Getting Love, Giving Love and Seven Facts About Me

One of the best parts about writing My Instruction Manual is hearing from all of you who are joining me on this journey to be happy, healthy, organized, connected and inspired.

It’s especially gratifying to be recognized through blogger awards. My Instruction Manual was recognized with the first-ever Star Blogger Award. The monthly award was created by the blogger behind How To Addict, who goes by “Doc.” If you’re looking for great inspirational writing, be sure to check out his blog!

My Instruction Manual has also been nominated for a handful of other blogger awards including the Real Neat Blog Award, the Blogger Recognition Award, the Mystery Blogger Award and the One Lovely Blog award.

I’m behind on recognizing all these awards, so today I want to start catching up by paying forward my nomination for the One Lovely Blog Award.

One Lovely Blog

Logo for One Lovely Blog Award

First, I want to thank Jo-Ann of the Inspiration Pie blog for nominating me for this award. Jo-Ann describes herself as a writer, visual artist and mother of two boys, a dog and a cat. She posts book reviews, writes about writing and shares art and photos. Read a great post she wrote recently about how authors can avoid writing crappy novels.


The rules of the One Lovely Blog Award are simple:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you
  2. Share 7 facts about yourself
  3. Nominate 15 bloggers and inform them of the nomination

7 Facts About Me

  1. This Labor Day was significant for me as it marked two decades in the workforce. I worked for one decade as a journalist at the Winnipeg Free Press and The Globe and Mail. After that, I spent eight years in social media and public relations, before starting up FanReads and My Instruction Manual.
  2. I’m the oldest in my family and have two younger sisters. One gave me a second chance at life when she donated a kidney to me earlier this year.
  3. I studied world religions in my undergraduate degree, not because I’m a particularly religious person, but because I’m fascinated by religious texts, beliefs and customs.
  4. In high school I started up an improv comedy club called the Scary, Scary Monkey ImproveSociety. My teenage son Connor started up an improv club of his own last year in middle school.
  5. I am an extreme morning person. I struggle to get much of anything done past 7pm at night. But this morning I woke up at 5am ready to write!
  6. My Myers-Briggs score is INTP. This means I tend to be an introvert who thinks logically but uses intuition in decision making. My “P” is slight which means I appreciate order but like spontaneity even more.
  7. I published my first book 13 years ago, right around the time my oldest son Connor was born. Air Monopoly is a business book on the Canadian airline industry.

My 15 Nominees

These are just a handful of the blogs I enjoy. I’ll recognize more soon! In the comments, feel free to leave a link to one of your favorite blogs (not your own please!).



  1. Thanks for the mention! One of the things I wanted to ask people like you – who won The Star Blogger Award – is to recommend more blogs. That way we should have evolutionary selection. So that Award and main prize always go toward better and more deserving contenders.

    Seems like you’ve done way more with this post – I learned new things about you, plus have 14 new blogs to check out. Definitely great way to start the morning πŸ˜‰

  2. Aww thanks for the nomination Keith! You have made my day. I was thinking about what my next blog post should be so thanks for the inspiration! This is great!

  3. The 7 facts about you are so cool and inspiring. Thanks for sharing. And nominating me πŸ˜€πŸ˜ƒ. πŸ’•

    • You’re very welcome Elizabeth! One small suggestion for you: Your WordPress profile isn’t connected to your Pink and Blue blog. If you set it up, people will be able to easily find your blog wherever you leave a comment!

Leave a Reply