Here are the rules for the Blogger Recognition Award:
- Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog
- Write a post to show your award
- Give a brief story of how your blog started
- Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers
- Select 15 other bloggers you want to give this award to
- Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated them and provide the link to the post you created.
I’ve been blogging less than a year, and I’m truly astounded at the amount of connections I’ve made, things I’ve learned, and ways I’ve grown. I am a shy person, but blogging has helped me come out of my shell. It means so much to have people recognize all my hard work.
I started Survival is a Talent in August 2016 when I could not work or go to school because of my mental illness. I was bored and depressed. But I loved to write, and I was tired of hiding my illness. So, I let it all go. Online. And it was hard at first. Family members were unhappy with my decision to go public about being schizophrenic and bipolar. They said I wanted attention, that I wasn’t really sick. They said I was lazy, that I just didn’t want to work or go to school (when that was all I actually wanted to do). And I cared what they thought. Their words hurt.
But with each blog post that I published, I began to realize more and more that the words of people who do not understand don’t matter. Because I found my “tribe” online. And after years of loneliness and keeping my illness a secret, it was a relief to learn that I was not alone at all. There are so many other people out there struggling, and we can help each other. I grew an online community of friends that I cherish dearly. And people in my life actually began to come forward and ask me questions about my diagnosis. Family and friends began to take me seriously. My outlook on life changed dramatically because of this blog. People DO care. I am NOT alone. Realizing that, paired with finding the right medications and going to therapy has given me my life back. Now, I’ve started my freelance writing career and I’m returning to school in the fall. But more importantly, I’m HAPPY.
This blog started as a way for me to vent my feelings about my mental illness. It began as a way for me to write about my journey to a better life, a better me. I’m so thankful for every one of you that followed along and helped me in my journey. You changed my life, and I hope that I’ve affected your lives in some positive way, as well.
Two pieces of advice for new bloggers:
- Join Facebook groups! They are so helpful for networking, learning tips, and growing your audience. Two of my favorite FB groups are The Blogging Squad and Blogging with a Smile.
- Make sure your headlines are specific and clear. Stay away from catchy, clever titles. It only confuses readers. Make it clear what your blog post is about, and keep it around six words. For example: “Five Easy Ways to Exercise Everday.” There are even headline generators you can use for ideas.
- Eddie Kedge -Writer + Advocate + Sexual abuse survivor
- Emily Deibler -Writer and “atheist hippie witch”
- Emily Rose Cartwright -Writer and student
- Matt Mongillo -Mental health advocate and blogger
- AnonyVoice -Mental health advocate
- Caitlin Wren -Mental and chronic illness advocate
- Amanda Shea -Mental health and self-care advocate
- Schizoaffected -Writer, blogger, artist
- Heart of Asheville -Self-growth and healing
- Karen Lynn -Writer, artist, dancer
- Raimey Gallant -Author blog
- Some of this is true -Mental health tools, especially concerning schizophrenia
- Ellen -OCD blog and more
- Wayfaring Sarah -Travel, chronic and mental illness, as well as spirituality
- Wildprecious.org -Body positivity and parenting advice
August B Pfizenmayer is the founder of Survival is a Talent. She is a freelance writer, blogger, and student. She studies creative writing, specializing in poetry and creative nonfiction. She loves sweets and warm weather. You can connect with her on LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.