I would like to thank Lady G at the Seek The Best Blog for nominating me for the Blogger Recognition Award. The reason there is a “2” in the title of this post is that I was nominated for a similar named award (with different rules) back in December by Chape of the Chape Personal Trainer blog. Nevertheless, I would advise you to check out Lady G’s spot as soon as you can, especially for the epic throwback Thursday throwdowns known as her “My Jams” series. She also tells great stories and has a fun sense of humor. So get on that.
Now you know every award that comes my way has some rules (rules!—always rules!). So here are the ones for this version of the Blogger Recognition Award:
- Explain why/how you started blogging.
- Offer advice to new bloggers.
- Nominate other bloggers for the award.
Why/how I started blogging: I started blogging because I wanted to express myself on different topics. The blog you are now reading actually began at Blogger with a blog named Mind Pinball. It lasted there for a few months, then I brought everything over to WordPress, and I have been with them ever since, even as the blog has changed names and missions. What was Mind Pinball had become a sports blog, once people on Twitter saw my posts about the Baltimore Orioles and Ravens. For a time, I self-hosted MP, but came back to WordPress, only to retire the blog when I got tired of writing about sports exclusively. A second blog, The Dodson Citizen, sprung up during the last days of MP, to fulfill the itch to write about whatever I wanted when I wanted; but I let that blog drift into neglect upon the end of my marriage. After journaling for awhile, I decided to get back into blogging, and A Joyful Process was born in November of 2014.
Advice To New Bloggers: Don’t be intimidated by the fact that what you write can be seen by others once you click that Publish button. Write anyway. Write about what interests you, what make you laugh, what fascinates you, what you want to discuss, the thoughts that bounce around in your head and need to get out. Find a schedule that works for you, writing and posting wise. Keep writing, even on days you don’t post—like most things, you can get better with practice. Read often; not just blogs but articles and books as well. And you just never know, you can meet some like-minded people and read about some new and interesting things.
Blogger nominations: I’m going to bail on this one, because most of the bloggers I would have nominated have already been nominated. If you wish to participate, just follow the rules above and make sure you have a copy of the picture included in your post.
Thanks again for Lady G for the nomination!