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AWARDS: Gratitude for Multiple Nominations – Part 5 of 5

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Yes! I’m all caught up and just finished my last 50 tags / nominations / awards. I’m so grateful that I now have a clean slate and can hopefully stay on top of them… woo-hoo! If I missed a tag or award where you nominated me, I’m so sorry. I had been bookmarking them, but while I was on vacation last year, I may have missed a few. Feel free to let me know and I will fix it!

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Life has just gotten away from me in the last few months… between the 365 Daily Challenge, publishing two novels, reading ~100 books, and earning a living, I haven’t been able to keep up with all the wonderful awards that I’ve been blessed with. I’m so grateful to the blogging community for the love and support you’ve shown me and feel awful that I’ve gotten behind on about ~50 nominations or ping-backs. I’ve been trying to catch up, but it’s not working! So… I’ve decided for the next week, I am going to highlight several bloggers each day who have been generous enough to tag me…

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These bloggers deserve the kudos and a celebrated mention so that more people can find out about them and/or connect with amazing people around the world. Below please find 6 blogs you should be checking out and following. I’ve included the original post they tagged me on as well as a response to a few questions or items from their tag. If I stay on schedule, I’ll be caught up and current on my tags within a week, and then I promise to try to stay on top of them going forward. Thank you to everyone for understanding. If I missed a tag or award, let me know. I will fix that! Much gratitude for sharing your blogs with me and in turn with the rest of the blogosphere!

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Growing Self Blogger Award

  • Invisible-No-More
  • Thank you to Dee for this wonderful nomination. Dee was part of my first book blog tour last year, and we have shared an immense connection in the last 6 months. From all her amazing posts and challenges, to her wisdom and advice, I cherish the time we have to connect. We’re both so busy, it’s not easy to keep up every day… but at least once a week, we’re catching up on each other’s posts, getting surprised by the extent of each other’s journeys, and learning how to be better people. It was an honor to have her as part of my April 2018 Agatha Christie Readathon!
  • This award was created by Roda @ Growing Self… who many of you know as my Big Sis. She visited me from Michigan here in NYC for a few days earlier this year and we had the best time ever. I can’t even begin to imagine if Dee had been here with us… the trouble we’d have gotten into. Two wonderful women here that I’m very glad to know!

Tell the Darkness to Get Lost Award

  • Waking Up on the Wrong Side of 50
  • Thank you to LA (she shall remain nameless to everyone!) for being one of only 3 bloggers I’ve met in person this year. We’ve had coffee here in NYC and have so much fun talking about life, books, tv shows, NYC, and how to be a good person! She’s got pneumonia right now, so I hope she heals quickly as we all miss her daily posts!
  • No questions on this award, but her post talks about “love at first sight” which we have all heard of… Who here’s experienced it? Share away!

Awesome Blogger #2 Award

  • Misty’s Book Space
  • Thank you to Misty for nominating me here… she’s fantastic, and I’ve mentioned her a few times this week on the tags and awards. You’ve had lots of opportunity to check out her blog, so don’t make me remind you again. Go now! 🙂 PLEASE!
  • Two Favorite Colors
    • Black and Grey

Miranda Sings Award

  • 5171 Miles Book Blog
  • Thank you to Sabrina and Ashley who were part of my first book blog tour last year… but they also provide such amazing book reviews — what a team! I’m privileged to be part of their blogging world. It’s always a guess… will I see their Goodreads review or their WP post on a book first? 🙂
  • Something you love about yourself
    • I am determined, hard-working, persistent and motivated when it comes to achieving my goals. I don’t forget when someone helps me out. I try to give back wherever I can. And I truly feel honored to have made such great friends through my blogging adventures. I love that I recognize this and try to always make it a priority to connect with other people.

Quill Commander’s Award

  • Ravenclaw Pride
  • Thank you to Matt for nominating me. We only connected earlier this year, but I look forward to building a relationship with him. I am trying to catch up on awards, so I’m only doing one piece of his, but please check out his site via the link above. It’s a very honored award and all about our patriotism — something we should all find in our hearts.
  • Quote:
    • “Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.” This is only part of the quote, but who knows where it’s from??? 🙂

Blogger Recognition Award

  • TV Addicted Bookworm
  • Thank you to Sheri for always introducing me to new books and television shows. We have connected on other social media platforms more than WordPress, but it’s always fun to see what she’s reviewing!
  • Advice to New Bloggers
    • Don’t just follow someone without building a relationship. Read a few posts. Comment. Check out their other social media profiles. Interact. If not, it’s just a game in trying to increase your numbers. Find a balance between interacting and building a network of friends and followers. It’s supposed to be fun, too, so you want to learn a little bit about everyone!

Nominations

 

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AWARD: Blogger Recognition

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I was nominated by homemum2catspluskids and coffeecocktailsandbooks last year but with my book launch, I wasn’t able to respond. Now I am back to finishing a few tags and awards. Thank you so much for the nomination. Please check out her blog!

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The Rules

* Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
* Write a post to show your award.
* Give a brief story of how your blog started.
* Give two pieces of advice for new bloggers.
* Select other bloggers you want to give this award to.
* Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated them & provide the link to the post you created.

How My Blog Started

  • Almost two years ago, I left my full-time corporate technology position and found myself with a few months of free time, at least before I would head back to work again. Part of my professional position included managing WordPress website development, and I had done some XML and HTML coding over a decade ago. I thought I should get a bit more hands-on with WP, which led to me creating three (3) websites: (a) author, (b) this personal blog and (c) my book. I also began reading and posting my reviews on Goodreads each day. After a few weeks, I found myself meeting new people, adding more content and having a grand ole time. I had things to say and people seemed to have fun reading and commenting. It’s taken off over the last 18 months and I now have about 6000 followers between all three sites and my connected social media accounts. Thank you to everyone; I truly appreciate all the kindness and interest. It’s become part of my full-time job, in addition to writing, bringing lots of fun and depth to my life each day. And now I’m looking to build and grow in many directions, looking for guidance, advice and requests from each of you! So bring it on…

Advice For Others

  • Create the blog for yourself — not for anyone else, in the beginning. Give some thought to the things you want to say and how often you plan to share. Create content that makes you happy, as it will have more quality when you’re first starting out as a new blogger. Reach out and connect to other bloggers who share similar interests. I’ve had about a 50% connection rate, meaning half the time I never hear back from the person, but  half the time I do. And in that process, I see great styles and topics on other people’s blogs, find wonderful people to share a few minutes of fun with each day and I learn different techniques for being open, flexible and friendly. Comment all the time. Be nice. Be friendly. Open new dialogue.
  • Build check-in points. I don’t mean put in a target to have “x” followers by a certain time period. I mean… check your statistics every week or couple of weeks to learn how people are using your site. Do you have 100 views and only 2 likes? What does that mean? Do you have 100 views and 100 unique people, meaning no one is looking at multiple pages? Learn what you’re doing that people like and what they don’t like, so you can determine if you need or want to make any changes down the line. Message me if you have questions on these features. Don’t get discouraged. Over time, you’ll see growth if you’re doing all the right things. Some people hit it perfectly the first time; others take a few months. But remember, you need to start out doing this for yourself to get comfortable before you can leap frog all over the place.

My Nominees

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About Me
For those new to me or my reviews… here’s the scoop: I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My debut novel, Watching Glass Shatter, can be purchased on Amazon. I write A LOT. I read A LOT. And now I blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, where you’ll find the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge – words and humor. You can also find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Thanks for stopping by. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators. Follow my blog with Bloglovin.

AWARD: Blogger Recognition #3

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Many thanks to Nel @ Reactionary Tales for being an absolutely amazing and fantastic blogger and friend, as well as nominating me for this award. Her daily post is always something extremely valuable to read, and I hope you will check it out. Above and beyond the posts, she and I chat offline and have begun building a friendship, so I know she’s worth checking out. Go see what you can find on her site right now!!!

 

The Rules

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Give a brief story of how your blog started.
  • Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
  • Select 10 other bloggers you want to give this award to.
  • Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated them and provide the link to the post you created.

 

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My Story

  • I’ve shared versions of this story before, but I’m going to tell it from a different perspective this time. Most people who follow me know me as the Crazy Book Reviewer and 365 Daily Challenge Poster. Both are true and also the reasons I begun writing part of my blog. There is a third reason, perhaps one not as well known as the others…
  • Jay fell in love with creating stories when he was a young boy in the 1830s 1920s 1980s. Some days, I no longer remember due to his creativity taking him all over the world and all throughout history. He was an only-child who spent all his time inside his own head, which made it easier to create life for others without worrying about being judged. By the time he went to college, he’d decided that he wanted to become an author, but he let go of that dream for nearly twenty years to focus on building a career and earning money. All that changed last year when he left the corporate life, deciding it was finally time he became a published author.
  • I’ve written an entire novel which I’m currently shopping with literary agents and independent publishers. I’ve started 4 other novels, all with at least 4 chapters and a full outline. Last week, I began the next novel I plan to remain focused on… completing the first chapter earlier today. Writing is in my blood and in my soul. Becoming an author is what I want because it’s who I am. When I set my mind on a challenge, I have and will always succeed.
  • I built a few websites to get to know the world, to let the world hear my voice and know my style. While my blog is much more free-form, my novels are well-structured, full of complex plots, contain beautiful settings and challenging characters. I want to share my stories with you along this journey as I connect with friends, fans and followers across all social media platforms. This website is one of those, but I hope to build many more. I hope you’ll join me and help me navigate towards the future I know has already been destined for me.
  • Two other sites includes:

 

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My Advice

  • First piece of advice: 
    • Always be honest in your writing. Admit when you’ve made a mistake. Acknowledge when you missed something critical. Learn to laugh at your failures. Find a way to take each moment and extend that growth into the next moment. Your imagination will help deliver you where you need to be. Just put the words out there and worry about the editing process a few days later. If you don’t start it, you will never end it.

 

  • My second piece of advice: 
    • Engage with everyone. Find something you like about a person and connect with them. You never know what (s)he could bring to your life or you could bring to his or hers. Nothing exists without people sharing communication, and if you are a roadblock or unwilling to open yourself up, you won’t be able to succeed in the way you are meant to do so. The only person who holds you back is you, so remove that obstacle and your chances have already improved.

 

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My Nominees

  1. https://edgeofhumanity.com/2017/07/25/birth-2/
  2. https://piratepatty.wordpress.com/2015/07/21/hello-world/
  3. https://nzfnmblog.wordpress.com/2017/07/25/love-is-love-mette-bach/
  4. https://captivedreamswindow.wordpress.com/2017/07/24/a-christmas-jar-for-santa-a-christmas-jars-short-story-by-jason-f-wright/
  5. https://aspentreesbookreviews.wordpress.com/2017/05/20/small-great-things-by-jodi-picoult/

 

About Me & the “365 Daily Challenge”

I’m Jay and I live in NYC. By profession, I work in technology. By passion, I work in writing. I’ve always been a reader. And now I’m a daily blogger. I decided to start my own version of the “365 Daily Challenge” where since March 13, 2017, I’ve posted a characteristic either I currently embody or one I’d like to embody in the future. 365 days of reflection to discover who I am and what I want out of life.

The goal: Knowledge. Acceptance. Understanding. Optimization. Happiness. Help. For myself. For others. And if all else fails, humor. When I’m finished in one year, I hope to have more answers about the future and what I will do with the remainder of my life. All aspects to be considered. It’s not just about a career, hobbies, residence, activities, efforts, et al. It’s meant to be a comprehensive study and reflection from an ordinary man. Not a doctor. Not a therapist. Not a friend. Not an encyclopedia full of prior research. Just pure thought, a blogged journal with true honesty.

Join the fun and read a new post each day, or check out my book reviews, TV/Film reviews or favorite vacation spots. And feel free to like, rate, comment or take the poll for each post. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.

AWARD: Blogger Recognition #2

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Many thanks to Kristin @ ASimplyEnchantedLife for this award nomination. Kristin’s blog is beautifully designed and always has great book reviews. I enjoy chatting with her every day and learning more about her life and family. Please find a few minutes to check out her blog!

RULES:
  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Give a brief story of how your blog started.
  • Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
  • Select 10 other bloggers you want to give this award to.
  • Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated them and provide the link to the post you created.

HOW MY BLOG STARTED

It started out as an opportunity to create my own personal brand for my professional life in corporate technology, so I created a website (https://jamescudney4.com). But then I was a bit bored, so I created this blog and website to randomly post and connect with people. I began writing book reviews and wanted a place to house them all, so I began interfacing everything over from Goodreads. And then I wanted a website for my own book, so I created a third one. Eventually, ThisIsMyTruthNow became my central point for all friends, fans and followers. Now it’s home to book reviews, author spotlights, the 365 Daily Challenge, my creative fiction and several other fun things like tags, awards, age / genre recommendations for reading books and film reviews.

 

TWO PIECES OF ADVICE

  1. Write something every day, even if it’s short and just gives a few hints about a topic or about you. Don’t just put out a blog to have something, as quality is important; however, the only way to find your routine is to post every day, even if it’s a 2 minute read or a 20 minute read. You’ll find what works best for you and adapt the best style on a go-forward basis.
  2. Find the top 5 things you like about other blogs and incorporate them into your own blog. No, I’m not saying steal content or ideas… but figure out what makes that blog attractive to you, then determine how to morph it into something that represents you.
    • For example… just throwing something out here, so I’m practicing what I preach. If you enjoy my 365 Daily Challenge, maybe you should give it a try. Perhaps daily isn’t ideal for you on these type of posts, so make it weekly. That’s only 52. And if it’s not things about yourself, maybe it’s all about cities you’ve visited, TV shows you love, writers you enjoy reading… but be consistent so your readers know what to expect and when to expect it.

I NOMINATE:

The last 10 people who commented on my blog:

 

Note: If you aren’t interested, feel free to skip. No offense taken! 😛

 

About Me & the “365 Daily Challenge”

I’m Jay and I live in NYC. By profession, I work in technology. By passion, I work in writing. I’ve always been a reader. And now I’m a daily blogger. I decided to start my own version of the “365 Daily Challenge” where since March 13, 2017, I’ve posted a characteristic either I currently embody or one I’d like to embody in the future. 365 days of reflection to discover who I am and what I want out of life.

The goal: Knowledge. Acceptance. Understanding. Optimization. Happiness. Help. For myself. For others. And if all else fails, humor. When I’m finished in one year, I hope to have more answers about the future and what I will do with the remainder of my life. All aspects to be considered. It’s not just about a career, hobbies, residence, activities, efforts, et al. It’s meant to be a comprehensive study and reflection from an ordinary man. Not a doctor. Not a therapist. Not a friend. Not an encyclopedia full of prior research. Just pure thought, a blogged journal with true honesty.

Join the fun and read a new post each day, or check out my book reviews, TV/Film reviews or favorite vacation spots. And feel free to like, rate, comment or take the poll for each post. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.