I’ve been nominated for an award by The Comic Vault, who writes mostly about comic universes and the stories within them. Thank you Comic Vault!
Here are the award rules:
1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
2. Write a post to show your award.
3. Give a brief story of how your blog started.
4. Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
5. Select 15 other bloggers you want to give this award to.
6. Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated them and provide the link to the post you created.
I’m not going to do the select-other-bloggers part of this award, because it’s quite a big ask and I’ve done it a few times recently. However, I like to promote, so if anyone reading is in the mood to explore some new blogs, try these, they’re great:
- David Swan – writes fiction, about his life and publishing. I just bought and read his novel Once When We Were Human and it was very funny, weird and profound.
- Samantha Henthorn – this is a great story she wrote. She mostly writes entertaining tales about her life.
- Jenn Moss – she writes whole books online! Fun and exciting fantasy stories, something to get your teeth into.
If they, or anyone else fancies answering the questions with me, then that would be lovely…
Give a brief story how your blog started
Well. It was a dark and stormy night, the sound of traffic swishing through the rain was broken only by the crash and clatter of thunder. I stood soggy and waiting for a bus, feeling the water creep higher and higher up my socks. I didn’t notice a figure step up beside me, he didn’t even seem to step, arrived with more of a shimmer. He leaned over and whispered in my ear,
“We are in the end days, the time is coming and you must be ready.”
“What?” I said, soggily.
“Start a blog,” he said, “keep it innocuous, write odd little stories and make general posts about mental health. Nothing too popular, keep it small.”
“Why?” I asked, feeling a bit peeved. It sounded like a daft thing to do.
“When the time comes, we’ll make ourselves known and all will become clear. Until then, keep the blog.”
And then he vanished. Well, not literally vanished, I could see him splashing through the puddles on the way to his car. I shouted after him,
“Oi! Gi’s a lift!” but he was gone.
So I started this blog. And I’m still waiting.
Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers
I’m not adept at blogging, but these are simple things people often don’t do.
- Always give your posts a title, it makes them easier to click on.
- Make sure you have your website listed on your Gravitar profile, otherwise if people see a comment you’ve written and are curious to know about you, they can’t go to your blog.