Real Neat Blog Award | Image Earth Travel

Thanks to Nilla of the blog Image Earth Travel for nominating me for the Real Neat Blog Award.

I have received this before, so I am sharing her post as thanks.

And, because I feel like it… here are my answers to the questions she posed!

1. Do you prefer solo travelling or travelling with someone? Why?

I wish I could give an answer that was based on experience, but the truth is, I have never travelled alone so I don’t know! I would like to try it once at least though. Travelling with someone is wonderful too though, as you create memories you both share.

2. What is the very first country that you visited?

I was six months old, the first time I went on an aeroplane. It was from the UK to India to attend my uncle’s wedding. I remember nothing. There are photos to prove it though! After that, it was Kenya, where my parents were born and brought up.

3. Do you backpack or travel in luxury?

So far, it has been a life of ‘luxury holidays’ or visiting family!

4. How did you start blogging?

By total accident! I was trying to comment on the first post of a friend a few years ago, not even knowing what a blog is, and then WP asked me if I wanted to start one, so I thought why not! And here I am nearly four years later!

5. Why did you choose your current blogging platform?

It was where I fell into it, and I have been happy here.

6. From what part of the world are the most of your blog visits?

The United States is by far the place where I get the most views!

7. Do you find advertising on a blog distracting?

Yes, especially the ones that are really random. But if people use affiliate links I don’t mind them!

And there you have it!

Please visit Nilla’s original post!

Thanks again, Nila!!!

September, 2018 It’s always a great surprise to receive a nomination from a fellow blogger and this time, the nomination is for the Real Neat Blog Award.

Source: Real Neat Blog Award | Image Earth Travel

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!


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!


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!


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!


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!



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!


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

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Shameless push for votes!


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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…


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

Click here to vote!

Thank you in advance Peeps!

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