Driftyness is honoured to be nominated for a Sunshine Blogger Award by the lovely Roshonda of JustsumInspiration!
The Sunshine Blogger Award seems to be a bit of a WordPress mystery, and I’m not sure where it originated, even after doing a bit of digging. So for the purposes of clarity, I’m defining it as an award that’s given to bloggers who make us smile, entertain us, uplift us, or make content that we enjoy. It’s an award that’s used to acknowledge someone’s contributions as a blogger.
I may or may not have written an acceptance speech. So bring your tissues and someone call my mom!
What is the Sunshine Blogger Award?
One more time for the people in the back: the Sunshine Blogger Award is an award that’s given to bloggers who make us smile, entertain us, uplift us, or make content that we enjoy. It’s an award that’s used to acknowledge someone’s contributions as a blogger.
About the Nominator (is that a word?)
Before I delve into the award, I’d like to thank Roshonda, author of the blog & magazine JustsumInspiration for her nomination. Because the internet is full of rabbit holes that I fall into daily, I can’t remember how I came across Roshonda’s blog & magazine. What I do remember, though, is the fact that we’ve been following and encouraging each other for a while now, and this is cherished. Blogging can be a tiring journey, and it’s good to have people come along with you.
Roshonda is a born storyteller, and she shares her writing about God, life, wellness, and other positive content. I’m not ashamed to say I check her blog each Thursday to see what she’s posted next. She’s honest, funny, and has lots of great little insights from the imperfections she’s experienced in life. As someone who’s currently trying to navigate the dating world, one of my favourite posts from her site is a play she wrote, called I Will Wait, Till God Says “It’s Time!”. If you enjoy funny takes on the hot mess that is dating with a dash of hard lessons, give it a read. You can read Act 1 here, and Act 2 here.
Sunshine Blogger Award Rules
- Thank the blogger who nominated you and link back to their blog.
- Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you.
- Nominate 11 new blogs and write them 11 new questions.
- List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award in your post.
Here’s What Roshonda Asked Me
What caused you to start blogging?
I started blogging some time in high school, about 10 years ago (I’m getting old, chile). I wasn’t the happiest teenager, and it was a way for me to deal with some of the things I was feeling. I hoped that people would read my blog and feel less alone, which, interestingly, is one of the main goals of my blog today. I drew a bird I drew back then on one of my sad days, and it actually ended up inspiring me to start Driftyness. You can see it on my About page if you’re curious.
What is your favorite post you’ve written?
What I Learned From a Year Without Makeup – Part 1. I think it marked a turning point for me in the kind of content I wanted to create.
What is your favorite food you have eaten from a foreign country?
I’m actually not adventurous at all when it comes to food. I almost cried tears of joy when I found a McDonald’s in Paris so…
Where is your favorite place you’ve ever been?
I imagine everyone’s thinking I’m going to say Paris because I just mentioned it, but actually, it isn’t. The place that left a big mark on my heart was Nova Scotia, Canada. I was about 10 years old when my parents, grandparents, siblings and I piled into a van and took a long road trip there, and it’s one of my fondest memories. I think it was a combination of being with the people I loved most in the world (my little heart was bursting with love!) and the sheer beauty of the place. Nova Scotia was quaint and majestically beautiful all at once. The people were incredibly friendly, too.
Where did you go on your first travel trip and how old were you?
I was a fetus when my parents went to Disneyland, does that count?
What would you do if you didn’t blog?
I would probably write in my journal more and find an online community somewhere. Blogging for me is the best of these two worlds: it’s a way for me to document my own journey and share it with others who can relate.
What is the most adventurous thing you have ever done?
I went to Paris by myself when I was 19. When I booked the flight, I had actually never been on a plane or anywhere overseas! I decided that I wanted to do something adventurous and rebellious since I was in my last year of teenagerdom and didn’t have any of the crazy adventures pop culture had promised me. I won some money in a design contest, put it away, and researched flights, hotels, and activities for a few months before I bought my ticket. It’s embarrassing to admit this, but I was partly inspired by the movie Monte Carlo, which I saw with a friend a few months before deciding to go. I even met a guy named Théo, just like in the movie!
What are your favorite and least favorite things about blogging?
The thing I love the most about blogging is the way that it can connect you to other people. I love seeing other people’s stories and being part of this big group of people who are smart, creative, and interesting. I feel inspired so often!
My least favourite thing about blogging is the pressure. I think it’s amazing that people can now make a full-time income through their blogs (or at least have a decent side-hustle), but the standards are now very high. Blogging has become an actual industry, and there is such a flood of tips and “must-dos” that I sometimes feel like I have to do everything. Post every week, be active on all social media, and of course, brand, brand, brand…Sometimes it’s too much, and it makes me forget that I’m still a hobby blogger, although I’d like to transition to making money from blogging one day.
What makes you different from any other blogger?
I currently have a pimple in the centre of my right cheek AND near the bottom right corner of my mouth. How many of you can say you have that?
In all seriousness, though, I don’t think we’re all that different. We all have different flavours, but there are going to be overlaps. And I think that’s good: that’s how communities are formed.
What is your favorite book or travel movie?
I loved the Eat, Pray, Love movie so much it hurt. I’m aware now that it’s arguably problematic, but I’m a sucker for stories about people finding themselves in beautiful places.
What types of blogs do you enjoy reading?
I love, love, love blogs that tell a story about people’s life experiences in a coherent way. I love it when someone can make me sit down and read their blog for hours because they’ve written posts that tell me about how their story unfolds over time. It makes me feel like I get to know them and like I’m going along for the ride with them (a really good example of this is The Wanderlust Project). If you’re reading this and thinking that this sounds like your blog, please drop the link in the comments! Please also contact me or tweet me if you’re interested in chatting or collaborating. I would love to work with you, or at least pick your brain! I would love to write the way you do, but I’m struggling with figuring out how.
And the Nominees Are…
- The Pages of Paige
- The Naked Writer
- The Chic Street Lawyer
- A Tale of Two Cities
- Nelu Mbingu
- Scribbles and Tostitos
- As Told By Ali
- This Black Girl
- Ashley Renee
- Joezette’s Journey
- Simple Ula (I’m not sure if this blog award is for big bloggers, but Ula is so uplifting, I had to nominate her anyway!)
My Questions for You
Repeating some of Roshonda’s questions because they were good.
- Why did you start blogging?
- What are your hopes for your blog?
- What’s something that you’d like to blog about, but haven’t done yet?
- What are you working on outside of blogging?
- Are there any dreams you’ve had for many years?
- What’s your favourite thing about where you currently live?
- What is the most adventurous thing you’ve done?
- What are your most and least favourite things about blogging?
- What kind of content do you want to see or make more of?
- What’s your funniest memory?
- What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned as a blogger?
I’m so touched that my blog has been acknowledged. Sometimes I feel like a little drop in a big blogging ocean, but it’s so nice to know that my blog is appreciated. Thank you, Roshonda!
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