Responding to the Sunshine Blogger Award My Way.

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I have been nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award by Hunida. I have to admit that I have done enough of these awards that I am no longer completely excited by them.  I spent a lot of time thinking up questions, and then nobody answered them.  It was fun, but not completely rewarding.  I know there purpose is to expose your blog to other people and expose your audience to some new blogs.  I think those aims are wonderful and worth doing.  In fact, Hunida has done a wonderful job of promoting my blog (and other people’s blogs) even before this award.  Several of her followers have become my followers and for that I have to say a very heartfelt thank you.

If you have not read Hunida’s blog, you absolutely should. I characterize it as unapologetic, bold and unflinching while at the same time being fun and warm.  If you can’t understand that, you should definitely check her work out.  Please click here.  If I sound like I am overhyping it, that is because I am jealous at how bold and different her blog is.

So, what am I going to do? Basically, out of respect for Hunida’s hard work and her great promotion of my blog, I will answer her questions.  I won’t nominate anyone else, but I will put a few blog recommendations down to help promote some blogs that I read and could use more readers.  I won’t make up any other questions because seeing them going unanswered is as bad as seeing your book on the discount pile at the bookstore or the discard pile at the library.

Hunida’s Questions:

  1. Are you okay with setting your alarm to a time not ending in five or zero?

Sure, but I can’t say that I have ever done it. When my the snooze alarm on my clock was 7 minutes, it happened by itself.  However, these days my snooze button is ten minutes long.

For the past year, until July, I had my clock set 27 minutes fast. I am not sure why I did it, but I never bothered to change it.

  1. What do you regret spending your money on the most?

I could fill the content of several blogs with this. I have a lot of unused things at my fingertips.  Sometimes they were a good deal and sometimes I really wanted them, but haven’t made use of them yet.  I have good intentions, but I don’t have great follow through sometimes.

Things that I haven’t made full use of yet:

  • A model train diorama kit
  • Assorted bike tools
  • Several Xbox and Wii games
  • RC cars
  • A smattering of bargain DVDs
  • an exercise bike (it isn’t nearly as cool as my real bike and is a cheap model)
  • Japanese kanji flashcards
  • doorknobs (they are latch type done in brushed nickel and really need to be installed…after I paint the doors)
  • notepad computer (good for travel, but I should have bought a really small laptop instead–but I couldn’t find one)

I am sure if I think hard, I could find a bunch more stuff.

  1. How many shots of tequila (or your alcohol of choice) does it take to get you super, super drunk?

I guess it depends on what you mean by super, super drunk. If you by that you mean I would ride a shopping cart down a steep hill and not remember it, that would probably be 10.  If you mean, go and sing off key Karaoke songs by Justin Bieber–that would be 20.  Truth be told, I probably drank about ten shots of Don Julio a few weekends ago and it didn’t affect me all that much.  However, time, food, and company probably played a part in that.  Also, truth be told, I am more of a beer drinker.

  1. Do you like reality shows or do you hate them? If you like them, which one is your all-time favourite?

I do like reality shows, but not ones that are strictly personality based. I have never watched the bachelor or any of its variations.  While I thought the idea for Tila Tequila’s Shot at Love was bold, I didn’t watch the show and a friend of mine soured me on her when she related some of their interactions.

The kind of reality shows I like are competitions of skills. I like Project Runway (especially the teen version),  The Great Canadian Baking Show (also the British version) the Great Pottery Throwdown (British).   My all time favourite reality show is from Japan.  It is called TV champion and had different skill competitions each week.  They had people who:

  • built model trains
  • redecorated houses
  • built log houses
  • knew too much about sushi
  • drove cars very well
  • painted busses
  • arranged flowers

and the list went on

It was a great showcase of people with skills and talents.

  1. If any, what superstitions do you believe in?

From my time in Japan, I still do not want to see my name written in red.  Once a salesclerk handed me a red pen to sign a credit card receipt (remember those days) and I refused until they gave me a blue or black one.

  1. On your birthday, what kind of cake do you usually request?

Something chocolate.

  1. Do you still blow out candles on your birthday?

I don’t usually have that kind of celebration, so sadly, no. When my students have their birthdays I get to live vicariously through them.  I also get to learn Happy Birthday in many languages.  It always amuses them when I explain that the song isn’t really fast paced here in Canada.  In most of my students’ countries, the song races along at quite a fast paced accompanied by clapping.

  1. How old did you turn and what did you do for your most favourite birthday celebration?

Based on pictures, I have to think my third birthday party was the best one. I ate cake, I got presents (weeble wobbles), and I seem to be smiling in the picture.

  1. What is your favourite online store to shop on?

I am an Amazon person. The selection in Canada is not nearly as good as it is in the US, but it still offers some incredible deals.  While this is true, these days, I try to shop local.  While getting a good deal is important, supporting local small businesses is more important.

  1. Do you ever eat raw ramen noodles as a snack?

No, but there is snack like this in Japan.  I am not a big fan, but if there’s nothing else to eat.

  1. What is your absolute favourite candle scent?

Candles have scents?

Recommendations: I read quite a lot of blogs.  I try to comment on much of what I read because I want to encourage people and just clicking like is not really enough.  Unfortunately, although I am verbose as I can be with my own blog, I don’t always know what to say when faced with the words of others.  This is probably why my book reviews are as short as they are.

So, below are some blogs which I think could really use a boost in readership. I read and value them.  I have other favourites, but those are doing quite well and don’t need the boost that these ones do.

So, please, if you have a moment, check them out and leave some comments for them.

I have always been attracted to writing that is brutally honest.  This blog is no exception and for that reason alone you should check it out.

I read this gentleman’s blog on stamps but thought this was a good idea also.

I stumbled across this blog recently and you might find it interesting.

I always feel like Quinn needs more fans.  Her writing also has that brutally honest quality I admire, but her writing is also quite beautiful.

About Anthony

I am: equal parts rebel, romantic and shockingly average Joe. a writer trapped inside of an ESL teacher's body. an introverted attention seeker. a teacher who hopes one day to be called "Captain, my Captain." an intellectual who can do some very dumb things. a person whose Japan experience, despite being so long ago, still exerts a strong influence upon him. a lover of books, music, beer, hockey and Pizza.
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16 Responses to Responding to the Sunshine Blogger Award My Way.

  1. Heide says:

    As lovely and thoughtful as these awards can be, I echo your waning enthusiasm for them — and yet you’ve managed to reveal a bunch of new facets I didn’t know about! (Although now I’ll probably refuse to write my name in red too, darn it.) Thank you for taking the time to respond, Anthony … and congratulations on the honor.

    • Anthony says:

      I wanted to let you know that I would gladly have put your blog in my recommendation list. I tried, this time, to pick people whose blogs I enjoyed but seemed to have few followers. I do not want them to be discouraged.
      I looked at my reading list and deleted anyone who hadn’t written a post in over a year. It was a surprising number. I guess maintaining a blog is hard.

      • Heide says:

        Maintaining a blog is very hard indeed — as yours truly can attest after a long hiatus. But it’s well worth it for the great people you meet. Glad and grateful for not being nominated, though! It’s an honor, but better to bestow it on the newer members of the community who can often use the encouragement.

  2. Hunida says:

    Thanks for participating in your own way! I know it’s hard when you come up with questions and no one answers them– the same happens to me but it doesn’t bother me anymore. Some people worry these will ruin their blog’s “niche” or schedule so they just don’t participate. Or sometimes, they just don’t have time and are uninterested, I guess.

    I enjoyed reading your answers and getting to know you more. Your long list of items you spent money on but haven’t put use to makes me feels loads better about my long list of the same hahah.

    I’ve never heard of the writing in red superstition? I’ll have to look it up and never write my name in red again, probably.

    Did you really not know candles have scents?! Lol. They have all kinds!

    • Anthony says:

      I know candles have scents, but I have never bought them with that in mind. Come to think of it, besides birthday candles, I don’t think I have bought any candles.
      We have some beeswax candles because they are supposed to clean the air.
      Hmmmm. If I ever need to have a romantic candlelight dinner, what am I doing to do?
      Probably in that scenario, scented candles would not do as it would clash with the food. Right?

      • Hunida says:

        You should totally buy some scented candles for your bathroom at least!! What if a girl comes over?!

        For a dinner date though, you could use those white ones that go into candle holders. You know what I’m talking about lol. I think those are non-scented? & super romantic!

    • Anthony says:

      The writing in red thing comes from my time in Japan. There, they write your name in read on the temporary tombstone, or shrine offering….

  3. John says:

    Thank you for including my blog. As you may know I had a political blog from 2011 thru 2017. It was started ironically with the title “keeping an eye on the czar of russia”. The strange thing is that when people started reading it, I was forced to be serious and 330,000 views in six years I developed a sense of duty.
    The Stamp Collecting Blog is a niche blog. It will never be well-read. I am not disappointed.
    The travel blog “Ireland: The Final Frontier” was started in 2017 and I am disappointed that it is not better read because a lot of effort goes into it. So your recommendation is very welcome.
    Thank you Anthony.

    • Anthony says:

      I did not know about your political blog. I can understand how a thriving blog can create a sense of responsibility. I am not there yet….and whether or not I do does not worry me….yet.
      I do like your travel blog and I think it deserves a better and bigger audience. I don’t know if my inclusion is going to do that, but I hope so.

      • John says:

        I compare the Internet to the invention of the printing press and the effect it had across Europe. It took the monopoly of publishing away from the monks in monasteries. It vulgarised language and shocked the Established order. The Reformation was a direct consequence. A genuine turning point in History.
        In or around the 2000 USA Presidential election, I recall a reporter saying it was the first “internet election” and of course a few years later the Iraq War produced the “Baghdad Blogger” and the concept of the “citizen journalist”. I always thought Bloggers over-stated their brief.
        My blog “Keeping an Eye on the Czar of Russia” started as an anti-blog. The title was a reference to an editorial in a newspaper in Skibbereen County Cork shortly before or after the Crimea War. The editor …in among the articles about minor court cases, cattle and sheep market prices was fond of commenting on great world affairs. One editorial ended with the words “The Skibbereen Eagle is keeping an eye on the Czar of Russia”.
        Thus portraying myself as a middle aged man typing great opinions on Obama, Putin, David Cameron at 2am….I was satirising myself and political bloggers themselves.
        Rather than producing an educated and informed voter, there has been a rush to the bottom. So getting maybe one or two views a day was funny but getting over 1,000 views in a day was pretty scary. I had responsibility thrust upon me.
        I might return to political blogging…Trump and Putin and BREXIT need to be taken seriously. But somehow the great hopes for Blogging has been altered by “social media”….Facebook, Twitter, Instagram.
        The great problem with the “printing press and internet” comparison is that History has moved faster in the last 20 years than it did in the whole 16th century.

  4. Sarah says:

    Many congratulations on the award, Anthony! I didn’t know about the not-writing-your-name-in-red thing. Interesting. Is it supposed to bring bad luck?

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