I’m so excited that Nel of Reactionary Tales nominated me for this Blogger Recognition Award. This is also my first time receiving this award. I enjoyed reading Nel’s responses to the questions below, and hope that anyone reading mine will find them helpful in some way. I highly recommend visiting Nel’s blog if you haven’t already. She is a wonderful story teller, is very knowledgeable about literature, and I absolutely love her features on animals and other life that are endangered or approaching endangerment. That versatility and noble purpose makes her blog very special to me.
- Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
- Give a brief story of how your blog started.
- Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
- Select 10 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.
I started my Bird Flight blog at the very end of February of 2017. I knew when I created it that it should be a place for me to write about various interests. I do often write about my bipolar disorder, but I have tried to be careful not to let such posts dominate my blog (my choice). Though I’ve been lucky to attract a wonderful group of bloggers with mental illnesses, I have also gained followers without. That, to me, makes for a wonderful balance in readers, and inspires me to maintain the balance in post topics. I’m excited that I have written articles, humorous pieces, prose poetry, short and long stories, and special music and language related pieces. I’ve also enjoyed participating in the Wednesday Photo challenges. I have such fun selecting or taking photos on the challenge theme and writing accompanying captions. Some of these styles of writing are fairly new to me. They certainly get my creative juices flowing, challenge me, and make me a more versatile writer.
I must also recognize how valuable it has been for me to read others’ posts. They inspire me, help improve my writing, and gain glimpses into other people’s minds and interests. I’ve also made some lovely friends along the way.
I’m considering dipping my feet into online freelance writing in the future. My blog will contain some writing samples. Now that I’ve well exceeded 100 posts, I think my writing has also improved in quality and speed.
I encourage new blog writers to have an idea of their goals for their blog. That could be a decision on writing within a certain niche, or not. However, if after a while you dislike the direction you’re going, don’t feel reluctant to change your goals. Over time my writing started going in new directions, and that excited me to continue forward. It is my hope that bloggers’ posts will have a positive effect on their lives and not a negative one. That is what is most important, in my opinion.
I know that not everyone is willing to open up about themselves as I have, but I do want to say that by doing so I’ve received amazing support. Some of those posts have also received the most comments. More people than you realize relate to infrequently discussed topics, and are happy they were brought up. Of course you should carefully consider what you put out there so as not to trigger yourself or anger others. I do have people I know outside of blogland who read my posts. I ask myself “Am I OK for them to see certain things?” If not, I don’t write about them, or I don’t feel guilty deleting the post after it is published. I do, however, keep electronic copies of all of my posts (in date order with titles) in MS Word.
There are so many blogs here that I love reading. It’s hard to choose just a handful. I guess I’ll list the ones that I most often relate to, find special pleasure from and/or just plain admire greatly. Any of the following bloggers who wish to accept this award nomination, please do so. Those who don’t, please just accept my thanks for sharing your thoughts and creativity with us.
- Jessica Bakers – https://jessicabakkers.com/
- Vandana at https://surrealspectre.wordpress.com/
- Jacqueline of https://acookingpotandtwistedtales.com/
- Subbashini at https://keerthanagaganna.com/
- lifelessons – https://judydykstrabrown.com/
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