Yay, Let The Word Go Forth! Bradscribe Is Officially Awesome!
“Omnium rerum principia parva sunt [Everything has small beginnings]” – Cicero.
Thanks to Michael J Miller @ mycomicrelief for nominating me for the Blogger Recognition Award!
Michael not only writes consistently brilliant reviews of comic books, but is a superhero ‘imself, having decided to take a stand on the side of Truth and Justice and SPEAK OUT about what is happening to his country. His site is well worth a visit or three! It’s ram-packed with goodies and he’ll be pleased to see you!
It’s always a thrill, and a great honour, to be recognised – and highly regarded – by your fellow bloggers; and it only seems like yesterday when I nominated him for the Mystery Blogger Award!
Personally, February is always the most trying month for me – this year’s has brought its own extraordinary events (best left unmentioned); writing usually pulls me through hard times, but considering how substandard the drafts produced during this past frenzied fortnight are, well… (best left unpublished! – most unlike me, innit?!)
Michael’s unexpected – and uplifting – congrats message this week could not have come at a better time.
Bless yer heart, amigo!
Anyway, here are the rules for the Blogger Recognition Award:
1) Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
2) Write a post to show your award.
3) Give a brief story of how your blog started.
4) Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
5) Select other bloggers you want to give this award to.
6) Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated them and provide the link to the post you created.
Right, how in blazes did all this madness begin?
“A beginning is a very delicate time” – Princess Irulan.
Know then that it is the year 2555.
Living in a predominantly Buddhist country, that was what it said on our Buddhist calendar.
You knew it better as 2012.
Early in that year, after yet another dispiriting reply from a prospective editor – more of a “better luck next time,” rather than an outright rejection – he wanted to see “my blog.” Such a platform had frittered away @ the back of my mind for a few months, but that provided the impetus to get it started.
Every good writer needs a portfolio of work; without anything in print/online – it was imperative to sort something out. And PRONTO.
This involved swottin’ up on specific technical gubbins from scratch. Having downloaded the necessary How To files, well…. sheesh, it might as well have been in Lithuanian – none of it made any sense. Weeks – then months – passed and the stalemate had not shifted; it wasn’t until eventually watching a YouTube vid over and over again did the rudiments of blogging finally sink into my stubborn noddle.
And then… hey! Holy Danish inter-lockin’ blocks, Bradman!
Now yer ready, whaddya gonna write about?!
“Ready are you? What know you of ready…? This one a long time have I watched. All his life has he looked away… to the future, to the horizon. Never his mind on where he was. Hmm? What he was doing. Hmph! Adventure. Heh! Excitement. Heh! A Jedi craves not these things. You are reckless!” – Yoda.
Brad won’t fail ya – Brad‘s not afraid.
In the beginning, my Very First Post irresistibly concentrated on my unique background back then: living on the Gulf of Thailand. A world traveller with 5,000 Followers, producing Posts attaining 300 Likes each, Liked me straight away – instantly providing me with my own initial band of potential Followers to invite over to my site! It took only my second Post: Science Friction to collect NINE Likes – wow, methinks, this bloggin’ lark’s a doddle…
Even @ that initial stage, SF had not become my main focus, but after scant success with other Posts delving into various other beloved topics such as history, coffee and whatnot, SF became the official theme of this blog. Over 150 Posts – produced in three different countries – have carried the Brad Seal of Awe Since 2013.
When my laptop’s screen went on strike last July, the remainder of ’16’s Posts had to be prepared @ a few Public Libraries in the local region.
One morning, while compiling one of my more ambitious Posts, one crusty, dreadlocked youngling – with skateboard in hand – leaned in, having recognised Arsene: our cute bunny forever immortalised as my Gravatar.
“Hey, I really dig that site! It’s-”
Upon seeing me activate my Dashboard, he gawped.
“Blimey Charley!” he chirped in amazement. “You- you’re Bradscribe?!”
“What, didn’t think I wuz this ridiculously good-lookin’ in real life, huh?”
After being evicted from the building (hey! you’re not allowed to natter in libraries) we skedaddled to the nearest coffee den.
“I wanna blog, man,” the rapscallion sniffed. “How can I be as successful as you?”
“Well, two tips must ye learn to become a successful blogger… but first, m’young an’ eager padawan, help yerself to some ginger cake.”
Ah yes, the CAKE – hoo-boy, he LURVES a scrumptious slice a’ sveetness aound ‘ere, doesn’t ‘e, eh?!
“Okay, first of all, you’re copying me from when I said I had a plan… And secondly, I don’t think you even have a plan!” – Rocket Raccoon.
“No, really, kid – THESE are the TWO most important essential titbits I reckon ya need:
1). Be a friendly host
“Blog it and they will come!”
Nah, no matter how awesome your writing, there is no way to ensure that any readers will immediately swing by. Remember, MILLIONS of of blog posts are produced DAILY, so you have got to get out there and invite them over.
And when other like-minded bloggers folla the courtesy of leaving a kind Comment, always reply: thanking them and generating a rapport. So they feel obliged to come back for more. The few times me Comments have appeared on newcomers’ sites, only to be ignored; not surprisingly, they vanished from the blogosphere soon after…
ALWAYS reply, ya dig?!
2). DON’T pick yer nose while I’m explainin’ this to ya – jeez, man!
Are ya done…? Good.
2). Be unique
A hefty proportion of those countless blog Posts are movie reviews – some are so formulaic it’s all too easy to get confused as to which blogger is which. Not only blog about what you love (and love whatchu blog), whatcha write should represent YOU as an individual: your thoughts, your interests, your personality.
In order to stand out from all those MILLIONS, it’s best ta produce something different – something distinctive.
Be unexpected, unusual and – oh yes -unique.
And if all else fails, it ‘elps ta offer them something irresistible. Hence, the cake…
“All the best to ya, kid. Good luck…”
“My name is Max. My world is fire and blood. Once, I was a cop. A road warrior searching for a righteous cause. As the world fell, each of us in our own way was broken. It was hard to know who had more cake… me… or everyone else…” – Max Rockatansky.
As the rules for the Blogger Recognition Award stipulate no number of Nominees, we’ll go with my lucky number: 7.
So, all you lucky Nominees – my (whisper it: all-female!) Magnificent Seven– time to stand
and save a Mexican village from bandits and be recognised!: