I was nominated for the Sunshine Blogger award by Kelsey Marie at Kelsey + Life. I would like to thank her for supporting my blog and having the confidence in it to recommend it to her readers. That means a lot to me.
I could go an list all the rules and stuff, but since I am going to be breaking the rules of this award, I might as well start right off the bat. The reason I am breaking all the rules is not because I have already received this award and written a post about it, though actually I have. Instead, it is because my luck with these awards is not great. Most people I nominate don’t have time to do them or aren’t really interested. I can accept that. They are time consuming and if your blog is already successful, you probably don’t need the push it can give you.
So I won’t be nominating people or citing rules or even answering all 11 questions. The only rule I won’t break is to thank the person who nominated me (which I have done above). I do appreciate the nomination and I hope that my blog can ready as many people as possible. I also think that you might be genuinely interested in my answers to some of your questions. I also didn’t have a topic for today, so this one is as good as any other.
- What inspired you to start blogging?
- What is your favorite piece you’ve ever written?
- Have you ever been out of the country? If so, where?
I have live in Japan, and visited England, France, Germany, Austria, Taiwan, the USA, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Thailand.
- What is your favorite song at this moment? (You can only choose one).
I have Ziggy Stardust running through my head a lot.
- Can you do something that most people cannot? (A hidden talent?)
- Have you ever fallen in love?
Of course I have fallen in love. I have fallen in lust and infatuation, but people seem to want to focus on love.
Currently I am not in love (infatuated with a few of my fellow commuters, a blogger or two, and some other people in my orbit). What I would say is that I have great capacity to love, but I am struggling to find someone to be the other part of that equation. I could blame the circles I inhabit (work, commuting, cycling club) or the stench of desperation that odorlessly affects my environment, the poor choices I make when pursuing someone, or my laziness to put myself out there. In reality, my lack of confidence is the biggest factor.
- Do you prefer cats or dogs?
- What is one of your biggest regrets in life?
- Do you have any advice on how to grow my blog?
Participating in these kind of awards is definitely one way. The other is to do some guest blogging. It also helps to comment thoughtfully on other people’s blogs. Showing that you are a real person with complex thoughts and emotions is never a bad thing.
Of course you could pester all your friends and family to read your blog.
I think you blog will grow if you stick with it. Some people have overnight success while some of us continuously tinker with our blog hoping to catch lightning in a bottle. If I knew what really worked best, my blog would have a million followers and companies would be sending me on trips (hopefully bicycle trips) around the world
- What is your least favorite type of food?
I love Japanese food. I wish I could eat Japanese home cooking more often.
- What is your favorite quote?
I could fill an entire blog with them. What comes to mind are a couple of them. The first is
If you don’t believe in something, you’ll fall for anything.
That I read that quote from a tattoo on the bust line of an incredibly gorgeous and sexy woman working at the makeup counter at Shopper’s Drug Mart should in no way disqualify it.
The only Zen you find in the mountains is the Zen you brought with you–Robert M. Pirsig.
He might have been referring to a walk in the mountains, but I think it pertains to everything you are involved in. It isn’t what you find there, but rather it is what you find inside yourself. I didn’t travel to Japan to find something, but rather , I traveled there to find out what I could do. Could I adapt? Could I thrive? We all have tests in our life. We don’t always pass the test, but we always learn from it–unless of course you are a stubborn one.