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Sunday post #38 I'm creating a New Bloggers Support Group!

It seems only last week or so I created a thriving international bloggers’ group, and yet, it seems I just can’t sit still. Because yesterday, I got this nagging idea that just won’t let me go. And I’ve embarked on yet another adventure, which is… A new blogger support group! Let me explain what this group could be:

  • a place for new bloggers to ask all their questions, be they technical or content related
  • a place where new bloggers can get emotional support on all the puzzling things
  • a place where book blogging etiquette would be explained (I wish someone told me half the things a year ago!!)
  • a place to find your fellow new bloggers and start out with a few followers instead of talking to the walls for 2 months
  • I’m also planning a post series about beginner things, like tutorials and how tos, and I would love guest posters!

And it’s not just new bloggers that I want in this group – what we will need is some experienced people as well, especially people on the Western side of the globe, as I will only be able to participate during my daytime (and I live in Europe)So, if you are a new blogger who’d like to join, or if you’re an experienced blogger who’d like to help, fill out this Google form and I’ll contact you! And if you simply have some friends who you know would appreciate this, just point them to this Google form:

Sign Up Here


~ Last Week On The Blog ~

And now back to the blog! Last week I did a buddy read with Trang @ Bookidote of All the Light We Cannot See. Unfortunately, I did not enjoy the book! But I really urge you to read the review of All Day. It’s an important book about racism in the American society, a must-read for Westerners for sure. And, last but not least, my discussion on friday was about how we should be positive about our book blogs this year. Go read, people say it gears you up for a good mood!

all the light we cannot see  all day
be positive about your book blog this year

~ Coming Up Next Week~

Next week I’ll be reviewing one of my favorites this year, a beautifully written masterpiece called The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson. Then there will also be a list about books that contain dark, mythologicla and mysterious creatures – you should give it a go if you like writers such as Neil Gaiman or Stephen King. And at the end of the week we will have State of the ARC #5! So get your ARC game straightened out.

the gargoyle  5 Books With The Darkest Mysterious Presence

~ Little Book Haul ~

Can you believe it?!! I only hauled one book. ONE BOOK! I don’t recall when that has last happened!!! WOW! Christmas miracles..?

The Green Unknown: Travels in the Khasi Hills

~ In The Bookish Community ~


The Orangutan Librarian shares their least favorite fantasy tropes

Vlora @ Reviews and Cake explains Why Old Books Deserve 340% More Attention From You

Krysta @ Pages Unbound tells us why she’s not interested in requesting ARCs


So how has your week been? And what are you reading? What did you haul?

As usual, I’m linking up with the Sunday post meme at Kimba’s book blog and Stacking The Shelves over at Tynga’s Reviews.

I’m Evelina and I try to blog about books that matter, with a bit of fun there too! Disability and equality will be topics you see a lot, but there’s also a lot of scifi, fantasy and… GIFs. I’m also the proud founder of #ARCsAnonymous.

59 thoughts on “Sunday post #38 I'm creating a New Bloggers Support Group!

  1. You are so very active, Evelina! How do you manage? And what a fantastic idea to have a support group 🙂 If you need help with a guest post let me know, I’d be very happy to write about either ARCs, or about organising time 😉
    Have a wonderful Christmas! I hope you will have a peaceful week ahead.
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    1. Hahaha, I don’t know how I manage! xD or will manage. I just got this idea yesterday… And I was like NO EVELINA, NO, NOT ANOTHER GROUP, and then another side of me is like BUT I GOTTAAAAA 😀 I was battling with myself for maybe 5 hours before I posted the tweet 😀
      Yes, actually, you could really help out with a guest post! After the holidays, I’ll have a talk with all the people who wanted to help and we can decide what posts we’d all like to do, so don’t be surprised, I’ll put you on a Twitter list so I don’t lose you among all the people 🙂 thanks!
      And have a wonderful Christmas (in Hawaii!) too!

    1. Got your sign up, thank you! After the holidays, I will probably chat with you all who signed up as Santa’s little helpers 🙂 and we’ll decide what guest posts we can do and what we have in total. And then of course there will be a new Discord group for questions and chats and general support. Really glad you signed up! You’ll be able to bring a lot to the table, so thanks <3
      And yes, have wonderful holidays as well!! 🙂

    1. LOL haha 😀 I am glad! I will definitely enlist you with all that help, if only to be there and talk newbies through what posts to post at all 😀 (I’ve heard questions I wouldn’t have come up with before!)
      Thanks Anna 🙂

  2. Your mind is constantly working these days Evelina, isn’t it? I don’t mean that it doesn’t work other days I mean you are constantly thinking of new ideas and I am really amazed that how you manage all these things

    I loved you review of All Day as I told you earlier. Also this idea of new support group is really interesting. However, I still consider myself new so I am not sure if I’ll be able to provide much help. But I think I’ll learn many things for sure I guess Incan help with some technical stuff like useful plugins, basic Html for blog and arranging content etc.
    Let’s see how did it turn
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    1. Haha, it seems it is, I am also surprised, believe me 😀 where do these ideas even come from, lol. But I don’t know how I manage, or rather, how I will manage 😀 we will see! But I do know that there will be a lot of people who will help 🙂 so I won’t be stuck alone with all this work to do. When there are so many of us, someone will always cover for someone else 🙂

      And don’t be worried about being ‘too new’… I mean, it’s good to have people who are between the new bloggers and the experienced bloggers – to help bridge the gap. Some of us older ones might have already forgotten half the questions we had 🙂 although I haven’t been blogging that long myself! Part of why I want to form the group – I still remember how hard it was. I’m still struggling with some technical aspects >.<

    1. Thank you for signing up, it’s definitely useful, especially because you’re on Blogger and we need people who blog there, not only on WordPress for sure 🙂 and hey, it will be lovely to have you around just for the fun of it 🙂

  3. Evelina, what a fabulous idea to start a support group for new bloggers, I remember when I started it was difficult trying to figure it all out. You are awesome 🙂

    Christmas miracles are definitely happening with only one book, I hope you enjoy it. Wishing you a Merry Christmas.
    Jovita recently posted…Stacking the Shelves #31My Profile

    1. I know right, it was also pretty tough for me to figure things out (especially the technicalities – and it’s still not my strong side). Thank you! 🙂

      Merry Christmas to you too!

  4. Evalinah,
    Oh no, I am surprised you didn’t enjoy All the Light We Cannot See. That book got major love from book-tube people. I unhauled it a while ago, because I was scared it’d break my heart because of the subject matter. I’m just starting my first Gaiman book (“Ocean at the End of the Lane”) and I am mostly in awe of how he writes. It’s like dark, and whimsy, hauntingly sad.
    I signed up for the group! I’d love to hear if others struggle with similar things or not. ALSO: DUDE. You hauled ONE BOOK? That’s incredible. Here I am proud of my four or five book limit for each month. Do you and the family celebrate Christmas? I’m Muslim, so I don’t celebrate it on a huge scale. Like, no gifts or tree. But, I’m hoping to hang out with my mama and siblings (and cats). Happy holidays, Evalinah. *Hugs*
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    1. I didn’t really enjoy the writing style, or the characters, when it came to All the Light We Cannot See 🙂 I know a lot of people loved it, but I guess I’ll be the unpopular opinion for this one 😀 happens sometimes! And you are right, even if you do end up liking the book, it would absolutely break your heart. WWX novels are hard to read for sensitive people. Like me, for example. Which might have been why I didn’t enjoy it so much as well!

      Oh yes! The Ocean at the End of the Lane… I think I have a post scheduled for this week with a mini review for that one. It’s my favorite book of Gaiman’s right now! I’m so glad you are loving it. It’s pure magic! If you are enjoying that one, I would suggest Neverwhere as the second stop 🙂

      I’m glad you signed up for the group! I will be getting in contact with more info soon 🙂

      I KNOW RIGHT, I HAULED ONE BOOK. I don’t think that has been the case in my blogging history, even 😀 oh, but. I would still be proud of your 4-5 books! I mean I hauled one book THIS WEEK xD it’s still more than 5 this month, although I think it will be smaller than it normally is, which is still wonderful!

      Yep, we celebrate Christmas, but no books for me, I only buy them as ebooks, so I usually don’t get books as presents xD so that will not increase my haul, ehehe 😀 it’s so cool that you hang out with your family during Christmas even though it’s not your religion 🙂 yes, I believe Christmas for me is also mostly just about getting together. My entire country is basically Catholic, so it’s like… just a big tradition, nobody thinks of it too religiously. It’s just like how Thanksgiving would be in America, I guess.

      So anyway, yes, happy holidays! Thank you for this awesome comment 🙂

  5. Love your idea of the blogger support group! I hope it takes off, it’s a great idea. And have a merry Christmas! Hope your holiday season is amazing.

    Thanks for the links too, I didn’t see any of those and now I need to check ’em out. 🙂

  6. Yay for the new support group. I would like to join. What a great idea. I hope you have a wonderful holiday, my friend, and Merry Christmas if you celebrate. Enjoy your new books. ❤️

    1. I read your comment, it’s totally fine to not be around every day, it’s more like it’s enough for one or two people to be around the chat to help everyone, and considering how many volunteered, we definitely will be around – at least one of us 🙂

      As for the guest posts, I think I’ll write you an email when I get everyone together and we will go from there, see if we have any ideas 🙂

  7. I could not be more excited about your New Bloggers group! It’s definitely something important. The real trick is how do we find all the new bloggers so we can share our wisdom?! I am all ears. And, obviously, totally willing to help. I have many ideas as well. Just you be careful– don’t take on so many new things you don’t have time for yourself! Self-care is key.

    It sounds like last week was pretty hit-or-miss for you. I can’t wait to check out all your reviews. I’ve missed your blog so much! <3
    Jackie B. recently posted…#AnneReadAlong2017 : Rainbow ValleyMy Profile

    1. Yeah, that IS the trick 🙂 but you wouldn’t believe the number of invitations I sent out yesterday. People have really been hearing about it on Twitter, and everyone wants to join. I haven’t even counted the new group members yet 🙂 probably a lot.

      And you think about that “making good critical questions” guest post!

      1. Of course everyone wants to participate! This is a sorely lacking resource. While you CAN find stuff like this if you are looking for it (and sometimes even if you aren’t), you don’t always know what you’re looking for, or you don’t find it when you need it.

        Hm. I can definitely write critical questions. But, does anyone *care* about that topic? I imagine most people want to know about the technical side of things. But, this is what Discord is for, right? 😉
        Jackie B. recently posted…Building Better Book Clubs: An Insider GlanceMy Profile

        1. I think writing up questions can help you write a review and facilitate discussions in reading groups 🙂 so technically, it could be a post about leading discussions about books, which can be very important 🙂

    1. Thank you 🙂 I know what you mean, I’m starting to feel a little burnt out myself. But I’m sure sitting holed up in ‘the lair’ for a week or two will get me back up again 🙂 or at least, I hope so!

  8. I love your blogger support group idea. I hope I can find some time to get on there this weekend. I can’t believe 2017 is just about over. This year has flown by. It’s no wonder you only got one book this week, you’ve been real busy. Have a great week!
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  9. Blogging can be daunting at first, so I hope newbies that feel lost find their way to your group. It’s nice just to be able to connect with people who are just starting out at the same time as you are–I’m still “friends” with the couple of people I really connected with when I started my blog. It’s kind of like freshman year. Lol. Happy New Year!

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