Okay, y'all. I must start this post by saying that I'm PUMPED. Blogging is a crazy animal and it's an amazing platform for a multitude of reasons, but one aspect of blogging that I have enjoyed since my days as a newbie blogger is the incredible aspect of community that blogging provides.
I used to contribute small pieces for one of the largest wedding blogs in existence. It was an amazing outlet whilst being a bride because it was a safe space automatically - every single person there had either gone through and completed their wedding planning journey and could support you from the other side or were currently on the ride and could commiserate about the stresses involved in planning potentially one of the biggest events in your life. For me, it was a special time in my life because I planned many other people's weddings and events before mine came around, and it was really refreshing to have a place where I could talk wedding any and every time I wanted to. This community was the saving grace for many of my family members and friends who had not yet begun their wedding planning journeys as well as an awesome spot for creative brainstorming and problem solving.
Once I made it past the big day, I found that blogging could really serve as a source of encouragement for other people. I am always on mission to be a light in this ever-darkening world, and I am happy to report that there are plenty of other bloggers who've also chosen to use their sites as beacons of hope and encouragement! The uplifting community I've discovered is awesome and I'm so blessed to be a small part of it!
But back to the reason why I'm PUMPED today! My friend Emily over at Em Busy Living has been so supportive and kind and has nominated DUSTYRibs for the Liebster Award!!!!
What is the Liebster Award? In a nutshell, it's a designation given to small bloggers from other small bloggers to recognize them and their content and help others to discover them, too! Then, if you choose to accept the Liebster Award, you get the opportunity to and are encouraged to pay it forward by nominating other small blogs you admire that you'd like the world to check out! How amazing is that? I am honored that Emily chose to nominate me in my newest blogging endeavor, and I happily accept her gracious nomination! I will go on the record and say that I am so proud to be a Liebster Award recipient! Thanks, Em!
For those of you who haven't checked out her blog Em Busy Living, you should do that right now! She is a small-town girl taking California by storm! She's a graphic designer, photo and book lover, and an all-around nice gal, so click her blog name and get to reading!
Once you've chosen to accept the Liebster Award, you complete a short series of Q&A and then you get to pay it forward to other small bloggers you love and appreciate! For that portion of my first Liebster Award, you'll have to check out the next post!