Amara Interior Blog Awards in Best Colour Inspiration Blog. (Yay)
I know that award is one thing and the key to success is another. I don’t blog just for awards. Awards it’s a great proof that your work is recognised but it’s just my ‘’button’’ to push myself to work even harder. When I got shortlisted, I know I am doing things right, that people still feel they want to vote for me, and they still read my blog and believe in me. (Read How I won Amara Interior blog Awards & Cosmopolitan Blog Awards)
So, what I learnt from blogging awards?
1. People were voting for me, which means they do care. This is a reward itself! Knowing that people do love my blog and what I created it’s great. Not everyone feels like clicking into links and vote, despite some of them may take few seconds some people are just not bothered. Most of the blog awards, works that you have to gather enough amount of votes to get through, so seeing that you actually beat some big bloggers makes you go ‘Wowww thank you!
2. Trophy on a shelf, remind me every day that ‘’I did it!’’ It’s crazy how many times, I would happily past the shelf and by looking at the award I would burst into tears and spend an entire hour crying! I am too emotional I know, but these are the happiness tears! I was always doubting myself but my awards gave me so much confidence!
3. To win an award I had to tick many boxes, it’s not just about pretty layout or nice pictures. I have developed your own style, the tone of my voice and inspire people. I’ve spend hours to get the right shots, to edit the photos and work on the post layout. It taught me to keep closer attention to each detail of the blog. Keep my style, and don’t do thing I don’t feel like.
4. Work hard. It also reminds me to keep working hard. If I achieved such a thing like being awarded, this means, there is a whole word by my feet, and I just need to keep going!
5. The blogging community it’s unreal! I made so many blogging friends who support and with whom I chat every day! These people are closer to my heart than many ‘’real’’ friends. I was told recently that I rely too much on online life but I have received more supports from online strangers than from a ‘’real’’ friend that I trusted. They were there when I was my lowest, and they were there when I needed votes!
6. There are real people as well as bloggers out there. I found that many bloggers, tend to keep themselves to bloggers only. There have been many blogging discussions about ‘’some freak is following me’’(example) and bloggers been blocking them because they don’t have a www in a bio. How wrong? Real people tweet, and comment and they are the ones I initially started to blog for! I don’t blog just for other bloggers, I blog for everyone. I learnt that this ‘’freak’’ was the one who voted for me, shared my voting plea and always comment! This ‘’freak’’ also recommended my blog to his friend PR, who contacted me and I did an amazing collaboration! Don't judge people! Let everyone in!
7. Help others. I also noticed some bloggers get ‘’annoyed’’ if a newbie blogger DM them or asked them ‘’how do you work with brands’ or ‘’How do you get followers’’. They tend to just block them forgetting that they didn’t start the blog with a 10K on Twitter or Instagram full of great pictures! I get tonnes of DM asking me for advice, and I always reply. I usually send them helpful links to read or explain briefly. Those who asking me, what app you use, how did I do this etc. knows I am happy to answer any questions. I don’t make a secret of it. I received an amazing help from people when I started and I am giving it back. After all, the ‘’newbies’’ are those who are first to vote when the voting is open.
Winning an Award has been a huge part of my blogging and definitely, it is an amazing feeling but I know that the biggest reward is knowing that there people there who like my blog and most of all; read it!