My goodness – I’ve been nominated!

Yours truly is feeling all fuzzy – I have been nominated for the Britain Blog Award for Mix-Niche Blogs by Little Sea Bear.

Thank you so much! I had not thought something like this would happen as a result of me pouring the good, the bad and the weird about our lives into this blog. I feel all delighted and pleased now!

Originally started by Amber Britain over at Basically Britain, the rules are as set out below:

OFFICIAL Britain Blog Award- The RULES for NOMINATION:

  • Blog must have 500 or less followers. 
  • Blog must have at least 5 posts before the award. 
  • Blog must have posts in varying niches. At least 2. 

OFFICIAL Britain Blog Award- The RULES for ACCEPTANCE:

  • Blogger must make a post of acceptance- thanking their nominator for the nomination.
  • In the post blogger must answer 5 questions about his/her self- questions chosen by nominating blogger. 
  • Blogger must ask five questions of the bloggers they are nominating. 
  • Blogger must nominate at least 5, no more than 10 mix-niche blogs for the award (and let them know they were nominated in a comment on their blog!) 
  • The accepting post must contain a link back to this post in the information about the award. 
  • In the accepting post, the blogger must link 2-4 of their favorite posts they have made (in varying niches).
  • In accepting post, blogger must also link 1 favorite post by the blogger that nominated you.
  • Go like & comment on the favorite posts linked by nominating blogger. 
  • Remember to accept this nomination, you must follow the rules of acceptance.

    In your acceptance post, link back here. If you’d like, leave a comment on this post, and have your readers leave a comment about your blog or nominees leave a comment about their nomination to be entered into a drawing for a $100 gift card of their choice! Drawing will happen every 6 months in June and January!

It’s hard to pick a favorite out of the blog posts I have written as it’s just me rambling a lot of the time.

I must admit though, that I am very proud of my Living Below the Line posts documenting my journey of living on £1 a day for the Trussell Trust. It was such a hard challenge to do. I feel immensely empowered by the fact that I was not only able to complete the challenge, but that I was able to resist all treats and attempts to derail/support me. You can read about day 1 to 3 here, 4 to 6 here, 7 to 9 here, 10 to 12 here, and day 13 and 14 here.

When I have the will to live, I write posts about our lives and how things are going, such as the one about Husband’s experience with PIP and where we are in the process with that.

I also like my Catch of the Day posts about my bargains and reduced price treasures, such as this one about visiting Foodprint.

What I like about Little Sea Bear is the insight the blog gives into disability and dealing with daily living when your mobility is impaired. I like the posts where doing activities such as cooking dinner and food preparation is shown being done with one hand. One post that really made me think as well was the one about driving and accessibility – it had genuinely not occurred to me that a car barrier and having to reach out to touch the card to the sensor to open the gate is a barrier for many people. We have these kinds of barriers at the uni and college where I work and I have suggested to Estates that we get rid of them and replace them with an AutoPass system (you have a chip on the windshield of your car) for ease of access.

Little Sea Bear posted the following questions to the nominees they chose:

How did you start blogging?

I had wanted to blog about our life and everything within it for a while but had just been so busy with life I never seemed to get around getting it going. I had lots of plans and ideas written down that I’d come up with for a while, and I was making sure to write them down as I thought of them for material. Last Christmas I picked myself up by the scruff and decided to just do it! *Insert Shia Lebouf here*

Why are you writing in a niche?

My blog is about living with/supporting Husband as he was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome as an adult two years ago, and the Cat. I also write about my frugal endeavors as we have a mortgage and student loan we are working to clear.

I wanted to write about my experiences in particular because when Husband was diagnosed, I started doing a lot of research to work out how best to support Husband with everything going on.

While I found there was a lot of material on children who have Asperger’s Syndrome and their families, and their lives, I felt there was not a lot about the experience of adults who have Asperger’s Syndrome. Or a lot of information about people who are diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome as adults and what their experience was of this. Or a lot about the experience a ‘neurotypical’ person who is in a relationship or married to someone with Asperger’s Syndrome might have.

While I understand that everyone’s experience is different, I started writing this in the hope that it could perhaps be helpful for someone who was like me: Just out on the Internet looking for information about this topic.

What are your targets?

My initial target was just to start writing and to keep it up, rather than it being a comet or firefly that is bright and has a flurry of activity, before suddenly going out…eh, so now that I’ve done that, I would like to keep it up and write content that’s interesting and engaging. I am approaching 1000 views, and I will be super chuffed if I manage to hit this!

What do you enjoy most about your blog?

I like that it’s an outlet where I can write honestly about our lives in all its facets – it’s quite satisfying to do. This year in particular has brought out feelings in me I did not even know I possessed, and it’s good to have an outlet to explain to the world that this is what it’s like, and why it is the way it is.

Is there a specific aim or style you are hoping for?

I guess what I am trying to do is write about our experiences but not over-share, which is a fine line to thread. I always check with Husband before posting anything as I do write about him and what he experiences a lot, as I want to write but also retain his dignity in all of this.

I’d like to nominate the following blogs:

Herding Chickens and other adventures in foster and adoptive care: A blog about a family and their experience of fostering and adoption. Also writes a lot about mental health and mental health provision.

Hip Roof Barn: Writes about frugality, self-sufficiency, and life on a homestead in British Columbia. Hip Roof Barn does a lot of crafting, sewing and preserving food, something I wish I even had a slightest idea of how to do.

Poor as Folk: One of my biggest inspirations, and what made me decide I too could blog and had perhaps something of worth to contribute. Poor as Folk writes about poverty, feeding yourself on very little money, and also writes about advocacy and politics regarding food and living in poverty.

It Starts With Me: A blog written by a survivor – the writer’s parents are both alcoholics and she writes about her upbringing and coming to terms to this as an adult. This blog also deals with mental health and the issue of forgiveness.

Broke and Millennial: I searched ‘Millennial’ in the WordPress search engine and this blog appeared. It has a bit of everything in it  – which is why I like it.

Your questions, should you choose to accept them:

  • What is the most surprising/unexpected thing you have discovered through your blogging?
  • How long have you blogged for?
  • Is there anything you will NOT write about, and why?
  • Where do you get your inspiration to write your posts?
  • And how do you stay motivated?

Good luck! And may the odds be ever in your favor!

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