Blogger Recognition Award 2018
A while ago I have been nominated by Geraldine for the Blogger Recognition Award. I stole the image for the award straight of her page and would like to thank her for the nomination as well as apologize for the late response. There’s plenty of reasons for my delay, I just can’t come up with any.
These are the rules:
- Thank the blogger who 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’ve nominated them, and provide a link to the post you’ve created
I’m not sure what’s up with the last rule, must be from an era before you could tag blogs in your posts or on twitter. Personally, I prefer to keep the comments on other blogs related to their posts, so I will not comment “hey check out the post I wrote and tagged you in” and instead just let everybody know on twitter.
DISCLAIMER: This is not gonna be a “brief” story of how my blog started. In order to keep things fresh, I would like to add a little “McHotstuff touch” to this award. If you give a short story writer the opportunity to write a story, he damn well will write a story. So for all of my nominees who aren’t familiar with this award: check out Geraldine’s post for a more accurate representation of what a blogger recognition award post should look like. Fun fact: The “McHotstuff touch” is what got me banned from several pubs in my city.
McWritestuff Origins – Dawn of the Blog
It was quiet at the liquor store. The weekend had brought us a lot of customers eager to stock up for all kinds of parties, but tonight none of them returned. With nothing left to do other than stock a few shelves that were overlooked the day before, my co-worker and I began to find other distractions.
It was still work related, kind of. We went on a beer rating website to find out what the general consensus was on some of our favourite brews. That’s when we stumbled upon a user that appeared to have posted a review on every single beer on the website. It wasn’t a short note either. Every review contained multiple paragraphs. Curiosity drew us into his reviews and we read some to get an idea of what he had to say that couldn’t be summed up with “tastes great” or “tastes awful”.
The result was incredible. This guy used words I either never heard of or wouldn’t know the meaning of in association with the taste of beer. Every single review contained the mentioning of “frothiness” and at first I assumed he meant there was a lot of foam. However, this theory of mine got debunked quickly as he always made sure to mention his measurement of foam by “fingers wide”. Clearly this dude either knew all the things about craft beer that my co-worker and I didn’t, or he just pulled random words out of his ass. We were amused that we couldn’t tell the difference.
“I bet you could write something like that”, said my co-worker, remembering the long-winded text messages I’d send him after every new beer I tried.
There was no harm in signing up for the beer review website and have some fun. Over the course of the next few weeks I rated and reviewed some great beers as well as a few that were underwhelming. At first I tried to sound like the frothiness guy and ironically used pretentious words. Then I began telling stories inspired by the creative labels instead, sneaking descriptions of the beer in between the lines. I figured that reviews like those by Mr. Fingerswide weren’t helpful at all. What’s the point of describing a beer when no one understands what you’re saying? I might as well make up an entertaining story and let the reader figure out if it’s a good drink or not. At the very least this would distinguish me from the moustache waxing craft beer drinkers.
On another fateful night where there was not much to do at work, the same co-worker and I were talking about the site and about the frothiness guy.
“You should start a blog”, he mentioned off-handed.
It was such a casual comment. I don’t know if he meant it, if he truly wanted me to do it, or if it was just one of those things you say to end a conversation. Like saying “get a room” if two people flirt too much.
My co-worker didn’t realize it back then, but this was the spark that invigorated my writing spirit after years of stagnation. It felt like being brought back to life with a defibrillator. A sudden jerk of realization that there was indeed a way to get my writing out there in the form of blogging. All this time I’ve kept writing to myself and only showed it to college professors or co-students when it was part of an assignment. I never thought anyone would want to read my shit and if I’d like to show someone else, I wouldn’t know how. With a blog I could build my own platform and create content that could have readers all around the world. Why did I not think of this sooner?
Over time, my audience grew beyond just my real life friends and parents and I added more categories to my content; expanding so that I could define myself as a writer rather than a niche-blogger. But the first category that was posted on my blog and will never seize to exist was the craft beer stories. A reminder of how my blog started that will forever live on in my logo.
Lucky for me, the co-worker that inspired me to get back into writing is too busy to read my lengthy works. So it is unlikely that he will see this and demand royalties for every craft beer post. Ha! Sucker!
Two pieces of advice to new bloggers:
- Never let the thought “no one’s gonna read it” prevent you from starting a blog, continuing to blog, or publish a specific post. This is the internet, it’s infinitely vast in here (lots of room to stretch, too) and chances are somebody is going to read it. Post it, promote it, and just let it exist as part of your portfolio. Maybe someone’s not reading it right now, but they never will if you don’t publish it.
- Copyright and trademark your ideas or you’ll end up like my co-worker. Not that blogging has made me rich (other than in friendships, awwwwww), but you never know when your advice to someone else is going to create the next big hit. Monetize your mind.
This advice is copyrighted by mcwritestuff.com and any future content produced after the day of reading this post will be subject to paying hefty contributions, whether in the form of cash or coffee, to Alex McHotstuff, CEO of mcwritestuff.com with a PHD in bullshit.
And here are the 15 bloggers I’d like to post their dark and gritty origin story, or you know, just briefly state how it all started: