Yesterday I was nominated for the Blogger Recognition Award by the lovely blogger over at Magnoliajem. I really do appreciate the nomination, but I have declared my blog to be an “award-free blog.” That said, it’s nice to be recognized and I’m happy to answer questions asked by such nominations.
In the case of this award nomination, we are asked to give a brief story of how our blog started and to give two pieces of advice to new bloggers. So here goes.
How this blog started
I started this blog in May of 2017. It’s not my first blog. I started my first blog in 2005, but quit my last (fourth) blog in 2015 when it began ruling my life. I needed to break away from blogging in order to maintain both my sanity and my marriage.
By May of 2017, I was obsessing about something else: Donald Trump as President of the United States. My obsession with Trump was driving my wife crazy and she suggested that maybe, as a distraction, I should start a new blog. But she also suggested that I avoid posting about politics and Donald Trump.
So I started this blog, “Fivedotoh,” so named to reflect that this was my fifth iteration of blogging. It served as a way to escape some of what is going on in Trumplandia, especially when I write flash fiction in response to prompts or to whatever other ideas pop into my imagination.
But, unfortunately, the insanity of Trumpistan has permeated my blog and far too many of my posts are rants about our Moron-in-Chief. But I think my wife, at this point, prefers that I rant about him here rather than while sitting at the table across from her at breakfast and dinner.
Two pieces of advice for new bloggers
In my opinion, the best part of blogging is interacting with the community of bloggers. When you’re new to blogging, it takes a while to build up an audience. Sometimes it can feel like you’re talking to yourself, but if you write well, and have something to say or stories to tell, you’ll be discovered and become part of a community. So my first bit of advice is to stick with it.
My second piece of advice is to write about what you know. Or if you don’t want to do that, just make shit up and write stories.
Thanks, once again, to Magnoliajem for the honor of the nomination.