I was very kindly nominated by Loopy Lou Laura (Musings of a Tired Mummy) for the Blogger Recognition Award, you should definitely check her out!
This award is one of those blogger tags where we get to know a little bit more about the blogger in hand, and we get to nominate our friends to join in too.
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.
How My Blog Began
I used to write terrible blogs all the time when I was younger. I tried lots of different platforms, I had a cringey make up one on MSN Spaces back when that was a thing. Thankfully, I realised each one was terrible and deleted them in time.
Then I had a second baby. A baby who would not sleep. Many nights spent awake led me into the thick of parent blogging. I hadn’t really known it was a thing before that, I’d heard of it in passing, but assumed it to be something entirely different to what I found it to be. I really wanted to be involved.
I started my own parenting blog (this one) on a free WordPress site but Greg’s sleeping became far worse and I was too tired to write. I quit after about four posts. Greg started sleeping again when I started uni and I’d just bought a shiny new laptop to do my work on, so it seemed like a good time to pick it up.
This time I was older and mindful of how crap my old blogs were that I’ve tried very hard not to make this one the same. I don’t know how successful I have been on reducing the cringe-factor though, people seem to enjoy my punny titled posts about my gynae visits and the time I couldn’t wee when I was pregnant.
Advice to Newbies
The most important advice for newbies is that more often than not, unless you advertise your blog to a load of nosey folk you know from real life, you’re not going to get many visitors. It’s nothing to be ashamed of, it’s something a lot of us have all been through and you’re unlikely to be an overnight sensation. Blogging is more about community than you perhaps first realise. I see a lot of new bloggers popping up in the groups asking how to get lots of views or lots of money. The best thing you can do it become part of the community that your niche belongs to and make some friends; if you stick at it, the rest will follow.
The second bit of advice is to not be embarrassed by your work. For ages I shied away from sharing my blog with friends and family, but if you’re creating something that you’re proud of, then you need to show it off!