I awoke tyesterday morning to find that I’d been nominated for the ‘Real Neat Blog Award’ by National Parks With T. Thanks so much T. That means a lot, coming from you. For those of you who do not know, T writes posts on Public Lands and National Parks in the USA. I never knew there were so many National attractions to visit in the USA. I have been to some of the sites T blogs on, but she has taken me to so many more. Thanks for showing me your part of the world, T.

At the same time, I was recognized by Faith + Gratitude = Peace + Hope with the Somebody Loves Your Blog Award. Crystal writes inspiring posts about Gratitude and Attitude and their impacts on facing most any situation, good or bad. I have to agree with Crystal. We do write our own life story in the ways we react to things both good and bad. Faith will get us through.

Again, many thanks to both of you for liking my blog enough to bestow these honors upon it and me.

While I have accepted previous nominations in the past, they do involve a fair bit of work, so if I had previously received an award, I would politely decline a second similar one.

My first task is to answer T’s questions:

  1. What do you envision as the mission statement or purpose of your blog? Show readers not just where I go, but who I am. Travel is not just about a place, but about an experience. Each experience is unique. Showcase my photography of travel, my neighbourhood and the little things that make life special.
  2. How has that purpose evolved since you first started your blog? My original purpose was to create a private blog where relatives and friends could follow my travels on my 2014 retirement trip to New Zealand, Australia and Vancouver. 7 weeks later, when I returned home, I stopped blogging for a while, thinking I had nothing more to say. But, I missed blogging and interacting with other bloggers and took it up again to take readers through my adjustment to retired life at home. Now, I like to share my photos, prose and bad poetry with fellow bloggers who read my humble posts.
  3. What impact has the global pandemic had on your blogging? My posts are now about the small stuff that I am doing to ride out the pandemic. At first, I thought, this ain’t gonna last and that I would soon not have anything to write about. How wrong I was!
  4. Do you watch your blog stats and obsess over the numbers or do you publish for the sheer enjoyment of expression? When my first blog was private, I had only a few views and comments and no likes. This did not bother me. When Imade the blog public, I used to obsess about my stats, particularly the number of followers, but now I see that many of them only click “follow”, because they want you to follow them and once you do, you never hear from them again. Likes is another grey area. So many bloggers are stressed for time and click 3-7 of your posts with the same exact time stamp. I used to do this too. But, Likes do not translate into Reads. I do watch the traffic and comments to see if my post is resonating. I know my strong and weak posts (in my mind) but sometimes I am surprised as to what resonates. I thank all my loyal reader and commenters for reading and interacting with me and make sure I respond to their comments and also look at their posts.
  5. Are you active on other social media outlets (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, etc…) and which do you like best? Why? Nope. I seem to only have enough time to dedicate myself to my Blog and reading the posts of those I follow. I do not use any of the other platforms.
  6. What is the farthest you’ve ever traveled from your home? I would have to say the 7,568 miles, 12,180 km it took to get to Auckland, New Zealand. We have now done this 4 times (once with a 16 month old toddler, who is now 33.
  7. Tell us about an unexpectedly awesome, off-the-beaten path attraction you’ve enjoyed during your travels. Mangawhai (wh is pronounced like an f in Maori) Heads in New Zealand (beach/cliff walk through some of the most beautiful coastal scenery we have ever seen), A Braijade de Meridounale restaurant in Menton France for an extraordinary local meal experience, walking behind a waterfall in Iceland and visiting Milford Sound in New Zealand (twice). I am very lucky.

Real Neat Blog Award Rules

  1. Display the blog award logo on your post.
  2. Thank the blogger who nominated you.
  3. Please link back to their blog.
  4. Answer the questions they have given you.
  5. Nominate 7 to 10 bloggers of your choice.
  6. Ask them 7 questions.

My Nominees for the Real Neat Blog Award:

  1. Lael who writes a blog called Heartsyle described by her as Life Through The Lens Of A Silly, Stubborn Heart. Her blog makes me laugh, makes me think and makes me ponder the tough questions…like why do we have to have worms?
  2. Angie who posts Mama Coffee Chat Life in between cold cups of coffee and figuring out who I am. She is a busy working mother of 3 who still finds time to post. I wanna know how she fits it all in.
  3. Susie whose blog Susieopinions is about Life at age 72, feeling like a 20 year old. You can do it too. She is my hero and I want to be like her when I grow up.
  4. William whose William’s Writings home page reads WELCOME FRIENDS, PLEASE ENJOY MY NEW BLOG, PACKED FULL OF EVERYTHING FROM MUSIC TO SCOTTISH HISTORY. His posts satisfy the thirst for knowledge that originates from my Scottish heritage.
  5. Aiva who writes OUR CROSSINGS. Her ABOUT page summarizes it well. We are three Latvians, Aiva, Ericeira and Valters, currently living in Sligo town on Irelands West Coast and together we make up Our Crossings. Interesting posts of travel as well as exploring her new home on Ireland’s West Coast. She always comments, even when I post about the snowy winter in my area for the 39th time.
  6. Lori who details her travels on Diary of a Gen-X Traveler summarized as Traveling to experience places not just visit them! I love her posts of her trips to Greece and throughout the USA.
  7. Marie whose Welcome page on her blog HopsSkipsandJumps reads in part… Hi.  I’m Marie and you are very welcome to HopsSkipsandJumps.     If you are reading this you are probably like me – happiest when planning your next trip (or 2…  or 3….!) Lots of great travel posts and some tongue-in-cheek humour.

There are so many other deserving blogs. If I have not selected you, you are either happy or sad, but know that you are not forgotten. Thanks to all of you who read, Like, and Comment on my blog posts.

Seven Questions for my nominees

I know how long these award posts take to complete, so please know that I will understand if you break the chain. But if you decide to participate, follow the steps above and answer the same following questions:

  1. What do you envision as the mission statement or purpose of your blog?
  2. How has that purpose evolved since you first started your blog?
  3. What impact has the global pandemic had on your blogging?
  4. Do you watch your blog stats and obsess over the numbers or do you publish for the sheer enjoyment of expression?
  5. Are you active on other social media outlets (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, etc…) and which do you like best? Why?
  6. What is the farthest you’ve ever traveled from your home?
  7. Tell us about an unexpectedly awesome, off-the-beaten path attraction you’ve enjoyed during your travels.

Once again, thanks to all who taker the time to read and comment.

Allan

37 thoughts on “the Real Neat Blog Award!

  1. Congratulations on the well-deserved recognition! Of course, I think your blog is real neat, too, and I don’t understand the likes on the same time stamp either (especially 20 at a time). Anyway, it’s wonderful to meet genuine people with common interests like you, Allan.

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  2. I didn’t even know likes had a time stamp! I went through a period where I cross posted all the blogs to Facebook but they grew old fast so if my IRL friends want to read it they can follow me or not. In the end I write what’s in my head for me.
    Congrats on another blogger award but I think this is the first time for this blog?

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    1. The likes come in through my E-mail and all are stamped with the time they were sent. Even my short posts can’t be read 7/minute. I know what it is like, you are in a hurry and you want to let other bloggers know you are there for them…………..I did get a Real Neat Blog Award nomination on my last blog spot. Thanks for reading Bernie. Allan

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  3. Congratulations. I have had so many nominations, and it’s impossible for me to accept them all. I blog because I love it. I spent so many years writing reviews, and that’s how my blog started, but forget that. My head is brimming with so many ideas.

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    1. Thanks Giovanni and thank you for being a loyal reader. How are things in your part of the world? Hope all is well. We are getting back to “normal” here, whatever that is, but even though conditions are relaxed, we are not. Cheers. Allan

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  4. Congrats on the nomination, it is well deserved. I have enjoyed following along on all your life adventures, whether traveling, taking photographs (especially of the snow), writing poems, baking, and all the small things in-between. Take care.

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    1. No worries William. This may be the last one I participate in, as well. They do take a fair bit of time. Thanks for all your Scottish posts and keep them coming. Allan

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