I was surprisingly pleased to receive a nomination for The Blogger Recognition Award from fellow blogger and author Mary Smith. What a kind gesture and one I appreciate so much. I have always enjoyed what Mary writes and I am sure you will, too, if you are not already a follower. Her stories of her travels are rich with details I could never have imagined. Reading her blog Mary Smith’s Place has become a valued part of my morning routine.
Mary’s blog is one I enjoy tremendously. So much so that I have purchased some of her books on Amazon. Please take a moment to peruse her work here.
The rules for the award are:
- Thank the blogger(s) who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
- 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 up to fifteen bloggers you want to give this award to.
- Comment (or pingback) on each blog to let them know that you’ve nominated them and provide a link to the post you’ve created.
How I started my blog:
I have been blogging off and on for years. I have had blogs on several platforms. My first WordPress blog, A Life Worth Living, was created when a good friend committed suicide. It became a place to process a lot of emotions and grief. In 2018, I accepted a challenge to blog for 365 days straight and wanted to start a new blog for that journey. I carried over a name I have used for other creative endeavors (From Cave Walls). I finished the 365 day challenge and find myself wanting to continue blogging. I have given myself the flexibility to skip days here and there but I will continue to blog here until I can no longer write.
Advice for new bloggers:
- Be authentic when you write. It is by revealing something about ourselves that others are attracted to us. Blogging is best enjoyed in a community and that community will find you if you exercise your true voice.
- Expand rather than contract. Respond to comments left on your blog and check out commenter’s blogs. The blogging community is a generous one, but you must do your part to be involved. Read and follow other blogs – especially from places on the other side of the world. You will learn so much. Leave comments so your presence is known. I guarantee you will form friendships in some of the most unexpected people and places.
I will preface this by saying some of my nominations have been blogging for a very long time and probably have been nominated many times over. They may choose not to continue this nomination but I want them to know how they touched my life and encouraged me on my blogging journey.
- My first nomination is to the lovely Ribana. Her blog Popsicle Society is always beautiful, filled with positivity, wonderful recipes and beautiful photographs. Ribana was an early follower of my first blog and I appreciate her so much!
- My second nomination is to Pete over at BeetleyPete. He is a long-time avid blogger who has been a generous supporter of new bloggers to whom I attribute helping me promote my blog along the way. He is also an avid writer of fiction which he shares for free on his blog. His tips for new bloggers are top notch.
- My third nomination is to Lauren. Her blog lssattitudeofgratitude was also started as part of the same 365 day blogging challenge that inspired me. Lauren spent her year expressing gratitude even during difficult times. She shares her culture, her experience of being a teacher, her fight against several chronic illnesses all the while maintaining her attitude of gratitude.
- My fourth nomination goes to Linda Hill. Her blog Life in Progress is a single source of inspiration and community for so many bloggers. She is a mom, an author, an editor, and a blogger, so her hands are quite full. Somehow she still finds the time to post two weekly blogging challenges that I try not to miss: One Liner Wednesday and Stream of Consciousness Saturday.
- My next nomination goes to Lakshmi Bhat who resides in India. Her blog Mukhamani is always a pleasure to read. She writes a weekly post ‘Slice of Life’ which are letters she writes to her Doddamma (translates to ‘elder mother’). Her posts are a beautiful reminder of our shared humanity and a wonderful view into her culture.
- My next nomination goes to Elizabeth Slaughter whose blog Saved By Words is always an inspiration. Elizabeth is a retired professor of English and her often-nostalgic posts are what first attracted me to her blog. It seemed we were kindred spirits. But her blog is so much more than that. She is articulate and thought provoking and always insightful.
- Next, I nominate Steve from S’amusing. I first became aware of his blog when I started reading his series The Crossing Guard Chronicles where he recounts stories of his interactions with students as their school crossing guard. His ‘curbside classroom’ is always inspiring to read.
I could go on and on but that is it for now. There are so many bloggers who have inspired me and supported me and I thank them so much. Even though I may not read every blog every day it is important to me to acknowledge what this community continues to mean to me. I am forever grateful.