Over the summer I was nominated for the Blogger Recognition Award. Firstly by Catie at Diary of An Imperfect Mum who has provided me with invaluable support on my blogging journey so far and "she who remains anonymous" at Old House In The Shires, a newbie blogger and fellow mother of teenagers with a house and garden to die for. Check out her instagram feed for some quintessentially English scenes. Thanks to you both for thinking of me, it means alot.
To be honest I hadn't heard of the Blogger Recognition Award prior to being nominated. It's not in the uber league of awards and is quite simply all about a bit of mutual appreciation. It's not easy this blogging malarkey, it takes time and effort and this award is a chance for bloggers to acknowledge other bloggers and spread the blogger love in the process, which as we all know is a big part of the blogging code of conduct.
This kind of tagging is not for everyone and that's fine, but it is quite nice to recognise the efforts of others once in a while and to give each other a big pat on the back. Wherever you are on your blogging journey, everyone likes to know that someone enjoys what they write.
So without further ado...
- Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
- Give a brief story of how your blog started.
- Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
- Select 10 other bloggers you want to give this award to.
- Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated them and provide the link to the post you created.
Mother of Teenagers
Parenting is not a perfect science and we all seek advice at some point on the journey, whether from family and friends or online from experts and kindred spirits. When I started this blog last year I was facing some milestones in my life, becoming a mother to two teens and turning 50. My blog was born as a response to that.
Mother of Teenagers provides a discreet glimpse at the reality of parenting teens; the highs, the lows and the bits in between whilst hopefully giving some practical advice along the way. This is all interspersed with comment and discussion on the issues surrounding midlife that matter to me and hopefully to others too.
We all have a valuable voice to add and during my blogging lifetime I have met (if only virtually in some cases), some truly like-minded people and savoured every moment. The job of being a mother is never complete and as I embark on this second half of my life I look forward to the new parenting and midlife challenges ahead with the added support of my online friends.
Advice to New Bloggers - In a Nutshell...
It's not as easy as it looks. You will get disheartened sometimes, but don't give up and don't hesitate to ask for help. The blogging community is supportive - reach out and embrace it.
My Nominees (in no particular order)
- After The Playground
- Not Just The Three Of Us
- It's A Drama
- Daydreams of a Mum
- Just Saying Mum
- Reflections From Me
- So Happy In Town
- Map & Family
- UK Yankee
I hope you will all be tempted to join in and if not at least know that you are among the many I enjoy following.