I was nominated for the Blogger Recognition Award by Linda from Witte’s World Blog, Victoria from Victoria Austin, Thoughts With N and The Modern Hadassah. Needless to say, I am truly feeling the love right now. Being nominated for a blogging award is great, but having four people nominate you for the same award is just phenomenal, so thank you so much! I hope you ladies don’t mind that I lumped you all together into a single post. I honestly can’t thank you all enough for this!
The rules for the Blogger Recognition Award
- Thank the blogger that nominated you
- Write a post to show your award.
- Give a brief story of how your blog started.
- Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
- Select 15 other bloggers you want to give this award to.
- Let them know you have nominated them and provide the link to the post you created.
How Insecure Housewife started
I started Insecure Housewife because I was looking for a creative outlet and something to keep me occupied. I know I wanted to get out there, share recipes, life stories and myself with the world. But doing that is an entirely scary idea, especially when plagued by anxiety. I would never walk up to a stranger and start telling them about the muffins I made or give them advice on decluttering their house. However, on the internet, I am a much more confident person, so writing posts and sharing them with the world isn’t as terrifying. After debating about it for a while (actually a really long time), I mentioned the idea to my best friend and she encouraged me to just do it already because I had plenty of ideas for blog posts. Well, fast forward to several more months and I finally got the blog going.
Now, this wasn’t my first time at the rodeo. Before this, I ran a book review blog for nearly 6 years, though that was more for fun and spreading my love of books than anything else. I also had a few other blogs before that. Those blogs lasted from a few weeks to a few months, but they were some of my first blogging experiences.
Advice for new bloggers
Though I have been blogging overall for many years, I still feel like I am a newbie at this whole blogging thing. However, I will do my best to give out some advice to new bloggers or those who are thinking about starting a blog.
It’s great to have ambitions to post 5 times a week. But let’s be realistic, starting out that way is going to lead to blogger burnout very quickly. Posting 1-2 times a week, in the beginning, is a great way to slowly build up your blog without overwhelming yourself.
Plan, plan, plan!
Whether you are a first-time blogger or someone who has previously run blogs but are starting a new one, I would highly recommend doing plenty of planning ahead of time. What topics do you want to cover? How often do you want to post? Who is your audience? How much time will you need to write each post? Do they need research done ahead of time? All of these things and more need to be taken into consideration and that’s where planning before you even type up your first post or even purchase your domain is so important.
Don’t compare yourself to others
Seriously, just don’t do it. I know it’s hard to avoid this, but it’s so important. If you find yourself comparing yourself to others, especially those who started a blog around the same time as you but have more followers, then you are going to make yourself miserable and quit.