I would like to start by thanking sweet Laura Beth from Hot Shot Headlines for this nomination! Please check her blog. If you don’t, you’re missing, because it is really great and will quickly become one of your favorites. I’m really happy and grateful that she thought of me.
First of all, let me give you the 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.
- Select other bloggers you want to give 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 Pink for Days started:
Well, it started less than a month ago and has quickly become one of my favorite things! This is not my first blog, you know, I have tried before, maybe 3 or 4 times. I could never keep up with them and when I thought about my posts the thought that came to mind was “Hmm… It’s been two weeks, I should write something. I don’t feel like it but I should”. It always felt like a task, which didn’t happen with this blog at all.
From the moment I started I was proud of it. I wanted tomorrow to come so I could write another post. I didn’t care if no one was reading. Do you know why? For the first time I was writing for myself. I looked at my posts and thought that they were beautiful. They felt authentic and mine. That’s what changed it for me. It’s a great feeling because I’ve wanted and tried to have a blog for the last five or six years and I finally have one. I finally feel like a writer and a blogger.
Suddenly, I wasn’t writing for myself anymore. Now I have an audience. I’ve reached 52 readers in less than a month. That’s a great achievement for me. People read what I write, they like it, they comment, they support me and I love that interaction. It has changed something in me. I have a voice now.
Advice to new bloggers:
Being a new blogger myself, I don’t feel like I have real advice to give you. Someday I hope to be some sort of blogging guru but, for now, what I can do is tell you what has been working for me. I can give SOME advice, but you should know that it comes from someone who doesn’t have a lot of experience.
- Interact with other bloggers – I started to get followers when I started to read other people’s posts and like them and comment them instead of just writing and waiting for someone to magically find my blog. If I come across a blog that I like, I immediately follow, check one or two posts, like them and comment. This is really great because people tend to follow you back, comment, share stories, support each other. You get more than new followers (which, let’s be honest, we all want, that’s one of the points, we want people to read what we write), you get new friends and become part of an amazing community.
- Write for YOURSELF. In the past, I’ve been a victim of writing to please others. Not anymore. When I started this blog I decided that I would write about whatever I wanted, whatever was on my mind. More specifically, I decided that I would be open about my life, share the truth, be honest, talk openly about my struggles, my anxiety, depression, etc. If somebody doesn’t like it, that’s their problem, as long as I’m not offending anyone. I write for me. If others like it, that’s an honor and an amazing bonus.
- Write in the way that you would speak. Your writing should be a reflection of your person, so people can get to know you. Of course you should be careful about grammar and spelling but don’t be too strict, otherwise you will sound like a newspaper and not yourself. That’s why you can find silly/not so funny jokes on my blog. That’s who I am in really life. A little sarcastic, with fast, not so funny comebacks. My personality is there.
- If you’re not a native English speaker, try to write anyway. I’m not a native and, despite the fact that I am a teacher, I make mistakes. No one ever complained, but I’m sure I have a lot of weird sentences going on this blog of mine. A few years ago, when I started my blogging trials, I was so scared that someone would find my mistakes. If someone did, I would get mortified. Is that necessary? No, It’s not my fault if I make mistakes because this is not my maternal language. If people find them, they are welcome to correct me. I love learning and I love English.
- Be consistent. If you say you’re going to write about something on such day, do it. People are expecting it. You should be a reliable blogger, not one that promises the world and writes the opposite. This is a piece of advice given to me by another blogger. I’m sure some people would disagree, but I think he has a point. Readers like bloggers that offer regular content and that are reliable. (Please, if you’re an experienced blogger and I’m saying something stupid or not true, feel free to correct me. I will appreciate it and learn from you).
- Be humble and ask for advice. Not to me, but to people who have being doing this for a long time. They are usually extremely helpful and willing to teach/mentor you. They know what they’re doing and you will learn a lot from them and become a better blogger.
I hope you like to hear about my experience and the little advice I have to offer! Thank you so much.