Poll: Winter or Summer Olympics – Which is Best?

Have you been caught up in Olympics fever, or do you steer clear of any type of sporting events, either televised or in everyday life?

My favourite has to be the Winter Olympics. The thrills! The spills! The danger! Admittedly, I watch most of it through semi-closed fingers as I can’t bear the thought of anyone crashing and hurting themselves; I ruptured my ACL on my second ski trip, so I can feel their pain. Most of all I love the moguls; those guys can’t be human, can they? Their knees must be pneumatic! Wait ’til they get to my age, no amount of Voltarol or Berocca will ease their aching joints.

Winter or summer? Which Olympics do you prefer? Do you revel in the beauty of the ice dance, the exhilaration of the skeleton bob or the speed of the bobsleigh?

 

Perhaps you prefer the voyeurism of the beach volleyball, the discipline of the dressage or the cut and thrust of the fencing? (Sadly I don’t have any photos of Spicers partaking in beach volleyball, which might turn out to be a blessing in disguise in more ways than one).

 

So lovely readers, let’s get this conversation started, I’m dying to know:

  • Which Olympics do you prefer, winter or summer?
  • What are your favourite discipline(s)?
  • What event would you like to see added to the programme?
  • Have you tried any of the above, or another sporting event worthy of a mention?
  • What was your greatest sporting achievement?
  • What was your greatest sporting disaster?
  • Which Olympic era do you remember the most fondly?
  • Who were your Olympic heroes?

Spill the beans, I’d love to hear from you!

 

The Sunshine Blogger Award

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Bring me sunshine

Happy February, everybody!

Well that’s a great start to a new month, I survived my first Dry January and I’ve been nominated for The Sunshine Blogger Award! I’m especially pleased with this nomination as my aim is to bring a little ray of sunshine to you all from Planet Dom. Thank you to Girl Friday for nominating me. If you’re a chionophile, like me, check out her post about Snow Quotes, there’s some great images to feed your imagination.

The Rules for The Sunshine Blogger Award are:

1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and link back to their blog.

2. Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you.

3. Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.

4. List the rules and display The Sunshine Blogger Award logo on your post and/or in your blog.

My Nominations: 

1. Suziland too

2. The Bloggess

3. Bonnywood Manor

4. Inside My Library Mind

5. Janaline’s World Journey

6. Waking up on the Wrong Side of 50

7. Humoring the Goddess

8. Zeckombryan

9. Postcards from Kerry

10. The Loyal Brit Wit

11. A Walk and a Lark

Questions for Nominees:

  1. What is your favourite comedy sketch?
  2. Describe yourself in five words
  3. What is the scariest/most extreme thing you’ve ever done?
  4. What wrongs would you put right if you were invisible for the day?
  5. What’s on your bucket list?
  6. What is the most embarrassing thing you’ve ever done?
  7. What questions would you like to ask anyone, alive or dead?
  8. What’s your view like from Planet Earth today?
  9. If your house caught fire, what belongings would you rescue?
  10. Have you ever been stranded abroad?
  11. Have you ever appeared on TV / radio?

My Answers to GirlFriday’s Questions:

1. How did you choose your blog name?

It’s about my partner, Dom. I’m convinced he’s from another planet, so the Planet According to Dom was born. 

2. What is your greatest ambition?

Dom and I ran an adventure group for 12 years. Planet Dom is a precursor to our adventures during that time. I’d like to see it turned into a TV series with celebrity guest spots (a bit like Frasier). How’s that for ambition! I just have to write it first. 

3. Where is the most exotic location you have travelled to?

Sumatra. You can check out my photos here.

4. What is your favourite book?

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.

5. If you could be an animal for the day, what would it be?

A sloth. 

6. When was the last time you laughed uncontrollably?

At Christmas. Playing Scrabble with a dyslexic is always entertaining! 

7. What is your drink of choice?

Black tea, I drink copious amounts of it. Alcohol wise I like a dry white wine, but keep me away from bubbles! 

8. Which famous person, dead or alive, would you like to have lunch with?

Sandi Toksvig, I bet she has some really funny stories to tell!

9. What is your first childhood memory?

I can’t remember!

10. What is your favourite pizza topping?

Mushrooms. Can’t beat a bit of funghi. 

11. Can money buy you happiness?

No, but I’d like to see if it can! 

200 Followers!

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Congratulations on getting 200 total follows on The Planet According to Dom!
Your current tally is 201.

 

Wow! Centuries really are like buses, you wait for ages for the first 100, then another one comes snapping at its heels!

When I reached the momentous milestone of 100 followers, I wrote a short post about my experiences and my aim was to update it with the newly discovered knowledge I’d gathered along the way. However, it’s been barely a fortnight since I gained another century of new followers, so not a lot of knowledge has been accumulated in that time. If you want to hear some more ramblings, you can check out my pearls of wisdom here.

I would like to point out that blogging isn’t all about the stats. I write to bring a smile to people’s faces. So I hope that on this special occasion you’ll indulge me for posting this beautiful comment I received from fellow blogger zeckrombryan

“Your humour is always on point. You are indeed the fun part of life, which makes us laugh, adding a smile into our faces, to a random someone, every single day. The ‘fun’, the simple happiness that you have and share on your blog is a really rare thing to have on the blogosphere. Thank you for sharing. Beware of the numbers. Hope to see more from you. Have hope, write on!”

Award #2

 

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And the nominees are…

Wow! Two nominations in one week. It’s a real honour to be recognised by ones peers, and it’s safe to say I’m tickled pink.

I would like to thank Nova of ‘The Butterfly Tree’ for nominating me for this award. Please take the time to check out her beautifully presented blog, there’s an eclectic mix of posts for you to choose from, my favourite post is ‘Strangers are Friends’ which I think we can all relate to.

What is the Liebster Award?

It’s an award in which bloggers nominate other bloggers by showing respect to their work and their dedication. It’s an appreciation and recognition for all the fellow bloggers out there in the blogosphere. You can read the full rules here.

Rules for Accepting the Liebster Award:

  1. Display the award on your blog
  2. Acknowledge the blogger who nominated you, including a link to their blog.
  3. Answer their questions.
  4. Nominate 5-11 other bloggers you feel would enjoy blogging about this award.
  5. Ask them 11 questions
  6. Let them know you have nominated them.
  7. List these rules in your post (or link to the official post.)
  8. Post a comment here to let the powers-that-be know you’ve been nominated.

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Questions:

  1. What is your dream writing style? Prose or Poetry? Prose. I can’t write poetry. 
  2. What makes you write? Happiness, grief, anger or something else? Love. 
  3. If life had granted you a wish (anything you name will be yours), would you give up the power to wield a pen? No, there will always be birthday cards to write. 
  4. Do you believe in creating your writing mood through appropriate music?  I either listen to the radio or set my ipod to random. 
  5. Do you comment on big issues affecting our society? If yes, could you give an example where you spoke out loud with your strong opinions? Do you consider it to be everyone’s duty? No. I want to keep my blog focused on one aspect, but I’m not adverse to checking out other people’s posts to engage in a bit of banter.
  6. Which phase or event in your life made you feel like, you were born to be a writer? Working as a Spice Coordinator it was my job to creating the event write-ups and produce the monthly newsletter.
  7. Did you ever feel an overwhelming need to create a world of fantasy? Which fantasy world has fascinated you the most? No, but I enjoying watching a bit of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
  8. What is your take on finding your soulmate? Isn’t that Destiny at its best? Or would you rather put it down for random luck? Isn’t destiny the same as luck?
  9. Which among your posts are you most proud of? The kind you would definitely try to save if Earth and Mankind was threatened with an extinction? I’d put them all in my spaceship and head home to Planet Dom to save them from oblivion. 
  10. Faith, Hope and Love…. According to you, which is the greatest? Love.
  11. Are you a logical person or an emotional one? Does your profession require you to be rational while your pen bravely churns a turmoil of emotions? Logical. 
  12. Which book do you think influenced you the most – in the classics and also contemporary section? See question 6. It was all the experiences and people we met in Spice that made me think I should start keeping a note for a future blog/book. 

 

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My Nominees:

  1. David Palethorpe
  2. Oh Yes, They Did
  3. Quaint Revival
  4. Smorgasbord
  5. Entangled in Nature

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My questions for the nominees:

  1. What is your favourite comedy sketch?
  2. What is your favourite quote?
  3. Describe yourself in five words
  4. What is the scariest/most extreme thing you’ve ever done?
  5. What wrongs would you put right if you were invisible for the day?
  6. Town or country?
  7. What’s on your bucket list?
  8. What is your biggest achievement?
  9. If you were able to travel anywhere in the world, how would you spend your perfect day?
  10. What would your dream job be?
  11. What is the most embarrassing thing you’ve ever done?

 

 

The Liebster Award

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And the nominees are…

Well that’s a pretty good start to the New Year. I reached my target of 100 followers and have now been nominated for the Liebster Award! I’ve seen these awards floating around the blogosphere before and they seem to be a great way to engage with other bloggers.

Firstly I would like to thank Kumar Shresth of ‘The Deep Blog’ for nominating me for the award. I especially like his post ‘How Smart is the Future?’ which is an interesting and slightly scary (from a technophobe’s point of view) post about future technology.

What is the Liebster Award?

It’s an award in which bloggers nominate other bloggers for showing respect to their work and their dedication. It’s an appreciation and recognition for all the fellow bloggers out there in the blogosphere You can read the full rules here.

Rules for Accepting the Liebster Award:

  1. Acknowledge the blogger who nominated your blog.
  2. Answer the questions.
  3. Nominate 11 other new bloggers to encourage them.
  4. Ask them 11 questions
  5. Let them know you have nominated them.

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Questions:

1. What’s the most inspiring thing which makes you to blog?

See question 9.

2. What Is the worst book you have ever read in your life?

I only remember the good ones. 

3. What is your most favourite genre of song, you love to hear?

Anything I can sing along to. You can read more about my singing style here.  

4. What is your most favourite blog site?

Midlife Dramas in Pyjamas – laughter guaranteed. 

5. What are your opinions about the blogosphere?

The bloggers I have ‘met’ so far appear to be mostly harmless and house-trained.

6. What is the most beautiful part in your life while blogging?

Access to endless tea and biscuits.

7. What changes do you want to make in people through your blog?

Just to raise a smile. 

8. Which movie are you most afraid of?

Movies don’t scare me. People do.  

9. Who is your most loved person?

The person my blog is about. 

10. Which celebrity do you like the most? (Sports, movies, politics etc.)

The person who invented the washing machine. 

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My Nominees:

  1. The Hej Hej Blog
  2. Old England to New England
  3. Doodlemum
  4. Russel Ray Photos
  5. Old House in the Shires
  6. The Arty Plantsman
  7. Deb’s World
  8. Midlife Dramas in Pyjamas
  9. Kate Davies Designs
  10. My Midlife Mayhem
  11. Widow Cranky

 

My questions for the nominees:

  1. Describe yourself in five words.
  2. What is the scariest thing you’ve ever done?
  3. What is your favourite quote?
  4. Where is your happy place?
  5. What’s on your bucket list?
  6. What is your favourite time of the year?
  7. If you had all the money in the world, what would you do?
  8. Who in your family are you most like?
  9. What is the most extreme thing you’ve ever done?
  10. What is your biggest achievement?
  11. What is the most embarrassing thing you’ve ever done?

100 Followers!

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Congratulations on getting 100 total followers on The Planet According to Dom
Your current tally is 101.

 

Wow! 100 Followers! What a great way to start the New Year!

Thank you to everyone who has offered words of support and encouragement to someone just starting out and who quite frankly should have better things to do.

For 12 years my partner and I ran a social-adventure group called Spice. We had so much fun doing things we never imagined in our wildest dreams; Jungle Trekking in Sumatra; White Water Rafting down the Grand Canyon; Wing-Walking; Sky-Diving, the list is endless. We had lots of adventures and met some amazing people. It was always my dream to turn these memories into a book or blog, but I was overwhelmed by the enormity of the task. I decided to write about the humorous aspects of my partner’s dyslexia as a gentle introduction to writing and I’m flabbergasted at how it’s taken off and how much I enjoy it.  The thought that over 100 people see my posts in their inbox fills me with awe and a certain amount of incredulity.

I still have a lot to learn: I don’t know how Pingbacks work and stats are a mystery. I’m struggling with Pinterest and Instagram and my number of Twitter followers is quite frankly, embarrassing. But hey, they’re all things I can build on. The most important thing is writing.

My advice to new bloggers:

  1. Follow the blogging university courses. There’s an awful lot to learn at the start, but listen to their advice. Visit the neighbours, chat to fellow bloggers. You’ll find lots of interesting sites and come across some great ideas to improve your own website.
  2. Interact with other bloggers. the blogging community is very supportive and full of enthusiasm. Use their wisdom and pass on what you have learnt to others.
  3. Keep in touch with your followers. Comment on their posts and most will reciprocate.
  4. Don’t give up. You have to make yourself known, so keep uploading those great posts and tell the world about them! Some posts will do better than others, there’s no rhyme or reason to this, so don’t try to over-analyse it.
  5. Leave feedback on the Community Pool and First Friday forums. Feedback and words of encouragement mean the world to those just starting out.

I asked one blogger what his secret was, he said to treat your followers as your friends. Good advice.

So friends and fellow Planeteers, thank you for visiting Planet Dom. I hope you stick around for the rest of the journey.

Why Blogging is Like a Box of Chocolates

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Life is like a box of chocolates

Well, this blogging lark is a lot more fun than I imagined.

Every morning I eagerly open my emails to see if any new people are following my posts. So, out of courtesy and curiosity I visit their site to see if we’re mutually compatible.

I’m particularly intrigued by the amount of religious people following me. Heaven only knows what they’ll make of my next two posts: The Porn Star and the Sinner Shuffle.