First off thank you Georgia over at Oatmeal Smiles, a wonderful Mother-Wonders blog that I plan to re-read before having my own kids. Since meeting you back in 2010 you have constantly mentored me directly or indirectly and I will forever be grateful for the kindness.
She nominated and welcomed me all in one swoop with the Liebster Award.
About the AwardA chain-award, that can only help new bloggers through the connection to more defined and established blogs. Pretty much a pay-it-forward or helping-hand to bloggers who are just starting and doing there best to produce something worth while.
Rules for the Award
- Acknowledge the blogger who nominated you and link back to them.
- Answer the questions the blogger gives you.
- Nominate budding bloggers for the award.
- Let the bloggers know you nominated them.
- Give them questions to answer.
What do you blog about/ what is your niche?I wish I knew! But seriously, I started out looking towards education or maybe a style blog and then have slowly learned how to focus and share my travels along with what interest me in life from all areas.
What type of blogs do you most enjoy reading?Lifestyle definitely. I for some reason love reading about women who are just a phase or generation ahead of me in life. They've been through the twenty years growth period and are settling into the, "whew, got those years knocked out" part of life. I get to see there kids grow, read advice, peek into how married life works and just see a completely different view of life than my own.
What do you enjoy about blogging?It's a public journal, I remember small details that are often forgotten years later during dinner table conversation. Plus, connecting to so many people who introduce me to new places and spaces right in my background or across the world.
What is your blogging goal?To find a schedule, develop blogging series along with maintaining some routine and stay with the project for as long as possible.
What has been the most surprising thing to you about blogging?Like anything, I did not realize the amount of time and effort that should go into a well thought out and developed post. I know many bloggers become frustrated with not seeing instant comments and fanfare, but that's just reality. It's the time that kills me- time is precious and balancing can be interesting.
If you could go back and take an alternate career path what would it be?Honest to goodness, I wanted to be a sniper when I was young. Spy of sorts, but specialize in sniping. My mother nixed that real quick with the knowledge that my eyesight is horrible. Other than that I cannot imagine doing anything that was not education related. Even as a sniper I would probably be handling politicians who cared more about money than kids- there would sadly be few left alive.
How many hours do you spend on your blog a week?I try to put in an hour a day, start a blog, find pictures or edit- whatever needs to be done. I've developed a bad habit of posting well into the night and I'm not sure if that's good for my readers or not, but no one has complained yet.
Do you read other blogs and if so what is a favorite and why?Shame on me, but my conference period or break when I was working customer service were my "blog binging" times. Now that I don't have a set time I just seem to wander into a post. As I've taken time to groom my own blog I found some interesting ones that I'm starting to scour. But outside of Reed Up and Cup of Jo my loyalty has faltered. Right now, I'm devouring CamilleStyles.com, a great Austin, TX based lifestyle blog.
What makes a blog enjoyable to you?Pictures, food and honesty. I cannot do blogs that are wordy essays. I cannot do blogs were food is only talked about in the manner of loosing weight or not at all. I cannot do blogs were life is perfect and the kids are always smiling in the pictures. Reed Up ( Oatmeal Smiles) and Cup of Jo have no issues saying, "I'm struggling here" or " Hey, any advice". Real people and real blogs that reflect those folks honestly are what I truly enjoy.
If money weren’t a consideration, what would you do with your life?I'd still be in education and I'd be working on my end goal, which means it may not be as good since the lessons I learn along the way will only help the foundation.
Do you have a life motto or a saying you come back to again and again?I'm constantly telling myself there is a blessing or/and a lesson in this moment. Just take that notion into everything I do and the outcome wears a lot less on the spirit.
Next StepHere's the list of questions I'm sending to the next bloggers and here's the list of bloggers I'm nominating. I hope they only receive goodness and great readers down the road. Each and every blogger puts, thought and time into their post- they deserve some recognition.
- What do you blog about/ what is your niche?
- What type of blogs do you most enjoy reading?
- What do you enjoy about blogging?
- What is your blogging goal?
- What books are sitting on your bedside table?
- If you could go back and take an alternate career path what would it be?
- Seven random facts about yourself?
- Do you read other blogs and if so what is a favorite and why?
- What makes a blog enjoyable to you?
- If money weren’t a consideration, what would you do with your life?
- Do you have a life motto or a saying you come back to again and again?
The Lady Latina
The Accidental Adventurer
Whoosh, folks that's a long blog post! Hopefully you learned some things about me and maybe found a few new blogs to add to your blog roll- as if we need anymore. I hope your weekend went well and your week started out just right!
Until Next Time, Adios, Hasta Pronto, and Be blessed . . .