Blogger Recognition Award and Six Month Blogaversary!

 

This week is all about celebration!  First, I received a nomination for the Blogging Recognition Award.  Next, it has been six months since my site has been live!  Boy did that go fast, but I’ve been loving every minute of this journey.  If you’ve been reading from the start, Thank you!  If you’ve just started reading, Thank you!  I hope you will all keep reading for the next six months and beyond!  I am running a giveaway to celebrate all this excitement.  Please take a minute and enter for your chance to win a $100 Sephora gift card.  The giveaway will run until August 22, 2017.  Good luck!

Thanks to Cassie from cassiesBIGAdventure.com for the nomination.  I feel so grateful to be noticed.  This process has been great, not only because of the recognition but because I’ve had an opportunity to explore so many other blogs in different niches that I have thoroughly enjoyed reading and experiencing.

 Why did I start blogging?
So I recently celebrated six months of blogging – it’s been a fun adventure so far.  It has been much more complex than I expected with a pretty steep learning curve, but I am loving it!  I left my corporate job last year and decided to take a couple of years off to take care of some family business.  I have always loved writing and decided to use this time to launch my blog and invest some time into making it successful.  There is still a lot to learn, but I am embracing the process of learning and challenging myself to keep at it!
What have I learned in the past 6 months?
1.  Don’t go into this venture expecting to make big money – my motto has definitely been slow and steady wins the race!  There are a lot of blogs out there promising big profits but that is not the reality.  However, I do think there are some good tips to take from other blogs out there as you are learning to grow your blog.  All the advice can be overwhelming – start with small, manageable goals and focus on them first!
2.  Stay true to yourself and why you are blogging!  You need to blog with a purpose and have a topic that you are passionate about.  Stay true to that as you embark on your blogging journey!
 Here are my nominations for the Blogging Recognition Award! 
These blogs each have something very special that I enjoyed – from interesting topics to breathtaking photographs and everything in between.  I hope you’ll check them out!
 Directions for the nominees:
 Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog
Write a post to show your award
Give a brief story of how your blog started
Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers
Select 15 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.
Celebrate!
I hope you all enjoy the rest of the summer and thanks for sharing this milestone with me!  Don’t forget to get in on that giveaway!

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