Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Blogger Recognition Award #2

Victoria of Stori Tori’s Blog has nominated me for the Blogger Recognition Award! (Muchas gracias, Victoria!) You may remember that I did this tag for my Blogoversary post, but hey—if there are blogging police to stop me from doing it again, they are welcome to bring that up with me privately.



Therefore, the “official rules” follow thusly:

♥ Thank the person who nominated you.
♥ Leave a link to their page.
♥ Give a brief story about how you started blogging, and share some tips.
♥ Nominate 15 other bloggers
♥ Notify your nominees by email or comment

I shall ignore some of them. The great thing about having your own blog is you get to make up your own policies as you go, and in general my policy is to not tag people on weekdays. So there you go.

And now, the story of how I started blogging, but different.

*ahem*

It is very easy to be jealous of R.R. I certainly was. The various phases he went through were insane, and usually very intellectual. I can’t remember them in chronological order, but… He wanted to be a Bohemian, at one point, and eat in cafés and live his life as a vagabond. He really liked Romans and would argue with me to no end about whether Greeks or Romans were better. I seem to recall there was a brief Victorian England phase, a Gothic phase, and there was the Faraday obsession that came with Fringe, and there was some other posh thing that resulted in stories like “The Mystery of Malden Island,” that sort of thing.

He’s also a crazy good writer, by the way, which is why it is no surprise that I liked to read his blog, An Infinite Mind.

He wrote about history and life and Halloween one time—stuff that suited him, and I was a little jealous. I wanted to write like that. I wanted to have my blog followed by all my friends, and be totally awesome in all the ways.

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Flickr Credit: Albert
But if you have looked at Wandering in a Blur for any length of time, you will see that he is still very intellectual and reads and writes from formalist and deconstructionist perspectives, occasionally throwing in a little bit of psychology—and I mostly screw around with the settings and find smarticle things to say.

I wanted to blog like him, and that didn’t work. And now I blog like me, and that works better.

By now I have realized that it is silly to be jealous of R.R., because as fantastic as he is, and as similar as we are (sometimes), we have vastly different skills. We even say it in our bio over there—he’s the deep and I’m the wide. I like to go from thing to thing to thing to thing to thing; I’m the one who really participates in the social aspects and I like to jump around with lots of fingers in lots of pies. He, on the other hand, is more consistent, very thoroughly examining his topics and often going to a higher level by the time you reach the end of his posts.

It’s crazy, and I love it, because we are both ourselves while we work together. And that’s the thing—as soon as I started working towards my own success, rather than someone else’s, blogging became a lot more fruitful for me.

My advice?


Don’t be jealous of other people’s blogs, first of all, and especially not followers and not voice. No one is stealing followers from you, for one thing, and you have a perfectly good voice of your own that’s worth the time to craft for yourself.

Also, if you see that something is up and you don’t like it, then figure out what it is and change it. If you don’t have enough followers, go hunt them down. If you think your voice too dry, see what others do to liven theirs up!

And if you wanna blog, go ahead and blog. Just know that the reason you blog matters just as much as the fact that you are blogging.


Again, thanks to Victoria for tagging me, and even though I am not tagging anybody, if you have a great blogging story to share, zero blogging police will come and get you. Promise.

How did you start blogging? How have you changed since then?


8 comments :

  1. I'm starting to fall behind with commenting, and I do apologise about it! I'm feeling tired all the time. Always busy. =/

    Many bloggers I know of were inspired to start a blog because of somebody else. Even me, I started because my friend was making one and I thought, why not? I had no idea how much I would love it, and no idea the sort of blogs I would come across later that would make mine look boring and shabby in comparison. I love blogs more than any other type of social media and I don't... really know why. But I think it because, as a story-lover, it follows the story of somebody's life, directly or indirectly.

    You gave a great answer. I have had my own blogging role models too. Congratulations on the award!

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    1. Hey, don't worry about it. I have the same problem and it is no fun at all to deal with. :(

      That's a beautiful way to put it! I didn't think I'd like blogging either, especially after my first experiences, but then I've learned that the reason that blogging is fun is because it is social! I love reading what other people have to say, and I love getting that perspective into someone else's story. It's awesome.

      Thanks!

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  2. I still struggle with comparing my blog/being jealous of others a lot, and I've been blogging since like 2011 xD

    One of my biggest changes would have to be is design taste- I am now very minimalist. I used to be like GET ALL THE WIDGETS.

    I like your spin on this award :)

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    1. XD Okay, well, at least you know you're not alone, right?

      That's actually nice, though. I prefer minimalist blogs as well, and so it is nice to see that others do the same. (Not sure how successful I am, though.)

      Thanks, and glad you liked it. :D

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  3. You're welcome for tagging lol. Good advice. ^ ^ I tend to be envious of following sometimes lol.

    Stori Tori's Blog

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    1. Thanks, and I agree. Sometimes we're all that way!

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  4. I do sometimes struggle with follower or comment jealousy. Guess it's just something we bloggers have to get over. :p But you gave some great tips!

    Alexa S. Winters
    thessalexa.blogspot.com

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    1. I know—someone always has more of something, and it can be hard to get over it. Thanks for reading!

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