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Blogger Recognition Award news!

This morning I’m so excited to share some fun news with you!!  Amanda over at UniquelyUnfolded, nominated us for the Blogger Recognition Award – an award that is mainly encouraging in nature, but, hey, who doesn’t appreciate a pat on the back now and then?! Thank you so much, Amanda…this has been such a fun post to put together!!

Keep reading as I highlight some other bloggers that I, too, want to encourage and perhaps introduce you to (if you don’t already know them…) 😉

Blogger Recognition Award

Here are the rules if you are next to accept:

~ Thank the person who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.

~ Attach the award to the post

~ Write a post to show off your award

~ Give a brief story of how your blog started

~ Give a piece of advice or two to new bloggers

~ Select 15 other bloggers you want to give the award to. You cannot nominate yourself or the person who has nominated you.

~ Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated them.

My Our Blog’s start

I love the story of how our blog started… It really began, literally, over coffee and conversations (not coincidentally the name of our weekly link party!).  Candy and I both love to write, and we’d have these long convos either at her house or mine and usually we’d end them with one of us saying something like: “Man, we should blog about this stuff…”  We fooled around over time with URL’s, but never did anything with them, until one morning.  I checked out our favorite, which happened to still be available, and asked her if she wanted to move ahead.  To my utter astonishment, she said “Sure!”, and off we went.  A friend of ours helped us get the foundation started, and “the rest (as they say) is history!”.  Actually, you can read more about us here, but that’s enough to whet your whistle for this post 😉

Advice for new bloggers

We’re not veteran bloggers by any means, but anyone who’s been writing for even just a few months can tell you there’s puh-lenty to be learned day-to-day!  I wrote a series of posts on our first anniversary of some of the things we’d learned in our initial year, but just to highlight the biggies here:

1) Take your time and lay a solid foundation!  Ask yourself questions like: Why am I writing? Who am I writing for? What is my niche (what you’re writing about)? Answer those questions as completely as you can, because the clearer your answers, the more-focused your posts will be, and thus more relevant to your readers.
2) Understand that getting started will take some money, and then decide what’s worth putting it into.
  • I’d say hosting is definitely worth it, so you don’t have to change up your URL and lose traffic when your blog takes off ;-);
  • Coming up with a professional logo and site design, too.  This is made immeasurably easier if you’ve really dug deep in outlining your foundation (see #1);
  • Clear, sharp unique photos are another place to spend money, unless you’ve either got super photography skills or access to a photographer you can barter with…

3) Always keep your mind open to learning new skills; find leaders in blogging and your own field and pick their brains, so to speak. Listen to webinars, read their newsletters, take notes, set goals for yourself and pick a new skill and “dig in” till you’re ready to move on to the next one.  Keep a notebook and look back over it occasionally and you will be amazed at how much you learn and have grown over time! Here are some bloggers I follow and 2 awesome “extras”:

  • Michael Hyatt – blogging/productivity/life (an aMAzing individual!)
  • Amy Andrews – great newsletter/useful blogging hacks
  • Melanie Duncan – sales
  • Bryan Harris (Videofruit) – building a list
  • Checkout CoSchedule’s headline analyzer and Hubspot’s blog for more great tips!


My Nominees

This is my favorite part of the Blogger Recognition Award – coming up with my own nominations.  The following ladies have been so important in my life over the past year, either because their blogs are truly inspiring, they’ve helped us learn much-needed skills, or they’ve offered encouragement or friendship to Candy and I. (Yes, another benefit to blogging is discovering and growing sweet friendships!)  It is both an honor and privilege to mention these writers here, and I do hope you’ll visit their blogs. I’ve linked to each one’s “About” page, so you can “meet them” right off the bat…

Sara  at SarahTitus.com

Mary at MaryanderingCreatively.com

Addi at SimplyBloggingAlong.com

Barb at ALifeinBalance.net

Sue at SizzlingTowardSixty.com

Kathy at CornerstoneConfessions.com

Rosilind at RosilindJukic.com

Beth at MessyMarriage.com

Susan at SusanBMead.com

Danielle at MySnippetsOfInspiration.com

Laurel at WalkingTowardsWisdom

Crystal at ServingJoyfully.com

Erin at TheHumbledHomemaker.com

Leslie at ForeverJoyful.com

OK, so there you have it!

Thanks once again to Amanda for nominating me/us!

We’ll be co-hosting her link party #LearningFromEachOther on Fridays here through the end of the year – hope you all enjoy that too!

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Pat is a Yankee city-girl who has been adopted by the sleepy, sunny south. Married for 30 years and the mother of 5, she woke up one day recently to discover she reached the stage of life where she is the “older woman” described in Titus 2:3-5. A coffee lover, the purchase of a coffee shop a few years ago was her personal foray into the small, family-owned business arena.Today, PatAndCandy.com is her outlet for packaging up and sharing the nuggets of wisdom God and life experiences have taught her.
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8 Responses to Blogger Recognition Award news!

  1. sue November 24, 2015 at 4:42 pm #

    Congratulations ladies! Thank you for your nomination I was thrilled to receive it. I’ve been snowed under so will let you know when i post. Thank you again for the opportunity and have a lovely day!

    • Pat November 24, 2015 at 8:24 pm #

      Oh, snow – I’d get SO MUCH DONE if I couldn’t go anywhere 😉 (‘d love it…except I hate cold weather! LOL)

      Anyway, love your blog, Sue – nominating you was a no-brainer!

      Have a great week 🙂

  2. Rosilind November 12, 2015 at 1:31 pm #

    Congratulations!!! It is so wonderful that you were nominated for this award! And thank you so much for nominating me, too. What an honor!

    • Pat November 24, 2015 at 8:25 pm #

      You have a sweet spot with Candy and I – it would be SO amazing if we got to meet sometime! As it is, we’ll stay “blogging buddies” I guess 😉

      Have a great week…and “see you” soon!!

  3. Amanda November 12, 2015 at 12:09 pm #

    Pat {and Candy}: I just love your story !!! And advice… Sometimes we bloggers get into a panic of what to post and we forget to think about who we are posting to and just post anything {I’m guilty}. I watched a short youtube video the other day on the SITS FB page and the question “who cares” should be asked… Really who cares, and is it worth writing about!!! I’m so very glad we have connected in the blogosphere 🙂
    Can’t wait to start the party tonight!

    • Pat November 24, 2015 at 8:27 pm #

      It’s been really fun getting to know you through Learning From Each Other! One of the things I love about blogging is how my world grows with each blogger we get to know!
      Hope you have a terrific Thanksgiving…we have much to be thankful for 🙂

  4. Andrew Budek-Schmeisser November 12, 2015 at 12:52 am #

    Congratulations, guys! You truly deserve the recognition – you do a wonderful job.

    • Pat November 12, 2015 at 6:32 am #

      Thank you Andrew…it truly is a labor of love. And a great by-product is getting to meet so many interesting people that we otherwise would never have known!
      We’re grateful you’re one of them!

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