I’ve been busy with college and all lately (sorry for not posting as often as I used to and sometimes posting old things), but I’m taking the time to make a very long post now because Ramexa nominated me for The Blogger Recognition Award! It’s not the award so much that attracts me–it’s the opportunity to reveal a bit more about myself (and make a nice long post), so I decided to take some time from my hectic college schedule and do it!
(The following are the rules for this award, though I may not follow all of them because it sounds too much like advertising):
1) Select 15 other blogs you want to give the award to.
2) You cannot nominate yourself or the person who has nominated you.
3) Write a post to show your award.
4) Give a brief story of why you started writing a blog.
5) Give a piece of advice to new bloggers.
6) Attach the award to the post (right click, and save then upload)
7) Comment on each blog and let them know that you have nominated them.
8) Provide a link to the award post you created.)
Why did I start blogging?
Like I’ve said many times, I started the blog because I wanted to try something new as I started a new life at college, and I wanted a space to put all of my ideas and share my writing with a community of people who relate to me (without being self-conscious, hence the anonymity). Over time, this blog has also become a motivator for me to write more often and with more variety, so I’m extremely glad I started this, and extremely grateful to everyone who has ever liked, followed, commented, or supported me in any way through this blog (or even just glanced at it).
This blog started as an experiment that I wasn’t sure if I would continue, but it has become a successful support system in its own way, a motivator consisting of small orange dots and stars and little icon faces that I am happy to see every day (and all appearing in such little time, wow). Not only does it motivate me to write often, it motivates me to write more things outside of my comfort zone and try different styles and topics that I’ve never touched before and never thought I would touch.
So, I guess this answer sort of went from why did I start blogging to why do I continue to blog. To summarize this, I started this blog as an experiment/new thing and as an anonymous outlet for my work. I continue to blog because it is a motivator in terms of writing frequency, writing variety (style, length, genre), and it lifts my mood in small ways every day.
A piece of advice?
The same old cliches: be yourself, be creative, and try new things. It’s cliche, but sincere, honestly. I think those are the three most important things in terms of blogging. You have to do what you want with your personal blog and have some fun with it, whatever that means to you.
The bloggers I nominate for this award are:
Sorry it’s not “15 bloggers”, and I won’t be commenting with my link on their site, but if they happen to come across this, that’s great.
Even if I have nominated you, you don’t have to do this–I know it takes a lot of time and whatnot, but just know that I like you a lot, haha. I did this purely for fun and to talk a little more about myself (as if there isn’t already enough of that, right?), and also I think it’s good for building community and whatnot. Anyway, thank you all for taking the time to read my ramblings! (I still can’t believe you guys do sometimes. You’re all the best, really.)