r is for recognition | blog award

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Can you please go and pay a visit to Rob at his virtual pub? This guy is all kinds of niceness, funny and witty all rolled into one. He has quite a robust following and this comes as no surprise given the quality and prolificity (is this a real word?) of his content. Seriously, Rob writes songs: check out the JukeBox.

He is also very kind and nominated me for the Blogger Recognition Award. Of course, this happened a couple of months ago and the lazy turd I am, I am only just getting round to posting this. You know me well, yes?

Here are the rules:

Select 15 other blogs you want to give the award to.
Do some digging if you must! Find those blogs. You cannot nominate yourself or the person who has nominated you.
Write a post to show off your award! Give a brief story of how your blog got started, and give a piece or two of advice to new bloggers.
Thank whoever nominated you, and provide a link to their blog.
List who you’ve nominated in the post.
Make sure to also attach the award itself! (You can do this by right-clicking, saving, and uploading the image above).
Comment on each blog and let them know you’ve nominated them.
Provide a link to the award post you created. ( I did a pingback, hope that is ok!)
Provide a link to the original post on Edge Of Night. That way, anyone can find the original guidelines and post if needed, and we can keep it from mutating and becoming confusing!

Thank you Rob for the nomination. This is the story of my blog, which by the way, is predominantly a makeup and food blog.

Mr. Meow was the catalyst for MachineGunMeow coming to life. I think he just got a little sick of hearing me complain about not being able to find decent makeup product reviews for women of colour/ brown-skinned women. Some very successful blogs I know of were disappointing because the posters were too shy to post pictures of themselves wearing the product – that kinda defeated the purpose for me. So I realise this comes across as vain (and no pun is intended here) but I figured I could do a reasonable job of posting reviews of my own. And here I am. My only rule is no bullshit.

Before you decide that I should be burned at the stake, let me confess that blogging is not as easy as I originally imagined. It’s not inspiration that I lack – I have a little notebook full of ideas. But finding time at the end of a busy week when I sometimes have to work weekends makes it incredibly challenging. Most weekends, I just want to flop and watch movies all day. So discipline is my nemesis. Add to that the fact that I am very lazy when it comes to taking photographs. I don’t have the best light in our little apartment so I constantly use this as an excuse to not take photos 😦

Writing recipes for the blog is the most fun part because I cook so very often and enjoy it a lot. The problem lies in weighing and measuring things out, something I am notoriously reluctant to do. I cook by feel.

My advice to budding bloggers and really to my own self, is to not be a perfectionist. I’m not advocating mediocrity but I am saying that close to perfection is good enough. I say this because by thinking too hard about all the what ifs and what nots, you stop yourself from expressing yourself. Just write for yourself and let the rest take care of itself. Of course if you are blogging for commercial reasons, please disregard this and ask yourself what you are doing on this page in the first place!

So there you go. Not the most exciting story but blogging has taught me a few things (yes, even discipline) and introduced me to a wonderful network of friends who are forever offering their support, kind words and stream of interesting stories. I never thought I’d say this but thank you all for enriching the experience.

There are so many fellow bloggers out there I’d like to tag but are choosing to be award-free.

So I leave this one open to YOU.
Rules are at the top.
I’d love to know your story.

r is for recognition | blog award

4 thoughts on “r is for recognition | blog award

  1. Both things are necessary: Makeup and food. One decorates our faces from the outside and the other makes our faces pretty from the inside. I’m glad you took the time to respond to the award. It was great reading about your process. Sadly, I’m also a perfectionist. My dream has been to blog about cooking. But I tell myself I don’t have the perfect space to cook, I’m too tired to cook and photographing food is so difficult. I am realising that it’s really all about the ambience. I need to work harder to create something that just looks good as is and drop the food in the middle. Ah, well, we’ll see. Have a great weekend.

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    1. Thank you for sharing SB – perfectionism does have its drawbacks but I also guess (hopefully correctly) that you are likely your own worst critic. I would love to read about your food adventures and I have no doubt the photographs would be beautiful. You’re right, there is no need for styling if the subject is drool-worthy to begin with.
      I will be waiting, fork in hand 😉

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