Thank you very much for the always very lovely Pace of Mind for nominating me for this blogger award. As per usual, I had no idea what it was or what to do, but that’s not a surprise, right?
As a part of this award, you’re supposed to write how your blog started. That’s actually quite an interesting story. I started this blog to practice my written English for my master thesis. Back then, this blog was called ‘New Honesty’ (what a cool name, huh?) and I wrote about misconceptions about the gay community. I soon realized that I wanted to write more and more about personal stuff. I wanted to change the name of this blog to something that represents me and my life perfectly. So, I came up with My Casual Trainwreck Life. Don’t know if that’s something anybody’s interested in, but fun fact on the side, the name is actually inspired by a marihuana strain.
Also, I should give two pieces of advice to new bloggers. I don’t think I know much about anything… but here are my precious insights:
- You are your blog
When this blog was still called ‘New Honesty’ I always felt pressured into what kind of content I could create that fit my blog. After a while, the content began to feel inauthentic. That’s when I realized I just needed to write about what’s really important to me. Fuck it, I had to think outside the box I put myself in. I am what I write and there’s nothing more intimate than putting it out in the world. But, it always feels good afterward. The harder it is to press ‘publish’ the better the blog post probably is.
- You don’t need to belong everywhere but find who belongs to you
When I started, I read a lot of cool other blogs about basically anything and everything and I always wondered why I couldn’t attract that kind of views (Not that I do now). Turns out I was looking in the wrong direction. Of course, I still read whatever I like, but the truth is that to me it just makes more sense to interact with other LGBT+ blogs. Find fellow bloggers you love and comment, get in contact. Everyone’s up their own asses, so if you compliment a fellow blogger’s work, I’m sure they’re more likely to check you out too. Just make sure you actually mean what you write!
I want to nominate the following blogs for the Blogger Recognition Award:
1. Write a post to show your award
2. Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
3. Give a brief story of how your blog started.
4. Give two pieces of advice for new bloggers.
5. Select other bloggers, you want to give this award to.
6. Comment on each blog and let them know you have Nominated them & provide the link to the post you created.