Catching Fireflies

finding magic along the way

A Blogger Recognition Award

I had a lovely surprise the other day when Mandy Eve-Barnett nominated me for a Blogger Recognition Award! Her site is always a great place to pop in and get some writerly wisdom and inspiration!


The recipient of the award is supposed to tell a bit about how their blog started. For me, Catching Fireflies was a leap of faith. I had been a closet writer my entire life, and when I decided to dip my toe into the blogosphere and actually put myself out into the world as a writer, I carried it around like a juicy secret for weeks before I even told my husband. Pressing the very first “publish” button was terrifying. What if people found out!? But here I am, over 500 posts and almost 5 years later and I am still here. I haven’t gone viral, but I have some dedicated followers and I have made many writer friends here in the blog-world.

It started as a place where I could share my journey from wanna-be writer to published author. Over the years, I have added some features like a Monday Morning Pick Me Up to keep us smiling, and I have talked about other areas of my life – the day job, depression, things that keep me from writing.  I have had my times when writing felt like a huge struggle, and I have ridden the waves when it has felt like the ultimate roller coaster ride! I wouldn’t trade this journey for anything. 🙂

I am supposed to share two pieces of advice for new bloggers…

  1. Don’t let fear stop you from putting yourself out there and don’t be afraid to make it personal. You never know what may resonate with your readers.
  2. Be consistent. I have blogging friends who manage to post every day. I am not one of them! I am amazed by them. But I can consistently post twice each week. When life let’s me I post three times. The only way to create a blogging or writing habit is consistent effort.

The rules of this award for my nominees:

  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 5 other bloggers for this award.
  6. Comment on each blog to let them know you nominated them and link to the post you created.
  7. Add Blogger Recognition Award to your post

My Nominees for Blogger Recognition:

Bee Halton over at The Bee Writes (She is one of those super-prolific blogger friends I mentioned earlier!)

Lauren Xena Campbell at A Gentle Woman and A Scholar (Lauren is newer to the blogging scene but has some lovely posts)

Kate Johnston at The 4a.m. Writer (I have linked to her blog in the past – very inspirational!)

Angela Christina Archer’s Blog where I have found motivation and some yummy recipes!

and Harula at Words that Serve where I have found comfort and poetry!


Please do yourselves a favor and check out these lovely blogs! Inspiration is everywhere!


  1. Congratulations! This is exciting and a great reward for keeping the process going!

    • I always love checking out other blogs my nominees choose! Blog love all around!

  2. Loved your Award post! Glad you joined in. Mandy

  3. Bee Halton
  4. Loved reading your take. I came over from The Bee Writes… who has nominated me for this award. Lovely to meet you 🙂

    • Congratulations! its always wonderful to meet other bloggers! I will be heading over to your little corner of the blogosphere to see your blog!

  5. Thank you once again for the nomination Cheryl, mine is finally written and I have linked back to you, which I hope is ok 🙂


  1. Cheryl gave me the Blogger Recognition Award | The Bee Writes...

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