The awesome Ana Pascoe nominated me (and Just Write Already) for the Blogger Recognition Award yesterday. I’m honored! Ana writes fiction and is currently blogging about writing AND her adventures in the USA. She is here with her partner, James, who is in the Australian military. Right now he is doing an exchange program so they are based in Oklahoma — a totally new culture and world for Ana who blogs about it with wit. We met on Twitter and have been critique partners for several months now. I strongly advise adding her blog to your rotation!
About Just Write Already
This is the first time I’ve been nominated for one of these and I’d be lying if I didn’t say I’m downright giddy. Blogging is one of those things I’ve fallen in and out of in my neverending quest to be a writer. I had a really great GeoCaching blog forever and I also had a blog where I wrote fiction and creative nonfiction, poetry and about writing. That blog slowly gave birth to this one which I hope is more organized. Some days it feels like that. The idea was to start a place where I could write about writing, share fiction and nonfiction, and write about the little things that intrigue me along this journey of life after deciding to quit my job to move back home and write full time. You can find a handy dandy menu at the top to explore areas I write about. I feel a transformation coming along, or at least a shift in some of the focus but I’ll save that for another post.
Advice For New Bloggers
All nominees of the Blogger Recognition Award are asked to share two pieces of advice for new bloggers. Here are mine:
- Let It Go. Whatever it is that’s holding you back, be it fear or a lack of confidence or a feeling that you’re not blogging correctly or that no one is reading or cares? Just let it go. Once you get into the rhythm of posting you’ll find the things that work. Subject matter, genre, frequency. By just letting go of the idea that you must write x, y, and z and must avoid 1, 2, and 3 you will give yourself the freedom to find what you need to write. You can organize, rearrange, and hide posts later (never, ever delete them!).
- Find Other Bloggers. If I had my way I would never interact with any humans except the few I consider friends. I’m terrible with people and have rampant stranger danger. I also get my energy and inspiration when I’m musing on my own. People suck the life out of me. For these reasons it’s even more important that I, and others like me, develop relationships with other humans who write. Test out writing communities and find your fit. For me, its the Yeah Write community. But there are link ups and blog hops and all kinds of online groups. I particularly advocate for ones that include some sort of visiting and thorough commenting. Not, “Yay! Now visit my post!” but some sort of insight or sharing a question or a favorite line or what it reminded them of. This is how you get better.
The Nominations Go To
The Blogger Recognition Award requires nominees to nominate 15 other bloggers. Here are the ones that I’d like to nominate:
- Danielle Dayney | Life, in the details. — Danielle is a blogger, mom, wife and freelancer. She writes fiction and non and has appeared in some pretty impressive places. I don’t have children or any sort of maternal desire but I love reading her posts on parenting.
- Jan Wilberg | Red’s Wrap — Adoption, cochlear implants, parenting insight as the parent of adult children, feminism… Red’s Wrap is beautifully written and covers a multitude of topics. Always beautifully written.
- Amy Bee | Lion By The Tail — I love this blog. It has a darkness that speaks to me but not one that is contrived. Not one that is there to shock. One that is brutally honest and beautiful and makes my heart ache while feeling warmed that others recognize that sometimes shit is just not pretty.
- Parul Thakur | Happiness & Food — Parul writes about life, family, memory and food. Her blogs are regularly on the Yeah Write grids and I always enjoy reading them. She has a perspective on life that is brutally honest and I also enjoy exploring a culture so different from my own.
- Phickle Philly — Judge all you want but this blog is my guilty pleasure. I love dating blogs and I especially love that this one is written by a man in one of my favorite cities. Also, if his profile pic is really him (it’s probably not), he’s super hot.
- Driving Past My Exit — While not updated often, the posts on this blog are so beautifully written it hurts. An absolute favorite, I stop whatever I’m doing when I get an email that she has posted.
- Arden Ruth | word nerd — Arden is one of the Yeah Write crew and posts excellent short pieces occasionally. She has a distinct voice that rings.
- Mixed Bag — Hema is an absolute joy. She blogs about travel, food, books and more and is also a regular over at Yeah Write. I’ve had the pleasure of swapping fiction with Hema for feedback and am awed by her writing. She has a keen reader’s eye, too, and understands the anatomy of good writing.
- Nathan James | The Relative Cartographer — A brilliant blend of writing that includes genealogy, sociology and history. I don’t read enough men. It’s not on purpose, I just seem to meet other women writers. So let’s take a moment to shout out to and visit with a man.
- It’s All In Perception — an eclectic collection of poetry and Sherlock Holmes themed fiction with a dash of this and that.
- Melony Boseley | The Write Melony — A Texan in Australia, Melony is always writing. She’s one of my favs on the Yeah Write grids and she writes both fiction and non. Definitely a blog to put in your rotation if you appreciate versatile writers.
- Baby on a Raft | Ellen Behm — I’m kind of a Yeah Write junkie and this blog is another one of those Yeah Write grid participants I can’t get enough of.
- Cheney Meaghan — One of my favorite things in the world is authenticity and this blog nails it. In a world that loves to tell us who and how to be I find myself seeking people who are okay being themselves.
- Trudging Through Fog — Poems, fiction, essays. Christine shares here and is a regular on the grids. Can you tell I spend a lot of time stalking other people involved in Yeah Write? I do.
- Twinkling Words — A collection of posts (fiction, non, photos) with a lightheartedness in them that is often sliced through with reality.
The award rules:
Let me be clear: this is totally optional. I read a lot of blogs and was honored that Ana chose mine to highlight so I wanted to share the love. Please don’t feel like there is ANY expectation that you do this — although it is much appreciated if you join in. I’m always culling the ‘net for new reads.
- Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
- Write a post to show your award.
- Give 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.
I hope by sharing this others will realize that they are being read and that they will share some of their own fav blogs. I left out those tagged by Ana that I love simply so that I could spread the wealth. What makes you visit a blog regularly? How does one get on your list of favorites?