Well Voyeurs, I woke up to some lovely news this morning! I say I woke up, it was Mama T’s 60th birthday yesterday so I didn’t really sleep, but you know, I logged in this morning to discover that I’ve received a Blogger Recognition Award as nominated by the lovely Sonja of s t y l e f u l l n e s s. The Blogger Recognition award is something that’s given by Bloggers to Bloggers as an acknowledgement of just how awesome they are. The reason this one is pretty special is because it’s recognition from other people within the same field, rather than seeing you as competition, you’re acknowledged for your talent and championed by fellow Digital influencers. Pretty cool right?
If you follow me on social media (and you absolutely should) you’ll know that I’ve been waxing lyrical about supporting one another. It’s a competitive industry and it’s no secret that whilst it’s super fun, there’s still bitchiness, espionage and all other kinds of plain nastiness goes on. It’s about time people looked around and realised that we’re all grinding and we’re all damn good at what we do. That’s why this award matters, and that’s why it’s cool. So thank-you Sonja, your support means the world to me.
How it works
The Blogger Recognition Award seeks to promote amazing and possibly undiscovered blogs and recognise talent across all niches within the industry, in order to accept, there are a few steps to go through. it’s a little laborious but the idea is that you’re raising awareness of yourself, as well as other awesome Influencers out there. Think of it as an Industry Insiders Award, and then just feel suitably smug about it:
- Thank the nominating blogger with a link to their nomination post
- Write a post about the award
- Share a story of how and why you started your blog
- Offer at least two pieces of advice for new bloggers
- Nominate 15 amazing bloggers
Why I Started my Blog
You may or may not know this, depending on how well you know me. I’m a pretty private person in terms of my home life but all that changed when The Witch Next Door and her Flying Monkey set about spreading malicious and untrue rumours about me to pretty much everyone (read this post) meaning that I had to set a few things straight. Before Fashion Voyeur I was a Head of Department in the NHS, a job I loved. My son was born with a super rare disability – he’s one of five in the world to have it, and pretty quickly we began to see just how much this would affect our lives. Long story short, I bitterly and reluctantly gave up the job I loved to become his primary carer, months passed and I felt myself slowly disappear, I lost my voice and my identity and set up a Twitter account where I’d post outfits, beauty hacks and interact with likeminded people just to feel like I was communicating with people in the outside world. Before long, ELLE magazine hit me up to visit their infamous Beauty Cupboard and write a beauty piece about REN skincare, afterwards the Fashion Editor gave me one piece of advice: go home and set up a blog straight away. Fashion Voyeur was born the next day and is now my sole source of income.
Advice for New Bloggers
- Be you. Write in your own voice, don’t try to change yourself in order to appeal to a particular demographic or audience, your readers are buying into to you and you need them to trust you. If you don’t like something don’t be afraid to say so, too many Digital Influencers love things because they’re paid to love them when in reality it’s not something they’d ever consider outside of the job itself. [See this post]
- Don’t worry about rejection. Whether it’s from a client, PR company, brand or from other influencers. Rejection happens, more often than you might think and it can be for a variety of reasons. Maybe you haven’t quite established yourself yet, maybe your readers are the wrong demographic, maybe people are threatened. The reason doesn’t matter, keep on truckin’ the work is out there and there is enough for everyone.
- Don’t put too much pressure on yourself. Whether you’re a Hobby Blogger or it’s your only source of income, it’s a super fun job but can sometimes be stressful. Remember, it’s a pretty unconventional job, one that is usually chosen rather than forced so you *should* be able to control that pressure. This is a digital age where content is king and it’s awesome to be part of that movement!
- Haters are real. There are people out there who will hate on you because it’s the easy option. Whether they live next door (Hi Catherine) or further afield, some people just can’t help themselves. What does matter is how is affects you. You can chose to address it, or not address it. Basically shake it off and ignore it, or call those ugly bitches out. As Samantha Jones from Sex and The City once said, you know you’ve really made it when you have haters, they’re fans in disguise.
Bloggers Who Deserve to be Recognised
Honestly Helen by Helen Newman
Elle Blonde by Laura Dawson
Life in Geordieland by Rachel Kershaw
La Femme London by Natalie Courtois
Oh Gosh by Emma
Sulky Doll by Donna
Travel with Massi by Marcel Wladasch (Written in Deutsch with an English option)
Nomi Palony by Nyomi
The Sustainable Edit by Jen Brownlie
Sugar Rushed by Ashlie Dunn
Confessions of a Mummy by Lindsey Evans
Lipstick and Linguistics by Vanessa McIntosh
Stephanie Fox by Steph Fox
Go check out these awesome Digital Influencers and share the love Voyeurs