Sunshine Blogger Award 1.0

Hello, my dear readers and fellow bloggers! I have been nominated for a new award, Sunshine Blogger Award 1.0. I am declaring a new award because this specific prize refers to SEO Sunshine Blogger, not the one we were previously used to.

I am going to say ashamed that the nomination took place on 6th April, but unfortunately did not succeed to respond in time. I hope the dear successful SEO writer that nominated me, Debby will not be upset for the delay! 😁

For those of you who may not know me yet, I am Mariana Catalina, a blog writer, and IT Consultant working currently for a corporation in my country.

To be honest, I am not so deeply familiar with the SEO notion thoroughly, as I am writing more out of passion and dedication. Because writing is one of my favorite things to do in this life, and because writing chose me.

Nevertheless, in time I discovered Debby’s Blog, Advancement Through Optimization and I managed to understand the threads of SEO and get inspired. The writer, Debby, is an SEO consultant, content publicist, and link building, strategist.

I would like to say thank you to Debby for thinking of nominating me and sharing this amazing award. She is a gifted person with a large set of skills and her posts are inspiring and almost every time, teach you a lesson. You can discover more about her on the very first page of her blog.

Sunshine Blogger Award

My nominee’s – Because this is a new blog award I would like to mention the nominee’s directly through a comment on their blog, instead of creating a list in this post. If you read this post and would like to get involved and spread the good word, simply consider yourself nominated! 😉

Responding to Debby’s questions:

1) Are you familiar with SEO strategies? Have you optimized your site yourself? Did you do off site or on site SEO for your blog or website and what is the best SEO software you have used?

To be honest, I haven’t used the SEO as a „tool” for my blog. So far, I got no SEO involved and I cannot refer to any SEO Software at the moment.

2) What is the most embarrassing clothing item you have ever worn?

Well, looking back in the past I believe there were some weird times when I have worn odd clothing items. I remember that one time, in my childhood when my mother let me chose a dress for a festivity at school, I was 2nd grade at that time. The dress was pretty nice, judging my taste back then, but did not fit me so well.

Imagine an 8-year-old girl, with a short hair cut, wearing a cheap large colorful dress while interpreting the poems in front of the class. For my parents back then it was sad, but that was all that they could offer me as the budget was poor. Where they saw poverty with tears in the eyes, I saw an opportunity.

3) Have you ever intentionally broken the law? When? Where? and how?

In my 24 years of existence I have not broken the law, at least once. I always think that the laws are made to be respected, not to abide by them. It’s funny because in the past, after watching police series I felt afraid of the police for no reason 😅.

4) If you were given $750 to spend on anything you wanted, what would you buy?

It depends on the time and the circumstances. At times, huge amounts of cash arrive exactly when you need them. But if it were, for now, I would probably donate them to the hospitals that require the money to save lives.

5) If you had enough money that you never needed to work again, what would you do with your time?

Dear Debby, everything 😅. I am a person that likes to be active and do meaningful things, I can’t just lay around through the house and do zilch. But, most probably, I would volunteer for real life-threatening causes. The good deeds are all that we take with us when we die.

6) If you could start over your life and change one thing, what would you change?

I believe that we can have a new, fresh start every day. We have the power within us to change the things that worried us yesterday, the words that were not meant to be said, the behavior or simply the acts that we had taken. It’s up to us to take life in our hands and change it for the better. 

7) What do you consider your greatest strength, your greatest weakness?

I am a very social person, I can make friends and get acquainted facile, being easy going and open. In regards of the vulnerability, I believe the fact that I cannot always find the courage to speak up the things that bother me from the beginning, but in time I do speak my heart out and let the people know the truths that need to be known.

8) What have you tried lately that is new and exciting?

Heh, I don’t know the answer to that question, because recently, due to the Coronavirus situation and the lock down I don’t go outside, don’t enjoy new places or try new things.

I returned to blogging, if it counts, but I do have a plan on starting to learn to play the guitar, paint a wall, I have a new cotton material and I intend to sew some pillow cases from scratch. Yeah, mostly plans.

9) What was the greatest adventure in your life so far?

I will have to be honest with this one. I am staying in front of the laptop and thinking for like a few minutes now. God, I have to get out of the house and try exciting new stuff. 😪

10) What makes you happiest and when you think about it you cannot help but smile?

The people around me, that make my day better. The fact that another day has started and I know that we are still healthy and stayed together through this pandemic, fighting the odds. The fact that God has blessed our family.

11) Are some people’s lives worth more than others? Why or why not?

I believe every single soul’s life is important because he/she is on this earth with a purpose, with a mission to accomplish. Every life is priceless.

My questions:

  1. How do you cope with the Coronavirus situation? How is quarantine working for you?
  2. Have you ever enjoyed a sunrise with someone dear?
  3. What is the most exciting thing that you did during this quarantine?
  4. If you were to leave the country and leave tomorrow, what place would you chose? Describe the choice.
  5. What is your opinion about after life and do you believe in reincarnation?
  6. What is the most amazing tea flavor that you have ever tasted? Exemplify your choice.
  7. What do you think about online shopping?
  8. If you were to close your eyes for a moment, what is the first thing that you can visualize?
  9. Do you like Korean Dramas? If yes, name a few.
  10. Have you ever baked something at home, do you consider yourself a good chef?
  11. What is your happy place?


* Introduce yourself;

* Thank the person who nominated you and provide a link back to their site;

* Provide a link to a favorite article on your blog;

* Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you;

* List all rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award in your blog post;

* Nominate 11 new bloggers and their blogs. Leave a comment on their blog to let them know they received the reward and ask your nominees 11 questions.

In the end, I want to thank Debby again for nominating me for this amazing award. If you liked the post, you can also take it and share it with the lovely persons around the WordPress World.

Take care and stay safe! 😊😇

Thought of the day 20#

Decisions, decisions and decisions, we rule our entire life by those strings. Sometimes I just stay and think, I just meditate about the present period but don’t usually think about future. Quotes say to live in the moment and enjoy the present, but what if sometimes hurried choices contour your life in future?… .

Things are meant to happen in time, one by one, step by step just to be felt and lived in  entire proportion. Patience should be the thing which enlightens our way, always and forever. It’s just sad that reality teaches us this fact, later, when it hurts the most.

We are young, we live and we love. Rules are not respected all the time and are there just for presence, and to be over-passed. When we are young we are free and do almost whatever we want, we go savage and live life to the fullest.

The heart is so fragile and easy to be broken, that we don’t even realize when that happens. It’s all laughs and happiness until left alone in solitude, and your heart just starts skipping a beat. Tic-tac, all the time on the watch of life, but time is always cruel.

We want to make a difference, to be someone, to be independent and fully responsible of our facts and decisions. We want to own the situation and be 100% proud of our development and courage that we have given proof in life, building huge castles of sand.

But castles of sand no matter how huge, they will always collapse at the strongest wave. And those situations you owned in past make no difference in the now situations, the ex future. Young souls are supposed to get crushed, turn into sand and after that be a part of something beautiful and huge again.

That is our life’s trace usually, get up and be awesome, fall back in our knees again, turn into flat sand, and rise again. The heart might get lost sometimes, but we should always use our brains just to get in the fact, accept the reality and move on.

William Shakespeare once written: I must be cruel, only to be kind. One should always be tough with a personal self, just to improve and become better in time.


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The blogger recognition award

Hello dear writers and readers!


This week I have been nominated by Rad Gamer with the prize of Blogger Recognition Award. It’s a real pleasure and honor for me to be nominated by such a good blogger and consistent writer.

The rules of this award are:

  • Thank the blogger that nominated you and give a link to their site;
  • Do a post to show your award;
  • Give a summary of how the blog started in the first place;
  • Give two pieces of advice for any new bloggers;
  • Select at least 15 bloggers for this award;
  • Let each nominee know you’ve nominated them and give a link to your post.

I must say that this is the first time I have been nominated for this award. I will be sharing with you the story of how my blog started:

This blog „took life” in 2013, five years ago. To be honest I didn’t give that much thought back in those days, I just had an eager wish to write, I wanted that with all of my heart and mind. I seem amazed by the think that people could read what you write and could appreciate your effort, your talent, that what you write today wouldn’t be forgotten in years on a old piece of paper.

Now, looking back I wouldn’t give up on writing for anything in the whole world. Writing is a part of me and will always be, it’s more than a hobby and more than a desire. I just wish to learn more and more, and in time be a successful writer, I want to inspire people.

I must say that even though I have spent 5 years on this platform I feel that I’m not yet an excellent blogger and that I still want to accumulate more knowledge, I want to develop even more.

My two small pieces of advice for any new bloggers are:

  1. Be yourself. Let words you write be your way of expressing YOU, as a person, as an entity; let those words define and talk about the real you. Be sincere.
  2. As Rad Gamer said, you have to be consistent. The words you write have to have a logic and a certain length. You can’t just write two sentences and finish an article. Admit that before you write for readers you write for yourself. Before publishing a new article, ask yourself: Am I satisfied by the post? Do I enjoy the quality of it? If you like the post then the readers must love it.

The 15 nominees for this award are:

  1. Emile Therese
  2. Erwin Wensley
  3. Myplace3187
  4. OldPoet56
  5. IntrovertedPyraLid
  6. Libarah
  7. DreamGoExplore
  8. Currently Aple
  9. Sikhawork
  10. GetYourOwnStyle
  11. Dede’s Blog
  12. Elganspo
  13. Our Life in 3D
  14. CKO
  15. Laleh Chini

In the end I want to thank again Rad Gamer for giving me this amazing award and wish him all the success and luck in the blogger world!