Blogger Recognition Award
Curtis of Iridiumeye has nominated me for the Blogger Recognition Award. His tag line is
“Reviewing the best movies and series you’ve never heard of.” “
In making the nomination, Curtis wrote;
“No, I’m not talking about the Warrior Princess. I’m talking about the owner of We Hold These Truths to Be Self-Evident. She’s been amazing these past few years and has been encouraging to me even when I would be open about some of my moments where I felt bad. Xena makes posts about current events, some autobiographical posts, political situations, and does multiple posts upholding anti-racism.”
This is a humbling honor. This past year I’ve not been very active blogging, so knowing that encouraging a fellow blogger makes me “amazing” is more than an uplift.
Here are the Rules;
Say thanks to who nominated you and leave a link back to that person’s blog.
Thanks again, Curtis. You’ve put lots of time into your blog and deserve Blogger Recognition.
Give the story or history of your blog
It began in August 2012 as a place to put information and discuss the George Zimmerman trial, and in support for justice for Trayvon Martin. Coming to the internet and being involved in following that case woke me up to a world of racial hatred and inequalities. After the trial, I began reporting on cases involving police shootings and killings, and any trials resulting. Along the way, I also posted music and messages for encouragement. My blog turned out to be one that contains my various interests, including some movie reviews. Beginning toward the end of 2018 I began blogging about cancer. I also reblog posts that might be of interest to my blog followers.
Give two or more pieces of advice for new bloggers.
1. A most important thing is to check-out the administrative side of your blog, especially under “settings”. I’ve found some bloggers who do not, for instance, change the default settings for comments and after 30 days, comments are closed. That means when I discover a new blogger and visit their blog that has maybe 3 or 4 posts, I cannot comment on those that are older than a month.
2. When writing posts, consider using the more tag. When you read posts on homepages and see “Read the Rest of This Entry”, it means the writer inserted a “more tag”. Some of the newer themes don’t require that but some of the older themes do. It keeps posts at a minimum on the homepage rather than readers having to scroll through entire posts before getting to a previous one. Here’s a link for information on the tag and a video tutorial.
3. Make sure you include the link to your blog on your Word Press Gravatar account. That way, as people become acquainted with your comments and/or “likes” on their own and/or other blogs, they can find your blog. Which brings me to another subject …
4. Pay it forward as much as your time allows. That means visiting blogs that visit your blog, whether it’s clicking “like” to your posts and/or commenting. With some of us old-timers who follow hundreds of blogs, we tend to visit bloggers who have visited our blogs, but we need the link to your blog on your Gravatar profile in order to pay it forward. If you are unfamiliar with Gravatar, here’s a link.
Nominate 10 other bloggers and link their blogs.
This always places me in a position of not wanting to leave anyone out, so it takes me lots of time selecting nominees. As well, there are bloggers who I believe deserve nomination, but have “no awards” blogs. If I nominate you and you’re an award free blog, please forgive me. Let me know and I will substitute your nomination.