So last month the absolutely lovely and wonderful Jess Cantoni tagged me in the Blogger Recognition Award and if you have not checked out her and/or her blog, why not? Get on that, like, right now. Her blog is ultra sleek and pretty, and fun and witty and it’s one of those blogs you could get lost in an 11 post deep rabbit-hole.
Jess’s site: Jess Cantoni
There ARE some rules to this tag and here they are:
- A link back to the original post and the blogger who tagged you.
- A small paragraph on why you started blogging and the origins of your blog.
- Two pieces of advice to any new bloggers.
- Select and tag 15 other bloggers you want to give this award this to!
And now onto the post:
I kept meaning to write this post but just never got around to it. I’m sorry for the delay to this post. I had an interview I was pretty damn stressed over and I wasn’t feeling my writing enough to get any sort of post I felt would do it justice out. My head was a little bit of a tangled mess. But we’re getting somewhere now and I did really want to write it and so here is, rather belatedly, my post.
This is real, this is me[y blog], I’m exactly where I’m supposed to be now:
I actually started this blog at the start of last year. I had another blog for a few years before that but going into last year felt like the right time for a fresh start, and so From The Ground Up was born.
The name came from an episode of just about my favourite TV programme ever – Life Unexpected – and a quote from one of my favourite characters from said show.
“I want to be the one to fix this. I want to be the one to make this right. I’m going to re-build this bar from the ground up. Fix everything else in my life that’s broken.”
– Nathaniel/Nate Bazel. (Baze)
I started blogging because honestly I just needed somewhere to get out all of the crazy thoughts swirling around in my head. I’m not the most confident of people but I am in my writing. Writing is the one thing I have that makes me feel like I can do something, and if I couldn’t write then I would not stay sane in this world. Not a chance. I don’t write to fit any particular niche on here, I write about anything and everything, and that’s how I like it.
From The Ground Up was the fresh start that I needed and a way to, like Baze, build something up again from the ground and up.
Advice to new bloggers:
1 – Don’t try to write for anyone but yourself. Nothing is more stressful or less successful than when you’re trying so hard to be someone else and do or write what you think other people want or what you should. Be real. Be authentic. Be confident. Be you.
2 – Work hard at it. Always. Obvious one over here. Find a clean and professional looking theme that you love, write from the heart, read and re-read your posts before posting (but not 300 times, Emily I’m looking at you) to make sure everything is clear, correct and how you want it, keep up with your planning and schedule and have fun with it. Don’t stress yourself out too much trying to do everything, though. Keep up with your planning, keep to your schedule, but don’t burn yourself out in the process. Work at it but enjoy it.
Blogger Recognition Tag:
(Basically just a bunch of bloggers whose posts I have been enjoying lately and who I feel like need to be told how damn great of a job they’re doing)
1 – Sophie – Sophie Rosie
2 – Laura – Lavrax
3 – Char – Lunar Char
4 – Eva – Brimming Blog
5 – Lauren – Diary Of A Spanglish Girl
6 – Chloe – Simply Khloe
7 – Lauren – Lauren Evie
8 – Elizabeth – Moondust & Wanderlust
9 – Lucy – Absolutely Lucy
10 – Bryony – Bryony Baker
11 – Connie – Earth To Connie
12 – Frances – Frances Hemmant
13 – Samantha – Believe In A Miracle
14 – Lauren – Beauty With Lauren
15 – Maud – My Passion Projects
Thanks again to Jess for the tag, go and check her site out and go check out every single blog tagged above because there is some serious talent within each and every little corner of the internet.
I truly hope you all have a fabulous weekend, a great next week and a wonderful rest of November!
Until next time