I would like to thank the lovely Gabriela at thewellnessworx.com for nominating me for the Blogger Recognition Award.
Gabriela was my very first visitor when I started my blog nearly three months ago and I can remember how excited I was to get my first “like” and my first “comment”. So thank you Gabriela. I don’t know how you found me but find me you did and you have stayed a regular visitor and commentator ever since.
It is so important when we are starting out with this blogging business to feel that our words aren’t just going out into the ether. When we actually start to make connections that is when blogging becomes exciting.
As part of this Blogging Recognition Award we are asked to :
a) Share our inspiration for starting our blog
b) Mention our nominator
c) Write some advice for new writers
d) Nominate blogs to pass the Award to
So here goes:
a) My inspiration for starting ACT Made Lyrical
This is actually my second time around blogging. I wrote another blog at soulsnet.com, now expired, for about a year about three years ago. Why did I stop?
Well basically I guess that the answer to that is that somehow I had managed to turn a pleasure into a chore. Unsurprisingly, I lost motivation, I ran out of steam and I stopped. Why did I start again?
Well that is more cheery! In the next couple of years although I stopped blogging I never stopped writing. I love writing inspirational poetry. The difference was that instead of sharing my poems on a blog I just wrote them down in notebooks that went into the cupboard.
At the same time I became interested in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). I did some ACT courses and now my poetry had more of a focus.. I wasn’t just writing poetry I was writing poetry that was grounded in ACT, and I wanted to share it.
And so ACT Made Lyrical, with the strap line Living Well Stressing Less was born!
You can read more about the birth of the blog at the post “Who I am and why I’m here.”
b) Mention my nominator:
My nominator was Gabriela at thewellnessworx.com. Thank you Gabriela.
c) Some advice for new writers:
Well actually I do have some advice, some good advice for new writers and that is:
Take the Blogging 101 Course.
When I first started blogging three years ago, as far as I know this course did not exist. If it had I would have taken it and it would certainly have helped me.
I have just finished the Blogging 101 Course. It is really worth doing. It runs for three weeks and there are daily Assignments designed to help you to learn the nuts and bolts of WordPress.com and the tricks of the trade when it comes to blogging. Perhaps more importantly it gives you the opportunity to meet with other bloggers and to begin to develop relationships, some of which I am sure will turn into friendships.
There are a succession of courses. I shall definitely do some more and I recommend you give them a try too. They run monthly and you can do as much or as little as you want and you can repeat them as well. You have nothing to lose and a lot to gain so if you haven’t tried them already then give it a go!
d) Nominate blogs to give the Award to:
Well since I started blogging this time, and probably as a result of the Blogging 101 Course, I have been nominated for several Awards!!!
At this stage I do have to make an apology to Gabriele. She nominated me for this Award quite a while ago and it is only now that I am actually doing what I need to accept it and pass it on.
That is partly because I have been very busy and when I did this I wanted to take the time to do it properly. Blogging is very time consuming, taking the 101 Course and trying to do the daily assignments was very time consuming, just trying to stay on top of things is very time consuming, getting to know other bloggers is very time consuming ………… you know what I mean!
The blog I am going to nominate for this Award and I hope she will accept it is Carol at Writeful Mind. I discovered Carol when I was taking the Blogging 101 Course because one of the Assignments asked us to take part in an Event. I didn’t even know there were Events!! Anyway Carol runs a weekly event called Feel-Good Friday which promotes self-care and “me-time”. We could all do with some of that! I hope to be a regular participator.
So there you have it!
Thanks for the nomination, Gabriela, I hope Carol will accept her nomination and I wish you all very happy blogging.
Have a great day.