I was lucky enough to receive the Blogger Recognition Award a while ago (don’t ask how long “a while ago” is). Blogging 101 and Writing 101 kept me pretty busy so I was trying to wait and do this post on a day when I wasn’t posting for one of them. That day finally came! (Blogging 101’s assignment didn’t include a post and Writing 101…well, let’s just say I played hooky…but shh, don’t tell them. 😉 )
Now that that secret is safe…
Thank you Joy for the nomination! This is one award I haven’t seen floating around to blogging world, so I was extra honored to receive it.
I’m supposed to give a brief history of how my blog began. Well, it will be more than brief, if that’s even possible. My blog didn’t come with a bang, an epiphany, an “ah ha” moment, or a light bulb zinging to life. It was more like a sneaky little incessant voice that kept creeping into my brain and whispering, “Start blogging. Start blogging. You want to do it. You were born to do it. It is your destiny.”
So now you know. I didn’t start my blog to share my amazing stories or to connect with all you amazing people. I just wanted the voice to leave my head. (Did I just type that? Forget that last sentence. I never had a voice in my head. I’m not crazy. I don’t need to be locked in a padded cell…again).
Now that you all know that I’m a reliable source (and definitely not crazy), I will share some bits of wisdom for all you new bloggers.
Tip number one:
Write about the stuff you care about.
If you’re not having fun writing it, no one is going to have fun reading it. It doesn’t matter if you think that’s the topic that will get readers. If it isn’t something you’re passionate about, people will be able to tell. And when the sense you don’t care about what you’re writing, they won’t care either (which FYI means they won’t keep reading, they’ll click on some other site where the author loves what he’s writing about, and they’ll subscribe to him instead of you).
“But Megan, I’m passionate about mango farming monkeys who live on Mars. No one is going to read about that. I have to write blog posts on gluten-free cookie recipes, because that’s the only thing that will attract people to my blog.”
First of all, writing about a popular topic may lure some people in, but it isn’t going to keep them there because…well I already explained that a second ago. Pay attention.
Second, what is considered popular changes all the time. Then you’ll be stuck writing about something you could care less about for people who aren’t even reading. Besides, trying to do something just because it’s “popular” leaves you feeling a bit like this.
Lastly, why shouldn’t you write about that very strange… I mean that super, superb, stupendous topic you are interested in? Guess what? There are other people interested in mango farming monkeys who live on Mars and if you never write about it, you’ll never connect with those people. Which should be your whole point to blogging anyway: to connect with others who have similar interests. Not so you can say you are blogging on whatever is mainstream at the time (or to get the annoying voice out of you head).
Tip number two:
Stop checking your stats!
I mean it. Don’t do it ever again. Ok, you can check you stats sometimes. Just make sure you aren’t obsessing over them. For one, you’ll have more time to actually write blog post if you aren’t constantly refreshing the page to see if one more person has visited your blog.
Who cares if one more person clicked over to your blog if you don’t have any new content for them to read.
Besides, it can get discouraging to measure your blog’s success against the numbers when you’ve just started. Constantly going, “Oh no! I have five less visitors than I did yesterday. What am I doing wrong?” isn’t going to help you. Blog views and comments fluctuate. Some days it will be pretty dead, but focus on the day you’re hits went soaring and the great comments you did receive.
Not only will it keep you inspired to continue blogging, but it will keep you from walking around with a fake smile on your face because you’re trying to hide the fact that you are about to throw your computer across the room and curse the day you started blogging.
(Me pretending I’m not about to stalk every one of my followers and leave them nasty comments for not liking my newest blog post. And yes, I’m still clinging to my previous statement; I’m not crazy.)
Whew! Now that that’s done, it’s time for the nominees!
- Something to Say Here to Stay
- Paradoxical Sprite
- Cathy Lynn Brooks
- CK Hatter
- Lula Harp
And the next five bloggers are you guys! That’s right. It’s your lucky day! You could be the one to receive the Blogger Recognition Award.
It goes to the first five commenters. (And you better comment or I’ll come after you with my creepy smile.)
Ready. Set. Go!
Oh and here are the rules.
- Select 15 other blogs you want to give the award to. Do some digging if you must! Find those blogs. You cannot nominate yourself or the person who has nominated you.
- Write a post to show off your award! Give a brief story of how your blog got started, and give a piece or two of advice to new bloggers. Thank whoever nominated you, and provide a link to their blog. List who you’ve nominated in the post.
- Make sure to also attach the award itself! (You can do this by right-clicking, saving, and uploading the image above).
- Comment on each blog and let them know you’ve nominated them. Provide a link to the award post you created.
- Provide a link to the original post on Edge of Night. That way, anyone can find the original guidelines and post if needed, and we can keep it from mutating and becoming confusing! (It happens LOL).
- Leave a link to your post in the comments so I can check it out. I’d love to read your blogging advice! (This one is optional.)
Now you can start commenting. 🙂