Thank you, B for the nomination! You have no idea how encouraging this is to a person who is relatively new to the blogosphere, a space that is vast, and amazing, and diverse, and just a tad bit intimidating. For those of you who haven’t had the pleasure to read B’s work, you really should take a look at his blog, Becoming the Muse. While he writes to be himself and to take off his mask, it certainly is a pleasure to read his work as it is intelligent, insightful, and thought-provoking.
And now, I shall discuss the origins of my humble blog: Cardboard Express. Interesting name, no? Oh, you really don’t think so. Well, let me explain. I wanted to set up a forum on which I could express my thoughts in an unrestricted and candid manner. A place free of judgement and scrutiny. A place where I could rant and babble as I please.
I know what you’re thinking: So you picked the Internet? Were you born yesterday? The Internet is the most judgmental place known to man. Have you ever read Youtube comments?
To these wise and undermining questions I say, yes, no, and yes. While I know that I could have confined my thoughts to a notebook or journal of some sort, I wanted them to be published. I wanted them to be published in hopes that someday someone might stumble upon them, and say, “Hmm. This is mildly entertaining,” or “I chuckled at that last line” or even “Wow, this is terrible. This writer really needs to get a life.”
I just want to elicit a response. When I write, I want people to identify with me, hate me, laugh at me, laugh with me-I don’t care, something. Because I believe that when art makes someone feel something-uncomfortable, angry, disgusted, intrigued, amused-that it’s done right.
So that’s pretty much why I started Cardboard Express. As for advice for novice bloggers, I hardly feel I’m qualified in that it’s only been about two and half months since I’ve started mine. But since I’ve had some exposure to the blogosphere, I can tell you a few things.
If you started a blog that must mean that you have something to share with the world, that you want to express yourself. You want to produce work that is worthy of liking, sharing, reblogging, and retweeting. Through your work, you want to introduce yourself to people outside your family and immediate circle of friends. You want to be famous. And that’s fantastic! But, as a novice blogger myself, I encourage you to make friends and connections with the people you meet via WordPress.
Stop by other interesting blogs, leave a comment expressing your appreciation or thoughts about their work. More often than not, they’ll respond favorably, and you’ll have made a fellow blogger friend! Voila! I think some ambitious bloggers fixate on the number of followers or comments they can amass within a short period of time, which is a huge mistake.
Blogging isn’t about the statistics: hits, likes, comments, views. No, it’s about the content you deliver to the public. It’s about the discussions you generate. It’s about communication. If you can remember all of that in the long-run, you’ll be just fine.
(I shall get around to nominating other bloggers.)
- 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.
- 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).
- Comment on each blog and let them know you’ve nominated them.
- Provide a link to the award post you created.
- 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!