Blogger Recognition Award and Why I Even Blog
Although I have a few awards to do blog posts for, I decided I’d get this one done first, as it is a great way to explain why I blog and how I got into the ‘blogging business’. The Blogger Recognition Award is a great way to talk about how my blogs have progressed over the years.
I’d, first of all, like to thank LP from The Newbury Girl for nominating me for this award! I’m so excited to write this post and tell all of you about my blogging journey!
Rules of the Blogger Recognition Award
- Thank the blogger that nominated you
- 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 bloggers to whom you want to give this award
- Let each Blogger know that you have nominated them and provide the link to the post you created.
How my blog actually started:
My blogging journey started a long time ago (well, it feels like a long time ago to me!). Back in 2013, I was a bright-eyed, newly qualified teacher who had a passion for fashion. I decided to start a blog talking about my outfits and where I sourced my clothes. It was something I was excited about, as I thought I would become successful overnight. It didn’t exactly work out how I hoped, and I think that I just wanted to blog with minimal effort. My original blog was called ‘Pale Lace and Lemonade’ but soon was renamed ‘The Fashion Hall’. It was in the day when coming up with names with some food item in the title was really popular. Kind of like Cupcakes and Cashmere. But I wanted to have a different name that didn’t have some food item included in the title.
After blogging about my outfits for a while, I kind of ran out of steam. I didn’t really have the collection of clothes that I have now, and I found it really hard creating new looks to keep my audience entertained. My second blog was born shortly after closing down The Fashion Hall. It was called ‘What Katey Thinks’.
Obviously, this blog was about my thoughts, filtered thoughts though. I still talked about fashion, but I included beauty, travel, food and fashion. Although I loved this blog, I started to find it really hard to keep up with. I found that the blog was too open, as there were so many topics to write about. I kept going with this blog from 2014-2017, and although it started to get more successful, it was just not something I loved. It kind of felt like I was pretending to be something I wasn’t.
After struggling with that blog for ages, I decided to shut it down. Mostly because I fell out of love with it and I wasn’t inspired to write anything, and because I got sick of blogging.
My dislike of blogging didn’t last long, as, by September of 2017, I was back at the laptop trying to find a new name for my blog. I wanted to write about topics I felt inspired by, or that I felt strongly about and I still wanted to write about fashion, because fashion is my first love. I could actually talk about clothes and style and designers all day long if people let me. However, being a feminist is something I have identified as for a long time, and I feel like it is a movement that is misunderstood, and there are a lot of misconceptions about what feminism really is.
So, my blog Femenish was born – ‘Fem’ from feminism/feminist, and ‘enish’ because I wanted to jazz it up a bit. I actually made a typo when I was spelling it – I was going to have it feminish, but when I entered the name in to buy the domain I wrote Femenish by accident.
I think with the original blogs I was too scared to be different and I wanted to fit in, which I think made me blend into the wallpaper. It’s so important to stand out and not be afraid of being different to everyone else, and not be afraid of talking about your opinions!
I decided to go with self-hosting straight-away when I got this blog, as I knew from experience exactly what I wanted from this blog – e.g. the theme. etc.
My two pieces of advice are:
My first piece of advice is to just go for it. Think about what you want out of your blog. Brainstorm, think about what you want to tell the world, think carefully about your niche (don’t make it too niche, but don’t make it too broad!). Keep your choices open.
My second piece of advice is to have fun! Blogging can be tricky, and it is hard to keep going when it feels like you have nothing to write about! The best thing to do is to be positive, go back to the things you love and write about those. The posts I love the most are the ones that I have loved writing – I may not have spent AGES writing them, but they were still fun to write.
I would like to nominate:
These ladies are all super supportive, lovely and great bloggers! Check their blogs out!