New Blog, New Beginning

First of all… hi!

My name is Brianna and this is my first blog post. I mean, it’s not really my first blog post. I’ve written them before, or at least tried to, but this is the first time I’m feeling like I could be going somewhere with this. I’ve been telling myself since around 2014 that I wanted to start a book blog some day. It was one of those things where I’d say “well, maybe one day,” but it never happened.

I’m so glad that it finally did.

A few days ago, I was on Goodreads, like I usually am on the daily. I had all of my books in their proper shelves, rated with the stars I had given them over the years. I never actually wrote reviews; I just gave them the ratings. My account was set on private, and I didn’t interact with anyone. I felt like I had to stay hidden. I was way too afraid to start participating and making connections, even though I knew I was among like-minded people.

And then, for some reason, I decided to just go for it. I unlocked my account, started to add friends and make comments, and see what others were reading. Suddenly, I felt this overwhelming sense of pure happiness. Everyone was, and is, so nice. I don’t have any idea what I was afraid of. Book lovers are such great people. Plus, I am finding out tons and tons of books that I never knew about. My TBR pile is getting out of control, but really, I wouldn’t have it any other way.

That leads me to how I am sitting here writing out this post right now. Over the last couple days, I’ve been working on this blog and seeing if I could, just maybe, make it work. Somehow, it started to come so much easier than before. Partially, this has to do with my newfound support and love on Goodreads (thank you if you came from there!). It also has to do with a book I just read (Eliza and Her Monsters; more on this soon).

But more than anything, I created this blog because I finally found just a smidge of confidence within myself. Years ago, I wouldn’t have been able to say that. I was too worried about my writing style, who would want to read yet another book blog, and what everyone would think. I couldn’t even reach out to others online because of how scared I was of feeling like a failure. Instead, I read my books and I kept myself hidden away.

Sometimes, finding the courage to put ourselves out there isn’t easy. It’s terrifying, even online. Maybe especially online. I mean, there are already tons of book bloggers; ones that have been around for years already and have huge audiences. I could never compete with them. But I had to realize that that’s not what it’s about. I love to read. I love to write. I love create blog posts. That’s all that matters. We all need to do what we love for ourselves first.

Of course, I’m still pretty intimidated and don’t quite know exactly what I’m doing, but what’s different now is I know that that’s okay.

We were all beginners at some point, and that beginning for me is now.

And I couldn’t be more excited about it.

8 thoughts on “New Blog, New Beginning

  1. that was amazing and inspirational. you came out of your shell to see what’s new and what’s out there in world, I’m not going to lie, you are an inspiration and reading what you wrote was nice and you had the courage to do that. oh and by the way I did come from goodreads lol, and I just wanted to say that your the reason why I’m writing this because you gave me the courage to take on the worlds and even goodreads have change my life around including you.

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    1. Okay, I am sitting here with the biggest smile on my face. This comment! Oh, thank you so much. It really is hard to put ourselves out there, but we both did, didn’t we? What you wrote is an inspiration to me, too. I’m so glad that this helped you, and that Goodreads did as well. Please keep up what you’re doing; you are kind and you seem like such a genuinely great person. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

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  2. Ahhhh, I hope you like blogging!

    We book bloggers aren’t too scary and intimidating, I promise! (says me who is still scared and intimidated by most big bloggers…)
    But truly, I’ve found it’s such a lovely, welcoming community, and I’m sure you’ll soon find yourself unable to leave 😀

    Welcome to the blogosphere!

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    1. This is so kind. It took me some time to realize that almost every blogger out there, big or small, is going to be welcoming. Thank you for being one of them! I am so excited to be part of this community. Everyone has been so great and I can’t wait to keep blogging!

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    1. Thank you!! This is so nice! And yes, that book ended up being super important and inspirational to me. I’m hoping to get a full review up this week:)

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  3. I’m a fellow GoodReads lover. Although I don’t blog, (and don’t really understand it) I do have an account so will support you where I can on this platform. I tweet more than anything and even then that is rare but did tweet your new blog to hopefully spread some free advertisement for your blog and perhaps bring people to you.. :-)… I will probably see you more on Goodreads then anywhere else but will share and forward when and where I can. Congratulations on this huge step taken in advancement of your dreams. Best wishes for continued happiness and success!

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    1. There are no words to describe how much this means to me. I appreciate your support and encouragement SO very much! Thank you 🙂 I will definitely see you on Goodreads!

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