Blogger Recognition Award

Blogger Recognition Award
 

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.

@conquermadness
@MaddDawgDailey
@dawndusk16
@AnxiousnH
@likeas_thewaves

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Nicole

My name is Nicole, and I’m very happy that you decided to stop by and visit my blog! I write about mental health, and I post the occasional product review. I’m most passionate about writing, mental health advocacy, and gaming. My husband and I live in the South with our five tabby cats and two parakeets. If you ever want to connect with me, please don’t hesitate to visit my Contact page.

Find me on: Web | Twitter

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10 Comments

  1. September 25, 2018 / 9:35 AM

    Congratulations on your award! I’m definitely sharing this on Twitter. It’s so important to stay true to yourself in the blogging world. Our unique perspectives are what make the blogging community beautifully diverse.

    • Nicole
      Author
      September 25, 2018 / 9:38 AM

      Thank you <3

      I liked blogging back then, but I always felt like I was trying to be someone else. Or like I was trying to write what I thought other people might like. And, while I think it's good to look at it from a perspective "will people like to read this?" I'm not strict on my posts in that regard. Most of the time, I just write what I feel like writing, and that has paid off a lot more than trying to be like other bloggers.

      • September 25, 2018 / 10:01 AM

        I think people want to connect with the real person behind the blog, not somebody who is trying to be everything to everybody, or who is like everybody else. That’s my humble opinion. 🙂

  2. September 25, 2018 / 11:00 AM

    Congratulations! I love reading about how people’s blogs became what they are now. Kudos to you for realizing it wasn’t making you content and changing it. That’s a feat in itself!

    • Nicole
      Author
      September 25, 2018 / 11:02 AM

      Thank you 🙂 It took me a while to grasp that, but I’m so glad that I made the change.

  3. September 26, 2018 / 1:32 PM

    Congratulations Nicole and thank you! I love both of your pieces of advice.

    • Nicole
      Author
      September 26, 2018 / 3:46 PM

      Thank you 🙂 Those are two of the best things I’ve learned since I’ve been blogging.

  4. October 1, 2018 / 4:34 AM

    Congrats Nicole!! I completely agree with your advice and I had no idea that was how your blog started long ago. Looks like you followed your own advice, to be yourself. So glad your very dedicated to advocating for mental health in 2018 and beyond.

    • Nicole
      Author
      October 2, 2018 / 9:03 PM

      Thank you, Sam <3 And yeah, it was crazy. I wrote my blog posts, but it just felt like nothing was coming from the heart. I'm glad that I was able to break out of that for myself.

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