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Blogger Recognition Award

Hello lovely blog-friends,

How are the final throws of April treating you? Not long until the beautiful month of May. Do you have any nice May plans?

So, something lovely happened last night. One of my very favourite bloggers – The Winsome Baker – nominated me for a Blogger Recognition Award.

*Happy dance*

I actually read her whole blog post about the award, and didn’t spot that Charissa’s Kitchen was in the list of nominations. I didn’t expect my blog to be on there! It was only when Kearin left me a comment to say she’d nominated me that I discovered that she’d done so.

A Blogger Recognition Award sounds really rather fancy, but sadly there’s not going to be a big awards dinner and an excuse for the full length gold dress! It’s a bit more low key than that. Essentially, the Blogger Recognition Award is a blogger-to-blogger, ‘I like your blog’ device, which works a bit like a chain letter. One blogger receives a recognition award, and then nominates a certain number of other bloggers, who then nominate others; and so on.

To be brutally honest, up until yesterday, I’ve been pretty cynical of these kinds of ‘awards’. They do seem to have taken over the internet of late!

I did the maths – like the geek that I am. If one person kicks off the process and nominates 15 bloggers, and each of them picks up the challenge and nominates 15 more; assuming everyone responds the following day, by the end of the week there would be 170 million nominations! And by day 9, there would be 38 billion. That’s quite a few. 😄 No wonder these award posts are everywhere. 

However, when I actually received a nomination from the very lovely Kearin. I felt all warm and fuzzy inside. Someone whose blog I love, likes mine. Hence the happy dance.

It was also really enjoyable reading Kearin’s completely uncynical response to receiving a recognition award. It seems that it’s not just me that feels the warm and fuzzies. So I’m going to take Kearin’s lead… I’m going to leave behind the cynicism, enjoy the moment, and follow the (Charissa-tweaked) rules of the Blogger Recognition Award:

These are they:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Write a post responding to the nomination.
  • Briefly tell the story of how your blog started.
  • Give 2 pieces of advice to new bloggers.
  • Nominate 15 other bloggers.
  • Nominate any number of bloggers from 1 to 15 that you really love.
  • Let the bloggers know that you have nominated them. And provide them with a link to the post you created.

The story of how and why Charissa’s Kitchen began:

Cooking, baking, and eating good food are a big part of me surviving and flourishing emotionally in this crazy 21st Century world. Creating food and then eating it are such simple pleasures, and I find myself wanting to share those joyful food-moments with people – to share the joy. So rather than inundate my Facebook friends with yet more posts about sourdough bread, I set up this blog on a whim. It’s very much an evolving thing, and I don’t know if it will be here for the long term. Who knows if food will keep my interest long enough! I’m just playing around with it at the moment; throwing down different types of posts. We’ll see how it goes. I’m certainly enjoying posting my food adventures on Instagram. Food posts work really well on that particular platform. Who knew!?

My pieces of blog advice:

My first piece of advice to a new blogger would be don’t expect to get it right straight away. Blog whatever you fancy and see what happens. Just try stuff out. Some of the blogs you set up – and some of the posts you write – will work really well; others won’t. Learn from each experience and be reflectful. Read other blogs and learn from them. But don’t be afraid to innovate. See blogging as a skill to be honed, and also as an opportunity to be boldly creative. [I am hoping to take my own advice on this!]

My second piece of advice would be have fun with blogging. Too many articles focus on how to increase your blog traffic, take the perfect food photograph, or make money off your content. If your blog is for a business then go for it! But most of us are writing because we love writing, and in the case of food blogging, because we love food. Don’t suck the joy out of the blogging process! Be authentic, enjoy the writing and engaging with people, and let the traffic worry about itself. And if you must find out the rules of blogging; do so and then joyfully disregard the soul-sapping ones.

My nomination: Cookies and Chemistry

So, I am making one nomination. I don’t read enough blogs regularly to nominate a whole raft, and this particular blog is a standout for me. I’m sure she’s been nominated a whole handful of times, as she’s got lots of followers, but I’m still going to go for Cookies and Chemistry.

Feel free to ignore the rules, my dear, and simply enjoy the warm and fuzzies.

Cindy is an undergraduate student based in Canada who food-blogs. I love the eclectic nature of her posts, her joyful enthusiasm, and the way she weaves her life into the posts. Her food philosophy is on point, and she actually cooks (and eats) things that make me go, ‘Oooh, yes please!’ Which is actually surprisingly rare.

If you’re a food blog person, give her a read.

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Have a very foody day!

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Blog Reviews

I Love This Blog #1

I’ve decided that every time I come across a blog that I really resonate with, I will give it a quick glowing recommendation here.

The first of these “I Love This Blog” posts is in honour of New Zealand-based The Winsome Baker, the name of which resonates with me immediately! I’ve loved the word winsome ever since I came across it. I also love that the most recent photograph that Kearin has posted is of a delicious blob of homemade jam. There’s something wonderfully classy about that – unpretentious and lovely.

The Winsome Baker

According to her little self-summary, Kearin abandoned the world of finance to pursue a better life and ‘The Winsome Baker’ is about sharing her journey with the readers of her blog.

I can completely relate to her story, having given up the high-stress world of healthcare management for a happier, healthier life back in Autumn 2013 (has it really been that long!?). And I really like the way that Kearin’s posts weave together her baking and her life, and it’s something I’d maybe like to emulate without duplicating what I put on my personal blog.

For me, there’s a real slow-happiness built into pottering about the kitchen, and I appreciate a kindred spirit when I find one. Food and emotional well-being – for me at least – go hand-in-hand.

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