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I am ecstatic to have been nominated for the Blogger Recognition Award. If you recall, in August, we were also nominated for the Liebster Award. You can catch up on the Liebster Award response post here. Thanks to Living Priorities and Mindfulness Faith and Food for nominating me. So, what’s the Blogger Recognition Award? It’s an award given by bloggers to fellow bloggers. It serves to encourage bloggers for all the dedication they have devoted to their blogs. It also serves to inspire others who might be thinking about starting a blog.
Here are the rules:
- Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
- Write a post to showcase your award.
- Give a brief story of how your blog started.
- Give pieces of advice to new bloggers.
- Select 15 other bloggers you want to give this award.
The story behind the blog
Ever since my senior year in university, I fell in love with blogging. I blogged for a semester to meet a course requirement. Once the course concluded, I knew I wanted to continue blogging but struggled with the idea of blogging. What would I blog about? What would be the name of my blog? Would people even read it? At the time, I was struggling in my relationship with the Lord. Out of my desire to seek more from our relationship, God placed a yearning in my heart and Rock Solid Faith was born. Rock Solid Faith exists to empower individuals to be intentional in their walk with the Lord while also building the life they desire. Blogging for me has been quite the journey and I have been encouraged by overwhelming support from the community. Through blogging I am also able to encourage and inspire others to not only live a Christian life but also provide them with resources to build the life they desire.
Advice to New Bloggers
1. Be Continually Learning
There is a lot to blogging than what meets the eye. Blogging success doesn’t happen overnight. It’s a combination of hard work and dedication .There is branding, search engine optimization, learning about keywords and social media marketing just to name a few. By keeping current, you are able to incorporate new strategies that can help position and propel your blog.Blogging success doesn't happen overnight. It's a combination of hard work and dedication. Click To Tweet
It can be overwhelming with all the different courses on the market. As a new blogger, you don’t have to invest in paid courses off the bat. There are dozens of free courses and blog posts to get you started. Once you are ready, you can start incorporating a few paid courses to meet the needs of where you are at in your blogging journey. Lynda.com is a great platform to learn new skills. Although Lynda is a paid platform, if you are still in university, you can gain free access through your institution. Also, if you have a local library card, you can gain free access to their course database.
If you are not quite sure that Lynda is for you, here are 40 free online courses that you can take that ranges from search engine optimization to monetizing your blog to help get you started. If you are looking to kick-start your growth as a new blogger , here are some reasonable priced courses to start with, that won’t break the bank: The She Approach to Building Your Blog Traffic , From Zero to Superhero Affiliate Marketing Bundle and Career In the Making.40+ free and paid courses to grow your blog! Click To Tweet
As you settle into blogging, seek out a few bloggers that you love. They don’t have to be in your niche. Find bloggers that you can learn from and that you enjoy engaging with their content. Narrow this down to a select few to prevent the feeling of overwhelm allowing you the opportunity to engage with their content. Some bloggers that I follow, that post awesome blogging content are:
- In Search of Sheila
- The She Approach
- Arabah Joy
- Do a New Thing
- Reroute Lifestyle
- Melyssa Griffin
Pinterest is also a great research tool for your blog. I have compiled all the wonderful resources I have found helpful over the years into a Blogging Tips Pinterest Board, you can follow and check out the board here.
2. Learn Pinterest
When I just started blogging, Pinterest became my best friend to research strategies and learn the ins and outs of blogging. Pinterest is a great tool to not only be inspired but also to learn new information. Ask any blogger and they will likely tell you that Pinterest is their number 1 traffic referring site. From the get go, ensure you learn as much as you can about Pinterest and have a Pinterest strategy in place. Simple Pin Media Blog and Podcast has excellent resources to get you mastering Pinterest in no time.
If you are a faith blogger, I just started a Christian Encouragement group board, reach out to me on Pinterest if you would like to collaborate.
3. Join Facebook Groups
Join Facebook blogging groups as well as niche groups. Facebook groups are great ways to make new friends as well as find bloggers to collaborate with.Each group is governed by their own rules but they regularly have share threads and follow threads that you can participate in.These threads not only help you to grow your following but also bring exposure to your blog content.You can do a group search on Facebook to find groups or just simply reach out to your favorite blogger and ask what groups they are apart of that they would recommend. Bloggers are awesome! Let’s support each other. Feel free to message me and I will share with you a few of my favorites.Bloggers are awesome! Let's build community not competition.. Click To Tweet
4.Build a Brand
For many, when they think of branding, they think logo. Branding is so much more than just your logo.Spend time, to figure out what it is that you want to be known for and whom is your ideal reader. This will help you to focus and set the base for future editorial calendar development and will also come in handy once you start working on sponsored content. Identify your brand colors and font styles and design a logo. From this, you can develop templates to create consistency This helps to make your blog easily recognizable across platforms. In Search of Sheila has an awesome branding worksheet to walk you through the process, be sure to check out her site.
Bonus Tip: As a faith blogger, don’t neglect your one on one time building your relationship with the Lord. Set aside regular devotional time to nurture your faith. Blogging can quickly become your entire focus, set aside time to prioritize other things in your life that are also important like your relationship with God and family-time.
The following are my 15 nominees: