Let me start by saying a huge thank you to Charli Dee at Life With Charli for the honor of nominating Speaking Bipolar for The Blogger Recognition Award. Every day I am touched and encouraged by the support found in the blogging community.
Inspired by Anne Frank and years of keeping her own diary, Charli likes to share her thoughts with the hopes that they will help and inspire others. If you’ve never visited her blog, be sure to click the link above and visit today.
About the Blogger Recognition Award:
The Blogger Recognition Award is an online award given by bloggers to other bloggers. It is a way to recognize the efforts of other writers and award them for the effort they put into their sites.
Blogging is hard work often requiring blood, sweat, and tears, or at least, it feels like it. To survive, you need all the encouragement you can get.
- Thank the nominator, and publish a post on your blog about receiving the Blogger Recognition Award. Make sure to provide a link to the nominator’s blog in your post.
- Give a brief story of how your blog started.
- Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
- Nominate 10-15 other bloggers for this award, and inform them of their nomination.
Why Bloggers Should Support Bloggers
This post is supposed to start with a brief story about how Speaking Bipolar was started. However, I have two pretty exhaustive posts, one on my About Page and the other How the Speaking Bipolar Blog Came to Life that cover that topic quite well. The short story is that I saw the need for more men to open up about mental illness and decided it was time to share my voice and experiences with the world.
Instead, we’re going to talk for a moment about why bloggers should support other bloggers.
The online world can be dark and vicious at times. Far too often internet trolls gang up on and bully others for their own sick amusement.
Blogging is hard work. It takes a lot of time and effort, but it’s also very emotional as you are exposing yourself to the world and its criticism. Unless you are a blogger, you likely don’t recognize the full force of the struggles that come up when hosting a blog.
In addition, blogs are a huge source of information and validation. Millions of people rely on blogs for everything from how to garden to when to put kids to bed and everything in between. These voices are important and should be encouraged to keep writing.
If you are a blogger, visit other blogs and leave comments to encourage that blogger to keep writing. If you’re not a blogger, please continue to visit our sites and be kind in the things you say to and about us.
On behalf of all bloggers, I thank you.
Advice For New Bloggers
My advice for new bloggers? First, be prepared for hard work. I’ve kept a journal since 1983 and thought that blogging would be basically the same. Sit down, write a post, and the world flocks to read your words.
The truth is very different.
Writing the post is only part of the process. Then there’s formatting, creating graphics, and promoting the post. You also should be active on social media and interact with any commenters visiting your site.
This isn’t meant to discourage you but to help you understand what you are getting into. The benefits and joys of blogging far outweigh the work that goes into it.
Two, write every day. Whether you are a blogger or an author, try to write something every day. Even if it’s only five words, get something down on the page or screen.
Writing gets easier with practice, so practice as much as you can.
Here are ten blogs that I enjoy reading and visiting.
Jean Lee is a spectacular author and blogs about writers and writing.
Rory is a great guy that likes to blog about a variety of subjects from autism to pet interviews.
Mark is a proofreader extraordinaire and blogs about books and more.
Jenny Grace is a talented poet that shares her poetry and more.
This blogger shares the ups and downs of living with mental illness.
True life experiences of living a Bipolar life.
Publishes a variety of thought-provoking posts.
Mental health, addiction, and more.
Blogs to help others understand that it’s okay to speak from the heart.
A blog about recovery.
Whew, it was hard to pick only ten, but there are so many more I follow.
Thank you again to Charli Dee at Life With Charli for nominating me for this award. I was truly touched by this honor.