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Blogoversary Guest Post: Alba of BookPics

I’m starting to feel very greedy for celebrating my blogoversary long past the actual date of the event. But I have so many great tips from so many amazing bloggers to share that I don’t feel too guilty about being so greedy.

And today… as if any introduction is really needed… I have Alba of BookPics here on the blog.

Alba is someone who always puts a smile on my face. Her passion for books is unparalleled. She is kind, enthusiastic, generous of spirit and is my absolute favorite commentator in the blogosphere. Not only on my blog, but on every blog I visit where I see her absolutely delightful comments.

And I was so humbled and honored by the week-long event she put together on her blog last month – one that left me blushing – that got not only some of my best blogger friends involved but authors I respect and admire. Yeah, that’s how amazing Alba is.

Anyway….

For just a little background….

I am almost positive I first met Alba on Facebook. She was way more social on Facebook than I was – and she still is. But I got to know her even better from interacting with her on my blog. And then chatting with her on Twitter. And stalking her vlogs.

She and I both share a love of some seriously amazing authors, including Samantha Young, Rachel Vincent, Leah Clifford, Tammara Webber and Scott Tracey. We both go a little fan-girl when it comes to them. But I will concede the victory to Alba for being way more enthusiastic than I am about her love of these authors. Though it’s only because I’m old….

I seriously admire Alba for doing all that she does for this community – sharing her love and excitement for the books and authors she adores, keeping her blog and Facebook fans apprised of all the best new book covers, for not being afraid to leave her awesome comments on the blogs she likes to visit.

And for being a positive and honest and sincere blogger who very much has her own voice. One that I will let her share with you now….

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I think that by now every single person that has come even close to my blog knows that I cannot write something without getting teared up, crying, or laughing too hard for my dogs to appreciate…

Anyway that’s not the point but I was just trying to explain the beginning of the post hehehe.

First of all…. X_X -drops completely and absolutely dead –

I am on Fiktshun’s… so let’s just take a minute or an hour depending on the scale of shock you’d consider yourself in… – I’m near a 25 hour-long shock mode right now –

THANK YOU!! For inviting me Rachel… this is like… nirvana or something… It’s no surprise that I’m freaking out because Rachel’s blog is my fave as you can see by what happened HERE.

I’m supposedly here to share some tip or advice on blogging but T_T I don’t think I’m experienced enough to do that, but hey! It’s FIKTSHUN’S blog so anything is pretty much possible over here, here it goes.

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I have countless of experiences I’d love to share with you but I think it’d be more exciting if you’d get to experience them by yourselves… react to them the way you would in any other real-life case scenarios and simply go along with those moments… But, the one thing I most definitely think you should always ALWAYS have in mind is…

DON’T FORGET and BE GRATEFUL!

Don’t forget? Nope, I’m not insinuating that you’re having some memory problems or your brain short-circuited or something between those lines… It’s just that, always trying to be the first one to break out those bookish news, trying to be the one person who gets a certain ARC earlier than any other book blogger/ librarian/ anyone out there, being the one with the most followers, being the one with the most pageviews… And so many other things that we book bloggers and bloggers in general have to deal with and think about on a daily basis, are prone to make us forget.

Forget what? That we’re actually doing this to share our book loving, author loving, and community loving personas. But most importantly that we’re doing this to have fun! Don’t go out there or start a new blog just for the books or for the fame, STEALING IS NOT COOL, be yourself! If you want to do a feature try to do a little research on it, there’s nothing wrong with posting similar things as long as you don’t just copy their content and NEVER NEVER forget to credit them… I’m rambling. So…

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My first tip? Don’t Forget to Always Always smile and be happy with everything that happens on your blog!

Have no new followers ever since those first couple of friends clicked that GFC button? Don’t worry! Smile because those are still there and they’re supporting you!

Didn’t get to be included in a certain blog tour? Smile because you’ll keep trying and make it next time!

Weren’t able to enter a giveaway because it was US Only or was international but sponsored by The Book Depository and it doesn’t ship to your country even though it supposedly ships worldwide? Smile because life’s good and maybe next time you will be able to enter! -idk-

Couldn’t get that so much coveted ARC that EVERYONE seems to be getting in the mail boxes? SMILE! Because you’re going to enjoy it and appreciate it that much more when you do, indeed, get the book. Be it an ARC or the final copy!

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And with that… comes the second and most easy tip I’ve ever given…

Be grateful! I cannot believe how much I’ve come to appreciate everything, I mean it, every single thing that happens to me… I’m grateful for.

Every tweet back, every facebook comment, every blog follower, every comment on my blog…every email… Every single thing brings a smile to my face and a spark of happiness in my heart and mind… And it’s no wonder I’m on cloud nine whenever I get one…

Don’t take for granted the books you get… Be it ARCs or finished copies… Being international, it’s always always hard to see how a lot of people just take those things for granted… They have books at libraries where they can go and borrow… bookstores that have every single tittle possible a book lover can want… and publishers that are willing to send boxes and boxes of books to all those book bloggers…

Love love love those books, treasure them, and be forever forever grateful….

Take minutes or seconds to thank that person who stopped by your blog and left a meaningful comment, respect everyone…

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AHH I knew this wouldn’t be a good idea… I’m practically a rookie book blogger!

Take it from me… I’m telling/sharing this because, it has all crossed my mind, it has happened to me…

Sometimes it might be hard to smile… when people steal your things, when you get rejected, when you feel like you’re not good enough, when even those closest to you don’t believe in you….

But there’s always always, someone out there… who will appreciate the effort you’re doing to spread the word about all those amazing reads. Just ask the authors…

Remember this and I think your blogging life will be definitely much more happy and enjoyable…

Just picture it… if it weren’t for these 2 things… I wouldn’t even be Fiktshun’s #1stalker or I wouldn’t have been able to tweet with authors or I simply would have just shut down my laptop and never ever share my love for books and reading ever ever again and I wouldn’t have come to meet such a wonderful community!

I shudder to think I wouldn’t have a single person to vent about how much I’m dying to read Everbound by Brodi Ashton or just how I die every single day that I have to wait for A Touch Menacing by Leah Clifford… or how I cry just thinking about reading Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi… or how If I Stay by Gayle Forman and Dark Song by Gail Giles played a huge part in saving my life… Or how… I want to strangle Sophie from Rachel Vincent’s Soul Screamers series simply for being Sophie… >.<

Who would I scream to when I meet a new book crush? Whose blog would I spam with comments?

Ummm nope… that definitely wouldn’t be any good… I really don’t even want to imagine a world like that.

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So yeap… There you have it, Don’t ever ever forget to smile and be always always grateful…

Smile ^_______^

Be grateful ^_^

And always be yourself!

Never forget 😀

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Alba I love, love, love your tips. You are so right that we should never forget to smile and always be grateful.

It’s just so easy to forget to smile and be grateful when things get overwhelming. When other bloggers get “more” than we do. When we get rejected or stolen from or treated poorly or criticized.

But you are so right that there are just so many things worth smiling about in this community. Like a wonderful comment left by a favorite blog reader. Meeting a new character we’ll always remember in a newly discovered book. Being thanked by the author for taking the time to read their book. Making a new friend in the community on Twitter. And every so often being approved for a title we so desperately wanted to read on NetGalley.

I do, however, disagree with just one tiny thing in your post. You are so NOT a rookie! Whether you like it or not, you are an established blogger. And I’m so happy to have met you and that being a part of this community has allowed the two of us to “meet” even though we aren’t on the same continent.

Now I can officially say, “Woo hoo! I have Alba of BookPics on my blog!” Thank you so much for being a part of my blogoversary, Alba!

If you haven’t yet “met” Alba, what are you waiting for? You can find her…

I decided to surprise Alba with the book I was giving away during her visit to the blog. I’d initially intended to offer up for giveaway a couple copies of a book she is still a bit scared to read… LOCKDOWN… but I decided instead to go with a book by an author that I know she’s such a huge fan of. As am I.

So, I am giving away to TWO winners – to be ordered from Amazon or The Book Depository depending upon location – a copy of EASY by Tammara Webber.

Enter in the Rafflecopter below, and all my usual giveaway rules apply. (See my giveaway policy if you have any questions.)

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73 Responses to “Blogoversary Guest Post: Alba of BookPics”

  1. sabryy9ems says:

    I think my favourite tip is “Be Grateful” 🙂

  2. Great post Alba!
    My favorite tip is to be grateful. It’s really important to be happy with what one gets and not be jealous of others. Because there will always be some other blog with more followers or more books so it’s very important to be grateful for what you have.

  3. Mary Preston says:

    BEING GRATEFUL: spoken from the heart. It’s not only so very important, but speaks to the kind of person you are.

  4. Lili says:

    I think that the best piece of advice she gave is to be grateful and to always smile. As simple as it is, it’s true. A lot of bloggers out there aren’t grateful for the opportunities we are given as book bloggers, but I try very hard to be.

  5. Artemis says:

    DON’T FORGET and BE GRATEFUL!

    Thank you for the giveaway.

  6. Julie Witt says:

    Be grateful for the books you get: Love love love those books, treasure them, and be forever forever grateful…I love that advice!!

  7. Sarah O says:

    I liked the first part: Don’t forget. I think it’s so easy to get caught up in all the craziness of your number counts.

  8. Ileana A. says:

    “Be grateful, always, always keep a smile and the most important thing BE YOURSELF!” Even if I can’t enter the giveaway cuz TBD doesn’t ship to my country T__T *sigh* I couldn’t let this opportunity go and say, Alba, you rock girl and someday -hopefully- we will share a cup of coffee and a trip to the bookstore together!

  9. Rabiah says:

    Hahaha I love her advice, and I really do think it’s important to look back and be grateful for what you have 🙂 and of course, SMILE!! 😀 Thanks for the amazing giveaway!!

  10. Debbie W. says:

    Hahaha my favorite tip was “Be grateful”. I also agree that you should be thankful for things that you have because not everyone has the same luxury. 🙂

  11. Gabic Reasd says:

    “There’s always someone out there who will appreciate your efforts.” It’s nice to know that even when it feels like your doing a horrible job, there is someone out there who appreciates it.

  12. Pepo says:

    Be grateful, that’s my favorite tip. Never take anything for granted.

  13. Lisa Harwood says:

    Be grateful

  14. Tiffany Drew says:

    Be Grateful, definitely!

  15. I love her tip to “be grateful”.. She’s right, because as bloggers we tend to get caught up in the number of followers we have and comments. Sometimes instead of being thankful and excuted about each new, commentator, follower and/ or friend, we want more and focus on why we don’t have more. And hat’s not right and it makes blogging a burden instead of a lots of fun. Thank you for this giveaway!!! I am dying to read Easy!!! Yo have n idea. And thanks for inviting so many bloggers to share tips. It’s enlightening.

  16. Kristia says:

    “Always be yourself”! Great advice 😉
    Thank you for the giveaway!

  17. I think I loved loved loved the Don’t forget why we’re doing this… sometimes, people (I’ll include myself here) do.. and the world is always better if we don’t.

  18. Claire says:

    Always smile! Great advice, and not just in blogging!

  19. Pavan says:

    Be grateful is my favourite!!

  20. Don’t forget and Be Grateful! I agree that it is so easy for us to lose track sometimes..

  21. Michelle Lovell says:

    Be grateful. Such a simple and easy tip, but something that we can kindof take for granted if we aren’t careful.

  22. Kelly m says:

    To be grateful!

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