Much to my surprise (and delight!), I have been nominated for another blogger award – this time the Blogger Recognition Award. Essentially, this is an award given by bloggers to other bloggers as a recognition for their hard work. I’m thrilled by the amount of support and kindness I have been receiving from the blogging community since I started my blog a mere 2 months ago. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank you all for reading my amateur writing with a special thank you to Jenn from Jenn V- Beautifully Hectic – Mom of 3 for nominating me for this award. Besides being an amazing mother to 3 kids, Jenn blogs about parenting along with reviews and her experiences. Also thank you to Beth for the more recent nomination!
How Hebah Pervaiz Started
When I finished my GCSEs in June, I had a longer summer holiday than I would normally and I decided that I didn’t want to waste that time doing nothing. Although I didn’t start blogging immediately, I did decide then that I would make the most of my time by doing something productive hence why I did work experience at Capgemini and a residential Cyberfirst course at Lancaster University. I also did work experience at a couple of other companies but unfortunately didn’t ever get around to writing about it.
After 3 placements, 1 course and 1 holiday (which you can read about here), I decided that I had to document my incredible, incredible experiences. Otherwise I’d genuinely forget, believe me. So I started off blogging for my own benefit and to immortalise parts of my life in writing so that I can maybe relive them someday.
Soon I realised that they could actually be useful to some people. I started receiving some genuinely interested comments which appeared to confirm that. And so I decided that I would continue to blog about more of the things I am passionate about, rather than just my experiences (which aren’t interesting most of the time). I’ve always loved writing… when it’s not for academic purposes. Thus I deduced that blogging is something that I would probably enjoy doing in the long-term.
And now, 2 months in, I can safely conclude that I was right! Soon after, I got my own domain name, hosting service and this website came to be. Though I did not anticipate blogging would be anywhere near as time-consuming as it is, I have learnt so much, got to know so many wonderful people and have already received some amazing opportunities. All in such a short space of time!
TIPS FOR NEW BLOGGERS
1. Work in = MORE Results
It’s a simple principle really; the more work you put in, the more you’ll get out of your blog, whether that be in terms of engagement, traffic or satisfaction. As obvious as it sounds, there’s this huge misconception of blogging being easy – I thought so myself before I started, and I’ve realised now how far that is from the truth! And that is despite the fact that I only post 2x a week (well, I aim to) and my content is far from fabulous. Simply put, don’t be disappointed if you aren’t willing to put the time or effort in and you don’t see results.
2. NETWORKING AND SOCIAL MEDIA IS KEY
What I learnt quickly is that there’s a lot more to successful blogging than just your blog. You’ll have to dedicate a lot of your time to getting to know other bloggers, particularly within your niche. It’s essential to get to know your fellow bloggers and support each other. Awards like these are a great way for us to do just that! Promoting your content across as many social media platforms as possible is critically important because there is no way anyone is going to find it otherwise.
- Sophie from glowsteady,co.uk
- Leah from sundaynorth.blogspot.co.uk
- Mary from xmaryslife.wordpress.com
- Emilie from emiirii.wordpress.com
- Katie from itsthespicybean.com
- Jess from jessxclare.com
- Cecily from cecilyroseisgold.com
- Taiwo from stuffedshelvesite.wordpress.com
- Saffron from saffronwatson.co.uk
- Aleeha & Lucy from halesaaw.co.uk
Here are the rules! Be sure to tag me so I can get to know you all even better.
- Write a blog post to show your award.
- Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
- Give a brief story of how your blog started.
- Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
- Select 15 other bloggers to nominate.
- Comment on each blog to let them know you have nominated them. Provide the link to the post you created.
Thank you all for reading!