Blog Recognition & My Tips for New, Upcoming or Seasoned Bloggers

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Okay, so I’ve tried to hold off on this for a while because I guess I’m the type of person where I don’t like to keep bringing things up – so let me be transparent here: Over the last couple of months I’ve been getting recognized by different bloggers and the blog has received several awards in which I’m very grateful (you can see all of them including this one now, on the side over there…

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But have you ever felt like, things just kept coming and while people are excited at first – afterwhile, you start getting a side-eye like REALLY??? okay, you can stop now. You know, sort of like those award shows where people just keep winning and suddenly the people in the audience’s reactions are something like this:

giphy - NO NOYeah! the awards were coming so often – I was for sure I would be getting one of those reactions…lol, could’da just been me, soooooo – I thought I’d let this one sit for a while and take a little break, know what I mean?

However, I would really really like to thank my sister from another mother Rakkelle of Racquel Writes for nominating me for this recognition – I truly appreciate you girl and so sorry it took SOOOOOOO LONG!! I love Rakkelle’s blog, it’s filled with so much insight, thought and I have to say – it’s one of the blogs that I look forward to reading every….single….week, no doubt! So go check her out and follow her pleassseeeee – you won’t be disappointed and that’s a BIG/HUGE – I PROMISE YA!!!

So, the rules of this award are very simple all you have to do is: 

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog
  2. Write a post to show your award.
  3. Give a brief story of how your blog started.
  4. Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
  5. Select 15 or more fellow bloggers for this award.
  6. Let each nominee know you’ve nominated them and leave a link to your post.

Well, numbers 1 and 2 are good so it’s story time (a brief story that is) and here we go!

HOW DID A BLOG, A MAGAZINE. IT’S JUSTSUMINSPIRATION START: 

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If you’re an avid follower of mine or if you’re not. I’ve mentioned this in a couple of blog posts such as this one – but if I can be honest, blogging honestly started as a hobby. I had never thought of starting a blog before until mid or late 2014 when I was scrolling around on my phone and seen the WordPress advertisement “Start your own blog today!” and I was like, hmmm – so I looked into it but didn’t start right away. After that instance, the thought seemed to come to me more and more and more about starting a blog. I had no idea as to what I would write about or if I even had enough in me to keep it up with consistent writing.

I’m the type of person that can be very good about starting something but a failure at finishing what I started. I went on and didn’t give it much thought until March of 2015, I was sitting at my desk and seen that annoying WordPress advertisement again but this time I heard a voice say “DO IT NOW” I was so shocked and scared.

I knew that voice was God and I knew at that moment that he wanted me to start the blog. The awkward urges I was feeling in those past months were urges signaling me to do what I felt like I was called to do and that is to “Encourage.” So as I sat there trying to figure out what name to call it, that’s when “Justsuminspiration” immediately dropped in my soul and that’s what it’s been ever since. I added the magazine aspect of it to focus on everyday things such as people, movies and inspirational acts of kindness being done in the world by amazing people who may never get noticed by the media. You can find out more here concerning the journey ahead from that start point.

GIVE TWO PIECES OF ADVICE FOR NEW BLOGGERS

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  • My first piece of advice for new bloggers is to be authentic – just be you. Kristi Hill asked this question some months ago and luckily my name and advice were one of the ones she chose. So here’s what I said then in which still stands now for any new blogger and upcoming blogger:

The one thing I wasted a lot of time on was not really focusing on my blog and/or the reasons why I started the blog in the first place. I lost a lot of time watching other bloggers and if I can be honest, trying to mimic their style and verbiage thinking that’s what I needed to do in order to grow my blog and get traffic. My word of advice to any new blogger would be to “keep their focus” on their own blog (at least for the first month or two) trying to make it presentable, thinking of topics to talk about and looking at what will make their blog unique. We all have a gift and we all have something important to say, my blog may not be like anyone else’s and someone else will not be like mine – but that’s what makes the bloggerverse so unique because it’s filled with different stories, genres, backgrounds, colors, and purpose.

  • My second piece of advice for any new, upcoming or seasoned blogger is to read the advice from Kristi’s post “Blogging Time Wasters” – it’s a really good read that has valuable comments from other bloggers who talk about their experience’s with blogging and the pitfalls they ran into while blogging. As stated before in other posts, I don’t have answers for everything and never feel as though I have all the knowledge in the world on this blog – my experiences are mine and I share them but I also don’t mind sharing good information that I feel could help others as well, even if I don’t have the answers.

So, I would like to encourage ðŸ‘ˆ  get that word…wink, haha – any blogger to read that post, it’s full of information that can and will help you on your blogging journey. GOOD LUCK!! 

Now # 5 & 6 states to nominate 15 bloggers and in true form, I normally would – but I’m going to take the high road like my sis Rakkelle did here and I’m going to leave this award open to anyone that would like to participate, please do. I nominate ALL THE BLOGGERS WHO FOLLOW ME for this award. Your comments, love, and readership of anything I write are very much appreciated; especially on those days when I feel as though no one is paying attention, there’s always a comment left that gives me that lemonade to keep pushing through and I’m forever grateful.

Until next time – thanks for taking time out of your busy schedule to read this post.

Much Love ðŸ’‹ðŸ’‹ðŸ’‹

Not exactly sure what the month of November will hold but I’ll be here with something =)

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Since becoming a Blogger – I wrote my very first faith-based children’s book about bullying entitled:

“Billy Wolf & The Kids’s of Heavenly Hills Elementary” 

It’s gotten some really cool reviews and is a book for both a child as well as an adult, in which I’ve had quite a few childless adults to purchase it. I think you’ll like it too. You can pick up your very own copy at one of the retailers below:

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And The Sunshine Blogger Award Goes Too….

Hello Everyone! I’m so honored to have been nominated for this beautiful award by my fellow blogger/girl and a bag of pearls because she keeps it 💯 all the time in which is why I not only follow her blog but am a HUGE! fan of her work, I mean I’m sure we all have bloggers in which you literally read everything they put out and she is one of those bloggers for me, so without further ado – I would love, love, love for you all to go and check out my girl RudyMariee of Visions and Giggles blog – where she dishes out a little love a lot of laughs and a whole lot of realness; I promise you, you’ll enjoy every read as I do.

Okay, so be on the lookout as your name may be the next one picked for this award and if so, here are the rules of the Sunshine Blogger Award:

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and link back to their blog.
  2. Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you.
  3. Nominate 11 new blogs and write them 11 new questions.
  4. List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award in your post.

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The Questions RudyMariee asked me were: 

  1. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?                                                                        Honestly, I see myself living life on my own terms, working when I want too and doing things that will bring awareness to people’s lives, such as being an advocate for bullying and an inspiration to singles, especially singles with children. I also would have published at least 2 more books by that time. I know, it’s a tall order but hey – a girl got goals! 😊
  2. If you could change one thing about our current world, what would it be            I would change the mindsets of mentally ill people; where they would want to do wrong – I would change their mind to be more peaceful instead of destructive. I would make it so where they wouldn’t hurt anyone – but love themselves, because when you love yourself; you don’t have the mindset to hurt anyone else.
  3. Why did you start blogging I started blogging because I realized that I loved to encourage people and wanted to start a blog so I could not only encourage the people around me, but everyone else in the world that I couldn’t reach.
  4. What Advice would you give to new bloggers
    Know who you are, Be Creative, Be You, Be Unique & Bold and spend time working on your own creation and let go of copying someone else’s. We all have a gift and we all have something important to say, my blog may not be like anyone else’s and someone elses will not be like mine – but that’s what makes the bloggerverse so unique, because it’s filled with different stories, genres, backgrounds, colors and purpose.
  5. What is the most Interesting or most unusual thing about yourself My outlook on people and the world; people sometimes don’t understand how I can still be nice to someone that wronged me or how I don’t seem to be mad or frown or have a bad day. What people fail to realize is that I have all those things – My faith keeps me grounded, just knowing who God is and how I want to rep him in the right way everyday, makes me change my attitude towards many things because I don’t want to disappoint him.
  6. What would be your idea of a perfect day? Being able to write all day and find topics to talk about and maybe get out and network with other people and write stories.
  7. What are you passionate about? Honestly, a lot of things but I’m more passionate towards children and the elderly, I hate to see them being abused/misused – Animals too! I hate to see people do harm to our pets, all three make me sad.
  8. What are you planning to do different in 2018 towards your blog? Well, I’ve already started and that’s to create a sound cloud recording of my blog post, so that way if no one has time to read it, they can listen to it. And there may be more things, I wait to feel things in my spirit concerning certain moves with the blog – it has to make sense to me.
  9. Have you found anything particular difficult during your blogging journey? At first I found it difficult to attract people to the blog – I constantly wrestled with “Am I posting the right content?” “Will people like it?” “How can I get more people, like such and such” but once I gave my blog over to God and allowed him to take over –  I really don’t think about it anymore. Those that will come and like it will and those that don’t …. won’t. I’ve learned that every audience is not for everyone, I just keep doing what I need to do for mine and let the chips fall where they may.
  10. What kind of books do you enjoy reading? Self-help, Mysteries and Drama’s
  11. If you could be anyone for 24 hours, who would it be and why? Oh gosh, this is a tough one – Uhhhh….I can’t think right now….to be continued….lol lol. (Maybe Bewitch??..lol)

Hey Sunshines! I absolutely love all of these blogs, each have given me something to think about, brought a smile to my face and/or a positive outlook to my day. My nominees for the Sunshine Blogger Award is: 

  1. BlessTheCrown
  2. Drifftyness
  3. Laura Bon
  4. The Godly Chic Diaries (GCD)
  5. Becoming His Tapestry
  6. Prayers to the Cosmos
  7. Timeless Classics — Poetry by Ana Daksina
  8. Skylarity – Josiah S. Harry 
  9. The Red Confidential
  10. One Millennial Girl
  11. A Better Man

My 11 Questions for Each of You Are: 

  • What caused you to start blogging?
  • What is your favorite post you’ve written?
  • What is your favorite food you have eaten from a foreign country?
  • Where is your favorite place you’ve ever been?
  • Where did you go on your first travel trip and how old were you?
  • What would you do if you didn’t blog?
  • What is the most adventurous thing you have ever done?
  • What are your favorite and least favorite things about blogging?
  • What makes you different from any other blogger?
  • What is your favorite book or travel movie?
  • What types of blogs do you enjoy reading?

Well there you have it! Thanks Again to RudyMariee for the nomination, I am truly honored and Congrats to the nominees!

I have to say, if you’re not going to participate whether you were nominated here or if you get nominated elsewhere, let the person know that you won’t be able to do it if your schedule won’t permit, trust me I understand – it took me forever to do this one…lol… If I can be transparent, I was voted upon other times, but could never seem to find the time to get it done. I never let the individuals know this, which made me feel bad as they took out the time to vote for me and I appreciated that. I ask that they please forgive me, if they are reading this post. It’s just that if someone took out the time to nominate you then that means they think you’re special, sort of like why the actors and actresses love to win the SAG award, because it’s a nomination given to them by their peers. So think of this as your SAG award!

Have a Happy Day!!!! 

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Roshonda N. Blackmon – Creator of A Blog, A Magazine. It’s JustsumInspiration, Author, Speaker & Encourager