I hope everyone had a good Christmas. And now I’m going to round off the year with some great news.
Wow. I have been nominated for the Blogger Recognition Award by Kerry of Kerry Bakes. A huge thank you to Kerry who said she loves following my blog. Do take a look at Kerry’s fabulous baking blog.
So I’ve been challenged to tell you a brief story of how my blog got started and to give some advice to new bloggers.
Well I just kind of fell into blogging. I actually created my blog in order to enter a competition. If I recall correctly, the only entry method was via blog. I didn’t win though and looking back, I can see why. Not only are there no photos, but I seem to have created the post as an aside rather than a proper blog post. I don’t even know what an aside is in the blogging world and have no idea how I managed to create it like that. Can anyone enlighten me on asides please?
Then roll on 4 months before I attempted to do anything else on my blog. This time, sticking with the comping theme, I used it to showcase my children’ artwork where they had won drawing competitions. Followed by my first news post, again sadly lacking in any photos.
Looking back at those initial posts, I have two pieces of advice for new bloggers. Firstly a picture tells a 1000 words, so do illustrate your posts. And secondly if possible, save the pictures on your own library, remembering to get permission to use anything that isn’t yours. I’ve just seen some glaring unsightly blank spaces on my early posts where the picture no longer exists where I had originally linked.
Over the next couple of months I got into blogging properly and my most visited blog post is from this period, although the stats for the rest remain tiny. But then in May 2013, my son was diagnosed with leukaemia and I lost the inclination to blog. So it remained dormant for another 3 months before I returned to it and since then the rest has been history.
A difficult choice, but I’m going to nominate the following 15 blogs in no particular order for The Blogger Recognition Award.
Kim of Northumberland Mam
Rebecca of The Beesley Buzz
Vicki of Honest Mum
Di of Super Lucky
Jane of Onions and Paper
Alison of Dragons and Fairy Dust
Vicky of Single Mother Ahoy
Sarah of Let Them Be Small
Baby Isabella and mum Dawn of Dear Mummy Blog
Chantelle of Mama Mummy Mum
Kate of Family Fever
Rachel of U me and the kids
Fiona of Coombe Mill
Rachael Jess of RachaelJess.com
Colette of We’re going on an Adventure
So to find out the guidelines for the Bloggers Recognition Award please click on the original post on the Edge of night blog, whose owner Eve created this award.