Friends for Days

This is a tag that took some time for me to put up, but well here I am. The creator of the tag has the few words below for you:

“Dear bloggers, my name is Cheila and I blog at Pink for Days. I would love to get to know you and your blog, so feel free to stop by and leave a link. I would be happy to read your posts and to support you in any way I could.”

Cheila has a wicked sense of humour and blogs about her life, the stars of which are her dog Rosa and her partner Rui. She is also battling depression. This is her attempt at giving new blogs some lovin’ and old blogs an extra dose of it. Thank you for the thought, Cheila. I shall get cracking before my rambling genes unleash themselves.

The rules of this tag are:

  • Say who create the tag and provide a link to their blog;
  • Add this note with your tag:

“Dear bloggers, my name is Cheila and I blog at Pink for Days. I would love to get to know you and your blog, so feel free to stop by and leave a link. I would be happy to read your posts and to support you in any way I could.”

  • Do a blog post showing your tag;
  • Add the logo to the post;
  • Always thank the person who nominated you, provide a link to their blog and, if you like, say something positive and supportive about their blog;
  • Choose 5 bloggers that you don’t know very well or that are just starting their blog;
  • Go over to their blogs and read a few posts, like and comment;
  • Say 3 things you love about their blogs; (3 things for each blogger);
  • Those 5 bloggers are automatically nominated to do the same.
  • Nominate two bloggers who have been doing this for a longer time (you get 7 nominees). Don’t forget to let them know you’ve nominated them!

Newbie Bloggers 

Jen is one of my favourite reads. She is a Canadian who lives in Nagoya, Japan, while blogging about her life in that beautiful country. Often she takes you beyond its borders as well. She is also a black belt ninja, so beware if you take her on.

Lyz has a wicked wit, she is spunky and she promises to peel you off the walls if you ever dare to be a wallflower in her presence. At least that is what she said to me when I wondered about whether I might go a little sheepish on her if and when we meet. Do you want to make her peel you off the walls? You gotta hop overs to her then.

Caitlin was till recently a teacher in Indonesia, living up to the challenge of identifying all her students on a daily basis. She is a delight to read. Add these details that she is a ‘sloth enthusiast and a nutella extremist’ and you know what I am talking about.

Amy is a theatre artist and writer based in Chicago. She does some beautiful writing at her blog about anything that she takes an interest in – right from quilting to making coffee. Her posts are often contemplative.

Dave possesses a comic streak. Every post shall and will make you laugh out loud. He is a sitcom-writer who says that his ‘posts are the kind of things I can imagine people might like to read when they’re sat on the toilet, so perhaps it’s more bog than blog’.

Pro Bloggers

Ellen Burne is a midwife yet she travels like there is no tomorrow and she certainly can write. Hers is one of the first travel blogs I started following and there has been no looking back since.

Osyth is one of my favourite storytellers who lives in the mountains in France. One of her first posts that I read was about an English teacher called Mr. Clark who referred to her as ‘vacuous’. I could not stop the convulsions. No, I did not have an epileptic fit, thank you. You just have to read her posts to know what I am gabbing about.

Dolly is a storyteller who charms me with tales from yesteryears. The bonanza is that she whips up delicious recipes alongside to tempt you with and gives you a perspective on them that will want you to know more about what is going into your tummy. Her blog is a tribute to her supportive children.

Phicklephilly is about ‘dating from a gentleman’s point of view in Philadelphia and stories from his life including those around him’. This former musician-singer-songwriter-artist-banker-ad man shall surely bring forth a few chuckles. He is one smooth writer.

Blogger Recognition Award

I was nominated by Marlena, a multi-tasking blogger, who likes to write posts from the life of an interracial family and talk about ‘the fusion of cultures, races, religions and everything that comes along with it’ in her words.

Sorry Marlena, got a bit delayed in putting this up, but well here we go.

My Blogging Journey

I had an anonymous blog once which became pretty non-anon in the course of a few weeks and months. I still go back to it and read it once in a while and smile because I was silly and such a crabby old thing. The silly bit remains a part of me as it will till the day I pop it, I believe, but the crabby facet has been sorted out for the most part. I blogged every day then, and now that I have started a travel blog I like to be regular about picking your brain on what you think too along with liberally scattering my comments in the blogosphere. I would not have it any other way. Don’t know about you though.

Advice to New Bloggers

  • Keep writing as much as you can. It brings regular readers back to your blog and creates the connect between readers and you.
  • Follow other bloggers and mostly you shall get the courtesy in return, unless your blog does not connect with the person you choose to follow at all. There are no fixed rules about following or being followed.
  • Do guest posts for popular blogs. They will grab eyeballs and possibly bring new readers in.
  • Leave out the millions of exclamations, pretty please? Makes me think your eyebrows are stuck up on the forehead in a stance of perpetual surprise.

That is all, really. Now, I am supposed to be nominating blogs for the award. But I am very aware (lesson learned after my first go at it) that it is not for everyone. Thank you, Marlena, I do not know how much my two-bit helps any new blogger, but the hope remains. Cheers.

The Blue Sky Tag

It is a mixed bag, this Tuesday. The clouds keep flitting in and yet the sun manages to part its way through them and shine awhile as I get on with this post on a tag by Jamie. I feel as thoughtful as that gull. So, Jamie’s blog is Don’t Give a Jam and I knew I wanted to follow her blog when I read that she is a firm believer in speaking before she thinks. What are the chances of finding someone that rare, right?

Thank you for the tag, Jamie. Here we go then.

Rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you
  • Answer the 11 questions
  • Tag 11 people
  • Give them 11 questions to answer

Jamie’s Questions:

  • If you could eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would you choose?

Grilled toast. Though I might pass out from the boredom of it after a while and pass away into another realm where I would get to sink my teeth into something else. Where there is a will…

  • Favourite song of the moment?

Crimson and Clover by Tommy James and the Shondells

  • What’s your favourite meal of the day?

Breakfast

  • What was the last book you read?

Fair Stood the Wind For France by H.E.Bates

  • What’s your favourite thing about yourself?

I cannot be angry for long

  • If you could be friends with one TV character, who would you choose?

Hercule Poirot

  • Do you have a nickname?

Mom (means Wax in Bengali). My mum specifies: ‘Hard category of wax’.

  • What current trend are you loving?

Bell sleeves

  • What’s your favourite app on your phone?

VSOC

  • What do you do first thing each morning?

Raise myself on the bed every morning to give my husband a pursed kiss before he leaves for work.

  • Would this tag make you feel more comfortable with 10 questions rather than 11?

And here I am at the 11th pondering if that is a trick question.

I nominate:

As with all my other tag posts, whoever wants to do this, please consider yourself tagged. So below are my set of queries.

My Questions:

What did you have for breakfast this morning?

Do you work out every day?

What are your favourite reads from your bookshelf?

Are you experimental with tea?

Do you have a travel list for the year? What places are on the list?

What can you not do without every day?

The most scandalous thing you have done in life.

Your most treasured possession is…

Spring is…

Any random memory that makes you smile?

Hikes or sedate walks?

That’s all for today….tadaaa 🙂