For today’s Blogtober post, I have been nominated to take part in the ‘Blogger Recognition Award’.
This award lets bloggers nominate fellow bloggers to recognise the dedication that each of us put into our own blogs, whether we blog for fun or as our actual job. The award helps us appreciate our peers and friends within the blogging community, and it lets each of us share our own story on how we started.
Before setting off on my blog, I’d like to thank my wonderful blogger friend, Cathy, on her nomination. It’s very dearly appreciated and I’m looking forward to writing the rest of this post. It would be great if you guys could go and check out Cathy and her blog, which is over at lifeinasuitcase.net, she is an amazing blogger and a really great person too!.
The Rules (copied from Cathy’s post)
- Write a post showing your Award
- Give brief story of how your blog started
- 2 pieces of advice to give new bloggers
- Thank you to who nominated you and include a link to their blog
- Select 15 bloggers to nominate
How My Blog Began
During my second year of university, we were asked to start and create our own blog, decide on a niche (mine was music) and write 2 blog posts, as part of one of my final assessments. After this module has ended, I didn’t really take much notice of my blog until the end of my third, and final, year.
I realised that I would have no way of keeping up my writing skills on a part -time or casual basis, like I had done throughout my time at university. So, I decided to research different bloggers and their blogs, and take my blog as serious as them. After about a month or so of designing my blog and coming up with a proper name, Niamh R Blogs was born.
Since then, I’ve been doing my own thing and posting a whole range of posts. I’m really happy with where I am at right now, regarding my blog, and I’m looking froward to what happens next! It’s only up from here!
My Advice To You
1. Don’t let the numbers get to you. When I first starting blogging, I wanted my follower count and audience to grow massively over night.
Spoiler alert, it doesn’t.
I realised that the only way for me to properly gain an audience was to engage and be active with my fellow bloggers. After a couple of weeks, I was learning and enjoying so much that I forgot about the numbers and just submerged myself with the joy and happiness that blogging was giving to me.
My blog has given me a place to share and harness my creativity and I feel as though people react better to a natural, genuine vibe that to a fake and pushy one.
2. Don’t put too much pressure on yourself. If you’re doing this as a hobby or as part of your living, you need to enjoy writing your blog. If you’re forcing yourself to write, or just aren’t enjoying it, take some time off. I know some worry that if they go inactive, your audience will forget about you. But, from personal experience, I can honestly say that they don’t.
I took a whole month off of posting because I was working loads of hours in my job and I just wasn’t feeling inspired or creative enough to write. I was still active in the sense that I was reading and connecting with other bloggers but I just wasn’t satisfied enough with my own writing to actually publish anything! (If you need time off social media all together, then that’s absolutely fine to do too!)
So, in the end, I decided to just give myself a little break and take it from there. The moral of this point is that you should always enjoy working at your blog, and if you’re not, maybe take a step back until you feel creative and inspired again!
Hopefully this advice helps some of you out on your blogging journey!
Karen from thrivingavenue.com
Shan from candytuftandcorncockle.com
Girl Missguided from everythingmissguided.wordpress.com
Molly from mollycatherinee.com
Sophie from sophlouisep.blogspot.com
Tara from lifeisanadventure.ie
Katricia from simplykatricia.com
Paige from peachpaige.co.uk
Lorna from thesweetpeax.blogspot.co.uk
Georgia from thecovetedlifstyle.com
Abby from abbyclareblog.wordpress.com
Chloe from chloechats.com
Megan from meganbreukelman.com
Stephanie from notvicarious.com
Amy from fleurdubelle.blogspot.co.uk
Thank you so much for reading and I hope you enjoyed!
Blogtober Post No. 22 will be up around 9AM tomorrow.
Love you all and thank you for the continuous support X