Iris tagged me for the Blogger recognition award! Thank you, Iris! Very sweet of you. :)
-Thank the blogger who nominated you (thanks again, Iris :).
-Tell a little bit about how you started blogging.
-Give two pieces of advice for new bloggers.
-Nominate 15 other bloggers
Okay, well, here goes!
I had been thinking about starting a blog for a couple months, and my main hangup was trying to think of a name and a topic. Yeah, both are pretty important for starting a blog. I was undecided for a while, especially because my dearest little sister was against the idea. Finally, one day, I asked her again, "Should I start a blog?" This time, she said yes. Half an hour later, I had a blog called Rae: A Drop of Golden Sun (I had been toying with the name for a while, but I wasn't sure if it was too corny :). But I still wasn't quite sure what to blog about...so I toyed around with Christmas posts (it was December) but soon my Jane Austen-related posts became more frequent when I realised that was the kind of post I most enjoyed writing. Of course, it took me a while to get the hang of how to get people to read my posts...which leads me to my first piece of advice:
-Comment on other peoples' blogs if you want people to comment on yours. I started out sharing my posts on Google+ and while that got me views, it didn't get me many comments. Then I realised maybe I could comment on other people's blogs...so I started doing that. And then the people who owned those blogs looked at my blog...and then they started commenting and following, too!
-My next piece of advice: Don't get discouraged if you feel like nobody reads comments on or follows your blog. Yes, it is frustrating and discouraging. But don't give up, keep writing lovely posts, and comment on and follow other peoples' blogs--and they might just do the same for you!
Now...do I even know 15 other bloggers? Let's see...
Anyone with blue eyes
Anyone who plays a musical instrument
Anyone who is barefoot
Anyone who feels like I should have tagged them
There, does that count? ;)
Thanks again for tagging me, Iris!!!