Vincent Ehindero Blogger Award – Number Two

A pleasant surprise to find this nomination/award from Belle of Welcome to Belles Days in my comments section a few days ago.

So, thanks to Belle for the kind thoughts and including me. This is going to be great fun.

A Vincent Ehindero Blogger Award.

awardVincent has a blog on WordPress, which deals with helping and encouraging people with personal and business growth.

And obviously, he has created the “Vincent Ehindero Blogger Award”  – “i’m proud of the great work you are doing on your blog.”

As with any of these awards, there are a few rules to follow and Vincent’s is not much different.

Rules:

Thank the person that nominated you with a link to their blog.

• Make a post of the award (with a photo).

• Post the rules.

• Ask 5-10 questions of your choice.

• Nominate 10-30 other bloggers.

Here’s a bunch of questions that Belle wants me to tackle.

Did you like writing as a child or has it come later on for you?

Much, much later as matter of fact. I didn’t start blogging until 2016. Which was in my late fifties. But, never too late – right?

If you could choose anywhere in the world to live, where would it be and why?

Right now we would choose to live in the province of Nova Scotia on the east coast of Canada in order to be closer to our daughter. However, the premiers of the eastern four maritime provinces have gone crazy on a power trip and closed their borders to only those living in those four provinces for the most part.

Do you prefer to be with people or are you happy in your own company?

A bit of both at times.

Right know within the context of our own extended family, there is much mistrust and varying levels of anger in terms of following and maintaining COVID_19 rules as laid out by the province. The relatives pick and choose the rules to follow if and when it justifies their own desires in terms of parties and large gatherings. Just writing it makes me sad and angry at the same time.

So, Lynn and I are for the most part on our own.

What would be your ideal writing space?

Good question – not sure.

Right now it is our living room. The thought of a cabin in the woods or a balcony overlooking a harbour sound pretty good to me though.

What characteristics do you admire in other people and why?

Honesty, understanding and empathy.

What’s your preferred loungewear?

Track or sweatpants and a sweater.

What’s your comfort food? Drink?

Not sure I have a particular comfort food and/or drink. Every so often, I do like a craft beer brewed from a small craft brewery that we might come across on our journey’s.

Do you like to curl up on the sofa with a good book or are you itching to get outside?

Both. It depends on the mood in I’m in.

I prefer outside, but a good book to savour on a cold and rainy day has appeal as well.

And if you’re reading this right now – consider yourself nominated and answer the same questions that Belle asked me.

via Vincent Ehindero Blogger Award – Belles Days

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Vincent Ehindero Blogger Award

A pleasant surprise to find this nomination/award from Dr, Tanya(Salted Caramel) in my comments section a few days ago.

So, thanks to Dr. Tanya(Salted Caramel) for the kind thoughts and including me. This is going to be great fun.

A Vincent Ehindero Blogger Award.

awardI had to do a bit of digging to find out who “Vincent Ehindero” is and what the blogging award is all about.

Vincent has a blog on WordPress, which deals with helping and encouraging people with personal and business growth.

And obviously, he has created the “Vincent Ehindero Blogger Award”  – “i’m proud of the great work you are doing on your blog.”

As with any of these awards, there are a few rules to follow and Vincent’s is not much different.

Rules:

Thank the person that nominated you with a link to their blog.

• Make a post of the award (with a photo).

• Post the rules.

• Ask 5-10 questions of your choice.

• Nominate 10-30 other bloggers.

• Follow Vincent Ehindero at vincentehindero.wordpress.com (to qualify for free blog promotion and shoutout) and more blogging opportunities.

Here’s a bunch of questions that Dr. Tanya wants me to tackle.

  • What’s the last movie that you watched?

Don’t remember. I’m not a big movie watcher. Find it hard to keep focussed watching a movie for a couple of hours.

  • What is your favourite thing to do on a rainy day?

Read a book or put our rain gear on and go for a hike. Fewer people on the trails when the weather is miserable.

  • What are you doing to beat the lockdown blues?

What lockdown? lol

Being a frontline worker, I’ve actually been working more for the past two and a half months than ever before.

  • How long can you go without using your phone?

Usually, only the seven hours when I’m in bed.

  • What do you most value in your friends?

Honesty, understanding and empathy.

  • Do you have a favourite fictional character? What makes her/him your favourite?

Sherlock Holmes would be my most favourite fictional character. I like the Victorian/early 1900’s novel genre. The setting of a foggy London backstreet; the clip-clop sound of horse’s hooves on the cobble-stoned road as a new client arrives at 221b Baker Street. Even the television series of “Sherlock” with Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman I found very exciting and a great twist on the original stories.

  • Winter or Summer?

Summer if I need to pick. The fall season here in Canada where I live can and most often is spectacular.

  • What is love, in your point of view?

Unconditional and sacrifice.

What is your favourite movie or TV show?

LOST was by far my favourite TV show. The suspense, plot twists and spiritual/metaphysical aspects kept both Lynn and I engaged for all six seasons. We both loved the show. Have all six seasons on DVD.

  • If you could time travel, where (when?) would you go?

Knowing what we know now, I would go back to just pre COVID_19; get in the car and drive or fly to visit our daughter on the east coast of Canada.

image000000_02Lynn and I would rather have been locked down in Halifax and be able to at least see her at a distance of six feet(now we could have a two-family bubble there and hug her), as compared to being stuck in Ontario with no foreseeable chance to visit with her in 2020.

Unfortunately, those of us living in Ontario are viewed as “plague carriers” by many living in other provinces across the country. Hence inter-provincial border closures. Funny thing is, where I live in a town of almost 18,000 people, there have only been five or six cases(all travel-related and all self-quarantined at home); no hospitalizations and no deaths. So, go figure.

A big thanks again to Dr. Tanya(Salted Caramel) for the nomination.

And if you’re reading this right now – consider yourself nomination and answer the same questions that Dr. Tanya asked me.

It’s always nice to get to know a little bit more about each one of you.

via My First Vincent Ehindero Blogger Award – Salted Caramel

 

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500 Posts – A Big Thanks

Wow – this showed up earlier yesterday on my comment feed.

I would never have expected to get to 100 posts, let alone 500.

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A big thanks going out to each one of you(and you know who you are) who since 2016 have commented, liked and encouraged me to keep writing and challenging me to grow in ways I never thought possible.

Again, thanks to you all!

Onward to the next 500!!

 

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Blogger Recognition Award

Sadje from Keep It Alive has graciously nominated me for a Blogger Recognition Award.

blogger awardThanks so much, Sadje again for the nomination.

Sadje writes on a variety of topics, as well as participating in prompts and challenges from the blogging world. She is one prolific blogger you should not miss out on!

It is well worth to head on over and check her blog out. Do that right now!

Rules:

1. Thank the blogger(s) who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.

2. Write a post to show your award.

3. Give a brief story of how your blog started.

4. Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.

5. Select up to fifteen bloggers you want to give this award to.

6. Comment (or pingback) on each blog to let them know that you’ve nominated them and provide a link to the post you’ve created.

So, in answer to Questions 3 and 4, here you go!

How Our Blog Started

The bug for writing kind of got ignited, back in 2015 when Lynn and I went on our 25th Anniversary to adventure in the mountains in Banff, Canada. For some reason, while out there, I started to do reviews on “Trip Advisor” of places we went; things we did; restaurants. The usual thing that people do on “Trip Advisor.”

Surprisingly, I noticed the reviews I did, where much longer and far more detailed and complex than most of those I happen to find if I was searching for information on a restaurant for example. I had a lot to get out; I guess.

However, the thing is I don’t remember why I started doing the reviews in the first place.

Nevertheless, with some tiny flame slowing smouldering in the back of my consciousness someplace, my blog simply started back in 2016, as a way to record the outdoor adventures that Lynn and I undertake on a very frequent basis.

I had somehow stumbled across a blog by a blogger who happened to live not far from our “old homestead.” She happened to partake in many of the same outdoor pursuits as we did, detailing them in a blog of her own.

I thought that it looked pretty cool and thought that it was something I could do.

And that was pretty much it. I researched a variety of different blogging platforms, settling eventually on WordPress and hit publish for the first time in the summer of 2016.

Advice To New Bloggers

Simply – be yourself.

That’s it.

A sad reality is there is much in the world that is fake. Fake news; alternative facts; and those who appear perhaps to be something they are not.

There has been a ton of blogging done on just about every single topic, concept and idea that has existed since the dawn of time.

What hasn’t been done, though is YOUR take on any of it.

So, after you’ve figured out what you’re going the blog about. Done all the work of creating your blog from a physical standpoint. Determined that your blog will fit nicely in “such and such” niche or perhaps it doesn’t fit in one at all!

When all of that and other bits have been figured out as well, make sure you be yourself.

Write as yourself, not someone else. Write and blog about what you find passion in.

What is it the stirs something deep within the recesses of your heart and soul and you MUST get out?

It’s hard enough at times just being who we are. Why muddy it more, by trying to copy and be someone else. Too much effort and it simply doesn’t work.

Nominations

If you’re reading this right now, you’re nominated.

Simply follow the rules noted above and let the blogging world into a little bit about why YOU got started and your best piece of sage advice for those just starting out in this crazy blogging universe.

Again, thanks so much to Sadje for this Blogger Recognition Award.

Screen Shot 2020-01-01 at 6.49.15 AMIt was a great way to end 2019 and to start off 2020.

Happy New Year to everyone and we hope and pray blessings for the new year and decade that is in front of us.

 

 

 

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