Blogger to blogger awards are such a supportive way of showing our appreciation for each other and the work that other bloggers do. I’ve been lucky enough to be nominated for a few other awards in the past, you can access them here: Awards. Each time I’ve been hugely flattered and grateful for the opportunity to pay the love forwards to some other brilliant folks. This time is no different.
I was nominated for the Blogger Recognition Award by both the fantastic Amy at Delicate and Brutal and the lovely Shreya at Blog with Shreya. Then by the super amazing Michelle at Boomer Eco Crusader too. Finally, less than an hour before I was about to publish this, the very generous Tiffany at Metaphysical Mama threw another nomination into the pit too!
These folks are all great bloggers who I would highly recommend that you visit, follow and interact with. Thank you all so much for nominating me.
Here are all their links, go follow them everywhere you can:
Delicate and Brutal
- Blog: https://delicateandbrutal.wordpress.com/
- Instagram: Delicate.and.brutal
- Facebook: Delicate and brutal
Blog with Shreya
- Blog: https://blogwithshreya.wordpress.com/
- Twitter: blogwithshreya
- Instagram: blogwithshreya
- Pinterest: blogwithshreya
Boomer Eco Crusader
- Blog: https://boomerecocrusader.com/
- Twitter: MichelleOram13
- Instagram: boomerecocrusader
- Pinterest: michello13
- Thank the blogger that nominated you and give a link to their site.
- Do a post to show your award.
- Give a summary of how your blog started.
- Give two pieces of advice for any new bloggers.
- Select at least 15 other bloggers for this award.
- Let each nominee know you’ve nominated them and give a link to your post.
How my blog started
I started my blog as a kind of free therapy outlet in the aftermath of losing baby boy3 at 20 weeks pregnant. But its brought me other unexpected benefits too. I write openly about that experience in the miscarriage category. I’ve also recently started a series on the lessons we can take away from any sort of loss and I’ve been lucky enough to have some wonderful contributions from other bloggers on that topic.
I’ve worked from home, alone, for 6 years now – often not seeing another adult person (other than staff at nursery/school drop off and pick up, and himself of course) for a week. Blogging and the community I feel part of on Twitter and Instagram give me the opportunity to empty my brain and chatter about every day crap – just like I would have done once upon a time, in the office. Its only in finding that time to waffle about nothing again, over the last 18 months, that I realise how much I’d missed it and how important it is to not keep those thoughts inside.
I never had any intention of building my blog into anything bigger or more significant than just somewhere to splurge the contents of my brain. I was lucky enough to be gifted a canvas recently in exchange for a post, but I’m not seeking out those opportunities.
I’m really not the person to come to for advice if you want to start a blog with the plan of getting millions of views, affiliate links, super search engine hits or going viral.
But, if you just want to make a little corner of the internet about something that you’re passionate about, here are my tidbits:
- Be yourself – don’t try and be something you’re not. You won’t ever see fashion, style or makeup posts from me because that’s just not part of who I am. I mean I wear clothes and I like to look nice but I don’t feel I have any authority to write on the subject, so I don’t.
- Consider your privacy – right from the start I knew I wanted to be anonymous. I have an irrational fear of being “found out” (one day I’ll write about imposter syndrome) and I really don’t want my family and friends to know what I write – they might be hurt or offended. But its important to me that I don’t feel bound by considering the feelings of the acquaintance school gate mums when I write.
- Engage with others – there’s a whole world of wonderful people blogging out there: Michelle, Shreya and Amy are just three of them. Whether you’re on social media or just using a blog site provider, you’ll find that there are loads of people around in the situation as you – no matter what that situation is. You’ll always find someone who has shared experiences and that makes us all feel less alone. I really love discovering people who are very different from me, its great to broaden my horizons and open my mind to the beautiful variety of life out there worldwide.
So I’m going to do something different here. Usually I nominate people I interact with on a weekly or daily basis. Instead, I’m going to reach out to some blogs I’ve recently discovered that are a departure from my typical reading.
- Jared at Jared Does Uni also on Twitter at @JaredDavies02
- Indya The Small Adventurer over at @ohindya on Twitter
- Lorna at Fiction Inspire also on Twitter as @lorna_mwebaza
- Tammy at The Silent Torch tweeting too as @NaciaSGS
- Charlotte Parlotte on Twitter too as @ChaPalotte (j’espère que cela se traduit bien, Charlotte)
- Richie at Richie’s Room over at @Richies_Room on Twitter
- Damion at The Northern Dad who you can find on Twitter as @thenortherndad
- The French Hamster
- InvisiblyMe also on Twitter as @invisiblymeblog
- Simone at Simone says GO! tweeting over there as @simonesaysgo
- Liz at Pieces of Liz over at @piecesofliz on Twitter
- Rosie at Love Rosie also on Twitter as @loverosiee1