Thank you to Rachel Rahmdan for nominating me for the Ideal Inspiration Blogger Award. You are too kind for including me in your list of nominees. Everyone should go check out her work; the aim of her blog is to touch lives and inspire you to become the best version of yourself despite your circumstances. Feel free to check out and follow her pages on Instagram (@rachel_ramdhan) and Facebook (@rachramdhan).
- Thank the person who nominated you and provide a link back to his/her blog.
- Answer their questions.
- Nominate up to 9 other bloggers and ask them 5 new questions.
- Notify the nominees through their blog by visiting and commenting on their blog.
- List the rules and display the “Ideal Inspiration Blogger Award” logo.
- Provide the link of the award creator of Ideal Inspiration Blogger Award as Rising Star from https://idealinspiration.blog/
Questions Asked of Me
Rachel Rahmdan gave me new questions to answer below:
Who or what was your inspiration for blogging?
Though I wrote a post about this titled How and Why I Started Blogging, I suspect the answer to this question comes down to the writing and life advice I read as a young person on two writer websites: brentweeks.com and maggiestiefvater.com. They had wisdom to pass on. Back then, I thought I might have wisdom to pass on, too. I did not, because I was small and chewy, but I started anyway. It took a long time to find my way from there to the true beginning of blogging, which began somewhere in the middle, just like everything else. Perhaps, in the end, my friends inspired me to blog, because they loved the words I wrote about them, and I wanted to share those words about my friends with the world.
If you could tell your younger self one thing, what would it be?
Small Summer, your sense of inadequacy stems from your conclusion that everyone knows better than you. However, when action, execution, or technique differs from yours, that does not make your way wrong, just different. Very little is diamond-cut black and white. Seek only relevant input; otherwise, make your decisions. Anyone who has a problem with your choices can just deal.
What is your dream vacation spot?
A cabin or cottage far away from everything. Some body of water nearby. Lots of big, green trees. A place with foggy early mornings and rainy afternoons. A place to write and rest and think.
What is the title of your favorite novel, if any?
Favorite? This may sound clichéd or pretentious, but I could never choose a favorite. Although, I did just publish a post about My Top 10 Favorite Books Written by or About Women, wherein I narrowed down the parameters of this exact question. You can check out my answer there. (They’re excellent books. You should read them.)
What advice would you give to a new blogger?
Put heart into your posts; but more than that, imbue them with thought. Splattering words on the page will get you nowhere in terms of audience. And we all know you blog to gain audience, or else you would simply journal for your own eyes. Don’t write a post just to write. Say something meaningful for you and your readers.
My Dear Nominees
I frequent these blogs the most and these blogs also frequent mine the most. Check them out; each has uniquely wonderful content to offer.
The Drabble – shortness of breadth
Words on Key – a blog for word nerds
DirtySciFiBuddha – musings and books from a grunty overthinker
Lucy’s Works – a little writing workshop of horrors
lemanshots – fine pictures and digital art
GiftedAndChilling – sharing my writing and creative exercises that can hopefully inspire you to do writing of your own
For you, my dear nominees, are these questions to answer on your own blog.
- What do you get from blogging? In what way does blogging satisfy you?
- If you could be doing anything at all right now, what would you be doing?
- From the field of your blog’s niche, whose work would you most love to promote?
- What project lays dormant in your heart right now, waiting to come out when you’re ready?
- What do you tell people scares you the most when you cannot tell the truth?
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