I was very recently nominated for the Blogger Recognition Award over at One More Light LB — I can’t thank her enough! Please consider paying her blog a visit, and you can also visit her on Twitter, at @OneMoreLightLB.
The Blogger Recognition Award is awarded to bloggers, by bloggers, to recognize our peers’ hard work on their blog. Blogging isn’t easy. We have to maintain our website and keep it in tip-top shape, make sure we’re on our A-game with SEO, network with other bloggers, and market ourselves. I won’t even get into how much creativity is required to own a blog.
While most bloggers in the blogging world are supportive of one another, I appreciate that these awards exist because it allows us to tell our peers how great of a job they’re doing. These little blogger-created awards may not seem like a big deal to some, but I never underestimate the power of a good compliment.
There are a few steps involved in accepting the award:
1. Write a post to showcase your award
2. Give a brief story of how your blog started.
3. Give two pieces of advice for new bloggers.
4. Thank those that nominated you and link their blog
5. Select other blogs to give the award to.
How my blog started
My blog was originally a standard mom blog. I called it “Southern Stay-at-Home Momma.” I read various blog posts from other bloggers who seemed to have the money-making aspect of blogging down pat. I wanted a piece of the pie, so I decided to start a blog. What a mistake.
Not only was I wrong in starting the type of blog that wasn’t really “me,” but I also started out with the expectations that I’d soon make a full-time income from it.
I eventually decided that I liked reviewing products and sharing my opinions of them on my blog, so I re-branded and called my blog “The Nikki Theorem.” The name was a nice play on words. Not only does it somewhat imply that I like math and science (the word “theorem”) and Big Bang Theory, but it also implies that I like sharing my thoughts, or theories, on products. I thought it was clever, but in 2017, I realized that it still wasn’t really me.
The year 2017 was the worst year I’ve had in regards to my mental health. In early 2018, I decided to re-brand my blog again, but this time, it would reflect my struggles with navigating through the darkness that is my mental illnesses.
My advice for new bloggers
My first piece of advice is to be yourself. I wasn’t myself in regards to my blog for many years, but once I finally decided to speak MY voice instead of trying to fit in with other mom bloggers, my blog and writing changed for the better.
My second piece of advice is to be a friend, not a self-promoter. Don’t get me wrong, it’s perfectly okay to promote yourself and your blog, but don’t let that be your main motivation for reaching out to people. My blog views and social media following did a complete 180 degrees when I stopped being a full-time advertiser, and started being a friend. It’s also how I’ve made so many wonderful, beautiful friends.
I’d like to recognize these bloggers
I know so many wonderful bloggers. I can’t possibly list them all, so I will give you a random selection of mental health bloggers whom I nominate for the Blogger Recognition Award. Please consider visiting their Twitter account and their blog.