Here’s a pic of me on a sunny day on Brighton seafront and it’s relevant as I’ve just been nominated for a Sunshine Blogger Award – wow! Btw, note the guy in a t-shirt and then me wrapped up with the yellow coat and a bright scarf bought recently for a fiver, which is the same price as the coat! I was wrapped up, people, because there was a chilly wind!
Yes, Jodie, of Jodie’s Touch of Style, and one of my favourite bloggers, gave me this award and I am so surprised and honoured – thank you so much Jodie.
Here’s the thing – the Sunshine Blogger Award is given from bloggers to fellow bloggers who inspire creativity and positivity by bringing sunshine to the blogging community and to their readership alike. It is a way of encouraging one another as in saying ‘Hey, you are doing a great job and we can see it. Keep it up!!’
I’m getting a new icon for this, answering the questions Jodie put to me and, nominating four of my favourite bloggers for the Sunshine award – see below and check them out 🙂
Yes, the reason why Jodie is a favourite for me is because she has a unique take on her blog. Alongside her own fashion choices, she includes Charlotte, her mother, and Nancy, her step-mother, which means she features fashion for the 50s (Jodie), 70s (Nancy), and 80s (Charlotte)! I often like Charlotte’s outfits best i) because Charlotte has great looks, style and presence and ii) she makes about 90% of what she wears. Her skills in this area are amazing. What a role model for the 80s she is – none better in my view! Do check this blog out.
And now here are the questions Jodie set me:
1. I’d love to know how your perception of blogging has changed since you started?
Well, in June it will be 6 years! And to this day it is not a chore. But looking back I remember I had some anxieties about whether I could write a few hundred words every single week. And the answer is, yes, I can! So, I have more confidence about writing and blogging. Also, I totally love the comments that come in and try to answer every single one – that’s so important.
Looking beyond my blog, I see that blogging is changing, and Instagram is becoming a favourite place to be. I think Insta is for people who love photography – me, not so much! Meanwhile, the writers of this world will never stop blogging!
And I still feel to this day so very strongly that older women can dress stylishly on very little money – hence the blog and the reason to focus on charity shop shopping/thrifting.
2. Tips!! I would love to know some of the tips and tricks that you have up your sleeve. The ones that have helped you blogging or even ones that help you balance blogging and your life.
I would say, always know why you’re writing the blog. For me it is the writing so very early on I decided that blogging was not going to be about selling. I can see that this is what a lot of bloggers do, but I am totally happy not to be doing that. But never say never and see No. 4 below. Apart from that I don’t have any tips as such. I write once a week and I don’t I have a particular day when I post. It’s usually Monday, but not always. So, I’d say don’t be bound by deadlines or other considerations. Blog because you love to blog and love communicating with your followers.
And I never ever write in the evening – that’s my downtime
3. I want to be nosy and ask about your childhood. Where were you born and what did you want to be when you grew up?
You might be surprised to know I wasn’t born in the UK, but in India! Can’t remember a thing about it though, as we left when I was 1-year-old. My childhood in England was very conventional and conservative (small c and big) but after the 50s, the 60s were just the most mind-blowing experience. And in the late 60s and early 70s, much to my parent’s alarm, I was quite the hippy!
Before that, when I was a child, I wanted to be an officer in the navy. And, the reason for this must have been something to do with when we left India we travelled to England, via the Suez Canal, in a large ship. My parents tell me I was forever crawling near the rails so fascinated was I by the sea, which is probably why nowadays I love a cruise!!
4. What’s your favourite social media site and why?
Not sure about a favourite. I have a Facebook account, I am on Instagram, I have just re-activated Twitter, and recently I started a YouTube channel – woo hoo about that one!
What do I think of social media? I blow hot and cold. I have a Facebook page for my blog, but I never put anything on it, although there is a link to get to the blog. My actual account is private and basically, it’s my space to rant about politics in the UK and elsewhere!
Instagram? My account is more connected to my blog and I do post pics on it. Mind you, I think it’s important, not to get obsessed about ‘likes’ so I stay away from it for days at a time. However, I do love my Instagram account because it’s full of lovely women interested in the same things as me, which is great. Maybe this is my favourite?
But I’ve gone back to Twitter to rant about a certain topic that begins with B and enjoying that! And I’ve just started a YouTube channel. It’s at the moment primarily about makeup but I might well do other things on it. I’m really loving the challenge. However, on this bit of social media, if it developed and I got better at it (because there is soooo much to learn) then I wouldn’t mind earning a bit, or getting sent some makeup. That would be lovely, but how that happens I have no idea – early days, I’d say.
5. Tell me your opinions on the best part of blogging and the worst part of blogging?
Best – is the community of women reading my blog and commenting. I value and appreciate them all. Also, I simply love getting to know other bloggers. Worst – no worsts! But the photography is always a challenge. Really, I would like to do more outside action shots. Mr F is so helpful, but he likes the editing, making little films side of it all. An actual personal photographer would be my greatest wish.
6. How do you save money with blogging and clothes?
I definitely don’t spend a lot of money because the blog is about charity shop shopping and the clothes that can be found in these shops. But prices around the UK differ a lot. Where I live the prices are relatively high, not so for one of my nominees below (Vronni!) who regularly seems to find great clothes and jewellery for around £1!
AND NOW THE SUNSHINE BLOGGER AWARD!
AND THE NOMINATIONS ARE:
- Veronica and her blog Vronni’s Style Meanderings
- Nancy for Nancy’s Fashion Style
- Gail and her blog Is This Mutton
- And Patti for Not Dead Yet Style
And here you lovely people are my questions:
- Why did you begin blogging?
- Has your blog changed since you started it?
- Blogging is time-consuming – what are the challenges you face in finding the time?
- When do you write a post – the morning or the evening?
- What is your favourite topic?
- What’s the thing you love most about blogging?
- What’s the thing you like least?
- Where do you see yourself and your blog in five years time?
The rules for this award are as follows:
- Thank the person who nominated you and include a link back to their blog.
- Answer the questions given by the person who nominated you.
- Nominate other blogs and give questions for them to answer.
- Notify your nominees through social media or by commenting on their blog.
- List the rules and display a Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post.
Thank you again, Jodie and, like you, I’m looking forward to seeing what my nominees say when they respond to this award!
Normal service will be resumed this coming Monday – I have lots of topics I want to share with you including ‘maintenance’ (!) and ‘loving my white hair’.
And one with my hat on.
With love, Penny, the Frugalfashionshopper