Blogger Recognition Award

It is an honor and privilege to be nominated for the Blogger Recognition Award by Ashley of the blog Lellale.  Check out her amazing work as she explores a variety of topics; including but not limited to history, food, blogging, health, the paranormal, and books.

The Rules

Once you have been nominated, there are some rules for the Blogger Recognition Award:

  1. Thank the blogger for nominating you and give the link to their blog.  Thank you once again, Ashley. You can find her post accepting the award here.
  2. Write a blog post on your site displaying the award.
  3. Describe the story of why you started your blog.
  4. Write two pieces of advice you have for new bloggers.
  5. Nominate 15 more bloggers.
  6. Notify each of your nominees of their nomination. I will do so on Twitter.

In the Beginning

Mind and Love was created on January 3rd, 2019; the day before I had a varicocelectomy, a surgery that ties off veins in the testicles and restores…..,well, I don’t remember, as I always passed out at this moment in the explanation.  Since my world was ending one way or another, I decided this would be a good time to share my thoughts and feelings with the world.  What followed was one of the most productive days of my life.  And since it was so much fun, I have continued blogging in the months following that fateful day; when the surgeon worked his magic to induce my sperm into millions of Michael Phelpses.  Thanks, Doc!

Just after the Beginning

Initially, I thought my blog would focus on issues of midlife transitions, but it has evolved to become a place where I share whatever is on my mind; from the deeply personal to the carefree takes on love and relationships.  The transformation is part of the joy; not knowing the destination of my blog or a post.  I treasure the discovery; the wandering around in the dark, stumbling to find the light that’s hinted by the spark of an idea.   

Advice

It’s very easy to lose perspective. There is the allure of more views and monetization, as well as the dubious trap of comparing your blog to others; perhaps your mood and self-esteem determined by the results of those comparisons.  If you are promoting your blog on social media, you will constantly be reminded of these landmarks and measuring sticks.  While it’s understandable to fall prey to this seductive bait, try to develop the mindfulness that allows reconnection with the initial impetus for your blog.  There is a reason why you started.  You garnered satisfaction from some parts of the creative process.  Remember them and use them to replace the thoughts that veer you off course.  Develop the awareness to replace the seductive sirens with the thoughts that accompanied your initial joy.  Remember and reconnect!

And the Nominees, in no particular order, are…..

Drum Roll

1. KFKF_Storyteller

2. Isa Lillo

3. Home of Understanding

4.  The Ray Journey

5.  The Outline

6.  The Sacred Space

7.  The Newbury Girl

8.  Mental Health Musings

9.  Rollin with the P

10.  A Beautiful Mind

11.  The Mindberg

12.  Ella Dawson

13.  Finding the Fearless Life

14.  My Unexpected Life

15.  The Wellbeing Blogger