Sisterhood of the World Blogging Award


  

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Thanks to Joy Pixley of Tales from Eneana for nominating me for the award.

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Here are the rules:

  • Thank the giver and link their blog to your post.
  • Answer the 10 questions given to you.
  • Pass the award on to ‘N’ (as many as you want) other bloggers of your choice and let them know that they have been nominated.
  • Give your nominees 10 of your own questions to answer.
  • Include the logo of the award in a post or on your blog.

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Questions:

1. What are you trying to accomplish with your blog? Or put another way, what are you hoping others will get out of it, or that you will get out of it?

The original purpose of my blog was to improve my writing skills. I still think that is an important goal in my blog but I’m also trying to develop writing pieces – even just ideas or beginnings of — writing pieces to submit to literary magazines/contests and for a masters in Creative Writing in 2017. I also think a purpose of my blog is to share writing other people can read and enjoy and to be a community thing where people read my writing and I’m able to read there’s and we can share insights. We develope a lot from what we learn from other people and their ideas and that has certainly been the case with me. I have had many great mentors on WordPress.

How do you deal with the inevitable frustrations of blogging, like posting something you worked really hard on and getting little response? (It’s okay to admit if crying is involved; we’d understand.)

Honestly, it is difficult to predict why people like certain pieces and not others. I’m always surprised when a piece I spent five minutes on and because it was only an emotional outpouring, I receive a lot of likes and comments. I think you have to hook the reader, you also have to be willing to put yourself out there emotionally because people respond to that. Also, commenting on other blogs and reading other’s work opens up new doors and helps you to connect with other people who maybe interested in pieces other bloggers aren’t. It really just depends on the day too. Sometimes people don’t have time to read a long piece but a short piece only takes a few minutes to read.

What is one way that someone has been especially supportive about your blog and/or your writing more generally?

– My parents are pretty supportive of my writing in general and my wanting to get a MFA in Creative writing. I don’t know how much of my blog they read. My friends are good and often read a post every now and then. A great deal of support comes from the blogger community, especially when someone says they like my blog and my writing and are happy to have found it. Also, I have had great mentors as I’ve said in the blogging community – Joyroses, PJ, Clcouch, Jacqueline, to name a few.

What is one thing you wish you had known when you first started your blog?

I wish I knew how important it was to read and respond to other people’s blogs. I have actually been going at this for four-years and the more time I’m into it, the better response from others I receive. Two-days ago I had the most likes ever. Even though it is a long process somedays, I firmly believe that giving people positive support in their blogging and networking, using social media makes a huge difference. 

How do you find or make or schedule time to write for your blog? How well is that working for you?

Honestly, I probably spend too much time blogging between writing pieces and commenting but I’m on disability, I have time. I’m building myself as a writer and trying to get my name and work out there, so it is somewhat like a career a I do half-time. Writing is what I want to do with my life, so you have to put in the work and effort.

Everyone procrastinates at least once in a while. What’s a guilty pleasure that you indulge in when you’re supposed to be working?

Shopping sometimes. Or just watching movies or TV shows I like that I’m not caught up on. 

What do you like to do when you’re not working or writing? Do any of your hobbies, or your occupation, feed back into your writing?

I enjoy reading a lot. I can spend days just reading if I let myself. I go for walks. The weather has been nice so it’s been great getting down into the park by my home. I do yoga, go on Netflix, watch TV episodes I missed, adult colouring, and drawing in general. I love fashion/makeup so I spend time looking at Magazines, on Pinterest,, YouTube watching how to videos etc. Love watching hockey and going out with some friends. I often take courses too, not at the moment though. All this helps my blog. It is new experiences to write about and new ideas etc…

Which holiday or celebration (annual or otherwise) in the country where you live do you enjoy the most?

Christmas without a doubt. I love finding the perfect gift for everyone and I like our family traditions and the delicious food. I like being able to celebrate with friends too and seeing people I don’t always see often. I enjoy wine and friends this time of year especially.

Since I love food, I have to include it here: Tell us a story about one of your favorite foods, like a special time that you made it, or when you first had it, or just describe what you love about it.

My Dad, before he had to become Gluton free, he used to make the most delicious homemade apple pies. They were so scrumpious. Probably bad for you but oh well. At the time I could work out lots so it wasn’t an issue.

Tell us a story about someone who told you (or implied) that you couldn’t do something because you were a girl/woman, and how you responded.

i can’t think of one off hand. Except if you are a girl, their is a lot of pressure around my age to meet a guy and get married and have kids. It’s a societal thing. Because of my health issues I don’t know if I can handle kids. People don’t get that. And guys can be really dumb these days, they think because you chatted with them a bit or went for a coffee, now you should naturally sleep with them. 

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Nominations

Sonya at 100 Words or Less.

Marie at Doodles and Scribbles

SWritings

Wandering Soul

Jennifer Terry at The Things I Yell
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Questions:

Same as the ones asked to me above

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27 thoughts on “Sisterhood of the World Blogging Award”

  1. Thank you sooo much for the nomination Mandi!! 🙂 ..You’re planning to do your Masters, wow! Good luck! I was looking for short courses…really enjoyed the BloggingU ones…always on the lookout for more! Thanks again for the shout-out! 🙂

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    1. Yeah the WordPress courses are very good. I learned a lot from them. I have taken a few different ones from different online programs for writing/editing in Canada. Excited to try for the Masters but We’ll see it us hard to get in 🙂

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  2. Can I just say that your last answer was so onpoint! I just give you a virtual high five 🙋🏼.
    Now, congratulations Mandi and all the best in your masters programme. How long would it take for you to complete it?

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    1. Hi Ameena. Glad that last part resonated with you. It will take awhile I can only manage a course at a time I think. So depends if I can do courses in spring/summer anywhere from 3-5 yrs I think, I have to get in first 🙂 thanks Ameena!

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  3. I can think of no one better to have this award. Your answers are filled with detail and illumination. Going for your MFA sounds grand: its terminal, meaning you can get tenure with it, if you ever want to go the academic’s route. Maybe somewhere in the fathers’ circle there’s an understanding that they have to make great pie. Apple pie was something my father could make wonderfully as well. I’m sorry you have to deal with stupid men. I’m sorry men are stupid. Makes me wish for membership in a sisterhood. Congratulations, Mandi Belle! Your journey is inspiring.

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  4. I agree 100% about the communal aspects of blogging and how, while it can be time consuming, is the way to reap the greatest benefit from blogging. I have gone back and forth with my own schedule, trying to balance my write/read time and it’s interesting to see how reading and commenting more – engaging in other’s work – will create more interest in your own. It really is a, “you get what you give” process.

    I really enjoyed reading through your post. It was very insightful!

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  5. What a fast turn-around, Amanda, good for you! I can relate to so many of your answers, too, especially about not realizing at first how important it is to read other blogs and comment on them, and to be good about responding to comments on my own blog. I’ve “met” so many more interesting people that way! And mm, now I want some apple pie. In moderation, it’s not *so* bad for you (unless you’re gluten-intolerant, of course).

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  6. Awwe, thank you for the nomination Mandi. I really appreciate your passion in writing and your sense of community. I am one of those bloggers who finds it a joy to read posts and your comments in our posts. Best of luck in your MFA. I do believe you can do it! 🙂 Love reading this post and get to know you more.

    P.S The thing about guys… I couldn’t further agree. 😀

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  7. Mandi, I won’t add much here but I’ll second everyone thoughts here.Your answers are in great detail and to be more precise they have a visual effect 🙂
    I enjoyed reading them and best of luck with your future endeavors 🙂

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  8. Thanks so much, Mandi. However much I would like to accept this, I can’t an I went award-free last month. Many apologies but please know that I really appreciate being considered. 🙂

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