I’ve been nominated for the Blogger Recognition Award!!!
I have a confession to make. I was actually nominated for this award months ago and am only now getting round to writing it, naughty blogger (slaps own wrists). I was first nominated by the lovely Helen of The Mumatron Blog back in February and then again by super cute Peachy of Diary of a Little Peach back in April. Thank you ladies, I truly am honoured, sorry it took me so long to get it written.
- 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 Burnished Chaos started
Starting a blog had been on my mind for a number of months before I finally bit the bullet. I had been a full time mum for 7 years at that point and needed a creative outlet that was all mine. Somewhere I could just be me, rather than mum, for a while. For some crazy reason I decided to start at the beginning of the summer holidays 2016, a time when most family bloggers slow things down. I figured I would have lots of days out posts to write to get me going and in the swing of things and I was right. I’ve loved every minute since and only wish I’d started years ago.
My advice to new bloggers
First off, just start writing. Don’t worry to begin with about your style or voice or what people want to read. Just write whatever it is that you want to write. Your style and voice are just you being you, and it may take a few posts before you settle on what it is you really want to focus on in your blog.
Secondly, join linkies but don’t go mad. Linkies were my biggest driver of traffic in the early days and they also introduce you to so many other great bloggers and help you find your place within the community. I went too far and tried to join every linky going though and at one point was joining over 25 a week. It takes me about 40 minutes to do the required commenting for each linky so I’ll let you do the math. It was too much and I had to cut back. Of course this saw my stats plummet and at first I panicked and tried joining more again but I soon realised my time was better spent writing more content and joining a more manageable number of linkies and still having some semblance of a life. I’m now content to grow my stats more organically and sustainably. I find around 14 easily manageable for me and I’ll join more or less depending on what else I have going on that week.
If you have already been nominated or don’t want to take part that’s fine, this is just me giving recognition for the amazing jobs you all do with your blogs x