Blogger Recognition Award

As I mentioned in my last post, Anastasia at Read and Survive nominated me for this accolade, so my thanks once again to her for the mention.

How I Started

I was always hearing: ‘You’re a writer, so you have to put yourself out there in social media. Get on Facebook, Twitter and so on. Write a blog!’ So, about five years ago, I decided to give blogging a go. I signed up to WordPress and wrote a few posts, but wasn’t satisfied with the results so I took them down again. The problem was I hadn’t thought sufficiently about what I was going to write here. I wanted it to be different from all the other stuff I was doing at the time (historical romances and family history). Then I remembered some book reviews I’d written for Amazon and a couple of other websites. I’ve always been a great reader, so I decided ‘why not that?’ So here I am, five years down the road and still blogging. It’s fun and you meet a lot of nice people.

Advice To New Bloggers

If you’re going to enjoy the process, I think it’s important to write about something you like doing, be it books, movies, photography or whatever.

Explore the site. Find out about the tools you can use – the tags, the ‘like’ buttons, the ‘follow’ buttons and the various widgets. Make sure readers are able to reach out to you if they want.

Nominate Others

I’m not going to name names, but if you’re reading this please feel free to respond. I’d love to know how you started blogging and why you do it!


  1. Write a post to show your award
  2. Give a brief story of how your blog started.
  3. Give a piece of advice or two to new bloggers.
  4. Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  5. Select up to 10 other blogs you want to give the award to.


Happy blogging!



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