My Tenacious Life’s Ann McConnell unexpectedly nominated me for the Sunshine Blogger Award a month ago and I couldn’t thank her enough for doing so. It was Thanksgiving Day when she posted it to her blog and I did not even know until I paid her website a visit two days later. While reading her blog post about the Sunshine Blogger Award, I did a double take as I thought I saw my name and website on there! I just couldn’t believe that someone had finally recognized my efforts and quite frankly, it was one thing I was thankful for that Thanksgiving week. This Sunshine Blogger Award nomination from Ann truly brought sunshine to my day.
If you are intrigued of what this all entails, I can tell you a thing or two about it. The Sunshine Blogger Award is given by bloggers to their co-bloggers who bring about an inspiring and positive vibe to everyone in the blogging society. It is one good way to acknowledge other bloggers and make connections. The Sunshine Blogger Award also gives you the chance to introduce the bloggers you personally love and follow.
- 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.
11 BLOGGERS I NOMINATE WHO WOULD APPRECIATE THIS SYMBOL OF HOPE
- Michelle Sillery of The Perfectly Imperfect Mummy
- Justine Hiett of Love Every Aspect
- Lisa and Erin of Mom Faming
- Leah Elizabeth of Lottie & Me
- Estie Alessandrini of Healthy Family and Me
- Megan Storm of Trial by Storm
- Amanda of When Life Gives Us
- Rigel Celeste of Holes in your Socks
- Serenity of Mom Serenity
- Toni-Ann of Real Happy Mom
- Yolanda Ridley of Put the Kettle On
11 QUESTIONS FROM ANNA OF MY TENACIOUS LIFE
How hard was it for you to get started in blogging? Did you feel like quitting?
I am my own worst critic. Even if writing has always been one of my passions, I am still not sold with what I am capable of as a writer. I know I have the potential, but I just lack confidence. Thus, it took me over 3 years to finally act upon the plan of starting a blog. (By the way… I also sell The Upward Blip baby bandana bibs over at Facebook.) This blogging journey is definitely not a smooth one. I struggle with content a lot. I am just glad that I have a persevering nature, so quitting is never an option for me.
Do you find yourself “hyperfocusing” during blogging? If so, how do you overcome it?
I wish. Hyperfocusing is reasonably a good thing for me. I can get things done quickly that way. However, with two toddlers, that is out of the equation.
How challenging was it to take your blog to the next level?
It is incredibly challenging. This process is going to take a little while. I am taking the “slow-and-steady” approach.
What is your favorite beverage?
It is coffee all the way for me! I am a coffee addict and I can easily consume a pot in a day.
Have you taken any blogging courses to help you? If so, which ones?
Yes, I took 4 free blogging courses. One from Suzi Whitford of Startamomblog.com, one from Katie of Katie Did What, another from Alex and Lauren’s of Create and Go, plus Heather and Pete Reese’s of It’s a Lovely Life. God knows how many more “free” blogging courses I took. These are just the 4 I remember.
What ideas do you have to start creating your own product?
I have a lot of ideas running in mind. The problem is the execution. I plan to create more printables for my readers and I intend to keep it free for them forever.
What is your favorite time of the year?
I love to watch the snow falling. There is something so beautiful about it. Being out in it is another thing though. I was born and raised in a tropical country. So, it is just normal that I enjoy summer and favor it more than any other seasons.
What is your favorite food?
Food… Music to my ears! (Ha!) I am a voracious eater. I eat pretty much everything. I love to try out different kinds of cuisine and my favorite cuisine by far is Thai cuisine. However, my real favorite of them all is seafood. Seafood for the win! I lust for all kinds of seafood. (Just give me this please! I know it is an overstatement, but let it slide for now.) From shrimp to fish to squid. Name it, I will devour it!
Are you working a full-time job in addition to blogging? If so, what is your secret to making time for blogging?
Yes, I am a clinical laboratory scientist in a community hospital and making time for blogging is such a challenge. The desire to last in this blogging world is my only motivation (or my “secret sauce”) to keep going. You can read up more about my humble start here. I wrote a blog post about the story behind my website’s name too.
Have you been successful with affiliate marketing? If so, what tips helped you?
Not yet. Emphasis on the word “yet”! However, I am still learning. I plan to take Michelle of Making Sense of Cents‘ affiliate marketing course in the near future.
How are you growing your social media presence?
I make sure to really engage with all my followers. I reply to every comment when I get the chance and connect with all the blogger friends I have made in my 4-month journey as a newbie blogger. Growing in this business is harder than I imagined. My full-time job and my personal life always get in the way. (*winks)
11 QUESTIONS FOR MY NOMINEES TO ENGAGE IN
- Why did you enter the world of blogging?
- What was your life’s turning point?
- What is your favorite motivational quote?
- What is your ideal day-to-day routine?
- What is the one thing you want people to know about you?
- What is your favorite holiday?
- What are your top 3 favorite books?
- What is your lifelong dream? Did you accomplish it?
- If you had special powers, what would it be?
- What is your all-time favorite movie?
- What is your writing pet peeve?
That is it! Thank you so much for this recognition, Ann. It brought a great deal of sunshine to my blogging journey.
Nominees, I want each one of you to know that I appreciate all of you. Keep doing what you are doing. There may be millions of bloggers out there, but there is only one you!
See you around everyone! Let’s lift each other up and keep this blogging world alive!
Talk to you soon,