Blogger Recognition Award

Blogger Recognition Award

Blogger Recognition Award

Originally Posted: November 7th, 2017.
Recently Updated: November 11th, 2019.

Good evening everyone! I’m very excited and honored about today’s post. Jenn at nominated me for the Blogger Recognition Award. Her blog is no longer active, but I truly appreciate her for the nomination.

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Info About the Blogger Recognition Award

Made by bloggers for bloggers. The Blogger Recognition Award is a way to let fellow bloggers know that you recognize and appreciate the hard work that they do.

If you accept the nomination, there are a few rules to follow:

  • Write a blog post to showcase your award
  • Thank the blogger that nominated you and include a link to their blog
  • Give a brief story of how your blog started
  • Share two general pieces of advice for others
  • Nominate 15 other bloggers
  • Let your 15 bloggers know that you have nominated them

Old & New

Because I’m refreshing an old post, I thought I would do something a little different. Some people know that my old blog, PAE Reviews turned into this one Join The ME Project. But they don’t know the story behind it.

Today I will be telling the full story. And in doing so, it will give me a chance to nominate a new set of bloggers for the Blogger Recognition Award. This will be a blog post of both old and new.

Why PAE Reviews Was Created

The short answer is, I didn’t like my life. You’re probably confused by this so I’ll give you the somewhat condensed version instead. December of 2015, I had ACL Reconstruction and Meniscus Repair. Then I started physical therapy to gain the muscle strength I lost.

June of 2016, I had a Knee Synovectomy and another Meniscus Repair with another round of physical therapy. In April, I had Carpal Tunnel, Cubital Tunnel, and Pronator Syndrome surgery on my right hand and forearm.

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I’ve discussed some of this before in Where Would We Be Without Support? if you want to check that out. During this rinse and repeat with surgery and physical therapy, I was getting diagnosed with other health conditions. I’ve mentioned in The Illusion Of Social Media that my outlook on life was wrong.

Prior to a year and few months ago, my health was an obstacle to overcome. I wasn’t viewing it as a part of me. Even though I was still going through the motions, my mind was still very much in the past on how I used to be when I was “healthy”.

One day, I took a good look at myself and I didn’t like what I saw. I knew that I needed to make changes in my life in order to be healthy and happy. I made PAE Reviews to document that process and promote things that I think help with that.

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From PAE Reviews to JTMP

Maybe a year into blogging under PR I started a side project, literally called The ME Project. The M & E in the name stood for motivation and encouragement. Initially, it was a way for me to write about topics that made me happy. And I could highlight and interview bloggers that I felt embodied those two elements.

I just didn’t expect the response I got back. I write about it in About Join The ME Project. Everyone really seemed to like the project. And after a while, I started thinking about the next step.

I felt the name PAE Reviews no longer fit with what I was doing. I wanted a name that could umbrella everything even my future projects. One day I took out a piece of paper and just started writing. And that’s how I came up with Join The ME Project.

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Advice To New Bloggers

  • Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there. It sounds a bit generic but it’s true. Don’t wait for people or opportunities to come your way. Always take the first step.
  • Quality vs Quantity. Numbers are a big thing for everyone: followers, subscribers, etc. It can be very easy to get wrapped up in and stress yourself out. If you create great content, the numbers will follow.
  • If you support others then they will support you.
  • Don’t be afraid to write about a topic that has been written about before. Your experiences, point of view and life make you different from everyone else.

Nominations For the Blogger Recognition Award

First Round

  1. Jess
  2. Cami
  3. Denelia
  4. Sarah
  5. Emily
  6. Amy
  7. Winnie
  8. Holly
  9. Brianna
  10. Beth
  11. Rebecca
  12. Aimsy
  13. Daisy
  14. Michelle
  15. Huda

As always, let me know what you think in the comments below. To stay updated follow Join The ME Project on Social Media!

Check out The CoUnity page to learn more about the project and find out how you can become a member.

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  • Reply Traveling Shana

    <3 Congrats!

    November 7, 2017 at 1:18 am
    • Reply Erika Parks

      thank you so much!

      November 7, 2017 at 1:22 am
  • Reply nudepinkorblack

    Thankyou for the nomination xxx

    November 7, 2017 at 1:23 am
    • Reply Erika Parks

      You’re welcome 😊

      November 7, 2017 at 1:26 am
  • Reply DL 💋

    Thank you for the nomination! Xx

    November 7, 2017 at 7:14 am
    • Reply Erika Parks

      You’re so welcome 😊

      November 7, 2017 at 2:02 pm
  • Reply kaylaloves

    Really great advice, and thank you for the nomination!

    November 7, 2017 at 7:42 am
    • Reply Erika Parks

      You’re welcome!

      November 7, 2017 at 2:05 pm
  • Reply jessxclare

    Loved this post! You’re very inspiring! You’ve been through so much thank you for sharing your experience and advice with us! And thank you so much for the nomination xxx

    November 7, 2017 at 7:58 am
    • Reply Erika Elizabeth Parks

      Thank you so much! I really appreciate your kind words ❤️

      November 7, 2017 at 2:06 pm
  • Reply Abbie

    Thank you so much for the nomination. Well done you for getting to where you are with your blog and with your health as well too. You should feel very proud of yourself of what you’ve achieved and how far you’ve come, it can’t have been easy! I think a few bloggers are in it for the wrong reasons sometimes and I’ve seen a lot of it over twitter at the moment them starting silly little arguments with other bloggers or even only in it to get more followers or free things from brands. I mean those things are a plus but I love speaking to and becoming friends with nice, likeminded people from around the world too, like yourself. Thank you so much again, I love the way you write and the honesty you put into your work, keep on rockin’. X

    November 7, 2017 at 10:01 am
    • Reply Erika Elizabeth Parks

      Thank you for your kind words, they mean so much to me 🙏🏾. I think it’s a bit sad what some bloggers are doing but I just try to ignore the issue. Blogging is so much more than free stuff and numbers. If that’s all they think it is then they won’t last very long and that’s sad.

      November 7, 2017 at 2:30 pm
      • Reply Abbie

        You’re very welcome love. Exactly, plus it’s so easy to spot as well 🙂 xx

        November 7, 2017 at 6:21 pm
        • Reply PAE Reviews

          You’re right, that’s very true.

          November 7, 2017 at 7:08 pm
  • Reply Judanna

    Thank you so much for the nomination!! And I definitely agree with your advice, so helpful!!xx

    November 7, 2017 at 7:18 am
    • Reply Erika Elizabeth Parks

      Thank you ☺️ and you’re welcome. I was thinking of advice that really helped me

      November 7, 2017 at 2:04 pm
  • Reply Our Little Mountain Tribe

    Congratulations, these are always so fun to read

    November 7, 2017 at 12:25 pm
    • Reply Erika Elizabeth Parks

      Thank you Amberly ❤️

      November 7, 2017 at 2:35 pm
  • Reply bostonbookreader

    Congrats on the award! I loved your advice to new bloggers!

    November 7, 2017 at 12:49 pm
    • Reply Erika Elizabeth Parks

      Thank you Kris!

      November 7, 2017 at 2:36 pm
  • Reply hudapervez

    Thank you so much for the nomination! I totally agree with you on quality over quantity, it’s so easy to get wrapped in putting all your time in posting regularly but if the content isn’t good, there’s no point! Great tips! xx

    November 7, 2017 at 6:55 pm
    • Reply Erika Elizabeth Parks

      Thank you! And you’re so welcome!

      November 7, 2017 at 7:09 pm
  • Reply simplyshaiz

    Loved this post!!! You are such an inspiration. I am trying to remember to focus on quality at the moment and not the quantity but it’s always nice to have both lol.

    November 7, 2017 at 8:07 pm
    • Reply Erika Elizabeth Parks

      Thank you so much! I write this all the time, but it truly means a lot to me. It’s really nice to have both, I won’t lie lol I guess having the right balance is key.

      November 7, 2017 at 9:03 pm
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  • Reply OlenaRosanne

    First off Congrats!! I love to see a Queen winning. Thank you so much for the nomination! It’s nice to know that I may not be the best blogger around but I am gaining respect of my peers. Thank you again!

    November 8, 2017 at 3:11 pm
    • Reply Erika Elizabeth Parks

      Thank you so much and you’re so welcome. ‘Not the best blogger around’ that’s not true at all. You create great content and the effort you put into your work really shows.

      November 8, 2017 at 3:17 pm
  • Reply Lizzie Grace

    Congratulations! X

    November 8, 2017 at 11:25 pm
    • Reply Erika Elizabeth Parks

      Thank you so much!

      November 8, 2017 at 11:26 pm
  • Reply Sian

    Congratulations on the Nomination!!

    November 9, 2017 at 5:29 pm
    • Reply Erika Elizabeth Parks

      Thank you so much Sian!

      November 9, 2017 at 10:31 pm
  • Reply Jade J

    Congrats on being nominated. Thank you for nominating me 🙂

    November 11, 2017 at 9:05 am
    • Reply Erika Elizabeth Parks

      Thank you and you’re so welcome Jade. Let me know when you post 😊

      November 11, 2017 at 2:52 pm
  • Reply hellomissmarie

    Hey lovely! Congratulations on the award nomination <3 I hope you don't mind, I have nominated you another one! My latest post is The Mystery Blogger Award. If you'd like to take part you can find the questions and instructions here!

    November 11, 2017 at 11:35 pm
    • Reply Erika Elizabeth Parks

      Thank you so much for the nomination 🙂

      November 11, 2017 at 11:53 pm
  • Reply mydaisystyle

    What a brilliant blog post packed with inspiring content! Thank you so much for the nomination. It really means a lot ❤️😀

    November 12, 2019 at 6:46 pm
    • Reply Join The ME Project

      Oh, thank you so much! I was more than happy to nominate you.

      November 12, 2019 at 6:55 pm
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