Wow!!! I was nominated for a blogging award. I had no clue. See, I am one of the bloggers that reads other blogs like a lifeline. And I do read them top to bottom. I take in what each writer says, I may cry or laugh, or even shake my head at their written word. But you can be sure I read the whole thing. I did not know that there were apps out there that would put “likes” on blogs for you, as if you were the one doing it; until I got an advertising email from one such. So, if I put a “like” on your post, that truly came from me.
But back to the award. I have read where others have won similar awards and love to read their answers. Yes, the answers give a little more insight about the writer. Some of the answers will let their ego show forth, which I totally think should happen. But the lady that nominated me is much younger than me and I say “go, girl!” I enjoy her blog and have garnered some “philosophy,” if I may use that word, that has helped me through tough times. [Editor in chief doesn’t like the word so maybe insight?] So, let me give her a big shout out. If you read my blog, then do check hers out. She is Kylie over at Kylie’s Corner and More.
Now on to the necessities! Rules:
- Thank the person who nominated you and provide a link back to him/her.
- Answer the 11 questions provided by the blogger who nominated you.
- Nominate 11 other bloggers and ask them 11 new questions.
- Notify the nominees by commenting on one of their blog posts.
- List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo on your post.
For those of you who don’t know, the Sunshine Blogger Award is for bloggers who inspire their readers and bring positivity to this world.
Questions by my nominator:
1. Why did you start blogging?
I have a rare disease called Tarlov Cyst Disease. I know, a lot of people have them, but only a small percent have them attack their body. What I found out, about this disease, was there were no good places to read about life with these little buggers. Also, not much is truly known about them. My hope with the blog is others that share the same disease may read it and know they are not alone. Also, maybe some bored medical student reads the blog and says or thinks that maybe they will become our researcher or the next neurosurgeon willing to attempt treating so that we may find relief.
2. What is your favorite blog post you’ve written and why?
Hmmm, A favorite? That is a very hard one, but I think I can narrow it down to two. First, not fair, we bloggers are always trying to put out the best for each post. So, all of them hold a special meaning. I can go back and read some then cry, laugh or even get angry about what or why each post was written. But one that I really still hold and use for myself is the post : My Mantra For Tarlov Cysts
The next one that I hope anyone recovering from back surgery reads is : The Perfect Home Recovery Room
3. How long do you edit or agonize over a post before you press “publish”?
That all depends on which type of post I am writing. If it is my daily updates, I might proof it a few times and post it within hours. But if it is one covering a different topic it might take me weeks to write and then I will have someone else read to re-edit it. Some posts are too personal, for the moment, and I will need a few weeks to release the emotions before I release or publish it.
4. Writers’ personalities are often different than their writing portrays. How would you describe your personality?
Oh, everyone that knows me says that my new true self shows in the posts. The “voice” I have in my writing is “me”! Living with this disease has made sarcasm blossom; understanding for others grew; and not holding back on my faith for fear to hurt others is being released. I have always been a very caring person, enough so that others would take advantage of me and would slap labels on me to hurt my feelings. Some special people in my life saw it and encouraged me to stop letting it happen. Then with my writing, I have listened to my voice and have realized that I am growing strong enough to take care of the ‘me’.
5. What is your favorite social media platform and why ?
I don’t like to have a social media platform for this blog. For the ease of the readers on the support pages I use, I put one out on FB. But that is like living with the Gestapo. Also, they are always trying to get you to advertise your page. Yuck, that gets old.
6. If you are willing to share your social media links/handles, what are they?
Since I use it for the readers on the support groups, I won’t share it here. Sometimes things that are so personal are shared and I do not want to lose their trust.
7. What tools do you use to “beef up” your blog?
I chuckled when I read this one. I am blogging for free. I have no income and use one of the oldest free platforms that WordPress had. I still love the layout and have not found one that I would spend money on to change to. Heck I rarely use photos and when my computer bought the lightening-dust, a year ago, I lost several that were in my posts. So, if you see a photo it really is a personal photo. Now, to do my editing, I use a word program that reads the post back to me. I want my readers to feel like they are sitting in my living room and we are talking together. It took the ‘editor in chief’ [husband] forever to understand and accept when I said I wanted to write in “speak” voice that grammar goes out the door. You don’t know how many “well’s” , “so’s” or those types of words I edit out.
8. What is the most valuable thing you’ve learned from blogging?
I learned I am stronger than I thought! I also learned that a good blogger is writing for themselves, not just for reader content.
9. What advice would you give to a prospective/new blogger?
Please be honest with yourself. Write for yourself. Don’t write for reader/follow numbers. Your voice is your voice! Nothing is dumb, just like questions. Expect negative comments and learn to pre-approve any comments that show up on your blog posts.
10. Have you ever been nominated for and/or won other blogging awards?
Heck no, my first! Thank you and thank you.
11. Are you satisfied with your blog’s progress?
Yes, and no. It has taken me three plus years to get this far. I don’t do advertising and don’t know if I would want to. But that idea is growing, sad to say on one front, but good on another. I am coming into financial problems with this disease, and it has been suggested to use the blog as a source of income; let me tell ya, I would have no clue how to go about such.
Now to the questions for my nominees.
- Has the reason you started blogging evolved?
- Do you share your blog with close friends and family? Why or why not?
- If there was one person that you would like a comment from, on any post, who would that person be? Why?
- Do you use a hard copy of a dictionary? Thesaurus?
- [stealing from my questions] How long do you edit or agonize over a post before you press “publish”?
- Any tools you want to share?
- How often do you trash posts that you have completed but ended up not liking them? What would make you decide to trash one before it was published?
- Do you earn an income from your blog and any suggestions for others? [personal question for me since I am contemplating giving it a try.]
- Do you ever feel a need to hide from your blog and take a break?
- How often has another blog, that you read, given you a drive to write on the same subject or driven you to have the need to say something? Sometimes just one word in blogs can trigger that response for me.
- Writers’ personalities are often different than their writing portrays. How would you describe your personality? [another steal]
And my nominees, whom I really do check in on and love reading their posts, are:
Leola Durant https://leoladurant.com/about/
Kathi @ Summer Settings https://kathrynwarmstrong.wordpress.com/
Cindy, Chronic Pain with a Higher Perspective, https://validatingchronicpain.com/
Sarah Willard https://blindmuleblog.com/about/
Sarah E. Fisher https://hebrewwordlessons.com/
Becky Haas https://haasmom5.blog/2019/04/18/redeemed/
I hope I linked back to each of my nominees properly. But to end this post, I really want to thank each and every reader. I know not all my posts are full of sunshine but they sure are honest. If any reader wants me to cover something that you might have wondered more about in my writing just shoot a comment to me. I have had one person ask what the ‘Cleopatra pose’ is and who knows, I might have to bribe someone to take a picture of me doing it. Notice I had to use a font color that is ‘sunny’.