Sunshine Blogger Award


I use the term gifting, and no longer use the word’ Nomination’. This is not meant to be read or interpreted as derogatory to those who created these awards originally.

If l gift this award to you, you do not have to answer any of the questions unless you so choose to do so, you do not have to further gift out if you do not choose to do so either. Please – there is NO need to feel awkward if you decline the gifted compliment, l’ll not be offended.

Whilst there are many variations of TSBA doing the rounds – there is always a mixture of the original rules. Whilst l will always answer the questions asked of me whatever the number, l will ONLY ever ask 5 questions maximum of those that l gift to, as l think that is not too excessive. In addition to this, l will only gift the award to three blogs.

Rory Matier


My thanks to Tanya of the Salted Caramel for gifting me The Sunshine Blogger Award which l receive with thanks always. If as of yet you are not familiar with Tanya’s blog, then what are you waiting for? Hop, skip and jump your way over there and check out her writings, you’ll not ever be disappointed.



What is the Sunshine Blogger Award?

The Sunshine Blogger Award is an award for bloggers who are creative, positive, and inspiring – people who spread “sunshine” to the blogging world!

Award Guidance

Thank whoever gifted you and include a link to their blog

Use the “Sunshine Blogger Award” logo on your post and display the Guidance.

Answer the questions from the person who gifted you the Award.

Choose 3 bloggers that you wish to gift the Award to.

Ask 5 questions of your choice.

Notify those you gift the Award to.



How old is your blog now?

A Guy Called Bloke will hit its second Anniversary on September 17th 2019

What do you enjoy most about blogging?

I don’t think this is a one feature answer only question, but if l had prioritise one answer that would sit in the top three reasons l enjoy this activity, it would always be – The Community.

How important do you think Social Media is for the success of a blog?

Mm, well l guess that comes down to what your goal is for your specific blog.

Personally, l don’t rate additional social medias that highly as l think for personal blogs you can stretch yourself too thinly because of the very nature of the other platforms themselves. Also with the way that other platforms operate, their sole purpose is to keep you on that specific platform mostly – so they have applications and tools to encourage and motivate you for their layout. I think that if you ‘were’ to utilise each platform to their integrity and tie that in specifically with your own blogging, you’d never write in your blog the way you do now as you simply wouldn’t have the free time you enjoy now.

From my own experiences with the likes of Twitter and Facebook as ‘support social media’ to here in WP [never used Pint or Instie] for it to work cohesively you would have to spend good quality time building up each audience readership to your blogging platform within that social outlet, and that can take precious writing time.  Building any marketing audience takes just that, Time – of course there are ways to successfully promote your as example WP blog to each platform you use, but again it comes down to how much time you are willing to dedicate to each readership style and what you believe your purpose is for your blog? What audience do you wish to capture for your blog. Twitter and Facebook have very different audiences to blogging platforms.

This is NOT saying that personal bloggers can not achieve success but in order to succeed properly in and with balance, you are really having to in my opinion run additional social medias in a very specific marketing strategy. As said it can be done, but it is down to how you need to be seen.

If you are a business blog, this is a very different beast to a personal blog.

Now l know we all have the functional ability to have accounts in other formats and we can set up a redirect every time we post or we do that manually. But having seen many bloggers Twitter accounts as an example, many of them are dormant and because they are not actively promoting those posts in Twitter, Tweeters don’t give a monkeys because the account isn’t interacting with them day in day out and all the readers see is blog post, blog post and blog post publishings.

I know this might come across as cynical and biased , it isn’t but it is realistic – to have too many social media accounts purely reliant upon nothing but pointless publishings from auto direct WP without quality interaction to each readership per platform – social media support becomes redundant.

How would you define a successful blog? In other words, what do think a successful blog looks like?

Well once more we come back to what the writer is looking to achieve with their blog in the first place?

But on a more universal premise, l think the following is important….

That you have an interacting readership and a responsive community to your content.

That your readership is growing and you are not stagnating.

That you are writing content on a regular basis that you are comfortable with and can sustain that frequency and your readership knows what to expect from you.

You are always working with your blog to improve it for your readership, be this navigation, or visuals or catagories whatever, but the blog is always breathing.

That you are not spreading yourself too thinly as with regards the above answer – using too many social media platforms too quickly in addition to your main platform.

That whilst you write for yourself, you must also be mindful that as you grow, you have a responsibility to your readership to continually produce content that they can relate to or resonate with. That once you achieve a certain size, you’re writing not always for just you and you are aware of that.

That you understand your audience/readership and that you respect them.

That as you grow, your blog becomes your personal brand and that you are developing that as well as your personalisation of your style.

That where possible you try and be a little more edgy with your content, or quirky or just different to all the other blogs around you.

That is the way l look at the definition, but each blogger has a differing viewpoint.

Describe your feelings when you received your first blogging award nomination.

“Wow! OH My goodness, l have been nominated for a major award!!” That was my first ever response, followed by “But my writings not even that good?”

Have you ever thought about monetizing your blog ?

Directly – no, indirectly yes. But only in so far as the blog is the backup to the business.

If so, what do you think is the best method of monetizing?

Well if l told you that, everyone would then know the secret, wouldn’t they?

What kind of post do you find easiest or most enjoyable to write?

The one that manages to keep me engrossed and distraction free.

What is your opinion about writing prompts?

They serve a wonderful opportunity to stretch your mind and open up your creativity, but they can be horribly time consuming in both responding to and creating. I try to only respond to five prompts a week max.

If you were a superhero, what superpower would you like to have and what would you do with it?

I would like to have the superpower of undisturbed concentration and with that l would be able to concentrate without disturbance.

What is your favourite way to unwind after a hectic day ?

Online word games.


My 5 Questions

An event in history that changed your perspective on how we live as a society?

Which flower or herb do you find startlingly attractive and why?

What is the most extreme thing you’ve ever done?

Which one of these dwarfs are you? Doc, Grumpy, Happy, Bashful, Sneezy, Dopey, Sleepy – but more importantly WHY?

What is your most commonly spoken word or phrase? (Honesty required, profanity totally acceptable)



I choose to gift the Sunshine Blogger Award to …

Fandango of This, That and The Other

Jeanne of a Jeanne in the Kitchen

Sa of Culture Shocks

A Guy Called Bloke Banner Awards JPEG

Once again, my thanks to Tanya for her gifting of this lovely award to A Guy Called Bloke

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