In every blogger’s existence is the daily hope that one is not writing into a vacant hole. You plot and plan posts, sit down, write, re-write, edit, edit and edit some more. It’s a fairly solitary undertaking and requires a tremendous dose of discipline. To my surprise, I received an email from Laura, a blogger whose space on the web I recently found at diaryofazombiemum. In that email, she tagged and nominated me for the Sunshine Blogger Award which is essentially a way for bloggers to connect and expand their reach. Part of that tag requires responding to eleven questions and creating a list of eleven bloggers I’d like to nominate for the award. While I’m not the biggest fan of rules in general, in this instance here are the rules for the blogger award:
The Rules for The Sunshine Blogger Award are:
1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and link back to their blog.
2. Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you.
3. Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
4. List the rules and display The Sunshine Blogger Award logo on your post and/or in your blog.
Thank you so much again Laura, of diaryofazombiemum. Please head over to her blog where she shares her adventures as the Mum of a little one, daily tips on an array of topics and she also does food posts, which usually make me quite hungry…
Here are my responses to the questions I was asked:
1. Who is your blogging idol?
It would have to be Linda of silverkis.com
2. Who is your favourite fictional character?
My favourite fictional character is Alice, of Alice in Wonderland.
3. What is your silliest regret?
Now that I’ve given it some thought I have far too many silly regrets to mention but it’s not learning how to do a cartwheel.
4. If you could live in any time period (other than now) when would you like to live?
This one is easy. Barring the threat of plague and some other issues, I wish I could live during the period between the conclusion of the Victorian era and the height of the roaring twenties.
5. What is your favourite item of clothing?
This is easy, a cashmere sweater.
6. Which achievement are you most proud of?
There’s some outreach work I did some years ago that I first started on my own and then was able to expand on that work in conjunction with a non-profit organisation. It was one of the most difficult things I’ve ever done but it helped to get the wheels going on increasing awareness where it was very much needed.
7. Cats or dogs?
8. What is your favourite recipe?
A recipe I found for mushroom lasagne. As simple as that sounds, it made me realise that lasagne does not always have to be a red sauce, heavy cheese affair, because it uses bechamel instead of red sauce and not too much cheese.
9. Are we alone in the universe?
I’d say it is unlikely.
10. Where is your favourite place in the world?
11. What TV gameshow would you most like to go on?
I can’t think of any as I seldom look at television. But if I had to choose it would be ‘The Price is Right’ if it’s still on.
As a Sunshine Blogger Award Nominee, one is required to nominate eleven blogs and also create a list of questions that subsequent nominees must answer. So in no particular order here are eleven nominations that cover the spectrum of lifestyle, fashion, beauty and even books for the bibliophiles out there. I enjoy these blogs a lot and their writers are earnest, sincere, funny and definitely worth heading over to and even leaving a comment or a like on their blogs.
That said, here are my blogger nominations in no particular order:
Now to the questions for the nominees…
1. Was there a moment, day, or year when you decided to start a blog and why?
2. Briefly describe the hardest blogging lesson you’ve had to learn since you started your blog?
3. What is the ‘why’ that drives you and your blog? In other words, what space are you attempting to fill, what value are you seeking to offer or who are you seeking to reach?
4. If you could start a charitable organisation, what cause would it be in support of?
5. If you were a finalist on a show such as American Idol or Britain’s Got Talent, what song would you choose?
6. Have you ever slept outside, in a tent and if not, would you?
7. If you had to choose the type of place to live in for the rest of your life, would you choose the countryside
or a city?
8. Coffee or Tea?
9. Lipstick or lipgloss?
10. Have you ever read a book that definitely changed your way of thinking and in turn, it changed your life?
11. If you had to choose between being an animal that lives on land or being an animal that lives in the ocean, which would you choose?
So there it is, this was such a pleasant surprise and definitely got me thinking. Most of all, I really appreciate the community aspect of it and the power that an exercise such as this has on prompting us to stop and reach out to one another. In your own life, whether it’s a relative or a work colleague, take a moment and express your appreciation for all that they do.