What is The Blogger Recognition Awards?
The blogger recognition award is given out by bloggers to bloggers to recognize the hard work and dedication they put into their blog every day.
It connects bloggers with new readers, provides motivation, encouragement and creates a strong community of bloggers.
I’m super stoked to have this little corner of my web space recognized by Amy at Surviving The Middle for The Blogger Recognition Award. (My first blogging award! ek!) Who knew that when I started this blog that it would grow into what it is today and also gain loyal followers that make me so proud of what I do!
Thank you, Amy!
Why Did I Start Sharon Schuler | encouragement for the overwhelmed mom?
I started blogging as answering a call to write. What better way to be challenged to write than a BLOG!
I’m a mother to 5 kiddos whom I love dearly, but when in the ocean of mom-hood, it can (of course) feel a little overwhelming as a job, but also overwhelming as an identity. Motherhood is a piece of my identity, yet it is something that I’m doing 24/7. There is this feeling — like being a mom is about to take over everything of who I am. So what better way to do something for myself as a women than blog — about motherhood (???… shrug…lol) It’s a beautiful creative outlet – it encourages me – (hopefully) yet – it’s here to encourage other moms in the overwhelmed mom zone too.
What Advice do I have for Newbie Bloggers?
1)My advice for new bloggers is to know your why.
If you don’t have your why you are blogging, then the writing, photo editing, researching, technology learning, WordPress and Facebook and Pinterest will get old really fast. Whatever you take on to start with to will come with the price of a learning curve, time and frustration, so hang onto that why you do what you do and you can ride out any storm of doubt and discouragement and impatientness (so me, right here! hands up).
Plugins that you’ll need to install or make sure you have up and running are:
Yoast SEO – to optimize organic search engines with your logged in focus words
MonsterInsights – (to read your Google analytics right on your dashboard
Easy Forms for MailChimp – or some sort of email list builder * number one thing to work on when you start out blogging!
WP Cyber Security – protecting your site against bots, brute force attacks, and hackers
UpdraftPlus – Backup/Restore – automatically backup your site
Broken Link Checker – ensuring that all links and images on your site are still up and running
Duplicate Page – with one click of the button you can copy a post or page, keeping the same templates for yourself! Being more efficient with your productivity.
Easy Google Fonts – to get that look that you want in your fonts (but there’s no winter brush 🙁 )
Sassy Social Share – for full social buttons to make posts easy to share on your site. You can place them as a side bar or above your posts )like I have) or below your posts
WordPress Editorial Calendar – making it super easy to see the layout of your upcoming blog post, what is scheduled, what is a draft. Easy to move around posts with a drag and a drop feature. Also, I find this is a super handy plugin to use for brain storming session of new post ideas. All you have to do is click and create posts, then you create, create, create. When you are done you can organize where you want which post.
Lastly — of, course you definitely should have your Jetpack and Akismet Anti-Spam up and running
Now Drumroll, please…
My Nommies for the Blogger Recognition Award are:
The Vanderveen House – Great DYI, plus house building, plus furniture refurbishing!! Jess is great!
The Refined Revelry – Amazing content that will blow you away with “how-to” for blogging and productivity!
Inspired to Action – Awesome FREE “Moms Mission Statement”, plus other good stuff.
Yellow Prairie Interiors – I took her living room decor course!!! Amazing!!!!
Hello Mornings – Everything you need to help get you on the right track for a GREAT morning routine!
Spit Up and Situps – Seriously, with this title — enough said! (awesome!!)
Keri Lynn Snyder – Amazing and FREE family guides that encourage strong connectivity in the family
Simple Moments Stick – Beautiful Blog about living simply and all things mom!
This Mom Life – Great FREE printables! Plus more.
Homestead to Heaven – Beautifully said about the “Family Life”
The Rules for the Blogger Recognition Award are:
- Thank the blogger who nominated you and leave a link to their blog.
- Write a post to show your award.
- Give a brief story of How/Why you started blogging.
- Give two pieces of advice you would give to brand new bloggers.
- Select 10 other bloggers you want to give this award to.
- Let each nominee know you have nominated them and give the link to the post you have created.
Note: You do NOT have to participate, however, it could be a way to make someone a little more excited about their day 🙂
Thanks for impacting the blogsphere!