What is the Passionate Creator Award?
The Passionate Award was created by none other than my good blogger friend, Kiersty of Caffeine Chaos and Grace. She created this award for bloggers to nominate their peers who go above and beyond. Bloggers who produce a wonderful page with amazing posts but also those who are exceptionally supportive behind the scenes. Bloggers who support their fellow bloggers. Writers who express a great passion for all things blogging and the blogging community. To find out why she created this Award, check out Kiersty’s post.
Rules for the Award:
- Thank the person who nominated you and include a link to their blog.
- Nominate at least 3 other bloggers who have helped you make your way in the blogging community.
- List 5 things that made becoming a blogger possible for you and/or anything you would recommend to others.
- List 5 things you wish you had known before you started that might help others looking to create a web-page.
Thank You, Kiersty
I came across Kiersty’s page when I first started blogging as Messy Mama three months ago. She was the first blogger to be supportive of my writing and really made me feel confident in the direction my page was going. Not only does she read my work regularly, but she continuously tells me how great she thinks I am which means an awful lot to me. I am exceptionally honored to have been considered as one of the first participants of this award. Kiersty is a beautiful Mama who is compassionate, thoughtful and inspiring. Her writing talent shines through in each of her works. Please take some time and go check her out at Caffeine, Chaos, and Grace.
- Becca of Becca Blogs It Out – Becca is a mom to twins. She’s honest and she’s relate-able. She blogs about her life as a mother, her struggles with anxiety and real life issues that she faces. She also gives great pointers for new bloggers. I discovered Becca as a very new blogger. I was drawn in because I felt like I could connect with her work, but I also looked to her site for information on dealing with my anxiety as a mother and excelling as a blogger.
- Sonja of Too Much Character – Sonja is a heart warming, hilarious mama blogger. Her humor shines through her posts and tweets but she also get’s real about our mental health as parents. Another wonderful things about Sonja is that she is so supportive. She takes the time to interact with you and your blog.
- Micah of ParentalGRIT – I found Micah on Twitter. Even though he had well over a thousand followers, he reached out a hand to a Green Newbie like me. Thanks to a few shout outs and shares, my Twitter followers jumped from single digits to the hundreds. I look forward to his blog posts every week and his comical perception of Fatherhood that helps make parenting a little it easier.
5 things that made becoming a Blogger possible for me.
- Other Bloggers – I had attempted blogging a few years ago but knew nothing on how to gain views. Year after year of writing, my blog just hung in space. Eventually, I gave up. When I decided to start back up, I discovered how to blog posts from other bloggers. These gave great tips on excelling.
- Free courses – Some of these how to blog posts offered free courses to get me started. I watched as many as I could find. This led me to googling more courses and I discovered different tips and ideas I could tailor.
- WordPress – Being a part of wordpress introduced me to other bloggers. These bloggers helped me gain a network base I could start following on social media and interacting with.
- Social Media – People know other people… and that goes on forever and ever. Especially people in your niche. I built an entire network on Social media that helped me build my followers.
- My baby – I would just be Messy if it wasn’t for my little girl. All of my inspiration comes from my daughter and everything that I am learning as she grows. It is amazing how many life lessons you learn as a parent and that gives me the material I need to keep my page going.
5 things I wish I had known before I started.
- You can monetize your blog in so many ways and you don’t have to have millions of followers to do it. Google adds and Amazon affiliate links are a great place to start. I am still learning all about this.
- There’s so many ways to customize your website to fit your style. You can add things, group posts together, feature certain writings. There’s thousands to choose from.
- Guest posts are a great way to put yourself out there. Ask people to write for your blog or ask to write for someone else’s blog. Just be sure to inquire about a fee. Some people may want to charge you for posting their article.
- Find a mentor – I haven’t done this yet but I think it is such a great idea. Do you follow another blogger religiously? Are they extremely successful? Reach out to them, introduce yourself, tell them why you love their blog, and ask them for advice. If they reciprocate, stay in touch. Who knows, maybe you’ll discover a Best Blogger Friend that’ll pass on any knew knowledge to you.