I’ve had a blog, off and on, for many, many years, yet in all that time, this is my first being nominated for an award! Thanks so much to Annie at Small World, Smaller Girl for giving me a Liebster Award. I’m not quite sure who/what Liebster is, but I appreciate the love nonetheless!
1. Write a post to show your award
2. Acknowledge the blogger that nominated you
3. Give a brief story of why you started blogging
4. Give advice to your fellow bloggers
5. Nominate a few bloggers for the award
6. Leave a comment to let the nominated bloggers know about the award
Why I Started Blogging
Oh boy, this is gonna be interesting. I first started blogging when I was… 11? 12? I don’t remember exactly, but in the early part of the millennium I bought a book on how to code HTML for kids, and it all spiraled out of control from there (kidding). I got pretty into learning how to build my own website, although I was never good at keeping abreast of the newest programming languages and my eye for design was terrible.
Nonetheless, I loved having a place to share my writing. I had many sites over the years, most of which were hosted on platforms like WordPress and Blogger after 2006. No, I won’t share them with you. (Mostly because I don’t even remember the URLs, which are probably gone anyway.)
My last blog fizzled out in mid-2014, when I was in a car accident, and after half a year in Poland, I decided to make a new blog to document my travels, and also maybe cash in on this travel blogger business (hahahahha jk).
Advice for Fellow Bloggers
I hardly think of myself as a “successful” blogger because I’ve never made any money or amassed anything resembling a sizeable following. If you want advice on how to become that person, then I can’t help you. But if you just want a place to write, the best advice I can give is to work on finding your own voice. Anyone can write bland recommendations for cafes every tourist in Paris has visited. But only one person can write about the crazy adventures you got up to on your vacation (or just in your day-to-day). I’d rather read something with personality about the most mundane shit than trite ramblings about the coolest holiday money can buy.
Go forth and read/peruse those blogs! They are hella entertaining and/or have really pretty pictures. Show them some love! ❤