Thank you to Laila Laurson of "From the Scars" blog, for the nomination for the Blogger Recognition award! The fact that a fellow blogger took the time to read, absorb and ultimately judge my blog arriving at the conclusion that it is worthy of recognition is amazing and super special, so thank you!
So What is the Blogger Recognition Award?
The Blogger Recognition Award is given to bloggers by bloggers to show appreciation for the hard work and dedication put into their blog. It's amazing award to be presented with, because from my experience starting a new blog isn't as easy as some think and requires a lot of time, patience, and commitment.
My Blog's Story
A lot of people think blogging is all about making money. That may be the case for some, but it's most certainly not why I started Life, Fur, and Adventure.
"One writes not to be read, but to breath."
Anne Morrow Lindbergh
Throughout my teenage years, I used writing as a means to escape the reality of life as a teenager. You know, the years when pimples become a prominent facial feature, the world is out to make you miserable, and you think your parents have nothing better to do than make you follow absurd rules that are completely unnecessary because you already know everything there is to know about life and how to live it.
Sneaking away to my room, closing the door and getting lost in the words that tumbled out of my mind and onto paper was probably one of the single most important things I did in my youth. Don't get me wrong I was your typical teenager in the sense that my mood swings were worse than a chandelier during an earthquake, but writing kept me grounded, and out of trouble. I never snuck out to go to a house party and get schnoggled. I never did drugs or found myself in some other unsavory situation. Some might say I missed out on everything fun about being in High School or being a teenager, but being mischievous was never my scene, it never appealed to me.
For the most part, I kept what I wrote to myself. I very rarely let prying eyes read what had spewed out onto paper though I did submit one poem to the International House of Poetry. They published it on page one of that year's edition of their book and invited me to a conference in New York City, or California, I can't remember. I didn't go. I had no interest in reading anything I had written in front of anyone. I was super proud of my poem being on the very first page of that book. It was a trophy.
As I got older, life took over and time for writing slipped further and further away until, eventually, I wasn't writing at all. After several years of discontentment due to on-going medical issues I decided I needed to get back to doing things that made me happy; writing was the biggest and most important one.
Life, Fur, and Adventure started as more of an online journal that nearly no one read. Shortly after I began writing again, life took over sending my husband and me down a road through infertility, miscarriage, pregnancy and eventually the birth of our daughter, Shelby. Now I share the everyday hiccups that new parents go through, as well as my views, and opinions of the world around me and my reader following grew to over 1,000 readers a day.
The blog also contains book reviews and a page strictly dedicated to providing tips and tricks to dog owners. As someone who was very heavily involved in the rescue community (and one day will be again) this blog has served as a means of finding homes for homeless dogs, as well as providing helpful and useful tips to new and seasoned dog owners.
Life, Fur, and Adventure has open many doors for me, but perhaps the most important door to have been opened from the creation of this blog is the ability to breathe again. For someone who uses words to express themselves, writing is like Oxygen and when I don't write, I am silently suffocating. So, while this award may seem menial to some, it truly means a lot to me and my craft.