Sunshine Blogger Award #4

I’m so lucky to be nominated by Ket Cage for a fourth Sunshine Blogger Award! 🌻

Thank you ever so much, Ket! I’m so grateful for such a fantastic opportunity. Please stop by and check out Ket’s blog; he’s written a range of heartfelt and thought-provoking articles on childhood, relationships, and excellent life advice. His great observations of human nature are easy to read yet deeply insightful, finishing with uplifting messages of hope that are truly comforting! Two of his excellent posts are Don’t Give Up and Love is just that.

What is the Sunshine Blogger Award?

The Sunshine Blogger Award is given by bloggers to other bloggers who inspire creativity and positivity. It’s a great way to recognise old and new bloggers and connect to others within your niche or the blogging community as a whole. It also means you can spread the word about bloggers you love to your own readers! So it’s a win-win for all involved! 🌞

The aim of the Sunshine Blogger Award is to help spread love and support for each other throughout the blogging community, so if you’re nominated and would like to take part, here are some guidelines:

  • 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.

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Ket’s Questions:

1. If you could shuttle between now and at some point in the past or future, which event / historical period would you choose?

Hmmm – as a history grad, this is a tough choice – probably the United States Congress on January 31st 1865, when the Thirteenth Amendment was passed to abolish slavery. Would be pretty memorable to see such a historic occasion!

2. White or black? And why?

Black – black coffee is one of the best pick-me-up in the mornings & keeps you buzzing through the day. Dark chocolate is fantastic comfort food too! It’s full of flavour, good for the mind & helps protect against heart disease.

3. Do you think morality is relative, or is it absolute?

Good question! I think there are universal moral laws of every society that we ought to try and hold our standards to, and red lines that nobody should ever cross if it wilfully harms an innocent person. I understand how morality is defined differently culture to culture, but I still feel there are transcendent moral attitudes that benefit any culture, and that certain moral frameworks can harm society when more progressive ones would positively benefit them, cause less suffering and greater prosperity to people.

Personally (and this is just me talking), it’s a question of loving and respecting your neighbour, believing they are equal to you and never harming their dignity or infringing on their freedoms. For me, universal morality doesn’t mean that there’s an overarching universal code of behaviour – e.g. the Ten Commandments – but that we don’t act in a way that subverts our essential equality. When we want to do something ‘immoral’, we want to gain power over others – that is, we want to deny our essential equality to one another.

So yeah – morality can be absolute and still beneficial for all, if we strive towards it. Great question, Ket!

4. Name one work of art that changed your life.

The Sistine Chapel ceiling – made me really appreciate artists who pour their love of art into their work.

5. A crazy monster is about to charge at you. Describe the funniest, most creative way you’re going to fight it and hold your ground (You can describe the monster too).

Stand my ground and dance Gangnam Style while singing ‘I Would Walk 500 Miles’. Watch the monster vanish in a puff of purple smoke, shrieking in terror (that’s how awful my singing is). 😀

6. Depict your blog in five numbers and explain why you chose them.

200 – the number of genuine followers I would like to achieve in 2019 (by ‘genuine followers’, I don’t mean those like-for-like domains trying madly to reach their next 1000 follower targets or those pesky spammers who like all your posts just to generate more traffic). 150 would be equally great too, but a nice round goal of 200 followers would be fantastic to aim for; real and unique people from all around the world who enjoy what I publish, leave meaningful feedback on my work, and look forward to new content. Good target to aim for, eh? 😀
1 – the number of people who update this blog – just little old me!
3 – the three close people who knew about my blog first; my parents and my brother.
4 – the number of short stories I aim to publish every month; one every week on Monday.
1000 – the word-length of some of my favourite flash fiction stories to write. Long enough to craft some detailed worlds and draw the reader in, yet short enough to be easily read in one sitting.

7. Expand the following acronym so as to closely describe the most dominant side of your personality: ALACKRE

Amiable – I’ve become a much better people-person from retail work for almost 3 years.
Learning – never be afraid to try new things.
Adaptable – because it helps to stay flexible with what life throws at you.
Caring – because this online family has been amazing at helping me become a better blogger, reaching out to talented bloggers and promoting them for new readers.
Keeper – once you’ve got a friend in me, you’ve got a friend for life.
Reliable – because it’s an amazing feeling when people can trust you to get things done.
Earnest – if you’re sincere in compliments, enthusiasm, and your inner convictions, it goes a long way.

8. You need to choose between a single page of wisdom and a whole blank book of a thousand pages. Which do you pick and why?

A blank book of 1000 pages – you can take it with you & note down whatever you find useful. Cheeky life hack: memorise the single page, copy it into the book, then you’ve got 999 pages still to play with! 😀

9. What’s the best thing you love about yourself?

Apparently I’ve got a very dull flat soothing voice, so I’m particularly proud of calming down dogs and excitable kids, especially in crowded shops.

10. You have the authority to declare that one day in the year be devoted to some special person/cause. What do you devote it to?

Marine Protected Areas – they have a huge help in reducing overfishing, protecting coral reefs and encouraging new wildlife for future generations.

11. You get one minute to talk to a powerful person/entity. The entity will change whatever you want it to change, but you only get one minute to talk and no more. You only have one chance. What do you talk of?

Probably Death from the Discworld universe – wouldn’t want him to change anything, but it would be fascinating to chat about life and the universe over a good curry. 😀

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My Excellent Eleven:

Since 2019 began, here are some new bloggers I’ve recently discovered through this amazing community. They’re great writers whose passion for blogging shines through in their fantastic content. I’d highly recommend visiting their blogs!

Aaya, of The Quill

Khushbu, of Elite Star

Rachel, of Illuminated Literation

Victoria, of Twenty-Five-Thoughts

Natalie, of Parchment & Pencils

Sarah, of Nerdy Wordy Birdy

Michelle, of Her Writing Haven

Pooja, of Life’s Fine Whine

The Happy Minimalist Girl

Amanda Cade

Katherine’s Blog

My Optional Eleven Questions:

  1. Why did you start blogging?
  2. What have you enjoyed most about blogging?
  3. What is your main source of inspiration for blogging?
  4. Do you prefer to blog in the mornings or in the evenings?
  5. If you were to restart your blog over again, would you change anything differently?
  6. Share a strategy you’ve used to overcome writer’s block.
  7. What is your favourite season of the year and why?
  8. What changes would you like to make in your life or blog in 2019?
  9. Which favourite film/book/TV series do you never get tired of?
  10. What makes you happy and fulfilled?
  11. Celebrate a flaw of yours; is there a particular imperfection that you’ve accepted, embraced and turned into a personal strength?

I understand how many bloggers don’t always feel comfortable doing awards or sharing personal details about themselves, and that is completely okay. If you would prefer not to take part in the quiz, no problem at all! 😀 If you would like to accept this Award and continue it forward to new bloggers, that’s great too!

And finally: Thank you. Each and every one of you lovely readers. For taking the time to read my posts, enjoying my content, and following my blog. Your support keeps me going, and your kindness, encouragement and inspiration has pulled me out of some truly rough patches. You all create such a fantastic online community here that means so much to me – I’m deeply grateful for the opportunity to meet such great new friends and grow my blogging family. It’s so lovely getting to know you!

Happy blogging everyone! Keep being amazing! ❤️💚💙💜🧡

Tom 😀


9 thoughts on “Sunshine Blogger Award #4

  1. Great answers and interesting questions, always a pleasure to read. You are an expert with awards.
    On a side note if you find the perfect 200 sincere, serious and faithful readers, please share….. they are extinct and very hard to get hold of. 😝

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    1. Thanks ever so much! Glad you enjoyed reading it ❤ And yeah, good advice – I know plenty of bloggers who've got anywhere between 300 and 5,000 readers, but likely many of those are just 'one click, one like, no meaningful followup'. I've actually shortened my followers on purpose since many won't revisit for a second time.
      Still, a boy can dream… 😀

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