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Blogger Recognition Award

Updated: Oct 10, 2018

Wow, it's been nearly 3 weeks since I launched my blog, and it's been a whirlwind. I've given it a good go, paid close attention to advice I've been given, as well as picked up a few tricks from blogging resources such as what Ruth provides. Whilst it's early days, the feedback from the posts I have received have been positive. And I'm very happy with where it is going.

I checked my notifications on Twitter (and there were a lot), and I thought it must have been one of those tags Ross usually tags people in but I realised I was nominated for my first award, which was quite nice to hear as it means your blog is doing the rounds, being read - which is what we want, right?

Special thank you to Haziqa Ishtiaq from the Fiction Is My Middle Name for selecting me for this award! If you like to read fiction, new characters and plots within the romance, adventure, and mystery genres mainly, please be sure to check out her blog.

So what exactly is the Blogger Recognition Award?

It’s an award given by other bloggers that think your blog is going places. That, or they think you deserve the recognition. We’re all here to help each other, and bring something new to the table.

Like many of these blogging awards, there are rules; these particular rules, while not-set in stone, must be followed to claim the Blogger Recognition Award.

The rules are:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog. (check)

  • Write a post responding to the nomination. (check in progress)

  • Give a short story on how you started your blog. (it’ll be there, below… somewhere)

  • Give 2 pieces of advice to new bloggers. (being a tips and advice blog, of course, my 2 cents will be down there)

  • Nominate 15 other bloggers.

  • Let the bloggers know that you have nominated them. And provide them with a link to the post you created. (will do)

The short story on how I started my blog

I've always loved creative writing, from a young age I would write poetry, stories etc and relish any opportunities given at school where I could channel this passion. This spark in my imagination lead to my other love in Drama, where I did this at local clubs, school and progressed this to GCSE, A-levels and later my degree.

In the 2010s I realised journalists were using blogging as a way of showcasing their portfolios, I had friends at uni who were doing work for the then Cub Magazine, I'm still in touch with the student officer who was overseeing this at the time, she's now an Entertainment Editor and I do remember her piece of advice which was to keep writing... Praise that has stuck I guess, which is odd for me as I do focus on the negative at times.

Blogs of mine have came and went since then and it wasn't until recently I decided to keep with the idea of something more personal as it resonates with the community if it actually comes from the heart, it takes a lot of time and commitment and they can't be maintained unless you have a genuine passion for the content you produce; so the categories I have stuck with are LGBT, Mental Health, the odd bit of TV and Entertainment when something strikes me.

Purllsofwisdom is a play on words with my surname, and the blog is my experiences and if you can take anything from it, and use it for you then that's fantastic but I don't claim to be preachy with it. I never had a resource I could look to to help to come out or unravel the overthinking that has caused my anxiety, and this is what it's there for; to be the person I needed when I was younger.

Two pieces of advice for new bloggers

1. Keep going - you might feel you want to put it off, you might nothing you say has value, or see really great blogs and be frustrated as to why it's not happening for you at once, or be frustrated with the layout and design of your blog and feel annoyed your blog doesn't look as good as others. Don't panic, keep going - speak to us if you need help, we all have something to offer. The amount of times I have gone to Ruth, Ross, Zaralou and Abbie for advice I can't even count but they have all helped me out.

2. This is kind of split in two - sorry for cheating but they both feed into each other.

Write in advance, this will help you, there is nothing worse than writer's block the night before you post (I pick Fridays to post as it is a day when more people are online - rush hour of social media I call it; in the evenings). Blogtober for example, people have all their posts written, or at least some from what I have seen. The more you write in advance will help allay any creative blocks but will also help you with scheduling. I use Hootsuite, and pick the times of 07:30, 13:00, 18:00 and 20:00 as these tend to be the times people are online the most. It allows you to pick the time, draft your tweets with the blog post links and hashtags and it will post them for you on your behalf so you don't have to worry about doing it manually.

Now for my nominations

1. Ross - he does the Man vs Adulthood series; talks about his interests such as film and gaming. Navigating his way through his twenties, whilst not taking life too seriously.

2. Ruth - Ruth in Revolt - I would thoroughly recommend reading her if you need a pick me up. She's like a hot water bottle if you have a stomach ache in the office, a cup of tea after a long week, a bit of chocolate if you're annoyed and don't know why, a hug from your Mum...you get the idea? She's turning her struggles into something positive - this is important - we can have a whinge and a rant, but we need to get up off the chair and tackle it head on and she encourages just that. That mantra alone has seen her engagement and numbers increase so she also gives advice for new bloggers.

3. ZaraLouu - https://zaralouu.wordpress.com - she makes me laugh hard. Blogs women, mens, beauty, fashion and lifestyle. Gif queen and banters on Twitter, and again one of the blog warriors who gives encouragement even if in CAPS LOCK ;) between her and Ruth they have offset some tears and anxiety attacks that become a bit too regular in my personal life, so yeh.

4. Cara Lisette - Cara's Corner - she's already don't the Blogger Recognition Award from what I have seen but I would still recommend her blog as it's focused on mental health, she's a mental health nurse who has suffered with it most of her life and's passionate to break down stigmas and taboos surrounding it to offset and prevent discrimination surrounding it.

5. Abbie - What Abbie Says - lifestyle, going out, words of wisdom and rants, this girl has it all and I LOVER HER MORE THAN CAKE. I met Ross through her as well so.

6. Alice - Alice in Wanderlust - Dating & Lifestyle, I love her content, I check her blog at the end of every week and read what I can. Everything about her blog is fab.

7. Ashleigh - The Story of Ashleigh Davis - Lifestyle and Travel blogger, who is a Kent girl too. Fab. Her instagram is awesome too.

8. Katie - Katie's Corner - Lifestyle, beauty and homeware, as well as the kind of lists that wouldn't look too out of place on Buzzfeed or Metro.

9. Gemma - Mixing Bowls & Make Up Brushes - not focusing so much on dating anymore (congratulations) but more focusing on baking and make up...in case that wasn't obvious. She's also my dearest, closest friend. Knows my secrets etc. Yikes.

10. Daniel - Slopes Game Room - I know him through a friend and if you love video content on history of games then be sure to check him out. He's amazing and also really funny.

Ok so I cheated, there isn't 15, but I was struggling. Haha. Hope you enjoyed. Please feel free to drop me a line if you have any questions about anything. And, yes, I do urge everyone to check out each other’s blogs and do join in the blog awarding fun.


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