Reactionary Tales

Blogger Recognition Award

Good morning! It’s the end of the week and its been all about the tags. I admit it. I did tags because I had a lazy week. Well, it was a busy week and I’m still trying to get my thoughts together to share some stories (in between binge reading amazing books).

I was nominated by the lovely and awesome hsimone for Blogger Recognition Award. This is the first one for me to receive and I definitely thank her for this. If you don’t know hsimone, you should check her blog out. She’s a book blogger; posting reviews and tags. She’s really nice and you’d be lucky to follow her so go over there and click the button! πŸ™‚

The Rules

  • 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.

My Story

Reactionary Tales started after doing a lot of research. Actually, I started a WordPress blog before, a free one (I think it’s still active too), and I wrote on it for maybe a month and then gave up. At the time it was just to prove a point. I wasn’t truly interested. Then I started discussing with M and my husband about blogging seriously. So as with everything, I do a lot of research before I start. I decided that this time around, I’d pay for my server and go all the way. Coming up with a name was the hardest part. I thought the blog would be about book reviews and retail stresses and that’s where reactions came from. Then I decided that every piece is a sort of tale and then the name just popped into my head. This blog was started in late February but writing regularly didn’t start until middle-late March. And the rest is history. I’ve found a niche in telling my life stories in between bookish themes and its quite fun.

My Advice

First piece of advice I would say is if you’re blogging just to get followers, great. But if you’re gaining followers without interacting with them in any capacity, especially the ones who check out you site regularly, then that’s a fast way to lose a good follower. It’s easy to click the follow button and never interact but when someone follows me, I get excited. I check out their site and try to get to know them. I let them know their content is awesome (cause I’m a comment freak) and that I look forward to their posts each day. I think letting people know that you look forward to their content all the time encourages bloggers to want to write more. And the more you all write, the more I have to read and I love to read.

My second piece of advice would probably be don’t stress when you can’t write on your blog everyday. I did at first but then I realized that I can’t do it all some days. We all have a life outside of the internet and even though mobile technology has made it a slightly easier process, life still gets busy. Don’t worry that your readers will be upset with you because you didn’t write for a few days. That’s perfectly okay and, you know me, if your blog is silent for a week or so, I will hit the Contact button and email you to make sure you’re still alive and happy and will look forward to your next post whenever it comes.

I’m going to dedicate this award to my regulars who I don’t even have to tag because they read my posts regularly:

cimmeriansentiment (who was one of my first followers), everydaystrange, Noriko, Stephanie, James, Mischenko, Cherylene, Linda, Lana, Robin, Mr. Mel, Susan, Des, intentowin, Silas, Mr. Mel, Roda, Peela, Patty, theorangutanlibrarian, LizScanlon, Dani, updownflight and ostenomadography. Also, special shout out to jcbkr who follows regularly through Twitter.

You all are pretty great. Thanks for having a reaction to my blog and thank you for every like, comment and interacting with me in general. I appreciate you all very much. πŸ’œπŸ’œ

Nel

Happily married, bookaholic, Netflix-a-holic sharing random experiences and interpretations of my world which is brutally honest most of the time.

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52 thoughts on “Blogger Recognition Award

  1. Silas

    Your advices are so true and perfect! Well deserved award Nel! Oh and I would love to check that other free blog, if its still there? o.O I’m sure I’d like it. Thank you so much for the nomination!

    1. Nel Post author

      Thanks Silas. And I’d have to check if I even remember the password to that one, haha. Maybe I’ll port the posts over here. And you are very welcome! You deserve this award for sure!

  2. Noriko

    Beautiful post, Nel! And congratulations!! i’m really touched by your second advice – I’m getting a bit frustrated and anxious by not been able to write/interact with my friends and followers… but you’ve just reassured me. What a great, beautiful person you are πŸ™‚
    You totally deserve this award (in other words, it’s surprising you haven’t done this yet!)

    1. Nel Post author

      πŸ˜€ Talk about beautiful people! You’re the sweetest person alive, seriously! I’m glad to have met you and you know you deserve this award just as much as I do!

      1. Noriko

        Oh, my, Nel! The same goes for YOU! I am so glad to have met you, I’m really enjoying chatting with you back and forth!

    1. Nel Post author

      πŸ˜€ Thanks James and congratulations. I don’t think I’ve seen this one on your wonderful blog yet!

        1. Nel Post author

          I was doing both. I was saying I didn’t have to physically tag you because you read my posts regardless and would see how much I recognize your awesome self πŸ™‚

    1. Nel Post author

      Thanks Bff πŸ˜€ Congratulations right back to you! You definitely deserve it with all your wonderful wisdom in between torturing me πŸ˜›

  3. updownflight

    Congratulations on receiving such a great award, Nel! Your wonderful blog (and you) deserve it.

    I loved reading the history behind your blog and your advice about blogging. You are true to word in what you wrote, and I think how you approach your blog and following others is so admirable.

    Thank you for thinking of me and the other bloggers you mentioned.

    1. Nel Post author

      Thank you. And congratulations right back! I love your spirit. I love learning all the things you teach through your experiences on your blog and so glad to have met you! β™₯️

  4. Mischenko

    Excellent advice, Nel. I love your story. β™‘ Thanks for mentioning me. πŸ˜‰ You’re such a sweet friend. I’ll do this soon. πŸ’—πŸ‘πŸ’—

    1. Nel Post author

      Thanks Cherylene! Of course I thought of you! You’re awesome and I hope you’re having a good day too 😊

    1. Nel Post author

      Thanks and congratulations. You already know how much I love your blog. You were one of the first 10 followers too 😁

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    1. Nel Post author

      β™₯️β™₯️ Love you too Robin and congratulations πŸ€— you deserve it!

    1. Nel Post author

      Thank you Mr. Mel. You are a beautiful and wise person yourself which is why I recognized you 😁.

  6. Matthew

    Congrats, Nel. Well deserved, and lovely advice about follower interaction – reminds you that followers aren’t just numbers on a screen.

    1. Nel Post author

      Thanks Patty πŸ˜€ You deserve it as well! You make my blogging days so much fun! And my Facebook days and it’s only a matter of days until we meet in person!

  7. hsimone

    Thank you for sharing your story and advice. I wholeheartedly agree about visiting other people’s sites and being interactive – I’m trying to do this. πŸ™‚ I also agree about it being okay not being able to blog everyday; I’m definitely in that boat. These two pieces of advice are definitely beneficial and useful. Thanks again! πŸ™‚

  8. iamdes

    Thank you, Nel! I’ve done this award a while back but I really do appreciate you tagging me. πŸ™‚ Very sound advices, too.

  9. Dani @ Perspective of a Writer

    Wow! Paying is dedication πŸ˜‰β™₯️

    I agree that interaction is so important! The likes and comments help support the blogger. I’m so appreciative to everyone who comes and comments! Thank you so much for nominating me ( I hope I’m the Dani in the list… if not I’m so sorry to the real Dani! )

    BTW what about if we’ve been told a post or two a day is too much? What’s your advice!? ( I’m super curious, Nel, you tell it like it is and are super nice about it… )

    1. Nel Post author

      Haha you are the only Dani I know here so congratulations! You’re special.
      I don’t understand why people tell others that they post too much especially when it’s actual content not spam. I follow some bloggers who post once a week and others who post 4 or 5 times a day. It doesn’t bother me at all. I read it all as long as it hasn’t been regurgitated. If you consider yourself a writer, then write. If your followers have a problem with it, they can unfollow you. Simple as that in my opinion. No sense in putting the writer down because you don’t like their blogging style.

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