Sunshine Blogger Award (Writer’s Edition)

Hi, friends. I’m popping up between regular Friday posts to answer a few fun questions about blogging!

The Sunshine Blogger Award is peer recognition for bloggers who inspire readers by promoting positivity and bringing joy.

Matthew Winters (Honest Thoughts from a Pastor) nominated me for this award. I like his blog because he’s relatable and down-to-earth. Check out his site!

Questions:

  1. Why did you start blogging? I started in September 2017 for a college course. I stayed because I discovered my niche and an awesome community of people.
  2. What is your favorite blog post you’ve written and why? I put my heart into what I do, so it’s hard to determine a favorite post in particular. This is the post with the most views and likes–Self-Improvement From my Disabled, Christian Perspective (on the subject of New Year resolutions)
  3. How long do you edit or agonize over a post before you press “publish”? I edit my posts at least a couple times, but some rough drafts collect dust for months, while others get cleaned up and published a week after I write the rough draft. It usually depends on A) how excited I feel about the post and B) what I’ve published recently.
  4. Writers’ personalities are often different than their writing portrays. How would you describe your personality? Friendly, sweet, happy, kinda nerdy
  5. What is your favorite social media platform and why? If we exclude WordPress, I’d choose Instagram. I like making my little inspirational quote images on Sundays. Pinterest is also fun.
  6. If you are willing to share your social media links/handles, what are they? Facebook Instagram Twitter Pinterest
  7. What tools do you use to “beef up” your blog? I use Unsplash and Pixabay to find images I can use for free, then I edit those images with Canva. [I just bought Canva for Work, which gives me greater access to images and more editing options.] I also have the premium WordPress subscription.
  8. What is the most valuable thing you’ve learned from blogging? I’m going to copy Matthew’s answer–“Blogging is so much more about the audience than the writer. I love connecting with people through my writing. “
  9. What advice would you give to a prospective/new blogger? Read Blogging Tips & Tricks: Improve Your Blog Posts & Gain Followers or any of my other Blogging Tips & Tricks posts 😉
  10. Have you ever been nominated for and/or won other blogging awards? Yes, though I sometimes forget about nominations–oops!
  11. Are you satisfied with your blog’s progress? Yes. I’ve really honed in on my branding, my posts are improving, and my readership is growing. I’d like to continue that upward momentum! It’s both a lot of work and a lot of fun.

Nominees:

Questions:

  1. Why did you start blogging?
  2. What is your favorite blog post you’ve written and why?
  3. How long do you edit or agonize over a post before you press “publish”?
  4. Writers’ personalities are often different than their writing portrays. How would you describe your personality?
  5. What is your favorite social media platform and why ?
  6. If you are willing to share your social media links/handles, what are they?
  7. What tools do you use to “beef up” your blog?
  8. What is the most valuable thing you’ve learned from blogging?
  9. What advice would you give to a prospective/new blogger?
  10. Have you ever been nominated for and/or won other blogging awards?
  11. Are you satisfied with your blog’s progress?

Rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you and provide a link back to him/her.
  • Answer the 11 questions provided by the blogger who nominated you.
  • Nominate 11 other bloggers and ask them 11 new questions.
  • Notify the nominees by commenting on one of their blog posts.
  • List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo on your post.

Thanks for reading! See ya Friday! 🙂 Question for the comments: what is your favorite topic that I post about (blogging, Christianity, disability, etc.)?

25 responses to “Sunshine Blogger Award (Writer’s Edition)”

  1. How your Christian beliefs impact a disability.:)

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    1. Thanks for your input and your consistent support!

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  2. Ohh!!! I love this tag and your answers, Lily!!!! And thank you SO much for tagging me!!! I was considering doing a post about what I’ve learned in blogging in a year, I and I think this tag is the perfect way to do it! ❤️❤️💕
    Also, to answer your question, I really like your disability posts. There so super interesting!!!!

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    1. Thanks for your input, dear! You’re welcome, and I can’t wait to read your answers. ♥

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  3. Congratulations on this award! ❤️ I enjoyed reading your answers. I too have some blog posts that sit in drafts for months and collect dust. 🤭

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    1. Thanks, Hilary! And, yes, so many dusty drafts, ha. I write more often than I post, hence the overflow.

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  4. Excited ( but not surprised) that you were nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award. It is especially fitting because i feel that you always find the ‘sunshine’ in your posts. So proud that your writing has connected you to so many other wonderful people thru the Blog. Keep up the good work!

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  5. Yay – thanks for the nomination; I’ll have to think about those questions.
    I think it was a comment on one of my posts that led me to your blog. I stayed because of your helpful tips for beginners, like me, and your positive attitude at all times. Thanks for the lift.

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    1. I look forward to reading your answers! You’re welcome. Thanks for your support. 🙂

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  6. Nice to know you better, Lily!😊 Congrats on the award.

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    1. Thanks, Meredith! 🙂

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  7. ….and how kind of you to nominate me! Thanks a bunch.😊

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    1. You’re welcome! 🙂 Looking forward to reading your answers if you have time to participate.

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  8. “Friendly, sweet, happy, kinda nerdy.”
    Accurate and the very reason I love your blog. I know I can count on a little bit of sunshine whenever I read one of your posts.

    Keep on, keepin’ on, sweet lady!

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    1. Aww, thank you, Allison! I’m glad we have our “solemn and binding” connection. 🙂

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  9. Congrats on the well-deserved award, Lily! I loved reading your answers – I’m also a fan of Unsplash, Pixabay & Canva, couldn’t live without them for blogging 🙂
    Caz xx

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    1. Thank you, Caz! I like your editing style. 🙂 Canva is a godsend, ha.

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  10. Much props Lilly.
    –Pam

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  11. Congratulations for being nominated, Lily! Thank you for nominating me and I love how these questions have to do with blogging! I also love reading your posts about Jesus✨💗

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  12. Lovely answers and congrats!!! Agree, the audience is so important to blogging ❤

    You nominated some awesome bloggers : )

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  13. This is so sweet! Thank you so much for your nomination. I am a little non-traditional with awards but I’m definitely going to try to put out a response. Love this 💕

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