So a few weeks ago now (at least I think it’s been that long), I got nominated for the Blogger Recognition Award by Charlie Chatters. I must admit that I had never heard of her blog before getting the mention, and I’m almost disappointed I hadn’t had a chance to check her out earlier! I don’t spend a whole lot of my time blog reading – perhaps it’s just because I haven’t managed to find a whole lot of them I’ve enjoyed incredibly, but I’m so glad to have the chance to get involved in a bit of the community and with some of the incredible people within it. After all, we’re all writers living our lives in the best way we can, right? And community is kind of my thing. It’s a good reminder to me to invest more time in the important things – less stressing and more friending.
Anyways, Charlie Catters is a delightful blog and totally worth checking out. For sure. She writes a bunch on video games, books, her experiences in life – you know, the kind of content that’s really worth reading, and the kind of person who’s worth getting to know. I’m beyond honored that she thought my blog – one of which I’m still very much in the process of developing – was worth mentioning. So thanks so much, love. Can’t wait to see some of the next amazing things you come out with.
So here goes:
The Blogger Recognition Award is given from blogger to blogger to encourage and acknowledge the hard work and effort that goes into creating amazing online spaces.
- Thank the blogger who nominated you
- Write a post about the award
- Share a story of how and why you started your blog
- Offer at least two pieces of advice for new bloggers
- Pass on the nomination to another 15 bloggers
- Comment on each blog and let them know that you have nominated them (I believe if you link directly to one of their posts it will ping an automatic comment on that post)
WHY I STARTED LIVINGTHAT20SLIFE
If it hasn’t been obvious through my posts, I’ve been really struggling with life. It’s always really been an issue for me, but it’s only gotten worse in the past four years or so, since my grad year at school. I came to realize after working in customer service for so long and meeting a lot more people my age, that the struggles I’ve been having are all too common. I, personally, have felt quite lost in it all. It’s easy to find people who’ll ‘help’ by telling you what to do or offering advice, but finding people to come along side you and help you figure out what you want is a rather hard task.
I certainly don’t have all the answers, and my point isn’t to just talk about me and my life. Rather, I wanted to build something where people in their twenties (or any other age really), can find something they relate to, something that makes them feel a little less alone, and a little more understood. Maybe I’ll even be able to help someone out in their own story. I don’t know, really. But I really do enjoy it, whether something comes out of it or not.
ADVICE FOR NEW BLOGGERS
Which is great because I’m pretty new and tiny myself.
Anyways – just do what you want. It’s all great and dandy to enjoy getting attention and likes and comments. You’re writing your blog for other people to enjoy, right?
However, you gotta write for you to enjoy. If you’re not enjoying it, writing what you love, and pouring your heart into it, why would anyone else want to bother? In an age where there’s so much media everywhere – where everyone has something to say and is actively shouting out to get heard, the only way you’re going to be satisfied with your work and get the attention you deserve, is to fill everything you do with soul. And really, what would be the point in anything else? Musicians, artists, and writers are only as good as the depth and passion of their work. So why would blogging be any different? Fall in love with your work first, and the audience will follow.
BLOGS I’VE PICKED
Again, I really don’t read a lot of blogs. Definitely a habit I should be getting into, but one thing at a time, right? At least that’s what I’ve been trying to do. I really do follow some incredible people though, so let’s see what I’ve got!
Itsgoodtobecrazysometimes: Relateable and honest. I really enjoy seeing her posts showing up in my email or WordPress reader. I guess I’m just in a place in life where I love reading about other people’s experiences in life – how I can relate to them and learn.
Heartstring Eulogies: Talk about a blogger with soul. Her poetry and writing is incredible, and sometimes I read something from her and it strikes me on such a deep level, I want to keep her words scattered on the walls of my room so I can read them all the time.
Unbolt Me: Blog all to do with writing – very cool and honest. They speak openly about things, and have a whole range of super cool and soulful content to be read and enjoyed. One of those blogs that I’m really going to have to take a good long rainy afternoon to go through and enjoy.
Thirty On Tap: Lifestyle blog about, well, pretty much everything. They cover everything from the tough life topics, advice, cultural situations, current news topics, and everything in between. What I strive to be like on my own blog, to be honest.
She’s A Seeker: Another lifestyle blog full of the experiences and incites of another incredible blogger. Definitely an inspiration for sure – someone worth following for their perspectives on life.
Affectionately Yours: Maybe I just really enjoy reading about other people’s lives. Maybe it makes me feel more connected to others and less alone in my own life’s story. Might not have posted for a little while, but the simplicity and down-to-earthness of what she writes about really catches my attention.
The Confessions of a Wanderer: I’m actually so obsessed with travelling. All I want to do is to be able to work from home and use the money travelling the world, meeting people, and gaining experience. If I can’t be doing that, at least I can read about someone who is, right?
Catherine Ryan Howard: I’m obsessed with reading and books and writers and anyone who’s actually been successful in the publishing world. I find them to be some of the most incredible people, and Catherine’s no exception to that. There’s so much to learn and appreciate from her works and posts.
Blonde Write More: Another writing blog. Not only does she post up her own stories, but she posts writing tips, writing blogging things, and pretty much everything in between. If you need a good writing blog to start with, I’d start with her. Actually so much fun and helpful.
Let Me Be Frank: Another one of those brutally honest and real slice of life blogs, only she uses comics and illustrations to communicate a lot of her points. It’s a really cute way to go about things. She’s actually got a few books comics published, and I’d love to check out her stuff sometime.
Sincerely Reine: And what do we have here? Another life blog? I guess that seems to be my thing. Another cute girl blogger who talks about her experience in various things. I know this seems just like every other blog I’ve mentioned, but check her out. Incredibly cute.
I know, that’s only eleven, but that’s what I got at the moment. Again, something else I need to invest in. But we’ll get there! Check out these amazing bloggers to start with, and if you’ve got any other amazing blogger suggestions, let me know.