About two weeks ago I had a pleasant surprise from another blogger friend, Susan of The Most ...of Every Moment. She was kind enough to nominate me for the Blogger Recognition Award. What do I hear you say? Another one of those blogger awards? Well, this one is quite special because it is given to bloggers that have impacted the blogoshere and those that we admire! Of course, I did a little bit of digging and found out that this award was originally posted at Edge of Night. If you are interested go to that link to see the original.
I would like to thank Susan of The Most ...of Every Moment for the nomination. Susan is a talented writer with a wide range of subjects and a very informative weekly post, which is called "My list of Fabulous Finds". Susan has also traveled extensively and currently lives in Montana, which is very cool in my opinion. Hop on over to her blog, she is always writing short stories that will have you enthralled.
And now on to the rules:
How my Blog Started:
I have been doing projects around the house for many years for two reasons. Firstly, I got tired of constantly going to the store to buy things that I didn't think were worth the money and didn't fit in with what I had in mind. Secondly, because I didn't want to throw things away, I wanted to be environmentally friendly.
I was visiting my sons last year in New York, and in the US there are so many yard/garage sales. I saw a world of possibilities. So much stuff to remake/ upcycle/repurpose. By this point, I had also discovered blogs on the internet, and in particular Bless'er House, which was the first blog I followed.
I returned from NY full of inspiration and figured what have I got to lose? And I just took the plunge, thinking it was just a few posts a week and that's that! Hehehe... I was totally in the dark. But so far, it has been one of the best experiences of my life.
Advice to New Bloggers:
If you are serious about blogging as a way to make an income, then you will have to work long and hard. You cannot look at this as a hobby. You will get back whatever you put into it. Or as a friend says "Blog Karma".
My first few months of blogging were spent in oblivion. I stupidly thought if I put the blog out there everyone would flock to see my projects, because they are so fantastic (wink, wink). I wrote the blog for everyone - and me, myself and I and a few family members read it. It doesn't matter how great your posts are, you cannot live in a vacuum.
That was when I discovered link parties. I go to many of them and I make a real effort to connect with other bloggers. So link parties and meaningful comments are very important. I always remember there is another person working hard to create something on the other end of that comment. So I had better show consideration. Now If I'm lucky, I'll get a reply. That is how you weed out the bloggers that are meant for you, those will become your friends, your support system. And believe me you will need them.
I have been blessed to have met a large variety of really fantastic bloggers who have taught me so much and even held my hand on occasion. I hope I can do the same for others. So if you are thinking of doing Blogging-lite, and expect to get somewhere, forget it.
My second piece of advice is to find your voice. Find out who you want to be in your blog and just go for it. If you have a great sense of humor, put that in. Some of my favorite bloggers have wicked humor that they use to hilarious effect in their posts. If you are good at technical things, let it shine through. I know it sounds cliche, but you have to be authentic when you write in your blog, otherwise you risk getting lost. Your readers want to identify with one person, not with a brand or a text. They need to see the person behind the blog.
Lauren Bless'er House
Katerina Culinary Flavors
Debbie Debbie in Shape
Wendi H2O Bungalow
Katrin Kreative K
Pili My Sweet Things
Larissa My Prodigal Pieces
Sharon Pretty Practical Home
Keri Repurposing Junkie
Karen Run Wright
Debra Shoppe No. 5
Suzan Simply Vintageous
Nicki T-Shirt & Jeans
Marie The Interior Frugalista
Nikki View from In Here
The bloggers I have nominated range far and wide, in topics and in my reasons for nominating them. Some are newbies and some have been around for a while. I even have one or two rock stars in the bunch (you know who you are, don't try to deny it). The thing that they have in common is the impact they have had on me and my respect and appreciation for every single one of them.
I've nominated them in the hope that you will go and check out their amazing blogs and hopefully introduce them to others. I've also expressed to them that they are not obligated to participate in this if they are not able to.
My thanks once again to Susan of The Most ...of Every Moment for my nomination and for the opportunity to meet some really talented bloggers. Thanks for stopping by today for this extra special post.
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I'm Mary and I recently moved to New York from beautiful Greece. I like to re-purpose and up-cycle anything that is old or looks like junk. Join me as we use our creativity to spark some life into old things. And do it frugally! You will also see lots of photography of my Greece and New York.
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