Blogger Recognition Award and a HUGE thank you!

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Excuse me, WordPress? What do you think you’re doing?

Before I start my award post, I’d like to address an incident that occurred a couple of days ago. Do you see the picture above? I had what WordPress called “A spike” and it’s all thanks to this wonderful man here. I wrote a post, inspired by a post he had previously written, and you can see my post here and this man posted it to his Facebook page which you can see here. Within hours my view counter shot up from about 100 views (which is roughly what I aim for each day) to 200, then to 300, and it didn’t stop! It felt amazing to know that not only was I spreading awareness of anxiety, but so many lovely people commented and messaged me saying they’re going through the same thing and to know that I’m not alone in this was wonderful. And since writing this, my post has been seen over 1200 times!! Thank you again Chris, and thank you to everyone who read my post!

Now onto another huge thank you…

Thank you to Brighton Bipolar for the Blogger Recognition Award!

Here’s the rules:

  • Select 15 other blogs you want to give the award to. Do some digging if you must! Find those blogs. You cannot nominate yourself or the person who has nominated you. Oh gosh, there are so many bloggers who have made me feel so welcome here and who inspire me but I’ve got to narrow it down to 15, so here goes…
  1. Aiden
  2. 21 And Sensory
  3. A Little Daydreamer
  4. Sophie Speaks Up
  5. Jasmine Honey Adams
  6. Three Hands One Heart
  7. Daydreamer 52
  8. Mon
  9. Luna
  10. Drifting Lexi
  11. Sheetal
  12. A Teenage Diary Online
  13. Everything And Nothing
  14. The Crazy Perfectionist
  15. Elm
  • Write a post to show off your award! Give a brief story of how your blog got started, and give a piece or two of advice to new bloggers. Thank whoever nominated you, and provide a link to their blog. List who you’ve nominated in the post. Make sure to also attach the award itself! (You can do this by right-clicking, saving, and uploading the image above).

How did my blog start?

My blog started because I was an invisible 17 year old girl. I had so many thoughts and opinions and ideas, but no one to listen to them. So I started talking to myself on here…And nothing happened. Nobody liked my posts or commented and  felt so defeated, and then lightning struck! People started to listen to me and it was such an incredible feeling that since I started, my blog has been viewed nearly 7000 times! So thank you, you all truly do mean the world to me.

My advice:

I’m still a complete newbie at this, I’ve only been blogging for 3 months! However, if I had to give some pieces of advice this would be it:

Network. Go like, follow, and comment on amazing blogs! Not only will you get to read some interesting posts, you’ll be making fellow bloggers happy, and it’ll help bring people to your site if they see you as a genuinely supportive person.

Write about what you love. We can tell if a blogger is passionate about what they write, and if you show emotion in your posts it just makes for a more interesting and engaging read.

Don’t blog for fame. There are millions (possibly billions) of blogs out there. The chances your blog will give you any kind of fortune or fame is slim. Blog because it makes you happy, because it’s cheaper than a therapist, because you love to write, because you get to talk to amazing people, because you have a story that just has to be told.

  • Comment on each blog and let them know you’ve nominated them. Provide a link to the award post you created if you want.
  •  Provide a link to the original post on Edge of Night . That way, anyone can find the original guidelines and post if needed, and we can keep it from mutating and becoming confusing!

Thank you again for everything, you all mean so much to me 🙂

Thank You.

I woke up this morning and I checked my emails as I usually do and there you were. My internet family, giving me more love and kind words than I could have dreamed of. Thank you. Thank you to everyone who liked and commented on my previous post. I’m not going to lie, I needed you. I’m sorry I’m not going to reply to your comments directly because it’s too overwhelming. I’ve never had support like this. Ever. All my friends and family and even my boyfriend are going through to much, whether that’s mental health issues, financial struggles, work etc. I don’t blame them but sometimes it feels as though they’re too busy with their own lives to worry about mine. I’ve always been the sort of person that people go to for advice, the one whose the adult, the one who stands strong in a crisis. I love it. But that’s a lot of pressure on an 18 year old girl who has only been legally allowed to drink for the past 9 days.

So I’m going to thank those who have supported me here, and I hope that’s okay. These are the people who sent me lovely comments, sorry I was going to thank everyone who liked my post as well but there are too many of you it would take me ages!

The Award For Best Blogging Family Goes To….

  • Ruined All The Right Ways – It can be a lot sometimes, but it’s just something I have to do and I think everyone has things they have to worry about. Thank you for your comment though, and I’m glad we worked it out too 🙂
  • The Introvert – Thank you, sometimes it doesn’t feel that way but it’s definitely nice to hear it 🙂
  • My Darkest Places – Thank you, it’s so nice to be called inspirational! And you most definitely are brave for writing about your experiences (and you’re an awesome guest writer) 🙂
  • Three Hands One Heart – Thank you, you and your son are such sweethearts 🙂
  • Bear Next Door – Thank you, it’s so sweet of you and I hope I haven’t let you all down, although last night it did feel that way.
  • Waffle Me This – Thank you so much, it’s so nice to know you’re there if I need to chat 🙂
  • Phae Merveille – Thank you, waking up to someone telling you you’re amazing is definitely a nice feeling! I’m glad, in a way, that I have so much responsibility because it has helped me be who I am today. And I hope I go on to accomplish a lot!
  • Kelsee – Thank you. Just remember you can always come talk to me if things get too tough. You’re right, we’re both human and we’re entitled to have off days, but we both have to get up and brush ourselves off and try again 🙂
  • Everything And Nothing – You’ve always been there for me. Every single time. So thank you. And you’re so right, the few bad days I have does not define my wonderful life 🙂
  • Ciara Cakes – Thank you, it’s so nice to know I can talk to you if I need to. Your comment made me so happy. Just, everything you said was so kind and just knowing someone out there thinks I’m a strong person and brave is wonderful. And it’s okay, my boyfriend shouldn’t yell at me. I’m not making excuses for him, because what he did was wrong and he knows that, but he does have autism and so when he’s upset he can have panic moments. However, he’s never yelled at me like that during our whole relationship, which I think made the situation 10 times worse because he’s usually so sweet and quiet. But don’t worry, I made sure he knows how much trouble he’s in and this morning I woke up to a bottle of pink lemonade next to my bed (that’s my favourite drink) so he definitely knows he’s in trouble! In our relationship we’re very quick to forgive each other but we let each other know that what happened was not okay and it’s not going to happen again. *Blows kisses back*
  • Pajama Reader – I wish I could give you a giant hug! Waking up to someone telling you you’re beautiful, strong, AND amazing! Now that’s how to live life 🙂 Thank you.
  • Idiosyncratic Thoughts – You’re right, I can’t be perfect all the time. (Just most of the time :P) Thank you.
  • Luna – You’ve just always been there. Every time something goes right you seem to be there congratulating me, then every time something goes wrong you’re there cheering me up. Thank you. I will admit, your comment made me cry. You remembered Josh. You truly don’t understand how much that makes me so happy that he’s still remembered. So you get an extra thank you for that 🙂
  • Mon – It feels like you’ve been there for me right from the start! Thank you. Blogging definitely helps, and if you ever need to chat I’m here 🙂
  • Life Of A Dropout – Thank you. You’re right, everyone makes mistakes once in a while. I just gotta move on 🙂
  • Lost To The Dark – Thank you. I definitely feel like I have a lot on right now!! But I think a lot of people do. I really appreciate your comment, it’s nice to know I can come talk to you if I need to 🙂
  • Lost In The World Of Blogging – You think I’m inspirational? Thank you 🙂
  • Drifting Lexi – Again, you are a blogger who constantly seems to be spreading the love. Your positive attitude amazes me, please never change 🙂
  • Amb – Thank you. Your comment was so sweet, it made me smile 🙂
  • Under The Guise Of Glitter– Please don’t apologise to me!! You are going through so much lately, and I haven’t been there for you like I should have been. I really hope everything works out for you because you are such a kind and sweet lady with two beautiful (and lucky!) children 🙂
  • My Teenage Madness – Woah thank you. Seriously your comment made me smile so much! I have so much respect for you too, and I hope you’re having a brilliant day wherever you are 🙂
  • I Prefer Deep Blues And Sea Foam Greens – Thank you. I know you’re not having the easiest time right now, so it means a lot that you’re giving me support. I’m sending you a giant hug!

I hope it’s okay I replied and thanked you all this way, I just didn’t feel like I could thank you enough in the comments. I just want to let you all know I’m happy, I’m okay and I’m drinking a cup of tea right now so I think things are going to be just fine 🙂

200 followers!!

Oh my gosh, guys! Thank you! I try to keep up with how many followers I have, but I hadn’t looked in a while. So I just casually scroll down to the bottom of my stats page, and there you are! All 200 of you! I’ve been blogging for exactly a month and a half, and I cannot believe 200 people think that my rambling are interesting enough to read, so again thank you 🙂 To celebrate this I wanted to shout out to some of my amazing followers…

  1. My first ever follower: Live From My Head. He was also the first to comment on my blog, so thank you for making me feel welcome 🙂
  2. My 200th Follower: Isunable. Thank you so much for being my 200th follower, you’re fabulous 🙂
  3. Funniest Follower: Elm. Oh gosh you do make me giggle sometimes, I love your posts and you just seem like such a cool person to be around so don’t ever change!
  4. The follower with the prettiest pictures: Imagynasium If you have any interest in looking at beautiful things, go check out this blog.
  5. The sweetest follower: A Little Day Dreamer. Everything you posts just seems so happy and cheery, so keep being awesome 🙂
  6. My soon-to-be-an-author follower: Life Of An Indian Teenager. I just love the way she writes, it’s so beautiful!
  7. My email buddies: Zion Dutro and Peace Love Empathy 101. These are the people I email quite regularly and I love hearing about their lives 🙂
  8. My most uplifting follower: Ellie. This girl always makes me smile. Please go check out her blog because not only is she just a friendly, funny person to talk to but she also fights to make people aware of mental health. You can’t get better than that!
  9. My follower with the best taste in music: Everything and nothing. Not only does she post amazing things, but thanks to her I have found some awesome covers and songs, so thank you!
  10. My follower with the best taste in TV shows (and men and blog themes): My Teenage Madness. Her posts are so cute! And she also loves My Mad Fat Diary, which is one of my favourites, and we both think Archie is the best character. And we have the same blog theme. We’re basically twins 😛
  11. The follower with all the answers: Desire To Express. Every time she is nominated for an award I love to read her answers. She’s made me laugh, and she’s made me question my existence too! (And we even have our own inside jokes which is so cute 🙂 ) And she was the first person to reblog one of my posts so thank you!
  12. My ‘Word Nerd’ follower: The Crazy Perfectionist. I love her ‘Word of the Day’ posts , so keep them coming!
  13. My sunshine follower: A teenage Diary Online. Everything she posts is just so cute and happy and sunny, I love it!
  14. The follower with all the awards: Paradoxical Sadness. I think this girl has been nominated for every award under the sun, and too right she deserves it! I love the way she writes and she sounds like such a cool person!
  15. The follower with the best name: Unfashionable Cupcake. Come on, how awesome is that?! I just want to give this girl a massive hug!
  16. My favourite follower: YOU. I wish I could go through my entire list of followers and tell each and every one of you why you’re awesome, but unfortunately I think that might take some time and this would be a pretty big post! But it’s true. All of my followers are amazing, and every like, comment, and follower I get just makes me so happy. Thank you!