I recently received another Blogger award and I always find it hard to believe that I was nominated. To be surprised in such a beautiful way and considered worthy, how awesome is that….thank you ❤️.
This is my third award and it remains a great honor when somebody sees some kind of value in your words and what you have to say. Ultimately, I think it’s the greatest compliment you could ever receive. The gift of time and taking a moment to let somebody know that it mattered. As I sit here, arranging the words to this post in the most profound of ways, I find it to be the essence to everything we seek. Not just in writing but life itself. To be acknowledged by others, to find our purpose in what it is that we do, to be ourselves, to be accepted and to contribute so we can “Find our passion, our voice and be heard”.While I still have another nomination pending, one that I haven’t answered because it is more complex in depth, I found the rules of this award relative to what I would want to say to newcomers first starting out. And so it is that today I am answering the call of Jakejournal who nominated me for this award.
Jake is a wonderful writer and his blog is filled with random thoughts of whatever he feels passionate about. He brings inspiration in times of uncertainty and gives the reader something to hold on to, something that deserves to be contemplated and considered. A different opinion that is thought provoking while it is shedding light and a different view on day to day struggles and subjects. Please take a moment and stop by to say hi and indulge yourself in the wisdom of an old soul.
3. Tell a brief story about how you started your blog.
4. Give two pieces of advice for new bloggers.
5. Choose 10 other bloggers to nominate.
6. Comment on each blog letting them know they’ve been nominated.
How it all began, including all its various reasons
What took the longest was deciding on the name of my blog. I wanted it to have meaning, be a reflection of who I am and what compelled me to start writing.
Rhapsody – An effusively, enthusiastic or ecstatic expression of feeling (there was a need for much to be said)
Boheme – Resembling my passion for simplicity and a free spirited life. The gypsy way of the wanderer, the freedom of being in touch with nature, a person that seeks a life without time restraints and who is not afraid to be unique and different.
It was a multitude of reasons why and how this blog got started and you might discover some of the same reasons. Initially it was an outlet, to empty the contents of my mind that was seemingly overflowing into something other than my art. I had much to say and I had to find a way to let these words flow from my mind. I started to write. For myself mostly and much like a journal, even though I hope to put this journey into a book someday.
It was also a bit of a challenge with English being my second language and I can’t really pinpoint the reasons as to why it meant so much that I wanted to do well in writing in a foreign language. I guess I set myself a goal.
Battling a few storms in my life, I realized that we all have something in common. We all have something to say and we all become experts in giving advice. I found others on the sidelines, going with the flow rather than to go against the grain, even if that meant unhappiness. For whatever personal reason, I noticed many suffer in silence while being alone, afraid to speak up or take action. Accepting that this was all there was to life as if their happiness was dependent on others. I’m not a rebel but I am a warrior. I wanted to be a voice for the silent, a light post to hold on to, to instill the feeling of not being alone and that you can change your stars at any time. So I began to write my story and it was the em-path side in me that wanted to help and perhaps shed a tiny shred of inspiration here and there. I would have achieved what I set out to do if these words made a difference for only one person. It remains the very essence that keeps me going.
Advice for new bloggers
It hasn’t been all that long ago that I was new here just like you. You may not know where to start and what to say, your posts might be out of order and much will be trial and error as you develop your skill. I look back at my older posts (the beginning) and I wonder how somebody ever wanted to read it. You will have to get used to being your hardest critic and it’s ok and even healthy as it will keep you striving to get better. And you will, so don’t get discouraged and stop correcting your post a million times like I did. You will only get discouraged and may stop all together. Don’t let that be you and let your words stand for what they are, flaws and all to show your progress as you look back. Be yourself, and what I mean with that is to follow your heart. Do what grabs you instead of catering to likes and the expectations of others. It doesn’t have to be perfect but it has to have passion and come from your heart. Be authentic and remember your mission, why you started this blog. Don’t be afraid to be vulnerable, the world needs more of it, so keep it real. No pretending or hiding behind some BS that is not you.
You are special, one in a million, a unique you, who has so much to give and share to those willing to take the time, the time for you to finally be heard. So find your passion, your voice and be heard. Tap into the magic and enjoy the ride as you connect with like minded people. People you have never met, but people who will show you a deeper and closer connection than perhaps those next to you.
My Nominees are in no particular order. It is hard to mention everybody, and while there are so so so many more talented writers I’m lucky to have crossed paths with, I will mention new nominees the next time around and love you all.