Willow was kind enough to give me a Blogger Recognition Award at the end of last year, for which I thanked her profusely and told her that I would get to it after the holidays.
Here are the rules:
Thank the blogger(s) who nominated you and provide a link to their blog. See above.
Write a post to show your award. Again, see above. There wasn’t an official graphic, so I made one, and yes, I intended it to look like the Seal of Good Practice.
Give a brief story of how your blog started. I had these grandiose notions of being a great fiction writer after my stroke and started reading all the blogs that offered advice to budding fiction writers. One of their suggestions was to start a blog to stay in touch with all my readers and announce all the new and great stuff they’re up to. That got me thinking about doing this, then I heard about the Blogging From A To Z Challenge, for which one needs a blog, and that sealed it in my mind that I was going to do this.
As time went on, I realized I didn’t have it in me to be a great fiction writer, primarily because I didn’t even like to read fiction. I didn’t want to give up blogging, because I realized I liked doing this too much, because it was what I liked to write. I like talking about music, I like telling stories from my past, and I do like being a smartass. And it’s sort of ballooned from there.
Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
Be Yourself. Write what you like to write. Just because everyone else is writing poetry or fiction doesn’t mean you have to. Just because everyone is writing about politics doesn’t mean you have to. If you like digging up old radio surveys and building YouTube playlists of their Top Tens, do that. If you like writing about the stupid things you did as a kid, do that.
Be consistent. You don’t have to blog every day like I do. If all you want to commit to is one day a week, that’s fine. Just be sure to be there once a week.
Select up to fifteen bloggers you want to give this award to. This is a part of the game that I always hate, because I don’t want to put anyone on the spot. So, if you’re reading this, you’re nominated. Congratulations! Grab the badge up above and have at it.
Thanks again, Willow!