Blogger Recognition Award

My virtual friend Rob (Art By Rob Goldstein) nominated me for the blogger recognition award.

Blogger recognition Award-2

 

The Rules

  • Thank the person who nominated you and give a link to their blog. Done
  • Display the award on your post and write about it. Done
  • Give a brief history on your blog itself. Okay
  • Offer a piece of advice to new and upcoming bloggers. Okay
  • Select 10 other bloggers you wish to nominate. Going to

How it all started

I’m blogging now for just about 1 1/2 years and it truly has been an amazing experience. I’ve played with the idea of starting a blog for years. Actually I guess from the moment we moved to Australia and I realized that there is such a thing as blogging. But then our second child was born and life got pretty busy. The idea of blogging kind of disappeared again. A bit of a shame as I actually always missed writing.

A little while into our stay in Down Under I met a beautiful American woman who became a friend of mine and started an expat blog on WordPress shortly before they left back to the US. It was then when blogging got back to my mind. Again though I didn’t pick it up. I thought that I needed a clear idea of what I was going to write about. An idea I simply didn’t have.

There was so much going through my mind. I moved from all the way over there to all the way over here. Up Over to Down Under as I usually call it. I had so many things to say about this experience but not enough to make my blog an expat blog. After all I never really felt like a typical expat. We were never really considering to move back or move to another country after only a short time. So was I still an expat? Could I honestly call my blog an expat blog? Not really, at least not only.

Then I was a woman, a wife and a mom. And that opens up so many layers to write about. But I’m also a rather private person. I would never blog about details of my relationship with my husband. And there were also no issues to write about. I had plenty to say about being a mom. And of course the homeschooling of our children gave me even more thoughts to share.

Back then I thought I need that niche to fit in. And that kept me from starting blogging way earlier.

It was September 2014 that I decided to just do it. This is my life. It’s how I live it and it’s what I can talk about. My thoughts. And I really love sharing them. So I jumped into the cold water only to find out that the water was actually not as cold as I expected it to be. What I found was an amazing community, inspiring people and an exchange that I really don’t want to miss anymore. A Momma’s View was born and I found my way back into writing.

I exceeded my goal for 2015, my first proper year of blogging, reached numbers I never thought I would see, especially not that early. And guess what?And not only that. Numbers are only numbers. What is even more exciting is the community that I found. The new friends I’ve made through blogging, even if they are only virtual. All the conversations I’ve had with all of you over the time. And the things I’ve learned through your posts.

My tips for new bloggers

Not sure if I’m experienced enough to give tips just yet. But if you would ask me for advice, then this is what I would tell you:

Just do it. Write about what you want to write about. Share your thoughts and stay true to yourself. Interact with your readers and reach out to new or different blogs. It will inspire you. If you have found a clear niche then good on you, but if you haven’t don’t let anybody tell you that you can’t blog without having a clear niche.

I don’t have millions of followers and I’m not making money with my blog but I have just over 1500 great people who thought my blog would be interesting enough to follow on a regular base. And that makes me happy! Your blog is your space. It’s like your home. You decide what you want to share and your readers are your guest. Guest that you welcome in. They might like your place or they might not. But keep it your place. Because then it will make you happy.

What I also found is that your blog will develop, evolve. You might think that you have a clear idea of what it’s supposed to be but over time it grows and it might grow in a totally different direction that would you had in mind. Accept it and go with it, it’s what it’s meant to be.

My nominees

Galesmind
All In a Dad’s Work
Nutsrok
Erika KindBut I Smile Anyway…
Just Plain Ol’Vic
An Armchair Perfectionist
Element
Our Rumbling Ocean
Edwina’s Episodes

As always too many great blogs to only pick 10. Thank you all for your constant support, all your comments, shares and likes. I appreciate it so much!

18 thoughts on “Blogger Recognition Award

  1. First of all, congrats! I loved your answers. I feel like I know so much more about you and your blog than I ever did before. Great advice BTW.

    Thank you for the nod! Rob already nominated me too, so I did a post for that original one. Didn’t want you to think I was ignoring ya!

    πŸ˜πŸ‘

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  2. Congrats and interesting to read the progression of your blog. We are all so multifaceted that I think it would be hard to have only one main focus for our blogs. I can’t quite keep up with your daily posts but try to get at least one a week in. Just not enough time for me. Do enjoy those I can get to read.

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  3. Congratulations Sandra. You are always such a support and help to other bloggers, and have been there consistently.
    I enjoyed reading your answers and you gave some great tips to newbies too. I still haven’t got a niche but it does not seem to have done me any harm either!
    Thank you for mentioning me as well. I am so honoured that you still think of me. That just shows what a loyal and lovely person you are πŸ™‚

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    • I always think of you and your blog. Honestly! I’m sorry for not visiting so often but I’m back to my normal routine now and you will see me more on your blog again too. Love your blog and you definitely don’t need a niche. It’s fantastic the way it is!

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      • Thank you for such lovely comments. It is always lovely to see you whenever you can drop in. I know myself, that I sometimes get a bit behind with visiting so it is not a problem πŸ™‚

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  4. Congratulations on your award. Nice to find out more about you and how you started your blog. And your right it is about the lovely community of bloggers and making friends more than anything else. Long may it continue.

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  5. Thank you so much for the award, Sandra! That was kind of you to think of me among all these great bloggers (and yourself). I love reading your posts. It was great to hear a little backstory about the beginnings of your blog.

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  7. Hello and congratulations! I am doing my best to stay up to date with reading and just now read this post. Thank you for the nomination, I am honored and will get to this as soon as I can. I am hoping I can get all this straightened out quickly.

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