The year is nearing its end. Let’s wrap it up with an award.
(1) Enlighten the rest of the blogosphere as to why you are here – blogging that is, not existing!
(2) Offer a gem or two of blogging advice (if you have any) to newbie bloggers.
(3) Pass the love along…
Boy and I had a conversation recently which went something like this:
Boy: Mummy, what is your job?
Me: I’m your Mummy. Being a parent is my job.
Boy: That’s not your job. That’s just what you are. What do you do?
Me: What do you think I do?
Boy: You do the dishes.
At some point in the future I would like Boy to discover that there was always – perhaps – a little bit more to his Mummy than someone who washed up and dried the dishes. I’m never going to be a professional writer or photographer (or a professional anything else for that matter) but, every now and again, I capture an interesting image or string a half-decent sentence together. Occasionally I have a creative surge of some sort and combine the two.
Proving my intellectual worth to my nearest and dearest is not why I started this blog – proving it to myself, maybe – but I have come to often think of it in those terms. I actually began this blog as a way of ordering my thoughts and working through some stuff. I’ve held back a lot.
Two years on from my first post, I think I’m finally beginning to find my blogging voice. I’ve found a little niche, set down a foundational archive of sorts and have at least some idea of what I’d like Aspernauts to eventually become.
I feel like I can now legitimately call myself a blogger.
And the next time anyone asks me what I do, I’ll say, “I blog. (And I accept blogging awards!)” 🙂
I’m not sure I’m best placed to offer anyone any advice about blogging. It all depends why you’re here, I guess.
Be yourself. Be authentic. That’s the only advice I have.
I nominate for the Blogger Recognition Award, in near perfect alphabetical order:
Apologies to anyone on this list whose “Award?! Are you serious?! Do I write/create/look like a blogger who does the award thing?!” page I missed. And the only honest answer is: No, you don’t!
Season’s Greetings and all that. 🙂 x