I’ve basically never been nominated for a blogging related anything before, so I was pretty stoked to find out I’d been nominated for the 2017 Blogger Recognition Award by My Dee Dee’s Diary. I want to give her a big thank you for this opportunity — it”s the first one I’ve had so far!
What is the Blogger Recognition Award?
The Blogger Recognition Award is designed to foster growth and community among bloggers. It’s a community effort — an opportunity to give recognition to bloggers whose work you enjoy, and be recognized in turn. It’s fun to participate in, but there are rules. I definitely encourage any blogger to take part in the process, but, if anyone chooses not to, that’s cool, too.
What is my blog about, and why did I start writing?
To be honest, I’m not sure how to answer that.
My blog is about my life, inasmuch as its about what it’s like to live as a practicing witch in Washington, DC. I think there’s a popular conception of modern witches as people who are either suburbanites who are only into a very positive, The Secret-esque brand of crunchy woo, and people who live in remote cabins and keep jars of eyeballs on their mantels. There’s also the misconception that all witches are Wiccans, or that all witchcraft looks and operates a certain (very white-washed, very modernized, very scrubbed) way.
I also write about health topics, because I have idiopathic intracranial hypertension and it sucks donkeys. I started writing when I didn’t have much else to do — I’d moved, I didn’t know anyone, and it’s hard to have hobbies when you’re heavily medicated and sleeping all of the time.
I don’t know if I’d call this a “lifestyle” blog, because I don’t know too many people with the lifestyle of “chronically ill city witch.” I don’t know if I’d call it a “healthy living” blog, because most people’s conception of “healthy living” is more kale smoothies and açai bowls than swallowing handfuls of diuretics and not bending over ever. I don’t know that I’d call it a “DIY” blog either, because I don’t think that there are many people who want a way to get rid of a troublesome neighbor or exorcise annoying spirits. (Okay, I do, but I don’t think they’d openly admit it.)
Advice for new bloggers
Blogging had its heyday a couple of years ago. There probably isn’t room for someone to become the next Dooce, Pink Peonies, or other big-time blogger. This is a good thing. If you approach blogging with the intent of making it a commercial enterprise, you’ll probably be able to make some money — albeit not the millions some bloggers were pulling down back in the day — but the hustle of approaching companies and shilling products almost always marks the death of fresh, creative content. Don’t worry about not netting the sponsorships the big blogs pull in, because that time is rapidly passing. Approach blogging as a creative opportunity, and enjoy it for its own sake.
Secondly, be consistent in all things. It’s something I’ve struggled with in the past — having a chronic health condition means it’s often not even possible to open my laptop and start typing when I need to, and there are times when there just isn’t enough of a content buffer for me to have posts go up every day I’m too sick to type. If you can do it, update regularly.
Consistency applies to more than just updating, though. Be ideologically consistent, or your audience may accuse you of being artificial or hypocritical. Be consistent in the products you recommend (don’t take a sponsor opportunity from Nutrogena one week, call it your favorite go-to product, then take an opportunity from Burt’s Bees the next week and say the same thing), or your audience may accuse you of being a shill. If things happen to change your mind, write about them — change and growth along life’s journey is why people started reading blogs in the first place.
A Day in the Life of a Witch — Hasn’t updated in awhile, but is still a very good resource for Tarot.
Congratulations on your nomination! Write a post detailing everything about it.
You need to thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog in your post.
Give your readers a brief history about this awesome award.
New bloggers always love some good advice. Give them two of your best pieces of advice.
Now for the fun part, select 10 other amazing bloggers to nominate.
Last but not least, comment on everyone’s blog and give them a chance to hear about their nomination.