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Recognition. As writers, we all hope for that, don’t we?
I mean, there’s recognition, and then there’s recognition. And nothing is truly better than being nominated by a fellow blogger for an award. With that being said, I’d like to thank Ben Leander of My Casual Trainwreck Life for extending the Blogger Recognition Award to Truly Madly Sassy! From the bottom of my heart, I gratefully (and humbly!) accept!
Part of the award means telling the world about how your blog started.
Truly Madly Sassy started as a creative outlet for me in December 2016 as a way to express my grief over the death of three friends as well as the parting of ways with the man who had my heart. For the most part, I expected it to be a mere ‘dear diary’ — yet as I started to write, it became so much more than just an online journal. And the more I wrote, the bigger it got!
Most people can really relate to things like death and the breakup of a significant relationship.
And before I knew it, I was getting messages via my contact form from people who had a similar story as mine. It was then that I realized that the blogging medium would be a tremendous way for me to reach those who were hurting just like I was. And while blogging has been rewarding in that way, it has become more humbling than I could ever convey to you, the reader.
Advice? You want my advice?!
Along with the acceptance of the award comes a tiny bit of housekeeping in the form of giving two pieces of advice to new bloggers. Honestly, I learn something new every day, so I don’t pretend to the be expert by any means, but these are the two things I would tell someone who is thinking about starting a blog.
Make sure your blog is a realistic representation of who you are.
What I mean by that is this: as writers, we hide behind keyboards all the time and in order for our readers to feel connected to us, they need to be able to see that we are tried-and-true human beings. It’s difficult to glean anything about a person just from text on a computer screen, so it’s important that anything we put out there is as transparent as possible. Not only that, the content has to be something a reader can relate to or your stories are for naught. Just be yourself and everything else will fall into place accordingly.
There will be times you’ll want to quit. DON’T.
We all lose motivation for the things we create at one time or another and I’ve considered quitting more than once. Guest writers are your biggest asset during those times, so utilize them! If you have friends who blog, as them to write something for your blog! If you don’t have friends who are bloggers, find some! I found Ben simply by reading his work and before I knew it, I was asking him to write for Truly Madly Sassy. You’ll make connections that you never expected once you’re part of the blogosphere, so use that to your advantage when you just don’t feel like you have anything to offer your readers.
I meet lots of writers in the blogging world and I’ve come to especially admire the work of two other bloggers and I’d like to nominate them for the Blogger Recognition Award as well:
Miriam Ford Rhymes of But, Still Breathing
Kari Touchette of A Machinist’s Wife
Share the love!
- Write a post recognizing your award.
- Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
- Give a brief story of how your blog started.
- Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
- Select other bloggers you would like to recognize with this award.
- Comment on each blog to let them know you have nominated them and provide the link to the post you created.
- Don’t want to participate or have already accepted the Blogger Recognition Award? No hard feelings here! Just enjoy the limelight and carry on with the great work I know you’re doing!
Til next time, stay sassy!