The Blogger Recognition Award

Posted June 11, 2018 by Amber in Blogging Awards / 6 Comments


In November, the resplendent Tabby @ Orange Owl Diaries nominated me for the Blogger Recognition Award.  If this is your first time hearing about this award, here’s how it goes:

– 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 & provide the link to the post you created.
If you haven’t heard of Orange Owl Diaries before, definitely check out Tabby’s blog!  She’s a book blog and a lifestyle blog and a generally lovely lady.  She recently finished a rough draft of her novel and has just launched her dedicated author’s website, so many congrats to Tabby!
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In the Beginning…

Quite a lot of blogger tags call for the story of how your blog began.  I think I’ve done two different award tags with the same story, so I’m going to change it up a bit.

As I’ve said before, The Literary Phoenix has been around forever.  I started this blog originally back in 2010, and it has floated across other times and other platforms, ultimately to land here.  But it hasn’t always been an active blog and it hasn’t always been an interesting blog.  I have some days even now where I land less than 10 views per day.  If you’re a blogger who follows stats… that’s a bit of a nightmare.

So I’m going to talk about what inspired me to rekindle this blog back in 2017 after it being most defunct for a long while, and give some advice about how to keep going on those days you only get 7 views.

Welcome to 2017.

Technically I aimed to rekindle this blog in 2016, but I fell off the wagon.  It happens to the best of us.  However, I am proud to say that I have been a consistent poster since July 2017, nearly a year.  In the summer of 2017, I was an emotional mess.  I felt abandoned by the universe, and trapped in a little room with just those closest to me.  I felt like I needed a place to make my own, despite what the world saw fit to throw at me.

So I sought refuge.  I sought refuge in the things that have comforted me the most since I was a child: the written word.  In reading books, in writing books… in writing about reading and writing books.  Somehow, I found a niche.  Somehow, I found an audience.  And I love you guys, I really do.  You validate my existence here.  I am am happy tone writing this, to have people to write to, and to have a place that is mine.

How do I keep going forward?

If I were to give two pieces of advice to bloggers who love their blogs but find themselves losing motivations to go forward, they would be this.

  1. Make your blog something you love.

I like coming here because I love the content and the graphics and I write about the things I enjoy.  Sitting at my computer and writing my heart out is a wonderful experience to me, and to see those words translated to posts… the to have folks read them.  That makes me happy.  Writing reviews validates my reading of new books and books outside of my norm.  This is a good place for me because I am the mistress of my own fate and I write how often as I want on whatever topics I want.

2.  Give yourself permission to fail.

If your blog doesn’t make you happy, you can do three things.  1.) Continue on in misery; 2.) Make changes for how you want it to be; or 3.) Quit.  All of these are acceptable choices, although for myself I would avoid the first.  I’ve been in the blogging world a while.  I don’t have all the secrets (I don’t have most secrets) but I have certainly failed.  I tried a food blog that lasted three months.  I’ve done lifestyle blogs and original writing blogs (bad poetry, mostly).  I have failed spectacularly.  And somehow, Ive landed here.  It’s okay to fail.

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Avalinah’s Books
Dusting the Stars
Perpetual Page Turner
This Northern Gal
Innocent Smiley
Writing Hufflepuff
Book Satchel
Real Blonde
Scorpio Book Dreams
Nut Free Nerd
Bookstorm Girl
Annie Like Words
Ida Auclond

I follow each of these tagged blogs and they have survived ROUNDS AND ROUNDS of cutting from my followed list.  Please take a peek at them, they’re lovely people talking about interesting things… all with their own flair and experience to offer.  Please note – there are lifestyle blogs mixed in here and a couple aren’t for the faint of heart. 😉

For the tagged:  if you’re not interested in the award or have already received it, I completely understand!  It’s deserved nonetheless.


How did your blogging journey begin?  Have you been on again, off again?  Or is this your first go?  Share your stories in the comments!

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6 responses to “The Blogger Recognition Award

    • Amber

      It’s so true! I can’t speak for global culture, but I think in American culture there’s this huge stigma about failing and and not being The Best At Everything You Do but… in order to be good at something, we have to fail. We have to make mistakes, learn from them, and pick ourselves up again. 🙂

  1. First of all, thank you for nominating me! 🙂 secondly, wow – your blog has been around for sooooo long. That is awesome. I’m glad you’ve been a consistent poster for a while now 🙂 I agree that the blog can be such a comfort. It’s whole world, as hard as it might be to explain how it can work like that. I think only other bloggers would understand 🙂

    Awwwwww I can’t believe you follow me and like my blog! <3 thank you so much. And I'm sorry it took me forever to visit back and thank you. I've had a super, super busy month. But I'll definitely follow you too 🙂

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    • Amber

      I think all sorts of things have that community feel, but you’re right in that bloggers understand how a blog can become a world all of its own. 🙂 We have our people and our favorite places and volcanoes exploding in the background sometimes. I’m proud to say that this blog has failed and been reborn so many times, because I’m so happy of where I ended up and the people who are here with me.

      And, um, yes, I love your blog! Your content is great and I think you’re a fab resource for blogging beginners (and oldbies who need refreshers) not to mention your layout is really sleek and professional looking. Keep it up! I’m so happy to send people your way. 🙂