Earlier this month I was nominated by Ursula from A Little Swiss, A Little Canadian, for the Blogger Recognition Award.
First, wanted to say thank you to Ursula for nominating me. Thank you Ursula! You can see the original post here – Blogger Recognition Award.
- Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their profile
- Write a post to show your award
- Give a brief story of how your blog started
- Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers
- Select 15 other bloggers you want to give this award to
- Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated them & provide the link to the post you created
So, here are my responses to the above terms-
Give a brief story of how your blog started
My story can be found on my about me page (which I have recently updated), but I will copy and paste that section here for easy reference:
This site was established on July 15, 2016.
It was a few weeks prior to this date, that I had injured myself and was unable to walk.
I had to cancel a vacation I had planned and was on crutches for a good 6 weeks.
It was during this time, that I was quite sedentary and needed an outlet for all the energy I had inside.
I did a lot of reading, thinking, and as much cooking as I could. And I came to the conclusion, that maybe I should try to give something back to the world.
I’ve been reading and using blogs for many years, mostly food and travel related.
I thought this would be a good opportunity to try and make a positive impact on the world by sharing my thoughts and experiences through my own.
Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers
I’ve only been writing for about 6 months, so I don’t have that much experience. But what I’ve learned in these 6 months, is that the way you thought it would turn out, is likely different from how it will actually be in reality.
With that in mind, I would set yourself a concrete goal or deadline, that if you aren’t where you thought you would be, you can consider changing your strategy or ‘pivoting’ toward something different. In other words, be flexible.
One thing I’ve already eliminated from my site was writing about coffee roasting.
Another consideration is whether or not I should break out the travel or gardening sections of my site into separate sites.
To me, food and gardening go together, but so do food and travel. I’m having a hard time integrating everything together. Also, each topic could easily provide enough content to support it’s own website.
So I may stop or break that out in the future.
The second piece of advice I’d give is to have fun with it. If it’s not fun, why do it?