Blogger recognition award & happy holidays!

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I’m chuffed to be nominated by A Lot On Your Mind for the Blogger Recognition Award! When I set out to create The Truth About Mental Health in April of this year, I had very low expectations that anyone would actually read it.. initially it was a just a space to reflect; a virtual journal of sorts to contemplate and distill my opinions on mental health. If anyone happened to read it, well that was a bonus…

Now that “bonus,” to my amusement,  has become evermore frequent! I’m truly grateful for the people who have taken the time to read my blogs and explore the topics that are close to my heart. Your thoughtful comments, likes and follows have been a joy to receive.

blogger-recognition-awardI now have 200+ followers, (tiny in the scheme of things) but I’m still really pleased about it! Waking up to comments like “I love love love this so much” just makes my day and inspires me to consider what else is possible with this blog!

As part of the blog award process I’ve been asked to share some tips for new bloggers and to nominate 10 additional sites that I enjoy.

Here are my tips for new bloggers

  1. Set a challenge for yourself to help establish a blogging habit. Initially I set the goal of 30 blogs in 30 days which I found really helpful. Whilst I skipped a few days due to time limitations the overall goal helped me to get into the habit of blogging until I no longer needed a goal and it just became a natural tendency.
  2. Do random acts of blogging kindness. Look for like-minded bloggers and read their material. Show support to help foster a kindred community. Don’t worry if it’s not always reciprocal. Be kind and supportive because it feels good and will brighten someone’s day. If it comes back to you returned that’s a bonus too but don’t do it solely for that reason.
  3. Reply to blog comments. Sometimes it’s easy to get distracted and forget to reply to someone’s comment on your blog. If they’ve taken the time to be thoughtful be thoughtful back and make sure you take the time to appreciate the gesture.
  4. Be yourself. Your story and perspective matters no matter who you are and what your background is. You might not think you matter but you do. We often have an impact on each other in ways we don’t always see or appreciate. Authenticity is a light in a world that needs it right now.

Here are my nominees (in no particular order)

  1. Sue Dreamwalker
  2. Three Worlds One Vision
  3. Thriving Under Pressure
  4. Katherine Otto 
  5. Naturally Connected
  6. Crazy Little Things
  7. Warriors Not Worriers
  8. Neurodivergent Rebel
  9. Untangled
  10. A Fractured Faith 

(sorry if I’ve forgotten anyone who’s blog is awesome and deserves a nomination… so hard to narrow it down; there are so many awesome blogs out there!!)

To participate in this award:

1. Show your gratitude to the person who nominated you and provide a link back to the person’s blog.

2. Give a brief story on your blog.

3. Share two or more pieces of advice for beginner bloggers.

4. Choose 10 other bloggers to nominate.

5. Comment on each blog by letting them know they’ve been nominated and provide a link to your award post.

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12 thoughts on “Blogger recognition award & happy holidays!

  1. First congratulations upon your outstanding blog award, and for reaching a wonderful amount of readers and followers.. Mental Health is a subject now more than ever which should be openly discussed and recognised. For it will touch most of us at some point in our lives.
    Secondly, Thank you for that awesome nomination. To have you think of me, as worthy is honour in itself.
    I will put your wonderful logo into my award box with such pride.. But I decided in the 2015 to become an award free blog, ( your comments are reward enough ) due to the amount of awards that were landing upon my door at the time.. I simply had not enough time to do them all justice, and as you know delivering and setting them out is often very time consuming, Something I am very short of in blog land. As I flit around so many in the allotted space I give myself to be online.

    I love the tips you have given, and they are exactly right to become a successful blogger, I so dislike it if I miss a comment by accident, and try my best to get around to those whom I see in my reader when I am on line.

    I wish you lots more happy years creating your blog Rachael, I hope I remembered your name correctly, forgive me if I haven’t I have so many names to remember, I can often put my foot in it.. unintentionally. 🙂
    I hope you had a beautiful Christmas Holiday, and I send you lots of well wishes for a Peaceful, Happy, Healthy New Year.. ❤
    Love and Blessings
    Sue ❤ 🙂 xxx

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