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
Mellissa The Diary of a Jewellery Lover
Jo Ojos World
Alana Baby Holiday
Aly Bug Bird Bee
Kellie My Little Babog