This award graphic was posted on Mary Smith’s blog. She nominated Maggie McLeod, who in turn graciously nominated me. I “borrowed” the award graphic as I find it very lovely. Hopefully at some point I will learn how to make my own graphics.
I was tickled to be recognized for this award. I am so thankful to Maggie for including me in her round up. I am a novice by comparison to Maggie and the others she nominated. Each of Maggie’s posts evoke loving emotions in me. You can read and enjoy her site here. Maggie writes about her family experiences both past and present in her blog FROM CAVE WALLS. We originally met each other in a writing group. From there we became friends, then blogging friends also. I am sure everyone can relate to Maggie’s down home, gentle, kind reflections.
After more than a year of phone calls and zoom calls, we finally met in person. It was an amazing experience to share our lives face to face as we grew personally, at the wonderful retreat we attended.
The rules for the award are:
- Thank the blogger(s) 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 up to fifteen bloggers you want to give this award to.
- Comment (or pingback) on each blog to let them know that you’ve nominated them and provide a link to the post you’ve created.
How my blog started:
I was in a wonderful writing group with Maitri Libellule and she set a challenge for each of us to start a blog. I was one of the few that had never blogged before. One friend, Tanya, set up my blog for me. Maggie instructed me on a variety of ways to add things to my blog. She taught me how to add links, pictures, as well as tags and categories. It was/is a little overwhelming to technology deficient me.
The purpose of my year long daily blog was to find things to be grateful for as I recovered from a sad life experience. I learned so much from the commitment of blogging. I grew personally. I read other blogs to see the variety of ways one could use the medium. I try each week to visit a new blog or two. Many I follow for the richness of their content.
Advice for New Bloggers
I think it is important to make some kind of commitment. It could be to blog for a length of time, to review other blogs, or time spent on the blog daily. It is easy to stop blogging if you don’t have an intention. I blogged daily for a year, sans a couple of stress filled days, and I was proud of myself for sticking with it. I continued blogging even after completing 365 days. I no longer feel I must blog every day. I blog most days and that feels right to me.
Another piece of important advice I have is something that more than one blogger talked about. It is important to reply to people who comment. It makes a connection that otherwise may not grow. I know if I comment on someone’s blog, I enjoy a comment back, or at least a like. I know they read my comment that way.
Bloggers to give the award to:
Nominating people is a challenge to me. It is not that others haven’t positively impacted by blogging life. It is quite the contrary. The few blogs I follow faithfully are either already nominated or don’t usually respond to nomination awards.
- Obviously Maggie already had earned the nomination. Maggie has had the most positive impact on my blogging. If I don’t read her blog, I feel like I am cheating myself. I love her connection to her past experiences. She has a heart as big as the mountains surrounding her home. In case you have not already done so please visit Maggie, at From Cave Walls.
- My second shout out is also to Pete at BeetleyPete. Pete has another blog also which I have not had the pleasure of exploring yet. I shall though. I enjoy stories of his surroundings, his dog, and his politics. He is always prompt to respond to comments. He has written numerous blogs about how to write a blog. I always learn something new from him. I am often prompted to want to write about topics he writes about.
- Darren Lidstrom has a blog called Thirty Days of Mo(u)rning. His blog is so touching and heartfelt. He writes deeply of the loss of his young wife. I admire the raw emotions he bravely shares.
- Linda Hill is a young mom, a blogger, and a writer. She authored The Magician’s Curse, https://books2read.com/u/3R16Mv. I enjoy her blog and try to include her One Liner Wednesday prompt as part of my blogging life. It is always fun to look at the way people have responded to her prompts. I love to participate in her Saturday SoCS weekly challenge. The art of writing quickly with the stream of consciousness is very different from my normal way to blog.
- Lisa Wagner, at Places Of The Spirit , writes so beautifully about nature, gardening, and the wonderful places she visits. She has the knowledge to explain all the specifics she presents. I often feel like I am living vicariously through her posts.
These are my daily must reads. Just like waiting to catch up with a friend, I enjoy a glimpse into their lives and thoughts. This blogging world is now such an important part of my life, I can’t imagine being without it. I am grateful for all the people I have been introduced to in this special forum.