Lucky me! I got three nominations for this award from three awesome fellow bloggers! It was such an honor for me (and my blog) to be chosen amongst the hundreds or even thousands of their followers, for that, “Thank You” from the bottom of my heart! I’m humbled as much as I’m honored for the recognition Karen of Karen Viramontes, thegirlonthego08 of wordscan’tfathom , Jake of Jake’s Journal and Sanjita of Cluster of Stars. Keep rocking the blogging world! Um, I mean, keep up the good work guys! I’m just pumped up by this, haha.
If you want to participate in the Blogger Recognition Award, here are a few simple rules:
1. Thank the blogger that nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
2. Write a post showing your award.
3. Tell a brief story about how you started your blog.
4. Give two pieces of advice for new bloggers.
5. Choose 10 other bloggers to nominate.
6. Comment on each blog letting them know they’ve been nominated, and provide a link to your award post.
HOW MY BLOG STARTED?
I started knowing absolutely nothing about blogging besides you just need to write about something. And so I wrote. I have to admit that my first post wasn’t perfect; technically-wise, it’s a mess and all, but in the end, it turned out me being proud of it. That was, She’s Wild! An ecstatic & sensually pleasurable alone time (I know, I also have an issue choosing sensible titles for my posts, I’m still learning on that haha!) Needless to say that my blog site’s title also transitioned from Odds and Ends to Simply Writing before finally settling up with Thought Avenue:Speak your mind.
From that first post came others published occasionally, on average, one post every two weeks. Back then, blogging, for me, was just a pastime, I didn’t take it seriously simply because [outright] I got overwhelmed by all the outstanding talents we got here in the blogosphere. I asked myself then: “What can I write and share to others that is worthy of reading and that Google hasn’t written already?” And by “written” I meant archives upon archives of works which are all very well-written by extremely-gifted writers and bloggers! Miraculously, I came to realize that if I dwell on that mindset, I will not be able to write anything at all. Google doesn’t know my own views and opinions, beliefs and convictions, dreams and aspirations, joys and pain – my life story. And so, I “accepted” blogging and upgraded it from pastime to a hobby. Since then, I was somewhat became committed.
Sadly, five months back, on September 2, 2016, a tragic experience happened within the family, I lost my beloved mother. And to cope with grief, I started to blog and post articles more frequently. Blogging apparently became my therapy – it took my mind off the pangs of grief for a period of time whilst writing and eventually soothes my emotions after I’m through with each and every post. I must say that blogging helped me make it through, and that remains true until today. To know more about how blogging continuously helps me, you can visit my post: The Valiant Blogger Award.
As of now, I don’t know yet where blogging might lead me in the coming days. And I suppose blogging, per se, hasn’t yet upgraded into what can be categorized as a passion for me; although writing is. Just like my personality and my life, I think my blogging experience will unfold into something else BETTER [hopefully] as time passes by. As I’ve written in my About page: [my blog bears an invitation welcoming you] “…to hear my thoughts, tune in to my voice and join me in my journey through LIFE.” My Life’s Journal, if you will, “warts and all”.
I’ve been seriously blogging for five months now.
MY ADVICE TO FELLOW BLOGGERS:
Forget it! Don’t even think about stepping across that dreaded line. Once you do, there will be no coming back. Just Kidding! That’s one of my favorite line growing up, haha. Just like life is never gentle to the faint of hearts, blogging also is! In a way that it takes courage to subject your works to the mercy of the world. Whew! But the upside to it is fulfillment as a writer/blogger. Seriously, here are my humble advices:
Just write or do your own thing. Don’t be pressured by the expectations of others, nothing was placed upon you. After all, it is your blog. Be completely sincere, honest and truthful in your posts – that way they will truly make a big difference. Always bear in mind that anything written and published out there in the web has a chance to reach and affect someone, somewhere else.
Engage. More than writing and posting anything, the blogosphere is a thriving community. People interact through comments. That’s what makes blogging absolutely worthwhile and enjoyable. Create connections. Just a word of caution and brotherly advice: be sincerely appreciative (press “Like” if you really like a post) and be polite (don’t press anything in the keypad/keyboard if you find some posts otherwise ‘un-likeable” to you), remember all the efforts put together into a certain post and the amount of courage summoned by the author to press “publish”. We all have our own blogs to post about our personal views and opinions 😉
- Sobia of Simply Me
- Ipuna of Ipuna Black
- Allie of Loveallie Lao
- Oristel of Oristel Guenael
- Broken Crayons
- Stephanie of Ragazza Triste
- Nina of thehappylife101