My blog is neat!
That’s not the kind of thing I would say.
I felt uncomfortable typing it.
To be honest, I don’t know if my blog is good, and it’s definitely not “neat” in the literal sense. (I can’t pick a theme or stay on topic, the formatting and style of my posts are not consistent, I keep reorganizing my home page and category pages, and I very often miss my own self-imposed deadlines.)
Even if this blog is neat, proclaiming nice things about myself or things I do makes me incredibly uncomfortable. …I should probably work on that. I would never let a friend depreciate their own work, or diminish a compliment like this, but here I am.
Now I think I’ve rambled too much for an intro. I should have planned that out a little more. It really does not look–
(Please don’t call the bad pun police; I already know. I’ll pay whatever fine is appropriate*.)
Oops, I rambled again, in the part where I was about to say “I’ve rambled too much for an intro, so let’s get into the rest of the post,” or something like that. Unfortunately, partway through trying to do that, I thought of the “neat” pun. This is the problem when I think faster than I type…
Okay, this time I truly am going to stop, and actually get into the point of the post.
If you’re still here, thanks for your patience.
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A real neat fellow blogger, Sandy, has done me the incredible honor of including my blog in her list of neat blogs in her version of the Real Neat Blog Award blog post.
How many times can I say the words “neat” and “blog” in one sentence?
I’m sorry, I really tried to word it better. Sometimes, there’s just a sentence that sounds awkward no matter how many times you try to rephrase it, you know?
To expand, it seems like there’s a tag post going around called
“The Real Neat Blog Award”
in which writers of neat blogs–long story short–blog about neat blogs.
Long Story Not-As-Short:
Someone decided to award their favorite bloggers the title of “Real Neat Blog,” and then those bloggers passed it along to bloggers they like, and so on.
A real neat blog writer named Sandy was recently one such nominee, and in her post, she wrote a list of neat bloggers, letting us know that our blogs are neat in her eyes.
( Aww ❤ )
If you’re tagged in this post, I think your blog is neat.
Thank you, Sandy!
Sunday Morning with Sandy
is the blog where my own “neat blog” nomination came from.
Thank you so much for your kindness, and the time you take to interact with me on WordPress and Twitter. Your blog really is neat, and you are neat!
Also, I’m sorry for taking so long to get to responding to the tag posts.
Sandy is such a considerate writer, who is always supporting and cheering on other bloggers on this platform. I’m so glad to know her.
She has been recognized in other blog awards for her positivity, such as Sunshine Blogger, and more than one about Spreading the Love.
(click here to see all of them)
In her quest to spread the love, she’s even generous enough to run an advice column called “Ask Sandy“!
Sandy’s blog is a series of posts that contain personal stories written in a way that makes the reader feel seen and encouraged. In her own words, Sandy’s reason for writing is:
“…to share my story with the idea that maybe I could encourage people not to be so judgemental. To be kind.
…to bring awareness to some of the struggles we go through as a parent, woman, or human being.”
(Those were only small snippets. Consider reading her full introduction here:
Sandy’s blog is so neat, that she was tagged by two different blogs.
(The writers of those two blogs are Sunny and Cathy, and good on them for recognizing good blogging when they see it. I checked out their blogs, because Sandy linked back to them, and they’re really neat, too. That’s two more blogs I got to click “follow” on here on WordPress.)
If you’re not already, subscribe to Sandy’s blog at
The Real Neat Blog Award
More information about what’s going on:
(The “long” version of the “long story short” from earlier.)
I hadn’t heard of this before I saw Sandy’s post, but it seems that this is a tag
in which bloggers mention the blogs they find neat, nominate them for this award, and then those neat bloggers, if they choose to participate, accept by writing their own post, mentioning their own nominations of neat blogs. In the process, the writers of the aforementioned neat blogs are to answer fun questions asked by the one who tagged them, and then ask different questions for their nominees to answer.
I don’t know who started it (if I click through the chain of links, trying to find out, I might get lost in the internet), but if that person happens to see this, I want them to know that I’m impressed and inspired by their efforts to spread positivity in the writing community in such a fun way that also fosters curiosity.
As writers, we’re our own worst critics.
Having an excuse to tell each other that we’re neat is just… neat.
I also like that this gives me an excuse to ask some questions of bloggers I find neat. I’m curious about other human beings, but I’m usually too scared to engage in social interaction with them.
Asking questions is one of the requirements of writing this post, which definitely makes it easier!
- Display the Real Neat award logo.
- Thank the blogger that nominated you and link to their blog.
- Answer the questions from the blogger who nominated you.
- Nominate up to ten bloggers, asking them seven questions.
- Optional Rule: (because this is the only one I’m adding myself. I didn’t copy this one from the original post, and that makes it not a real rule)
Let me know, either in a direct message via email or other platform, or in a comment on this post, or any other way you know I can’t miss it, when you’ve published your version of this post, because I really want to see your answers. (I’m requesting this because WordPress does not always notify me of tags or links, and I want to make sure I don’t miss your posts.)
This is the part where I answer the questions Sandy asked in her post. I will reiterate each question here before typing my answer, in order.
- What is your favorite blog that you wish more people had read?
I tried hard to name one favorite, but I just don’t think I can. Luckily, the point of this is to point out blogs I wish more people would read, so I’ll say that the ten real neat blogs I’m tagging are the answer to this question!
- Peanut butter or cream cheese?
I’m so sorry– I don’t like either of those things.
- What is your favorite genre of music / and fave musicians?
It’s hard to name a favorite, because I like a lot of music, and which genre I think is “best” changes depending on what I’m listening to in that moment.
I’ll answer by saying that for several years, hard rock and metal were my favorites, in the sense that I would rarely listen to anything else. In fact, during my teenage years, I took an unhealthy pride in not listening to “mainstream” music. As I’ve grown up, got curious, and cared less about labels, I’ve been finding that I like almost every genre of music. I even enjoy the occasional pop song.
I think lately, the thing that draws me into a good song is if it makes me feel something. It doesn’t matter what it is, but if the artist successfully got their intended feelings across, there’s something special about it.
I do still default to tuning into the local rock stations when I use a radio, though.
- Who do you admire most in the world?
People who find a way to do something they love, despite any challenges life might throw at them, and then turn around and help the people who want to know how they did it, are the people who have my admiration.
- What makes you smile?
When I see someone laughing or having genuine, harmless fun in a public place, not seeming to notice that anyone else is around, not embarrassed about the fun they’re having, even if some would see it as childish, I smile. I love to see it, and if someone is with me, I’ll usually point out, “They look like they’re having such a great time!”
- If you could be anything in the world, what would it be?
I don’t know if this has to be something completely realistic, so if I could be anything, I’d want to be a successful multi-tasker, full of energy and time to pursue all my passions, with sufficient time leftover to connect with family and friends, and volunteer on the side. (Is doing everything too much to ask?)
- What was your favorite vacation spot?
Duluth, Minnesota! (Where my husband and I went after we got married.)
- What fears or insecurities did you have about starting your blog?
- What gave you the courage or push you needed to start your blog?
- What was your answer when people asked you, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” as a kid?
– bonus (optional) add-on question: What is your opinion now of what your childhood self wanted to grow up to be?
- How much caffeine is too much caffeine?
- If you’re responding during the pandemic:
What has been your favorite quarantine snack?
- Are there any more/better questions I should have asked, but didn’t think of, or questions you wish someone would ask you?
- What are your answers to the questions you added above (if any)?
The Real Neat Blogs
(or a few of them, anyway, since the rules state I can only tag ten blogs)
((and because these tag posts usually have limits, I’m specifically not listing the same blogs I mentioned last time I did something like this.))
In no particular order:
- Weeds & Wild Flowers
a neat blog about mental health and motherhood
- Feeding on Folly
a neat blog full of comedy and recipes
- Lavender and Levity
a neat blog about mental health and full of well-written personal stories
- Life’s Fine Whine
a neat blog that covers a variety of topics, and contains some humor and advice
- Dramatic Momalogue
a neat blog full of dramatic monologues and funny, sometimes relateable stories
- Moms Love Learning
a neat blog that combines personal stories with some good parenting/teaching ideas
- Ben’s Bitter Blog
a neat blog that is, in fact, full of bitterness, but somehow manages to make the bitterness fun
- Stoner on a Roller Coaster
a neat blog, containing art, poetry, and some personal stories
- My Book World 24
a neat blog full of book reviews and other bookish content
- Sunday Morning with Sandy
(I know you tagged me, but I also think your blog is neat! …And you don’t have to write a new post, but I want you to know I’d be interested in hearing your answers to my seven questions.)
“Please don’t call the bad pun police; I already know.
I’ll pay whatever fine is appropriate*”
~Me, earlier in this post
*whatever fine is appropriate, up to $5
(Five U.S. Dollars)
I’m not actually willing to pay a bad pun penalty if it’s over that amount.
I’m cheap, and I stand by my bad puns.