So I’ve been nominated for this award by Emily, and I couldn’t be more grateful. I’m going to be honest, but I thought the whole concept of blogging was writing down whatever you thought and hoping that a few people actually bother to see it. But since starting last month, I’ve discovered that it is SO much more than that. Of course I enjoy writing what I write, and getting such lovely feedback. But I love just as much reading all of your blogs. I’m fascinated by other people. Their thoughts, their feelings. And how we can all differ in view. And I genuinely love reading anything anyone else has written, because it’s the views and opinions that are so interesting and wonderful. The blogging ‘community’ is a brilliant thing where we can all enjoy each other’s work.
Because I’m the sort of person that likes expressing his views, I like commenting on other people’s blogs. I like saying exactly how I feel about it. And I love it even more when the author replies, often saying how thankful they are for positive feedback. And its through this that bloggers develop relationships. No blogger would have a successful blog if it wasn’t for the kindness and help of others. We work together, giving feedback and advice, and through that comes happier bloggers who are more inspired to write great things.
How did my blog start?
Now this is probably a lot less exciting than you were hoping for, but I was bored. I was bored one evening and was, like I always am, browsing the internet. The only concept I had of what a blog was was John Watson’s blog in the BBC TV show ‘Sherlock’. And I suddenly thought how hard can it be? I’m always thinking, perhaps what I think might be interesting to some people? It was an absurdly arrogant moment. So I researched different routes. Paid? Free? BlogSpot? WordPress? Even just using one of those free website makers not specifically for blogs. But in the end I settled on WordPress. I made a blog, but didn’t actually post anything. And I deleted it a week later. 2 days past, and on the way back from school, I had a moment of inspiration and thought “right, tonight I WILL start a blog and it WILL work”. And so I did. I wrote my first post on the news. And I continued to do that every day for about a week. On the third day, I had 1 hit. And I was over the moon. But then I had a few days in a row with no hits. By this time I had signed up for the blogging 101 course. And when the course started, my blog took off, with 27 views on the first day and 84 the next. And it was a huge boost. The people I have met in the ‘community’ have helped me so much. I’ve been guided as to how to develop my blog’s design. And people have given me such great feedback. And then yesterday I had 221 views! It shouldn’t all be about views. It should be about enjoying what you write. But views inspire me to write more and therefore I enjoy it more.
Ok, I am no expert so if said advice doesn’t work, I am sorry. But I think the most important thing to do is read. Not write (although the more frequently you blog the better it’ll be). Read. Read other blogs. Comment. Make yourself known and stand out. Type into Google “how to start a successful blog”. 156,000,000 results appear! And just read some. And take the advice. The most valuable I think has been about proper tagging. I’ve noticed a bit of a trend as to which tags I write about are the most popular. Tag everything relevant to each particular blog. And see if there is a trend as to which tags draw the most views.
And read other blogs. Look for inspiration. I’ve found that the best blogs stick in my mind all day, and by the end, they will have inspired me to a new post, a new title.
- Select 15 other blogs you want to give the award to. I confess I don’t have 15. But I certainly have some favourites!
- You cannot nominate yourself or the person who has nominated you. This is an annoying rule. Not because I would nominate myself. But because I would love to be able to nominate Emily!! Maybe you haven’t seen my comments on her blog. But she is a wonderful person with an amazing blog. The title is ‘Blogger Recognition’. For me, she should be recognized for the fact that she has helped me more than anyone. She’s inspired me, helped me, written wonderful things about me, and actually made me feel very very happy and special.
- Write a post to show your award.
- Give a brief story of how your blog started.
- Give a piece of advice or two to new bloggers.
- Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
- Attach the award badge to the post (right click and save, then upload.)
- Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated them
- Provide a link to the original post: Just Consider It
- Blabberwockying. I hope a lot of you have read his blog: its fantastic and so thoughtful. But I’ve nominated him because he seems to have an ability to make people happy. On the blogging 101 site I’ve seen how he comments, how he gives back to the community. It’s wonderful to see him making new bloggers so happy-he’s certainly made me smile more than once. And he’s also just very helpful and knowledgeable.
- Loving My Pancreas. This is the sort of blog that society need a bit of. We all to read it and think. It’s actually really inspiring and uplifting.
- Scarlett’s World. Scarlett is lovely and thoughtful and a beautiful writer. She’s very articulate in her writing and we could all learn little bit from her.
- Start With Them. This is a blog that you should get into a habit of checking up on. It’s wonderfully written and the blog titles really just draw me in. And I emerge, having read them, enlightened. I hope you enjoy this much as much as I do.
- Travels in the Middle East and beyond. This is the only travel blog on here. Partly because its beautifully written, BUT THE PICTURES ARE STUNNING. She has been to so many amazing places and I’m very very jealous. Its very well laid out and actually this is what a travel blog should look like. Lots of pictures and some heartfelt wonderful writing.
- ACT Made Lyrical. I like this blog because of Corinne’s wonderful poetry. I wouldn’t have said I was a poetry fan before I read this blog. But she has proved to be that good poetry is wonderful.