Accepting the Blogger Recognition Award

I am delighted to accept this award from Sumra at Sweet Dreamer whose lovely blog covers Motherhood, Travel and Home Decor. It’s an honor to be considered!

What is the Blogger Recognition Award?

The Blogger Recognition Award is given to bloggers by bloggers to show appreciation for the hard work and dedication. When you are relatively new to blogging as I am, you do wonder if anyone’s reading so it’s lovely to be recognised.

What is Sweet Dreamer and who is Sumra?

Sweet Dreamer began four years ago after Sumra’s beautiful  wedding which you can read about herehere and here.

Like many of us when she had her children it was left untouched for a long time, until recently, after encouragement from her sister-in-law. In her words, “Sweet Dreamer is where I share with you my experiences, my take on motherhood, raising two wonderful daughters, the laughs and the horrors, the places we go, the things we eat, and everything else in between.”

I love Sumra’s writing. She transports you to where she is and you inhabit how she feels. In her post here, she describes her daughter’s first day at nursery. I cried as I thought that would be exactly how I will feel when it’s Mia’s turn.

My Story

I’ve always loved writing, my degree is in English Literature. When I was little and people asked ‘what do you want to be when you grow up?’ I would say ‘an author’.

The blog started after my daughter was born in 2016. I tried a couple of posts but couldn’t really decide how I wanted to write/who for.  Then I got the idea of writing in Mia’s voice. Unfortunately that coincided with my return to work when my daughter was a year old.

As Mia turned 15 months, I reached a turning point.  I think many women ‘lose themselves’ when they have a child and I decided I needed to find myself again.  I had started following the Tactical Mummy on Facebook and became an admin on her Facebook Group, Tactical Parenting. The lovely Vicky encouraged me to re-start my blog and here we are!

One of the main reasons I wanted to blog and reach other parents was as a result of our struggles with breastfeeding (read more here). I felt very alone and I hated the idea others felt that way. I wanted to create something that would help parents feel like they belonged.

My Advice to Bloggers

  • Just do it – I see people saying ‘I should start a blog about this’ do it!!  What’s the worst that could happen? Start a free wordpress to start off with if that’s what you feel comfortable with.
  • Keep a journal, notebook/make notes on your phone.  I often come up with ideas for blogs and if I don’t write them down, I forget them.
  • Connect with as many bloggers as you can; blogging is a friendly community, we all help each other.
  • Belong to the social networks that interest you.  Personally, I love Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, but if you don’t do insta; either learn about it or don’t set one up.  It’s pretty pointless having an empty profile.
  • Keep going.  I had a break for a holiday and wasn’t sure I’d get back into it, but you do, you just have to wait for the right idea.

My Nominations are:

  1. Cinnamon Sunrise
  2.  Life with Lola x
  3. Mummy’s Whine Club
  4. Welsh Mum of One
  5. The Mum Conundrum
  6. Litolmae and Lolly
  7. The Identities of Me
  8. Mum in a Rush
  9. Can We Skip the Teenager Bit
  10. Munchkin Shenanigans

Rules for Accepting the Award

• Take the time to thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog
• Write a post to show your award
• Give a brief story how your blog started
• Give pieces of advice to new bloggers
• Select 10-15 other bloggers you want to give this award to
• Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated them, provide the link to the post you created