start a blog?
Don’t be afraid to get personal and deep, people like that. Don’t be afraid to show your true self, because that’s what stands out to people when they read your blog. Write about what you want to write about, what you’re passionate about. Go out of your comfort zone every now and then, everything is a learning curve. Don’t you dare compare yourself to others, they’ve got their style and you have yours. Also, don’t forget to proofread or your mother will text you all your mistakes 😉