And, a big thank you goes out to Graphic Novelty2 for the nomination of the Blogger Recognition Award. These two wonderful ladies operating this comic influenced blog were actually the very first followers of The Green Onion Blog. Way, way back in the beginning, so there is some history there. I am a major fan of the reviews they put up, and Nancy has even graced us with a brilliant guest review in November. If you follow me, you will love their site, be certain to check it out. Thank you ladies, it has been a pleasure navigating this blogging world, making friends, and building a community along side you.
Alright, enough of the mushy sh’tuff. Let’s get on with things. These are the rules as outlined 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.
Well, how did my blog get started?
It all started with the death of another passion of mine, cooking. Do not get me wrong, I love cooking, I love the creative process, I love the results, the victories, the failures. Learning to cook professionally has given me many gratifying experiences and skills. The issue is with the industry. A lot like being Batman, you either die a chef, or you live long enough to see yourself not give a care anymore. Becoming a quality chef is a long, passionate process. It requires a discipline of letting food become your life. You breath herbs, and bleed garlic. It also requires a lot, I mean a lot of drinking. The mass majority of cooks find themselves moving on to another career at some point.
I was dedicated, I pushed myself, often working in two or three kitchens at a time. Food, food, food. I was passionate and navigating my way to a successful career. I was weeks away from getting on a cruise ship and cooking my way across the world when I was given a shocking, but pleasant surprise. I call him Zyler now. Suddenly, my passion wasn’t food anymore, I could no longer dedicate the long hours and endless work to food. After that cooking became a drag. I was working the same job just to pay the bills, cooking does not pay well. Losing a passion that had driven me for so long required me to look at what else I loved. The answer was books, and writing.
I started getting back into creative writing. Short stories, children’s books, planning out some novels. I loved it, but I had/have a lot to learn. I put much of my former work ethic and discipline back into words. Studying and practising daily. I am way behind after spending so much of my adult life working on a different path. But, I am dedicated to making this work. I joined the group Books/Writing Amino, getting some help/advice, posting some of my short stories. In an attempt to expand my repertoire I did my first book review on that site. I liked it. Then I figured, what do I know better than anything? Comic books. My entire life I have been reading comics, so I started writing about my favorites. Noticing that most the people on that app did not give a care about my reviews of comics, I decided to move onto bigger, better things. After doing some research into blogging, looked at some options, I decided on WordPress and the rest is history.
If I could give two pieces of advice?
I guess it would be, don’t be afraid and keep at it. Don’t be afraid of what people think. Everyone has their own opinion. Don’t be afraid of making a couple mistakes. It is all a part of the learning process. Don’t be afraid of the creative process. Sometimes are brains don’t work so right. Don’t be afraid of the publish button. The publish button is your friend telling you not you overthink things and it’s time for another project. Don’t be afraid of a sub-par article. The next one will be better. Don’t be afraid of other bloggers. Everyone is supportive and helpful, and you’ll end up making some friends. If you let the fear and disappointment get to you, you aren’t going to have any fun. Just keep going, post what feels right, get passionate, and you’ll start to develop your own voice, process and formulas. Everything will fall into place and you’ll learn that there was nothing to worry about.
Who should I tag?
Thanks booknerds. In other news, I will be taking a bit of a vacation next week. Starting tomorrow my… acquaintance, Red Onion will be taking over blogging duties. He can be a little much to handle, so be patient with him, and try not to mention the size of his hands. See you in a week!