Because mine is a how-to blog, writing a blog-hop interview this week is a treat. My nominees, the rules, and their questions follow the interview.
Thank you, Paula Mowery, for nominating me for the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award.
Here are Paula’s questions and my answers:
What is something you would count as a “success” from this past year?
Naturally, debut Calculated Risk’s release. But when I launched my weekly how-to blog in 2012, I wondered how long it’d be before I ran out of things I knew how to do. So my 2014 success was celebrating my 100th blog.
Who has had the biggest influence on your life?
Naturally, Jesus. Unfortunately, also the Enemy, the devil, with his relentless temptations. But through Christ’s victorious influence, I know Him and have eternal life.
What is the best piece of advice you have ever been given?
Naturally, stoves are hot. But in 1981, I protested to John that I was too much older than he to marry. When he was eight, I could’ve been his babysitter. He said, “Look at it this way, when you’re eighty, I’ll be seventy-two.” Our age gap is actuarially sound. We should die about the same time.
If you could have a week to retreat, where would you go and what would you do?
Naturally, heaven. But my sister and brother-in-law and John and I have already scheduled a winter retreat in the Dominion Republic. I’ll sit under a palm tree on the beach and read instead of write books. And celebrate my sister’s birthday.
Looking back on this year, what are five things you are especially thankful for?
Naturally, my five senses. Equally, my five grandchildren who keep me young and laughing.
What is one lesson you feel you learned this past year?
Naturally, book promotion is overwhelming. More importantly, God is the Great Orchestrator.
If there were no limits, what is one goal you would like to achieve this year?
Naturally, to win the Christy Award. No limits? I’d like to finish this next book within six months.
What is one Bible verse that is special to you and why?
Naturally, Proverbs 21:19 (below). But staying positive, Galatians 6:9. Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. One thing I do well is persevering.
Do you make New Year’s resolutions? Why or why not?
Naturally, lose 10 pounds if I did. But I don’t make resolutions. For fifty-two weeks, I send weekly goals to my accountability partners. That’s enough.
Do you set goals for yourself in your spiritual life? Give an example.
Naturally. This year I worked on inner giants that hinder my faith walk. Nagging is one. That’s why I mentioned Proverbs 21:19 above. Better to live in a desert than with a … nagging wife.
Paula, thank you for this opportunity to join in and introduce interesting and helpful bloggers to others.
Valerie Comer, Kristen Blankenship, Jane Thompson, Joanne Sher
- Thank the blogger who nominated you.
- Put the Award logo on your blog.
- Answer the 10 questions you’ve been sent.
- Make up 10 new questions for your nominees to answer.
- Why did you start blogging?
- What was the topic of the blog you wrote that had the greatest impact on your readers and why?
- What is your process from getting a blog idea to announcing your just submitted post?
- What is something you’d like to learn how to do to improve your blog this year?
- What kinds of blogs do you enjoy reading?
- What are three words that best describe who you are?
- What book did you most enjoy reading last year and why?
- What is a non-blogging goal you’d like to accomplish this year?
- When you’re not blogging, what do you enjoy doing?
- What was a spiritual lesson you learned in the past year?
NATURALLY, thank you for nominating me. Your blogs have been tremendously helpful, and will be a great resource as I make my way to fiction publication. Congratulations on 100 posts!!!
Thanks, Jane. You and your husband’s photography alone is fantastic on your blog. You have much encouragement for the hurting on Glimpse of Peace.
I enjoyed your answers, Zoe…naturally. 🙂
You made me laugh, Delia.
Enjoyed reading your answers. Keep up the good work blogging! Love ya!
Paula, thanks for nominating me. I hope this blog hop helps people find blogs that will help them.
Thanks for nominating me, Zoe! And you TOTALLY made me giggle. 🙂
Joanne, I totally enjoy your posts.
Insightful questions for your nominees. I will enjoy reading their answers.
Me too, Marcia.