Hey Pals!! I am really happy to announce that I have been nominated for The Sunshine Blogger Award by six wonderful bloggers. Merlin, how did I manage that many!? 🤩
First, I would like to thank Riddhi @ Whispering Stories for the nomination. She has bookish content ranging from tags to reviews and her site is super awesome. Another big thanks to Divya Didi @ The Mindful Homemaker by Divya for considering me worthy for this award. She talks about self help stuff and I can assure you that it’s a brilliant. Thank you so much to Tiction @ Fictionally Crazy for nominating me, the girl is on a hiatus right now 😒, and it will be an understatement to say that I miss her posts. Thanks to Lilly @ Lilly’s Little Library for nominating me too, she’s back from her hiatus, so do check out her posts out. Next up, thanks to Anushka @ Anushka Stories, she writes some really beautiful poems you should never miss out. And the latest one- Jessica @ The Awkward Book Blogger, her bookish content is just as cool as any other!
There’s a high chance I’ve missed somebody by mistake. It’s because of the fact that I save all the tags I get tagged for and one day, half of them got deleted when I uninstalled WordPress 😐.
And lastly, sorry if this post is way too late 😭. If it’s any consolation, I had prepared this draft way back, and I edited and updated it today. Also, if any of you ever tagged me for anything, it’s on the way, it’s just taking time. Also, to make this post not too long and bore you to death, I will be skipping the questions are repeated.
- Thank the blogger(s) who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog.
- Answer the 11 questions sent by the person who nominated you.
- Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
- List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or on your blog.
Answers to Riddhi’s Questions
When and why did you start blogging?
I started blogging on 17 May, 2020. It was the time when quite a few of my classmates had put Whatsapp statuses of the blogs they wrote so that sparked my interest in blogging. My elder sister’s roommate, who also happens to be my first follower here: Aastha Didi @ Parinda suggested WordPress and here, out of boredom, inspiration, interest and a need to make my thoughts known to people, I posted my first blog, a short story names A Haunted Adventure in Broad Daylight. I put it in a link just in case you want to check it out.
What is your favorite thing about blogging?
I love making new friends here, sharing my ideas and discovering new blogs. It’s a really friendly community and I love interacting with new bloggers. I find real joy in writing my posts because it’s just way too fun and I like it when people read them, and even comment.
What is your least favorite thing about blogging?
Umm… I guess, I spend too much time blogging and that increases my screen time which is really not good for my eyes that already need spectacles.
What are your hobbies besides blogging?
What would the title of your biography/biopic be?
Nehal the Apple!! 😀
Some advice for people who have just started blogging
One: Don’t ever give up… you might think no one reads your blogs, that’s not true. And if it is, go around making blogging friends, it’s a friendly community. Just don’t give up!! That’s the 🔑.
Two: Make sure you utilize maximum features of WordPress, that you are passionate about blogging, that it gives you joy. If it causes pressure, there is no fun in it.
Three: Do not compare yourself with other bloggers (another thing I can’t do at times). Be happy and content with the number of followers you already have. A soul, named me, once said: Strive to be better but do not lose your good in the process.
Yeah, look at me, trying to sound all experienced, *pats herself on the back*.
Describe yourself in seven words (Cause it’s the seveth question)
A girl parrying her way through life.
Dogs or Cats?
A TV show you can binge-watch forever?
Mahabharata… Did I ever tell you that I can never ever get over the beauty of Shaheer Sheikh!!
Just look at him! Just look at him, okay? How can someone not fall in love with him!? He’s the most gorgeous, beautiful and the sweetest Bollywood celebrity of all time.
And no, I’m not done yet, look at him again. Here:
I am really sorry, but i can’t help it, he’s just so adorable 😍😍.
A song you relate to? / A song you will never get tired of listening
A song that I totally relate to and love with all my heart is Tera Yaar Hun Main by Arijit Singh.
Who is your favorite author?
Neil Gaiman!! I just love his writing style, the way he makes me imagine stuff as if it is happening in front of my eyes. He’s a big inspiration.
Answers to Divya Didi’s Questions:
Do you like to travel? What was the last place you visited?
Oh, I indeed love traveling to new places, exploring different ideas and cultures but I haven’t been to many places actually. The last place I visited was Mukteshwar, near Nainital.
Do you spend time looking at the sky? Or do you find it boring?
I do believe that sky is a really magical thing. I don’t find it at all boring to gaze at the sky, something or the other always catches my attention. But I don’t look up at the sky that often.
Your favorite childhood memory
Though I still like to call myself a child I get the point of this question. I am really fond of playing with my BFF in school. 6th to 8th standard were the best years of my life. I had so much fun playing with my friends until these harsh times took it all away 😅. There is still hope to make good memories in the future.
What do you do when you feel bored?
What is the important morning ritual you practise to make the rest of your day happy?
I do yoga exercises lots of times though 😂, so yeah.
Do you read books? What is your all time favorite book?
Of course I don’t, haven’t read a single one 🙂.
What is your favorite color?
It was always 💙 but recently I have acquired a fascination towards 🖤.
Do you have any interesting family ritual?
There is one…umm…😅
Do you like to write your goals in a paper or prefer using gadgets?
If they are reading goals like monthly TBRs and stuff, I note it all down in a journal. But if it’s blog post ideas, crazy dreams I had or interesting writing prompts, I put it all in the “Notes” app.
What is one food you can eat all three times a day?
Apple, to nobody’s surprise.
What is the important lesson life has taught you?
That I am lucky and grateful for all that I have been given. Hard times come and go, all I need to know is to never give up (this is such a struggle at times).
Answers to Tiction’s Questions:
What is your spirit animal (And, no, Joey won’t work, if you know what I mean)?
So, I just asked Tiction herself what a spirit animal means. Lol! And from what I figured is that it’s an animal you relate to. I guess that would be a rabbit or a squirrel because
I love them, they are so cute I get way too excited at times which I associate with these two cuties.
Do you play a musical instrument? Which one? and, if not, which one would you like to?
Well, I love playing the guitar. And right now, I don’t wanna learn any other instrument apart from drums.
What is the movie you can watch forever?
None, I’ll probably get bored pretty quick.
Describe yourself in six words.
Bookdragon, weirdo, emotional, short-tempered, lazy, hard-working.
What song makes you dance so much that people look at you weird?
Khalibali 🤭!! This is the part where people realize how very weird I can be. But believe me when I say that I practically know all the steps of this song and love to dance like a monkey when alone in a room on this song.
Also, Bala!! If you haven’t gone utterly crazy upon hearing the beats of this song, you are seriously missing out. It doesn’t matter if you’re an Indian or not, you will still love it.Last to last year, all that I did at school was dance like hell at this song (oh, fun times, I want ’em back 🤧)
What memory is the closest to your heart?
Man, where are these deep questions coming from Tiction!? Well, I was extremely happy when I got the Harry Potter series but I have now moved past that feeling. I guess all the fun me and my bestie have had in these last 4 years all combine to form a perfect memory I will treasure forever. Plus, I’ll never forget my time with TWC.
If you could change your name, what would you change it too.
Glad you asked. Here you go:
- Arushi (that’s one of my friends’ names btw. I’ll make sure that I never let her read this post)
- Believe me, the list goes on. But yeah, I also really love my name so wouldn’t ever change it 😌.
10: What is your favorite book? (Can be many!)
Last year I would have said Harry Potter, now I guess it’s Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman, but honestly, I can’t be sure, there are so many great books to read out there.
What’s your favourite book genre?
Historical fiction! Yes, it comes as a surprise to me too, I used to hate this genre, but now I devour these books because I just love them so much.
What’s your favourite blog?
Okay, um…you did NOT just ask that, lol 😂🤨. How do I even say anything!? I love so many blogs I follow, but if I comment a lot on any blog, that means it is one of my favourites.
What is your least favourite book?
This is a hard one. I guess any book I give 1 star rating, for instance- I thoroughly despise A Wrinkle in Time, it went from being my favourite to least favourite.
What point in time would you want to live in?
World War 2, yes, that’s how much I am crazy for historical fiction.
What’s your favourite ice cream flavour?
What is the best thing about my blog? (Anushka Stories)
I love your poems, Anushka! The visual imagery in them is so good, I wish I could write like that too!!
Who is your favourite character in a story book and why?
Leo Valdez, Magnus Chase, Nate Macauley, Remus Lupin, Rudy Steiner.
Who do you love the most? and why?
Uh…that’s a very *ahem* thought provoking question! Will give it lots of thought and then *ahem* skip it….*runs*
Would you rather help a person or ask a person for help?
I would rather help a person, I kind of have this thing where it is hard for me to let people in to help me, and if I do ask them, I feel very bad and just not tell them what happened. I love helping people out though (and I am not bragging or anything).
Mention some weird things you usually do?
Most of the things I do are pretty weird, I chew on the back of my pen too much, I talk super fast, I laugh at the wrong situations, I use random emojis for sarcasm, lol, the list goes on.
Do you like reading in the library or would you like to read online.
What is your favourite book you’ve read so far this year?
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini. This is one book that I think deserves all the hype it gets and much more, I absolutely loved this book, it was so beautiful and heart-wrenching!
What is one of your guilty pleasures?
Sweets! I can’t live without sweets!!
If you could have any fictional creature as a pet, which one would you choose?
A pygmy puff! Aren’t they just so cute!?
Name a fun fact about yourself.
Hm…🤔 Well, I guess most of you might not know this, but I really love taking part in anything related to narration, acting and speaking.
Any authors/books you’ll never read?
I will probably never read any other book by Sarah J. Mass and John Green, not because they are bad but because I guess they are just not my type.
What is the best movie/TV show that you’ve watched this year?
I haven’t watched a single new movie this year, but I have started watching Friends and it’s actually pretty good, I don’t LOVE it like most people do, but I really enjoy it!
If you could switch spots with any character in a book/movie/TV show, who would it be and why?
I would be Annabeth Chase, that way I would have loads of adventures and get to have Percy!
What kind of music do you like listening to?
Pop and country usually.
Name your last 1 star read.
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne. I feel kinda confused between a 1 star and 2 star for this one, so I’ll say 1.5. This book was very disappointing.
Would you rather have the ending of every book you read spoiled or be able to read a book without being spoiled but never know the ending?
How cruel! I would rather get the end spoiled, the suspense of not knowing what happens would just kill me.
Aaaand that was it, the final edited and updated draft of my Sunshine Blogger Award, I am so so happy that this is finally out. It was about time. If you have actually read this far, I applaud you 😃, and I love you, for this means a lot for I know how busy our lives are these days.
- Rayna @ The Randomness of Rayna
- Sep @ Bookishly Yours
- Inaya @ The Radical Ravenclaw
- Kripaa @ Dream Diaries
- Anam @ Anam Gour
- Anna @ Anna’s Styles
- Panna @ The Tomboy’s Attic
- Definitely Moi @ Bookish Blunders
- Riya @ Riya’s World
- Pavithra @ Small Talks
- Saumya @ Draw-Write-Inspire
- You!! Of course, I love each one of you, so You had to be nominated. Do not hesitate to do this award if you want to, you deserve it just as much as anyone else 😀.
These are all wonderful bloggers you should definitely check out. And there is no pressure in doing the award if you can’t for any reason, I totally understand.
Questions for my nominees:
1: What is one talent you would love to have?
2: Who are some of your favorite bloggers?
3: What do you think is the best way to deal with hardships in life?
4: What is the biggest struggle you find in blogging?
5: What would your instant response be if an ostentatiously dressed someone who appears to have authority walks up to you and announces, “You’re a wizard/witch!”
6: Leave a link to your first post.
7: Are you an introvert or extrovert?
8: What, in your opinion, is the secret to happiness in life?
9: Have you ever unfollowed someone on WordPress intentionally?
10: Have you posted a YouTube comment that got more than 1K likes?
11: Share a book recommendation that kept you engrossed.