It's always a lovely feeling when your hard work is recognised, appreciated and cherry-on-the-cake – awarded! So I was thrilled when the sweet Lucy from the lovely blog Lucy at Home nominated me (and my blog) for the popular Blogger Recognition Award. Big thank you once again Lucy! Lucy is mum to two little girls and her blog is full of "all things mummy-ish" (in her own words) and has a sprinkling of parenting issues, product reviews, child-friendly travel destinations and lots more. Do check it out if you haven't already.
So, here's how the award works…
Blogger Recognition Award: The Rules
1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
2. Write a post to show your award.
3. Give a brief story of how your blog started.
4. Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
5. Select 15 other bloggers you want to give this award to.
6. Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated them and provide the link to the post you created.
How my blog started
I'm a writer at heart and prior to having Little Man (the protagonist of this blog), I was a journalist by profession. So, writing has always been a part of my life. After Little Man was born, I chose to be a SAHM. But after the first two years of motherhood when he started part-time nursery, I found some free time (yeah can you believe it?!) and the itch to get back to writing began. I had quit my job, but realised I couldn't quite quit writing!
I had written in print, and had written online, but blogging? That was something I had never experimented with.
What could my blog be about? What was the one thing I was pre-occupied with at the moment? Motherhood – of course! It was what I was doing day in and day out, and it
was is something that offers me new experiences every day.
And boom! Tales from Mamaville was born in January 2016.
A little over a year later, I couldn't be happier with my decision (this post on 'Why mums like me blog' explains why). What started as an extension of my passion for the written word has now become an integral part of my motherhood experience. I love blogging, I love the Mummy Blogging community and I love that I'm learning so much – about blogging and motherhood!
Two pieces of blogging advice
1. It takes time, patience and a lot of genuine bloglove!
If you blog as a hobby or just to document your child's life, then stats and followers (or lack thereof) won't bother you. However, if you plan on making an income from your blog, or blog as a business, then stats, followers, subscribers, DA and the like will matter. But… it won't happen overnight. It could take weeks, months, a year or even more to get those numbers rolling. Don't lose hope – it takes time and patience and GENUINE bloglove. I-scratch-your-back-you-scratch-mine type of followers won't stick with you; so take your time and share some real blog love. You get what you give!
2. Content is king, but promoting yourself is just as important
I learnt this the hard way. When I was a novice to the blogosphere, I assumed blogging was just about setting up a blog – and then blogging. But I soon realised that no-one would know I had a blog and stories to tell and information to share if I didn't shout it out from the rooftops. Promoting your blog, making posts stand out with great pinnable images, sharing your posts on social media and joining linkies is as – if not more – important than writing. But that doesn't mean you write crap and expect it to wow your readers – there are far too many blogs out there for readers and brands to choose from, so if you want a loyal following, you must generate great content. Content is, afterall, the backbone of your blog.
Choosing only 15 bloggers from this wonderful and vast blogosphere to pass on the award to, is quite a dilemma. There are so many lovely blogs and bloggers out there, but since the rules state 15 only, I have nominated some of my favourite blogs.
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