What a great way to start a Friday night! I logged on to Twitter to see that the wonderful Miss Doll Reviews had nominated me for The Blogger Recognition Award. Not only is this lady an absolutely wonderful supporter of all bloggers, she runs a fantastic and honest website which details the naughtier side of life and all the toys that go with it. She’s a guru and she’s not afraid to share her thoughts with you – please take a look. Miss Doll – I’m eternally grateful for your continued support and kindness. As most new and old bloggers know, support goes a hell of a long way and it never stops feeling amazing when someone appreciates and recognises your work.
The Blogger Recognition Award is given by fellow bloggers to recognise others within the blogging community. It’s a great way to recognise each other for the hard work we put in as well as share some love for blogs and bloggers we know and love.
- Thank the Blogger who nominated you (me!)
- Write a post as to why you started your blog
- Include 2 bits of advice you would give to other bloggers
- Nominate 15 other bloggers and comment on their response (As I’m quite new, I will be nominating 11 fabulous bloggers instead – and they really are brilliant!)
Why I Started This Blog:
The Daily Aimée was born out of determination. I’d been running a book club and travel blog for a few years, but didn’t have the time to give it my all. I knew if I wanted to be taken seriously and last in the blogging world that I would need to find something I wanted to engage with on a more frequent basis.
It wasn’t that I didn’t want to blog about books or travel; in fact, I wanted to blog about that and so much more, including myself and my daily battles with anxiety, gaining my degree despite having such issues and many other things that are going on in my life that I wish I could talk more about. Basically, I wanted a space online to showcase Mée, not just the books I’m reading nor the places I’ve been.
Unfortunately, I had limited myself in my blog title amongst other things and knew that I needed to find a name I was comfortable with, without it being restrictive. I decided to start taking it all a little bit more seriously, purchasing my own domain in July 2018 and deciding that this time it really would be all or nothing – and so, The Daily Aimée and the Blog Mée on the Daily came about. I went self-hosted, joined social media to build up my following and have been thoroughly enjoying myself ever since.
Blogging Tip Number 1:
My previous blog wasn’t attached to any social media, and whilst this was great for me as a bit of an over-anxious worrier, it really is imperative, not only to grow your following but also to feel as though you are supported, part of something and to pick up great advice and tips. I’ve met some of the most wonderful people through social media blogging platforms and I will continue to be courageous and take part – I’m sure others are quite similar to me and all I can say is – please join us! We are waiting for you with open arms and we will support you on your journey. There is no judgement here, just a huge group of friends waiting to meet you and read your blog!
Blogging Tip Number 2:
If you want to monetise your blog, you must own your own domain. Anything with .wordpress or similar at the end will never grow in Domain Authority. So far, so good. I’ve had three paid collaborations, been sent products to review already and I’ve applied for some careers in writing based on the content I’ve already produced. If you are confident in your work and want to monetise ASAP, purchase your own domain and let it age naturally. Whilst growth doesn’t happen overnight, it does and will happen over time. Be patient, keep adding quality content, and watch your DA (Domain Authority) rise. For those of you unfamiliar, your Domain Authority is what most companies will look at before they work with you – on a scale of 1 – 100, the higher the DA, in general, the higher the pay for written content.
Monetising isn’t everything or for everyone, but if you want to you can!
I would like to humbly nominate the following bloggers, as I believe they are thoroughly deserving of some recognition: