I’ve been nominated to receive the Blogger Recognition Award!
Michele at Confessions of Parenting is so kind for nominating me to receive the Blogger Recognition Award! I’ve been on and off blogging since I was in high school but I began to take it more seriously in early 2012. It’s little things like this that let me know that my hard work is paying off, even if it’s a little bit at a time.
Click here to see her acceptance of the award and to visit her blog! She has lots of great posts relating to families and life in general.
What is the Blogger Recognition Award?
The Blogger Recognition Award is an opportunity for bloggers to connect with each other and recognize one another for each of our contributions to the blogging world. As part of the nomination, each nominee has to nominate an additional 15 bloggers for the award. I think it’s a great way for us to connect and give each other a pat on the back for our hard work and dedication!
Why I started blogging…
I love writing. I always did well in English courses and I enjoyed writing those back-to-back essays that professors always assign in English Composition courses in college when most people despised them.
Shortly after kiddo was born, I discovered the blogosphere and I realized how great it was. I discovered so many great blogs that either inspired me or made me think. I decided to start my own blog in January of 2012 and I’ve loved every minute of it.
I recently revamped my blog. It was strictly a mom blog where I talked about parenting, as kiddo is my first-born. Since then, I’ve decided to include more product reviews (I wrote the occasional one before), and I’ve also decided to post recipes, crafts and DIY projects, and parenting tips and hacks. It’s my sincere hope that all of my readers enjoy my content, and I can’t wait to keep sharing my findings and ideas with all of you!
Advice I have for new bloggers
- Find your niche(s) and stick with it. Really think about what you want to write about and share with the world. This and branding are what bloggers usually spend the most time figuring out. Once you decide on your niche(s), stick with it and just keep writing. The followers (of those niches) will come!
- Come up with a schedule. Coming up with a schedule is super important. Know what days you’re going to dedicate to your blog. Don’t get burnt out by working on it every single day. Know what you’re going to post and when you’re going to post it (i.e. Wordless Wednesday every Wednesday). I like to dedicate my time to my social media accounts on specific days (i.e. Twitter on Tuesdays) — I work on gaining followers and I also show other bloggers support as well. I also pick one or two days per week to dedicate to pitching. I update my media kit (by updating my number of subscribers and social media followers) and pitch to companies I want to work with, and I may pitch for a couple of hours a night or two a week. Keeping your time organized is crucial!
- Network like crazy. Whether you network with your friends and family or other bloggers or brands and companies, take the time to network, even if it’s one day per week. You will not be sorry! Networking is the only way you’re going to get your name and brand out there. A profile on LinkedIn will help with this, if you’re going to treat your blog like a business. Connect with me on LinkedIn! :)
My blogger nominations
Now it’s my turn to nominate 15 bloggers for the Blogger Recognition Award! They are all awesome and deserve recognition for their blogs and what they do, and I hope that you pay their blogs a visit. There are so many deserving bloggers out there and I hope that the bloggers I am nominating will continue this gesture and nominate 15 bloggers that they recommend.
Andrew @ Beauty and the Boy
Kayleigh @ My Own Creative Mind
Ramona @ Determine Despite
Sam @ Samantha Moir
Jenn @ The Financialholic
Kate @ The Johnsons’ Journey
Jenna @ Travels of Jenna
Ava @ Inspired By His Words
Marie @ My So Called Crunchy Life
Jen @ Waves and Willows
Suzanne @ Sight Seeing Shoes
Steve @ Courageous Christian Father
Katie @ The Sunny Stylist
Brenna @ Chanfetti
Tara @ Daiquiri Diaries
Blogger Recognition Award Rules:
1.) Thank the blogger who nominated you and leave a link to their blog.
2.) Write a post to show your award.
3.) Give a brief story of how/why you started blogging.
4.) Give two pieces of advice you would give to brand new bloggers.
5.) Select 15 other bloggers you want to give this award to.
6.) Comment on each blog letting them know you have nominated them giving the link to the post you have created.