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The Sunshine Blogger Award



The lovely Rachel from This is Rachel Hill nominated me for the Sunshine Blogger Award! Thank you, Rachel! I’ve been following Rachel’s incredible journey since before she left the UK to travel the East. It’s been amazing to share in her adventures through her stories and photographs! I highly suggest you give her a follow.

Here are my answers to the questions she asked:

1. How do you decide which blogs to follow?

Pretty simply. I take a look around their blogs and if I like what I see I follow them! There isn’t really any specific criteria other than I tend to favor blogs that post no more than four times a week and that post shorter posts (between 600-1200 words), because I don’t have a lot of time to read blogs among school and other projects.

2. Do you follow people who have different backgrounds, cultures and politics to you?

Backgrounds and cultures, yes. Politics… I wouldn’t really know. I don’t follow anyone who talks about politics with any kind of regularity (on any platform, blog or social media). I get enough of people’s political opinions on Facebook against my will. I read news websites from both the right and left and form my own opinions from there. I don’t need to read Nancy Knee-Jerk’s opinions on something she probably hasn’t researched.

3. Can someone have different politics to you but still be a good person in your eyes?

Six months ago, I would have just said, “No,” but I’ve actually been working on this.

At this point in my life, it really just depends on the issue. Certain “political issues” I feel are actually moral issues and if someone disagrees with those things it’s difficult for me to overlook. I feel some issues really are just a matter of good vs evil.

There are other issues that, although I might be very stubborn in my stance on them, I don’t consider them to be moral issues. So, if someone disagrees with me, I won’t just immediately write them off (or I try not to).

I mean, Pup and I have wildly different political stances, but I’m pretty sure I’m going to marry him, so… *shrug*

4. Do you connect with other bloggers on a personal level?

Sometimes. Some bloggers I only know through their blogs. Some bloggers I’ve formed such close friendships with that they will be invited to my wedding. *cough*Allen*cough*

5. Do you read all the blogs you follow?

I try my damnedest! I only have free time to read blogs on the weekend, so I might have to skim a couple posts, but I really do try to read everyone’s most recent new post.

Of course, I also don’t follow hundreds of blogs and I’m not shy about unfollowing blogs I lose interest in.

6. What is your opinion on blogging every day?

On my own blog? I don’t see the point. Blogging isn’t my job. I struggle to come up with content once a week, so daily is just never gonna happen. I do Blog-tober. That’s enough.

7. Do you like getting a post from the same blogger each day, or do you find you can’t keep up?

I definitely can’t keep up. I support full-time bloggers trying to hustle, but it’s too much for me. I don’t follow daily bloggers unless their content is absolutely superb.

8. Do you sometimes think what’s the point (in blogging)?

Yes and no.

There have been times when I’ve asked myself why I keep this blog going. Especially lately, I’ve been trying to set some boundaries for myself because I tend to overshare and then delete things later, and a lot of times I end up scrapping posts before they even make it to the blog. I’m deeply concerned about a potential employer searching my name and having some of this content come up. Sometimes, I think it would be better to scrap From Adie, with Love and start over somewhere else, maybe with a pseudonym.

But I’ve never wanted to quit blogging altogether. It’s a labor of love, but I do love it. If I ever did decide to close FAWL, it would be because I wanted to start a different blog with a more focused topic. I’ve actually thought about relaunching Cupcake Witchery as a baking specific blog, or just creating a “resume/portfolio website” to focus on my writing and photography.

So… Yes, to “What’s the point of this blog?” No, to “What’s the point of blogging in general?”

9. And do you sometimes soar with happiness when posting a good blog post, reading a good blog, or making a connection in the comments sections and think, ‘Yes, this is everything!’?

Of course, that’s why this blog is still here lol! Ultimately, I’ve put a lot of myself into FAWL, and the friendships I’ve made with other bloggers are very important to me. I’m really proud of this little corner of the web I’ve built. It’s definitely not something I would walk away from lightly.

10. Therefore is blogging a metaphor for life in general?

I can see that. Blogging, like life, can be goddamn exhausting, but the good moments make it worth it.

11. When was the last time you felt really happy?

Oh, I’m sorry, Rachel, I lied in my comment about doing this as just a regular post instead of fitting the questions into the video. It may run long, but I am definitely answering this question in the video!

‘The official rules,’ if you choose to participate, are as follows:

  • Thank the person who nominated you and provide a link back to their blog so others can find them.
  • Answer the 11 questions asked by the blogger who nominated you.
  • Nominate 11 other bloggers and ask them 11 new questions.
  • Notify the nominees about it on one of their own posts.
  • List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo on your post and/or your blog site.

I’m sorry, I’m going to break the rules and not actually “nominate” anyone because school just started and I don’t have the mental capacity to think up eleven questions and do algebra and biology homework. BUT! I am going to list eleven people who’s blogs you should all check out (in addition to Rachel, who nominated me and I already linked to at the beginning of this post). If any of them want to post this on their own blogs and answer the questions Rachel asked me, they’re welcome to do so.

  1. Allen at Das Midnight Goose
  2. Kat at Angel Who Swears
  3. M.L. James at Wayward Sparkles
  4. Katie at Fatty McCupcakes
  5. Pip at Pip’s Tips
  6. Hestia’s Servant
  7. Traci York
  8. Only Fragments
  9. Marjorie’s Forgeries
  10. Geeky Cooker
  11. Nova at Advice I Needed Yesterday

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9 thoughts on “The Sunshine Blogger Award”

  1. Adie,
    Thanks so much for the shout out and the nomination for The Sunshine Blogger Award. I really liked your answers. There were a lot of political questions. Politics must be important to someone. I’m not sure if I can do this award justice, though, because 1) I don’t do politics; and 2) I’m not sure if I qualify for a “Sunshine Blogger” award — maybe a “Warped Sense of Humor” blogger award, especially after the last post I wrote…but if I get a wild hair, I might give it a go. Okay, I’ve got a wild hair or three… I’ll see what I can do. Again, thank you! Mona

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