The Blogger Recognition Award

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The charming Laura Noakes tagged me in this blog challenge, and she’s so damned fun and adorable, my doesn’t-do-mornings self was sucked right into the spirit of things. Plus, who doesn’t love answering fun questions? The rules are as follows:

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  2. Write a post to show your award.
  3. Give a brief story of how your blog started.
  4. Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
  5. Select 15 other bloggers you want to give this award to.
  6. Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated them & provide the link to the post you created.

 

The story of how I started my blog: 

Can I tell you how I wish it began?

One day, while I was busily plugging away at my seamstress job in a boutique raincoat shop, full of ennui (because I’m really not much of a seamstress and kept sewing the sleeves shut), I found a slip of paper in the pocket of a particularly discouraging puce-and-beige duck print coat. When I unfolded it, the following message was addressed to me in a feathery hand: Fulfill your destiny. Below this, the handwritten url with my name in it.

I went home that very night and typed in the url with a fluttering pulse, and found a blog depicting yours truly as a writer. Over a hot cup of tea, I personalized and scrolled and clicked my way into a heroic new future. The rest, as they say, is history. I’ve never discovered the identity of the person who gave me that initial nudge, but if I could, I’d take them out for drinks and a long night walk around the city. We’d become bosom friends. Or they’ll give me a thousand dollars.

(***But really, I think it’s because I entered PitchWars a couple of years ago, and needed a blog address for registration) 

 

Advice for newbie bloggers.

Write more often than I do. {dons cone of shame}

And while you’re writing that often, don’t be afraid to be the most honest version of yourself. Let that real self evolve, every day. People seem to be drawn to unadulterated versions of others, so even if you’re not someone’s cup of tea, you might be someone else’s PERFECT cup of hot chocolate with whipped cream, cayenne pepper sprinkles, and fruit loops. You do you! The world needs you.

Don’t be afraid to take risks. While I’m not an avid blogger, I can certainly say that the writer blogs I enjoy reader are the honest ones that pursue unique content and put their own fabulous spin on things. If you show up with an authentic attitude and an honest/brave approach to a topic, be still my beating heart! I’m in love.

Blogging is a great way to interact with other writers and explore your own communication identity. Invite people to guest post. The worst can happen is that they say no. And when they say yes, you’ve made a connection! Have fun with it.

One important guideline: try and be flawlessly respectful to others. Read up on important topics (like sensitivity readers, representation, and social media etiquette). And do it with an earnest heart, not because it’s the current trend. Soul-search. Heal, if you need to. Again with the theme of authenticity! People notice when your motives are good, and it’s a lovely thing.

My nominations for this fab tag:

YOU. Especially if you’ve just started out and are in the process of building your reader list. giphy (6)

Then, leave me a comment, so I can come admire your handiwork!