I am honored
I want to thank my friends at the Pure Entertainment Preservation Society ( https://pureentertainmentpreservationsociety.wordpress.com/ ) for nominating my blog for the Blogger Recognition Award. I guess I never thought that this personal blog would be thought of as “award worthy.”
This award has simple rules.
- Thank the blogger who nominated you and include a link to their blog.
- Post the award banner on your blog.
- Share the reason you started your blog.
- Share two pieces of advice for new bloggers.
- Nominate a maximum of 15 other bloggers.
- Tell your nominees about your award post, so they can participate.
So I have done the first two things the rules require. I will move through the rest of the list now.
The Reason I Started My Blog
As I have said in the past, I used to blog on MySpace and wrote “notes” on Facebook. I never had a dedicated site to blog on. As I went through my divorce, my therapist suggested writing a journal. I told her I used to blog all the time and she asked why I stopped. I told her that my ex hated that I wrote blogs. I stopped because she told me “nobody cares about that stuff” and “nobody reads that stupid crap you write” and “I wish you’d stop writing personal stuff on social media.”
The blog was meant to be a personal journal to write about my life, write my memories, share my love for movies and music, and to write about observations. I had no idea that anyone, let alone someone I have never met, would decide that my blog would be something they would enjoy reading. Yet, at last count I have almost 150 regular followers. You, dear reader, are one of them, and I thank you for that!
Two Pieces of Advice for New Bloggers
I don’t consider myself to be a professional blogger. I’m probably not the guy who you’d want to listen to if you plan on blogging professionally or to make money! That being said, I guess I can offer my thoughts on blogging. I have used the way I used to approach picking topics to talk about on my radio show for my blogs.
First, write about something you love. Chances are, someone else loves it, too. I would say that the majority of blogs I follow are about movies and music. I have even become personal friends with those bloggers. What do you love? What are your hobbies? What is your favorite film or movie genre? Who is your favorite singer? What do you do for a living? Write about what you know and love. Writing prompts have sometimes led to a really good blog. Subscribe to them and you’ll find some that will directly be related to things you love.
Second, don’t be afraid to get personal. If you’d rather not, I understand. I can tell you that when I spoke of personal things on the radio, it always led to listener reactions. In the same way, some of my most personal blogs are the ones that get the most comments, reactions, and responses. Don’t be afraid to share a bit of the real you – you will find that there are plenty of readers who can relate to you!
Many of the ones I could nominate, were nominated by the Pure Entertainment Preservation Society already. This is my first time doing this, so I will offer up just a few here:
First – My buddy, Max from the PowerPop Blog at: https://powerpop.blog/
He and I are so much alike. He’s been a great friend and has helped me with the set up of my blog’s content page. We’re around the same age, and we share many of the same memories about pop culture.
Second – Slice the Life at: https://slicethelife.com/
They are currently doing a month long salute on Dr. Demento and novelty tunes!
Next, the music posts from America on Coffee at: https://americaoncoffee.blog/
I have found they share my taste in music and often introduce me to songs I don’t know or remember.
Finally, Scott and the gang at the blog Waldina at: https://waldina.com/
He has some great write ups about celebrity birthdays, pop culture, movies, and more.
There are many others that I could nominate, too, but as I mentioned, they were nominated by PEPS.
Thank you, PEPS! I am truly honored and humbled to have been nominated by you!