I’ve always had a weird relationship to blogger tags. I think, on the whole, a lot of them are uninspired, and don’t really procide material I would usually read. That’s not me poo-pooing on them, at least not intentionally; I’ve been tagged in these kind of posts before, and I’m always so so grateful to be thought of. But I have given myself a rule not to put anything on my blog that didn’t feel natural.
So thank you to Grace, for mentioning me in this tag, with a bit of a twist. It certainly is great fodder while I’m stuck in this blogging slump.
This is my Blogger Recognition Award post. The rules are:
- Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
- 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.
How I got started.
Oh boy. I have been blogging in some form or another since I was around 13/14. I had a Livejournal which was just that, a jounral. I wrote about my day, who I fancied, typical teenagery stuff. Once I got to sixth form, I upgraded to a blogspot, Notebook Charlatan (I don’t even know) which I think was mostly reviews of films, TV and books that I liked. Then, at university, when fashion and beauty blogging was the big thing, and I started becoming interested in it myself, I started a fashion and beauty blog. I changed the name a couple of times, not really finding anything I really liked, until I landed on Whimsicella. I don’t know how, but there we go, it stuck.
Though I blogged about my favourite makeup and hair products, did oufit posts and wrote about red carpet fashion, I also wrote about feminist issues. I even interviewed my friend Jess, who at the time ran a feminist Tumblr and YouTube channel. I was enjoying what I was doing, but felt that something was ultimately missing. That, combined with the hurricane that was a hectic third year, my blog kinda fell off the radar.
It wasn’t until December 2015 that I moved over to WordPress and started this incarnation of Whimsicella, and I’m loving it. It’s more me, and great way of showcasing my writing skillz (lol).
Advice to new bloggers:
Stick to it.
One thing that I regret about my blogging career is that I was always stopping and starting; dumping one thing when I got bored and starting something new. I was constantly trying to reinvent myself and what I was interested in. While there’s nothing wrong with taking a break from blogging (and I especially needed it for that last year of university), it’s always good to see through what you started, even if you have a period of trialling different ideas to see what sticks.
Write what you want to read.
It’s a cliche for a reason. One mistake I often made through my years of blogging was writing what I thought other people wanted to read. What I thought would be popular. But the thing is, people are clever; your audience is clever. Readers can tell when you’re not putting your heart in it. And when you write things you love and want to read, I can guarantee you that other people will want to read it, too. I may not have a huge audience, but I do have a loyal following of likeminded individuals who I can always count on coming back.
The bloggers I nominate to take part, should they wish: