The Sunshine Blogger Award


The very talented Rob Goldstein nominated me for this award. You can read his entertaining post here: While you are visiting be sure to enjoy some of Rob’s wonderful artwork.

I liked Rob’s questions. Here they are with my answers:

  1. Why do you blog? I blog because I really enjoy the interaction with other, similar minded people. I have met so many wonderful writers, poets, artists, quilters and other artistic people through my blog. I enjoy the array of viewpoints, thoughts and creative outpourings that I read every day as well as all the lovely book reviews which have raised my TBR to house roof height. 
  2. What most frustrates you about blogging? I don’t find blogging frustrating. If I did I probably wouldn’t do it. I sometimes feel annoyed by my own lack of technical expertise when I can’t get something right on my blog.
  3. What do you enjoy most about blogging? I enjoy the lovely bloggers I meet and their interesting posts and ideas.
  4. How do you define success? I define success as being well-rounded. You need to work hard but find a balance so that you also enjoy life and family and find time for great hobbies like blogging and writing. 
  5. What is the one thing you most want from your followers? Hmmm, very hard. My followers are a lovely group of supportive and interactive bloggers. They post helpful comments and give me support and advice. I don’t think I could expect more.
  6. What is the one thing you most want to give the people you
    follow. I hope I return the advice and support I receive from others. I have limited time as I work full time so I can’t read every post by all my friends but I try to read a few from everyone every week and stay in touch. 
  7. How do you define the difference between positive and negative criticism? Positive criticism is constructive, it helps you to improve. Negative criticism is destructive and doesn’t help you to improve.
  8. How do you deal with moments when a blogger you like posts something you don’t like? Everyone is entitled to their opinion, that is the beauty of blogging. If I don’t like a post, I try to comment on any positive I took from it.
  9. Is your blog a journal, a literary experiment, performance art or none of that? My blog seems to be a bit of a jumble [just like my mind – giggle]. It has fondant art, poetry, 99-word prompts, photographs, book reviews and other literary thoughts. It is all creative though. 
  10. What is success as a blogger? To me, success as a blogger is to meet interesting people and develop friendships. I also like to learn and grow from other people with similar interests. 
  11. By your definition, do you consider yourself successful? I am happy with my life, my boys are doing well at school, I am still married after 17 years and I eat every day. Yes, I do think I am successful.

Rob nominated a number of people to join in so I am not going to do any nominations and don’t feel I can improve on these great questions. I love reading about why people blog and their blogging experience so do join in with your thoughts on this topic if you would like to. I would love to read your posts.



78 thoughts on “The Sunshine Blogger Award

  1. your answers remind me how much I love your philosophy on life!

    I agree with your definiton of success
    the well-rounded part can be different for folks.
    but you have such a non-competitive approach that is refreshing in the blogosphere

    Liked by 4 people

    1. Thank you, Susan. I am also a bit behind at the moment. I have been doing a lot of writing so my blogging time has been a bit reduced. YA novels are much more effort than children’s picture books of 600 words or less.


  2. What a beautiful cake I love the way you have decorated it. Must have been hard to cut slices from it.
    I love your answers to the questions Robbie – so many are similar to the answers I would give 🙂

    Liked by 2 people

  3. As usual, I’ve learned something new about you. I especially like your answer to “What if a blogger you like posts something you don’t like”. In this horrid political environment, it happens more than I’d believe. Good answer, Robbie.

    Liked by 3 people

    1. Hi Jacqui, yes, we are in a rather unfortunate place in the world now. I tend to avoid political posts as I prefer posts about saving the environment, poetry, books and other things that relax and please me. If I do read political posts, then I accept the viewpoint of the writer; everyone is entitled to their own opinion; that is freedom of speech and democracy. Of course, hate speech is not included in that. Hugs.


  4. My congratulations, dear Robbie. You know these questions made me ponder as follows: the point is not why we started blogging, as in fact each of us had a sort of a curious impulse to do it, the point is why we are still doing it! 🙂 My view of blogging has transformed so much for these years. It is no more a need just to discuss something, it is a need to make our reality better. And now celebrating Louis’s year this perception is changing again.

    Liked by 2 people

    1. I am enjoying your historical posts on Louis. A wonderful learning experience, Maria, and I love the recipes you sometimes share. So fascinating. I agree that your blog will evolve over time as you change as a person. Your basic ethics, ideas and integrity as a person is not likely to change thought as that is who you are.

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Hi Maria, I haven’t done much baking lately as I have been trying to finish While the Bombs Fell [new book] and the editing and proofing take ages. I am planning to make the Russian cake for our Christmas in July celebration at the end of this month. I will let you know.


  5. Congrats on your award, Robbie. I feel the same ways about blogging – the interaction, the encouragement, and the support.
    I’m glad for your balance of life and a happy family.
    I laugh when I read your answer about success: “I eat every day.” It reminds me of the time when I was in between chemo treatments for my cancer, being able to eat was very important to continue the treatments. I could eat ice cream without worry of gaining weight. My friend said, “Eat as much ice cream when you can.”

    Liked by 1 person

      1. Yes, that’s the problem of chemo, I needed medication for the side effects of medication. I enjoyed your positive post. Good to know that the cancer and chemo behind us – your mom, and me too.

        Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s