Blogger Recognition Award

Last week Laura from Musings of a Tired Mummy nominated me for the Blogger Recognition Award! Thank you Laura, I do enjoy taking part in these when I get the chance. I’ve come to know Laura through the Blogger Club Facebook threads and love seeing snippets of her life and family through her blog, Instagram and YouTube channel.

So… THE RULES

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.

How my blog started:

My blog started over 2 years ago in the final few months of my maternity leave after gaining inspiration from both my husband and successful sister-in-law who is a beauty blogger. My hubby had started a blog and quickly gained momentum, but once I started mine he let his slide and didn’t really progress with it any further. I had also watched my sister-in-law start her blog (now 6 years old) and grow it successfully and saw the enjoyment she got from it. It gave her an outlet from work and family and it was something just for her. I had always enjoyed keeping a diary until about the age of 20 and had also kept a diary during my pregnancy and thought it might be a good way to document things for our son to look back on in years to come, or not. However I didn’t start it when I wanted to initially as I had to wait for BattleDad to set up my hosting as I wanted to go self-hosted from the get-go. This was advice my hubby had given me and and I’m glad I took it.

2 pieces of advice:

Go self-hosted from the off. Think of the name you’d like, check GoDaddy or Reg123 to see if it’s available and if so grab it. Then get your hosting sorted asap. It will save you a hold loads of stress and worry in the long run. I’ve seen countless bloggers decide to move from .blogspot or .wordpress to self-hosting and while for most the move goes smoothly, it does not come without some stress or worry. By doing it from Day 1 you’ll never need to worry about it. Unless you decide to rebrand that is!

If you lose your blogging mojo as I have before, do not worry about it. Take some time off, take a short break from writing, and it will eventually return. I’ve gone through periods when my love for my blog has vanished and I’ve stopped writing or just gone through the motions for the sake of it, but I’ve always come out the other side better for having had a break. That said, I haven’t written just to get something out. I participate in My Sunday Photo with Darren of Photalife every week, and if I am on a short hiatus, there are times when that is the only post that gets published in a week. And guess what, that’s alright! My following on social media hasn’t dipped, my blog views may take a hit but they bounce back. Just don’t get stressed if it all becomes too much and you need a break Take it!

There are numerous other bloggers who deserve this recognition award (and I apologise if you’ve already done it). Also, for those I am tagging, please do not feel like you have to do it, this is just my way of saying thank you for the support you’ve given me and a way for me to recognise that support.

Kerry Kerry Louise Norris

Sarah The Herniman House

Leanne A Slice of My Life Wales

Cathryn Cardiff Mummy Says

Laura Sidestreet Style

Sally Teddy Bears and Cardigans

Ali We Made This Life

Mellissa The Diary of a Jewellery Lover

Kaz Ickle Pickles Life and Travels

Jo Ojos World

Jo First Time Valley Mam

Alana Baby Holiday

Tara After the Sunshine Comes Sunshine

Aly Bug Bird Bee

Kellie My Little Babog

 

17 thoughts on “Blogger Recognition Award

    1. Snap Laura! Had hubby not told me to I’d have probably gone ahead without realising the consequences. Glad he told me early enough and I waited until he could set it up for me. Thanks again for the nomination x

  1. I definitely agree with advice to go self hosted from the start, I recently switched from WordPress.com to self hosted and although it went smoothly it was stressful, wish I had done it from the start!

    1. Thanks hun. You are definitely not alone with the stress of worrying if it will go ok. That’s why it is the most important piece of advice I’d give someone starting a blog x

  2. Thanks Cath for tagging me.My aim this month is to read more bogs now I’ve got more focused on actually blogging regularly again. Great advice and I hadn’t known about self hosting, let alone what blogging would involve when I first started.It’s been a great learning curve though despite many mistakes.I have lots of ideas for how to get your blogging mojo back when you hit writers block, noted to write that soon.

    1. It was my pleasure. You’ve been a really great support to me in many ways and I’m so glad we met in person too. I will be trying to complete those courses we’ve been discussing while settling into new life too xx

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