The Sunshine Blogger Award

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Salted Caramel has nominated me for The Sunshine Blogger Award. To have someone even consider our blog and then to be nominated by such a wonderful blogger is truly an honour that I was not expecting.  An incredible feeling today as much as it was when I read the nomination a few days ago.

For those wondering what all this means, the Sunshine Blogger Award is given by bloggers, to other bloggers, who inspire creativity and positivity within the blogging community!

The Sunshine Blogger Award is a great way to recognize old and new bloggers and connect to others within your niche or the blogging world as a whole. It also means you spread the word about writers you love, with your readers! So, it’s a win-win for all involved, so lets spread the love and a little bit of sunshine!!

Before going any further, take the time right now to check Salted Caramel’s blog out. Her posts are a rich mixture of salt and sweet; fun and serious. Worth your time to head over and read what she has to say.

Thank you Salted Caramel

https://saltedcaramel.blog/2018/10/23/the-sunshine-blogger-award-crushed-caramel-nominated-me-for/

The Sunshine Blogger Award has some rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you and provide a link back to their blog so others can find them.
  • Answer the 11 questions asked by the blogger who nominated you.
  • Nominate 11 other bloggers and ask them 11 new questions.
  • Notify the nominees about it by commenting on one of their blog posts.
  • List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo on your post and/or your blog site.

Here are Salted Caramel’s eleven questions and my answers:

1. WHAT DO YOU LIKE BEST ABOUT BLOGGING?

An excellent question to start. First of all, blogging for me is the medium I use as an outlet to express where I am or what I’m feeling with regards to life and more often than not my life at any particular moment in time. Can’t say it started that way, but like many things, they evolve. So did our blog. So, I guess it is cathartic for myself in one aspect. The writing, especially “Thoughts From the Wilderness” in many cases causes me to almost stop and think about the deeper meaning; “why did I write that in the first place; where did that post come from?”

The second point is that interacting with other bloggers and people who come across a post and comment on it, makes me grow as well. Different comments, viewpoints or someone’s slant on a topic all provide and add much richness to the conversation. And isn’t that the purpose in the first place?

I think lastly, that the actual writing process in blogging is a challenge that I like. Even though I have a background in teaching and engineering, the blog writing part can be for me a huge challenge. The words, phrases, grammar; all those wonderful parts of writing we learned or were shown in school, getting them into a somewhat correct form that readers can understand and that make sense – to them.

To me, every post sounds perfect…………in my head.

2. WHAT DO YOU FIND MOST IRKSOME?

I could go in about a thousand different directions here.

What I find most irksome is people who won’t listen or don’t listen to what is being said or not said. For myself, I often need to just express how I’m feeling; kind of “just get it off my chest.” Once I do that, I feel better and life goes go generally as it should. I once had a conversation many years ago with a counsellor who said most people just want someone to listen to them. They don’t need any answers necessarily, they just want to be heard.

What bothers me is when people aren’t really listening to what you’re saying, but they seem to want to impart their particular wealth of knowledge and wisdom into your life to make themselves feel better.

I also find people who have a shopping cart brimming to the top with items in the express lane at the grocery store, when I’m behind them with only two items. But, they won’t let me go in front of them. Irksome to some extent, but in the big scheme of life….not so bad.

3. DO YOU THINK BLOGS WILL STILL BE AROUND IN TEN YEARS’ TIME?

I think blogs will be around in ten years time.

People will still have a need to write; express themselves; share knowledge with others; help others and the list of “why people blog”  will still go on.

What might change is the blog medium perhaps. I don’t know much if anything on technology changes and advancements, but the internet, computers and such and especially how we communicate can change dramatically in six months.

Perhaps it may be how “blogs” are presented or the platform they’re on.

So, who knows. But, I think blogs as I use them or know the phrase will still be around. They may just look different.

4. WHAT BOOK / BOOKS INSPIRED YOU THE MOST?

Wow, this question has caused me to step back a bit and ponder for a moment or two. Not sure these two have inspired me, in as much of the impact they’ve had.

I think there are two that come to mind. They are “Plastic Jesus” and “Messy Christianity.” Both books in many aspects rocked the stereotypical look that Christians need to have it “together” or to present the appearance of having it “together.” 

Both books rattled for me, the idea of how the number of Christian’s out there who feel the need to portray some role or part that “their life is altogether” simply because they are believers. In addition, it looked at how others or non-believers view those as Christians who portray the “all together” life.

Anyhow, both books sort of open my eyes “a bit” to the hypocrisy that can be found in the church; or more specifically some people in the church.

But, perhaps this discussion is better left to another day.

I do like to read political biographies and I’m also a big Sherlock Holmes(Arthur Conan Doyle) fan.

5. DO YOU HAVE ONLY ONE BLOG? IF SO, HAVE YOU THOUGHT OF STARTING ANOTHER BLOG?

Nope, just have “justabitfurther.” I find that it keeps me going as it is. If I had more time when I’m retired or quit working that then perhaps I might.

6. IF YOU WERE TO START BLOGGING ALL OVER AGAIN TODAY, WHAT IS THE ONE THING THAT YOU WOULD DO DIFFERENTLY?

The funny answer would be not to start a blog at all. Run as fast and as far from it as I could.

All joking aside, if I just to be starting, the one thing I would do is not compare what I’m doing to what others are doing.

Starting out, I was a novice like everyone hurdling down the blogging route. I was way out of what I knew about it. Thinking back, I perhaps knew less than nothing about blogs and blogging, if that’s even possible.

But, I looked at others bloggers writing, blog layout, style and everything else that makes up part of it and tried to go from signing up to a fully complete and finished professional blog in one huge leap.

I tried to be something that when looking back, wasn’t me.

It’s taken a while to get there, but I’m not “so and so” in the blogging world.

I am who “I am” and with my own particular story to tell.

When we’re true to who we are and not trying to become someone else or the clone of another blogger, that would be the advice I’d give someone starting out.

7. WHAT IN YOUR EXPERIENCE IS THE BEST METHOD OF BLOG PROMOTION?

Quality content without a doubt.

I have no idea of how many blogs on the multitude of platforms that are available, actually exist in the world. But, the one thing that I think is critical, in order to stand out and be noticed amongst the millions of other blogs is having quality content.

When you can connect with people on an emotional level with your content that is the best method of promotion.

Yes, there are dozens of “technical processes” like using Pinterest, Instagram, Twitter and other social media platforms and blogging groups to name a few to promote your blog. Each of them has a purpose and bloggers should look at how utilizing one or all of them might help to promote their blog.

I’ve tried a few and had success(a relative term) with some methods, while others maybe not so much. Blogging groups on Facebook has been the best I’ve found of the ones I’ve tried. I think that approach has given me more interaction with people on the end of other keyboards as compared to other methods which just end up with numbers, but no interaction.

But, once people get there; once they’ve arrived at your site, what do you have for them that makes them want to click further and more so, makes them want to return. When you have quality content that connects with people at an emotional level; resonants with them; where they can see themselves in your writing and relate to it, that I think is the best method of promotion.

Readers will come back and be more willing to share, promote when they have connected at some level with you.

8. WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE MOVIE GENRE?

I like a comedy if I need to make a choice.

Not big into dramas, horror, romance or that particular movie type for the most part. I have a very difficult time watching movies that contain an excessive amount of violence. In fact, I won’t watch them at all.

I find for myself to watch a movie, I like to escape and have fun. I think the world can be a dark place at times, and we’re inundated with news that is rarely positive. When is the last time your local television newscast ran a 3 minute positive story?

So, I enjoy movies that are funny and goofy. We like Christmas movies very much. My wife and I can almost do the complete dialogue from “Elf.”

Makes for an interesting long distance car ride.

9. WHAT IS YOUR BLOGGING NICHE AND HOW IMPORTANT DO YOU THINK IT IS FOR A BLOG TO BE NICHE SPECIFIC?

I think our blog perhaps spread over a couple of niches.

Outdoor Adventure in terms of the trip reports of outdoor fun we’ve been on. The other niche would be in the area of Inspirational or Coping with Life for the “Thoughts From the Wilderness” posts.

I think it helps to know where your blog fits in the blogging world in terms of its niche. As an example, people might be looking for information or guidance in the realm of mental health concerns. If your blog deals with mental health issues, then you can tailor your writing to fit that specific niche.

As well, in some respects having your blog fit a specific niche, might help to keep your blog focused in one area, so it doesn’t appear to readers that you’re all over the place.

But, it is your blog in the end and you can have it be anyway and in one or many niches or no niches at all, if that is what pleases you.

10. WHAT ARE YOUR CRITERIA OF A SUCCESSFUL BLOG?

The success of your blog if that is the question can be whatever you think success is. I think “what is your criteria for a successful blog” should also go hand in hand with the question, “why are you blogging in the first place?”

If you’re writing and blogging just to express your feelings or blogging just for you and that’s all you care about, then it sounds like your blog is successful. It’s doing what you want it to do.

If you’re blogging to answer questions or a fulfill a need that others may have, then again sounds like your blog is successful. If that’s what you feel you’re accomplishing then, sounds like you’re on the right track.

One thing that keeps coming up that I’ve read, is that blogs should answer questions that people have or to help fulfill a need that readers have.

There are lots of blogs out there, in fact, thousands of them with very specific items or criteria that help to point you in the direction of “creating a successful blog.”  SEO stuff, driving traffic to your site, monetization of your blog and a host of other things that are considered criteria necessary to create a successful blog. All wonder and important items to consider.

“Criteria” can be a bit of an arbitrary concept. Whose criteria are you measuring against?

If you’re happy with your blog and what you’re doing, then I would say your blog is successful. Damn the criteria!

11. WHICH BLOG POST DO YOU THINK IS MOST REPRESENTATIVE OF YOUR BLOG? PLEASE ADD A LINK.

If that question had been asked a year or eighteen months ago, I may have chosen a post on a trip report or adventure Lynn and myself have done.

Now though, a post found in “Thoughts From the Wilderness” would most represent what we’re all about. This one I hope would be pretty representative of our blog.

Thoughts From the Wilderness – A Beacon of Light

A trip report one might be:

Hogg’s Falls – Bruce Trail

Here are the eleven that I think all are deserving of The Sunshine Blogger Award.

Motivational Candy

Off to See the View

Meditations in Motion

All in a Day’s Breath

Ye Chen – Freelance/Blogger/Life & Change Enthusiast

Sam, Living!

Miriam – Out an’ About

Michele – Wisconsin’s Natural Beauty

Michele – Life as a Garden

Oleksandra Bunda – Gone Camping

Eddaz – Never Run From Your Shadow

Here are my eleven questions for these exceptional bloggers to tackle.

  1. Why did you get into or what motivated you to start blogging?
  2. What’s your favourite comfort food?
  3. What does happiness mean to you?
  4. What do you do in your spare time(assuming you have any)?
  5. What do you love most about blogging?
  6. What is one random fact about yourself?
  7. What is one piece of advice you give other bloggers?
  8. Favourite flavour of ice cream?
  9. Do your family or friends know about your blog and what do they think of it?
  10. Dogs or cats?
  11. If you could be any superhero, what power would you have and why?

Again, a big shout out to Salted Caramel for nominating me for The Sunshine Blogger Award. There are so many talented bloggers out there, that even to be considered and recognized by others in the blogging world is truly an honour.

Thanks for taking the time to visit.

27 thoughts on “The Sunshine Blogger Award

  1. Glenn and Lynn
    Thank you so much for your generous comments.
    I am bowled over by all the praise.
    You have been encouraging me since I started blogging by leaving a favourable comment on nearly everything I post.

    I enjoy the trips you take both write ups and pictures.
    But what I like even more are The Thoughts From The Wilderness posts.

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