A big thank you to Tanya, Salted Caramel, for this nomination!
If you haven’t done so already, check out her blog here: https://saltedcaramel.blog/ It’s a real “bloggers’ blog”!
What is the Mystery Blogger Award?
The “Mystery Blogger Award” is 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, Award Creator.
- Put the award logo/image on your blog.
- List the rules.
- Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
- Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well
(note: the link is there, but doesn’t seem to be working)
- Tell your readers 3 things about yourself.
- Answer the questions provided by your nominator.
- Nominate 10- 20 people.
- Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog.
- Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify).
- Share a link to your best post(s).
Three things about me:
- I worked in risk management for more than twenty years (how exciting is that?).
- I’ve seen three ghosts in different houses.
- I collect sea shells (not many, I promise).
My answers to Tanya’s questions:
- What do you enjoy most about blogging?
The interaction and encouragement of other writers and bloggers.
- What is the idea behind your blog name?
There wasn’t really an idea; I just used a version of my cat’s name. When I originally set up the site I was a bit nervous of putting my writing ‘out there’. That’s also why my debut novel was published under a pen name.
- How do you see your blog growing in 2019?
I’m a writer and author primarily and my blog site was really intended to be an author platform. I’ve been a bit side tracked during November, with these challenges, gifts and awards, which has been really interesting and fun. However, as I’ve said elsewhere recently (and below), I need to draw back a bit and concentrate on writing and editing above all else.
- What proportion of your blogging time do you spend on blog promotion?
Not much. I’ve set up my posts to automatically share to my Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook accounts; sometimes I’ll tweak the shares bit. Otherwise, I guess engagement also equals promotion and I try to keep up with all the blogs with which I connect. That’s maybe an hour a day.
- Relate one funny anecdote about blogging.
I’m not sure is this is funny or just weird, but I’ve been pulled up by ‘real’ people (in the sense of people I go for coffee with) for talking about the characters from my work in progress novels as if they are real people. I see worried looks in their eyes…
My nominees (with no obligation to participate!)
Gristle Mill, Alice Gristle’s Writing Blog – https://alicegristle.wordpress.com/about/
Thea by Me – https://theabyme.com/
Hitandrun1964, Rethinkinglife – https://gigisrantsandraves.wordpress.com/
JP the Wide-eyed Wanderer – https://wideeyedwanderingspoonie.wordpress.com/
Lilly Eves World – https://whitelillyweb.wordpress.com/
Natalie Swift, The Midnight Ember – https://themidnightember.wordpress.com/
Laleh Chini – https://avoicefromiran.wordpress.com/
Sarah, The Abject Muse – https://theabjectmuse.me/
Desi Videsh, Indians Abroad – https://livinginleuvenbelgiumeurope.com/
Demi Mitchell, The Lupie Momma – https://thelupiemomma.wordpress.com/
I’ll be letting them know in the next few days…
My questions – should you choose to answer
- What song will always get you on the dance floor?
- What’s your signature dish?
- If you could meet any author throughout the whole of history, who would it be and why?
- If you could only read one book genre for the rest of your life, what would it be and why?
- Which do you prefer: jelly beans or fish fingers with custard (this is the silly question!!)
The link to my ‘best’ post – https://lunasonline.wordpress.com/wip-novel/
Okay, it’s a link to my work-in-progress novel which I spent most of this year writing. I’m in edit mode now, and so this is going to have to be my last Award participation for a while.
I need to concentrate on my writing in 2019. So, if it doesn’t involve actual creative writing: something I’ve written or a response to an inspiration or writing challenge (short, very short or even medium-sized), I’m going to be a bystander. But it doesn’t mean I won’t be following and commenting on all your lovely blogs!