cropped-lowcase-d-aviDriftyness 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

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and link back to their blog.
  2. Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you.
  3. Nominate 11 new blogs and write them 11 new questions.
  4. 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…

  1. The Pages of Paige
  2. The Naked Writer
  3. The Chic Street Lawyer
  4. A Tale of Two Cities
  5. Nelu Mbingu
  6. Scribbles and Tostitos
  7. As Told By Ali
  8. This Black Girl
  9. Ashley Renee
  10. Joezette’s Journey
  11. 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!)

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My Questions for You

Repeating some of Roshonda’s questions because they were good.

  1. Why did you start blogging?
  2. What are your hopes for your blog?
  3. What’s something that you’d like to blog about, but haven’t done yet?
  4. What are you working on outside of blogging?
  5. Are there any dreams you’ve had for many years?
  6. What’s your favourite thing about where you currently live?
  7. What is the most adventurous thing you’ve done?
  8. What are your most and least favourite things about blogging?
  9. What kind of content do you want to see or make more of?
  10. What’s your funniest memory?
  11. 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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17 thoughts on “Movin’ On Up: What Is the Sunshine Blogger Award?

  1. Can’t believe I’m only now seeing this! Smh. Congratulations on your award! I enjoyed reading this so much and learning more about you. I definitely feel you on the pressures of blogging, but you just gotta do what you want to do. I’m about to check out those other bloggers you mentioned. Thanks for the nomination as well! xoxo

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  2. I got on here to congratulate you for your award, not realizing my name would be on the list of nominees! You are far too kind ☺️ Thank You for the nomination!

    Congratulations on receiving this award!!! 🎉🤓😎🎊

    I’d like to echo your sentiments on the “pressure of making an income blogging” …. I ditto everything you said! It’s like literally become a business and EVERYONE has a blog! Like people who don’t even like writing, but because it’s somehow become trendy to have a blog 🙃

    Great learning about you! Looking forward to answering your questions! Just when I was brainstorming my next blog!!! 😎

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    1. Thank you & you’re welcome (it’s well deserved!).

      I was just reading a blog last night that was saying that people who are serious about making money view blogging as a means to an end. And it implied that blogging because you like to write means you’re a hobbyist. It left me feeling a little funny since I think there’s a middle ground between the two. Not to mention that people have been able to launch writing careers from their blogs. But I guess everyone has their own approach to it. 🤔

      I’m looking forward to reading yours! It’s a nice way to get to know a little bit more about the bloggers we follow.

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  3. OMGosh Girl!!! You had me laughing and snickering at your post – there were so many favorite points but the one about the pimples….took the cake…LOL LOL. However; I do have one forming at the bottom of my nose, it’s sort of where my nostril and way top lip meet, if that makes sense. Oh my, it was so nice reading your blog and finding out so much about you. Paris has been and I think will always be my favorite place (although, I haven’t been there….YET!) I thank you so much for your kind words towards me and the blog – I have to be honest, sometimes I think to myself – who in the world is really reading these Thursday posts; because with the way WordPress is set up, someone can like your content and not even take the time to read it; so I appreciate your for taking the time to read it, that does my heart good – you made me smile today andddddd….you gave me a thought, I was actually thinking earlier today about what to post and had thought about posting another “original work” that I wrote entitled “Broken Pieces” but decided against it, but when you said what you said about the plays…I was like, you know what?…I’m going to do it!! You are such a breath of fresh air for me and I really do enjoy your blog posts. I know you’re going to have many, many more adventures and I can’t wait to hear about each and every one of them. Much Love ❤❤❤

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    1. Haha, too bad the pimple club isn’t a cool thing to join. I’d definitely invite you otherwise. As for Paris, PLEASE write about it when you go, you have such a way of telling stories and I’d love to see how you experience it.

      I’m glad I gave you some encouragement! I was going to post this comment on your site, but it’s telling me that I need to sign into my account on JustsumInspiration? Not sure if other people are having the same problem.

      My thoughts on Broken Pieces: Broken Pieces was beautiful. I started getting goosebumps when I read it because I could feel the pain that the speaker had gone through. And when she said that it took her until age 30 to say that she’s beautiful…it was so haunting because I know that this is the kind of impact that abuse can have on people. Just really hold them back and hurt them in fundamental, deep-rooted ways. I loved the part about forgiveness at the end, and the way it healed her. Abuse is such a hard topic to write about, but I’m glad you did. It was really well done and I imagine that it might help a lot of people going through a situation like that in real life.

      I hope the speaker’s life isn’t too close to your own, but either way, I’m glad she got her happy ending. I feel like I need a quiet moment after reading the story, it really makes me want to stop and reflect for a bit.

      Please keep writing! You’ve got a real knack for telling stories.

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      1. Hey my little Sis!!! ❤️❤️❤️ – Girl, I appreciate you so much and YESSSSS! Whenever I do get the chance to go to Paris, I’m going to do a whole blog month about it, don’t know exactly when that trip will happen but it’s life, so you never know. I believe I fixed the issue with the testimonials, at least I hope I did – I see it displayed in my admin box now…lol. Still a learning wheel it is this WordPress!! I really appreciate you Sis for the words, when I say it put breath in me, it really did; I promise, just when we’re at our wits end; God has a way. I’m so glad you liked the short story…..see, you gonna make me break out my other stuff…lol. Yes, abuse is a hard topic and pill to swallow. Some of those incidents did happen in real life, while the other – especially the ending was a work of fiction, however; for me it was like that person died, just not in the physical realm. I was actually thinking about posting a story a month – maybe at the end of every month. I mean, they’re just sitting in my closet anyway in a folder…lol. I can’t say it enough Sis, I really do appreciate you – if I can be honest, I stopped writing like that a long time ago but just knowing that somebody likes reading them; it has really sparked something inside of me. Hope your reflecting went okay, I just want young ladies to know their worth and who and whose they are. When a woman knows who she is and realizes how valuable her worth is – she’ll raise the rent and then charge taxes because that’s just how valuable she is….I’ve settled for pennies in life and those experiences didn’t get me anywhere but stuck in an alley with a box to cover up at night. Whatever you do Sis, never settle – if that means you have to be alone for a while, just don’t settle – leave those pennies where they are because you’re so much better than that…..❤️❤️❤️

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        1. Wish there was a love button for this comment! I’ve always wanted a big sister, so I’m totally thrilled to be your little sis! And God is good at that, just coming in when we least expect it. I’m so happy that you feel motivated to write again. I think we both have that love for writing, so I’m so excited that you’ve got that spark to publish your stories! Please do it! I’d love to read them, and I’m sure I’m not the only one, either. I’m also really grateful that you’re sharing your life experiences, because you seem like you’ve learned a lot from them. I’m sorry that some of them, like this story, were rough. But here you are, still standing. God’s good, right? I LOVE you point about not settling – thank you for that reminder because it’s easy to forget. It actually gave me an idea for a post – mind if I use it? You’ll get all the credit for your wise words, of course 🙂

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          1. Hey Sis! You’re such a breath of fresh air. Yes girl, God is good ALL the Time! Of course you can use it for a post and no need for the credit, we’re all helpers one to another – so feel free! Yes, I do plan to do the short stories; I actually have one called “The Meeting” in which is sad but uplifting and on time for Mother’s Day, so I don’t know how it’ll go but I’m thinking about it, may wait till the end of the month. Yes, you are definitely a writer – I love how you put your words, if that makes sense. Hope you’re having a great day and Yes, you are my little Sis – you can’t turn back now…lol. ❤️❤️❤️

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