This week I won a Blogger Recognition Award. I am so excited and grateful that people like my site and what I have to say. I was nominated by Lori at Fleur De Flamenco. Her site is all about her journey with Flamenco dancing in Kentucky. She inspires me because she found something in life she wanted, then went and got it.
I have seen other blogs that I follow receive this award or ones like it and I just love this concept. Not only does it give a great sense of accomplishment to someone who is nominated / wins one, it also helps to build a sense of community out in the world.
When you win there are a few rules you need to follow to keep the award alive and growing.
Here are 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.
The way my blog started is pretty normal. I started so I could share my thoughts on my hobbies and connect with others. I have been focused mostly on crochet and yarn because I have a crochet business and always have a project going. I plan to start writing about knitting, and quilting soon. I also am going to throw in some Tatting – I recently signed up for a class on Craftsy and think it is a beautiful way of making small lace projects.
My advice to new bloggers is pretty simple.
- Find an active Facebook group for new bloggers that fits you. It is a great way to get support, technical advice, find the apps and programs you want to use, and make friends. I love two groups
- Blogging 101: lets anyone serious about blogging into the group. They are a great source of help on just about everything.
- Vixen Exec Blogging Community: This is a group that is for women who want to take their blog to a new level. (If you are a man I am sure there are awesome groups for you out there just search for them in Facebook Groups.)
- Research! Research! Research! Before you start signing up for programs or services make sure you research them first. Have a list of what you expect from that type of program/ service and if they don’t fit at least the big ones keep looking. Great places to find articles on blogging and starting to blog are Flipboard and Pinterest. There is nothing worse than buyers remorse when you find a better service that is possibly cheaper. You will regret it partly because you already paid for something else, but mostly because you spent all that time setting it up!
I am happy to nominate the following 15 sites for this award. Either they have helped me find my footing in this new part of my life or they inspire me to keep going.
- Messy Mom Bun
- The Terrific Five
- Spiked Parenting
- Maps & Monograms
- Cooking Without Limits
- Isn’t She Crafty
- Joys of Creating
- Craft and Other Crazy Plans
- Kens Lite Pen
- Calenna J’s Crochet Creations
- Bern Bakes
- Chaotic Shapes
- Clouds and Cups
- Confessions of a Bookworm Fairy
- Czech Mom NYC