I am both over the moon and incredibly humbled to recieve this wonderful award from ourlittleredhouse. It’s not only so encouraging and heart warming to be recognized, read, heard in the world but to be awarded by someone whose blog I truly love and an author I deeply respect. Thank you hardly seems enough. 💕
So what is blogger recognition award?
Blogger Recognition Award is given to bloggers by bloggers to encourage and acknowledge the hard work and effort that goes into creating posts. It’s an opportunity for bloggers to recognize one another for each of our contributions to their blog and the blogging community!
Thank the blogger 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 got started.
Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
Select 5 other bloggers to nominate.
Comment on each blog to let them know you nominated them and provide a link to your post.
Though I was a member of the Mississippi County Writer’s Guild, National Federation Of State Poetry Societies, won awards, published in magazines, anthologies and written numerous news paper articles…blogging would come along much later and at the prompting of friends, family and FB. Actually, they’d read my stories on FB and beg me to write a book! What sort of book would that be?
If you’ve read my blog at all, you soon realized that I’m all over the place which made blogging perfect for me as I’m not locked down to a single subject. Yay! A venue that gives me the freedom to express all my crazy facets and boy do I have thoughts on EVERYTHING!
My title, All The Shoes I Wear, aptly discribes the many positions i’ve held in life to the many paths I’ve walked….not literally my shoe collection. Lol That seemed to fit the purpose I had in mind for my blog yet….as with all things in my life, it’s taken on a life of it’s own and why should it be any different? I did open a kitschy boutique that became the top tattoo studio in the state and had never so much as ridden a horse or been on a farm but sure bought myself a horse ranch! Go figure!
My Advice to new bloggers…
I’m not sure I qualify as one to give advice here but such as I have, I offer you.
1. If you are anything like me, go ahead and have that idea for your blog but don’t panic if you feel it’s going off the rail. As you begin writing, you’ll discover your own voice emerging and as it does, the direction it takes may not be what you had planned. That’s Ok! Allow what naturally flows from you to direct your blog instead. I’m not saying to discard discipline but rather be disciplined in writing what flows naturally. Your posts will be more engaging, entertaining, touching and authentic as opposed to writing that, which will to the reader, feel forced and hollow. And, you’ll enjoy your blog instead of it becoming something that feels like “work.”
2. This is most important, build a community and care for it! Read, read, read, others blogs, like and comment as much as you can. Touch base with your community, encourage them and let them know you appreciate their hard work. You will learn and grow through them, be encouraged and inspired by them so make it a priority to spread the love! Your community is your greatest asset!