Ladies and gentlemen, I have been given another award!!!! YYYYYYYAAAAYYY! I love winning things. I can say without hesitation I was never the type of competitor that was just happy to compete. I was the one that was pissed if I lost. I don’t even let my kids beat me in board games…yes it is that serious. So, as you can imagine, it feels very good to be recognzied…particularly when it is from other bloggers. Thank you so much Chape for nominating me for this award. Chape has an amazing blog for you fitness heads or people who are simply looking to make healthy improvements on their life. Fitness is a lifestyle, and
Like everything in life, acceptance of this award comes with certain responsibilities. Those responsibilities are:
- Select 15 other blogs you want to give the award to.
- You cannot nominate yourself or the person who has nominated you.
- Write a post to show the award.
- Give a brief story of how your blog started.
- Give a piece of advice or two to new bloggers.
- Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
- Attach the award badge to the post.
- Comment on each blog you have nominated and let them know you nominated them.
- Provide a link to the original post for this award on Edge of Night.
How this blog started
As I have previously shared, I have battled with chronic illness and pain since I was 7 years old. I had been writing a book for several years…but for some reason lacked the motivation to finish it. My sole reason for writing the book was to encourage others. Well, it suddenly hit me like a brick to the face that the reason I lacked motivation to finish the book was because the book writing processes was taking entirely too long. I am VERY impatient. I needed a venue to immediately provide helpful information and encouragement to others…and a blog was one of the few spaces that didn’t limit my post length. I also created this blog to provide more transparency for those around me. While I consider myself to be an open book, through writing I discovered I was hiding a ton from those I loved. I was hiding things that they needed to see, to help them truly understand life with chronic illness and pain.
Advice for new bloggers
Know why you are blogging before you begin, then jump right in. You will read articles about the dos and don’ts of blogging…IGNORE THEM. Those articles will stress you out, convince you that blogging is too hard, and push a particular writing voice, blog layout, and advertising strategy down your throat. I ignored every single one and just started writing. See, I am the person that puts together items without ever reading the instructions. I love a challenge, hate rules and being confined to a box. I also knew at the outset I wasn’t blogging with hopes of becoming famous. I didn’t care if my only reader was some poor soul that accidentally stumbled across my blog. I hoped more would read, but I was fine with 1-2 people stumbling across my blog. I write to share my truth and help others. So, some days I may be grammatically correct, others day I may not be. Some posts may be formal…others may be similar to two old friends sitting on the couch talking. What I post is always in my voice and is always my truth. For this reason, my blog has been more successful than I ever would’ve imagined.
The Blogger Recognition Award goes to:
- Dear Lilly June
- New Journey
- A Wayward Scribblez
- Decoding Happyness
- Midnight Knitter
- Be Different Buddy
- Spread Love Not Hate
- Ellens OCD Blog
- Robert M. Goldstein
- Randoms By A Random
- A Directory of Wonderful Things
- The Imperfect Girl
Bonus: Lost In The Bermuda Triangle
I included a bonus because of that rule thing again…but also this last blog has helped me stay in a great mental space. Thank you all for reading and supporting my blog!