Sharing Some Blogging Love

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One of my favourite things about blogging is the sense of community.  I love that we can encourage one another, and it was a lovely surprise that recently two different bloggers nominated me for blogger awards!

Bethany from First and Second Blog passed on the Liebster Award and the Blogger Recognition Award and Ali from Humble Mumblings nominated me for the Sunshine Blogger Award.  Thank you both!  This post is my attempt to somehow combine all three awards which each have slightly different rules!

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The Blogger Recognition Award asks the recipient to share briefly about how their blog began and give two pieces of blogging advice.

The Liebster Award and Sunshine Blogger Award both call for answers to questions provided by the nominator, and the Liebster Award also asks the recipient to share 11 facts about themselves.

All three awards give the opportunity to nominate up to 15 other blogs for this honour!

This is going to be a long post, but feel free to skip down to the bits that interest you!

How this Blog Started

For a while I had felt the call to start writing.  I had written in journals for years but had never shared my writing.  Browsing online, I discovered Five Minute Friday and found a book study taking place on the same website, looking at “On Being A Writer” by Ann Kroeker and Charity Singleton-Craig.  I signed up and committed to giving it a shot.  By the time the study was over, I knew writing was something I wanted to keep going with and I was amazed by the community I’d found.  Two years and three months later I’m still going.  I’ve never had a great master plan for my writing but it’s been exciting to see where the journey has taken me.

Advice for Bloggers

  • Keep your focus on God and not on the number of page views.  I know that the times when I’ve had one person contacting me to say that my writing has helped them or impacted them that has meant more than having good statistics.
  • Visit other blogs and participate in the blogging community.  Especially if you take part in link-ups, take time to encourage other bloggers.  You will be encouraged in return, both by their posts and the friendships you make!

11 Fun Facts about Me

  1. When I was a child I had a red birthmark below my nose.  People used to stop my mum on the street to tell her that my nose was bleeding!  (Fortunately it faded and disappeared by itself as I got older.)
  2. I can remember not being able to read words, but I can’t remember not being able to read music.
  3. I don’t watch a lot of TV, but I love The Apprentice.  (I’m not into business at all but I’m fascinated by the team dynamics.)
  4. I love musicals.  I don’t have one favourite but three: The Sound Of Music, Les Miserables and Wicked!
  5. Walking is my preferred mode of transport whenever possible (except in torrential rain 🙂 )
  6. I never learned to ride a bike as a child and I have pretty much concluded it’s a skill I don’t really need.
  7. I had a (very bad) poem published when I was 14 and earned the princely sum of 65p!
  8. When I was a child I always wanted to go on the game show Supermarket Sweep- I was convinced that my brother and I would be the perfect team (and I’ve just heard it’s making a return soon so maybe it’s not too late!)
  9. I enjoy cross stitch but find it hard to make the time.
  10. I enjoy baking when I have the time.  My favourite is cherry bakewell cupcakes.
  11. Along with my band I’ve played at many memorable events.  One that will always stick with me is “Le Doudou” festival in Belgium where a fight between St George and the dragon is re-enacted in the town square.  I accidentally got a bit close to the action and almost got crushed by the crowd and trampled by St George’s horses!

Answers to 11 Questions (a combination of Bethany and Ali’s questions to stop this post getting any longer!)

1. What is the most beautiful place you’ve visited?

The island of Arran (off the west coast of Scotland)

2. What’s your favorite movie quote?

“Everything will be all right in the end. If it’s not all right, it is not yet the end”  (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel)

3. It’s a beautiful day and you are reading a book outside. Are you sitting in the sun or shade?

Shade, definitely!  I burn far too easily!

4. Favourite ice cream?

This is an unusual one, but I tried Parma Violet ice cream this summer and it was amazing!  (For people who have no idea what I’m talking about, Parma Violets are little purple sweets that taste like flowers.  You either love them or you hate them!)

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5. How many states have you visited?

Just one- Florida! (but I think I have blogging friends in at least 20!)

6. How do you find God’s presence in your day?

Reading the Bible in the morning, listening to worship music, trying to make time to walk and pray.

7. What’s one thing you would want said about you at your funeral?

That I encouraged others, gave them hope and pointed them to Jesus.

8. What is your favourite book and why?

The Bible because it’s God’s Word and it has power.  (I know that’s the “right” answer, but it’s also true!)

9. Name one song you’ll never stop listening to?

I’m sure there are loads, but one I listen to a lot right now is “Fighting Words” by Ellie Holcomb.

10. Worst travel experience ever?

A five hour bus journey by myself on a bus that was far too hot, squashed into a seat next to the toilet (which smelled really bad), surrounded by a group of guys who were drinking and talking loudly over the top of me to one another the whole way!

11. What’s the story behind your blog’s name?

It comes from Psalm 18:19: “He led me out into a spacious place.  He rescued me because he delights in me.”  It’s a verse that is special to me and I liked the idea that this blog was about exploring the spacious place and the freedom we have in Christ.

My Blog Nominations

I love several of the blogs Bethany nominated, but since I have so many to choose from I’m going to select different people here.  If you have time, I’d encourage you to check out Bethany’s list too!

Freed To Fly- Trudy Den Hoed
Trudy’s posts are always full of encouragement and hope.  Look out for her end of month round-ups with quotes, songs and amazing nature photos!

Where Faith And Grace Hold Hands- Jeanne Takenaka
Jeanne’s writing is authentic and thought-provoking.  She is a great photographer too!

Along The Way- Marie Gregg
I love Marie’s boldness- that she tells it like it is and that she is not afraid to tackle the tough topics.

Praying On The Prairie- Tara Ulrich
Check out Tara’s Write 31 Days series on Jagged Grace for beautiful reflections of God at work in the brokenness of life.

Back On The Floor Again- Gabriele Burgess
Gabriele has the skill of writing posts that are concise but profound.  I often find that her reflections make me think, and I love her art work too!

Linda Stoll
Linda’s posts are full of wisdom and I always feel a sense of peace when I visit her blog.

Journey Pink- Michelle Viscuse
Michelle’s writing is powerful, and she is courageous about shining light into the darkness of childhood sexual abuse and speaking hope.

Debby Hudson
I never fail to be inspired by Debby’s stories of her work with men in recovery and her testimonies of God’s power transforming lives.

Grace With Silk- Valerie Sisco
Valerie is a great storyteller.  I enjoy the humour in her posts and the way she draws spiritual truths from real life experiences.

Surrounded By The Spirit- Ceil Ryan
Another wonderful storyteller who can see the divine in the ordinary- always full of encouragement.

Mary Geisen
I love Mary’s honest and thoughtful reflections on life and faith.

Hope And Light- Barbara Robbins
Barbara’s posts are full of wisdom on looking to God in the midst of life’s challenges.  She has a particular focus on living with chronic illness but many of her posts are more widely applicable too.

Blessed Are The Pure Of Heart- Andrew Budek-Schmeisser
Andrew’s insights are drawn from his journey of living with terminal cancer and they are always thought-provoking and challenging.

Embracing Every Day- Barbie Swihart
Barbie’s writing is honest and vulnerable, and always contains encouragement to look for glimpses of beauty in the midst of the challenges of life.

The Gritty Pearl- Meg Gemelli
I’ve enjoyed getting to know Meg over the last few months through her #GritUp Writers’ Collective linkup.  I love her writing and her honest reflections on life and faith.

If I’ve nominated you to take part and you’d like to (absolutely no pressure!) then please do whatever parts of the challenge you want to and we’ll stick with the same eleven questions!

 

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47 thoughts on “Sharing Some Blogging Love

  1. Congratulations on your blog recognition! Awesome. Enjoyed getting to know you more through the interview questions. Continued blessings on your writing and blogging journey. God’s favor, anointing, and most of all…His glory!

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  2. I am also a musical fan and I have a musical theatre blog. I love the community found in the blogging world as well especially by the faithful followers on your blog. I never thought I would write a blog, but family and friends convinced me to and was hooked right away

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  3. I’m so honored that you nominated me, Lesley. I have to think on it some more. I have always avoided blog awards, but this sounds more like a fun way of connecting with community and getting to know each other better. 🙂 I loved reading all your fun facts, advice, etc. Thank you for sharing them! I follow several of these blog writers, and it would be interesting to hear from them, too. I also know I’ll need to return to this post to look up others I don’t know about. 🙂 Love and hugs to you!

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    1. I’m glad to be able to share some of the blogs I love with others! It’s totally up to you if you take part or not. I would love to read your answers if you do , but I understand if you choose not to participate. I have been given an award before and chose not to do it, but it felt right to take part this time. No pressure at all- I just want you to know that you’re appreciated. Love and hugs!

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  4. What a fun post this is, Lesley! I also read that book by Ann Kroeker and Charity Singleton Craig! So good. I should read it again. And I totally agree with you about Linda’s blog. It gives me a sense of peace too. Blessings on your writing and blogging! 🙂

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    1. Thanks, Betsy! Yes, it’s a great book. I’d like to read it again too now that I know a bit more. Blessings on your writing too- I always enjoy your posts and I’m glad Bethany featured your blog!

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  5. Thank you, Lesley for choosing me! I am honored by your kind words and how you encourage me so well. You have picked so many of my own favorites in the list above. As they say, we must run in the same circles.

    I pray God continues to bless your writing journey and show you how this space is truly making a difference.

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  6. Lesley, thanks so much for the nomination! I’m blessed that you thought of me. I loved learning more about you. I knew you loved music, but somehow I missed that you sing and have a band! How exciting!

    And, I love that quote from “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.” I’ve heard it before but I didn’t know where it came from. It’s so good!

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    1. Thanks, Theresa! Good to know you’re a musicals fan too and it’s funny that we like the same ones! I like Phantom of the Opera too, though I do remember being terrified ehen the chandelier started to fall! 🙂

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  7. I’ve loved getting to know you the past year or so … my kindred sister from Scotland! And this post is an additional peek into your life. Thanks for the shout out, too! I’m going to have to decline since I’m hip deep in that emotional health series.

    But I appreciate it, Lesley … and want you to know that it was the guest post I did here last month that kicked the whole thing off.

    ;-}

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  8. Hi Lesley,
    Thanks so much for your kind words about me! And — Florida is the only state you’ve visited — my state?! I knew we were kindreds!! 🙂 I loved reading more about you and I love reading your thoughtful and beautiful words, friend! Sending love to you from the sunshine state! xoxo

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    1. Thanks, Valerie! I loved visiting Florida! We were mainly in Orlando, visiting Disney and Universal Studios but also went to Daytona Beach and the Everglades. Your state is beautiful, and there certainly was a lot of sunshine! Love to you!

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  9. I’ve enjoyed getting to know more of your heart over the past year or so of reading your blog. This post was an added joy to read bits about YOU! Thank you for your kind words and continued encouragement you share.

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  10. Yes and Yes on Wicked and living life in the shade 🙂 I love this variation from the norm and how wonderful to get to know you better! I’ll have to think on the passing along of the award…how and where? I’m so glad you took part. I always wonder about the lives behind the blogs!

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    1. Thanks, Meg! I’m glad to know you’re a fellow Wicked fan! If you want to pass on the award you can write a blog post answering the questions and nominating other bloggers, or just do whatever bits of it you want to!

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