the blogger recognition award

Hi lovelies! Apologies for being away from the blog for a few days but I’ve been struggling with a case of writer’s block and just being generally a little unorganised. So a huge thank you to the lovely Ella for nominating me for this award and providing me with an opportunity to share a post with you all! You can find her post here along with many other beautifully written ones.

The rules

  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 bloggers you want to give this award to.
  6. Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated them, providing a link to the post you created.

How my blog started

Although my blog has only been around for a few months, it feels like it has been part of my life forever. It might sound a little over the top to say this, but I do genuinely feel like this is what I am supposed to be doing! For so long, I struggled with finding a path that I was happy to pursue, one that I wouldn’t get bored quickly. I usually flip flop between things and I think it genuinely worried my parents for a while haha. Blogging has given me an unexpected determination to succeed in something. However, also like Ella, I wanted to be part of a friendly and supportive community, and get the chance to become friends with other bloggers who share a similar interest!

Advice to new bloggers

Along the way, I have picked up some wonderful tips from other lovely bloggers, but I think my top two pieces of advice would be:

  1. Don’t worry too much about your niche when starting out. It’s something that will come naturally the more you post and figure out what you and your readers enjoy the most. Obviously it’s nice to have some kind of idea of where you would like your blog to go, but the best thing to do is to just get started and see where it takes you!
  2. Interacting with your readers and other bloggers is the best way for your blog to grow naturally. Not only that, but you end up with some lovely blossoming friendships! As soon as I started getting involved in Twitter chats and making the effort to comment on other blogs more, or even chiming in with a reply to a tweet, I started to see a big difference in the level of engagement on my own blog. One of the best things about blogging is how supportive we are of each other!

Tag

  1. Sophie
  2. Fran
  3. Rachel
  4. Emily
  5. Nia
  6. Alex
  7. Chloe
  8. Emily
  9. Anja
  10. Alys

Like Ella, I’m also nominating 10 as this is quite a popular tag. Apologies if you have already done this tag and I missed it!

Can you suggest any other pieces of advice you’d give to someone just starting out with blogging?

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31 Comments

  1. January 21, 2017 / 2:49 pm

    Loved this girl! Such a fun and reflective tag – and thank you so much for tagging me beautiful, I can’t wait to do it! xxx

    • milenkamillie
      January 21, 2017 / 2:58 pm

      Thank you for reading it! You’re welcome, can’t wait to see yours! xxx

  2. January 21, 2017 / 3:20 pm

    Thanks so much for tagging me 🙂 I definitely agree with your advice to not worry about finding a niche. Everyone goes on and on about it, and it is important, but it’s one of those things you grow and develop rather than jump straight into. X

    • milenkamillie
      January 21, 2017 / 4:28 pm

      You’re welcome! Exactly! I’ve read countless guides on jotting down topics and organising them into categories etc. and I just thought that’s way too much for someone who’s starting out! It’s more fun to just go with the flow isn’t it! xx

  3. January 21, 2017 / 4:35 pm

    Thank you so much for the tag you are the absolute sweetest! Xx

    • milenkamillie
      January 21, 2017 / 4:42 pm

      You’re welcome lovely! Please don’t feel like you have to do it, though, I know that tags sometimes don’t fit into posting schedules etc.! xxx

  4. January 21, 2017 / 7:26 pm

    Hello! I’ve nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Award over on my blog!x

    • milenkamillie
      January 22, 2017 / 10:52 pm

      Oh wow thank you so much! I’ll make sure to check it out now ☺️ x

  5. January 21, 2017 / 7:43 pm

    Thank you so much for tagging me lovely! So excited to write this one☺️ I completely agree with your tips, especially about not worrying too much about where you fit in with a niche! Xxxxx

    • milenkamillie
      January 22, 2017 / 6:47 pm

      You’re welcome! It’s something that happens so often I think but it can’t really be forced! Thank you for your comment and I can’t wait to read your award post! 💗xxxxx

        • milenkamillie
          January 22, 2017 / 7:01 pm

          Oooh I’ll make sure to check it out now! I’m so behind scrolling through the wp reader 🙈 xxx

    • milenkamillie
      January 22, 2017 / 6:45 pm

      You’re welcome girlie! xx

  6. January 22, 2017 / 9:07 am

    Thank you! I’m so glad I came across your blog too! Love reading it, especially on my commutes around London! xx

    • milenkamillie
      January 22, 2017 / 6:43 pm

      You’re welcome! Aww that’s lovely to hear ☺️ xxx

  7. January 22, 2017 / 10:38 am

    This really helps for us as we are fairly new to blogging! Some great advice thank you.
    H&L xx

    • milenkamillie
      January 22, 2017 / 6:42 pm

      You’re welcome! I’m glad you find it helpful and thank you for your lovely comment! ☺️ xx

  8. January 22, 2017 / 4:19 pm

    Ahh this is such a great post! I totally agree about the niche – I have just realised over time what I am better at writing and what people enjoy the most. Lots of love xxxx

    • milenkamillie
      January 22, 2017 / 6:41 pm

      Thank you! Yeah it’s just a natural realisation and what you enjoy the most! I think it happens a lot at the beginning when we look at the top established blogs but it’s easy to forget that they also started somewhere 🙂 💗 xxxxx

  9. January 22, 2017 / 7:27 pm

    I loved reading this! Theres something about your writing style that is really enjoyable to read 🙂 x

    • milenkamillie
      January 22, 2017 / 9:35 pm

      Aw thank you so much that is honestly one of the nicest things to hear! ☺️ This comment has made my night! xx

    • milenkamillie
      January 24, 2017 / 8:27 pm

      Thank you so much that’s so lovely to hear ☺️ I’ll check it out now! x

  10. January 25, 2017 / 12:30 pm

    Awesome post! I love tags and can’t wait till one day I am actually tagged in one 😂 thanks for posting!

    • milenkamillie
      January 25, 2017 / 1:53 pm

      Thank you! I’m sure someone will tag you soon, there are so many lovely bloggers out there ☺️ x

  11. January 25, 2017 / 4:38 pm

    I totally feel like blogging is your calling! You’re so incredible at it, you have a great way with words, you’re great at describing everything in detail, you have the sweetest soul and it shines right through your blog. I feel it across the ocean over here in the US. And don’t even get me started on your photography skills! I swear you need to be getting paid to do this!!

    xo, JJ

    • milenkamillie
      January 25, 2017 / 6:55 pm

      Awww Jenny this comment made me smile from ear to ear 😄 hahaha so cheesy of me! This is honestly so so so lovely of you to say thank you sooooo much ☺️ It feels really nice when some hard work in life finally pays off! Thank you for always being such a kind and supportive blogging friend! 💗💗💗

  12. January 29, 2017 / 8:28 pm

    Very well done Millie,
    I really enjoy reading your posts and often find myself scrolling through the “reader” just to find if you have posted anything new.
    I admire your photos and love your thorough descriptions on places you visit; every detail is always covered and after reading I always end up wanting to visit the place you have written about.
    Great job!

    • milenkamillie
      January 29, 2017 / 11:00 pm

      Thank you so much that’s so lovely to hear ☺️ Aww I’m glad you like the writing and that it makes you want to visit a place! Thank you so much 😊 xxx

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