Hello! I’ve got some housekeeping to do and awards to address. For all of these, I was nominated by Tom Burton of Slumdog Soldier. Tom writes wonderful stories and has been an absolute force celebrating and lifting up other small bloggers like myself and connecting the WordPress community. We don’t deserve you, Tom!
So as not to fill up the feed with award posts and to keep this at a reasonable length, I’ve picked the one with the prompts that most interest me, but don’t worry, I’m saving the other questions for a rainy day.
Solidarity Blogger Award
SIWO (Success Inspirers’ World) is an International Friends Blogging Forum aiming to encourage teamwork and to blog together as a community. As an international friends blogging forum, SIWO provides an opportunity that every blogger is looking for – the opportunity to get more exposure and find more followers and readers through the blogging community.
Mystery Blogger Award
for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it
inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve
every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and
inspiration in blogging; and they do it with so much love and passion.’
– Okoto Enigma
The Liebster Award is an award shared between bloggers – the idea is to celebrate new bloggers who show great potential; especially those with 200 blog followers or less. This award is a means to recognising the hard work and achievements of talented upcoming bloggers. It’s also intended to help support and promote them by making their blogs better known to a wider audience! Thus: the Liebster Award is a great way to be discovered, but also to connect and support the blogging community.
If you’re nominated and would like to take part, here are some general rules:
- Thank the person who nominated you and provide a link back to their blog so others can find them (maybe link back to their Liebster Award post to keep it rolling).
- Write a small paragraph about what makes you passionate about blogging.
- Provide 10 facts about yourself. (This is optional, but if you’d like to engage better with your readers it’s a great idea to include random/fun/quirky facts about yourself – it helps humanise bloggers a lot!)
- Answer the 11 questions given by the blogger who nominated you.
- Nominate 5-11 other bloggers with under 200 followers for this award and ask them 11 new questions.
- Inform your nominees of their nomination for the Liebster Award by commenting on one of their blog posts. (It helps if you provide a link back to your award post)
- List the rules and display the Liebster Award logo in your post.
What I love about blogging
At the core, what drives me to blog is the same as what drives me to write fiction. I know there are words inside of me. And I don’t have confidence I can get them out in the right way, but I have to somehow try. I like to think of my blog as a place to explore the notions and thoughts that usually pass by untapped. That’s why I refer to a lot of my posts as discussions, even if I’m the only one talking. It’s the only description I’ve been able to come up with that has enough meat on its bones, even if that’s just my own vanity talking. But beyond that, the way I figure it, there are two components of blogging. There’s the writing of a thing, and then its transmission. And I’m also inspired by the fantastic, mind-blowing opportunity of it all: that I can sit alone in a dorm room with my computer, write something up, hit publish, and have it be read by people who don’t know me and whom I will never meet. If I don’t at least think about taking part in that, then what am I even doing?
Ten facts about me
- I have never broken a bone, although I came close once with a nasty ankle sprain during a track meet.
- I listen to roughly ten hours of podcasts a week.
- I am distantly related to Benjamin Franklin.
- I used to really enjoy collections and still have a giant basket of seashells from when I was little.
- The West Wing is one of my favorite tv shows and I have watched it all the way through several times.
- I once played a serial killer in a short film for a class.
- My first job, if you don’t count babysitting, was in a public library.
- To date, I have never been in a romantic relationship.
- I have completed two half-marathons.
- My favorite thing to bake is banana bread.
What have you enjoyed about blogging?
I enjoy having an outlet for my fiction writing and my general-musing-about-life-or-stories-or-both writing. I’m also having fun reading posts from different bloggers around the world.
What advice would you give a new blogger starting out?
Make yourself a schedule. It doesn’t need to be super rigorous or anything that’s going to be too hard for you to follow, but I find it really useful to have a little bit of a deadline to push me into writing when I don’t feel like it. Apart from that, try to connect with the community around here, either with comments or through the Swimmers forum.
Do you have any future blogging goals for the next 12 months?
I’d like to keep up with weekly blogging, but I’m too scared to set a goal for followers or numbers. I also want to do a month of posting something every day. Possibly in February, but we’ll see if my school work load makes me chicken out of that.
What have you learned about yourself through blogging?
I suppose I’ve learned I’m more capable than I give myself credit for. There was a time when the thought of publicly publishing something I’d written would send me into a spiral. Now I’ve made it a part of my routine and it’s a little less scary.
What kind of music do you enjoy?
I tend to go for alternative or singer/songwriter music, with a little good new-fashioned pop thrown in there. That being said, I’ve also recently been enjoying Twenty One Pilots, so it’s always a bit up in the air. Once when I was in control of the aux cord on a car trip, I told my dad that my goal was to give him whiplash between each song, and he told me I was succeeding.
Do you prefer tea, coffee, or…?
A few months ago, I went off caffeine for anxiety reasons, so I’m not drinking either at the moment. But I do miss having a cup of Earl Grey in the mornings.
Is there something you’re particularly proud of accomplishing in 2018?
I’m proud of what I’ve created in this blog, and I suppose I’m proud of a few other little things, but I don’t really have any huge accomplishment or milestone to tout.
Do you have a favourite country you’ve travelled to or would like to visit in the future?
I’ve never traveled out of the US before, but I’m hoping to study abroad this summer. I’d love to visit the UK, and somewhere very far down on the bucket list is a road trip of New Zealand.
What’s one new skill you would love to learn in the future?
I would love to become skilled in photography, and if we’re talking fantasy land, I used to play piano when I was younger and I’ve always a little bit regretted giving it up.
What’s your favourite thing to do to relax and unwind?
I really enjoy baking when I need to seriously unwind and de-stress. Particularly if it’s at night and the whole rest of the house is quiet, I’ll pop in some headphones and listen to a podcast or some music while I bake, and it’s a good time.
What’s the strangest food you’ve ever eaten?
Hmm, I think I’ve had calamari once, but that’s about it.
Katie Bachelder (insightful discussions on novels and writing)
Parchment and Pencils (fun travel blogs and life talk)
Rosie, Highs and Hills (lovely photography and journaling)
the Lamp, the Teacup and some Chaotic Overthinking (beautiful poetry)
Infinite Muon, Reverse (thoughtful science posts)
There’s no obligation for you to participate unless you want to! Just think of this as spreading the blogger appreciation.
What is a goal you have for this year?
Why did you start your blog and how did you decide on its name?
If you had a superpower, what would it be?
What is your favorite type of weather?
What song do you listen to when you’re sad? When you’re happy?
What would you do on your ideal weekend?
What’s on your keychain?
What’s the longest flight you’ve ever been on?
What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given and did you follow it?
What do you recommend? (Take this however you want, books, movies, food, experiences, etc.)
What have you learned about yourself through blogging?
1 Peter 4:10