I’m proud to say that I’ve been nominated for the Blogger Recognition Award a couple days ago! I was almost 100% positive people forgot about me after my long ass break from blogging this summer, but apparently not!
Before I say anything else, I want to thank ThisTaraf for nominating me, it means a lot, especially because my blog is still really small.
I think that’s all I have to say, so let’s get to the actual post!
WHAT IS THE BLOGGER RECOGNITION AWARD?
This prize is passed to bloggers by other bloggers, who appreciate & recognize their strong work and amount of effort they invest in each and every post, as well as keeping the website current and updated.
(The fact that they think my blog is all of those things is literally the sweetest thing! I don’t really think my blog was ‘current and updated’ for the past couple months, but I’m finally back at it, so it will this time, I promise)
THE BLOGGER RECOGNITION AWARD RULES:
- Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
- Write a post to show your award.
- Give a brief story of how your blog started.
- Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
- Nominate 15 other bloggers you want to pass this award to.
- Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated them, and provide the link to the post you created.
HOW DID MY BLOG GET STARTED?
I’ve told this story multiple times in the past, so you can just skip this part if you’ve already heard this story.
I first started out early 2014 on Blogger. I don’t exactly remember what made me do it, but I started a beauty blog called Beauty Pebbles or Rawan’s Beauty Pebbles, not really sure (it’s probably still online because I never deleted it). I didn’t really stick to that blog for a long time because I only wrote 3 posts before switching to my second one.
The second blog actually lasted for a year (July 2014-July 2015). It was called Rawan’s Beauty Corner (UGH, THE CRINGE) and was a beauty blog as you might have guessed. I ended up deleting it for a couple reasons. One being, people harassing me, and the second being I wanted to switch to WordPress (I was on Wix at the time) to improve my blogging overall.
And finally, I came to WordPress, where I still reside. YAY. RMAI was actually called Beauty by Rawan, and WAS STILL A GODDAMNED BEAUTY BLOG! (Why did I want to be beauty guru so bad, WHY?!), but then turned into a lifestyle blog around 6 months in.
AND THAT WAS THE STORY OF HOW I STARTED BLOGGING!!!
ADVICE FOR NEW BLOGGERS:
1. Don’t burn yourself out.
When I first started blogging, I had so many ideas I wanted to write about, and I thought the best way of getting that content out was to post 3 times a week. That only lasted for about a month…. And then I was burnt out.
I recommend putting out content once a week at first, and then when you get used to writing posts, editing, and making images for them at a fast pace (it came with practice) then you can bump it up.
You don’t want to run out of ideas in the first couple months, so write at your own pace, but still publish posts if that makes sense.
(People like blogging in different ways. I’ve seen bloggers who started out blogging every day and still do after years and years, so do whatever you want, this is just some advice that I found to be helpful.)
2. Read, comment, like and share other people’s posts.
Do what you want other people to do to you. If you want people to comment on your posts then don’t just sit there.
Go onto other people’s blogs (I’m writing a blogger recommendations post soon, so keep an eye out for that), and comment, like and share them if you enjoyed reading it. All bloggers want feedback, and you could defiantly make someone’s day by writing a short comment.
I’ve made commenting on 5 new blogs every day a part of my routine, and it’s been great! Not only have I been finding new blogs I love (some are nominated here), but it’s also grown my audience.
Also, go on Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook and join groups, comment on bloggers’ posts and DM them. Just interact with the community as much as possible. This will not only support the bloggers, but you’ll probably gain some new viewers and make connections. That’s how I met one of my closest blogging friends, Abi.
- I’m Just Being Abi (that’s the friend I was talking about. GO FOLLOW HER)
- Sprinkle of Surprise (A fellow Muslim blogger. She posts about all sorts of things, so there’s something for everyone)
- Life in A Blogshell (Just an all around great blog! I read each and every one of her posts)
- The Secret Blog of a 30 Year Old (I surprisingly like her blog even if I have nothing in common with her 😂 -SHE DOESN’T LIKE HARRY POTTER THOUGH! SO BE WARNED!)
- Little Lost Bee (one of my new favorite beauty bloggers)
- Nut Free Nerd (I love the aesthetic of her blog! Another one of my new found favorite book bloggers.)
- Light Up The Shining Night Stars (Her blog layout is a bit complicated, but the content is AMAZING. 1000/10 would recommend adding her to your reading list)
- Randoms by Random (Her poetry is b e a u t i f u l. )
- Kisses from Jess (She writes about Journaling, poetry, and books in general)
- The Merch Perch (He’s a new music blogger that I really enjoy! Thank you Abi for sharing his blog!)
- BELLANCE (AHHHH! Her blog’s so aesthetically pleasing, and I absolutely love her food posts)
- Orange Owl Diaries (One of my new all time favorite book bloggers. Her post photos are beautiful too!)
- City of Novels (Another great book blogger)
- Belletc (She talks about productivity and some more personal things too. If you’re a fan of the Studyblr community, then go follow her)
- Lost: Purple Quill (Yet another great book blogger you should check out.)