I am honored to have been nominated for the aforementioned award by a fantastic Blogger, Misggrace. While I’ve heard of such appreciation awards, I never actually delved into what the recognition entailed.
Now that I’ve been nominated, I feel privileged to take part.
I’ve enjoyed following Misggrace’s Blog forgottenempathy for some time now. Her writings feature an intriguing mixture of inspirational and enlightening commentary, from a Christian perspective. One only needs to read a single article to realize her aspirations of becoming a drama and movie writer are well on their way to fruition, success firmly planted in the cross hairs. A favorite post of mine; Slow to Speak, is an example of a straightforward, yet often overlooked life lesson, one we can all benefit from.
Thank you for the nomination.
Now I’m not able to cut and run after my acceptance speech. As per the rules, I’m obligated to provide a brief commentary on the topics below.
How did I get into Blogging?
The unedited Director’s Version (with 5 lines of previously un-read material) can be found in a prior post Why Do I Write, which delves into my tumultuous writing background. The abridged version is much simpler. Dorothy Parker perhaps said it best, describing me to a tee:
“I hate writing. I love having written”.
While not entirely true (I do get the occasional Dopamine rush when the words spew forth unrestrained), I have battled a love-hate relationship with writing since the beginning. Positive periods of creativity flanked by negative, inspirational droughts. Most writers have. Then came my Blog. My introduction to blogging began last November, my primary reason –a tool to force myself into a regular writing routine. And while my posting schedule is not aggressive (weekly for the most part), I’ve kept it up, with some weeks more challenging than others, but to date, I’m still making strides, still learning, still defining my niche.
What two nuggets of advice do I have for new Bloggers?
- Write for yourself. Writing for profit or fame, or channeling your efforts towards a market you have no personal connection with, will hinder your chances. Considering 80% of new blogs are abandoned within the first 3 months, outlasting the competition requires focus, commitment, and honesty. Much like Stephen King’s quote (here I go again dropping quotes), “if the stuff you’re writing is not for yourself, it won’t work’, writing what you know, what you feel, is paramount. Your voice emerges when you write honestly, uncensored, warts and all. It is the best type of material to read.
- If building an audience is important to you, respect the 80/20 rule. Spend 20% of your time writing, and 80% promoting. By promoting, the lion’s share of work involves socializing, reading other Blogs, commenting, liking, sharing, re-posting, and making meaningful contributions. The benefits are huge, the connections you make, invaluable.
And there you have it.
Thank you again for the honor (and a topic for this week’s post – an added bonus), and thanks for taking time to read my post. If you’re so inclined, please drop by my site, I’m happy to reciprocate. After all, we’re in this together.
In keeping with the rules, I’ve nominated the 15 excellent Bloggers below. The official nomination and rules, will be sent to each of them.