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Yeah! I was nominated for a Liebster Award!
What the heck is that you ask? I asked too because I had no idea. Basically it is a fun way for new bloggers to get their blogs seen. I, of course, am NOT new but I don’t have a tonne of followers and this is an amazing way to add some followers or discover new blogs that are out there. It’s also a great way to support other bloggers!
I was nominated by Hannah at Seeing The Lovely. Her blog has a some tabs at the top of her site that describe beautifully what she writes about, living simply, living creatively, living thoughtfully, and living faithfully. Her blog is really very lovely (see what I did there – ha) and I definitely suggest you check it out!
So here are the rules of the Liebster Award.
- Link back to the person who nominated you.
- Answer the questions given to you by the nominator.
- Nominate up to 11 other bloggers with less than 200 followers.
- Create 11 questions for the nominees.
- Notify all nominees via social media/blogs.
Here are the questions Hannah asked as well as my responses!
1. How long have you been blogging and what inspired you to start a blog?
I hit “publish” on my first blog post Sept 21, 2012 (see I told you I wasn’t new). I can’t believe that now as I stare at the date because it really doesn’t feel like that long ago. I started because I loved reading blogs, I loved writing and I loved trying new things creatively and wanted to share. I didn’t care who read it, I just had the need to PUT IT OUT THERE. I also kept it a secret… no one but my husband knew I was writing it for the first year or so. It wasn’t something that anyone would have expected of me and I felt like no one would get it. As it turns out, all my friends and family who know I blog are extremely supportive and I feel quite silly that I kept it a secret for so long! I have learned from so many people (see my post here) and have since refined my blog, added some ads and affiliates, and I am looking at writing a small e-book to share with subscribers.
2. What is your favorite thing about blogging?
I love writing, it is by far my favorite part. Sitting at the computer and just typing my thoughts! I think anyone who reads my blog on a consistent basis know that I ramble and have a tendency to just go on about whatever. My blog is just my inner monologue but put on paper. Okay – not paper but you know what I mean! Blogging is very therapeutic for me and it just feels right when I put it all out there. I like that people read it, and share their experiences back. It has become a great social experience and I have “virtually” met some amazingly cool people!
3. If you had a free afternoon, what would you do for fun?
Well, this blog is all about what I do for fun! I craft, sew, quilt, crochet, cross stitch, whatever new thing tickles my fancy (I think I am going to learn how to make soap!) and then I try to write about it. I also LOVE to read and will quite honestly pick any random book at the library and read it.
4. What is the best book that you have read recently?
“The Art of Work” book by Jeff Goins was a great read. I love learning how people find their calling and then how they live it. I have always been concerned about being a jack of all trades and master of nothing. He said something in this book that has stuck with me and I am still processing…
“Your calling is not just one thing; it’s a few things. The trick is to not be a jack of all trades but to become a master of some.”
I used to say in my bio’s on social media that I was a jack of all trades, master of nothing. NOW I say I am a jack of all trades, learning to master some. It was a profound change in my attitude about my varying and sometimes eclectic interests. The book is a very good read!
I am also re-reading Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series. I read the first 6 books before, but want to finish the whole series this time. BUT because I have a terrible memory, I had to start at the beginning!
5. If you could go anywhere for one week, where would it be?
There are probably 150 million places I would like to go, but if I had the money I would pick there first. I have read many books with their settings in Ireland and I always felt like my soul belongs there! Crazy, I know. But, alas, travel is sort of on the bottom of my financial budget and so it will be awhile before I can make that dream a reality! And besides, a week is likely NOT enough time!
6. Do you have pets? If so, what kind?
Oh pets… yes I have pets although I think they have me! I have Jasper who is a grouchy fat cat who can be very demanding (especially at 4:00am) and Xander, my dog who is just loveable and easy-going. Both are rescues and I love them to distraction! I also have a beta fish who lives in my hula hoop fish tank on the wall. His name is Zachary. He wants for nothing… well except his food precisely at 6:00pm!
7. What is your favorite blog post that you have written?
This is a tough one… I don’t think I have written it yet. That is probably a cop-out answer but I feel like I am still figuring out my voice, figuring out my style, figuring out my audience and so I just haven’t gotten there yet. Don’t get me wrong, I love what I’ve written so far because it is me, vulnerable and imperfect. I guess if I HAD to choose a favorite, I would say the first one (here) because I was brave and hit “publish”.
8. What is the most difficult part of blogging for you?
So my favorite thing is writing. Sitting down and putting it out there, but the most difficult is also writing! I stress and second guess what I want to say and it often makes me procrastinate writing my post. This gets more difficult when I remember people actually DO read my blog, it isn’t just about me. I want to please people! I am working on this – any writer probably goes through this angst and you just need to get past it. But by far it is the most difficult piece of blogging.
BONUS answer – the easiest thing about blogging for me is the technical stuff. I seem to have an affinity for it.
9. If you could meet one person, who would it be and why?
Oh dear… this one is tough too because I can think of a dozen answers!
I think because of his recent passing, and he has been on my mind a lot, I would choose Dr Wayne Dyer. I have read a lot of his books, and during his life he seemed to walk his path with such grace that I would love to meet him and chat with him and see if I could absorb some of his incredible giving energy.
10. What do you see as your three top strengths?
I will try anything, especially creatively. I wouldn’t call it “fearless” because it seems I do everything with a touch of fear, but I try it anyway!
I am empathetic, I can easily understand and feel what others feel. Also my greatest weakness…
I am kind – or I try my hardest to be!
11. If you were outside for a day, what would you do?
Breathe! I know that probably sounds ridiculous, but it is necessary. I do tend to rush through things, and get from one place to another with purpose because I need to “arrive”, but if I had a day with no demands, no guilt, no expectations and I could be outside… I would just breathe.
OKAY! Enough about me! Lets nominate a few blogs for this very prestigious award!
And here are my questions! They are the same ones I was asked actually, because I really enjoyed reflecting on them and coming up with answers! Here they are…
- How long have you been blogging and what inspired you to start a blog?
What is your favorite thing about blogging?
If you had a free afternoon, what would you do for fun?
What is the best book that you have read recently?
If you could go anywhere for one week, where would it be?
Do you have pets? If so, what kind?
What is your favorite blog post that you have written?
What is the most difficult part of blogging for you?
If you could meet one person, who would it be and why?
What do you see as your three top strengths?
If you were outside for a day, what would you do?
Thanks again Hannah for the nomination! I really loved doing this up and look forward to learning about the other blogs listed here!
PS If you are reading this, and have a blog I would love to nominate YOU, just because writing and publishing pieces of yourself deserve awards! Or if you know someone who has been brave and is new to blogging and you think they deserves this award, I can include them too as I can nominate up to 11 people! So, comment on this post or contact me by email at email@example.com and I will happily amend this blog post to include you.
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Do you have a business? You need a blog. Do you want to be a writer? You should have a blog. Do you have something to sell? You should have a blog. Have some expertise on something? You should have a blog!
More and more I heard about the blogging world and became curious. I used to think it was only an elite few who could make it in the online world, but the truth is LOTS of people do it. So does that mean the market is saturated with bloggers? Maybe, but I tend to find that there is something out there for everyone, which means there is room for YOUR unique perspective on life too!
MY EXPERIENCE SO FAR
Wild Creative Soul – I posted my first blog post EVER in September 21, 2012 and it was a journey that has taken over my life! I wanted to do some writing and all the “how to become a writer” advice said that you should build a platform in which to BRAND yourself as a writer – and blogging was a good way to accomplish it! I wasn’t (and still am not) worried about my platform or my visibility in order to publish. For me it was more of a way to connect with others in a similar situation as me and to PRACTICE writing! It was my first ever online experience, besides Facebook, and it lit a fire that isn’t going away any time soon.
Erin’s Doula Services – I have since created a website for my Doula business. Any sort of research on increasing your SEO or starting a new business it is recommended that you blog on your website. I don’t yet blog on this site because I just don’t feel like I have enough of a voice yet in that industry to have anything unique to share! But I might one day!
My GREEN Soul – My newest website addition is all about trying to be more eco-friendly and green. I thought that now that I had learned a few lessons in this blogging world, I might do a better job on starting thist blog. It has only been live for a few weeks, so time will tell!
Essential Oils and You – I had a blog called that was all about essential oils (obviously). The domain name is still mine but I forwarded it to My GREEN Soul. My hope is to incorporate some of the knowledge I learned about oils into my new environmentally friendly blog! There were lots of reasons why I chose to mix the two, but the main reason was the original platform for EOAU was pretty funky. It was user-friendly but set up mainly to be an INCOME source on not a blog. I would love to make money on my sites but my main goal was (and is) to write, share and blog, not to be an online store. Hence the forward to My GREEN soul.
One might think I had an addiction to blogging, and I don’t really. I just enjoy writing about the things that are going on in my life. I hope at one point, I will make a difference by helping other people and maybe make a bit of an income to help my family. I did start this blog business all wrong, but I am learning and hopefully it is getting better as I go!
So, because I love blogging, and maybe you want to know more, I decided to share some of the BEST resources I have found! These people have walked this walk before me and have so much to offer.
The writer and blogger Jeff Goins has written a wonderful book called “The Art of Work” which I highly recommend. If you are at all wondering what to do with your life, or want to ensure you are on the right track this book is a MUST. After reading his book I got into his blog posts, podcasts and webinars and I learn something every time. His stuff has been truly helpful.
Dale Partridge is the writer of the Daily Positive blog and an incredible entrepreneur. He has made an amazing life doing what he loves, on his terms, and he is quite successful at it. He just wrote a book called “People Over Profit” which I am excited to read one day soon! He is definitely inspirational! If you want to be excited, inspired and make a difference, he is your guy!
* Abby Lawson and Just a Girl and her Blog is another fantastic resource on many day-to-day things, but she is also a great resource on setting up and executing a highly successful blog. She wrote (and just updated) a book called Building a Framework: The Ultimate Blogging Handbook that inspired me to go to a self hosted and hopefully an income producing site! I LOVE her stuff and highly, highly, highly recommend it, especially if you are wanting to set up your own blog, the right way!
* And last but certainly NOT least is Leonie Dawson. If you like zany, funny and good practical business and writing advice this is your gal. I bought her 2015 Workbooks which I love for goal setting and future planning, and I hope to one day enroll in her Amazing Biz and Life Academy. She always has fun advice to share. Check her out!
So these people have helped me get to this place! I am not a world-class blogger making an amazing income from writing. Yet. But one day, maybe. I am enjoying what I am doing, and I love learning how to do it more creatively and successfully!
Do you have any other resources to share? Please do!!
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