Awesome Blogger Award

I was nominated for the Awesome Blogger Award all the way back in August by EyeSeeSomething. (Yeah, I know I’m a little late getting to this). Thanks for the nomination! I was also just nominated for the Blogger Recognition Award by Joy, but I’ve already done that post here, so I’ll just link to it.

What is it?

This is an award for the absolutely wonderful writers all across the blogging world. They have beautiful blogs, are kind and lovely, and always find a way to add happiness and laughter to the lives of their readers. That is what truly defines an awesome blogger.

Created by Miss Maggie @ Dreaming of Guatemala

100 Followers! + Shopping Trip

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First, I want to say thank you to everyone who has followed me so far! I have now passed 100 followers! I opened this blog two and a half months ago, and I was nervous that nobody would be interested and I would be talking to myself. I didn’t think I would gain this many followers in such a short time. I do admit I get down on myself sometimes because I see other bloggers who started theirs around the same time (or even after me), and they have twice as many followers now. I have to remind myself that it’s not a competition or a popularity contest. As long as I’m having fun doing what I’m doing (which I am), then that’s what matters. Of course I want people to like and be interested in what I have to say. I think that’s something we all want. I’m just glad I’ve been able to continually grow my blog.

Yesterday, I went to the mall on a little shopping trip. I honestly can’t remember the last time I went to the mall. As I’ve mentioned previously, I’m a bit of a homebody. I also like shopping at stores that we don’t have in the mall here, so I tend to buy everything online. Well, I attempted to buy jeans online a while back too, and that didn’t work out so well. It’s a shame too because I absolutely loved those jeans, but despite being the size I normally wear, I couldn’t pull them up over my butt. From that moment, I decided any time I needed new jeans I would have to try them on before I bought them. That’s what triggered my trip to the mall. I’ve been wearing the same jeans for about a decade now. They got to the point where I couldn’t wear them much longer. There were big holes in the butt (where I had to wear a long shirt to cover it), and rips up the leg. I needed new jeans, asap.

The Evolution of Blogging & Social Media

I was very active in the blog scene back in the mid-2000’s. I gave up blogging for many years, and I just recently came back two months ago. In these two months, I’ve noticed some differences in the blogging community. Particularly in how social media plays a role.

One of the reasons I gave up blogging was the rise of social media sites. I joined Twitter back in 2007, and once that started taking off, I began blogging less and less. It became easier and more convenient to just tweet my opinions or what was going on in my life rather than formulate a well thought out and time-consuming blog post. I did enjoy writing, but I felt like everything I wanted to say was already being said on social media. Why would people want to read my lengthy posts when they could get straight to the point with my 140-character tweets? I also shared all of my photos on Myspace and Facebook (before Instagram came along), so anyone who followed me could just see my pictures there instead of having to visit my blog.  Apparently I wasn’t the only blogger to have this mindset. Many of my blog buddies at the time were doing the same thing. I noticed many of them started blogging less, and some of them eventually gave up their blogs as well. We all followed each other on the different social media sites, so we were all still keeping up to date with each other. Blogging just started to seem pointless.

Liebster Award #2

Liebster

I was nominated for my second Liebster award by the lovely Maroon. Thanks!

Rules:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you, and post a link to their blog on your blog.
  2. Display the award on your blog — by including it in your post and/or displaying it using a “widget” or a “gadget”. (Note that the best way to do this is to save the image to your own computer and then upload it to your blog post.)
  3. Answer 11 questions about yourself, which will be provided to you by the person who nominated you.
  4. Provide 11 random facts about yourself.
  5. Nominate 5 – 11 blogs that you feel deserve the award, who have a less than 1000 followers. (Note that you can always ask the blog owner this since not all blogs display a widget that lets the readers know this information!)
  6. Create a new list of questions for the blogger to answer.
  7. List these rules in your post (You can copy and paste from here.) Once you have written and published it, you then have to:
  8. Inform the people/blogs that you nominated that they have been nominated for the Liebster award and provide a link for them to your post so that they can learn about it (they might not have ever heard of it!)

Blogger Recognition

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I was nominated for the Blogger Recognition Award by one of my favorite bloggers, Kittyp0p. This is a fun award because it’s all about blogging.

Rules:
1. Thank the person who nominated you and leave a link to their blog.
2. Write a post about your nomination.
3. Explain how your blog started.
4. Give two pieces of advice for new bloggers.
5. Select 15 bloggers to give this award to.
6. Comment on their blogs to let them know you nominated them.

How my blog started:
I’m going to take it way back to my very first blog/site, in 2004. It was called Poison Paradise and was a combination of blogging and a place to showcase graphics that I made. In 2005, I purchased my first (and only) domain, Unfoolish-Miracles.net. It remained my home until 2009. Blogging was a great outlet for me all through my teenage years. I honestly don’t know what I would have done without it. Aside from that, I met quite a few blogger friends that I’m still in touch with to this day.

Liebster Award

I was nominated for the Liebster award, which is the first one I’ve been nominated for since I started this blog. Thanks, Misabella!

The rules:
1. Acknowledge the blogger who nominated you.
2. Answer the 11 questions given to you by the blogger who nominated you.
3. Nominate 11 other bloggers.
4. Ask 11 new questions for them to answer.

My questions from Misabella:
1. If you had to live on one food, what would it be?
Blue crabs.

2. Name your best feature?
My eyes.

3. Do you believe in horoscopes?
To an extent. I don’t pay attention to the day by day horoscopes, but I do think many of the traits assigned with certain zodiacs are accurate. Most of the Scorpio traits fit me, with the exception of a few. I’ve also noticed I tend to be opposites with most Leo’s.

4. What was the last book you read?
I actually haven’t read a book in a long time, although I do need to get back into it. The last book I read was “Lucy in the Sky” by Anonymous.

5. Movies or books?
I’m a more visual person, so I actually prefer movies.

6. What are 5 words to describe yourself?
Introverted, quiet, loyal, passionate, lazy.

7. What is your biggest pet peeve?
When people rudely touch me to get my attention. When I was in school, I used to hate when teachers would come back and double tap me on the back to get me to slide my chair in so they could get by. Just say something! Don’t tap me! Likewise, I was in the grocery store recently and I did not realize I was in the way of another woman. Instead of saying, “Excuse me, can I slide through?”, she tapped me (hard, I might add) on the back and never even said a word to me as she pushed through.

8. What is a fun fact about yourself that few people know?
I’m not sure if this is something that few people know, but I really like to type and actually find it kind of fun.

9. What are you wearing as you type this?
Blue jeans, black flip flops, and a black and white tribal design shirt.

10. If you could abolish one law, what would it be?
I would make certain drugs, like LSD and MDMA legal. When taken responsibly, they are actually known to have therapeutic effects.

11. What is your favorite song at the moment?
Galantis – “Hunter”

My nominees:
1. Brandy
2. Kelsey
3. Sophia
4. Jane
5. Kemi
6. Jennifer
7. Alanna
8. Nancy
9. Gellie
10. Amy
11. Kim

Here are my questions for you:
1. What is your zodiac sign, and which zodiac sign do you think you are the most and least compatible with?

2. Would you rather live on the lake or on the beach?

3. How many states and/or countries have you been to?

4. Where is your favorite vacation spot?

5. Are you an introvert, extrovert, or somewhere in between?

6. How would you describe your style?

7. What is your favorite shade(s) of lipstick to wear?

8. Do you prefer blush or bronzer?

9. Are there any beauty brands that you absolutely love?

10. What is the last album that you listened to?

11. What was the last concert you went to?

I’m back!

I can’t even remember when my last blog entry was. I believe it was around six years ago. I’ve been out of the blog scene for so long now, that it’s actually a little bit nerve wracking trying to jump back in. I created a blog over a half a year ago, but I ended up scrapping it because I just felt like I wouldn’t have anything interesting to post. All throughout high school, I owned the blog Unfoolish-Miracles.net. I remember being surprised at how many people read and commented on what I had to say. Of course life as a teenager is rather dramatic. I basically wrote out my life story, through my school troubles, breakups and experimentation with drugs and alcohol. Sometime post-high school, I closed down my domain and moved over to a wordpress blog called Enchanted. I eventually closed that blog down too. Now here I am attempting to give this another go. What can I say? I missed it.

I made quite a few online friends from blogging, some who I still keep in touch with on social media. One of those bloggers, Brandy, I even met and hung out with in real life on numerous occasions. Part of what caused me to drift away from blogging to begin with was the rise of social media. Myspace, Facebook, Twitter, etc. My life, thoughts, and photos were being shared through these new networks. At the time I felt like blogging wasn’t necessary anymore. People could just follow me on those sites and get the same information without having to read lengthy paragraphs. Writing and creating blog posts can be very therapeutic though, and I don’t think anything can compare to that. I’m glad to see that blogging isn’t dead and that some of my old blog buddies still keep their sites running.

I’m still a bit unsure of what exactly I want to post on this blog. I’m long out of high school (I graduated in 2007), and my life is not as wild and crazy as it once was. I love taking landscape photos and photos of the sky. I’m also a bit obsessed with buying and trying out different beauty products, so this blog might be a combination of those things. I’ll just see where it takes me.

For those who never got a chance to view my previous blogs, allow me to quickly introduce myself. My name is Britney, and I am currently 28 years old. I will be 29 later this year, in November. That makes me a Scorpio, and it’s true what they say. Scorpio’s have major pride in their sign. I even have a scorpion tattoo, among others. Speaking of pride, I’m from Maryland and we’re very prideful of our state. We have the best state flag. (Duh!) We also have the best seafood (blue crabs with Old Bay is the greatest thing to ever exist), and there’s a reason that Maryland’s nickname is America in Miniature. We have farmland, city, mountains, and beaches all in one state. I couldn’t imagine living anywhere else. In my spare time I enjoy watching movies (horror and comedy are my favorites), watching true crime shows on the ID channel, and watching my all-time favorite shows (Buffy and Beverly Hills, 90210). I think that about sums it up for now, and I’m looking forward to this new blogging adventure.

P.S. If you took the time to read all of that, thank you.