Hey, so apparently this is a thing that happens in the blogging world, who knew? First things first – a big thank you to Teresa Brumit, who has nominated me for this award. I strongly advise you to check out her blog Armed With a Keyboard , she writes about her life with admirable honesty and a lot of her posts made me pause and think. And really, what better compliment can you give to someone who writes? So go off and read her blog, and pause, and think!
Rules for this Award:
- Thank the blogger who nominated you and link to their blog.
- Write a post to show your award.
- Give a brief story of how your blog started.
- Give 2 pieces of advice to new bloggers.
- Select 5 other bloggers you want to give this award to, and comment on each blog to let them know with a link to your award post.
How this blog has started
I used to write. A lot. I wrote poetry, stories, a journal, letters, notes, and everything else. It’s how I navigated the world, it’s how I made sense of my own head. Then life happened, with its illnesses, lengthy depression episodes, various dark twist and turns and I lost the comfort of writing for some years. I think you need a certain level of confidence to write, confidence in your ability to do it, and maybe a belief that what you have to say matters in some way, even if just to yourself. I had none of that.
I’ve been battling with my own head for a long time now and there’s some progress. One of the things I’ve been determined for a while to get back into my life is writing. This, very recent, blog (a baby-blog if you will) is one of my attempts to reclaim what’s mine, my thoughts, my words, my writing. It’s nothing much, a jumble of stuff – some poems here and there, some memories, some impressions and reflections – it won’t set the world on fire, but it’s a little corner of myself that I got back. And it’s a wonderful thing to be able to share it with a few kind readers.
2 pieces of advice for new bloggers
Honestly, I’ve only been doing this for a very short while so these are more my intuitions about this whole blogging thing than actual advice.
- Just write. Don’t stress about it too much, don’t overthink it, your blog is your writing house, we’re the guests checking out the furniture and the books on your shelves. Write about what interest you, what moves you, what makes you think. Write about your experiences and the world as you see it. It is a great joy to come across writing that strongly resonates with us, someone talking about familiar matters, someone who thinks a bit like us. It is an ever greater one to read someone who perceives the world in a completely different manner, talking about the whole universe of things we’ve never encountered, opening our minds to countless new possibilities.
- If you’re struggling with coming up with the subjects for your posts, use prompts, there are many options available. My favourite is the Daily Prompt. Every day they post a one word prompt, I like it because it’s so simple. A single word to anchor your thoughts and start spinning your writing from it. You can take it any way you want, but you have the starting point and so the blank screen doesn’t seem all that intimidating anymore.
My 5 nominations