Well look at that — my second blogger award!
First things first, a huge thank you to Hunting Happiness for the nomination. This blog focuses on mental health and has a super chill vibe. I also have to give her a shout out for this post, which says EXACTLY what many of us anxiety-warriors deal with on a regular basis.
Secondly, one of the rules of this nomination is to tell about how I got started in the blogging world.
To make a looooooong story as short as possible, about three years ago, I started writing again after an unintended hiatus of nearly a decade. A trip to the Outer Banks stirred up some long-stagnant inspiration and I wrote a novel in nine months. After self-publishing without doing ANY research (great idea, self, BTW), I realized I should have built a platform and did some networking before I made my book available for readers. But, live and learn, right?
So shortly thereafter, I set up a Facebook writer page, joined every writer group in the world on Facebook, signed up for every writer newsletter in the western hemisphere . . . and started Quirky, Confused, and Curvy.
I’ve always wanted to have a blog, but didn’t have any idea what I should write about or who I could get to read it. Then I remembered one of the golden rules of writing is to WRITE WHAT YOU KNOW. So here I am, writing about all things weird, puzzling, and anxiety-inducing for this 30-something Pittsburgher.
The third part of this nomination is to give two pieces of advice to new bloggers. Being a relatively new blogger myself, I can honestly say I’m still learning all the time. The best advice I can give to someone so far is:
- Don’t worry about all the “technical” junk. Before I launched my blog, I was obsessed with trying to learn everything I could about SEO, widgets, and the like. But because I consider myself the most technologically inept millennial on the planet, my eyes would end up bleeding after five minutes of research, and I absorbed practically nothing. Then a very good friend in the IT business told me to keep things simple (and helped me do it by setting up this site), and also said, “Just write. That’s the important part. The rest will come.”
And it did! I only have a couple handfuls of followers, and I would still like to learn more about the above mentioned technicalities, but for now I focus on what I do best — writing.
- Don’t be afraid to mingle! When I first started reading other writers’ blogs, I was afraid to comment because I thought they’d think I was some weird stalker. And when someone commented on my posts, I would fret over how to respond. But don’t sweat it! Just be yourself – cool, encouraging, and polite. So far, WordPress has been an incredibly friendly and respectful community so don’t be afraid to get in there and make some friends!
Lastly, here is my list of other bloggers who I enjoy reading and want to recognize:
Thanks again for reading and I hope you find a new blog from this list to follow and enjoy!