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I am humbled that, Witte’s World, has been nominated for the Blogger Recognition Award! My friend Tammy Staley from Mid-Life Milestones has nominated me and it means a lot that my blog is being read and appreciated, especially by someone as awesome as Tammy!  The award is a way that we recognize and support each other as bloggers, and especially to show that we appreciate how much time, work, energy, and effort goes into producing and maintaining a high-quality blog — it’s a lot to do, but the love we get in return (from our readers, as well as, each other) is pretty darn amazing!

The Blogger Recognition Award

When nominated for the Blogger Recognition Award, there are rules to follow to accept the award and keep the circle going:

  • Thank the blogger that nominated you
  • 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.

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Blogger Recognition Award – How Witte’s World Began

Well, it is a very long story, but the short version is, we started our blogging journey because we love writing, traveling and eating!  In 2016, I (Linda) retired from teaching and was searching for something to keep her busy during the long, lonely days while Fred kept working a few more years.  I read about a possibility of being able to travel and eat for free by writing about my experiences. We decided that blogging would be a great adventure and a great plan for our retirement years.  After completing a few courses, creating a website and working hard, we still have not been able to make any money with our blog…but we are continuing and are determined to make this into a money making business!  I just have to remember it is a marathon and not a sprint!  The Blogger Recognition Award proves that I am on my way to having a successful, money-making blog.

Just recently I created a business plan, rebuilt my blog, created a content calendar, and have been working to gain more views and build my following on social media.  I am very proud of my Facebook Group, For the Love of Blogging! I this group I help new bloggers learn about social media and blogging. I am currently in the process of creating two courses on How to Start a Blog the Right Way and Everything Bloggers Need to Know About Social Media (Well Almost).

Blogging is a Marathon, Not a Sprint

Blogger Recognition Award – My Advice for New Bloggers

Blogging is a marathon, not a sprint! Like a marathon, you need to prepare yourself to be successful.  If you plan on monetizing your blog you will need to start with a business plan (Freebie coming soon!).  The business plan will help you stay on track, help you maintain a budget, teach you the basics of blogging and the elements that go into a successful blog. Think of your business plan as the preparation before the race.  If you don’t prepare your body for the race, it will break down, if you don’t prepare to start a blog, you will become frustrated and quit.  Take your time and prepare a plan, if you do, you will succeed and finish the race a winner! 

A community is EVERYTHING! –

While preparing for a marathon you will want to join other marathoners to create a supportive community who will help you to finish the race.  In blogging, the same is true, you will want to find a blogging community to join.  In this community, you will find the support you need to get you through those long days of confusion, doubt, and frustration.   Most importantly, you will need to connect with other bloggers on all social media!  You will spend a lot of time on social media trying to build your followers and get subscribers/viewers on your blog.  Your community of blogger friends will help spread the word you exist.  Be nice, be supportive, follow social media etiquette and stay positive.  If you find a great set of blogger friends (like I have) they will help you succeed in ways you couldn’t imagine!  

Become a GOOGLE Expert

Google will become your best friend!  Google searches are a must when you are starting your blog!  You will be using youtube videos daily to learn how to add this or that to your website.  Google will become your best friend! Not only do you need Google to search for the HOW TO’s of blogging, but you need Google to get them to optimize your website for searches.  You will want to get Google Analytics on your site and one of your first affiliates might be Google AdSense.

My Nominations for the Blogger Recognition Award

My Nominees for The Blogger Recognition Award

  1. Ashley Rainsbarger is an amazing coach and helps everyone on her blog, The Wiser Life, with her positive words and ideas!  
  2. Edel Pace is an amazing blogger who shares her passions at Pacemaker Blog.  I love her motto, “Start by Doing”!
  3. Dan Swords has and his blog, Dan Swords,  been a tremendous help to me as a blogger!  Not only has he hosted me on a Featured Friday Post, but his guides to blogging have helped me become a successful blogger myself.
  4. Lauren M has only been blogging for a few months, but has been an amazing support to me on social media!   Her blog, Bustin Out Beauty, will provide you with all the latest trends in fashion and life.
  5. Marianne Blackham is another wonderfully supportive blogger!  Her blog, Luxury Wanderlust with Me, is a luxury travel blog, Marianne has some of the most amazing photos to share from all over the world.
  6. Amanda Davis over at Travelaffari is a lifestyle diet blog that has lots of great information from a health point of view.  
  7. Jennifer Carfora at Failure to Thrive No More writes about her life of staying healthy, being the wife of a military man, and her sons.  One of her sons has a rare syndrome called DYRK1A.
  8. Vicki Belenger has been blogging for a year and has taught me so much about blogging!  Her web site, Leave it to Mema, is full of health, travel, and how to’s.  Vicki is also a moderator for the Facebook Group, For the Love of Blogging
  9. Sandy Kissel at Sunkissed Memories is a very supportive blogger that writes about travel, recipes, and life.  She has some pretty tasty recipes!
  10. Lana Pummill is an inspirational blogger at, Finding Inspiration in the Chaos, who has inspired me to keep going, even when I wanted to stop.  
  11. Lysa Humildad has been a constant motivation in my blogging since almost the beginning!  When my blog grows up, I want it to be just like, Sagebrush Farms NV.  Lysa blogs about her life in Nevada.  Her recipes are delicious, her travels are fun, and her life is pretty amazing!
  12. Rigel Celeste has taught me so much about writing a blog.  She has so much great information about writing for success on her blog Rigel Celeste.
  13. Jennifer Caffelle at, Simply Living, has a heart of gold and loves to share her educational knowledge on her blog.  He son is so cute! She has some pretty amazing ideas about educating a toddler.
  14. Sarah (Insecure Housewife) claims to be an insecure person, but her blog tells a different story! The declutter section of her blog has helped me to get more organized in my own life, and you HAVE to try her Pumpkin Muffins…they are amazing!
  15. Joy (Saving Joyfully) has the most amazing budgeting blog on the internet!  If you need any money advice she is your person. Not only does she help with your budgeting, but she is a supportive blogger sho loves to collaborate!

Please visit these amazing blogs!  You should also subscribe and follow them on social media!

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