Uzma, amazing creator of Wit and Words, has kindly nominated me for a third Mystery Blogger Award! Thank you ever so much! Please visit her blog – she’s an inspirational blogger who writes from the heart and is passionate about encouraging new bloggers far and wide. Her blog includes a little of everything, from beautiful poetry to inventive Word Prompts and some fascinating short stories! Two great uplifting posts of hers are All Friends On Board and one of her earliest pieces, My Broken Shell. She’s definitely worth your time! 😀
What is the Mystery Blogger Award?
‘An award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging; and they do it with so much love and passion.’
– Okoto Enigma
Thanks Uzma for nominating me for a truly humbling award! 💐 I’m thrilled by such a great opportunity to reach out to new bloggers!
I’m sure most of you are well aware of the rules already, so I won’t overload you with a huge list! 😀
Uzma’s Five Questions:
1. What is one thing that you are afraid of that you think you shouldn’t be?
Spiders! I know, it’s a completely irrational phobia, but my brain still freezes up whenever I see one lurking in a corner. I get really creeped out by how fast they can scuttle!
2. If you could write a book, what will it be about?
Hmmm…I’ve got a weakness for gruff loners who are still fundamentally good people, gradually learn to rely on others & protect those in need from thugs and bullies (e.g. Max Rockatansky, Jack Reacher). So trust-building stories with a slow-burn plot and unsympathetic villains who deserve their just comeuppance from the protagonist. Deeply cathartic stories with happy endings that are emotionally satisfying to read. Characters who are good with kids/animals are always a plus too!
Luckily, I’m very fortunate to have already written one, based exactly on this! 🤓
3. Are you a disciplined blogger who schedules their posts, or do you work at your own pace?
I try my best to stay a disciplined blogger, even if the content isn’t always the same each week, but I’m definitely far more disciplined than last year. I’ve set myself the personal goal of publishing something new every Monday, so readers can look forward to new content and know that it’ll be consistent every week.
Despite starting this blog way back in December 2017, I’ve only really been blogging properly since September 2018, when it suddenly clicked that ‘hey, these readers you’re getting might like some regular content for a change. Give them something to look forward to.’ So I published How to Be a Better Blogger, some key self-help tips that I felt useful about what worked and what didn’t.
And…it took off. It really resonated with people. So I published more ‘How to…’ posts every week, and those snowballed as well. Here’s the thing: once I started scheduling regular posts every single Monday (and stuck to it), my readership took off in a big way. But honestly, those first nine months were just…all over the place. My posts weren’t consistent, readers didn’t know what to expect or when to expect it, so they soon lost interest in keeping up with new material – my blog was languishing for a looong while before I kickstarted things again on a consistent weekly basis.
4. What is your motivation for blogging?
Connecting with people with such different life experiences who bring something new and unique to this community – bloggers who are passionate about their chosen niche and love spreading it to new readers all over the world. I’ve grown to love sharing my self-expression through the stories I publish too. It’s a fantastic community that keeps on giving and I’m thrilled to be a part of it!
5. What was an expedition or a plan that went all wrong in the weirdest way you expected?
Duke of Edinburgh practice hike around our neighbourhood woods and fields. You’d think I’d know the place well, being a local (turns out: I REALLY don’t). We got lost twice (and I’m the guy who even lives here!) and got pestered by a herd of curious cows. 🐮 Turns out I’m not the great navigator I thought…
Three Things About Me:
1. I can’t dance (but after a few ciders, I think I can! 😀 ).
2. I’d like to hopefully get my short stories published in an anthology collection sometime this year, or try the self-publishing route through Amazon for my historical thriller. Trying to get some beta feedback from first-time readers to see what works and what doesn’t so far.
3. I’ve got a strong personal connection with the countryside I grew up in, so we’re very lucky to live close to the sea with such beautiful rural scenery.
My Best Posts:
If you have a moment to spare, I’d love you to check out my personal favourite short stories so far: Trust Fall, Good Samaritan, and Warfighter, Peacemaker. I truly loved writing them & was deeply humbled with the positive response they got from other bloggers too, especially since they’re only 1000 words long at most! 🦋 Massive thank you to everyone who’s enjoyed them so far! ❤
My ‘Special Sixteen’ Bloggers:
These are some truly excellent bloggers I’ve had the privilege of meeting through the WordPress community. They deeply love blogging, and their passion shines through in the wonderful content they produce, from stories to poetry and writing advice. It’s great to link new readers together and build awareness of some amazing bloggers. Please check out their fantastic blogs below: you’re in for a treat! 😀
My ‘Secret Seven’ poets: these bloggers paint incredibly heartfelt scenes through their beautifully elegant language, powerful imagery and deeply emotional prose. If you’re looking for some wonderfully soul-stirring poetry, these are the bloggers for you!
Evie – Written Realities
Shreya Vikram – The Midnight Ember
Tara Caribou – Raw Earth Ink
Megan O’Keeffe – Debatably Dateable
River Dixon – The Stories In Between
Michelle Cook – Her Writing Haven
My ‘Fabulous Five’ fiction writers: These talented bloggers are exceptional storytellers, creating vivid short stories that leave the reader eager for more! Their characters leap off the page through rich authentic dialogue, well-crafted emotional struggles and immersive world-building that pulls you along for a thrilling ride. Please show them some love by checking their stories out!
My ‘Fantastic Four’ writing sages: These ladies are experts in the amazing advice they offer aspiring bloggers. Whether you’re a fledgling writer, a new blogger just starting out or a veteran wordsmith looking for some fresh inspiration, these bloggers are fantastic fountains of knowledge with valuable lessons about the writing journey. They’re well worth your time!
M. L. Davies – Uninspired Writers
Eva – Brimming
My Five (Optional) Questions:
- What makes you happiest about your blog?
- What motivates you to continue blogging?
- Favourite blogging/writing advice?
- Do you have a favourite book, film, or TV series that you never get tired of?
- Celebrate a flaw of yours; is there a particular imperfection that you’ve accepted, embraced and turned into a personal strength? (unusual question)
I hope that some of you might accept this Award and perhaps continue it onward, but if you’d rather not and give it a pass altogether, that’s completely fine. It’s entirely your call. If anyone would be interested in taking part, it would be a great opportunity for other bloggers to learn about you and your blog. 😀
Feel free to spread the love and pay it forward! Happy blogging, everyone! Hope you all have a lovely week!