Hey, lovely people! I was nominated for the Blogger Recognition Award by two people who have been so amazingly supportive of me and my writing, so thank you so much Khadra and Sam! It’s really touching that you nominated, and is a bit of a confidence boost considering my newness to blogging! If you would like to check out their awesome blogs, you can find Khadra’s at The Good The Human and Sam’s at Mentally Speaking. Check them out, you won’t regret it!
So what is the Blogger Recognition Award? Honestly, I’d never heard of it until I was nominated for it! Perhaps that’s not so surprising since I’m new to blogging, though. The Blogger Recognition Award is something that is awarded to bloggers, by other bloggers, to recognise the amazing work that they’re doing. Blogging is a lot of hard work and dedication, and to be recognised for the determination that comes with blogging is an honour. I’m always getting blog post ideas popping into my head, but often when I sit down to write them, I’ve got nothing! This award is a great way for blogger’s to support each other and let them know that their hard work is paying off. A single compliment can be so validating.
So the requirements of this award are:
- Thank the blogger that nominated you
- Write a post to show your award
- Give a brief story of how your blog started
- Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers
- Select other bloggers you want to give this award to
- Comment on each blog and let them know you’ve nominated them, and provide the link to the post you’ve created.
The story behind my blog:
Although I only started blogging in August 2018, it feels like the journey really started when I started therapy. Writing has always been a therapeutic escape for me, and as I was in such bad shape mentally when I started therapy, I was doing a lot of writing. In one of my earlier sessions with my psychologist, he asked me if I would ever be willing or able to post my story, and asked if that was a goal we should work towards. I was adamant when I said no, there was no way I could share these private details of my life in the public. What would people think of me? What if people I knew in real life saw them? What if people didn’t like my posts? There was definitely no way that I could do it.
But then, after several months of therapy, I read someone’s blog post, and the idea seemed intriguing to me. The blog post I read was well written, honest, open, insightful and hopeful. I really wanted to be like that, but I thought to myself, I could never do that, I’m not good enough. But yet the thought of it remained in my mind, I was continuously thinking of things that I could write about, and what I’d want to achieve with my blog. The biggest thing was that I just wanted to get my story out there, in the hopes that maybe it could help people in similar situations. So, one day, out of no where, I just sat down and wrote a blog post, and my blogging journey went from there. I designed my site, I posted the blog, I showed several loved ones. I actually felt proud, albeit self-conscious, of what I wrote, which was new for me. But I started it anonymously, I took away any association it had with me so that people could never know it was me, or even contact me about it. Once I joined Twitter, I wondered if I should make an account with the name I was going under, or if I should keep my normal account. I kept my normal Twitter account, though, and put the website URL on my profile. It wasn’t until I started to get into the blogging community on Twitter that I felt capable of removing my anonymity, and it made me feel proud, like I was making progress. More than anything, I started my blog as a way to cope with and come to terms with my mental health.
Two pieces of advice for new bloggers:
It’s not about the views
I know this is easy for me to say as a new blogger, but honestly the biggest thing that keeps me going is trying not to worry about the amount of views I get on my blog. Now of course I want views, but if I’m just watching the amount of views I’m getting, and not getting a lot of them, then I’m going to get really disheartened and it will ruin my blogging experience. You have to give yourself time to grow, it doesn’t always happen overnight, and it’s okay if it takes a little longer than what you’d thought. While I am absolutely writing my blog for other people to see, I am ultimately writing it for myself as a way to help myself heal.
I believe it is important to remember the reason why you’re writing your blog, and try not to lose sight of it. It is so easy to get caught up in the world of views and other bloggers, but if you start trying too hard, people are going to see through that. It may be different who do blogging as a way to earn an income, but for me, I’m doing it as a hobby, so I try not to be too strict on myself. At the start of my blogging, I told myself I would post a blog weekly, and if you look back through my post dates, you can see how well I managed that! But this is because, if I write when I’m not feeling it, then my blogging is really going to suffer, my posts are going to sound dull and boring, and people will be able to see that my heart is not in it. Remember the reason you started your blog, and remember to keep it true to yourself.
As I’m a blogger newbie, I don’t know many other bloggers yet! I’m sorry if I nominate anyone who’s already done this. Some nominations I know have already done this but I’m still going to nominate you because I think you’re amazing at what you do!