I was chuffed to bits to have been nominated for The Blogger Recognition Award by Zesh Life. Thank you so much, it’s my very first award. Whilst I blog as a hobby for my enjoyment, it’s so nice to know that others get pleasure reading my thoughts too.
Zesh Life is a great mix of travel, recipes and reviews, and includes loads of posts about Disney. I get the impression they like it there. I loved their Californian road trip which was very similar to my own and bought back some lovely memories.
Rules for the Blogger Recognition Award
- Write a post about your award
- Thank whoever nominated you, including a link to their blog
- Give a brief story of how your blog began
- Share some advice for new bloggers
- Nominate 10 other blogs you wish to give the award to – include this in your post and tag them on twitter
- Leave a comment on this blog post
How Tea & Cake for the Soul began
I have built and run music and lifestyle-related websites and web pages since 2002 so I’ve always had some kind of project on the go.
I started Tea & Cake for the Soul about 3 years ago. Initially, it was to share tips about my road tripping adventures in the USA as my friends had given me great feedback about my mini blog on Facebook.
I also wanted to write a series of self-help tips for mental health. That took a long time to write as I wanted to do it well. Having experienced mental illness for most of my adult life, I’ve picked up lots of coping strategies over the years and thought that if my blog just helped one person, then I’d done some good.
And of course, I love to write so it just seemed the ideal place to share my thoughts on books, upcycling, money-saving, eco issues, making cakes and whatever else is on my mind at the time!
It has become a bit of a full-time obsession.
Advice for new bloggers
Well, it depends on what kind of blogger you want to be – do you want to run it as a hobby or a business?
If it’s for a business then I would suggest going on forums, blogger groups and Pinterest and learn as much as you can from the experts before you start. Be prepared for it to be a continual learning process, with the need to revisit older posts and update them as you learn.
I am going to write a blog full of tips for hobby bloggers in the future but in short, my advice is to write what you want to write and see it as a way to get thoughts out of your head and onto paper so to speak. Don’t get too hung up on viewing stats, it takes a long time and a lot of hard work and continual learning to get noticed. The most important thing with a hobby blog is to ENJOY IT!
I’ve discovered quite a few blogs that I’ve really enjoyed over the last year, and have found them all to be incredibly supportive of my blog too. I’m sorry, I realise there are 11 but I just couldn’t miss one out. So in no particular order:
Diary of a Detour
The Southerner Blogs
Early Retirement Rocks
A Little Book Problem
A Chronic Voice
Blog & Beyond