Military Spouse on a Mission was nominated for the Blogger Recognition Award from Elizabeth over at familyfarmschool.com. If you haven’t checked out her blog, please do! She has amazing tips for parenting, homemaking, and DIY projects.
The Blogger Recognition Award is a great way for bloggers to recognize each other and highlight each other’s blogs.
When nominated for the award, you have to write a blog post where you:
- Include who nominated you and a link to their blog.
- Nominate 15 other bloggers for the award.
- Write a story about how and why you started your blog.
- Give new bloggers two pieces of advice.
- Provide a comment on each nominees blog to tell them about the award with a link to this post.
How Military Spouse on a Mission Started:
I thought about blogging 8 months ago and had done tons of research online about how to begin a blog and make it successful. I had even come up with the name and had written several posts but had not gotten around to starting it until about 2 months ago.
I just had a baby in January and left my office job to stay at home with him. I knew blogging would be a great outlet for me and a way to connect with other moms. And… I was right!
I love getting to share with others and having something that is mine to use as a creative outlet. I also love connecting with other moms: reading their blogs, sharing ideas, and celebrating in each other’s successes.
Being a stay at home mom is definitely harder than I had ever imagined. Some days I don’t even have time to eat dinner (unless the four cookies I ate while I was making my son’s bottle counts?) let alone write a blog post. But it can also be lonely and isolating.
When I am able to write, even if it is typing one handed in the dark on my phone while trying to put my son to sleep (like right now) it gives me a way to connect with other people and express myself.
Even if it is sharing what I did with my son that really helped his tummy problems or tips on how to budget better, I feel like I am sharing my experiences and helping others.
Those that know me know that I am a helper. I love to help other people. I am actually almost done with my Masters in Professional Counseling which I started in part to give me the ability to reach and help people through their individual struggles.
If I can help one person with my blog, well that is a wonderful thing.
My Advice to New Bloggers:
I am very new to blogging myself but I can share what has helped me the most in setting up my blog and getting it going.
1.) Use Pinterest and focus a lot of energy into this platform. Pinterest is where many bloggers get the majority of their traffic from. It is a great place to share all of your posts as well as save posts from other bloggers. You need to pin a lot of others content and some of your own as well. Join a lot of Pinterest group boards and pin your posts in them. Not only are these a great place to share your posts but you can also help other bloggers in your niche by pinning theirs as well.
2.) Connect with other bloggers. This is a big one. Join Facebook groups for bloggers, join Pinterest Group boards, and read and interact with other blog posts in your niche. I have met some great fellow mom bloggers that have helped me out so much on the way in my blogging journey. You will hear time and time again “you get what you give”. The more you interact with others, the more bloggers will read your posts and be happy to help you with any questions or advice you need.
Most importantly, make the leap and start writing. Let your creative juices flow and let your computer be your outlet to the rest of the world.
And the nominees are:
There are so many amazing blogs I wanted to nominate everyone but I narrowed it down to the 15 above. Congratulations and thank you for your contribution to the blogosphere!