Woo! I received another one of these awesome Blogging Awards! This time, the award is called, “The Blogger Recognition Award”. What does this mean? It means I’m on a roll! No, just kidding, it just means my writing is actually making its way around the interwebs. Getting my blog noticed and recognized by other bloggers feels great!
Special thank you to Carmel Reeves from the Smart Living Blog for selecting me for this award! If you’d like to live a smarter and more efficient lifestyle, please be sure to check out her blog. Her blog gives you very insightful and practical tips and tricks to go about your everyday living more effectively. There, you’ll learn how to save money on meats, save on designer clothing, receive life hacks as a student, understand what the truth of real organic foods, and much much more. Not only will you receive these tips and tricks at her site, but her site also aims to inspire and motivate. An added bonus, Carmel is a truly wonderful person to get to know so you won’t regret dropping by and saying hello.
So what exactly is the Blogger Recognition Award?
It’s an award awarded by other bloggers that think your blog is going places. That, or they think you’re a swell-enough guy (or gal) to warrant some sort of recognition. We’re all here to help each other out on this world wide interwebs after all. Like many internet awards, there are rules, and these particular rules, while not-concrete, must be followed to claim the Blogger Recognition Award. The rules are:
- Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog. (check)
- Write a post responding to the nomination. (check in progress)
- Give a short story on how you started your blog. (it’ll be there, below… somewhere)
- Give 2 pieces of advice to new bloggers. (being a tips and advice blog, of course, my 2 cents will be down there)
- Nominate 15 other bloggers. (breaking the rules a bit and reducing this down to 5 -for more merit, IMHO)
- Let the bloggers know that you have nominated them. And provide them with a link to the post you created. (will do)
The short story on how I started my blog.
A long time ago in a city far far (too far) away… from the Bay Area… I sat in my room and thought, hey, I honestly have way too much time on my hands (not really) and want to earn some extra income (yes, really). So what should I do? I should attempt to share some knowledge and wisdom with the world, and create something meaningful (everyone should create something in their lifetime). Thus, I started blogging.
I had no idea what I was doing. But, if you’ve read some of my previous posts, I believe in just going out and doing something you want to do promptly. Otherwise, you overthink things and nothing ever gets started, and much less, completed. So here I am with a blog and a few posts within it. For more insight on why I blog and where exactly the name Rio’s Walkabout comes from, head here.
Two pieces of advice for new bloggers.
- If you’d like to start a blog, just do it. However, from my experience so far, I think it makes a lot of sense to first go out and buy a notebook. You know. Those Moleskin ones that cost way more than they should and can be found in most book stores. Write down all the steps and procedures necessary to get up and running, write down all the cool tricks you’ve learned along the way, write down all the settings and processes and tools and plugins and other social media sites you’re apart of. Trust me, I forget a lot of things, things I probably shouldn’t have forgotten. A notebook will help you greatly.
- Blogging isn’t actually all about blogging. While it is important to write good or even great content, it’s much more important to get your blogs out in public. This calls for promoting. Use Facebook groups, Twitter, StumbleUpon, and other social media sites. Spread the word as much as possible and comment and follow other bloggers. Eventually, your stuff will reach more and more people. That’s the most important thing. There are 323 million people in the US, but if you don’t do any of the above, you’ll be hard-pressed to reach even 10 people. Take the Apple approach. Spend 20% on your product (blog) and 80% on advertisement (promotion).
Now for my nominations!
- WASHE. A blog site about pain, loss, and recovery. An insight into growing stronger, overcoming loss, and developing a deeper relationship with yourself.
- Culture Trekking. A site about overcoming PTSD and anxiety through travel. Building bonds, connections, and knowledge of culture from all the adventures one goes through while traveling. The blog site shows true passion and love regarding everything traveling has to offer.
- The Recovery Republic. I sense a theme here. This is a blog site about recovering from addiction, specifically cocaine. While I don’t know what drug addiction is like, I can only imagine it being a terrible thing. I like to motivate and inspire people and so I truly acknowledge the level of effort and the great message that this site is providing to those that may need it. Drugs ruin so many lives and it’s important we all keep fighting the good fight against them.
- Spare Time Income Online. This site jumps straight into showing ways to make additional money from online endeavors. There are several tips, advice, and even tutorials about blogging and setting up at-home businesses. The site probably already has several awards, but it is quite good, and I feel that it should be promoted nevertheless.
- Trendablaze. This is a newer blog (I think?) and it looks sharp. I like the mix of lifestyle, motivation, and blog assistance. The site comes from Germany and I must say the writing is quite solid. If there is more information that comes from it I think it would be a great site to follow. Any blog sites that share their personal experience and advice are highly valuable. They help people avoid mistakes that may have already been made.
Well, that concludes the Blogger Recognition Award! Please feel free to drop me a line if you have any questions about anything. And, yes, I do urge everyone to check out each other’s blogs and do join in the blog awarding fun.