……. and the award goes to…..

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“If your dream is all about winning an ‪#oscar‬, a ‪‎grammy‬, an ‪#emmy‬, or another award, give up and quit now!
Why dream for accolades, awards, recognition or celebrity status?
Dream to learn, achieve, grow, sustain and succeed.
You will be a happier person in life over trying to define your success or your dream by what others think of you.”
― Loren Weisman

Crushedcaramel  mentioned me on her site as one of eleven bloggers she has nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award. Having a curious nature, I typed the name of this award into the search engine, and the only results that came up were the sites of other bloggers that had been nominated. There was no origin story or actual winners of this award, although there were some variations on the number of bloggers to be nominated. So I will assume that it was originated by a creative blogger (or WordPress) as a means of bloggers getting to know each other. Which is a good thing.

Perhaps it’s my conservative nature but I see a nomination process that is not targeted towards an actual winner as a phantom process.

I feel like a ghost, where my spirit is attached to this earthly plane and unable to move on until I am freed by a final vote for a winner for this award.

I feel like I am in purgatory, existing with years of torment and suffering, not knowing who actually won the award and so being omitted from bloggers heaven.

I feel like the Phantom of the Oscar, to sit eternally in my seat while the celebrity reads from the card and repeats over and over ” and the winner is ” , but no final name is spoken.

In order to exorcise these demons and as a courtesy to crushedcaramel, I will just answer the questions she has set for her nominees. I will not nominate eleven other bloggers as I do not wish them to share my haunted feeling .

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“Linguists tell us that we actually have not had a thought until we can articulate it through in writing. Therefore, the more we put our thoughts down on paper, the more firmly they are formed in our minds.”
― Jonathan Hayashi

  1. DO YOU EVER FEEL DISCOURAGED ABOUT BLOGGING? WHAT DO YOU DO TO KEEP YOURSELF MOTIVATED?

I’ve only been at this since March and so far have never been discouraged. Sometimes I have an idea, sit down to type on my laptop, and then my fingers fly in a different direction on the keyboard and something unexpected develops. Other times I have no idea of what I am going to write and something just appears. It’s magic once you actually sit down and decide to write.

2.    WHAT IS YOUR OWN FAVOURITE POST FROM YOUR SITE OR THE ONE YOU WOULD RECOMMEND READERS CHECK OUT FIRST?

I have no favourites.

3.    DO YOU ENJOY CAMPING OUT IN THE GREAT OUTDOORS?

I used to, but those days are gone. I was in the boy scout movement for six years where I did a lot of camping and overnight hikes. When my children were young we enjoyed camping. I also took part in ” an all boys” camping weekend once a year consisting of family members.

4.     DO YOU ENJOY PLAYING OR WATCHING SPORT? IF SO, WHICH SPORTS?

My passion is soccer ( I still hate using that word, I prefer football). I watch the English Premier League and am a life long supporter of Tottenham Hotspur. I stopped playing at 50 because of back problems. I made my come back at 69, with indoor 6 a side co-ed soccer, but I was playing mostly against people under 30 and so gave up after a couple of months. I then tried over 55 walking soccer. We started a club with a pool of about 14 players, who after an initial spell of getting fit and rediscovering lost skills, ignored the basic rules and moved forward at the speed we chose. Over time we had more people join who complained that we were running. These new entrants were more interested in using the venue for social chats, rather than playing the game. Oh well. Nothing lasts forever and I am still very competitive.

5.         DO YOUR FRIENDS KNOW ABOUT YOUR BLOG SITE?

Yes. I post on Facebook and I used to post on Twitter before I left that particular medium. I’ve had some family members say that they have read my blogs out at the supper table at family gatherings. My grandkids get a real kick out of reading them, which leads to discussions on my past and the views I hold.

6.        WHAT IS YOUR MOST EMBARRASSING MEMORY OR EXPERIENCE?

I’ve had many embarrassing moments. I remember when I first came to Canada, and for my first job I had to take a regional bus into Montreal and then change to a city bus. While standing at the city bus stop in the pouring rain I decided to take a taxi. A car with a fare meter on its dashboard stopped by the bus stop and I opened the door, got in and directed 410 St. Nicholas Street. The driver just stared at me and said “It so happens that I’m going that way if you need a ride”. He was not a taxi he had some device on his dashboard but it wasn’t a fare meter. I apologized and said I would get out. But he replied that he didn’t mind driving me.

7.    WHICH SONGS WOULD YOU SING IN THE SHOWER WHEN YOU THINK NOBODY CAN HEAR?

That’s an easy one. I have a terrible voice, I don’t sing out loud. All the music goes on in my head.

8.        IS ANYONE ELSE IN YOUR FAMILY A BLOGGER OR VLOGGER?

No. Unfortunately.

9.     IF YOU WERE BEING A TOURIST FOR A DAY IN LONDON – WHERE WOULD YOU VISIT?

Speakers corner, Hyde Park. Just to get a flavour of the nature of London to-day. I used to love going there when I lived in London. Speakers would just turn up with a newspaper in their hands and starting reading the headlines and shouting their opinions. I also went to the speakers corner at Tower Hill, though I don’t know if it’s still there.

10.     COULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR DREAM CAKE?

A chocolate cake with cherry syrup and chocolate drizzle throughout heaped with dark chocolate shavings. Like a black forest cake, but richer and without the cream. I love dark chocolate. I have two squares of 90% Lindt dark chocolate after lunch every day.

11.       DO YOU HAVE A FAVOURITE TV DETECTIVE?

Helen Mirren as Inspector Jane Tennison in Prime Suspect.

Well, this is my half hearted attempt at responding to the Sunshine Bloggers Award. Thanks for the nomination crushedcaramel.

 

 

13 thoughts on “……. and the award goes to…..

  1. You did quite a research on the award. I also got the nomination and just did what I was supposed to do. So it shows that I am a conformist. Your approach on the other hand was through. Enjoyed the answers. I think that it’s something to encourage new people on the forum. I nominated a few people who refused to take it up citing that a: they are a award free blog, b: they have done it already and I should nominate someone else. And the nomination were not a success as I didn’t know who was new and who were seasoned bloggers. So I guess, you live and learn.

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      1. Good strategy. But if you want more people to follow you , then you should do the things in a proper way. I found that this not only motivated me but also brought more people to my blog.

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      1. I opened my follows in the WordPress reader. Selected the person who I wanted to nominate and copy pasted their phot and link on to my post. Hope this helps.

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  2. Hey Len…I enjoyed your answers very much. So you jumped in a random car thinking it was a taxi….but it wasn’t a taxi! I am glad the driver was so chilled and kind to you! Love your dream cake description. I love dark chocolate too, especially Lindt.
    There seem to be a lot of blogging awards around. I have no idea who started them, but I think now they are mostly a little way to get to know a bit more about who is behind the posts you are enjoying and a little way to show appreciation for other bloggers who have been encouraging you.
    But just as Sadje mentioned, there are a lot of bloggers who are “award-free” for various reasons.
    I am really grateful for all your support, like seeing your comments.

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