Before I get to the 15 blog posts that I have nominated for this award, I would just like to say a HUGE thank you to Emily of Holden Down The Fort for taking the time to read my submissions and nominating me for the Blogger Recognition Award! I have only recently re-entered the world of blogging, so this was totally unexpected and a wonderful surprise indeed!
I stopped writing for about 2 years and decided recently that the time was right for me to jump back in, so I am thrilled to know that my blog is being appreciated by others already – there is no value that can be placed on such positive public recognition, especially from other bloggers
There are a few very simple rules to follow when accepting this reward –
1. I must thank the Blogger who nominated me and provide a link to their blog.
2. I must write a post to show the award.
3. I must write a brief story on how my blog started.
4. I must to give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
5. I must select 15 bloggers to pass this award on to.
6. I must comment on each of their blogs to let them know they have been nominated for this award and provide a link to this post.
How my blog started
Several years ago I launched an e-zine called “Inspire” (https://issuu.com/inspirevirtualmag/docs) which I produced from cover to cover - every second month. I loved it but between running my business and raising my child, I found that it was simply too much on my plate, so I finally made the very difficult decision to put it to bed and say “goodbye”. I missed doing some of the writing though, so I decided that I would continue to write – but with a little more freedom than an “e-zine” offers – and that was when I launched Rock Your World.
Advice to new bloggers
Well I think I would consider myself a new blogger too, but if I was to offer any advice it would be that your blog should be authentic. Don’t write for the sake of publishing a post – write because you have something to say and you want to share it. People have instinctive radar for “bubblegum” posts and in my opinion, unless you have quality content with a bit of meat, people will lose interest fairly quickly.
My second piece of advice would be – have fun! I read a quote once that said “write drunk, edit sober”. I literally laughed out loud when I read that. There is an element of truth in it because when you are relaxed and “having fun”- all your creative juices flow, which in turn results in some great writing. Don’t take this advice verbatim – I am not saying you need to write drunk, lol – but I am saying that FUN should be a forefront objective…. And hell, if you want to write drunk, go right ahead – but in that instance, PLEASE follow the full piece of advice and edit sober – before publishing. Haha!
My 15 nominees - and in no specific order are:
1. The Nut Factory - Life of a socially awkward mum
I absolutely LOVE your style of writing and your totally unique approach to blogging. I also love the "crappy drawings of people with no noses" haha!
2. 22 Footprints - The story behind my 2017 motto and bracelet
I really enjoyed how you took a "problem" and found a practical and workable solution. Very inspiring, thank you
3. It's a Linda Memphis kinda life - How do I become a writer.
A very insightful and truthful piece which is applicable to so many facets of life. Without passion, it all means nothing.
4. The Don Father
I read quite a few of your pieces and aside from the fact that it is really awesome to see a mans / fathers perspective on things - I also just love your writing style. Its fresh and upbeat. Your blog is also very visually appealing.
5. The Happy Home Acre - 15 Simple Laundry Tips everyone should know.
Reading creative writing is always great food for the soul, but practical and useful information for day to day living is also great! I really enjoy all the tips and advice.
6. Life as Mrs Yolo - Relationship Quotes - what they should really say.
This was a very heartfelt and genuine post. It came from deep within and offers the reader something to hold on to - HOPE - for someone possibly struggling with something similar. Love it!
7. The Ramblings of a Mad Woman - Everything about this is illegal
You had in me captivated in three lines. I just love how you write - the end!
8. Secrets of Greatest Minds
I love reading things that motivate and inspire me. I am not one to read newspapers as I find them depressing - I would FAR rather read a blog like yours! Thank you for sharing it!
9. Love your Manicure - Mommy memories
Such a lovely FUN post - "the warm and fuzzy kind" - with a beauty recipe attached... haha! Love it - Write more! This is such a cool combo for the ladies
10. A journey through Life - Choose Happiness
I read several of your posts and I love how you express your thought processes. I am similar in that regard, so I really related to it. Will definitely be reading more of your posts in future. Thank you for sharing.
11. The Simple Mum - Why I let my kids use the sharp knives
I REALLY enjoyed this post - and I couldn't agree with you more. Kids these days are simply "babied" FAR too much! Independence and confidence are essential in their development towards success.
12. Project Hila - Courage
I think it is really important for people to read "real stories" and you have a great way of delivering the content and the very REAL emotion behind it. There is nothing more inspiring to a person who is lacking motivation, than to share a part in somebody else's success.
13. Intensify Now - How to quit your job and travel the world
This post is a serious package of motivational punch. WOW! I am a complete sucker for these kinds of stories. I believe they fill your mind with all the right kind of medicine. Really loved it. Thanks for sharing! - I look forward to loads more!!!
14. Organised by Yen - Why Simple Living
I really enjoyed the depth of this post. Life is often way too complicated and sometimes when you are "right in the thick of it", you cant see the way out. This post is really practical, useful and emotional driven. Thank you for sharing it!
15. Fionas Favourites - Reflections in, on and round about
You already know that I love all your posts - they are always a great escape from the madness of city life and generally leave me envious of your fabulous country lifestyle! haha - I will get there... one day!!! :)
Well, that's a wrap! 15 REALLY great blog, worth taking the time to read!
Happy blogging peeps.
Until next time...
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