Early last week I was thrilled to find out that charliechatters was nominated for The Blogger Recognition Award by Rika Confesses. I really appreciate the nomination and the fact that, despite being a new discovery for Rika, she thought my small blog was worth the mention.
Rika Confesses is generally a badass blog that makes me laugh out loud. Rika works in the video game industry (the jealousy I have towards her for this is so strong), she has an awesome sense of style and her taste in games is impeccable. You can check out her most recent post about whether you should play LiS Before the Storm here (and yes, you should).
It generally amazes me that the blogger-sphere has such a big sense of community. In my short time here, I’ve definitely met an amazing group of like-minded and creative people – and it’s fantastic just to be part of a conversation with them. This Award is very much just a reinforcement of that community out there, and I can’t wait to share fifteen blogs with you that I really enjoy keeping up to date with. So, let’s begin.
The Blogger Recognition Award is given from blogger to blogger to encourage and acknowledge the hard work and effort that goes into creating amazing online spaces.
- Thank the blogger who nominated you
- Write a post about the award
- Share a story of how and why you started your blog
- Offer at least two pieces of advice for new bloggers
- Pass on the nomination to another 15 bloggers
- Comment on each blog and let them know that you have nominated them (I believe if you link directly to one of their posts it will ping an automatic comment on that post)
13 Reasons Why I started charliechatters (kidding, just one).
I wanted to.
In fact, I really wanted to. I’d debated for years about starting a blog and always put it off – in the past I’ve had many start-ups, post once, ignore blogs. I finally just took the leap and did it. I don’t have a niche, I do it because I enjoy it, it’s really as simple (and as dull) as that.
Advice for new bloggers (because I am SO qualified to be giving advice).
1. Try not to worry about your first post. Mine was a nightmare – you can read all about it here. But in general it’s so overrated. Just post something you would want to read, or something your passionate about – or hey, just introduce yourself. I said it above and I’ll say it again, there’s a great community around blogging and don’t keep waiting to be a part of it! Dive right in!
2. Just be yourself. Don’t try to worry about finding a niche to begin with (if you have one though, great). I’m still finding my voice, finding what I like to post about. No one is going to judge your for figuring it out along the way, as long as you’re having fun.
The chosen ones…
Before I begin, I found 15 nominations to be quite a lot, as a fairly new blogger I’m following 44 blogs and generally enjoy ALL of them. I’ve broken the nominations up into three different themes which has made it a little easier (a little, easier); Games, Books and Life(style)?
Nerd Speaker – Jay I actually know from Twitter and his blog Nerd Speaker is a passion project surrounding all things wonderfully dorky. I’ve just saw that he hit 100 followers, so a massive congrats and go check him out!
Dude! Take Your Turn! – Who said gaming was all about video games!? Not us! Dave at is an avid board gamer and writes reviews on so many awesome games. I can’t possibly pick one so here is a link to the first post of his I ever read.
This Pixel Life – is a small blog that focuses on game reviews, I’m throwing them in here because I really like their writing style and they have an exceptional taste in games. Example: this awesome post on Horizon Zero Dawn.
The Gamer Jones – This blog is relatively new and largely focused game reviews, too. It’s something I enjoy reading and I believe they have a lot of potential. Their most recent post was reviewing Destiny 2.
Read By Chris – Christen is by far my favourite book blogger, she legitimately costs me a fortune because I read a review (she posts regularly), and then add a book to my never ending reading list. Proceed to link with caution, bank balances may cry. Her most recent review is here.
Fandomly Bookish – Amanda’s blog is all about the books she’s just read, her favourites and the ones that she fangirls over. She has a lovely writing style and her blog itself is super pretty to look at.
Life(style)? – Kind of but not really
I have to admit, it would be a stretch to claim the following blogs are lifestyle, I didn’t exactly know how to label them. They’re more little sparks of joy in the blogger-sphere, part of my everyday life and reads.
The Mechromancer – I’ve been a bit cheeky with this one, Harsimar would fit into both the games and book section of the nominations. But I couldn’t chose. I generally love all of his posts and if I do miss one, I’ll go back and read it. So go check him out!
Broken Light: A Photography Collective – This is probably one of my favourite blogs on WordPress. Photographers living with or affected by mental health, support eachother, one photo at a time. Check out Flying Dreams.
Sazzz xo – Blogger, recently turned vlogger. Sarah is a hilarious Scottish girl living in London. Her blog ranges from film reviews to adulting and it’s painfully fricking hilarious, it’s so relatable, worth the check out.
AND there you have it, 15 worthy nominations for the Blogger Recognition Award.
I personally hope they accept because frankly I’m sure they all follow some pretty noteworthy blogs that I’d like to check out, it’s all about growing the community after all!
Have a great day and thank you again for my nomination, Rika!