Exciting news to share and a huge thank you!
I was excited over the weekend to learn that Sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond was Runner Up (3rd place) in the recent Annual Bloggers Bash Awards held in London. I wanted to share my good news but also explain why I blog and the benefits I’ve gained through blogging.
My blog was nominated in the MOST INFORMATIVE (Original Content) BLOGGER category and I was certainly honoured to be included with other inspirational bloggers.
MOST INFORMATIVE (Original Content) BLOGGER
This award is for the blogger with the most informative and original content. Who creates fascinating content that you find yourself longing to read? Perhaps they’re a history blogger or they write about the craft of writing/blogging, or maybe they like archaeology or wine tasting. They could be an artist or musician. The topic is irrelevant, it’s the original content that counts. A blogger who shares a wealth of knowledge in an informative way is what makes the Most Informative & Original Blogger.
A HUGE THANK YOU to all of you who voted for me and I was thrilled when my friend Debbie from Deb’s World messaged me with the news in the early hours of Sunday morning. Deb came Runner Up in her category, Hidden Gem. Debbie was also in London on holiday so was able to collect her award in person which must have been a thrill for her. Don’t forget to check out her Odyssey for the next few months on her blog.
The HIDDEN GEM Category
Have you stumbled upon a blog by chance and discovered useful information or thought-provoking content? Is there a blog that doesn’t get the notoriety they deserve? Maybe they have such an original style you can’t help but read their posts. A blogger who you believe should get the limelight for a change is who deserves the Hidden Gem award.
The Aussies were well represented in most categories which was great to see. You can find all of the blogs that were nominated HERE and perhaps you might find some new bloggers to follow.
WE ARE ALL WINNERS!
I know that is a cliche but all the bloggers I know, work so hard to bring quality content for their readers. It might be a hobby to most of us, as we don’t make any money from blogging, but that doesn’t mean we don’t take our work seriously.
THE BENEFITS OF BLOGGING
WHY I BLOG
I started my blog 3 years ago as a way to connect with other Women Over 50. I had retired early and found that after working full time for many years and with a family who had flown the nest, I had too much time on my hands. My aim was to encourage and inspire other Women to embrace this wonderful phase of life by living a healthy and happy lifestyle.
Blogging has had such a positive influence (most of the time, when I don’t have technical problems!) on my life. ‘In what ways do you ask?’
The Connection with others
I have made wonderful connections and friendships with Women Over 50 who continue to inspire me and prove that our generation certainly ‘rocks’ when it comes to living life to the full. Some of you are bloggers and some of you subscribe to my blog to read my thoughts. I appreciate all of my connections and to me that is the most positive part of blogging.
Blogging Stretches my mind and thinking
When I first started blogging, I knew that I wouldn’t be writing too many posts about my personal life. I have a very private family and I wanted to protect their privacy. However, at the same time I wanted to provide personal examples and learnings. I wanted my readers to get to know me and understand where I’m coming from and what I want to achieve in my life in Midlife & Beyond.
I love that blogging has made me use my brain. I have had to think about what topics I would write about, organise a schedule and I’ve enjoyed researching and learning so much not just from the research but also my guest writers.
I found my creative side
I’ve written before about how for many years I thought I wasn’t creative, based on a ‘throw away’ comment from someone. After 3 years and 900 published posts, I finally realise that yes, I have been creative by writing about topics that are relevant for Women Over 50.
Improved my self-confidence
Like many bloggers, I wondered if anyone would really read my blog. Did I have anything of value to contribute? When I was 50 I was still so hard on myself and my self-confidence was not that strong. Since starting the blog I have found my voice and the positive comments I’ve received from readers and other bloggers alike, has made me START BELIEVING IN MYSELF. So thank you for helping me.
Improved my time management skills
Sometimes I allow the blog to take over my life. I get carried away and can sit for hours writing or replying to comments or commenting on other blogs. I took the Blogging AtoZ Challenge In April which required writing 26 posts, one each day except for Sunday. That experience reminded me that I can get caught up in the blogging world and neglect other parts of my life and world.
I’m learning to improve my time management skills so that while I am motivating others not to let life pass them by, I don’t miss out on life as well.
I love my blog
I will never be the ‘next best thing’ in blogging but I love my blog and have accepted that although it is viewed by many of my friends and family as a ‘hobby’ it means so much more to me than that.