I’m back with another one of these award posts! I think we’ve accepted that I’m always late to doing these, but it’s better to get around to it late than never, right? Besides, you all seem to really enjoy reading them (judging by the comments on ones I’ve done in the past) and I always love seeing and answering the questions you come up with!
Thank you to Mary for nominating me for the Sunshine Blogger Award. Since then, I have also been nominated by Sonam and Jess, whose blogs I enjoy reading regularly. Three sets of eleven questions – this is going to be a long one… so I’d best get into it!
1. What is that you like the most about blogging?
Being able to connect with people I wouldn’t otherwise have had the chance to talking to. Also being able to interact with people from all walks of life who share a collective passion for writing! And it’s always a nice feeling having someone personally message you saying they’ve found your posts helpful. I couldn’t just pick one, okay?!
2. What is one important lesson you’ve learned in your blogging experience?
It’s not as easy as it appears! I’ve learnt that the more work you put in, the more you’ll get out of it. As I mentioned in my post earlier this week, I uploaded good quality content consistently twice a week through January and my views were triple what they were in December! I’ve learnt that you’ve got to genuinely love it, and be truly dedicated to find the motivation you need to run a blog.
3. What are your three favorite blogs or bloggers?
I have so many, and I do monthly roundups of my favourites in my In The Spotlight posts, which you should definitely check out if you haven’t already! But off the top of my head – Habiba da Silva, Beth Sandland and Abbey Louisa Rose are a few I have been loving at the moment.
4. Which country/city/place would you recommend visiting? and why?
Hmm… I think different people prefer visiting different kinds of places, but I personally really enjoyed my trip to Dubai. I love how the city has two sides to it; one so busy, fast-paced and urban, as well as quieter, more serene locations. It has the most stunning, picturesque spots too!
5. What is your biggest wish?
To building genuine, lasting relationships and be absolutely content in my life 10 years from now. Insha’Allah.
6. What is the meaning of friendship for you?
Friendship is having each other’s back and being there for each other, no matter what. Sharing the same sense of humour is also pretty important.
7. What things are you most grateful for in your life?
Right now? I am grateful for a supportive family, kind friends, a decent education, good food and a roof over my head. 🙂
8. Where are you from? And what is the most common stereotype about your country?
I am Indian, though I have lived in England for over ten years and was born in the United Arab Emirates. The most common stereotype… maybe that all Indian people work in IT?! I’m not actually sure.
9. What’s your favorite book?
The Harry Potter series. The Prisoner of Azkaban if I had to pick a favourite.
10. How would you describe yourself in three words?
Short, bubbly and ambitious.
1. What has been your all-time favourite post to work on?
I’d probably say my latest one – 17 Things I’ve Learned in 17 Years. I spent a fair bit of time on it too!
2. What is one piece of advice you can give to anyone that wants to start their own blog?
Write about what you love, and don’t worry about what other people will think or about how many people like and comment. I actually did a post about my tips for new bloggers, which you may want to have a read of if you’re looking to start out!
3. How different is your life to one year ago?
Ooh, interesting question. A year ago I did not have a blog and was starting to think about my GCSEs in the summer. Since then, my confidence has grown and I’d like to think I have grown as a person too, and matured in terms of my views and personality.
4. Where is the one place that you have always wanted to go?
There are so many places I would absolutely love to visit someday, maybe I’ll do a post about my travel bucket list someday. But I’ve never been to Australia and it’s pretty high up on that list!
5. How has your journey as a blogger been for you?
It has been amazing. I can’t pretend that every moment has been perfect because that would be a lie, but overall, I’ve found the majority of the community to be incredibly supportive and am looking forward to seeing where this takes me.
6. What is your all-time favourite film? And why?
I can’t think of a film that’s my ‘all-time favourite’ but I loved The Book of Henry. It was the sweetest, yet most heart-breaking film I have watched. Though I admit the plot was very unrealistic….
Because this post turned out to be a lot longer than I anticipated, I have split it into two parts, the second half of which will be published next week. Until then, have a fabulous weekend!
PS. Yes, those are raindrops of my scarf. It was raining and my lens was blurry, but I was intent on getting blog photos…