Blogger Recognition Award #3

Hiya you! Yes you! This whole blogging thing is a bit mad sometimes isn’t it? Look at me typing away right now as if we’re actually having a conversation, cos to me we are having a conversation right now, like two middle aged women catching up on the high street. Plus you guys are my pals, my internet friends, some of the coolest people I know and why wouldn’t I want to stop and say y’alright love to you!? Anyway enough about me and that weird ramble…How are you? Have you had a good week? TELL MEEEEEE?!

I’ve only been nominated/tagged in another Blogger Recognition Award haven’t I?! This was from Michael who I actually began chatting to from a twitter chat, I think it was the CBeeChat actually which is on Monday evenings! It was really great fun to chat to likeminded people and make new Blog connections and friends. He has a really great blog (just here, give it a read, love it, inhale it, all the above) which I’d really urge you to check out plus he is active across his social media channels so feel free to send him some LOL gifs on my behalf please and thanks.

It sounds really cringe, probably massively so to everyone else, but it does genuinely warm my heart when I get nominated or mentioned for anything for my blog or even a #FF on twitter or Instagram. It makes me feel so proud that I am getting recognised by my lovely fellow bloggers among the blogosphere.

Anyway! So if you’re new around here or new to the blogging biz, the Blogger Recognition Award is basically an idea that started up (I should really have looked more into the history surrounding this before I started chit chattering on about it) in order to recognise, celebrate and share 15 of your favourite bloggers to let them know how brilliant they are. Share why you started blogging and two tips you’d give to newbie bloggers. I really wish I came across this type of post when I first started blogging.

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Why I started blogging:

So this is a short story all about how my life got flipped, turned upside down and I’d like to take a minute, just sit right there and I’ll tell you how I became the creator of a blog called What Abbie Says….LOL sorry about that it had to be done. So I started blogging back in 2012 actually on a completely different blog page under a different name and I was only 17 at the time and I really didn’t have a clue what I was doing. Not that I really do now to be honest! I used it as somewhere to share my thoughts on everything from nail varnish to my Topshop hauls to why I decided not to go to University. I took a bit of a backstep from it as life kind of got in the way and then I restarted here last year. From the beginning I never really thought of blogging as something more than a hobby or something to do to share my thoughts and feelings on pretty much anything that I wanted. I’m passionate about writing and creativity and have always wanted to be a writer of sorts. I’ve never really given it much consideration about if this could ever become a full time thing or give me a fixed income. Obviously if it did it would be amazing but I’m not holding out much hope at the moment!

If I had to share two pearls of wisdom with a new blogger:

  1. Have fun. Don’t worry about keeping up with the others in terms of what your blog should look like, what you should write about, how you should photograph things. It is your space, make it yours and as long as you’re happy with it, babe you do what you want! If you want to talk about model airplanes DO IT, if you want to write about why peanut butter is so much better than almond butter then DO IT (and you’d have my complete and full backing on cos peanut butter is honestly the glue that holds my life together)
  2. Self Promo. This is something I really need to get better at and usually post a link to a latest blog post once or twice onto my twitter page and that’s it. To get the best engagement for your blog, be your own showman and PR and leave a link on you Instagram bio if you want other bloggers, PRs and brands or readers to find you that way then it’ll be so much easier. Similarly sharing your blog links via Pinterest or Bloglovin’ does wonders in getting long lasting views!

I’m going to nominate a small handful of wonderful bloggers that I follow. These guys really deserve so much more credit and praise and I wish I could promote them or be a cheerleader for them day in day out but I might look like a bit of a weirdo and like a crazy fan. Which is half true. No shame. Well without much further ado. I’m going to tell you about some of the best internet people this side of Shane Dawson.

Vixxy

Laura

Shay

Kamilah or K (I don’t know which one she prefers but either way she is VERY cool and I stan her pure existence)

Kate

Lyd

Ar (After days of an extensive search turns out that’s just a nickname and there’s me with my Dorset twang pronouncing it like ARRRRRRRRRRRRR)

Hannah

I adore each and every single one of these gals. I am so truly thankful for blogging and social media for being weird and wonderful but for also introducing me to such fabulous people like these brilliant girls.

MUCH LOVE. X

 

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Blogger Recognition Award #2

Happy Monday ya little pain au chocolats, I’m finally getting round to writing up the  Blogger Recognition Award Laura from Purlls of Wisdom tagged me in last week. I won’t lie I am finding this whole #Blogtober lark a bit of a struggle. My plan was to write interesting and fun content every day of October and so far I feel like it’s been a bit mediocre. But I tend to think that about the good majority of things I do. Without sounding like a mega negative Nancy I’ve always been a bit of a pessimist. Anyway! Onwards with this post. This is one of those tags that you see floating around the blogosphere that fellow bloggers nominate each other for. It’s a fun way of getting to know other bloggers around the world and also for celebrating other blogs that deserve the recognition and the love.

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The rules of the tag are as followed:

  • Prove a link back to the original post and the person who tagged you.
  • Write a small post about the origins of your blog story and how it all got started.
  • Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
  • Select and tag 15 other bloggers you want to give this award too.

WHERE IT ALL STARTED:

I spoke about my blogger story and how it all got started in this post just here a few months ago. I have always loved writing and creative writing, ever since I was a little girl so to be honest it’s not much of a shock that passion has stayed with me, and will hopefully stay with me throughout life. I decided when I was about 16 or 17 to start a blog documenting possibly every scrap detail of my life from what I wore to sixth form, to the colour of my nail polish that day to where I was eating. I stayed with that blog for about 2 or 3 years until life kind of took over and it became more of a chore to me than something relaxing, therapeutic and fun. Early last year I was toying with the idea of blogging again as a way of destressing and communicating with other likeminded, super cool people. Eventually I made a blog in about May or June last year and use it as somewhere to share my thoughts, foods and opinions.

ADVICE:

If I had to impart my wisdom with newbie bloggers I’d probably say two things.

  • Try not to worry about numbers, stats and keeping up with others. It’s fantastic when you hit a certain milestone or if something you’ve worked really hard on get’s the recognition it and you truly deserve but if that is the sole reason why you’re blogging to become internet famous, the next Zoella and a Coconut Lane discount code with your name on it then the blogging biz might be a bit of a struggle for you.
  • Get involved with blogger tags, groups and chats on Twitter and Instagram. I have becomes friends with some truly wonderful people from all around the world because of this. Some living far away some only down the m25. It’s such a lovely to speak with and one day meet such lovely people. I have a list as long as my arm of people I’d love to meet from these communities and I’m hoping one day soon I might actually be able to put a plan into action and actually see their real life faces.

I know the award says to tag 15 other people however I’m going to tag just a handful as I have another one of these from Michael coming up at the end of the week. I’m so touched and so grateful to be tagged in these it always makes me so happy and truly makes my day!

Laura

Zara

Jess

Jessie-Ann

Esther

Gillian

Veronica

I’ve chosen to tag these girls because I’m such a huge fan of their content and the way in which they write and also style their blogs. You can tell they put so much of their hard work, time and effort into it. As soon as one of their posts ping into my inbox I genuinely get so excited to sit down and have a read. If I could give each and every one of you an Oscar, a Grammy, a Pulitzer Prize or a piece of the crown like in Mean Girls I would do it in a shot.

Thanks for reading.

MUCH LOVE. x

 

Blogger Recognition Award

Good morning my delightful little pain au chocolat’s I hope you’ve had the most wondrous of weekends and are settled in and enjoying this brand new week. You may have noticed I am a brilliant mood at the moment and to top off my ever glowing mood the very lovely Erika nominated me for the Blogger Recognition Award and I squealed seeing I’ve been tagged. So thanks a BILLION. If you have a spare moment or two I’d really urge you to check out Erika‘s blog; I love reading her posts or catching up with what she’s up to on Twitter or Instagram.

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So the Blogger Recognition Award was made for bloggers by the bloggers. It’s basically a great way to celebrate, champion and let other bloggers know that you appreciate and are a fan of their hard work. If you are on twitter and follow the drama surrounding the blogging world and circles you may have seen a lot of drama erupting over the last couple of months or so. There has been a lot of bad business where a small few can let the side down a little and make it a more uncomfortable, catty place to be. There are some who are only blogging to get numbers, followers and freebies which is a great perk but if that’s the only reason you’re doing it then you might be in it for the wrong reasons! Before I ramble on and on for the rest of the night I’ll explain a bit more about the rules of this one.

  1. You have to write a blog post thanking the person that nominated you.
  2. Explain your story on how and why you started blogging.
  3. Share two general pieces of advice to other bloggers.
  4. Nominate fifteen other bloggers and let them know you’ve nominated them too.

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