Last week Aleena from mummymamamum.com was kind enough to add me to her list of bloggers for the Blogger Recognition Award. It’s one of those posts that is used to help bloggers reach out to one another (a bit like the Liebster Award which I did last year) and I’m chuffed to bits to be nominated!
How it Works
- Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog
- Write a post to show your award
- Give a 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
How This Brighton Mum Started
I started thisbrightonmum.com last year after deliberating about it for aaaaaages. I was hoping that I would be able to devote a lot of time to writing and blogging while I was on maternity leave but I found my time was sucked up with the new baby and I would write things here and there but found the thought of setting up another blog daunting. I had been running a fairly successful travel blog for several years prior to this you see and didn’t want to abandon it. That would mean my travel life would be over!
I was able to find time to focus on it once I had left my old job in London and didn’t have an insane commute everyday. I did some research and found some bloggers that I liked and were inspired by like Hurrah for Gin and Mother Pukka and then got to building the site and writing some posts. I found that signing up to Blogfest 2016 was a great way
My Advice to Bloggers
I’ve written about the process and the tools that I use to start a blog before as I really believe that there should be nothing stopping you from getting out there and writing if you really feel you have something to say. The design and the technology can be updated as you go along as long as you work to hone your writing skills. It’s the stories and words that people will care most about so don’t overthink it and get them out there.
I also recommend following and connecting with other bloggers as they will teach you what is popular and provide a variety of voices for you to measure your own against. Don’t try to copy others – it’s YOUR stories and YOUR pictures that make you who you are. It’s also great to follow and comment on other blogs as it helps build up your profile with search engines like Google.
Finally I must note that there is a bit of self-promotion that you’ll need to do if you want people to read your work. An American artist called Austin Kleon has some great advice about this, suggesting that by showing your work to others it drives you to create more. You can read more about his own work here but it really rings true. Start off by sharing your posts with your friends, then maybe start some channels. If you want full-on love then get on Instagram. I have a great network there!
Here are some of my favorites bloggers who are also Instagrammers (to keep in with the note above). I nominate you guys to take part in the Blogger Recognition Award!