So this week’s post is a little different to normal. No writing about Mr Banana Head, slightly amusing family stuff or my social awkwardness issues. Instead I wanted to let you know that I’ve been nominated for the “Blogger Recognition Award” which is very exciting. Firstly, I’d like to say a big thank you to Laila Laurson for nominating me and I’m obviously very grateful to receive it.
What is the Blogger Recognition Award?
The Blogger Recognition Award is given to bloggers by bloggers to show appreciation for the work and dedication they put into their blogs. I’m not going to big this up and make out it’s a national award where I’ve beaten thousands of people and am now one of the UK’s most celebrated bloggers. Why? Well, because as you know I’m an honest man and don’t need to talk b******s. Having said that, I do suffer from trying to down play everything I achieve and struggle with receiving praise / recognition so it’s a tricky one really.
My feedback in previous jobs was always that I needed to big myself up more and shout about my achievements. These are things I’ve never been comfortable with as I felt it made me seem desperate for attention and recognition. I started my blog two years ago but it’s only been the last two months that I’ve managed to write posts on a regular basis. I’ve recently connected with other bloggers and so receiving this feels like a real honour. There, I acknowledged it and don’t feel I’ve sold my soul to the devil!
All joking aside, writing a blog isn’t easy. It needs patience, hard work, energy, and the ability to string coherent and interesting sentences together on a regular basis. If you’ve received this or any other blogging award be proud and shout about it from the rooftops. If you live in an apartment you can try the street instead. Hopefully you won’t have the issues I do and will be able to do this all without mental conflict.
What is “From The Scars” and who is Laila Laurson?
How cool would it be if Laila was some mysterious Keyser Söze type person. Whispered about in the shadows but never seen. Actually, from reading her blog she’s the opposite. Entitled “From the Scars,” it deals with a bit of everything. In her own words, she started her blog because throughout her life she had felt alone and wanted a place where she could share her struggles and find others who could relate to her. She wanted to find a community where she felt like she belonged. She also wanted to provide a place where people could find comfort, even a friend so they wouldn’t have to feel alone either. Sorry, that was actually my words describing her words.
She then realised that actually, this was just one aspect of who she was and so has branched out to fully encompass who she is. Today it’s more a lifestyle blog, dealing with stories about herself and her family, self-help articles, daily quotes, and her personal favourite, “Music Monday.” One of the main things I love about Laila’s blog is her honestly. I’m always drawn to blogs where the author is putting themselves out there for the world to see, warts and all. Laila does just that and I totally appreciate that by bearing your soul you allow yourself to be vulnerable. Laila isn’t her real name but if you want to find out why she blogs as Laila you’ll need to read her post, “Who is Laila Laurson?” It’s an inspiring story.
The Story Behind Daddy Goes Bananas
I’d wanted to start a blog for about 7 years. Basically from when I started my career as Mr Banana Head, children’s entertainer. I thought people might be interested in reading about a part children’s entertainer, dad, husband, socially awkward man and child living in an adult’s body. Like most things I want to do, I plan it and then start procrastinating with a vengeance so hardly anything ever gets done. The longer time went on, the more people were told by me that I was starting a blog and the more I beat myself up for not doing it.
Two years ago whilst on holiday in Norfolk I just decided that enough was enough, it was time. On a rainy day whilst the rest of the family were playing Monopoly I set up the site, registered the domain name and wrote a welcome post. Another one followed a week later and then nothing for 3 months.
This was the pattern for the next 18 months, a flurry of two or three posts then nothing for months. It was only recently that I discovered the magic formula and this is now my ninth weekly post in succession. I’ll be talking more about this in an upcoming post. I absolutely adore writing and it brings me genuine joy doing it. I had no plans or aims for the blog other than to write about my life and hopefully a few people would read it.
My Advice to New Bloggers:
1. Be clear what you’re writing about and write about something you feel passionate about. This way your true personality will come through and you’ll enjoy it more. I can’t think of anything worse than your blogging feeling like a chore.
2. Don’t drive yourself insane comparing yourself to others. There’s nothing wrong with looking up to other bloggers and what they do but not if it makes you feel crap about yourself. Be gentle, take your time and give yourself space to develop your own style, content and to discover who you are as a writer.
3. Join blogging communities. Ok, this is massive. I only joined my first FB Blogging group about two weeks ago! I’ve read so much great advice on there already and it’s a fantastic support network.
My Nominations Are:
Keep up the good work and I’m looking forward to reading lots of your blogs. Well, that’s unless it’s anything to do with Physics. Sorry physics bloggers, it just hurts my brain.
Rules for Accepting this Award:
• Take the time to thank the blogger who nominated you, write a bit about them and their blog. Also provide a link to their blog.
• Write a post to show your award.
• Give a brief story how your blog started.
• Give 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.