Helen at Crispy Confessions very generously nominated me in the first ever Dazzling Blogger Award. I love her blog, she’s honest, open, funny and varied – my favourite combination!
The Official Rules
- Thank the person who nominated you for The Dazzling Blogger Award.
- Link back to the original blog post.
- Answer the seven questions that they asked on their blog post.
- Make up seven new questions.
- Nominate seven more people for The Dazzling Blogger Award, who you think exemplifies excellent blogging skills.
The 7 Questions
- What is one life lesson that you learned during the Covid-19 pandemic?
Gratitude. Easily the most important thing has been recognising how lucky we are to have what we have and who we have.
- What was the catalyst for you wanting to start blogging?
In early 2019 we lost our third son, boy3, when I was 20 weeks pregnant. The idea of blogging had occurred to me previously but never seriously. About 4 months after our loss I was fed up of feeling like I had thoughts inside me with nowhere to express them. I’d tried a couple of online support communities but I just didn’t feel like I fitted in. So I jumped into WordPress and just wrote what was in my head.
- What are seven things that you hope to accomplish within the next five years?
Goodness that’s hard! I want to be happier at work, less frustrated. I want to run a half marathon and get my 5km down to about 25mins. I want a new kitchen and a usable garden. I want to still be blogging. Gosh I’m stuck. I’m pretty happy as things are to be honest, I can’t think of three more.
- What book or movie has been life changing for you?
I read The Virgin in the Garden by A.S. Byatt when I was in my late 20s. I suddenly realised I wasn’t so different from everyone else. My teenage years and angst were common and normal.
- What advice would you give to any new blogger?
I think that depends on what the new blogger’s goals are. If they want to make a living and be “successful”, I’d tell them to ask someone else for advice. Otherwise, just write what interests you, write from the heart and get involved in the community. There are some amazing people that I feel very lucky to have met through blogging.
- What are seven of your favourite things?
Coffee, gin, chocolate, running, Grey’s Anatomy, books, and my family (that means all of them in one big lump otherwise this would just be a list of their names).
- In seven words or less, tell me what your blog is about.
My blog is pretty varied, it includes rants and waffley rambles, guest posts, recipes and cocktails, wandering thoughts about kids, very occasional and bad poetry, reading round ups, random reviews, considerations of loss, and sometimes smugness about running. Sorry, that’s not 7 words. I’ll try again: life, kids, work, loss, gin, running, bad poems.
- When you get up in the morning, are you alert and ready to go or sluggish and befuddled?
- What’s your preferred way of getting news and why?
- What subject do you wish you worked harder on at school?
- Coffee or tea?
- What’s the bravest thing you’ve done?
- Out of the books you’ve read this year, which was your favourite and why?
- Which post have you written that we should all read? (re-using this one because its so good)
Helen made this hard by nominating lots of my favourite bloggers already. So instead I’ve picked a mixture of new discoveries who I totally clicked with from the start and long standing blogs I read but feel I don’t appreciate enough.
You folks are fabulous and I can’t wait to read your responses and questions.
Bree at Growing up Garlicky
Merry at Monodreame
Lindsay at Brains and Spoons
Queenie at the Queensights
Farwa at The Homemaker Mama
Flo at Flo’s Bubbles of Joy
Tiffany at the Metaphysical Mama
This is a new award, so I really hope my nominees pick it up and pay it forward. The support and mutual appreciation of the blogging community is such a wonderful thing, spanning all the divides that blight the modern world. Pick someone you love to read or feel is under-appreciated – you might make their day.