A couple of weeks ago Claire from The Pramshed tagged me in the Blogger Recognition Award (calm down MIL this isn’t an actual award. You’ll be the first to know if I am ever nominated for one). I am sorry it has taken me so long to complete this Claire, I have been really looking forward to writing it. Thank you for the tag. I love things like this!
- Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
- Write a post to show your award.
- Give a brief story of how your blog started.
- Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
- Select 5 other bloggers you want to give this award to.
The History of Winnettes
Winnettes was initially formed as an Instagram account in 2013. It was initially just my personal account and if you scroll right back to the beginning you can see the few photos I shared pre-children. Don’t go to any effort, it really isn’t that interesting. The name is simply an extension of my last name and it is the term affectionately given to us as a family by my Mother in Law. I have always been a fan of it and in the absence of an intelligent play on words I couldn’t think of anything else. As the years have passed I am pleased it doesn’t directly link to me being a parent. It has allowed me to take the blog in any direction I feel is appropriate. Eventually settling on Family and Baking.
I once worked in a country pub and I was told by one of the regulars I should start a blog. This was in 2007. It really stuck with me and it was an idea I never really shifted. Unfortunately with life getting in the way I never got round to it. Obviously if I had done it the blog would likely resemble something very different.
In 2015 I took the plunge into the blog world. It took me a while to find my rhythm with it. Once I did it was like I should have been doing it all along.
Advice for Bloggers
1. Have a goal
This doesn’t have to be a big goal but decide what your blog is for early on. Do you want to make money from it or do you simply want to keep an online diary of your life and thoughts. This will dictate how you focus on what you want to do. If you want to make money then look at other blogs that do. Check out the bloggers social media feeds, maybe even message them and ask for a piece of advice. Bloggers are naturally a helpful bunch so your question will be well received. Then stay focused and work hard. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes and learn as you go. Set out weekly aims and targets and you will be there soon enough. Take it as bite sized pieces at a time but find a way of being productive with your work.
If the money side of thing isn’t what motivates you or you are not concerned with ever monetising your blog. Perhaps you are more willing to go with the flow. Then go with the flow. Don’t stress over the number of followers and page views you do or don’t have. In both cases these will come in time anyway. There are blogs out there that are years old and probably don’t have the readers they would like. Simply enjoy what you are doing. Be friendly, don’t be afraid to ask questions and embrace the blogging community because they will embrace you.
Make contact with other bloggers. Comment on the posts that interest you and if something really resonates with you then maybe contact them personally. We all love comments on our blogs and social media. It helps with the online systems and algorithms. But there is something really special about being told a post you wrote has really stuck with someone directly. Don’t do it all the time, just when it is genuine, but don’t be afraid to do it. We all share what we share with the hope of helping someone or making them laugh so to hear that that has been achieved is really rewarding.
I hope someone will find so of this advice helpful. Either way blogging is a really fun thing to do so enjoy it.
So I nominate the following blogger to complete this award:
Selena from My Rambling Thoughts
Katy from Hot Pink Wellingtons
Emma from Me and B Make Tea
Sandy from Mommys Little Princesses
Cathryn from Little Paper Swans