One Lovely Blog Award

ONE LOVELY BLOGGER AWARD:

I recently spent the past few days away from WordPress (well, not completely away since I continued reading posts from fellow bloggers, but wasn’t posting anything, myself) trying to organize myself, my thoughts, but more importantly, take in as much of Spain as possible before this incredible experience comes to an end at the end of next week. So you can imagine, it was really great and encouraging to check out comments on my blog, informing me that I was in fact nominated for the One Lovely Blog Award. I was nominated by http://theblazingtrail.wordpress.com as well as by David from http://barsetshirediaries.wordpress.com. They both have truly amazing blogs, and I would strongly suggest stopping by! And of course, I thank you both for this much appreciated award!!

The rules for the award are as follows:

1. I need to thank the person who nominated me.

2. Share 7 things about myself that you still may not know

3. Nominate 15 bloggers.

4. Notify the nominees that I have done so.

5. Put the logo of the award on my blog site.

About Me:

I’m not too sure what I haven’t already told everyone about myself, so I’ll try my best to dig deep and not have to make anything up.

1. My first name was supposed to be Adam. My mom was in love with the name and planned on having it be my name, but my sister who was 7 years old at the time fought against it. She said there was a kid in her class named Adam who would constantly pick his nose, and begged my mom for a different name. My parents ended up agreeing on Daniel and compromised with my sister which is how I got my middle name, Adam. (Believe it or not, that’s actually not a made-up story)

2. I am currently fulfilling one of my dreams, which has always been to visit Spain and potentially study abroad there, and now I’m actually doing both!

3. I am terrible with directions so I’m usually late to places if my GPS doesn’t come through for me.

4. I am usually late to everything and try to blame my un-timeliness on my lack of directional skills as much as possible.

5. I used to never want to blog or be a part of social media until I attended the Writer’s Digest Conference in January, and was told by various agents that the only way to get your work published is to build a marketing platform and have an audience. I proceeded in making a blog and a twitter account, and (more so with my blog) have come across incredible people, made fellow WordPress friends, found blogs that I cannot stop following, and have been inspired by fellow bloggers to share my stories, because let’s face it: we all have one.

6. I am appreciative to those who follow and scan over my work, but more importantly read it (even if the only person reading is my mom) because it lets me know that just maybe, someone can learn something from me.

7. I gave up eating pork this past January for religious purposes. You see, I used to eat pepperoni pizza a lot and was a huge fan of bacon and salami, but refused to eat ham and sausages because that was part of the no pork rule that my religion follows. So after a trip to Israel in the end of December, I decided to follow the rule all the way and permanently gave up pork and the mixing of meat and dairy products. (Saying goodbye to cheeseburgers has been the hardest part though, incase anyone was wondering).

Since I was nominated for the Lovely Blog Award twice, both times within a few days of each other, I decided to double the amount of people I could nominate. So I guess this is what it feels like to break the rules. From cooking to inspiration, comedic relief to serious topics, and traveling across the world or to your backyard, there are a lot of award-worthy blogs that I have been coming across in recent days/weeks, but just to name a few:

  1. http://ahealingpath.wordpress.com/
  2. http://bardessdmdenton.wordpress.com/
  3. http://southwestadventurer.com/
  4. http://suedreamwalker.wordpress.com/
  5. http://resilientheart.wordpress.com/
  6. http://reconstructingchristina.wordpress.com/
  7. http://mysmallstillvoice.wordpress.com/
  8. http://17andbaking.com/
  9. http://danishexchange.wordpress.com/
  10. http://lookingatthewest.com/
  11. http://augustomachadoneto.wordpress.com/
  12. http://memomuse.wordpress.com/
  13. http://bahbs.wordpress.com/
  14. http://ironwoodwind.wordpress.com/
  15. http://betigaklaten.wordpress.com/
  16. http://liliessparrowsandgrass.wordpress.com/
  17. http://quirkybooks.wordpress.com/
  18. http://selfblossoming.wordpress.com/
  19. http://sweetnscrappy.com/
  20. http://wise1coaching.wordpress.com/
  21. http://themariaantoinette.wordpress.com/
  22. http://amaanjourney.com/
  23. http://thecardigantales.wordpress.com/
  24. http://maxiscomments.com/
  25. http://hilarishappenings.wordpress.com/
  26. http://carefreecomposition.com/
  27. http://malouprestado.com/
  28. http://origamiraven.wordpress.com 
  29. http://thetroublewithtwentytwo.wordpress.com/  
  30. http://write4you.org/ 
  31. http://gonetoswantravel.com/ 
  32. http://theyummyzone.wordpress.com/
  33. http://pavloskapralos.wordpress.com/
  34. http://natashamontoya89.wordpress.com/
  35. http://juliehansenintuitive.com/
  36. http://workthedream.wordpress.com/
  37. http://packgolive.wordpress.com/
  38. http://walkswithyogi.wordpress.com/
  39. http://thewhyaboutthis.com/
  40. http://studyabroad.joshuascriven.com/
  41. http://50yearproject.wordpress.com/
  42. http://novicejournal.wordpress.com/
  43. http://photoscience.wordpress.com/
  44. http://toddlohenry.com/
  45. http://faitaccompli.wordpress.com/

Congratulations to the above bloggers! This award is much deserved, and I look forward to continue reading your lovely blogs 🙂 (see what I did there?). All best, Dan

Fourth of July Blogging Celebration!

On this great day of Independence, we give thanks to those who served and continue to serve our country, those who fought for our freedom, those who got us to where we are today, and those who blog about life and interesting topics to keep us entertained. Huh? Okay so maybe not everyone gives thanks to us bloggers on a daily basis, and maybe we don’t have our own holiday, but why not? We deserve a little bit of credit for our hard work keeping each other entertained, reading stories about one another’s lives, and purging our emotions and stressors and shoving them onto our readers for them to deal with. I would say that we deserve a bit of credit (of course nothing compared to the heroes of our country) but why not take a second after thanking those for our independence to thank each other for our entertainment and for continuing the track of literacy not only in our country but the countries of our followers as well.

For those of you who have no idea where I’m getting to with this post, just follow me for a second because you’re going to like this. In honor of everyone’s hard work, in appreciation for my followers, commenters, readers, those who “like” my work, favorite it, repost it, and those who just click “like” it without reading anything I have to say, I thank you. And for all your support, I want to give something back to you. I ask that anyone who reads this comment with the link to your blog in addition to a brief description of what your blog is about. Let’s open new doors to new followers and get ourselves more connected with each other. I owe whatever blogging successes I have had thus far to you all, my fellow bloggers and friends, so let’s have a blogging celebration of our own on this Fourth day of July in celebration of our independence as well as our blogs.

The Hug Award

The HUG Award

Hope Unites Globally

I have been nominated by Jen from Step On A Crack…or Break Your Mother’s Back for the HUG Award.

Jen is one of the many people who brings joy and wisdom into the blogging community through her insightful comments and great pots. I would highly recommend checking out Jen’s blog because not only is it an awesome read, but if you haven’t already met Jen, then you’re missing out! Thanks again for this amazing award!

For more information on this award, please visit:http://ahopefortoday.com/2012/01/14/hope-unites-globally-hug-award-guidelines/

I would like to give the following blogs a very big HUG for their insight, encouragement, and wisdom. Each of these bloggers make the writing process beyond enjoyable, and they all provide us with the gift of their blog, and for that, I could not be more thankful.

http://poetryandpersistence.com/

http://lostupabove.wordpress.com/

http://braininjuryselfrehabilitation.com/

http://hodgepodge4thesoul.wordpress.com/

http://50yearproject.wordpress.com/

http://ginlemonade.wordpress.com/

http://mamasgottabake.wordpress.com/

http://somethingville.com/

http://findingmyworth.wordpress.com/

Thank you for all that you do.

Best, Dan

Time for Some Fun: Tag; You’re It

So I was tagged by  and the aim of the game is to “connect bloggers in this WP jungle, get to know each other, meet new bloggers and connect and network through fun.”

The rules

Answer 11 questions

Link back to the person who tagged you/sent the questions

Formulate 11 more questions

Send the tag on to 11 more bloggers

I will tag 11 fellow bloggers, and if you would like to play, feel free to have fun with it.  Otherwise, don’t feel pressured to take part in it. 

Here are the questions I have to answer:

1)Favourite time of the day: Both morning and night time

2)Favourite day of the week: Friday

3)Don’t think about this question just react: It’s your last hour on earth- who was the first person that just came in to  your mind? : (I have a lot of family members following this blog so even though it’s cheating, to be safe, I’ll just say my family in general) 🙂

4) 5 famous/ historical figures who are no longer here that you would invite to dinner and why: 

1. Frank Sinatra to meet an all time classic; 2. Michael Jackson because he is one of the most talented people of all time; 3.     Lucille Ball since she is by far one of the funnest comedians in history; 4. Ronald Reagan because he was able to accomplish so much and was just a classy man, to say the least; 5. Mother Teressa because of her inspiration and contribution to society

5) 6 famous people who are still here that you would invite for dinner and why

1. Amma (Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi) for all of her continuous contributions to the community as well as to society; 2. Nelson Mandela because of all the trials and tribulations he faced and overcame throughout this life thus far; 3. Author Mitch Albom because his books are so great, and I would like to speak with him in person about his experiences; 4. Janet Jackson because she’s very talented and an extremely inspiring figure; 5. Betty White since she’s such a positive, humorous human being and such an inspiration; 6. Jack Nicholson because he is such a talented, great actor

6) Morning or night person: Night

7) Favourite song: Smile by Michael Jackson (originally Charlie Chaplan)

8) Favourite film: Slumdog Millionaire

9) What makes you happy: Being with family, friends, and the feeling of accomplishment at any given moment in time

10) Pet hate: Snakes

11) What inspires you?: People who make a difference to unselfishly better the lives of others

The following is a list of the bloggers I’ve tagged:

http://inpursuitofmore.com/

http://francineinretirement.wordpress.com/

http://autumnsunshineandgabrielleangel.wordpress.com/

http://thescrumptiouspumpkin.com/

http://sugaredpecan.wordpress.com/

http://newheavenonearth.wordpress.com/

http://findingmyworth.wordpress.com/

http://winsomebella.wordpress.com/

http://optimistforever.wordpress.com/

http://jayjaysfavorites.wordpress.com/

http://scotzig.wordpress.com/

Here are your questions:

1) Who is someone that inspires you?

2) What are the things in life that make you happy?

3) What’s your favorite type of animal?

4) If you could meet one person in the world (living or deceased) who would it be and why?

5) Describe your perfect day.

6) What would you most like to accomplish?

7) What are you most grateful for and why?

8) If you could travel to any place in the world, where would it be?

9) What is your biggest accomplishment in life thus far?

10) If you could learn and skill or trade, what would it be and why?

11) Why did you decide to start a blog?

That’s it for my questions. Hope you like them 🙂

The Genuine Blogger Award

The Genuine Blogger Award

I was recently received the Genuine Blogger Award from Lisa at flVE for my “Genunineness in blogging.” Lisa has an incredible blog with some awesome recipes, and dishes, constantly causing my stomach to rumble, regardless of whether or not I had already eaten. So I would definitely suggest following her blog, and would really like to thank her for such an honor.

I would like to pass this great award on to a few other bloggers. I truly enjoy reading their blogs, and the description of their works fits perfectly with the title of this award: genuine. As time progresses, I’ll come back to this award and nominate more bloggers, but these two blogs definitely stick out in my mind. So, congratulations to the following blogs, as I can’t think of anyone else more deserving than yourselves.

The Tale of My Heart

Foodimentary

The 7 x 7 Link Award

As I mentioned in my last post, this past weekend I attended a leadership conference. I met a lot of people and learned valuable lessons to help me with future endeavors. Upon returning home yesterday afternoon, I figured I hadn’t missed much over the weekend except spam emails and a few views on my blog here and there. So you can imagine just how surprised I was to find out that I had been nominated for the 7 x 7 Link Award. I’d like to extend a special thanks to Tammy for this great award; especially because her blog is so great, and it’s an honor to be receiving it from her.

With that being said, this award requires me to 1) Reveal seven things about myself that you don’t already know; 2) Compile 7 of my favorite links from my own blog; and 3) Bestow this award upon 7 other bloggers. So here we go:

About Me:

1. I have often been called a procrastinator, since I enjoy doing most of my work late at night (which usually happens to be at the last minute)

2. I have three dogs: Nikki (named after the New York Knicks), Cayne (named after the Miami Hurricanes), and Kila (named after the measurement: kilo, since she is so small)

3. I am the youngest of three children; with an older brother and sister

4. I was born in Queens, New York, but grew up in South Florida

5. I spent half a year under the impression that I was lactose-intolerant, thanks to a misdiagnosis from a doctor

6. I attend medical missionary trips twice a year to Guatemala, serving as a volunteer

7. My favorite TV show is Castle

7 Favorite Blog Links (in no particular order): 

1. Why I Write

2. The Opportunity of a Lifetime

3. Overcoming the Word “No”

4. Rejection

5. Throwing In The Ingredients

6. Peace

7. Wanting the Time To Pass

My nominations for the 7 x 7 Link Award:

Whether I just began following your blog, or have already been an avid-follower, I really enjoy reading all of your posts, and would like to see some of your favorite works! Congratulations everyone!! It is well deserved 🙂

1. Unique and Unpredictable

2. Step On A Crack… Or Break Your Mother’s Back

3. Gabrielle Angel and Autumn Sunshine

4. Deborah Ailman

5. Chica Andaluza

6. NocturneFireFay

7. Joxtapose

The Versatile Blogger Award

Last week was somewhat of a difficult week for me, because as I previously stated, I received numerous rejections from literary agents who had expressed interest in my book at the WDC Conference in NYC just a few weeks ago. On Friday morning I went on a Leadership Challenge retreat, and when I returned late Sunday afternoon, I came back to find that my blog had been nominated for another award. Receiving support, praise, and criticism from fellow bloggers is so rewarding, seeing as I had doubts on blogging just a little while ago. This has been an incredible experience, and I definitely could not have done it thus far without my followers and fellow bloggers. Additionally, special thanks to GJ from http://gjscobie.wordpress.com/ for nominating me for the “Versatile Blogger” Award! And also thank you to Melis from http://iamnotshe.wordpress.com for the re-nomination! It is greatly appreciated!

With that being said, the rules for the Versatile Blogger Award are :

1. Nominate 15 fellow bloggers.

2. Inform the bloggers of their nomination.

3. Share 7 random things about yourself.

4. Thank the blogger who nominated you.

5. Add the Versatile Blogger Award pic on your blog post.

So here we go with the seven random things about me:

1. I am planning on studying abroad for the second half of summer in Spain this year

2. I am a member of the Zeta Beta Tau Fraternity, currently serving as the Internal Vice President

3. I have non-specific mild colitis (which is a gastroenterological problem) causing me to get frequent stomach pains

4. I think way too hard into things

5. I used to box and kick-box all throughout high school

6. I constantly feel pressured to live up to the standard of being a nice, happy person who always smiles (which is how many people often describe me)

7. I am more grateful for the followers and fellow-bloggers on this website than one could imagine

I would now like to nominate the following blogs for the Versatile Blogger Award. I really enjoy reading each of the blogs listed below, and would strongly suggest that you check them out too! Congratulations everyone!!

http://makingmade.com

http://foodforays.com

http://decaseconds.com

http://nodnsmile.com

http://binnotes.com

http://lifeaisle.wordpress.com

http://dragoneystory.wordpress.com

http://maxreynolds.wordpress.com

http://jadedview.wordpress.com

http://susielindau.com

http://rubicorno.wordpress.com

http://thecupoflife.wordpress.com

http://amsdaily.net

http://nandinidhiman.wordpress.com

http://trashbaggage.wordpress.com

The Liebster Blog Award

Liebster Blog Award:

Over the last few days, I received five rejection letters from seven literary agents who expressed interest in my manuscript a few weeks ago at the NYC Writer’s Digest Conference. Each agent had their own reason as to why they weren’t the right fit to represent me, but regardless, each letter was as disappointing as the next. It has been difficult trying to surpass the obstacle of having received numerous No’s for my book, but Jen from http://steponacrack.wordpress.com/ has constantly commented on my blog posts, making sure that I continue to work hard rather than give up. I am beyond grateful for such support from fellow bloggers, and I couldn’t thank her enough for everything she has done for me, including this award. Thanks for the motivation Jen!

“Leibster is German & means ‘Dearest’ or ‘Beloved’ but it can also mean ‘Favourite’ & the idea of the Leibster award is to bring attention to blogs with less than 200 followers all in the spirit of gathering more connections”

  1. Show your thanks to the blogger who gave you the award by linking back to them.
  2. Reveal your top  picks for the award and let them know by leaving a comment on their blog.
  3. Post the award on your blog.
  4. Bask in the love from the most supportive people on the blogsphere – other bloggers.
  5. And, best of all – have fun and spread the karma.
With that being said, I would like to present the Liebster award to the following blogs:
1. http://lavieeclectique.com/
2. http://findingmyworth.wordpress.com/
3. http://trulytwenties.wordpress.com/
4. http://russianmomcooks.wordpress.com/
5. http://janeannethorne.wordpress.com/
There are plenty of other blogs I would like to present this award to, but these are just a few of the ones which really stick out to me. Congrats everyone and thanks for the honor Jen!

Still Waiting

This morning I received a phone call from a man who works for a self-publication company. He called to ask what the progress was regarding my luck with the literary agents I had met at the NYC Writers Digest Conference a few weeks ago. Since I have always wanted to be traditionally published, as opposed to self-published, I told him that things were going great. He then proceeded to tell me the statistics about traditional published and explained that the odds of me being published through a publication company with a literary agent are slim to none. What a great way to start the day off, right?

As the conversation progressed, he asked how my platform was going since the conference. Hmm, I thought to myself. I quickly exclaimed, “Well, I now have a blog and a Twitter account, so my social media platform is starting to take off. “How many followers do you have and how many views do you receive each day?” Oh geez. Did I really have to answer this question. I try my best to promote my blog and Twitter account, but let’s face it. Some days are better than others. One day I had over 150 views! Other days I only receive about 5 views, and I’m convinced that all the views are just from me refreshing the page to see if I have any new comments. The only other thing I can think of is passing out flyers on the street, and if that doesn’t work, I guess it’s time to whip out the sign that says, “Will work for blog followers, views, and Twitter followers.”

Forgetting about my platform for a minute (which most, if not all literary agents would smack me across the face with their newest represented book if they ever heard me say something like that), it has been nearly three weeks now since I sent out my manuscript and proposal to the various agents I met at the New York City Writers Digest Conference last month. And here I am; still waiting. I check my email more often than one could imagine, hoping that something exciting (such as an agent to represent me) will pop up in my inbox. Until then however, I guess it’s time for me to do one of two things. I’ll either have to start increasing my blog views, gain more followers, and do a better job marketing myself, or I’ll have to look for a cardboard sign, and get to work on that.

In the meantime, who knows what will happen with the progress of my book? All I can say is, I’ll hope for the best, and in a month, I’ll be receiving another phone call from the self-publishing company, so I’d better get to work on this platform thing!

Sending Out Manuscripts

As soon as I woke up this morning and got out of bed, I immediately spotted the seven business cards given to me by each of the literary agents at the writer’s conference this past weekend, all hung up on my wall. I knew there was only one thing to do, and that was to email each of them and send whatever additional information they had requested. I emailed out query letters, proposals, sample chapters, and my completed manuscript, and now there’s only one thing left to do. As much as I hate saying it, all that’s left to do is wait; wait for a response; wait for follow-up questions; wait for a yes; wait for a no. I can’t guarantee any answers from the prospective agents, but seeing as I have spent the last two months querying agents and waiting, this should be nothing new to me. Until I hear back from any of them, I’ll keep my fingers crossed, and begin uploading new blog posts relating to the Happiness and self-help aspect of this blog. As for now, whoever you are out there reading this blog, have a good night. Until tomorrow…