Blogger Nomination Award10:00 AM
Dress - Brandy Melville
Jacket - J. Crew
Bag - Rebecca Minkoff
As the weather finally drops to the typical winter temperatures here on the east coast, I dug deep into my archives to when I lived in Los Angeles for a bit in 2014. Ahh... those were the days. Can you believe these pictures were taken in December of that year? I was frolicking around a beach in a dress and flats with the sun beating down and just a jean jacket for protection from the slight "winter chill." Ugh.
As I stare at these pictures with jealousy for my past life, I'm excited to answer the questions in the Blogger Nomination Award that Samantha has so graciously tagged me in. I love browsing Sam's blog for her beauty picks - I know I can always look to her for some great products and ideas - so I'm honored she thought of me!
1. Write a post to show your award
2. Acknowledge the blogger that nominated you
3. Give a brief story about why you started blogging
4. Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers
5. Nominate 15 other bloggers/blogs for the award
WHY I STARTED BLOGGING
I went a bit into why I started this particular blog in a recent personal post, which is a whole other story since I can't really remember when I first started blogging. In a way, I feel like I've always been blogging, from my Xanga days to MySpace blog posts to multiple Blogspots and WordPress accounts. As a writer, blogging is something I've always dabbled with, but with all of my commitments, it was the one thing that always fell off my plate. Knowing that, it's probably not surprising to anyone that this is a revival of Via Sora.
I don't remember when I started the original Via Sora or when I stopped, but I came back to it last November (happy blogiversary to me!) when I wasn't happy with a lot of things in my life. To put it in perspective, my first post on here was about four songs that always make me happy in an attempt to stray away from the things that were bringing me down.
I told myself that I was going to use this blog to focus on the things that make me happy, so I could get away from the depression and anxiety. It was an outlet to force myself to look elsewhere and to take my mind off of the things I couldn't stand. I'm a strong believer in the idea that if you focus on the negativity, it'll only get stronger, but if you focus on the positivity, you will eventually be happier. It's like what people say about giving a fake smile until it's real. This was a way for me to make myself focus on the positivity in my life again.
MY ADVICE FOR NEW BLOGGERS
Make a schedule for yourself.
Be organized and make a schedule. I was pretty good about this at the beginning, but now I keep using life as an excuse for my inconsistent blog posts. The thing is, everyone is busy. Everyone has things to do. It's a matter of creating a schedule for yourself and making yourself stick to it. This way, readers come to know you and know when to expect - and get excited! - about new content from you. Once you're in a steady system, it'll be easier to keep your blog updated regularly with fresh content.
Write about what you love.
People talk about finding a niche or writing about what's trending. Yes, you should have a niche, so your readers know what they're getting when they come to your blog. But, there is also a part of me that believes you should just write about whatever you feel like writing about. If you don't, you'll get bored of your own blog and it'll start to feel like a chore. You want to love what you're writing about and feel joy because of it rather than feeling like you're forced to do one thing.
Ignore the fact that I ignored the rules and there aren't 15 nominations. But, if you aren't nominated and want to do this, please do so! I'm excited to read everyone's stories and tips. I could definitely use all of them! (Apologies if you've already been nominated! Feel free to ignore this one ;))
- Lindsey from Modern Diction
- Emily from Musings & More
- Gabrielle from A Glass of Ice
- Joyce from Joycentricity
- Kemi from Skylish
- Gemma from JacquardFlower