Thank you so much Mrs. Craft for nominating Tanglewood Knots for a Blogger Recognition Award. I am so honored that you thought of me and proudly accept your nomination!
The rules for the award:
- Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
- Write a post to show your award.
- Give a brief story of how your blog started.
- Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
- Select 15 other bloggers you want to give this award to.
- Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated them and provide the link to the post you created.
Give a brief story about how your blog started…… hmmmm I don’t do well with brief, so I’m going to apologize in advance – feel free to skip down to the ‘like’ button. 😛
I started Tanglewood Knots in my head at least a year ago. I had no idea what direction that I wanted to go in with it except that I wanted to share my love of the Art of Crochet with somebody – anybody. Whenever people would find out that I knew how to crochet I was always shocked by their surprise. Doesn’t everyone know what crocheting is? Doesn’t everyone crochet?? The yarn and the hook have been a part of my life for, well for all of my life. I learned from my mother, who learned from her mother, and so on. I assumed that everyone knew either how to crochet, or at the very least knew someone that did crochet. My mother and all of my aunts crocheted. It was just something that they did and something that I learned taking for granted that it was a valuable life skill and not just a relaxing, fun hobby.
I suppose that some of the surprise that people would express about my knowing how to crochet was due to the fact that I was a somewhat wild, party-girl in my younger days. Back then crocheting was viewed as a thing that old ladies did to fill lonely hours while their cats were napping.
Geez – I just re-read that paragraph and felt like an old Grandma telling the obligatory old person ‘Back in my day,’ stories! I’m not that old – almost though! 😀
Anyways, getting back to it – I floundered for years feeling like I lacked anything that I had a real passion/talent for until about a year ago when I was crocheting a blanket or something, I can’t even remember what it was. It finally occurred to me that crochet was not just something I did, it was the thing that I do! To make a short story long 😀 – Tanglewood Knots was born about nine months later! Yes – the pregnancy reference was intentional – creating a blog starts with a deep love for something and grows inside you until it bursts forth from your heart/womb, helpless and vulnerable needing your care and nurturing to mature and grow into something bigger and better.
Enough of that before I get any more soppy than I already have!
Two Pieces of Advice for New Bloggers
- Become a part of your community – seek out other bloggers that write about the same subjects as you. You will learn so much from them. If you follow, read, and comment on their blogs, you will find more inspiration for your own content. If you only post your blog and sit back to wait for the ‘views’ and ‘likes’ to start rolling in, you are missing out on opportunities to grow and learn. Don’t limit yourself to just what your blogging about. My primary subject content is crochet but I have learned so much about gardening, poetry, crafting and more just from exploring in the WordPress Reader. The bonus here is that – just as much as you get a thrill when someone likes or comments on your post, they will be thrilled when you do the same for their post! Spread the love and good feelings to EVERYONE!
- Tell a story – I don’t mean that you have to write a 1000 word essay every time that you blog. Photography enthusiasts know that even one picture can tell a story. A few paragraphs or sentences can engage people too. Even if you are posting to promote your etsy shop – tell your reader what this means to you. Blogging is a lot of work – I can’t imagine that people are doing this because they dislike or get bored with what they are sharing. Show me you love it! My favorite posts are ones that you can feel by the way that it’s written that the author is proud, excited, happy, humorous, knowledgeable, moved, melancholy, nostalgic, inspired etc etc – I will feel that feeling too!
15 Blogs That I Nominate for Recognition Award
My nomination does not mean that you should feel obligated to comply with the rules. I don’t want this to feel like one of those terrifying “chain letter” things that something awful will happen if you don’t send this to 15 of your friends. (I received a chain letter once in the mail when I was about 15 and freaked out because I didn’t realize what it actually was – old fashioned spam). Take my nomination for what it is – I like your blog! And please please please don’t take it personal if your blog isn’t on the list – I could only pick 15. 😦
In absolutely no particular order:
- The Crafting Rogue – She ‘solos’ those DIY bosses! (that’s a gamer reference for she makes really cool stuff)
- Lyn Crain – very talented, thoughtful Author/Poet that crafts beautiful pieces with her words and her hooks/needles/sewing machine/camera lens
- Twinklehook – so cute and funny, she is attacking life with her hook – and I know she will be triumphant!
- Mommytrainingwheels – she does it all and she does it well! Parenting, crocheting, running, cooking etc etc – umm Wonder Woman here!
- Blue and Green Pebble – another all around multi-talented blogger, fun and quirky!!
- My Side of the Story – great photography, crochet, and inspiration for life’s more eclectic maneuvering – I instantly felt a connection to Teresa’s blog posts
- Theresa Barker – Lab Notes – very talented wordsmith/poet – Theresa is both inspiring and encouraging – by far the best blog cheerleader ever!
- Paper Puff – her blog is the epitome of story and craft – I really enjoy her funny, whimsical posts and her handiwork is both creative and artistic!
- Made by Nina – very talented crochet artist – the pieces that come off of her hook are exquisite!
- Cooking without limits – amazing food photography and recipes – her pictures are magical! Her pictures make me actually want to eat food that I don’t like – (yes onions and anything onion related I’m looking at you) but if she made and took pictures of onion stuffed onions smothered in onion sauce I would probably start drooling! Her camera lens WILL trigger your Pavlovian response!
- Graziela Leah Knits & Crochets – Leah posts some of the most amazing patterns that I have ever seen – her blog reminds me just how beautiful crocheting can be and gives me hope/confidence that I can create such gorgeous pieces with my hook – when/if I get the time 😀
- Dysis Design – hand crafted jewelry. Another blog that I enjoy because she does an excellent job of describing and telling the ‘story’ of her craft. Her pieces are unique and each has it’s own personality in the treasure chest.
- Zeens and Roger – Fun! Following Rosina’s blog is like going on a great adventure! I love her Vlog. So creative, so talented – so fun!!
- Emma’s Craft Projects – another multi-talented crafter. Emma makes the cutest little creatures!
- Yochet – Yolanda creates/shares some very interesting patterns!! I have to admit I think I’m going to steal her Life Size doll idea so that I can make a mannequin for my crochet apparel – sure I could buy a dress form but wouldn’t a crochet one be more fun!!
Wow – that took a really long time to get this list together! I will need to take a break (by that I obviously mean that I will be napping) and have at it with the other award blog that I need to pay it forward with.
Thank you for sticking it out till the end of this post – it was quite the epoch!