This is a bit of a change of pace from my normal posts. And there are a few of you who have already read it, due to my own clumsiness in scheduling posts!
The Liebster Award is a fun award bouncing around the blog-o-sphere these days. I'm excited that I get to participate, and want to thank Tracy Walker for nominating me. Be sure to check out her blog!
Here's how it works. When you are nominated, you are given a set of questions to answer on your blog. Then you nominate other blogs that have under 200 followers and provide them with a new set of questions. It's a fun way to connect with different bloggers--maybe you will find a new favourite writer through this project.
So, let's get started with the questions Tracey asked me...
What about springtime are you most looking forward to?
Walking the Littles to school in the morning without the 20 minute saga of putting on snow gear. And watching them ride bikes. And riding my bike. Oh. And planting our garden. I can't wait to dig in the dirt! Okay, I'll stop now.
What tool do you use most in blogging?
Probably my camera (or unsplash.com) for images. I've been wanting to grow in my photography skills, and blogging gives me an excuse to practice.
Who or what brings you inspiration in blogging?
My kids. Watching them explore, discover, make mistakes, forgive, struggle, and laugh invites me to reflect more deeply on my life. World events and reading great writers also inspire me to write.
What famous person would you want to have dinner with and why?
This is a tough one. I am struggling to think of anyone. The problem with eating dinner with a famous person is that you're constantly aware of their fame and wondering if you are saying the right things. Or, at least, that's what I imagine--I don't often eat dinner with famous people. I think I'd rather have dinner with good friends whom I haven't seen in ages and use the time to catch up. But. To respect the question, if I had to choose...nope...I can't decide. (Who would you choose?)
If you had $10,000 deposited in an account with the directive of using it for leisure travel, where would you go and what would you do?
Ooooh. I love this question. I have this bucket list dream of taking a year to travel across North America with my kids so they can experience some of the places they will learn about in school. But that's down the road. The Greek Islands are on my wish list. But right now we're saving for a trip to Scotland and a trip to Disneyland. So. Maybe a combination of those two.
Aside from social media platforms, what is one blogging tool you absolutely love?
Canva. I love playing with words and images together.
List your top 3 favorite blogs to read & why you like them:
Annie Parsons: hootenannie.com Annie is a friend from my days in Colorado. Her blog has made me cry from laughing so hard, as well as challenged me to think and reflect more deeply.
Beth Woosley: bethwoolsey.com Oh my goodness, she is funny. I want to be funny like her.
Rachel Held Evans: rachelheldevans.com I love her willingness to ask hard questions about faith and tradition and church. I love her honesty about doubt and disillusionment.
One thing you’d love other bloggers to know about you?
I usually write with at least one child climbing on me. There are bound to be mistakes.
What’s your #1 blogging tip
I don't know if I've been doing this long enough to have any tips. Maybe I'd say this: putting your writing out there is putting yourself out there. We risk rejection and judgment every time we post. So, gather a community around you that can support and encourage you, and even help you laugh at yourself.
What causes you to want to read more or subscribe to a blog?
If it feels authentic. I love a good story, so if I'm drawn in by a story, I'll likely keep reading. I want to get better at storytelling on this blog. Also. I will be honest...if it's too long, I don't usually read the whole thing.
I am so curious to know some of your answers to those questions...if there is one that strikes you, feel free to leave a comment with your answer.
And Now My Nominees...
- Witty Sandle: Feast your eyes on her photography.
- Lisa Kaastra: I love her reflections on every day stuff, like wearing two different shoes to work one day.
- Adrienne Graves: She's willing to write about the hard stuff on this journey called life.
- Our Strength Project: Alaina writes about the road they walk as a family with a daughter who has been diagnosed with a serious neurological disorder. The story of getting tattoos was a joy to read.
- Messy Beauty: Nikole writes about the blessings and challenges of every day life with three young kids.
- Tamara Lexlow: Tamara reflects on life with humour and authenticity.
Pages of This Life: I appreciate Elaine's honesty as she writes her story.
- Life on a Pedalo: Sunny writes about her adventures...and I get the feeling she has lots of them!
- Bobbie Schaeperkoetter: Bobbie's reflections on faith and life are inspiring. I love what she says about leaving Funkytown.
And My Questions for Them...
- You have five hours home alone...what do you do?
- What three words do you hope describe you?
- What are your biggest challenges or obstacles in blogging?
- What brings you joy?
- Which writers inspire you?
- When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
- Why did you start a blog (and how long ago was that)?
- What makes you angry?
- If you could spend a day in a fictional world from a book, what book would it be and why?
- What blog do you read the most (other than your own, of course)?
So, if you were nominated, create a post where you answer my questions, nominate blogs, and write a list of questions for them to answer. (Be sure to link back to my blog so I can read your answers.)