1. Thank the blogger(s) who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
2. Write a post to show your award.
3. Give a brief story of how your blog started.
4. Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
5. Select up to fifteen bloggers you want to give this award to.
6. Comment (or pingback) on each blog to let them know that you’ve nominated them, and provide a link to the post you’ve created.
And here we go!…
- Thank you, Mark, for the award. I’ve always considered myself a “fringe” blogger so I never expected this. I appreciate what you do for the OCD community and, myself being a part of, the mental health community itself. You provide some valuable insight into what it’s like to live with OCD, and invaluable tips on how to fight the challenge that such a life brings.
- Sooooooooooo I don’t know how long I’ve been blogging. I started journaling as a kid (5 years old? as soon as I could write?) in those physical softbacked paper journals that they hand out to five year olds. That’s right, I had a journal as a 5yo. I kept up physical journaling until high school, when I heard of “Xanga” (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xanga) from a high school friend/acquaintance and immediately started up my blog on there. [I had Meant to Live by Switchfoot as my theme song (it played when you visited the site automatically ;).] I’ve always been a fan of having personal space, for whatever one’s needs may be, and writing. Perfect combo, right? Somehow I migrated from Xanga to Livejournal, kept blogging there in college, met some awesome people. And then I kind of spiraled into a psychotic nightmare of a life for (now running on) 6 years, and for the first part of it didn’t blog. At some point I decided to restart, and WordPress seemed to be popular (indicating quality, right?) so I migrated AGAIN. I just wasn’t getting fulfillment out of the LJ like I used to, so… migrating was the obvious solution, wasn’t it? I just couldn’t quit. It’s definitely an addiction. So here I am! I’ve had this WP for about… four years now? Not sure. I could look it up but I won’t.
- A) Writing should be enjoyable. Photography should be enjoyable. Art should be enjoyable. Obviously, if you’re doing it to dig yourself out of a hole, that’s a fair reason as well. But you don’t have to blog just to be cool, and if you really hate it, don’t darned do it! I am mega-antagonistic of arm-twisting, and someone doing it to themselves for no reason (if there’s a good reason that’s another story…) hurts (me). So, I hope you enjoy writing (or photography or art), but if you don’t, no one’s gonna hold it against you if you don’t do it. B) Be patient. Be patient with your blogging neighbors, be patient with yourself, be patient with the growth of your blog (if growth is what you are seeking). Try to enjoy writing (or etc. art you get it) for writing’s sake. PEOPLE HAVE LIVES. Even the ones that are mopey and say they don’t, DO. Lives take time. You’re not gonna hit 100 likes on your first post in five minutes (unless you’re some sort of Search Engine Optimization genius ?). Blog your post, and walk away. Or, if you have more to write (art, etc.), go ahead and write some more! But don’t hang on your blog, if you know what I mean. And that is an ambiguous term which begs explanation: Hanging out is totally okay. But, hanging onto the blog(osphere) like hanging onto someone’s last words, like a hangnail hangs onto you, is not healthy. Please, try to have a life outside of blogging–you’ll draw so much more inspiration for your creativity out of it, and your posts will only be so much the better. God I sound like Stalin with this advice… But basically, it’s A) only blog if you enjoy it, and b) be patient and live life to the fullest (including outside blogging).
God, I like so many, it’s hard to say if I FORGOT anyone first of all, and also, well, there’s only fifteen slots. Sorry sorry sorry sorry! A lot of these are poetry blog b/c I’m a poet, but I just feel the main criterion was to allot merit to those who bring the most to the blogging community. Again, I’m not perfect-memory’d, so if I messed this up: Sorry sorry sorry sorry! =D. Note that some of these blogs are no longer maintained, so if staying up to date is important to you… like I said: Bloggers have lives; also, there are archives…
6. See you in the comments! ;). (Notification may be delayed due to quantity of bloggers to notify. Check your pingbacks!)
Thanks, and keep blogging,