So, this happened. I have graciously accepted my very first blogging award, or the Blogger Recognition Award at that. This must have been how Leonardo DiCaprio felt after he was finally recognised at The Academy Awards, or when Anne Hathaway discovered she was the Princess of Genovia.

My blog can often be of a somewhat acquired taste, like Marmite or having sex on your period. So, to have been recognised for my style and content has had me more than overjoyed. A huge Thank you must go to Kirsty Allen over at The Ramblings of a Madwoman, for the generous nomination. I have advised people to visit her blog before, and I cannot implore people enough to do the same again.

There are a few very simple rules to follow when accepting this award: 

  1. I must thank the Blogger that nominated me and provide a link to their blog.
  2. I must write a post to show the award.
  3. I must write a brief story on how my blog started.
  4. I must give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
  5. I must select 15 bloggers to pass this award on to.
  6. I must comment on each of their blogs to let them know they have been nominated for this award and provide a link to this post.

How did this blog start? 

I’m glad you asked. Far from the everyday Blogger, I’ve been sporadically posting to this blog since January 2016, during which time I have comfortably languished in obscurity, quietly growing and developing my own identity. When I was fifteen I used to spend hours bashing away in my bedroom, alone, or even as my brother watched. It was unhealthy, yet an undoubtedly special time in my development. Trying to wrangle with the Word Processor (the typewriters’ electronic equivalent) was often a handful, but it was here that I laid the foundations for an art that I love. I basically produced my own newspaper column of opinion pieces and articles that I would then share with family, and believe it or not, friends. I called it Randall’s Review, which is where the title for this blog came from. It’s nothing creative or out of the box, but to me it holds a sense of nostalgia. When I told my wife that I had an ambition to get back to what I love, she was the encouraging push that I needed to start sharing my writing in the public domain.

My advice for new bloggers

Be yourself. It’s hardly original, yet page one in the great book of clichés is a solid place to begin. There are countless bloggers in the world. All tussling for the same strand on the world wide web. All trying to stand out. The truth is you don’t have to try. Each and every one of us is born unique, and this is your space to showcase it.

Be patient. No matter how good your writing is, the chances are it’ll take some time before you connect with the right audience. It can be like searching for water in the desert, or for a good Adam Sandler movie. Just don’t give up, they’re out there. Somewhere. Really.

My nominations for this award are:

Five from 30

Rachel being chatty

Millennial movies

Dalindcy koolhoven

Lines with nowhere to go

My housemate’s a mermaid

Topher Gen

An Inky Mess

Little fears

Reviews and Ramblings

Abbie watches stuff

The out and abouter

The halfhazard wanderer

The Whitechapel Whelk

Power! Influence! Banana!

Accepting this award is completely optional, as drawbacks can include sentiment and the use of an oddly pleasant title image, yet I would still like to share this award with all those above in recognition of the joy I get from reading their work. It’s always a pleasure, but don’t just take my word for it. Check them out.