Blogger Recognition Award

A few weeks ago tool-school.com was nominated for the Blogger Recognition Award by Cordelia’s Mom, Still, which I gratefully accepted.  I am very appreciative of the nomination and would encourage any and all to check out her blog for good reads on a variety of topics.

 

There are a few rules to formally accepting the award listed below, all of which I intend to satisfy by writing this post.

-Write to show the award

-Thank the blogger from which the nomination was received and provide a link to their site

-Write a brief story of how your blog started

-Give two pieces of advice for new bloggers

-Nominate 6-12 bloggers that you believe should be recognized and let them know of their nomination.

So here I go…..

I began tool-school.com with the intentions of creating a site that would be a resource for diy’ers and serial project undertakers.  As someone with a need for tinkering, constructing, building, making, and creating, I often have to search the internet from one end to the other to get the information that I need in order to successfully complete projects and tool-school.com is an attempt to shorten the search in terms of time and information needed.  Though my site is still in its infancy, I have been surprised by the successes and failures that have been appreciated by others in its short existence.  I have even been fortunate enough to have one of my articles published in the October 2018 edition of the UK woodworking magazine The Woodworker, something that I am very proud of.

Two pieces of advice for new bloggers:

  1. Do not get too caught up in networking with only bloggers in your “niche,” if you do you can very well miss out on good relationships and opportunities with people who can truly help you learn how to better your site.  Cordelia’s Mom, Still is a great example of this, though our blogs are not in the same “niche” I have received more encouragement, recognition, and kind words from her than any other blog or blogger.
  2. Do not be a blogging hermit.  Read other blogs that interest you, some of the most enjoyable reads in my opinion are written by bloggers that have blogs completely opposite of mine.  Comment on the blogs you enjoy and always respond back to those who comment on your blog because they obviously enjoy/appreciate what you have written.

Below are my nominees for the Blogger Recognition Award

weekendcampervanning

craftedincarhartt

ourblankcanvas

two branches homestead

Cooking is my sport

Zac Builds

Thanks again to Cordelia’s Mom, Still for the nomination and thank you for reading.  If you enjoy tool-school.com please be sure to like, comment, follow, and share on social media.

Jake with tool-school.com

Uh Oh, I Put 90% Of My Eggs in the FB Basket

The last few days have found me feeling like Ned Beatty’s character Bobby from the 1972 movie Deliverance, minus the banjo warning.  As a new blogger I am enjoying the learning process of not only blogging, but the use of various social media outlets to gain a following.  There have been a few bumps in the road over the last few months but I have found that overall it has gone great.  My optimism has taken a shot to gut in the last few days however due to having my Facebook account disabled for whatever reason.

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Early on in my young blogging life Facebook had locked me out of my account temporarily asking me to submit photo ID to prove I was the person running my page.  I submitted the photo and my page access was restored a few days later.  Thinking that I was in the clear, I have been boosting posts quite a bit on Facebook and my blog traffic has increased drastically as a direct result of this.  I would say that probably 85-90% of my traffic has come from my efforts on Facebook.  Just as my site was beginning to gain traction, BAM, FB hit me with the old disabled account routine again.  This is the second time that I have been unable to access my account for “security” reasons but the first time that my account has actually been disabled.

 

I have appealed the matter with them but have yet to hear anything back on the issue.  I do not solicit, curse, post inappropriate pictures, talk about politics, or post anything illegal or immoral on their site.  It is very frustrating.  I guess that is what I get for putting the majority of my eggs in one basket, lesson learned.

If anyone else has had their account disabled and regained access to it please let me know.  Also, as a new blogger I welcome and appreciate any and all advice on various ways to publicize my blog.  Thank you for reading.