I don’t know about you, but I find these Award tags fun. Especially this one, since this is a brand new tag created by Yumdeku. Thank you so much for not only tagging me but making this tag in the first place.
Rules of Sow A Seed Blogger 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.
My Brief Story
I started this blog back in college as part of my online writing module while studying Practical Journalism. Nerd Rambles went online in 2014 with only a few posts for class.
It wasn’t until 2016 that I started blogging properly. This is when I started posting every Thursday and Sunday. From there this little blog started to evolve into, frankly, my pride and joy.
Five Advice For New and Old Bloggers
Keep an idea book
Something I did early on that helped me was to keep a notebook for topics I could write about. This helps prevent writer’s block.
Feel free to use my system. What I do is have a page set for every month. At the start of the month, I jot down ideas. For example, if there are any holidays in that month, topics surrounding the holiday. If and when I run out of steam or ideas, I turn to the notebook.
Reach out and connect
I dare say part of the reason Nerd Rambles has grown so much is thanks to the wonderful blogging community overall but in particular OWLS.
I joined OWLS back in 2018. From day one they have been nothing but sweet and supportive. Whenever I needed advice, the dreaded writer’s block hit or I just wanted a chat, they have been there for me.
Collaborating with other bloggers is a lot of fun too. Don’t be shy, reach out to others. Most bloggers are friendly folk!
Write about what excites you
Listen, your reader will not care about what you are writing about if you don’t care about it. Don’t write about something just to cash in on a trendy topic if it isn’t something you are interested in.
Write about what you want to read. Write with passion and excitement. Readers pick up on it.
Also, don’t treat your blog as a job or chore. At the end of the day, this is meant to be fun. Never lose sight of that.
Don’t compare yourself or your content
It is so easy to see talented bloggers out there and start to think toxic thoughts. “My writing isn’t as captivating as his” or “My blog isn’t as pretty as hers” you know, those thoughts.
Those thoughts do not serve you. Neither does the comparison. You are you, not them, you. You have your own talents as do they. Don’t get in your head about other’s works. Don’t you dare say nonsense like “I am not good enough” or “I will never get that many views, so why bother?”
You are good enough. Simple as.
While it might be tempting to keep everything the same, I encourage you to experiment every now and then. Not only does it help keep your blog fresh, but it is fun and it is often a good idea to test out new things to see what works and what sticks.
Sure, sometimes it doesn’t work but it is worth it. Try a new layout, try making your own headers or try some new content. That is the best way to evolve your blog, in my humble opinion.
I am going to nominate;