Blogger Recognition Award

Guess what?!?!?!? I was nominated for the Blogger Recognition Award!! The Blogger Recognition Award is when bloggers recognize a new blogger for their work and then that blogger recognizes a new blogger and so on. It's a great way to encourage new bloggers, make new connections, and build a blogging community.

It's also a way to say "OMG someone other than my mom read my blog!!! Keep Blogging!!" least that was my first impression!! But now I'm realizing it's a great way to find some other bloggers who are just starting off, encourage them, and follow their blogging journey.

I was nominated by fellow bloggers Nicky and Laura, from Woman In Progress!! Huge Thank You Ladies!!

Now I have to follow some rules in order to accept my nomination (I got them from Nicky & Laura). My nominees will have to follow the same rules in order to accept their nomination and award.

The Rules

  • Write a post about the award
  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog
  • Write a brief story about how your blog began
  • Provide at least two pieces of advice to newbie bloggers
  • Select 15 blogs to nominate. It can be hard to find new blogs, but it's also a lot of fun to see what everyone else is doing.  If you're having problems finding new bloggers search Instagram for "newbloggers" and see what pops up.
  • Contact each nominee and provide a link to this post

How My Blog Began

Honestly I wrote an entire post about the start of my blog here. The short version is I had graduated college, got a “real job”, and wasn’t sure what to do next. I’d reached a majority of my life goals…so now what?? That’s when I decided I needed some adventure/excitement in my life, but how do you do that on a teacher salary in a small town?? Well you change your perspective and start finding adventures in the little things in life. The purpose of my blog is to document these mini adventures and to encourage myself (and others) to try new things.

Advice for New Bloggers

Well it feels a little odd writing advice for new bloggers since technically I still feel like a new blogger. Not sure I’m qualified to give advice yet…but here goes!!
  1. If you’re debating about starting a blog just start!! Don’t wait!! You’ll never feel matter how many articles you read or how many tutorials you watch that feeling of “I’m ready to start” will never come!! You’ll never feel 100% certain of your decision to start blogging…there will always be some type of fear or uncertainty or anxiety.  If you have an hour a week, a computer, and a vision…then you’re ready!! GO!!
  2. Create a blogging calendar. A blogging calendar helps me keep up with my posts so I don’t get behind. It also helps me avoid posting 3 times in one day and then skipping the next month. 
  3. Let your voice/personality come out!! When I first started blogging I was worried about grammatical errors or the fact that I like to use periods as spacers… this….hahaha. But then I read an article that talked about your writing style/voice as a blogger. The people reading your blog are reading it because they like you, your personality, your ideas, and your voice!!  Don’t worry about the technicalities of writing…just write what feels right and let your personality come out!!  
  4. Good photos are a must!! This is the part I still haven't mastered...haha. I know good photos are important because they are what draw people in...I just don't like spending time editing photos!! haha...but yes good photos are a must!! 

I nominate the following bloggers (not all are new but I just love their stuff):

Cooking 1 Handed  One of my friends from high school started a blog. Watching her blog has really motivated me to step out of my comfort zone a little and start blogging again!! She writes about cooking one handed...a baby in the other!!

Fashion Coup where Katie is taking over Fashion with Jesus and modesty.

Casa Blanca where Arielle is talking about mommin, fashion, and life.

Shopping Makes Me Happy--admit it you're already in love with that title!!

Farr From Perfect--a little bit about life and great photos!!

With Love From Texas--lifestyle, home, and marriage from a Texas girl!!

Glow Up Already--about growing up, glowing up, and figuring it out along the way.

Two Feels Write--2 best friends + 2 English degrees + life = awesome blog

Ashley Scotti--Fashion, faith, and life of a college student

Versed In Fashion--fashion and beauty actually helpful tips (vaseline as a makeup remover..what?!?!)

Wine in a Coffee Mug--where Lauren is writing about life as a balancing act

On Cloud 12--living past cloud 9 and realizing that happiness is within your reach.

Flourish and Thrive--Making changes in life to make 2018 her year!!

Young Polished Professional--making an ordinary life a little more than just ordinary

The Sarah Ever After--Sarah's sharing life's adventures as a mom and wife from Virginia Beach.

Keep up the good work ladies!! I love each and everyone of your blogs!! I spent over a month just looking for bloggers to encourage and that I actually enjoyed thank you for sharing a bit of your life with me and I look forward to following your journey!!

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