The Sunshine Blogger Award – Art by Rob Goldstein

Thank you so much, Dearest Rob, for nominating me for this award! I have received it before, so as thanks, I am reblogging it!

But, I do like answering questions… so here are my answers!

Why do you blog?

I blog because I enjoy writing, and it fuels my creativity to read what others write too.

What most frustrates you about blogging?

Nothing as such, but I just wish I had more time!

What do you enjoy most about blogging?

I LOVE the interaction with others, and the connections with people across this world of ours.

How do you define success?

In my eyes, success is being satisfied with what you have, fulfilling your goals and feeling at peace.

What is the one thing you most want from your followers?

My followers are wonderful. I couldn’t ask for more from them! But if they want to give more, I always welcome comments!

What is the one thing you most want to give the people you follow.

Support for their writing 🙂 We all have an opinion, and a certain style, and they should all be applauded!

How do you define the difference between positive and negative criticism?

Criticism is all good, as long as you label it constructive!

How do you deal with moments when a blogger you like posts something you don’t like?

If need be, I’ll scroll on. They are entitled to post whatever they want.

Is your blog a journal, a literary experiment, performance art or none of that?

A total mish-mash of all of the above, kind of like me!

What is success as a blogger?

To me, it’s gone beyond figures and stats, which initially it was all about. Success for me, is to get positive feedback on my posts, seeing posts appreciated and shared, and if I am able to help even one person with a post, I’ll be happy!

By your definition, do you consider yourself successful?

I feel that I am successful in my blogging journey. Despite a blogging hiatus, I have still maintained my followers, and notifications have been acted upon. Getting a welcome back from my readers shows, to me, that I was missed, and appreciated!

Source: The Sunshine Blogger Award – Art by Rob Goldstein

The Bloggers Bash 2018 – My take! #BloggersBash #MondayBlogs

Saturday the 19th of May took it’s time to arrive, but equally, it sped its way here, if you know what I mean!

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The Annual Blogger’s Bash is one of the pinnacles of my year (I can’t say THE pinnacle… family might object lol!) and I always look forward to it immensely!

This year we were in a lovely venue, the George IV in Chiswick, and the weather was glorious!

Of course, we also shared the special day with a couple of other minor events, such as the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan (congrats!) and the FA CUP final, and my best friend’s daughter’s first birthday… certainly chose a popular date!

There were a few notable absences, where certain folk were either unwell, or caught up in the ridiculous traffic that clogged the roads and trains.

But there was a healthy turnout of both familiar faces as well as some new ones (to me, anyway!)

 

We chatted, mingled, networked, asked questions, gave advice, ate drank and were merry!

The committee was up there, introducing, presenting and generally making merry!

 

My nerves when I was speaking were evident, as I physically shook when I started, but once I got my groove, all was well! There were even questions at the end, which I’m told is a good thing!

 

Sacha’s presentation about mailing lists was really enlightening too! I may even start thinking of starting one!

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Awards were handed out periodically through the day, as were book prizes for a raffle that had several draws… And I won one of those prizes!

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Gotta love a book prize!

And I was also asked to be part of the panel discussion, where I felt just sitting and smiling through would be sufficient, but I did input a little!

 

And I am honoured to say I was awarded Third place Runner up for Best Overall Blog 2018. There was some tough competition, but what an honour, to get some recognition!

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Thank you Voters!

There will be a much better one of this shot out there, but my long-suffering Hubby Dearest, who accompanied me, took a sneaky couple of all the attendees!

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I am really grateful to Sacha, Geoff, Hugh, Suzie, Shelley, Graeme, Helen and Adam for taking so much time over the last year, organising such a fantastic get together!

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The Fab Committee!

Thank you to all the Committee for creating such a wonderful event for us to be a part of.

Congratulations to all the Winners, Runners Up, and Nominees! You are all stars!

The awards are fun, but the Bash itself, and meeting other bloggers out there – priceless!

I simply can’t wait for next year!!!!

The Bloggers Bash Awards – Last Chance To Vote @BloggersBash #BloggersBash #VoteNow

Less than 36 Hours left to vote!!!!! Get Clicking if you haven’t already!!! Share the link!

Shameless push for votes!

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via The Bloggers Bash Awards – Last Chance To Vote

Sing It! We Are Blogily #BloggersBash

The bash is fast approaching, and Bash Fever has hit fever pitch with me!

What with gently reminding folks to vote (I’ll do that again at the end 😉 ) researching places to stay, and what to bake, it has hit the less than four-week mark now until the day we gather to celebrate our Blogs!

I feel it is the right time to share my especially tweaked version of We are Family, the now infamous We Are Blogily, to any new subscribers, and remind my existing blogily of our anthem!

The words are like this:

We are blogily
I got all my bloggers with me
We are blogily
Sit up ev’rybody and type
We are blogily
I got all my bloggers with me
We are blogily
Sit up ev’rybody and type
Ev’ryone can see we’re together
As we walk on by
(Hey) and we write just like bards with a feather
I won’t tell no lie
(ALL!) all of the people around us they say
Can they be that close
Just let me state for the record
We’re blogging posts in a blogily dose
We are blogily
I got all my bloggers with me
We are blogily
Sit up ev’rybody and type
We are blogily
I got all my bloggers with me
We are blogily
Sit up ev’rybody and type!
Living life is fun and we’ve just begun
To get our share of the world’s delights
(HIGH!) high hopes we have for literature
And the books we write
(WE!) no we don’t get depressed
‘Cause here’s what we call our golden rule
Have faith in you and the things you do
You won’t go wrong
This is our blogily Jewel
We are blogily
I got all my bloggers with me
We are blogily
Sit up ev’rybody and type
We are blogily
I got all my bloggers with me
We are blogily
Sit up ev’rybody and type
We are blogily
We are blogily
We are blogily
We are blogily
We are blogily

And just so you know how to sing it… here’s a snippet!

There is a week left to vote for your favourite blogs. Voting for the ABBA’s closes on Monday 30th April.

Be sure to get your vote in!

In case you happened to miss it, But I Smile Anyway has been nominated…

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Be sure to cast your votes, on all nine of the awards!

Click here to vote!

Thank you in advance Peeps!

Support Matters #BloggersBash

It’s not easy being the partner/spouse/family member of a blogger and writer.

I can only imagine what Hubby Dearest and my kids think I am doing, as I sit, reading posts, and laughing to myself, thinking, before feverishly writing comments…

The constant checking my notifications to reply to my Blog Peeps must be so annoying…

Me needing quiet as I write…

Wondering when I am going to bed, as I toy with words on a screen for what seems like forever…

Worrying if I may turn their latest silly comment into a blog post…

Hoping that I might stop soon, to feed them…

But knowing they got my back… Priceless.

The kids have been wonderful, you know, the last couple of weeks, as I finished my WIP. They even listened to snippets, giving me support and encouragement along the way.

Hubby Dearest is a quieter supporter; he lets me get on with things, and is pleased for me when things go well, but doesn’t always really know what I am doing!

But this year he is giving me some extra special support, by accompanying me to the Annual Bloggers Bash! I wanted him to come last year too, so he could meet some of the folks I try to talk about, but it didn’t happen.

This year, he decided that he would do it. Be there for me as I debut as a speaker (more on that below), and cheer me along at the awards too… (again, see below 😉 )

It’s quite a big thing, you know. I’ve been to several events with him over the last 20 years, as his plus one, for company parties. But this is the first time he’s going to be my plus one! (So to speak!)

We’ll try and book somewhere nice for the night, so I don’t have to rush off like a budget Cinderella at 6pm , to catch my train! and share more drinks and chats with my Blogily!

More on the post title about support

Just in case you didn’t know, I’ve been nominated for the Best Overall Blogger 2018 award at the Annual Bloggers bash. I haven’t gone on about it TOO much (yet) because my WIP drained my attention and energy, but I am back!

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I shall, shamelessly, ask for your support, to think about voting for me… but there are some other AWESOME blogs I am up against…

Nominees: 
Retirement Reflections,
Daddy And Dad,
Jenny in Neverland,
Life, Books, and More…,
I’m A Writer, Yes, I Am!,
Me and My Books,
Gin & Lemonade,
Linda’s Book Bag,
A Brummie Home and Abroad,
But I Smile Anyway…,
Smorgasbord-Variety is the Spice of Life,
Sue Vincent’s Daily Echo,
 I’m Sick and So Are You

Please check them out, then click here to be directed to the voting post (to vote for me, obviously!)

There are eight other awards that are open for votes too, and believe me, some very deserving blogs on those lists too! Do vote in each category, it is so easy, simply select and click vote! Done!

But you can ONLY VOTE ONCE, so think carefully before voting!

The votes close at the end of April, so make sure you don’t forget!

VOTE HERE!

And, if you hadn’t heard, I am even giving a talk (eek!) sharing

…my top tips from a working mother on how to keep your blog running smoothly and giving it plenty of attention without abandoning your family and real life too!

Your support in not throwing eggs or rotten fruit if you are there would be much appreciated… and hopefully I don’t put you to sleep! (I’ve worked really hard on the handout too!)

Click here for more information about the Guest Speakers for the day!

There will even be a panel discussion too, which is always so informative.

And there just might be some cake involved too…..

Those were my creations last year!

Are you coming to the Bash? Let me know in the comments, I’m excited to know which new blog pals I will get to meet this year, and catch up with my old Blog Buddies too!

If not, why not? Click here to get your tickets! 

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