I was nominated for the Blogger Recognition Award by Greta Renee of When Almonds Bloom. The award has a few rules so I need to follow them (because I’m a color in the lines kind of person):
1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
2. Write a post about your award.
3. Give a brief story of how your blog started.
4. Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
5. Nominate 8 other bloggers for this award.
So here we go!
1. I would like to officially thank Greta Renee for nominating me for this award. It makes be a little nostalgic for the first blogging platform I was on, Xanga, where I met so many wonderful people. I hope to find some old friends here as well as make some new friends (like Greta Renee). Please check out her blog HERE.
2. Well this is already in progress so I don’t think I need to dedicate a separate entry within the blog to blog about the blog…
3. Brief… I started this blog in 2017 after my beloved Xanga all but died. Sure it still exists if you count being in a vegetative state as being viable. I started my Xanga blog in 2007 and 10 years later switched to WordPress. I have connected with several former Xangans so the community lives. My blog started as a way to connect with my niece and nephew and my sister and mother. It quickly became a creative outlet for me. I had aspired to be a writer when I was young but as I matured I decided on a career in which I could count on a steady income. I continue to write poetry and short stories, chronicle my life, and showcase my ceramic art on WP. I’ve kept my blog format as close to my old blog as possible.
4. My advice to new bloggers: 1. Write for yourself. Meaning don’t try to please an audience. Most of the blogs I read are because I enjoy their own unique “voice” not because they are targeting a specific demographic. 2. Don’t live your life online – there are some things that need to be kept private. If you declare your undying love and detail all aspects of the relationship just know that if love dies it will be a tragic and very very public event. Ask yourself, “Do I want everyone to know the details of my love life? my relationship? My heartache? Do you want your current/potential boss to know that you just had a bad breakup/divorce? That you are hung over? You were arrested? Think before you hit publish!
5. I’m supposed to nominate 8 people for this award. It is a good thing because that is how I discovered several people I follow. So here goes!
1. My first nominee is Saintvi located at a blog with the same name. She has been a friend for a long time on Xanga and has just come over to WordPress. I’d love for all my followers to go visit and welcome her to WP. She has a sharp wit, a keen sense of humor and is a lot of fun. She even dabbles in poetry when her muse moves her.
2. Tom Lemler of Tom’s Treasures is a blogger in Michiana (a local blogger to me). He posts poems, philosophical discussions, and uplifting messages (even podcasts of sermons). I have enjoyed his blog and really think others would too if they gave him a try!
3. Hélène Vaillant of Willow Poetry posts original poems specializing in Haiku and Tanka (Japanese forms) as well as other poetry forms and short stories. I appreciate her poems and I think you might as well.
4. I also recently found jstnotherday who was a xangan and migrated here. Her posts are short and to the point with photos or illustrations. I enjoy them and hope you visit her to check it out.
5. Denise Gainey blogs at The View from Here. I have been following her journey and love the view from her perspective. She is a musician with a beautiful soul. She and her husband and 2 dogs and one cat (who is unpredictable and a bit wild – the cat not Denise) reside in Chez Gainey. Please check out her blog and say hello!
6. Promisesunshine is another former xangan transplanted to WordPress. She writes about her life and family and career with humor and seriousness in equal measure. I am a big fan and am cheering her on as she embarks on another adventure! Go visit her and give her some words of encouragement!!
7. Ann Coleman writes Muddling Through My Middle Age. Her blog is thoughtful as she takes the reader along as she discovers the joys of being a grandparent and the tribulations of middle age. Her posts often make me smile. Visit her blog and see what she is up to now.
8. Last but not least, Janet aka slmret, posts at My Blog. She is a photographer and appreciates nature. Her blogs often focus on the mountains, hills, wildlife and the sea near her home in California. She has been documenting and updating the blogging community on the fire situation lately. If you want a first hand look at the California wild fires go visit her posts!