Today, I am excited to announce my nomination for the Blogger Recognition Award.
Thank you to EFR International, a business management and marketing firm, for considering Fine Wine and Tater Tots worth the nomination for the Blogger Recognition Award. I am delighted to accept this honor, and I commit to spreading quality content across the blogosphere.
I am especially grateful to my family, friends, fellow bloggers, students, and loyal audience who continue to support me and this blog as I learn and grow. You are my motivation and the reason I write. I cannot express the extent of my gratitude.
How my blog started
My blog started only a few months ago when I decided that writing was where my heart was. Before that point, I had taken up several creative hobbies (photography, craft wreaths, etc.) but none that I had found such a passion for.
Blogging has filled that creative void that was developing within me. It offers infinite opportunities to learn and grow, and has an amazing social component that allows me to interact with like-minded people who enjoy supporting and encouraging one another.
Blogging has given me a new perspective on teaching (which is my full-time career), and has offered a new sense of personal fulfillment. It allows me to create and challenge myself. I can already see, in this short time, my evolution. I know that there amazing things to come from this blogging journey.
You can read my recent blog post, The Truth About Blogging: What bloggers want you to know for more of my perspective on blogging and the answers to frequently asked questions about what we do.
Advice for new bloggers
The first piece of advice I would give to new bloggers is to write about the things you are truly passionate about. Once you find your passion, the articles will nearly write themselves. This will also allow you to grow as a writer because you will find new ways to express your passion to others.
Along these lines, don’t be so concerned about finding your niche at first; it is more important to find yourself. Identify the areas that you are most interested in blogging about, the things you are naturally talented in. From here you can test out the waters: learn what comes easily, what you struggle with, and what others are most interested in reading. You will come to find your purpose. For now, enjoy the journey.
The second piece of advice I would like to offer is to find your tribe. Blogging is a highly social task. Those who do it in isolation are missing out on opportunities. Interact with like-minded individuals, get involved in social networks, and join Facebook groups. All of these avenues will allow you to learn from others, get the best advice and grow your blog. Opportunities abound, but only if you are open to finding them.
Rules for the Nominated
Before I nominate other bloggers for this award, let’s take a look at the rules for the nominated:
- Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog
- Write a post to show your award
- Give a brief story of how your blog started
- Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers
- Select 15 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.
Now it’s time for me to nominate the following bloggers for the Blogger Recognition Award. Each of these individuals delivers outstanding content and deserves recognition for their amazing work. Congratulations!
Thank you again to EFR International for your kind nomination and to my loyal readers for taking such an interest in this blog. Without you, this blog could never be what it is today. I look forward to the many opportunities that await us.
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