Ilford, United Kingdom
On the 6th April, 2020, HEM News Agency and blogger Vijay Shah was nominated for the Blogger Recognition Award by Sara Altaf Khan of the blog Myth-Facts-Journal for outstanding services to the worldwide blogging community. She was herself previously nominated by Anushka.
Firstly I would like to humbly thank Sara for considering me as an awardee. She has been a firm supporter of my blogging activities and I would say her blog is an unique read, jam-packed with heartfelt stories and recollections on a very special life. Certainly I wish her all the best, and for her and for everyone of you, to stay safe in these difficult times as we watch the whole world get pummelled by this unfortunate coronavirus (SARS COVID-19) outbreak.
You can visit Sara and Myth-Facts-Journal at the following URL: https://saraaltafkhan.com/. You can also check out her nomination article at: https://saraaltafkhan.com/2020/04/06/the-blogger-recognition-award/. Please go say ”hi”, introduce yourself and give her a follow. Trust me, you will not regret it. She works as a medic in America but originates from India.
As with many blogging awards, there are some simple rules to follow. I’ve reproduced them here as taken from Sara’s post:
1 Thank the blogger(s) 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 up to fifteen bloggers you want to give this award to.
6. Comment (or pingback) on each blog to let them know that you’ve nominated them and provide a link to the post you’ve created.
I began my blog eight years ago as the Half-Eaten Mind, a news and features blog disseminating news from all parts of the globe. I had graduated from London’s Westminster University in media studies and journalism some years before, but sadly never entered a career in the news, partly due to the highly competitive nature of journalism here in my country, the United Kingdom. I set up the blog to help my ambitions of making a grand entrance into a fascinating job. Sadly I’ve yet to realise my dream, but at the same time, blogging on the news has helped keep alive my passion for current affairs and writing in general, and HEMNA has enabled me to collaborate with many companies and personalities, from a cycling safety firm to an internationally renowned rap musician from the US East Coast, and yes I even made a little profit among the way.
My two pieces of advice to upcoming bloggers is firstly never be under the impression that your blog’s subject will not be interesting or gain you much followers. It isn’t about the numbers of views or followers, but about the quality of the work you put out and the talents you have, whether that is photography or writing evocative and alluring romantic poetry. Blogging is a great journey of self-discovery and learning, and you will make many new friends along the way. You’ve got to remember as well, that the internet caters to all kinds of tastes, as many as there are people to have them, and you will definitely find your niche and appreciation, no matter what you post about.
Secondly, constructive criticism is your ally, whether from your friends or family, or from other bloggers. No-one is perfect and we all can find ways to improve and hone our skills. You can learn a lot from bloggers in your field and find new experiences and ideas constantly hammering away at the door of your own viewpoint. Never be afraid to embrace the new and inspirational. Of course there be trolls, and negative types, but don’t let them dissuade your from your passion. Stick at it, and your efforts will surely bear fruit.
HEMNA’s special nominations for the award are:
I’ll wrap this up with the following words from Sara herself: “God bless everyone. Please be safe and healthy. Keep your environment clean and green”. Take care all of you, stay safe, stay home (if you can), and let’s survive and beat this corona together!