The Blogger Recognition Award!

I really don’t know what to say! I’m super flattered and awed that anybody other than myself finds my blog worth reading. I’ve got over 100 posts and 60+ followers now, and I find myself worrying more about “Are people going to like what I’m writing?” And then I realize I don’t really care, because I’m writing more for me than anyone else, and I keep on going.

Thank you so much to the beautiful Rain @ The Withering for nominating me for this award! I’ll try to make mine as entertaining as yours, but I think my cranky grandmotherly age of 23 prevents me from being so hyper 😉 Also, I’m totally stealing your image because I’m too lazy to make my own.

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Give a brief story of how your blog started.

So I’ve always enjoyed writing. I’ve had several blogs throughout the years. My first one was called Life of an Army Band Girlfriend, and I deleted it after my then-boyfriend dumped me. (He went into Basic Training, decided we were through, and strung me along for several months before dumping me via letter.) My second blog was called Not in Nottingham, because I was sad and liked the lyrics “Sometimes ups outnumber the downs, but not in Nottingham” from Disney’s Robin Hood. I was a little emo, I guess. That eventually morphed into That’s My Division, which I abandoned after my second boyfriend dumped me. Yikes. If you want to read the cringey confessions from two years ago, go right ahead.

This past April, I decided I wanted to get back into blogging again. One of my fellow English majors had a book blog, and I wanted to get in on that. I felt like I had some great opinions to offer. I also wanted to share recipes that I’d tried and some of my stories. I haven’t shared any stories yet (I’m too shy, to be honest), but I’ve accomplished everything I wanted to with this blog and then some. I never expected to have met so many great people, nor to have posted 100 times and gotten over 60 followers! Y’all keep me going, and I’m so thankful for all of you. ❤

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Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.

This might get long, so bear with me, please!

First of all, the “schedule posts” button is your friend. I can’t tell you how far in advance I have things scheduled. (Actually, I can. I’ve got things scheduled all the way through Dec. 10 for book reviews, to the end of October for T5T posts, and through November for my Thursday Book Tag posts.) I’ve actually had a friend ask me for my secret to posting as often as I do, because they’re just constantly overwhelmed. My secret is that I write when I’ve got time: I’ll write three to five book reviews per week and schedule them out, so I don’t have to worry about writing them the day they’re due to be published. I’ll get the T5T tag list at the beginning of the month and go ahead and write all of those out. Write when you’ve got time. That’s the best piece of advice that I can give. Write when you’ve got time, schedule posts ahead of time, and breathe easy. You’ve got this.

Second, don’t compare yourself to someone else. I’m that person that is constantly worried about what other people think of me. I try to get places early so I don’t have to walk in late and try to find a seat. I worry about what other people think of when I’m eating out alone. Things like that. I have to constantly remind myself that I’m writing this blog for me. It’s great that other people read it, yes, but they’re not the main reason I’m writing. I’m writing to get my thoughts out, to have a portfolio of writing available somewhere, and to help myself through this period of darkness I’m currently in. Remind yourself why you’re writing, and write for yourself, not for anybody else. You’ll be more confident. There will always be someone out there who has a prettier layout, who writes better, or who posts more often. Don’t worry about them. Look out for yourself; make your layout your own, have your own voice, and post when you want to. You’re amazing, and don’t let other people influence you. It’s great to look for inspiration, but don’t lose who you really are.

 

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Now here comes the hard part. According to the rules, I’m supposed to nominate 15 other bloggers to give this award to. My problem is, I don’t really have 15 other bloggers to nominate. Yikes. This is why I don’t tag anyone in book tags, because I don’t want to bother anybody with these things! However, there are a few people whose blogs I love, and I’m hoping I can nominate them without it getting too awkward.

So here we go, in no particular order, not-quite-15 people:

  • Leslie @ A-Z Books
  • Shanah @ Bionic Book Worm
  • Ryann @ Ryann the Reader

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Here are the rules for your reference:

– 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.

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Honestly, though, I really am grateful and excited that I was nominated for this. I know it’s just a silly little thing online, but connecting through the blogging community means a lot to me. I don’t have a lot of friends, so the few I’ve made online here are great.

I look forward to seeing your posts.

And as always, keep reading.

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One thought on “The Blogger Recognition Award!

  1. AWWWW!!!! HONEY YOU *TOTALLY* DESERVE IT!!! NO. DOUBT, ABOUT. IT. OKAYYY??? okay. ❤ ❤ ❤

    AND HEYYY, you ahd THREE blogs before this one???!!! This is my third one too. I mean, I REALLY got into blogging only this year. The first two were sporadic and…I don't know…it was….MEH! ;p ;p ;p

    LOOOOOVED YOUR POST, Lauren. Why the fuck would you think it won't be interesting??? *judging you* ❤ ❤

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