This is probably a bit of a weird thing to say (which is entirely normal for me), but I usually feel quite invisible, both in real life and online. So, guess how surprised I was when I received my first award from the wonderful and adorable Kaili who is Entertainingly Nerdy. When then, in a matter of days, I received two more nominations from my beloved Ruth from the Rolling 20’s and from the very sweet Miss Doll with her exciting 18+ reviews I was simply stunned.
However, there are some things I’m just not good at. And this thing is nominating others. On one hand, I would really like to pass on this recognition that made me very happy, to make other new bloggers feel seen and appreciated. On the other hand, this was, for me at least, a basically impossible task to find 15 bloggers who had not received this award or at least hadn’t in a while.
Then I read Love Sawyer‘s award post and she handled it so elegantly. So I’m simply following her example and change the rules.
The Blogger Recognition Award rules:
- Thank the Blogger who nominated you.
- Write a post about accepting the award.
- Include a short summary why you started your blog.
- Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
Nominate 15 other bloggers .
How I started:
Pretty simple, I was looking for a review on a specific audiobook because I was on a tight budget and didn’t want to spend my expensive Audible credit on something sucky. I couldn’t find one, and generally couldn’t find a lot of blogs about audiobooks. So a while later I started taking notes when listening to my Audible loot. I’ve had websites before and always wanted a blog, and also the chance to write again. So in July this year I finally went for it and put this little site together.
Since I’m a toddler mom and currently working my main job in foster care, a freelance translation job and doing this blog, I also hope that one day this blog will add to my income. While I love working in foster care, I would rather be home with my little girl and just do translations and writing. This blog isn’t set up like one of those money-making-machine websites with countless how-to guides from 20 different fields, because first and foremost I want to write about what I love. But every time you share one of my posts, pin one of my articles or use one of my affiliate links, you’re doing something awesome for me that is truly appreciated.
Advice for new bloggers:
There will always be bloggers who have started after you but already have 10 times as many views, followers, what-have-you’s. It doesn’t matter. Do your thing! When you feel you’re going under, coming up short when comparing yourself to others, or being swamped in “blogligations”, take a step back. Remember why you started blogging. Change your routines so they become more enjoyable again. I burnt myself out after a month but this helped getting me back on track. You don’t have to win a race, so give yourself time. If you spend two months just working on content, and then another one setting up and getting the hang of Twitter, then that’s just fine. Be you! You can get wherever you want if you stay motivated and keep working.
Know your resources. You will find an answer to almost all your questions on Google and Pinterest. So go and search! There are countless guides to self-hosting, monetization, blog post ideas, and of course guides to all the social media and how they can help you find your audience. But don’t be a solo fighter either. Approach other bloggers who are vocal on Twitter or join blogger Facebook groups. There are so many incredibly nice, knowledgable and supportive people in the blogger community who will support you. Don’t be scared of connecting. Many of them will welcome you with open arms (me included).
I nominate YOU. Yes, YOU! Because you are awesome and you work so hard. Even if you sometimes feel invisible, know that you are seen. Now go forth and change the rules! Accept the Blogger Recognition Award from me. Enjoy the recognition you get every time someone comments on your blog or shares your article. And know that you are absolutely award-worthy.
If you accept the award from me, let me know and I will gladly link to your website here!
Thanks again to my blogging buddies for nominating me! I truly hope I can pass this award on and that no one feels like it just “wouldn’t count” if they accept it from me, because these blogging awards are a very fun tradition that should continue to flourish.