The Blogger Recognition Award
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Thank you Ann Marie for this nomination! I’m humbled and honored to be nominated! I appreciate awards like these which represent bloggers supporting bloggers! To learn more about my new friend Ann Marie, click here to read her story.
RULES FOR THE BLOGGER RECOGNITION AWARD:
- Thank the blogger for nominating you and link to their blog.
- Write a blog post on your website showing the award.
- Describe the story of why you started your blog.
- Write two pieces of advice you have for new bloggers.
- Nominate 15 more bloggers.
- Notify each of your nominees that you have nominated them.
My journey to starting a blog is a long and winding road.
When I first heard the world blog, I think it was something like 2005. At the time, I thought it would be cool to have a forum to get my thoughts out there, but I never took the time to learn how to start one.
Then I started actually reading blogs around 2007, and I knew I wanted to start one, but I didn’t have a clue what I would write about, much less would I have anything to say that anyone would even be interested in reading.
Fast forward to 2017, and my husband and I had just started our full time RV life. Finally I felt like I had something that I could write about, but for whatever reason, I could never get it together to actually write anything. Since that time, I have tried to start at least 3 other blogs, but the passion fizzled out pretty quickly. I think that happened because I didn’t have a plan in place. No system. And for sure I had what I like to call “Shiny Squirrel Syndrome”. I’d see what another blogger was doing, and I would get overwhelmed at the thought of trying to keep up.
This blog feels different to be somehow. I’m taking it seriously, treating it as I do my career. I’m following systems, and I’m allowing myself to dream about where I want to take this path. The other thing that is completely different this time around is the community of other bloggers that I’ve met online (Twitter is my JAM y’all!) This community lifts me up when I’m feeling down, they are always so supportive, and I’m learning how to become a better version of myself.
So this blog is a form of personal development for me, and I’ll be honest when I say that it’s changing my life.
My 2 best pieces of advice to give a new blogger would be:
The more you wait to start, the easier it will be to get into your headspace and become overwhelmed by it all. Everytime you publish something, you are stepping closer to your dream. And that is a very powerful thing.
RUN YOUR OWN RACE
Take it from my experience, focus on your path, and don’t get distracted by what you see other bloggers doing. Every blog you read (and you should read other blogs) will make you wonder if you are doing it right, and quite possibly doubt everything. Don’t let that happen. Just stick to your plan. Set a publishing schedule and stick to it.
You can always improve your blog as you grow.
My nominees for this award are: