March 28, 2016

Blogger Recognition

Category: Awards

When it rains, it pours!

And when the rain comes in the form of nominations with three of them all within the same week, I am not about to complain. How can I? Award nominations are awesome! 

As I do my little happy dance, here’s a huge, big, fat thank you to two of my most favourite Daddy Bloggers: Eric aka Stomper Dad over at All’s in A Dad’s Work and Ah Dad over at Ah Dad who needs the funnies because his kids are now teenagers for the Blogger Recognition Awards. If you are not following these two dads yet, you really, really, really should!




The Rules

  • Thank the person who nominated you and give a link to their blog. Done
  • Display the award on your post and write about it. Done
  • Give a brief history on your blog itself. See below
  • Offer a piece of advice to new and upcoming bloggers. See below below
  • Select 10 other bloggers you wish to nominate. See all the way below


A Brief History on Grubbs ‘n Critters

If you glance to my sidebar, you’d notice that my archives started way back in 2008. Blogger was my platform of choice and the only reason I started the blog in the first place was to update my family and friends when I moved away from Singapore. I could not be arsed to email or call them frequently to repeat myself 100x to different people. 

Part of me did not really want to go “public” as I did not think that I am good enough to be “out there”. My blog on Blogger was an island for a very long time and besides, I never really thought that anyone would be bothered with my nonsensical ramblings and rants. I continued writing for a REALLY small circle of the audience and I was OK with it. 

In 2013, I started on a thought piece. It led me to reflect and ponder on reflecting and pondering, then decided to switch over to WordPress and straight to self-hosting without any clue as to what I’d be getting myself into. I figured that apart from having to fork out a small investment, I got nothing to lose: I don’t have to worry about losing my contents on a free platform should free changes to something else, and I can use it for the kids’ unfortunate inheritance – both Silver Bullet and me have got no real money for them when we die.

Grubbs ‘n Critters was born and hosted in a new home that you see today on 3rd October 2013. The problem was I did not know exactly where to start to get followers and herein lies the fault: I did not spend the time to connect with other bloggers because I just didn’t know how; and feeling too conscious that I’d make a fool out of myself. It wasn’t until 2014 that I decided to grow some balls to get myself out there. 

It has been a slow ride on a self-hosted site, but I’m not in a hurry to chase numbers. What I’m loving about this journey are the blogging friends I have made, the amazing blogging community and all the things I have learnt from reading the blogs I have followed.  I haven’t looked back since. 

My attempt on tips to new and upcoming bloggers

After 8 years of blogging and still having less than 200 followers to-date AND…I’m supposed to be giving advice? Oh God. Bwahahahhahahhaaa. Am I even qualified to give one? Bwahahhahahahahhaa

So you already know that I’m no expert in this domain and if you’d still want to hear some of my tips, here’s my take:

Just do it. Choose WordPress. Write, even if you think it’s shit. Be authentic. Then read and comment on other blogs. Leave your footprints and be nice. Share, pin, tweet and re-tweet  – karma is a big thing in the blogging world. Always reply to those who comment on your blog. Participate in WordPress Blogging University as it is a great way to start building your community and rub shoulders with other bloggers. Take part in linkies and blogging challenges.  Always credit your sources. Responding to awards is awesome, too!

I also learnt 7 other valuable somethings prior to the birth of Grubbs ‘n Critters when  I decided to switch platform and go self-hosted. It was the jolt I needed to propel through and I wrote in my Reflect and Ponder on Reflecting and Pondering post. 

And if you are self-hosted, imbedding follow and social buttons on your site is a must. But! Whatever you do, please do not use Discuz for your comment box. God. Please.just.don’t.

My nomination

There is no obligation to respond/accept as always. If you choose not to, then consider this as a shout-out from this end of the world because I do really, really like your blog. Like the award itself says, “Thank you for being a part of the blogosphere!”

  1. Dream Big, Dream Often
  2. Kids, Crumbs and Crackers
  3. Estelea’s Blog
  4. All That’s Jas
  5. Eat, Play, Clove
  6. Revisions of Grandeur
  7. My Kid Doesn’t Poop Rainbow
  8. A Stranger in a Strange Mind
  9. Sane Teachers
  10. That’s What Anxious Mom Says

That done,  I hope this would make your day as it did mine.

Subsequently, I  did mention three nominations and this other one requires a little bit more research and thinker as far as the rules go.

Stay tuned!

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  1. Well aren’t you Miss Popularity! 🙂 Congrats on the double nomination. I nominated you and Ah Dad and I had to laugh when I saw he nominated you, too. You deserve it!

    • Hahaa! 😉 It’s great, especially since it’s the same awards and I can do a 2-in-1 response. Brilliant! 😀

  2. Congratulations! <3

  3. The number of followers are not always a good measurement of how good a blog is. Some bloggers would sell their soul and buy subscribers. It’s not the quantity, it’s the quality that matters in my book. You’re getting awards left and right, so you must be doing something right! I am so humbled that you nominated me, although I haven’t really blogged for a while. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!

    • I guess I must have been doing something right! LOL.
      You are very welcome, Jas. 😀 It doesn’t matter that you have not blogged for a while; I love your blog all the same and I think it deserves a recognition for all the effort you put in. Hope to see you back soon! xxx

  4. Wow! Thank you so much for the shout-out! And congratulations to you, as well 😃 I do not participate any longer in these awards, but can happily tell your readers that I agree with you when you say Just do it. Write! And be nice and thoughtful. But mostly, I’d like your readers to know that I think your blog is awesome and feel that if we met in real life, in the same hemisphere, we’d talk to each other, and listen to each other for hours. Because that’s how cool we are. The bond of blogging.

    • You are most welcome, Barb! No worries that you don’t participate; just really wanted to shout out what an awesome blog you have! Thank you for your kind words and thinking that my blog is awesome. LOL. I’m pretty tickled!
      I’m with you – I bet you I can listen to you talking for hours and if you happen to serve wine, it would be more fun and I’ll talk more! I’ll make sure I’ll bring the Blogger Recognition frame to you too. Hahah! We are pretty darn cool that way. x.

  5. trina

    Congratulations on the award 🙂


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