Melanie, over at Sparks From a Combustible Mind, gave me a shoutout in a post she wrote responding to a nomination she received for the Blogger Recognition Award. So first, congratulations Melanie.
Truth be told, Melanie didn’t nominate my blog for this award. She’s really not into this whole nomination thing. But what she did was to list my blog among “some blogs worth a look, which deserve recognition, but which I’m NOT NOMINATING.”
So second, thanks for including my blog in your shoutout list!
I think what I’m supposed to do now is to publish a post on my blog about having been mentioned in Melanie’s Blogger Recognition Award post. In that post, I’m supposed to give a brief story of how my blog started. And I’m also supposed to give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
How My Blog Started
I’ve been blogging for 13½ years. I actually wrote about that here in a post about the thirteenth anniversary of my first blog. I started that blog because I liked to write and I wanted to share my writing with others. But no one noticed. Oh well.
I went through a couple of blog iterations until I started this blog in May 2017 after a two year absence from blogging. I decided to get back into blogging because I needed an outlet to vent about the lunacy of Donald Trump and, through prompts and flash fiction, to divert my attention from what Trump and his Republican sycophants are doing to our country and the world.
Advice to New Bloggers
- Blogging is addictive, so be prepared to devote yourself to blogging and to risk your job, your family, and your real world relationships.
- You will “meet” some interesting, creative, fascinating people while blogging and you’ll likely develop some real friendships with other bloggers from all around the world. Interacting with these other bloggers, reading their posts, and commenting is as important and as rewarding as publishing your own posts.
Okay. If any of you want to share how you started your blog and/or to offer advice to new bloggers, now is the time to it.