At the Florida Comedy Film Festival just weeks before the COVID pandemic broke out in 2020 (not my fault!)
A special panel made up of Oprah Winfrey, Mahatma Gandhi and Justin Bieber has conferred upon me the coveted Blogger Self-Recognition Award. I will be lavishly fêted at the upcoming Oscar, Grammy, and Nobel award ceremonies, and then viciously tweeted about by Donald Trump and hacked by Vladimir Putin. I am beyond words!
OK, so I’m lying
a little a lot completely. You might have been able to tell by my choice of title, or nominators (at least one of whom is dead), or the fact that I said I was “beyond words,” which is a statistical impossibility.
However… I used to accept blogger recognition awards (nowadays I leave them to new bloggers), so I know how they work. First, they always have a set of Rules. After thanking the blogger who nominated you (Me! Thank you so much! I am so totally, fauxly honored to receive this nomination!), you’re supposed to do something like this:
Briefly Talk About How You Started
I’m a writing silkworm and needed a place to store my silk (raw silk, but, hey, silk is silk). Nevertheless, I experimented quite a lot with content at first. Most How-to-Blog sites advise you to laser in on a specific theme, e.g. Kenny’s World of Ferrets, All About Egg Whites. Yeah, no, that didn’t work for me. So I went with what I just naturally do, i.e. telling stories and offering unsolicited advice. Hence…
Offer Advice to New Bloggers
1) Work out! Your blog site is your gym (I’m actually being serious here). The more you write, the more you’ll find your voice. My other writing (fiction, drama, screenplays, memoirs) becomes less flabby the more time I spend in my blog gym! Also, read and analyze those bloggers who are eminently readable, figure out why, and revisit them often!
2) Use the Reader, Luke! You can build your following by entering tag words on the WordPress Reader to find others who post on the topics you do (love, travel, ferrets). Then go to their sites and like a post or two (not twenty 5 seconds apart), and consider leaving a comment that shows you actually read what they wrote, and aren’t employed by Putin. Then, suddenly, bam! (OK, so it’s a slow bam, but a bam, nevertheless), this will happen:
- Many will visit you back
- Some will actually follow you
- Some will genuinely like what you write and return again
- And a few will even become bonafide friends — now that’s worth celebrating!
Select Your Nominees
Hello? This a Self-Recognition Award, so if you’re reading this and you graciously choose to accept, nominate yourself!