I was very honored this week to receive the Sunshine Blogger award from three terrific bloggers.
I don’t usually do awards, but I was so touched that these three would
gang up on me separately nominate me for an award that has anything at all to do with sunshine. Well, yes, I’m an outgoing, happy person, but sunshine? For example, I was called a curmudgeon, recently, and it wasn’t by the internalist doing my colonoscopy either.
So the rules are:
- Thank the blogger(s) who nominated you and link back to their blog.
- Answer 11 questions the blogger asked you.
- List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award in your blog post.
- Nominate 11 new bloggers & their blogs. Leave a comment on their blog to let them know they received the award and ask your nominees 11 new questions.
Whew. That means 33 questions to answer and 33 to write.
Let me thank each who nominated me and link back to their blog.
Rather than answer separate questions, let me make a summary statement that will cover a number of them.
I started blogging in March of 2012 and have been doing it every day since. So this year marks my eighth and so far I have over 300,000 views and over 90,000 comments.
My blogging philosophy is to present content that folks want to read. I like humor and prompts. Most of my posts could be considered on the fluffy end of the spectrum. I do this on purpose. Maybe someday I’ll get around to an “author” blog where I can write about writing. Right now, I would prefer to just write and leave the teaching to others.
I am a dyed in the wool panster, and many times on my blog, I have no idea what I’m going to write until the first word. In my novels, I lay out the last three sentences of the book and work to reach them. I’ve done this for six books now, and it seems to work for me.
I get my ideas from living every day. Most of what I write is made up. I do have some philosophical beliefs that wind their way into my stories, but they are rare.
The writing system I use is to keep at it until I have written at least 1000 words. Since I write every day, that is my daily goal in just my novels.
My advice to new writers is to write every day, no matter how much or how little. Grammarly tells me they have checked 10M words since I started. I’m still learning. I do intend to keep writing until they pry the keyboard from my cold fingers.
Thank you again, Mark, Ron, and Gwen. I’m honored that you thought of me.
Today’s JohnKu talks about peer recognition. I hope you have a great weekend.
Peer Recognition bu John W. Howell © 2020
You never expect,
The day would come, then it does . . .
A nod from your peers.