It feels like award season over here at NLFF!
Yesterday I was nominated for the Blogger Recognition Award by An Historian About Town. If you haven’t already checked out her blog, I highly suggest that you do!
Since I just did another award post a few days ago, I’m going to go back to my “breaking the rules” way of posting. Obviously, I’m following rule number 1 (to create a post for the award) and rule 2 (acknowledge the person who nominated you) but I shall not be doing number 3 (nominate people…ya’ll are nominated!) but number 4 I will!
So number 4 asked the nominee to say how your blog started and offer two pieces of advice for new bloggers.
My blog started almost 2 years ago when I was going through a little bit of a transition in life. I was a supply teacher hating life, as well as working at a coffee shop part time and in the summer, which made me hate life even more. I had just quit my coffee shop job which is a horrible idea when you live in a small town and it’s literally the only place that hires anyone. But I did it. I needed to force myself to change. I started this blog as my own private journal during that time. I type much faster than I write and I like being able to edit and rearrange/add to my thoughts, which I can’t do on paper. It was a little bit of therapy for me to work through hating life and not wanting to wake up in the morning and face the day, trying to find some happiness again. So NLFF began! At first I never even imagined that I would have any followers or that it would last this long, but I do and it did! And I’m really happy about that.
My first bit of advice to new bloggers is always to try not to get too attached to your stats. I was obsessed with them for the first little bit of blogging…probably the first year. Constantly checking them! Multiple times a day. It was insane. Don’t let yourself get sucked into that rabbit hole.
Also, know when to take a break. I tend to post every day, and sometimes that’s just too much for me. Sometimes I’ll take a weekend of not posting or a few days of just no blog activity at all (not even checking comments). I think that you need that break from it or it just feels like a chore and there goes the joy.
Once again – a HUGE thank you to The Historian! I’m glad she’s found my blog and has enjoyed it enough to nominate me!
Since I’m not nominating anyone, but actually nominating everyone:, do you have any tips for new bloggers? Post in the comment section below! If you also want to share why you started your blog feel free! Long comments are encouraged! Go for it!
If you don’t want to type out a novel in my comment section (seriously, go for it!) then feel free to send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or use my contact page to send a message without having to provide your real name/email.