Rules and Regulations:
~ Attach the award.
~ Thank the person who nominated you.
~ Provide a link to the original post on Edge of Night.
~ Give a brief story of how your blog got started and a piece or two of advice for new bloggers.
~ Select 15 blogs to nominate.
~ Comment on each nominee's blog and let them know that you've nominated them.
Let's get started, shall we?
So. How my blog got started. Basically, it's the result of months of stalking *ahem*. I'd been reading and enjoying (but not following for security reasons) several blogs for several months, and I kept thinking, I'd really like to have my own blog. However, I didn't start one for a long time for two reasons: 1) Security (again) and 2) I think that I honestly didn't think I could "do" a blog. The blogs I read were so put together and overflowing with followers and witty posts that I didn't think I could do it. Well, I started with writing a few reviews on Microsoft Word (they were reviews of the first two LotR movies…surprised?) and sending them to a few friends, who gave me positive feedback. So I approached my dad about creating a private blog for only a select few people. He gave me the go-ahead, and so, up until about the beginning of this month, "Meanwhile, in Rivendell…" was a private blog, in which I rambled happily (while not realizing how much the writing style of other bloggers was influencing me in a good way). But then I broached the subject to my dad again, and he informed me that he was all for me making my blog public. Glory! So I did, and I have greatly enjoyed the benefits thereof;D
A piece or two of advice for new bloggers? Well, I still sort of think of myself as a "new blogger" (even though I've been blogging for about two years, I think), but I'll do my best.
Pearl of wisdom (*snort*) #1: Be patient. Your blog might not take off over night. But over time, you will gain some loyal followers. Just wait for it. And as Reyna mentioned in her post, the best way to gain followers is to first be a follower. Comment on the blogs you enjoy. And if you don't have much luck with that particular one, try, try again! ;D Another good way to approach the whole followers issue is that you probably won't get waves of followers until you resign yourself to the fact that your blog might not be as populous, so to speak, as another.
Pearl of wisdom #2: If you don't get a ton of comments on your posts, again, don't get discouraged. It'll take a while. Often, people might be reading and loving your posts but just not commenting. That's okay.
Pearl of wisdom #3: You can blog. You have valuable, unique insights to share! And even if it feels like no one is reading your blog, remember that you are nonetheless honing your writing skills and processing your opinions in a very practical way! I'd say, think of your blog as your online journal. Your online journal that you're comfortable sharing with other people, that is. Ahem.
Now I'm supposed to nominate 15 blogs. Um. I doubt I'll be able to come up with that many…but I'll do what I can. (And if I nominate you when you're already nominated, I do apologize.)
Kiri Liz at Lianne Taimenlore
Lauri at Musings of an Elf
Aibhilin at Me, Myself and I
Ashley at A to Z
Miss Dashwood at Yet Another Period Drama Blog
Miss Laurie at Old-Fashioned Charm
Eowyn at Inklings Press
Kate at A Happy Medium
Aliesha at Feathers in Our Nest
Davene at Spilled
Kate at Kate Conner
Paperdoll Mom at Haunted Verse
Hamlette at Hamlette's Soliloquy
Well, I found thirteen.
Thanks again, Reyna!