Another Award! 🀩

A big bouquet πŸ’ of thanks goes out to Tanya of Salted Caramel for nominating me for this award! Very lovely of her to think of me. I enjoy her blog as well.πŸ’–

Now I’m to talk about how my blog began. As I’ve mentioned, this isn’t my first blog; that one started way back in 2003 or so, simply because other writers had one. Yep, I’m a follower, not a leader. My posts were snarky and intended to start arguments in order to generate traffic, which they did, but it was still low compared to the hot blogs at the time. Back then, I was obsessed with stats.

But I got hoisted by my own petard, as they say. (Do they actually say that? And what is a petard anyway?) Long story short, I ended up in an huge kerfuffle over pit bulls, of all things, and my comments got hacked… it was quite a mess.

I don’t like mess. What I generally do when things get messy, ugly, yucky, or in any way unpleasant, is GTFO. And Ultrablog was no exception. I archived and deleted it.

A while later, I began a second blog. This one was incredibly boring. Deliberately so. I posted only about cats, cupcakes, and shoes ~ in fact, that was the name of the blog. But I did have a private one where I posted more personal things and invited selected readers whom I trusted.

After my mom died, the private blog had pretty much served its purpose, and I was bored with CC&S. So, I began Light Motifs on Blogger. I held the WordPress address just in case… and then it turned out I wanted to switch over in 2009 due to some annoyances with Blogger.

Back then, I posted infrequently compared to now, maybe a few times per week. I’d post song lyrics and other people’s poetry, book reviews and excerpts, etc. It was all regarding my emotional state at the time, which was a mix of hope and despair over a romance. After that ended and I went onto dating sites, this blog became a pit of bitching about that. I went through several cycles of deleting those posts, which is why the years between 2012-2017 have giant gaps in them.

Since I’ve quit dating and facebooking, I’ve not deleted any posts here. I’m more mindful of what I write in the first place, which is my first piece of advice to new bloggers (we’re supposed to give two bits of advice in this award post). Even if you don’t have many followers yet, try to keep in mind that your posts are public and envision an audience when you write. Make each post the best it can be, and give something of yourself to your audience, whether it’s a personal anecdote or an original creative writing or photo. Don’t just link to another site without comment. That’s no fun. 😒

And for heaven’s sake, never mention pit bulls! 😱🐢🀯

I’ll stop here because I don’t like to tag people for awards. I hereby nominate all my recent commenters for this one ~ you’re recognized! Grab the award and make a post. G’wan… don’t be shy! πŸ˜€

39 responses to “Another Award! 🀩

  1. Congratulations Paula. New information about how you started your blog.

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  2. I remember all teh BLAHGS!!

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  3. Congrats to you Paula πŸ’œπŸ’™πŸŒ»

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  4. Congratulations Paula – Great to hear about your history of blogging! I appreciate your tips.

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  5. Good to read how are your blog started, you have a good long history with blogs then XXX I do too by the way

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  6. Congratulations! πŸ™‚

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  7. Congratulations, and keep up the good work!

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  8. And by the way, my interview with you will go up next week on Tuesday!

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  9. Congratulations πŸ™‚ Yes, I agree, we need to give something of ourselves in our blogs!

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  10. You are such a great blogger Paula.
    These awards are only trifling tributes.

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  11. I really enjoyed reading about your blogging journey.
    Is the cats and cupcakes blog still running?
    I would love to check it out as these are two of my favourite things.

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  12. Congratulations, Paula! Well deserved πŸ™‚

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  13. That petard can be quite messy, being a small bomb made of a metal or wooden box filled with powder, used to blast down a door or to make a hole in a wall.

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  14. Congratulations Paula.

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  15. Congrats Paula, so well deserved’

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