Hey this is a new one! “Blogger Recognition Award” 1, 2 & 3

Laura Venturini has very kindly nominated my blog for this Blogger recognition award. I am truly grateful to her for bestowing this honor on my blog.

As a result of this post of Laura, who had nominated Di, of Pensitivity, she also gave a shoutout to my blog. Thanks a lot Di for your kindness.

I was also nominated by Beckie of Beckie’s Mentalmess for this award. A huge thanks to you Beckie as well.

AWARD RULES:

  • Thank the nominator, and publish a post on your blog about receiving the Blogger Recognition Award. Make sure to provide a link to the nominator’s blog in your post.
  • Give a brief story of how your blog started.
  • Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
  • Nominate 10-15 other bloggers for this award, and inform them of their nomination.

How it all started;

I had a friend who started to blog and to read her posts, I had to make a WordPress account. Every time I would open my account to read her posts, the app would urge me to start my own blog. So one day I did it! I had not thought this through and had not made any long term plans but when I started to write, something miraculous happened and it became my new passion or hobby. It is so rewarding to write what others read and like. It truly is a humbling experience but at the same this it is exhilarating too! I want to thank all my friends here in this blogging world who have given me tremendous support.

My advice;

1. Just write. Write on things which are your passion. Write about things you are knowledgeable about and write with sincerity. And don’t give up writing if it is your passion.

2. Be grateful that people are willing to spend time on reading what you write. Never lose this as otherwise you will become arrogant and the process of blogging will not be a source of enjoyment for you. (And always accept awards😜)

My nominees;

Dr Tanya of Salted Caramel

Calmkate of Aroused

Tanvir of Beauty lies within yourself

Britchy of Brichin in the kitchen

Anitashope of For the love of

Kim of I tripped over a stone

JP the wide eyed wanderer

Len of Lensdailydiary

Willow of Patience of a willow

Tom of Slumdog Soldier

My sincere thanks once again to Laura for the gifting of this award.

The blogs I chose for the award are really great ones. I hope that the fact that writing award posts are a time consuming process will not deter you from accepting this award. To my mind being nominated or given an award is a great honor and a way to bond with the community. So please try to pay it forward.

Thanks

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Blogging—- I did it ; 1000 posts!

Eight months!

It took me eight months and a few days to get to this milestone.

Just wanted to share this bit of good news with you all. So if I was like Fandango, I would post an analysis of my posts. How many on which genre or topic. But I am;

A. Too lazy

B. Short on time

So let’s just say that apart from a few reblogs, I have written that many post.

They include poems, short stories and dedicated blog posts. I am happy with most of them. If they all are not good, they have helped me to write better. And that is what counts.

I want to write stuff that makes my readers think, make them smile or just something silly to suit the prompt. The aim of my blog is still;

” To address the issues women over fifty are facing “

But along the way I am learning to write, I am getting better at expressing myself and I hope I am making fewer mistakes in my grammar and spellings.(The fact that WordPress took away the spellcheck has made me a bit conscious about it!)

So thank you, everyone for reading what I write. You are kind enough to encourage me, give me useful advice and like what I post. I would never have written this much if you weren’t reading it!

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Mystery Blogger Award #9

Beckie of Beckie’s Mentalmess has nominated me for Mystery blogger award. Thank you so much Beckie for giving this award to my blog. Beckie has a marvelous blog. If you haven’t read her posts, do head over to her blog, Beckie’s Mentalmess and I promise that you will find very interesting and valuable gems there.

What is Mystery Blogger award?

“Mystery Blogger Award” is an 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. –Okoto Enigma

Rules for the following are:

• Put the award logo/image on your blog.✔️

• List the rules.✔️

• Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.✔️

• Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well.✔️

• Tell your readers 3 things about yourself.✔️

• You have to nominate 10-20 people.🔜

• Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog.✔️

• Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question.✔️

• Share a link to your best posts.✔️

Three Things about me;

1. I love reading historical romances.

2. I am pretty good at fixing things around house. DIY projects and improvising to make things work is one of my favorite things to do.

3. I love my blogging experience and I am very thankful to all my blogging friends who support me here in blogosphere with their encouragement and wonderful comments.

Link to my favorite post:

Advice ( on Mother’s Day)

Ambiguous words

Sunny Disposition

Beckie’s Five Questions:

1. What’s the first thing you do in the morning?

Grab my coffee and have breakfast. I am one of those who cannot function properly on an empty stomach. So caffeine fix and food are the first order of the day.

2. What is your favorite hobby?

Right now, it’s blogging! My passion and hobby combined. When I had time on my hands, I would knit, do DIY and even embroidered. Another favorite hobby was playing games on my phone, but I have other use for my phone now ( blogging)

3. Junk Food Junkie or Health Nut?

I would call myself carb junkie. Not so much junk food or health food but the love of my life are carbs. Which can also be called bane of my life as I gain weight rapidly on a carb diet.

4. What’s the funkiest food you ever ate?

I had a very interesting meal at a Moroccan restaurant once. I have forgotten the name but it was a chicken dish with a lots of nuts and something sweet in it. Served with rice. Very yummy.

5. Do you favor writing during the day or the evening?

I will write whenever I get the time. Mostly it’s evening but mid day works too. Right now it’s whenever the babies or the new moms don’t need my help.

My Questions;

1. Have you every been surprised by your own achievements?

2. A surprise holiday is granted; What will you do?

3. Have you ever kept a diary or maybe a food diary? If so can you tell us something about it?

4. Jack and Jill went up the hill to…………..? (Funny, if it’s not apparent already!😜)

5. How do you think your input has made a difference in the world around you?

I think I have followed all the rules, except for the nominations.

And here they are:

Suze of Suziland

Paula of Light Motifs

Rory of A Guy Called Bloke

Kenza of Caramel Caramelo

The bag lady

So there you go guys!

I hope that the bloggers who I nominated feel able to accept the award and pay it forward.

Keen to hear back from you all.

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Blogging—QQ: What is it about them [Awards], that you like and or dislike?

Rory has asked what do we think about awards

To be very honest, I love getting an award ( nomination ). It bolsters my self confidence and encourages me to write more and write better.

The awards pros and cons, according to me are;

Pros;

1. Getting an award is going to boost the bloggers spirits.

2. With an award displayed on their home page, the blogger gets more traffic and maybe more followers.

3. It increases the interaction between different bloggers and forms connections.

4. The overall community spirit gets a boost, when one blogger nominates 5-11 new/ other blogs for the award.

5. They get to know more about each other through the questions asked or when you have to write down about your love of blogging, as per the requirement of some awards.

Cons;

1. Some bloggers find these awards time consuming and tedious. They don’t want to go to the trouble of drafting the whole blog posts.

2. The selection of nominees/ blogs to gift the award is sometimes too difficult, with a lot of them not acknowledging the gift, or refusing on the grounds that they don’t do awards or sometimes they are not even aware of the gift/nomination.

3. Since no criteria exists for these award gifting, people feel that this doesn’t signify any great honor to receive the award.

4. There are times when multiple types of awards are given to one blog simultaneously and that makes it difficult for the recipient to respond properly.

Conclusion;

If there was a fixed criteria for the awards and there was someone in the position to judge and give the awards, this could mean more to the recipient. But since WordPress is not going to perform this function, we have to go by our personal choices in giving, receiving and paying it forward regarding different awards.

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Mystery Blogger Award #8

The fantastic Yaasotaa has nominated my blog for the Mystery blogger award!

What is Mystery Blogger Award?

“Mystery Blogger Award” is an 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 Rules of the Mystery Blogger Award

1. Put the award logo/image on your blog ✅

2. List the rules ✅

3. Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog ✅

4. Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well ✅

5. Tell your readers 3 things about yourself ✅

6. You have to nominate 10 – 20 people ( 5) ✅

7. Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog ✅

8. Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify) ✅

9. Share a link to your best post(s) ✅

Three Things about me:

I enjoy listening to music on a low volume when I am writing.

Meditation and walking every day is a routine that I try to follow religiously.

When I read the blog posts from my fellow bloggers, I get to experience a lot of emotions like happiness, sadness and laughter. Thank you guys for giving us so many reasons to smile and feel every day!

💮YAASOTAA’S QUESTIONS

1.what does success mean to you?

To success means that when I go to bed at night, I am happy with what I have accomplished during that day. I have simple ambitions and am easily satisfied.

2.Have you save a pets life?

I don’t have a pet so haven’t had the opportunity to save the life of any pet, mine or anyone’s else.

3.if you have 3 wishes…what it would be?

A happy, healthy family. Success for all my kids and their kids, both in spiritual and material sense and a million dollars to make life easy, haha!

4.sunshine or sunset?

Both. If I am up at sunrise, I do enjoy it tremendously and sunset is always so captivating.

5. Have you’ve did something weird before?

I am always doing weird thing. Saying stuff I shouldn’t or doing things in such a hurry as to do them topsy turvy. As I am clumsy person, I often provide a lot of entertainment to the people near me by doing things in a funny way.

This is a post that I like very much;

Nothing wrong in being an eccentric

My Questions;

What is the best thing about blogging for you?

Who is your role model?

What is one thing that centers you in life?

What is your most popular blog post?

Which cam first, the chicken or the …….. egg? (A weird question)

Thanks a lot Yaasotaa again for the award.

The blogs I would like to give this award:

Britchy of Brichin in the Kitchen

Beckie’s Mental Mess

Sa of Cultural Shocks

Happymess Happiness

Len’s diary

So there you are. I hope the award winners will accept the award and if not then no worries!

Congratulations to you all.

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Liebster Award

What is the Liebster Award?

The Liebster Award is an award that exists only on the internet and is given to bloggers by other bloggers. The earliest case of the award goes as far back as 2011.

Liebster in German means sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, and welcome.

The award is a way to be discovered but also to connect and support the blogging community. A great idea in promoting your own blog and others.

For more about the Liebster Award, and the competition Jack runs which goes with the nomination, please visit – The Global Aussie: The Official Rules of the Liebster Award 2019

The (slightly modified) rules:

1 – Thank the person who nominated you, and add a link to their blog.

2 – Add the logo of the award to your post and a link to the creator of this blog award – The Global Aussie: The Official Rules of the Liebster Award 2019

3 – Write a paragraph about what motivates you in life (not just in blogging).

4 – Answer the 5 questions given to you.

5 – Nominate 2 – 6 blogs that you feel would enjoy receiving the award.

6 – Create 5 questions for your nominees.

Thank you for being such inspiring bloggers! Keep on keeping on!

Thanks a lot Ursula for this nomination. Also for giving us very interesting questions to answer.

Ursula’s Questions for her nominees and anyone else who would like to answer them:

1 – If I gave you control of my blog for a day, what would you do with it? Would you change anything about it, such as the theme, the header, my gravatar? Would you rewrite the About page? Add something which you think is missing? Would you write a blog post as An Upturned Soul – if yes, and you were able to say in that post what you can’t say as yourself on your blog, what would you write about?

You have a very unique and interesting blog. I could never dream of altering anything there. As for posting as you? Nopes! I can not pass as even a pale imitation of you and neither would I want to.

2 – If you found out tomorrow that you’d been gifted with immortality as well as agelessness, how would you react, what would you do, and how would that change the experience of living and being for you?

This would not be a gift, but a curse. I always pray for a life with health and company of my family. I would return the gift/ curse with a thank you, but NO thank you.

3 – If you could create a new country with you as its founder, what would be the motto of your country, what would your country be like, what would be the most important elements of life in your country?

This answer is in a light-hearted way;

I would create a country of all the over weight people, who would never be judged on their weight or looks. They would be free to eat whatever they wanted without any judgmental looks being given to them. Our motto will be ; Live and let live!

4 – If you suddenly became famous – what would be the reason for your sudden fame?

I have invented the perfect diet plan which works for EVERYONE and it doesn’t make you go without food.

5 – What is the biggest surprise you’ve had about yourself since you started blogging? What have you discovered through blogging which you didn’t know about yourself before?

That I can actually write stories, poems and other stuff that people like to read! Thanks a lot to all my friends and followers on WordPress! Truly grateful!

My Questions:

Which season describes you the best?

Take a look around where you are now, and tell us which thing near you has the most impact on your daily life?

What do you think is more important in life, knowledge or experience?

Do you think if nobody had invented social media sites, the world would have been a better place?

Tell us about your favorite book?

(If these questions appear familiar to you, the reason is that I am using the same questions that I asked in my Mystery blogger award post)

My nominees;

Though I would love to nominate bloggers for this award, it seems that most people I do nominate don’t want to participate in this game. So my request that anyone who is reading this post and wants to participate please do so. You are nominated. Congratulations!

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The Versatile Blogger Award # 2, 3, and 4

 

 

Kristian of The Tales from the mind of Kristian and Beckie of Beckie’s Mental Mess have very kindly nominated me for Versatile Blogger Award. Then there was another surprise nomination by Julie B of One pound at a time.

 

Please spare a few moments to check out the blogs of these wonderful bloggers. Kristian and Beckie have been blogging for some time now and you will find great posts at their blogs. Julie B is our new friend here at blogging family. Please welcome her and show her some love. These lovely bloggers have really overwhelmed me by their generous gesture. Thank you so much, Beckie, Kristian and Julie B.

 

The Rules

1. If you are nominated, Congratulations you have been awarded the Versatile blogger award!

2. Thank the person who gave you the award and includes a link to their blog.

3. Select 10 -15 blogs/bloggers that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly.

4. Nominate those bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award.

5. Tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself.

My nominees;

Lisa of All About Life

Crimson Prose

Alethea of Not Tomatoes

Beth of I didn’t have my glasses on

Riddles from the Middle

Fandango Of This That and the Other

Top of JC’s Mind

Hugh’s Views and News

Paula of Light Motifs II

Li of Tao-Talk

Stoner on a roller coaster

Tom of Slumdog Soldier

 

 

Seven Things about me;

1. It’s been almost seven months since I have been blogging.

2. Blogging for me was an impulsive decision but I am enjoying it extremely.

3. I love watching animated movies

4. Agatha Christie and Georgette Hayer are all time favorite authors of mine.

5. When my grandson was learning to read, I used to read Dr Seuss to him and I fell in love with these books which have a lot of life’s messages in them.

6. I try to walk daily and it helps me to think up new ideas for my writing!

7. I am very grateful to all my friends in this blogging world for their support and encouragement.

 

I am hoping that all these wonderful people who I have nominated for the Versatile Blogging Award will find some time for accepting this award and paying it forward.

 

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Mystery Blogger Award # 7

Teresa of The Haunted Wordsmith has nominated me for The Mystery Blogger Award. Thanks a lot, Teresa. I really appreciate the honor you have bestowed on my blog.

WHAT IS THE “MYSTERY BLOGGER AWARD”? :

“The Mystery Blogger Award is an award for unique bloggers with witty messages. The blog not only captivates but inspires and motivates. They are one of the best bloggers that exist, and they deserve all the recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who have fun and inspire people in their blogs; and they do it with love and passion.”

Creator: Okoto Enigma

The prize is called ‘Mystery Blogger Award’ because the meaning of ‘Enigma’ is ‘mystery’, so it bears the name of its creator. In addition, it is a very appropriate name because there are many blogs that are still a mystery for all of us and when we know them, they result in being extraordinary.

Rules:

1. Put the award logo/image on your blog.

2. List the rules.

3. Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link back to their blog.

4. Answer the 5 questions from the blogger who nominated you.

5. Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well.

6. Tell your readers 3 things about yourself.

7. You have to nominate 10 – 20 people.

8. Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog.

9. Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify).

10. Share a link to your best post(s).

Three Things about me;

I used to avoid walking like a rash, but since last three years, I cannot be without my daily one hour walk. What a transformation.

I am ALWAYS on a diet, but haven’t had much success with weight loss recently .

I avoid watching TV and news programs as a rule. No News Is Good News!

Teresa’s questions:

1. What are your plans for this fine spring weekend?

I am currently house bound, due to a cast on my foot. Though I would dearly love to go and watch ” Captain Marvel “ I have to wait till I get an all clear from the doctor. I probably will spend my day reading and writing.

2. What kind of museum would you create if you could (what would you put in it)?

I would love to create a LEGO museum. I would get all the LEGO sets ever created and would place them there. I bet there is already such a museum.

3. What is something best served cold?

Three bean salad, potato salad, ice cream…….and revenge.

4. What can always bring you out of a slump?

Something good to eat. What I don’t eat due to my ongoing perpetual dieting. Something with dark chocolate!

5. What recently read book do you think everyone should read?

The book of life. This is the only book which makes the experience of living better.

My five questions;

Which season describes you the best?

Take a look around where you are now, and tell us which thing near you has the most impact on your daily life? ( Weird Question)

What do you think is more important in life, knowledge or experience?

Do you think if nobody had invented social media sites, the world would have been a better place?

Tell us about your favorite book?

My Nominees:

Chiru of Inspire and Change

The Rendezvous Club

Di, of Pensitivity 101

Kim, of I Tripped over A Stone

Darswords

EfiSoul63

Dr Tanya of Salted Caramel

Kate of Aroused

Yonnie of In His Care

Winnie of Musings

As a after note; All the blogs I have nominated for the Mystery Blogger Award are under no obligation to do an award post for I understand that it is a time consuming process. You all are RECIPIENTS OF THE AWARD. If you feel like paying it forward, it’s your decision.

Thanks

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The versatile BloggerAward

Melanie of Sparks from a Combustible Mind has very kindly nominated me for the Versatile Blogger Award. Thank you so much for this award. I am very grateful. If you don’t follow her blog, please check it out. She is one remarkable blogger.

The rules of the Versatile Blogger Award are as follows:

1. If you are nominated, Congratulations you have been awarded the Versatile blogger award!

2. Thank the person who gave you the award and include a link to their blog.

3. Select 10 -15 blogs/bloggers that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly.

4. Nominate those bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award.

5. Tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself.

Seven Things About Me:

I love fantasy movie genre, like superhero movies.

I like to play games on my phone, the mental kind.

I enjoy spending time with my best friends or with my daughters, for a girls day out.

I am very accident prone and have had lots of falls due to my clumsiness.

I love reading historical romances, specially set in the Victorian England.

I enjoy detective stories, and have read all the books of Agatha Christie.

I love my new passion, blogging.

My nominees;

Dr Tanya of Salted Caramel

Bereaved single dad blog

Mel of Crushed Caramel

The bag Lady

Dorothy’s Page

I Tripped Over a Stone

Li of Tao-Talk

Di of Pensitivity

Gina of SingleDust

Winnie of Musings

It is difficult to pick up a few from such a lot of wonderful blogs. I hope that you will accept this award and if you choose, pay it forward. Congratulations to you all.

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Solidarity bloggers award

Gifted to me by Rory, A Guy Called Bloke and K9 Doodlepips

SIWO (Success Inspirers’ World) is an International Friends Blogging Forum. The idea is to encourage team work and to blog together as a community. As an international friends blogging forum, Success Inspirer’s World provides an opportunity that every blogger is looking for – the opportunity to get more exposure and find more followers and readers.

Award Guidance:

1. Write a post on your blog thanking the person who gifted you the award.
2. Paste the award in the post.
3. Provide a link to the blog of the person who gifted you.
4. Tell Success Inspirers’ World, SIWO what you think about solidarity blogging. Is it worthwhile?
5. Gift 3 bloggers for the award and inform them.

Thank you so much, Rory AKA A Guy Called Bloke and K9 Doodlepips for choosing my blog for this award. Rory is definitely a community blogger. He always has very interesting challenges and quizzes for us to take part in. If you don’t follow his blog, you should drop by his very remarkable blog.

My views about solidarity blogging;

Blogging in not meant to be a solitary effort. Writing has to be read. So if I am writing a blog, and publishing it, I need people to read it too. This community of bloggers are a remarkable collection of people. They interact with each other, get to know them on a personal level without ever meeting and become like an extended family. The support that is given to new bloggers is also amazing. The seasoned and experienced bloggers showed their support to new entrants by guiding them when asked.

To me, solidarity blogging means that we act as a community. We stand with each other when required. We respect each other’s point of view. And most of all we maintain the support network for our fellow bloggers.

I would like to gift this award to the following bloggers;

Di of Pensitivity 101

Nova of My Namesté Online 365

The bag lady

I hope that you guys will accept this and pay it forward. If for some reason, you cannot do so there is no problem.

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