Blogger Recognition Award

The Blogger Recognition Award is one of a number of peer-to-peer acknowledgements within the blogging community.

OK, so what does that mean?

“The deepest principle of human nature is the craving to be appreciated.”

William Jones

But it goes further than that.

Not all appreciation is equal.

blogger recognition award - incredulous Harvey the Labrador
What? What do you mean “Not all appreciation is equal?”
It’s nice if your partner, parent, child, or friend offers encouragement and praise for your work. However, it has far more value if it comes from a peer. A peer has a much greater appreciation of exactly what is involved in your work.

In fact, studies have shown that the impact is so great in the work environment that employees would rather receive the appreciation of a peer than that of a superior. It was also found to be more valued than the receipt of a pay rise (although I suspect it depends on the size of the rise!).

So, when a blogger is nominated for an award by a fellow blogger it gives a tremendous feeling of appreciation.

Your blog posts don’t suck!

In fact, some people actually quite like them.

That’s a nice feeling to have.

Thank you, Smelly Socks and Garden Peas

The nomination for Richie’s Room came from the Smelly Socks and Garden Peas blog.

I know, I know, its a slightly unusual name. If you go and have a look around you’ll discover both the reason for the name and lots of great posts to read on a variety of subjects. Go on, take a look for yourself, you won’t regret it.

Blogger Recognition Award – The Rules

“If there is anything the nonconformist hates worse than a conformist, it’s another nonconformist who doesn’t conform to the prevailing standard of nonconformity.”

William “Bill” Vaughan
  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and give a link to their site.
  2. Do a post to show your award.
  3. Give a summary of how your blog started.
  4. Give two pieces of advice for any new bloggers.
  5. Select at least 15 other bloggers for this award.
  6. Let each nominee know you’ve nominated them and give a link to your post.

How Richie’s Room Started

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away …

Well, not quite. Perhaps more along the lines of:

Around a year ago in a muddy field not very far away … I had a conversation with the dog trainer that we sometimes visit with our dog, Harvey.

blogger recognition award - muddy Harvey the Labrador
Did somebody say “Muddy field”? Did they? Can we go? Can we? Pleeeeaaaase

She had read one of my posts on a dog forum and really liked my writing style. “You should start a blog!” she said.

Around the same time, I was also finding friends and family increasingly asking for advice in relation to dog ownership.

I like helping people. I like dogs. I like writing.

“Why not?” I thought. So I did.

Advice for Bloggers

Keep in mind that my blogging journey has been relatively short so far. I’m happy to offer some thoughts but keep in mind that there are many bloggers out there with far more experience that I have.

Why are you Blogging?

Typically, people start a blog for one of two reasons:

  1. They think it will be fun
  2. They want to make money

Now, some people may manage to do both. But I think that is fairly uncommon.

I think it is helpful to know why you want to start a blog and to keep that in mind as you move forward. If you want to do it for fun be very wary of falling down the ‘profit’ rabbit-hole – that may just suck all of the fun out of it!

Blogging burnout is a thing! The pursuit of profit becomes all-encompassing. More and more hours spent on selling than on blogging. It starts to become exactly what many are trying to get away from … a job!

Remember, Blogging for Fun, not Profit is OK if that’s what you want to do.

Be Sociable!

blogger recognition award - sociable Harvey the Labrador
Harvey and some friends

Blogging isn’t a team activity.

It’s you and your computer, and that’s it.

But, there are online communities where you can go to discuss any problems that you may be having with your blog. Maybe it’s a technical issue. Maybe it’s in relation to content and you just want some feedback.

Well, chances are, you can find some like-minded souls on a social media platform.

I would encourage you to try them all and see how you get on.

Before I started my blog I had a Facebook account (after being persuaded to open one by friends) which I rarely posted to and that was it. But these days, I have a number of social media accounts and, to my surprise, find that I get far more engagement on Twitter than anywhere else.

Bloggers Nominated by Richie’s Room

There are loads of good bloggers around.

Frankly, it’s difficult to keep up with all of the posts from the bloggers that I like!

If you are looking for some new bloggers to follow then take a look at the ones below.

  1. Rebekah Charles – http://www.rebekahcharles.com/ – @RebekahCharles0
  2. Lisa’s Notebook – https://www.lisasnotebook.com/ – @LisasNotebook
  3. Vicky | Mortgage Free by the Sea – http://mortgagefreebythesea.com/ – @MFbythesea
  4. Olivier Loose – https://acircleisround.com/ – @OlivierLoose
  5. Ricatography 101 – https://ricatography101.wordpress.com/ – @ricatography101
  6. Britt | Shed Happens – https://shedhappens.net/ – @ShedHappensBlog
  7. Lori | CircleSquareOval – https://circlesquareoval.com/ – @Circlesquareov1
  8. AlexisChainsaw – https://coronacomedyblog.com/ – @coronacomedyblo
  9. Clarissa | Adventure Fit For Life – https://adventurefitforlife.com/ – @ClarissaCabbage
  10. Middle Age Fanclub – https://middleagefanclub.wordpress.com/ – @grahamcrosby
  11. Rachel Foy – https://rachelfoy96.wordpress.com/ – @racheljanefoy96
  12. Jordanne | Of A Glasgow Girl – https://www.thelifeofaglasgowgirl.co.uk/ – @ofaglasgowgirl
  13. Kayleigh Zara – https://kayleighzaraa.com/ – @kayleigh__zara
  14. Katie | Life With Ktkinnes – https://lifewithktkinnes.com/ – @kvburton657
  15. PS Conway | Life Sucks. Laugh Here. – https://psconway.com/ – @ps_conway

Wrapping Up

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14 thoughts on “Blogger Recognition Award”

  1. Congratulations on your nomination! I think it’s clear that you’ve learned a lot throughout your blogging journey – that’s half the fun of it, isn’t it? Learning something new with each new turn?
    Thank you so much for including me on a list with other great bloggers!

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    • Thanks Britt. Yep, always learning but always having fun too 🙂
      And you are welcome – it’s well deserved!

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  2. Hey Richie,

    Congratulations for this another blog award! Well done! And thank you so much for nominating.

    Thanks to your friends, who are so adorable, I always feel happy after I visit your blog. Harvey is really having a good time!

    Ray.

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    • Thank you, Ray. Well, if I can make people happy after reading my blog then I feel as if I must be doing something right 🙂
      You are welcome for the nomination, keep up the good work.

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  3. Congrats on your nomination, and thank you for including me in your list of fellow bloggers. You’re absolutely right about peer recognition, it means the world. That’s really interesting about how your blog started too – kudos to Harvey!

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    • Hi Lisa. Thank you very much. Yes, this blogging malarkey is all Harvey’s fault 🙂
      Happy to nominate fellow bloggers like you – looking forward to reading your own post in due course.

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  4. Congratulations on your nomination. Unusual not to have to add your own set of questions to an award post like this. Still, interesting how you got into blogging due to a forum post, I hope you’re happy about taking that step.

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    • Thank you very much. Yes, I am happy with the step, I really like blogging (even if it does mean I have less time for forums)

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  5. Congratulations for your nomination and thank you for nominating me too! This was such an interesting read richie x

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    • Thank you, Kayleigh, much appreciated. And you are very welcome for, and deserving of, the nomination – keep up the good work.

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  6. Good job on getting nominated, I love reading this style of blog post! It’s great to get to know the blogger behind the channels and their muses! It sounds like you’ve learnt so much already!

    Rosie

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  7. Congratulations on your award. I’m so pleased that your blog is getting the recognition it deserves because I have found your content really helpful over the last year.

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