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The Blogger Recognition Award

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A huge thank you to Stacy of Taylor411 for nominating me for The Blogger Recognition Award. This happened months ago and I’m happy to finally post it along with the awesome bloggers I’m nominating!

My top two pieces of blogging advice and 15 bloggers I love! | The Blogger Recognition Award via muddybootsanddiamonds.com

Why Did I Start Blogging?

It was a little goal of mine to start a blog as soon as I got pregnant. Originally, it was to be a place for me to keep my friends and family on how the pregnancy was going, and later how the baby was. I had envisioned it to be a space where I shared photos and funny stories about my children. I spent the first three months of Pregnancy #1 writing just for me since I wasn’t ready to announce to the world that I was pregnant (or had a blog). My plan took a huge turn when I learned I was experiencing a missed miscarriage. I kept my blog private, only writing for myself as a form of therapy. I didn’t start sharing my posts until I became part of Melissa’s Infertility/Loss blogroll.

The women there gave me the courage to start sharing the lesser talked about parts of my journey to becoming a mom. These parts that made me feel so alone, but that so many moms go through.

Even now, only a handful of friends know about my blog, though anyone I know could easily find it. I’ve written about harder things, like miscarriage and postpartum depression/anxiety. I’ve opened up here in a way I can’t to family, and I know I’ve said a few things that would rub certain people the wrong way, so what I do here in this space still goes un-talked about in my day-to-day life for the most part. But if sharing my story can help just one person, I consider what I’ve done here to be a success.

What’s My Advice for New Bloggers

Part of the reason why it’s taken me so long to publish this has been in being able to answer this question. Visit Google or Pinterest and you’ll get more people than you can count giving you advice. I’ve been blogging for almost 7 years and here’s what I have to add to the pot:

#1 Don’t think your blog needs to be perfect before you start publishing and sharing it with the world. Seriously. Don’t worry about having a certain number of posts written before going live. Write from the heart whenever possible – those are the posts you’ll be most proud of. Don’t worry about having the perfect theme – I can’t tell you how many times my theme and layout has changed over the last 6.5 years! You’ll probably find your style changes as you grow and change.

#2 Do Not Forget Why You Started Blogging In The First Place. I think many of us wanting to make money from blogging tend to forget this. At least, those are the bloggers who I notice writing an “OMG I’ve lost sight of why I started I need to get back to the basics” kind of post at some point. I know I have to check myself several times a year. I love being able to make a few bucks here and there, especially because I’m a stay at home mom, but money isn’t the reason why I started blogging.

‘Blogging isn’t about publishing as much as you can. It’s about publishing as smart as you can’ – Jon Morrow

I Nominate…

My top two pieces of blogging advice and 15 bloggers I love! | The Blogger Recognition Award via muddybootsanddiamonds.com

Rules of participating in Blogger Recognition Award

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog
  • Write a post to show your award
  • Give a brief story of how your blog started
  • Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers
  • Select 15 other bloggers you want to give this award to
  • Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated them and provide the link to the post you created.




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