How is your Tuesday going? Mine is almost over here in Japan but before it ends I wanted to share a new post with you. Thank you to Jen, at Stewie Overseas, for the Blogger Recognition Award!
Blogger Recognition Award rules
- Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
- Write a post to show your blog award.
- Give a brief story about how your blog started.
- Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
- Select 15 bloggers you want to give this award to.
- Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated them and provide a link to the post you created.
My blog’s origin story
I first started blogging (with a different and now defunct) blog to share my study abroad experiences with friends and family. My old blog was private and aimed at people I knew personally.
However, in the fall of 2015 I decided to start blogging again. This time around my main goal has been to learn more about the behind the scenes aspects; such as SEO, graphic design, HTML, domain registration, hosting, etc. A secondary goal has been to connect with other bloggers and learn from them. I follow blogs based on a wide range of subjects and by reading them I have learned so much!
Advice for new bloggers
My first piece of advice for new bloggers is take baby steps! Starting a blog can be as easy as signing up and publishing your first post. Or, blogging can lead you into the complicated world of self-hosting, custom website themes, and cross-platform marketing. The joy of blogging can easily be turned into stress if you are learning all of these at once. Initially, focus on learning one or two things very well. Go on Youtube or read other blogger articles to familiarize yourself with the lingo. Implement those aspects into your blog and routine. Once you’ve got them down, move on to the next thing. Soon enough you will improve at the technical aspects and your blog will see good growth and participation.
My second piece of advice is to make connections with other bloggers. The best advice and marketing I’ve ever gotten has been from bloggers I have gotten to know. They got to know me and they were able to help me out when I had a question about x topic. Plus, they have become a built-in cheerleading group and they are the ones sharing my posts. I’m so grateful to have met so many great bloggers from around the world!
Here are my nominees for the Blogger Recognition Award:
- Little Pink Pumpling
- Big Tiny Steps
- Being Insane
- Exploring Dark Woods
- Oh Criminy
- Tripping on Words
- The Small Adventurer
- The Catchiest of Mangos
- Bunnies are Magic
- Jackie O My
- What the Pandan?
- The Pearly Life
Feel free to use the graphics in my post! I made them to go along with the award. And now I am going to let these fantastic bloggers know they have been nominated. Make sure and check out their blogs and have a great day!