I must admit, I do love these blogger-created awards. They are fun and enjoyable to take part in, as they involve answering some interesting and thought-provoking questions, whilst also allowing you to meet, discover and shout out other great bloggers out there in the wild! And in case you haven’t guessed it by now, this is one of those posts.

The awesome Written Mirror threw a nod my way for the Real Neat Blog Award, which is amazing. So thanks, man! I really appreciate it. You can read his post and check out his blog here.

So, What Is The Real Neat Blog Award?

As previously mentioned, it is an award where bloggers nominate each other, giving recognition to those nominated. It’s a really cool idea, and I was surprised when Written Mirror (Jay Mullings) nominated me. You see, he’s a real stand-up guy who writes his posts so well… Completely the opposite to my ramblings here on 16-Bit Dad… But nonetheless, Jay was an awesome dude as always and did give me a nod.

This does, however, mean that I need to follow some specific rules for this post:

The Rules

  • Put the award label on your blog.
  • Answer the 7 questions asked by the person who nominated you.
  • Thank the people who nominated you and link to their blogs.
  • Nominate any number of bloggers you like, include links to their blogs (and ask them 7 questions).
  • Let them know you nominated them (by commenting on their blog or twitter etc)

The Questions

So, as you can see from the rules, I have a number of questions that I need to answer as part of this. Jay, being the clever clogs that he is (and I never thought I would ever use that term) put together some pretty tricky ones. Here’s the list:

  1. What inspired your best ever blog post?
  2. Who is your favourite blogger (can’t be yourself or any co-writer)?
  3. What is the best advice you’ve ever received/given?
  4. What is the most important ingredient in a blog?
  5. You’re stuck on one topic for the rest of your blogging life, what would it be and why?
  6. What is the weirdest comment/feedback you have ever had from a legitimate reader?
  7. Someone offers you £100K to stop blogging for the rest of your life would you take it?

What inspired your best ever blog post?

Well, my first ever blog post was actually a Digital Marketing one, a throwback to 16-Bit Dad’s original life as “That Marketing Punk”. You see, I originally started blogging about my knowledge of SEO and Digital Marketing, but soon found that I didn’t want to write about my day job, but rather things I enjoy more in life. Even so, that first post is still live (here), and it is terrible.

Google had recently changed the way one of their tools functioned, and that spurred me to share my thoughts on it and try to help people deal with the new changes. The post is embarrassingly written, but I keep it there because… Well, I’d like to have some profound reason, but honestly, I just never really delete posts.

Who is your favourite blogger?

That would be a tie between John Adams over at Dad Blog UK, or The Well-Red Mage and his team of mages. Both are incredible blogs with awesome people behind them, but I cannot decide between them as they are both number 1 for the two different sides of me;

  • Dad Blog UK is my favourite parenting blog, by a mile!
  • The Well-Red Mage is my favourite gaming blog, also by a mile!

So, I’m going to cheat a bit and name them both as my favourite bloggers. I mean, it’s my post, so I’m just going to do that!

What is the best advice you’ve ever received/given?

Now this one is actually really hard… Again, I would love to wrote something incredibly prophetic and insightful, but I think the best advice I ever received was three simple words; “shit takes time”. It is a very crude but effective piece of advice.

Take 16-Bit Dad as an example. I have been working on this blog for almost two years (its second birthday is this September). On top of that, I spend about 15-20 hours per week working on this blog, in one way or another. That is an awful lot of time! And it is now starting to really pay off. I’m getting to meet loads of other cool gamers and parents, the blog’s stats are flying high, and everything is coming together for the expansion into YouTube and (eventually) a podcast. It really does take time… So don’t give up if you don’t get the results you want from something straight away!

What is the most important ingredient in a blog?

To put it simply; the writer. The topic, niche or whatever you want to call it is important too, but no matter what niche is chosen, if the writer isn’t right, it won’t work. You need to be able to write honestly, openly and constructively, but also be interesting as well. Or at the very least, you need to show how much you love what you are writing about. Oh, and incidentally, if you don’t love what you are writing about, it shows… So change the topic.

But in the end, it all comes down to you – what your schedule is like, how much writing practice you are willing to do, and how much effort you are going to put into the blog.

You’re stuck on one topic for the rest of your blogging life, what would it be and why?

Considering the fact that I already can’t narrow 16-Bit Dad down to just one topic, that is a really difficult question! Nice one, Jay! But I think I have an answer that would satisfy both the parent and retro gamer in me!

I would choose to write about exposing my daughter to classic games, covering playing them with her and what she thinks of them. That way, I get the best of both worlds, continuing to write about being a gamer and Dad, but under one topic!

What is the weirdest comment/feedback you have ever had from a legitimate reader?

To be fair, I don’t really get many wierd comments… I think the only time I ever did was when someone completely misunderstood what I was writing about, but I can’t really remember what comment it was and (honestly) I’m not going to read through over 5,000 comments to try and find it. Sorry…

Someone offers you £100K to stop blogging for the rest of your life would you take it?

Well, considering I love blogging (especially about parenting and gaming), then the answer would definitely be no. Plus, even if I were tempted, £100,000 doesn’t really get you much these days. It wouldn’t even pay off my mortgage, so there really isn’t much value in that sort of money (as sad and depressing as that is).

My Questions and Nominations

Well then, the time has come for me to pass on this award and bring attention to some other bloggers! But first, let’s take a look at the 7 questions that those bloggers will need to answer:

  1. What does blogging mean to you and has this changed since you first started?
  2. What was the biggest mistake you made with your blog?
  3. If you could change one thing about your blog, what would it be?
  4. How do you come up with your blog’s post ideas?
  5. Which other blogs do you read the most?
  6. What is your biggest blogging pet peeve?
  7. What’s the most embarrassing thing you have done whilst trying to get imagery or content for your blog?

Now, with those all written in stone (digital stone, that is), let’s take a look at the unlucky souls that I am nominating! (I think I can only do 5…)

You guys all rock, so you deserve some recognition!