What is the Passionate Creator Award?
This is an award created by bloggers for bloggers who go above and beyond for their community. These nominees have shown that they not only excel within their own web-page, but also behind the scenes, among their fellow writers. They have proven themselves to be a great asset to everyone around them, a helping hand to those in need and express genuine passion in everything they do.
Rules for the Award:
- Thank the person who nominated you and include a link to their blog.
- Nominate at least 3 other bloggers who have helped you make your way in the blogging community.
- List 5 things that made becoming a blogger possible for you and/or anything you would recommend to others.
- List 5 things you wish you had known before you started that might help others looking to create a web-page.
Thank you Caffeine, Chaos, and Grace for nominating me for the Passionate Creator Award. You and Messy Mama were my first online blogger friends, and looks like we all started blogging about the same time – now that’s serendipity if I’ve ever seen it! Really lucky to have found you ladies.
Ashley – at A Fierce Mind for being incredibly passionate in her writing, and also an awesome all-around person.
Jen – at Goldfish and Chicken Nuggets – for being freaking hilarious, both in her posts and on her social media.
Christine and Jaymi – at The Salty Mamas for being amazing mamas, and amazing supporters of the blogging community.
List 5 things that made becoming a blogger possible for you and/or anything you would recommend to others.
- I would recommend, first and foremost, blogging about something you are passionate about. If you’re not passionate about the topic, if you can’t relate to the topic, you’re going to run out of content FAST.
- Be consistent. Pick a number of days you plan to post to your blog a week, even pick the day of the week, and blog on those days EVERY week. The more consistent you are, the more likely you are to succeed.
- That being said – don’t force the writing, or it won’t come. Even just sharing a post with some photos, or an update to check in with readers can be good.
- Seek help from those that have been doing this for longer than you have. There are so many free resources out there, teaching you how to set up a blog, how to run your social media, how to reach a target audience. Use these resources, these people have been doing this for longer, and are successful at what they do, take the advice they are so willingly giving.
- Don’t be scared to ask your peers for blogging ideas. If you’re regularly blogging, topics and inspiration can start to run dry – check out other blogs for ideas. Sometimes just scrolling through them can spark that match and get your creative juices flowing.
List 5 things you wish you had known before you started that might help others looking to create a web-page.
- Twitter is awesome. I mean I knew it was big, but I had no idea how incredibly supportive people could be, people you’ve never even met before! It’s a great tool for bloggers, both to self-promote your content, and to make new friends who have similar interests.
- Work on the way your blog looks BEFORE you start posting content. I hated the way my blog looked when I just started out, but I was so focused on churning out posts that I didn’t take the time to make the window dressings look nice. Don’t rush yourself – the way your web page looks, is the first thing your readers see, it’s what may very well draw them in to begin with.
- Blogging is a MAJOR time commitment if you’re doing it regularly. It may even feel/get annoying at times to be consistent. I was so hyped up about getting started I hadn’t even really considered just how much of my time it would take up. I’m in it for the long haul, but just something to consider and plan for accordingly.
- Apparently, its very common for bloggers to monetize on their blog, and to present sponsored, affiliated, and promoted content. I’m literally just learning this now thanks to a blogging twitter group I’m a part of!
- Don’t get discouraged. Just keep working, it’ll pay off!