I wanted to start the week with something positive. Yesterday, I discovered that Megan, from Nerd Rambles, nominated me for a new blogger award. So, without further ado, let’s take a look at the Sow A Seed Blooger Award!
Rules of Sow A Seed Blogger Award.
Let’s start off with the rules for this award:
- Put the award logo/image on your blog.
- Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
- Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well.
- List the rules.
- Give a brief story of how your blog started and the problems you faced.
- Give five pieces of advice for new and old bloggers. (Note: you can still mention a tip that’s been mentioned already because we all express things differently)
- You have to nominate 5 -12 bloggers.
- Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog or just reaching out to them.
The Creator and My Nominator.
Firtsly, let me briefly talk about the creator of the Sow A Seed Blogger Award, YumDeku over at MyAnime2Go. MyAnime2Go is a blog that focusses on posts about anime, manga and gaming. If you have a spare moment, please go and check out the blog.
As for my nominator, Megan, I’ve actually been following her blog, Nerd Rambles, for quite some time. Her blog is a wonderful mix of everything nerdy, from gaming to books to anime. I want to thank Megan for taking the time to nominate me for this award and if you guys have some time, I highly recommend you check out her blog!
My Blog’s Origin Story.
So, A Reluctant Hero was created on 5th April 2015 and its all thanks to my friend Khinjarsi at Upon Completion. We have been friends for a long time and we often spend time talking about video games. Khinjarsi suggested that I should write some posts for Upon Completion. After the conversation, I decided to also create my own blog and so A Reluctant Hero was born.
So, in the five years I have been blogging, what problems have I faced? The biggest is problem is… myself. For the first three years, I was bad at regularly posting. which probably hampered the growth of the blog. I’m also a pretty introverted person and I struggle to properly engage with the blogging community, despite there being some pretty awesome people out there. Also, over the years,, WordPress has certainly throw some interesting technical issues my way, as well.
Five Pieces of Advice for New and Old Bloggers.
Write What You Want To Write.
OK, this maybe a little obvious but its your blog, so do what you want with it. You’ll find that you’ll enjoy writing the posts that you want to write about.
Don’t Burden Yourself.
Its very easy to want to blog every day but that might not be practical for you. Find what sort of schedule/non-schedule suits you. If you want to write really long posts, then setting out to publish five posts a week. Its also OK to skip a day if you feel like you can’t write a post.
Its OK To Have A Break.
Blogging should be fun. You shouldn’t feel like you have to write a post or feel like you have to sacrifice something in your life in order to create a blog post. Sometimes life throws you a curve ball and you need to step away from your blog for a while; sometimes you can get burnt out from blogging. Whatever the reason, its OK to take time away from your blog.
Don’t Over Tag.
This is something that I was guilty of in the early days of A Reluctant Hero. Tags help people find your posts and your blog. However, like with many things in life, too many tags are a bad thing, as it will reduce the chance of people being able to find you.
Talk To Other Bloggers And Your Readers.
Yes, I’m being a hypocrite. There are a lot of amazing and friendly people on WordPress, who just want to share their hobbies. I try and respond to everyone who comments on my post because it means a lot that these poeple have taken the time to read my post and to share their own thoughts, as well. Blogging offers you an opportunity to meet people, all over the world, who share the same interests as you, so don’t waste that opportunity!
This is the part I tend to struggle with. There is no pressure on anyone to complete this award and likewise, if I don’t nominate you but you want to take part, please do. Anyway, here are my nominations, in no particular order:
- Khinjarsi from Upon Completion.
- Kim from Later Levels.
- Kelly from Why We Play Games.
- Aether from Lost To The Aether.
- Irina from I Drink And Watch Anime.
- Derek from Apprentice Mages Lounge.
And that was the Sow A Seed Blloger Award. Once aagin, thank you to Megan for the nomination. Please check out the blogs I have linked in the post, if you have time, and I’ll talk to you soon!