We were pleased to receive a message from Reads & Reels that we were nominated for the Blogger Recognition Award! Please check Shanannigan’s blog out, for she has wonderful well written and cheeky reviews on books and recent movies!

Here are the award rules:

1. Thank the blogger 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 other bloggers you want to give this award to.
6. Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated them and provide the link to the post you created.

The Genesis of Graphic Novelty²:

We met at Dominican University, in a YA literature class, for we were both working towards our Masters in Library Science (Kathleen has since graduated! [I gotta pay it all back tho! *sob*]). We paired up together for our final project about graphic novels, and Kathleen created a fake blog as part of our presentation. After we aced our final (of course), Nancy suggested we continue the blog together for fun. It was a slow roll out, as we worked out the style and schedule of posts for the blog. We do not live near one another, so there is a lot of texting/emailing back and forth to work out details as we go along. We have made a surprisingly good team! … Or maybe not so surprisingly, depending on your point of view ;D

Advice to new bloggers: 

Nancy: Post regularly and as often as your schedule allows. We always post MWF, but I have noticed that our views spike if we add in another for the week. So that’s why this is posted on an off day, for we put these types of posts in as extras to what we would post anyway. I found Twitter to be helpful as a way of getting your post in front of more eyes, for the WordPress dashboard has shown me that Twitter is a gateway for new readers on our blog. I’ve also found that if I spend a few minutes a day blog hopping, and commenting on other’s blogs, it builds community and other bloggers are willing to like, comment on and share your work.

Kathleen: Scheduling is everything. If you have a day off, or a couple hours to kill, carve out some time to speed-read and write a bunch of posts at once. This is how I’ve built up my queue so I don’t have to remember to write a post the day of! This is super helpful if you’re busy with school or work – or both =P Also, don’t be afraid to look out for ideas others have shared for blog posts – we both do this regularly for our Wednesday posts. It’s a great way to brainstorm and generate fresh content. Most of the time the original author only asks for credit for their idea – how easy is that?

Bloggers we wish to receive this award:

Michael @ My Comic Relief

Kalie @ Just Dread-Full

GO @ The Green Onion Blog * Know your name, but you’ve never put it out there publicly 😉

Jeffrey @ Imperial Talker

Rob @ My Side of the Laundry Room

Jeremy @ Jer’s Comic Books

Thank you again to Shanannigans at Reads & Reels for this nomination! xo

-Nancy & Kathleen