Well, it’s been four months since I started my blog and as anyone who has been down this path will tell you – it ain’t easy!
For me the hardest part is dealing with the frustration (and at times disappointment) that comes from having a head full of ideas for my blog but lacking the time and (if I’m honest) confidence to turn them into something I can share with my readers.
So much so, that for the last few weeks I’ve been thinking about closing my blog down and walking away from it.
Sounds a bit dramatic, I know, but I have a habit of starting what I think are really good ideas at the time, then losing patience with them before they can fully bloom . . .
My mouse cursor has hovered over the “are you sure you want to delete this website” button a few times lately while I’ve struggled with the decision of whether to go on.
Then, out of the blue, I got a shot of much-needed encouragement. It’s funny how a small gesture of kindness or a friendly pat on the back at the right time can make a big difference.
Earlier this week a fellow blogger sent me a message. It read: “Hi, I was recently nominated for a pass-it-forward style Blogging Recognition Award, and I have nominated your blog in response. There is no pressure to follow up on it – I just thought I’d share my enjoyment of your blog with others.”
Now this isn’t a big award, it isn’t even really an award in the true sense of the word at all. But it meant a lot. To know that someone else thinks what I am doing is worth recommending to their readers is a big deal to me. And ultimately, it’s probably given me that little boost needed to keep pushing ahead and make my vision for grow it, catch it make it come true.
So I’d like to say thanks to beingadaisy for nominating me and I highly recommend you check out her blog Everything but the kitchen sink. Like myself, she blogs as a way to hone her writing skills. Her posts about her life and thoughts are full of personality and are written in a relaxed, conversational-style that makes you feel like you are spending time with a close friend. Writing with your own, unique voice is a talent – and she has certainly found hers.
Back to the award.
I wasn’t quite sure what the Blogging Recognition Award was, so I followed a link back to the blog where it originated, called the Eve of Night. No doubt the concept is designed to drive traffic back to this site, but it’s a clever and harmless way of doing it. Directing your readers to other bloggers you admire makes the blogosphere go round, so I’m happy to do my bit.
Part of accepting the award is to pass on some tips about blogging. I’m only new to this, but something I have learnt is the importance of forming friendships with other bloggers. Their support by following your blog, commenting on your posts or even just giving you the odd like is invaluable.
Make sure you return the favour when someone takes time out of their day to give you a compliment. Also, discover as many new blogs as you can each week and when you find something you like, spread the news.
The more you help others, the more others will help you.
The last part of accepting this award is to pass it on to some fellow bloggers who you think deserve recognition.
For this I nominate:
Check them out when you get a chance; they are all great bloggers.