I woke up this morning and, like every other, grabbed my phone to peer at its screen through bleary eyes. What made this morning different was that my phone was telling me that I’d been nominated for an award. Confusion immediately set in.
My eyes must be playing tricks on me? Am I already due for another eye exam?
After flipping through my mental Rolodex of memories and realising that, no, my eyes should still be fine, I looked at the screen again. I’ve been nominated for The Real Neat Blog Award!
It said so in black and white (with pretty little flowers), and we all know that everything we read on the internet is true!
I bolted upright, straightened my new sparkly (albeit invisible) crown, smiled at my adoring subjects (okay, they’re my house plants but whatever) and let the moment sink in.
I blog for myself. It’s an hobby I enjoy and am not looking for accolades. Or at least that’s what I tell myself. Because suddenly I’ve become Sally Field receiving her Oscar while shouting, “You like me!”.
Poor James. I’m already an handful at best of times. Now that I’m an Award Winning Blogger (!!!) he’s going to want to strangle both me and my inflated ego. He deserves an award of his own.
A massive thanks goes to Leighton (Lignon, HA!) over at Leighton Travels for nominating me. I’m not sure how my little blog made the cut, but I’m not going to look a gift horse in the mouth.
Leighton has lived a fascinating life and I thoroughly enjoy following along with him on his trips down memory lane. He’s currently posting about his year abroad teaching English in Slovakia, and each instalment makes me feel like I was right there with him living through the highs and lows. Check out his blog if you haven’t already.
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Leighton’s Questions for Me..
1. What was your first blog post about? And how do you feel about it now, looking back?
My very first post on MOTM features a Vancouver gem, Bloedel Conservatory. I still love this post because I’m a sucker for gardens and while I love to travel to other countries (I’m looking at you, France!) it’s fitting that I first shared about a local spot.
2. What has helped you grow as a blogger?
MOTM isn’t my first blogging rodeo. Over the years I’ve learned to focus on what I love – visiting and experiencing new places, learning about art and history, taking photos (lots and lots), eating delicious foods – and this blog serves as my personal diary slash photo album.
3. A genie kindly grants you a dream home. Where would you like to have it placed? What made you choose this location?
Easy! A gorgeous flat in Paris! I’m a city girl, born and raised. So while a cottage in the countryside or a cabin overlooking the sea would be great, I know that I couldn’t do it full time. Being able to wander the streets of my favourite city while never running out of things to discover – or eat – oh man, that’s my dream!
4. What is your best travel experience?
Hmm. That’s a difficult one, as so many spring to mind. Canoeing along the Dordogne River in Périgord Noir ranks high up the list.
5. Have you ever had a nightmare trip?
I don’t know if I’ve ever experienced a trip from hell. There have been certain instances from previous trips that I’d prefer to not relive (like the Las Vegas locust infestation of 1998, or the food poisoning incident at a certain unnamed Parisian restaurant in 2008), but even those don’t take away from the overall experience of a trip.
6. Is there a blog post you’ve written that you’re particularly proud of? Why?
I’d have to say my Alphabet series. I’m unapologetically nerdy at heart, so having a way to bring that into MOTM has been a fun challenge for myself.
7. What advice would you have for bloggers starting out today?
Be authentic and write for yourself. That has worked for me.
I follow lots and I’d really like to nominate each of them. Unfortunately that’s not how the rules go. Le sigh. So please allow me to share my very pared down list..
Camille is a fellow Pacific Northwester with an interest in travel, history, art, literature, nature and wine. Her blog is full of interesting facts that she has learned through her travels. Camille is also Cat Mom to gorgeous Cora, who occasionally makes a guest appearance. Please check out Camille’s blog over here.
Vee over at Millenial Life Crisis is wise beyond her years. She’s thoughtful and funny, and isn’t afraid to call society out on its bullshit. I’ve learned a lot from her blog, including new perspectives as well as simplified tips for running my own blog. Please check Vee’s blog over here.
Loren over at Radio Free Daglan has been a favourite of mine for years. He writes from Daglan, a gorgeous little commune in France. I love reading updates about the life he and his wife (hello Jan!) have created together in their small town. Please check out Loren’s blog over here.
Clazz originally hails from Orkney, way up in Northern Scotland and is now based in Edinburgh. She loves to travel and does so as cheaply as possible, which I love. Clazz’s posts are fun and informative, and make me want to pack my bag and run for the airport. Once this global pandemic is over, of course. Please check out Clazz’s blog over here.
Alison’s love affair with Paris began years ago with a Marie Antoinette doll. Like me, she has visited the city multiple times and never needs an excuse to return. But airfare isn’t cheap. So until I can head back I’ll fill the void by reading Alison’s wonderful Parisian anecdotes. Please check out Alison’s blog over here.
Aiva, Ericeira and Valter make up this lovely little family who currently call Western Ireland home. It’s impossible to read their posts peppered with their stunning photos and not feel a mix of inspiration, jealousy and longing. Check out Aiva, Ericeira, and Valter’s blog over here.
Remember when I said that I’d love to live in Paris? Sara does – lucky! Until that magic genie appears before me, I’ll continue to live vicariously through Sara’s posts about day-to-day life in my favourite city. Check out Sara’s blog over here.
Regular readers of MOTM know that in my little corner of the online universe, Thursdays Equal Doors. The brilliant mind behind this weekly community project is Norm and I couldn’t not include him on this list. In addition to bringing us door fans together, Norm’s blog is an interesting mixed bag of topics. Please check out Norm’s blog over here.
My Questions for My Nominees
1. If you had to be a fruit or vegetable, which would you choose and why?
2. What is your earliest travel memory? What makes it stand out?
3. What is your favourite part of blogging?
4. If you could recommend one single destination for others to visit, where would it be? Why?
5. On an airplane do you prefer the aisle, middle or window seat?
6. How would you spend your perfect day?
7. What about post-pandemic life are you most looking forward to?
Well, that’s it folks.
Thanks again to Leighton. Once I hit publish I’m heading over to see how your Slovakia Adventure ends.