Blogger Recognition Award III

Not long after I departed for my #adventuredownunder, Steve and Muffin from Steve’s Country most kindly nominated me for this award given in recognition of all the hard work that goes into creating a blog. It is a way for bloggers to support, motivate and promote other bloggers who have clearly put in huge amounts of time and effort, and produced valuable content.

Steve lives somewhere the sun doesn’t shine as much as he’d like but he’s befriended much of the local wildlife which feature prominently, along with the area’s flora, in photos on his blog. If you don’t already follow Steve and his feline companion Muffin, check out their blog and give them a follow.

Steve and Muffin epitomise this award as they encourage, motivate, interact and engage with the blogging community, daily delivering engaging content to their audience.

How did my blog start?

I started the blog to keep my sponsors for a cycling event informed about my progress. Initially, I just saw it as something short-term to meet a specific need. However, family and friends persuaded me to keep it going as they saw it as a way of keeping track of what we were doing. Over the years it has morphed into more of a lifestyle and less of a cycling blog, particularly as I blog about cycling over at VeloVoices.

Two pieces of advice for new bloggers

1. Write from the heart about something you know and love. If possible, illustrate your blog with your photos or drawings.

2.  Let the real you shine through and take the time to engage and interact with other bloggers.

Nominees

I follow so many wonderful blogs, a number of which are deliberately “Award Free.” If you’ve been kind enough to read this then please feel to join in, either in the comments section below or over on your own blog.

Spread the recognition around our wonderful community and have a great week-end

Sheree

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Let’s not get carried away and forget the award rules:-

Award rules

• Write a post displaying your award.

• Thank the blogger(s) who nominated you, and provide a link to their blog.

• Tell the story of how your blog started.

• Give two pieces of advice for new bloggers.

• Nominate other bloggers for the award.

• Let the nominees know that you have nominated them.

The Blogger Recognition Award

It was so kind of Betul Erbasi to nominate me for this The Blogger Recognition Award, particularly given how many great blogs and bloggers there are in the blogosphere. Betul is a PhD student at the University of Southern California and she set up her blog as an antidote to doing too much academic writing. Betul writes mostly short stories and pieces on her observations on human nature, in both English and her native Turkish – another accomplished linguist! Go check out her blog and give her a follow.

The Award Rules

1. Thank the blogger that nominated you.

2. Write a post to show your award.

3. Explain how your blog started.

4. Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.

5. Select other bloggers for the award and let them know.

What is The Blogger Recognition Award?

The Blogger Recognition Award is an award by bloggers for bloggers. It is a collaborative and creative effort by the blogging community to encourage one another. The award is a way of acknowledging the sheer effort that goes into running a blog and generating quality material on a regular basis. Blogging’s no mean feat. It’s time-consuming so it’s nice, from time to time, to receive some recognition. Here’s to all my fellow bloggers out there, who work their butts off to post great content for their readers. You’re amazing and I salute you all.

The Story behind View from the Back

The blog started way back in 2009 as a means of keeping my many sponsors up-to-date with my progress training for and taking part in a charity bike ride in USA. My beloved came up with the title because, at that stage, I hadn’t been cycling for long and was always being dropped on rides by the rest of our cycle club. Meaning my view was always from the back of the peloton (bunch). In truth it should have been called “view from off the back and down the hill” but that’s a wee bit too long!

After taking part in the charity event, friends and family told me not to stop as they found the blog a handy way of keeping up with us and our new life in France. So now I write about my passions – sport, cooking, travel, my husband – and anything else that takes my fancy, because I can.

My Advice to New Bloggers

My words of wisdom, if they can be called that, urge you to write about what you love. Writing’s a bit like cooking. The more passion you put into it, the better it tastes ie reads. Write for yourself, not for anyone else.

My Nominees for The Blogger Recognition Award

I follow loads of great blogs and it’s very tempting to nominate you all. Instead, I’ve decided I’d like to hear everyone’s stories. Can you share it either in a comment on here (below) or on your own blog as a post?

Thank you so much!