A big thank you to Bookneeders and Red String Paper Cuts, who have kindly nominated me for the Blogger Recognition Award! Click the links to see their awards (and good blogging advice!) and check out their blogs. I know I’ve been slow to respond, but I’ve been looking forward to accepting and passing on the award love.
- 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 started.
- Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
- Select 15 other bloggers you want to give this award to.
- Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated them and provide the link to the post you created.
The Story of My Blog:
I was working on a fantasy novel and ignoring suggestions from fellow writers and the general interwebs that I should blog, because I knew nothing about blogging and felt intimidated by the whole idea. Then a friend convinced me to try it out, saying it was a great way to regularly write and publish things and interact with other writers/bloggers/readers, instead of staying in the lonely ‘writing a novel’ bubble. I was still a bit uncertain, but I went to a workshop at my local writer’s centre that focused in part on blogging, got some good advice and ideas, and felt ready to give it a try.
Since I’d just finished a thesis that involved analysing fantasy books, I decided to do something similar for my blog (except in a less dry and academic way 🙂 ). It was, as my friend had promised, a really rewarding experience, and I’ve been doing it ever since!
Advice for New Bloggers:
- This is a piece of advice I got when I started blogging and it may sound obvious, but I found it helpful: blog about something that interests you long term and that you feel passionate about, and don’t expect to be ‘successful’ straight away. One of the main reasons blogs ‘fail’ is because the blogger loses interest or gives up too early. When I started I had lots of random ideas for things I could blog about, but I realised most of them were things I’d get sick of very quickly. Fantasy books have always been and will continue to be a passion for me so I knew I wasn’t going to get sick of blogging about them after a few weeks.
- This advice goes counter to most blogging advice I’ve heard but hey, I’m giving it anyway: you don’t have to blog every day or second day or a certain number of times a week. Sure, if your goal is to amass tonnes of posts/followers/traffic in a short space of time or you want to personally challenge yourself, go for it, but if you just want to have fun blogging and put something out there, and all you can manage is a post a week or a fortnight, that’s fine too. Doing something is better than doing nothing, or forcing yourself to do more than you can handle. I follow bloggers that post every day and others that just post occasionally. Frequency isn’t important as long as you’re enjoying yourself and meeting your own goals.
This time I’m breaking the rules and nominating just one person – my good friend Jenny over at Travel Adventure Discover. She writes great travel advice and posts with stunning photos from all over the world that either make me very jealous or very hungry! Luckily she’ll be travelling with me soon, so for once I’ll have no photo envy 🙂