I’m honoured / awed / shocked / a little paranoid / panicky (thanks brain, hijacking all the good things as usual) to have been nominated for the blogger recognition award by the incredible Kaitlyn of With Being Alive.
After only a month of this new blogging adventure. Me: sitting in bed, laptop on knees, coffee curled into chest for warmth and comfort, awed. In awe. Flawed with awe. Floored by awe.
Whatever. Ignore the rambling poet in me.
So I guess that is why I blog. For the connections, the worldwide network of strangers who would seemingly go to the ends of the earth for each other, even though we’ve never met in person, never met beyond back-and-forth comments of support, recognition, validation and compassion. I didn’t intend to make connections when I started blogging again (this is round two, read about round one here). Except, I guess that connection isn’t the true reason. Blogging is a form of emotional purging. Now that word has some fun connotations for me as someone with an eating disorder, but it is just that. Emotional vomit. And for whatever reason, dumping my thoughts as eloquent trails of syllables and poetry and punctuation, helps. Blogging helps. Writing helps. Not many other things do. So when I find something that helps, I’m going to fucking stick to it.
Cool, so, yep, awe has now been replaced by my pal shame (I’m afraid of recognition from the whole “traumatic bullying experience and invalidation of everything good I ever did as a child” debacle). Shame makes my head duck, eyes fall, and lips smirk – even though I’m alone.
Moving on, the rules for these awards are:
- Post the Blogger Recognition Award Rules.
- Use the Blogger Recognition Award badge on your website.
- Share the reasons why you blog.
- Share two tips for new bloggers.
- Nominate other bloggers for this award and notify each of them about this nomination.
Here are my own nominees…
New bloggers – here are my tips:
- Stay true to yourself and your voice, no matter how many followers you lose, or how many people dislike what you do. Your blog is written by you, but it should also be written for you.
- People aren’t going to like what you write, 100% of the time. Maybe not even half the time, especially if you’re following the above tip. Don’t give a shit about it, because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.
Yay for positive goodness, nay for the whirlwind of emotions BPD is currently throwing at me… over and out.