After a stressful night of homework and other challenges, I awoke Tuesday morning to find, to my delight, that I had been nominated for two separate blogger awards: The Blogger Recognition Award and The Versatile Blogger Award. For those who aren't aware of these awards, or perhaps you're not a blogger, these are awards given to bloggers from their fellow, peer bloggers. If a peer pats you on the back and tells you: "Hey...Good Job!", well, in my mind, that's the highest form of respect. I am excited, elated and honored! :-) Let's get on with the show. (BEWARE! This is a much longer blog than I would normally write. I hope you enjoy!)
The Blogger Recognition Award
1. Write a post to show your award
2. Thank blogger(s) who nominated you & provide a link to their blog
3. Give a brief story of how your blog started
4. Give 2 pieces of advice for new bloggers
5. Nominate 15 bloggers of your choice for the award
6. Comment on each blog to let them know that you’ve nominated them & provide a link to your post
THANK YOU SMILING DREAMER!!
A great big, HUGE THANK YOU
to Smiling Dreamer
, who nominated me for both awards. Smiling Dreamer
is a teenage blogger from Cairo, Egypt and calls herself “a teen like any other who comes from Egypt.” I love reading her blogs and always come away with a smile on my face. She is a witty, engaging and talented writer . Make sure you visit her blog
. Oh, and if you’re going to Cairo on vacation, she recently wrote a piece about life in Cairo called Cairo is Cool 🙂
, which includes places to go and things to see. I am also providing a link to her award article, Awesome Awards
, so you can see the other phenomenal bloggers she nominated, along with me. THANK YOU, ONCE AGAIN, SMILING DREAMER
, for the 2 nominations, but also for your kindness and support since my blogging adventure began. Keep up the wonderful work you do, I can’t wait to read your next post…and.. Good luck on your exams! 🙂
How did I my blog start…
I’ve always enjoyed writing. For some reason, I can communicate more effectively and think more clearly when I write. That being said, writing a blog never occurred to me. Then, about 3 years ago, I was working for a local credit union that needed someone to take over writing their blog. I had no idea what I was doing, but said “sure, why not!” I wrote the credit union’s blog for about a year and a half, and LOVED IT. When I quit my job to focus on my master’s degree, I found I missed blogging. That’s when the idea hit me: I could create a blog to track my experiences as I earned my master’s degree, and share the nutrition information I learned along the way. So, about 1 1/2 years ago, in the summer of 2015, using the profile from my blogging days with the credit union, I created The Purple Almond and wrote my first post, which can be found here
Then, school started and so did the excuses. You know the ones…”I’m too busy, I’ll do it tomorrow.” Well I said this everyday. Then, one day, I realized a year and a half had passed since I wrote my first blog. So, on November 30, 2016
I wrote my second blog…and haven’t looked back. I have definitely found my niche. I love blogging. Probably the best part of blogging isn’t the actual writing, which is rewarding. The part I love the best is the other bloggers. I have quickly become immersed in the blogging world. It is a wonderful, exciting, and fascinating place, filled with people of all ages, from all corners of the world and all walks of life. Bloggers are wonderfully inspiring, motivating and supportive of one another. Thank you to each of you for your support, encouragement and kindness. Keep up the good work everyone! 🙂
Tips for new bloggers…from a new blogger? Well…
When it comes to blogging tips, I think you’ll find most experienced bloggers will tell you similar things. I’ll share tips given to me. So, here we go.
TIP #1: SOCIALIZE! This is probably the best piece of advice I received from a fellow blogger. You have to get out there…FOLLOW– If you want followers, you have to follow other people. You can’t wait for people to find you – go after what you want. You get what you give. Karma baby! People will be more likely to come and check out your blog, if you’ve followed theirs. COMMENT-Bloggers LOVE comments, I know I do. So don’t be afraid to post an opinion. Do you love a post? Say so. Did the blogger ask a question in the post? Answer it. You get the idea. By commenting on other people, you’ll draw attention to yourself and your blog, while supporting the other blog. It’s a win-win! LIKE-We all want to be liked, including what we post. It all goes back to what you want, and you want “likes.” REBLOG/REPOST-There’s no better way to support another blogger than to repost/reblog their content. It helps you and gives their blog much needed exposure.
So get out there and socialize. It’s fun! It supports others! It helps you!
TIP #2: BE TRUE TO YOURSELF: People will tell you to do the following: Post lots of content, yes…Be creative…yes…But more important than that, or even socializing, is to be yourself, and the rest will follow. Your blog will automatically be filled with lots of creative posts and content if you are true to yourself. After all you are the only you there is in the universe. How much more unique does it get than that? Besides, why start a blog in the first place if you don’t have something unique to contribute to the world. People will automatically be attracted to you and your blog when you put a unique spin on the things you love.
I decided to “share the love” and nominate different people for each award. There are just too many wonderful blogs out there. So, let the nominations begin!
My Nominations for THE BLOGGER RECOGNITION AWARD
- Fey Fitness
- Koolaid Moms-What’s for dinner moms
- Smart Veggie Recipes
- Online Beauty Blogger
- Happy Hannah Love
- The Kitchen Chemist
- Hungry Breton
- Ella’s Wisdom
- Dinosaurs, Donkeys, and MS
- Nourished Peach
- Simply Splendid Food
- Think Smart
- A Mixed Bag
- Fearless in Jesus
The Versatile Blogger Award
1. Display Award
2. Thank blogger(s) who nominated you & provide a link to their blog
3. Write 7 things about yourself
4. Nominate Bloggers
THANK YOU, once again Smiling Dreamer
! Thank you for the nomination, your kindness, your support and sharing your wonderful blog with the world. Meeting phenomenal people like you is what makes this blogging thing so rewarding.
7 things about myself
- I lived in England for 3 1/2 years
- I have traveled to 12 different countries
- I have moved 11 times during my life
- I was born in South Dakota
- I have 1 sister, no brothers
- I have a dog named Max
- My grandmother will turn 100 years old in March 2017
My Nominations for THE VERSATILE BLOGGER AWARD
- The Original Phoenix-Confessions of a Reborn Girl
- Euphoric Gratitude
- Quirky Girl-Comically Quirky
- Tripping Through Treacle
- Christian Grandfather
- Fly n Things
- Ellie Bleu
- Herding Cats
- The Richness of a Simple Life
- An Orchids View
- My GF Home Bakery
- Pinkie Bag
- Peace from Panic
- Nutrient Dense Cowgirl
Okay! I guess that wraps it up. I’ll be posting to all the nominees comments shortly after this is published.
One final thank you to Smiling Dreamer for the nomination. Thank you to all my followers and everyone who takes the time to read my blog. I appreciate that you take time out of your busy lives to visit my blog.
Finally, my wish for you:
May all your dreams come true, except one, so you always have something to strive for.