Sunshine Blogger Award 2019

I’ve not even been running Sass and Clacks for a full year yet, so when I received a message from Ukeveryday nominating me for the Sunshine Blogger Award 2019, it made my day!

This is my very first blog award too, so I’m super proud that people out there are reading my work and loving it.

What is the Sunshine Blogger Award?

The Sunshine Blogger Award is a peer-recognition award, where bloggers can nominate the bloggers who are super creative, inspire them to grow, and bring positivity to the blogging community.

Thank you so much Ukeveryday for nominating me. It really means the world to me that this little slice of the internet is bringing joy and inspiration to my readers <3

The Rules

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you in your blog post and link back to his/her blog.
  • Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you.
  • Nominate 11 new bloggers to receive the award and write them 11 questions.
  • List these rules and display the sunshine blogger award logo in your post and on your blog.

My Questions

Ukeveryday asked me some awesome questions about my blogging journey!

1. What was your main goal with starting a blog?

When I started pole dance lessons and searched for advice on training, lessons, and for pole wear, I found that the industry still largely caters for a single body type. There’s not a lot of talk or visibility around us larger-bodied folk who pole outside of closed Facebook groups, which felt super isolating for a baby poler just looking to find her place in this strange new world.

So I figured hey, I’m a writer, and I can’t be the only person in the pole community looking for body-positive, diverse, and inclusive advice. After all, I would have loved to read advice from blogs that catered for all bodies when I started – so Sass and Clacks was born for me to write the articles I wish I had when I was getting started.

Since I started, my goals have changed, as I learned how parts of the pole community still have issues with strippers, how the pole community can come across as exclusionary to people with disabilities and chronic illnesses, and how the pole community as a whole is seen by the outside world.

So, I changed my focus to championing inclusivity and diversity within the pole community, speaking out about important social issues like the Instagram debacle, and presenting the pole community to the outside world as what we all know the pole community can be – loving, warm, and supportive.

2. How long have you been blogging?

I’ve been running Sass and Clacks for nearly a year now, but I’ve been blogging on and off with various unsuccessful projects for about 5 years.

3. How do you maintain the blog and life balance?

When I worked full-time, I’d spend at least an hour most evenings working on the blog, and published on a Sunday. This meant I still had time for pole classes, socialising, and spending time with my partner while maintaining a consistent posting schedule.

Now that Sass and Clacks is part of my full-time job as a freelance writer, I try to keep to workday hours as best as I can so I don’t burn out – which I have done before with my last job, and it’s completely not fun. I also live with Mixed Anxiety Depressive Disorder, so I make sure I’m not overworking myself, and spend plenty of time on self-care throughout the week.

4. Which blogger inspires you the most?

Pole With Peach!

I pretty much read every single blog post Peach Lee Ray wrote when I was a baby poler, and I was super inspired by her commitment to quality education, social justice, and representing polers from all walks of life. Since Peach opened her own studio, I’ve been following her blog there too, as she offers some great advice for people looking to start taking lessons at Feelin’ Peachy.

5. What are your favourite things about blogging?

I love love love the blogging community. I’m part of an awesome pole dance bloggers group chat on Instagram that’s super supportive, not just of our blogging achievements but with things going off in our personal lives. I’ve made some amazing friends through that group chat and I’m so happy to have those wonderful people in my life.

6. How often do you publish content?

Once a week, every Monday! Well, unless my mental health gets bad and I need time for myself.

If I have more things I want to get out there, they typically come out on a Friday.

7. Would you encourage other people to make their blog?

For sure! Blogging is an awesome way to play with your creative side and get your thoughts out there. It’s also a great way to develop your writing skills and be part of a larger community.

8. Is blogging your profession or just a hobby?

Blogging is part of my profession! I’m a freelance writer (you can find my professional website here), and I offer blogging services to businesses who would love to run their own blog but don’t have time.

9. What achievement are you most proud of? 

So, You’re Shadowbanned on Instagram is my best performing post yet, and I’m so proud of how well it was received. On the weekend it was published I had messages from across the pole dance community thanking me for talking about FOSTA/SESTA and highlighting that the problem goes far beyond the pole dance community – including messages from Jordan Kensley, who’s one of my pole idols.

10. What is a skill you’d love to learn?

Photoshop always baffles me, and I’d love to learn how to actually use it to make printables and awesome graphics. Saying that though, Canva is free and super simple, so it works for me!

I’d just like to be the kind of person who knows how Photoshop works…

11. If you won the lottery, what would you do?

Well I think it really depends on how much I won through the lottery (if I even played it) because knowing my luck, it’d only be a tenner…

If I won the EuroMillions or some other big windfall, I already have some ideas for what I’d love to do with the money, like:

  • Buy a bigger house. Not crazy big, because the cleaning would be super inconvenient, but a couple more bedrooms, a bigger kitchen, and a bigger living room would be awesome.
  • Buy a house that comes with a good amount of land, so I can build a pole studio for me, and a dojo for my partner so he doesn’t have to worry about finding rooms to hire when he fulfils his dream of becoming a karate Sensei.
  • Have a big ass, secure garden for all my dogs to run around and generally have a good time.
  • Buy a Tesla. They’re beautiful and I want one.
  • Get a snake or two. Maybe a bearded dragon as well. Or, an entire room for a reticulated python.

Generally, it’d just be awesome to win enough for myself and Nick not to have to worry about an income, even if it’s just for a few years, so we can chase our dreams.

Your Turn!

I want to nominate the following awesome people for the Sunshine Blogger Award:

Questions for my nominees:

  1. What inspired you to start blogging?
  2. What are your blogging goals for the next 12 months?
  3. What advice would you give someone who’s just starting their blog?
  4. What have been your biggest blogging struggles?
  5. If you had £1000 to donate to a single cause of your choice, where would your money go?
  6. If money was no object, where would you travel?
  7. If you never had started blogging, how different do you think your life would be?
  8. If you could have something named after you (either your real name, nickname, or blog name) what would it be?
  9. What’s your zombie apocalypse plan?
  10. What are you currently super fascinated by?
  11. If the story of your blog was turned into a movie, who would be cast as you?

Once again, huge thanks to Ukeveryday for nominating me!

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