Blogger Recognition Award

Sadje from Keep It Alive has graciously nominated me for a Blogger Recognition Award.

blogger awardThanks so much, Sadje again for the nomination.

Sadje writes on a variety of topics, as well as participating in prompts and challenges from the blogging world. She is one prolific blogger you should not miss out on!

It is well worth to head on over and check her blog out. Do that right now!

Rules:

1. Thank the blogger(s) who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.

2. Write a post to show your award.

3. Give a brief story of how your blog started.

4. Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.

5. Select up to fifteen bloggers you want to give this award to.

6. Comment (or pingback) on each blog to let them know that you’ve nominated them and provide a link to the post you’ve created.

So, in answer to Questions 3 and 4, here you go!

How Our Blog Started

The bug for writing kind of got ignited, back in 2015 when Lynn and I went on our 25th Anniversary to adventure in the mountains in Banff, Canada. For some reason, while out there, I started to do reviews on “Trip Advisor” of places we went; things we did; restaurants. The usual thing that people do on “Trip Advisor.”

Surprisingly, I noticed the reviews I did, where much longer and far more detailed and complex than most of those I happen to find if I was searching for information on a restaurant for example. I had a lot to get out; I guess.

However, the thing is I don’t remember why I started doing the reviews in the first place.

Nevertheless, with some tiny flame slowing smouldering in the back of my consciousness someplace, my blog simply started back in 2016, as a way to record the outdoor adventures that Lynn and I undertake on a very frequent basis.

I had somehow stumbled across a blog by a blogger who happened to live not far from our “old homestead.” She happened to partake in many of the same outdoor pursuits as we did, detailing them in a blog of her own.

I thought that it looked pretty cool and thought that it was something I could do.

And that was pretty much it. I researched a variety of different blogging platforms, settling eventually on WordPress and hit publish for the first time in the summer of 2016.

Advice To New Bloggers

Simply – be yourself.

That’s it.

A sad reality is there is much in the world that is fake. Fake news; alternative facts; and those who appear perhaps to be something they are not.

There has been a ton of blogging done on just about every single topic, concept and idea that has existed since the dawn of time.

What hasn’t been done, though is YOUR take on any of it.

So, after you’ve figured out what you’re going the blog about. Done all the work of creating your blog from a physical standpoint. Determined that your blog will fit nicely in “such and such” niche or perhaps it doesn’t fit in one at all!

When all of that and other bits have been figured out as well, make sure you be yourself.

Write as yourself, not someone else. Write and blog about what you find passion in.

What is it the stirs something deep within the recesses of your heart and soul and you MUST get out?

It’s hard enough at times just being who we are. Why muddy it more, by trying to copy and be someone else. Too much effort and it simply doesn’t work.

Nominations

If you’re reading this right now, you’re nominated.

Simply follow the rules noted above and let the blogging world into a little bit about why YOU got started and your best piece of sage advice for those just starting out in this crazy blogging universe.

Again, thanks so much to Sadje for this Blogger Recognition Award.

Screen Shot 2020-01-01 at 6.49.15 AMIt was a great way to end 2019 and to start off 2020.

Happy New Year to everyone and we hope and pray blessings for the new year and decade that is in front of us.

 

 

 

—  get outdoors; find inspiration; discover yourself  —

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