MarySmith’sPlace #Awards: The Sunshine Blogger Award


I’m delighted to say I received the Sunshine Blogger Award in in February 2019 from Rob Goldstein at Art by Rob Goldstein.

Rob started his blog in 2013 to advocate for himself and other people with trauma related mental health problems. He is informative, writing with honesty and clarity and inspirational. Over the years his blog has evolved and includes his own poetry and other writing, digital art and photography.

The Sunshine Blogger Award is a peer appreciation award given to bloggers who are creative, positive, and inspiring, while spreading sunshine to the blogging community.

Thank you to Rob

The Rules:

Thank the blogger who nominated you in a blog post and make a link back to their blog.

Answer the 11 questions sent to you by the person who nominated you.

Nominate up to 11 new blogs to receive the award, and then write them 11 new questions – or cheat like I did and use the same questions 🙂

List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or your blog

Here are the questions I received and my answers:

What was the driving force behind the creation of your blog?

I have two blogs: My Dad’s a Goldfish and MarySmith’sPlace  I started the Goldfish blog when I moved in with my father who had dementia. I began it as a way of recording and processing what was happening in Dad’s life and my own. It was also a way of being able to keep my writing muscle working when I found I had no time nor creativity for my own writing. I started MarySmith’sPlace because I wanted somewhere to blog about non-dementia related things – exploring the countryside around me, holidays, stories from when I worked overseas.

What was your vision for your future in blogging/writing when you first started this blog? How has that vision evolved?

I don’t think I had any particular vision when I started the Goldfish blog other than recording the ups and down of living with someone with dementia – and maybe to connect with others in a similar situation. It was quite a lonely place to be. I was delighted when it came apparent the blog resonated with many people who were affected by dementia, either going through the same process as I was (often with a spouse rather than a parent) told me they found my stories helpful. Their comments made me realise I was not on my own in this situation and feel it was worth continuing.

MarySmith’sPlace is a baby still. I’ve only been blogging on it for a year. It’s still settling in and deciding what it wants to be.

What age were you when you realized you loved writing?

About ten, scribbling stories in notebooks. Probably plagiarised from authors such as Enid Blyton.

How has your life changed as a result of the electronic age? Is it better/worse/the same?

Better. I love being able to connect with people all over the world, some of whom have become real friends.

What was the very last website you visited today?

HughsViewsandNews  He reposted a post he wrote some time ago on keeping blogging fun and not feeling guilty when you can’t manage to read and comment on the blog posts of bloggers you follow – or not posting as often as you think you should. Sometimes, the guilt threatens to overwhelm me so I need a reminder from Hugh that blogging should be fun!

What was the first website you visited when you woke up four days ago?

I don’t remember.

If you could change one thing about your past, what would it be?

My lack of self-confidence.

How would your life be different today if that one thing from your past were to change?

I would have achieved more.

If you have children, tell me…how did your parenting change from the time you had your first child until the time you had your last?

I’ve only had one child so I don’t know how my parenting would have changed.

Tell me about the funniest experience you’ve had in the past month.

Getting ready for bed one night, sitting on the loo still swishing mouthwash round my mouth – bulging cheeks, contorted mouth, loud swishing noises – when the cat wandered in, took one look and fled as though confronted by the world’s scariest monster. Of course, I laughed. Have you any idea how far mouthwash can spray across a bathroom floor?

What do you have planned for the upcoming holiday season?

We always have our first picnic of the year at Easter. Anything from a dozen to twenty of us, all ages from babies to nonagenarian meet up at a local beach. We roll our painted eggs down a hill seeing whose lasts the longest before it cracks, collect wood, light a fire, toast marshmallows and catch up with each other’s news.

If I nominate you and you have an award free blog, please view the nomination as a compliment: you are under no obligation to respond. My questions are the same as those posed to me.

My eleven nominees:

Sally Cronin

Darlene Foster

Barb Taub

Shelley Wilson

Lucinda Clarke

D.G. Kaye

Sue Vincent’s Daily Echo

Beetley Pete

Brigid Gallacher

Cathy at Between the Lines Book Blog

Lizanne at Lost in a Good Book


48 thoughts on “MarySmith’sPlace #Awards: The Sunshine Blogger Award

  1. Thanks for the much-appreciated nomination, Mary. I don’t pass awards around, but will happily answer the same questions here.

    1) Retirement. I didn’t want to stagnate, by just being old enough to stop working. A friend suggested I start a blog. So I did, and here we are today, seven years later.
    2) My vision was to record the changes in my life, after moving from Central London, to rural Norfolk. It has evolved beyond all comprehension since then. 🙂
    3) Very young, maybe 7 or 8. I loved writing stories at junior school.
    4) I am never sure. I rarely use a mobile phone, and hate most new technology. But without it, I could not be writing this now, or blogging. So I am still 50/50 on that one. I miss pen and paper.
    5) My own.
    6) My own.
    7) I would have gone to university, as originally planned.
    8) No idea, unless I had a time machine, and could actually do it!
    9) I have never had children. (Nor wanted any)
    10) I haven’t had much to laugh about for over a year, let alone this month.
    11) No plans at all. (Sounds dull, I know)

    Best wishes, Pete.

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  2. Congratulations, Mary! 😀These were some terrific questions by Rob and I loved learning more about you. Your Easter celebration sounds very special and I wish you all a wonderful time … and may it be a warm sunny day for the picnic! Thank you for pointing me in the direction of Hugh’s post; I’m guilt-ridden about blogging, not replying often enough etc … I needed his wise words, written so adroitly, today more than ever as I’m trying to catch up after half-term break.

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    • Thanks, Annika. Glad you enjoyed my answers to Rob’s questions. I’m pleased you found Hugh’s post helpful. I think I should print it out to read on a regular basis as I do often find myself consumed by guilt. Maybe we need a self-help group for this 🙂

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  3. Reblogged this on Smorgasbord Blog Magazine and commented:
    Mary Smith has been nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award by Robert Goldstein… and if you want to know how to fright a cat and wash the floor at the same time, check out her answers… and delighted to have been nominated along with several co-conspirators here on WordPress.. let the fun begin. Thanks Mary.. will tough to top that cat story!

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