Another Blog Award! This Time, the Mystery Blogger Award

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As my readers can tell by the title of today’s post, I was nominated for another blogging award!

This time, I was nominated for the Mystery Blogger Award! In the words of the creator of the award, Okoto Enigma, it’s “an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging; and they do it with so much love and passion.” I thank Okoto for starting the award, as it’s a great way to spread the word on others’ blogs. For more details on the award, as well as Okoto’s blog, you can click here.

I also want to thank Jordyn at The Chronically Unimaginable (link: https://thechronicallyunimaginable.blog/) for nominating me! Her blog, which focuses on chronic illness, mental health, and disability, is consistently eye-opening and awesome, so I encourage my readers to check her blog out!

In order to accept the nomination, there are a few things I should do:

  • Put the award logo/image on your blog.
  • List the rules.
  • Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well.
  • Tell your readers 3 things about yourself.
  • Nominate 10 – 20 bloggers.
  • Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog.
  • Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify).
  • Share a link to your best post(s).

I’ve already done the first four on this list, so I’m off to a good start! Now to three things about myself:

  1. I went to a Catholic high school seminary. That’s because, at one point, I was discerning for the Catholic priesthood! It took me until a couple years into my college career to realize that I wasn’t called to the priesthood, but it’s an important part of my life.
  2. Back when I was in high school, I was on my school’s speech and debate team, in a category called extemporaneous speaking. In that category, I had to make a 7-minute speech on a current events question I draw at random…and had to make that speech within 30 minutes of receiving the question. So, if you need someone to make a speech on the fly, I’m your guy!
  3. In spite of being pretty successful on my speech and debate team, I sometimes trip over my own words. For example, one time my late grandpa offered “butterscotch ripple” as an ice cream flavor option, and I said that I wanted “butterscotch scripple.” Oops.

As for my favorite posts, it’s difficult to select a few posts because I’ve done over 100 of them at this point! However, here are three of my favorites, in date order (mentioning in bold why it’s one of my favorites):

  1. “The #MeToo Campaign” (https://blindinjusticeblog.com/2017/10/17/the-metoo-campaign/): It was a difficult topic for me to write on, but what makes this among my favorites was the fact that so many people were helped and touched by it.
  2. “Self-Care is Not Selfish” (https://blindinjusticeblog.com/2018/11/20/self-care-is-not-selfish/): It’s a personal favorite because it represents a complete transformation for me, as far as my mental health was concerned—from not practicing self-care to practicing self-care, and then from practicing self-care to teaching others about self-care.
  3. “Looking to Share Emotional Burdens with a Friend? Before Sharing, Let’s Seek Consent” (https://blindinjusticeblog.com/2018/12/04/looking-to-share-emotional-burdens-with-a-friend-before-sharing-lets-seek-consent/): Mostly, I really like this post because I brought to light an idea (emotional consent) that I think has the power to transform countless friendships, dating relationships, and even marriages.

Jordyn gave me a few questions to answer, so here are her questions, and my answers to them:

  1. Why did you decide to start blogging? I felt that there were a ton of injustices that people (myself included) were blind to and/or blindly committed, and that those “bind injustices” should be talked about on a larger scale. So, I started to blog.
  2. Have you ever been ticketed (or arrested) for anything before? My home got some $25 ticket years ago for a recycling violation, and I’m the main person in the family who deals with trash and recycling. So I guess that counts?
  3. In 5 words or less, describe your greatest strength. Care for others.
  4. Would you put pineapple on pizza? Yes! I love a good ham and pineapple pizza.
  5. What is the strangest thing you did as a child? Oh gosh…there were so many strange things I did when I was a child. Echoing everything my brother said (to the point of annoying him) is probably somewhat high on that list.

My nominees (in no particular order) are:

Here are my questions for the nominees:

  1. Does your blog focus on a different topic (or set of topics) than you did when you started it? If so, what made you decide to change the focus of your blog?
  2. What is the best piece of blogging advice you’ve received?
  3. What’s your dream job?
  4. What was the funniest fear you had when you were a child? (I guess that’s funny/weird.)
  5. It is often asked whether you would rather travel forward or backward in a time machine, but do you even want a time machine in the first place? Why? (Well, make that two weird questions.)

Thanks for reading! This is different from what I usually write about, but hopefully you all learned a thing or two about me today! Also, hopefully people will be able to read my post, because WordPress was a bit glitchy when I originally put my draft on here!

Another Liebster Award!

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So, today I have more big news! Dear Kitty. Some blog recently nominated me for the Liebster Award!

I want to give a special thank you to Dear Kitty. Some blog for the nomination. I followed the blog originally because of its insights on civil liberties/social justice issues, but I definitely recommend this blog for animal lovers as well!

In order to accept this award, I need to:

  1. Acknowledge the blog which nominated me.
  2. Answer the 11 questions my nominator asked.
  3. Nominate 11 other bloggers.
  4. Ask them 11 questions.
  5. Let them know I have nominated them.

Simple enough, right?

Here are the questions I got, with the answers in bold:

  1. What was your first job? I worked in the dish room of my college’s dining hall.
  2. What’s the best advice you’ve ever gotten? One of the priests who taught me in high school frequently said, “God is God, we’re not God, and thank God for that.” To this day, that quote helps me keep perspective.
  3. Favorite season and why? Spring! The weather gets warmer, the days get longer, the flowers blossom, and the trees bud. It’s a season of warmth, light, and life for me.
  4. Favorite TV show? I don’t really have a favorite. Most of what I watch is either news or sports, not TV shows.
  5. When did you first travel alone and where did you go? Honestly, I don’t remember.
  6. Why did you start to blog? I wanted to eliminate the blindness many of us had/have to various injustices. For more details on how I started, please read my introductory post.
  7. What did you want to be when you were a kid? A meteorologist. And funny enough, I say in my blog biography that I like to track hurricanes and snowstorms during my spare time.
  8. Would you rather travel into the future or the past? I’d rather go back to the past and hopefully avoid any mistakes I made in the past.
  9. Do you have any siblings? Yes. I have one younger brother, and I love him very dearly.
  10. Can you cook well? I never made myself sick when I cooked for myself while I was studying abroad. I guess that makes me an adequate cook.
  11. What is the next thing you plan to learn? I plan to learn more about other neighborhoods close to my home in Queens! There’s so much to explore here.

I actually enjoyed sharing parts of me that my readers didn’t know before! I will therefore keep my questions the same for my nominees.

Okay…now for the blogs I nominate! Here are the blogs, with brief descriptions of what I like about them:

  1. Invincible Woman on Wheels. Emma exposed me to disability justice issues that I was blind to…on multiple occasions. Also, if you’re a disabled person hoping to visit London landmarks, you might want to check out some of her accessibility reviews.
  2. The Life Quadriplegic. This blog also exposes me to disability issues that I was/am blind to. Also, just as a random aside, Alex and I both LOVE York, England.
  3. Body Positivity. Sharing this blog is personal for me. I have not always been happy with my (slightly overweight) body, so it is a joy to share a blog that encourages people to love their bodies for what they are.
  4. Justice Network. To continue on the theme of being personal, the first social justice issue I worked on was anti-human trafficking work. I appreciate Justice Network’s commitment to this issue.
  5. Sport in American History. This blog combines two of the things I love the most (other than Jesus): sports and history. I also appreciate how this blog often talks about the intersection of sports and contemporary issues.
  6. Called to Watch. This blog gives amazing perspective on being in a position many of us may find ourselves in one day: being a family member of someone who has chronic illnesses.
  7. A Striving Parent. As a potential future parent who hopes to raise socially-conscious kids one day, it’s very useful to have a blog for…potential future parents like me who hope to raise socially-conscious kids! Thank you, Shannon.
  8. Age Discrimination in Employment. Since anti-ageism is a major part of my advocacy (See here: https://blindinjusticeblog.com/about/), I wanted to nominate at least one anti-ageism blog. This blog is one of the best (if not the best) I’ve found on issues related to ageism (particularly in employment).
  9. The Immigration Project. The blog talks about supporting immigrants from a Christian faith perspective. I find this voice refreshing as there are (sadly) many other believers who reject whole groups of immigrants.
  10. Queerly Texan. Alyssa’s blog was one of the first I discovered, and I’m glad I discovered it! She offers insightful perspective on living with chronic illnesses. Also, she’ll have LGBTQ+-themed posts throughout the rest of June, so it’s definitely worth reading her for that too.
  11. In a Crowded Theater. With the modern-day debates on free speech issues, I think people should check out the academic perspective on this topic from Professor Goldberg!

Celebrating One Year of the Blog!

One year ago as of last Wednesday, I made my first blog post. It was also the post I was probably the most nervous about making, as I have a major fear of failure and that fear crept in once I made my first post.

One year later, that fear is gone!

Of course, I’m helped by the fact that my blog is not a failure. Quite the opposite—after over 50 posts, over 225 followers between the three networks I’m connected to (WordPress followers, Facebook likes, and Twitter followers), and my first blog award, I’d say that I’ve had a successful first year!

What’s more important than the basic statistics, though, is that people have told me, on many occasions, that these posts have helped expose them to injustices they didn’t even know about before. The purpose of my blog was, is, and will be to do exactly that: expose us to injustices that we’ve been blind to or have blindly committed.

So, with one year down, happy birthday to my blog!

P.S. Please note that there are a few times this spring/summer when I will not make my scheduled Tuesday post: May 29 (day after Memorial Day), July 3 (day before Independence Day), and September 4 (day after Labor Day).

I Won a Thing…the Liebster Award!

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Hello everyone!

Today, I have a really exciting piece of news! I’ve been nominated for the Liebster Award! While I discussed in my previous “blog news” post that I’m glad to have an audience larger than two, it’s also an honor to realize that my work is well enough liked to be recognized for it. (And anyone who’s curious about the details of recognition for the Liebster Award can look here)

Anyway, I want to thank Rosemerry from Rosemerry Writes for nominating me! While I first discovered her blog during the #MeToo movement on social media, I’ve also found that she writes on a variety of other topics and even does some Japanese! She is truly a Renaissance blogger.

Anyway, there are some questions I need to answer, courtesy of Rosemerry, so that I can accept the award. So, without further adieu, here are the questions and my responses to them:

Rosemerry: How stoked are you?

Brendan: I’m pretty stoked right now, though if someone were to bring up my favorite baseball team, the New York Mets, with me in conversation, that would change pretty quickly since the baseball team’s lack of success is nearly as certain as death and taxes.

Rosemerry: Why did you start blogging?

Brendan: The complete answer to this question would probably require an entire blog post from me, but in short, I started to realize a number of injustices I and/or others were blind to or blindly committed. I posted about some of these injustices on Facebook, but I realized that I should talk about some of these issues on the blogosphere instead of keeping them on Facebook.

Rosemerry: What keeps you blogging?

Brendan: For me, it’s pretty easy to keep blogging because I love to write and I’m passionate about the topics I write about.

Rosemerry: Which post has been the most difficult for you to write and/or publish so far? Why?

Brendan: Honestly, the first post was the most difficult one. I struggled with self-doubt, and I particularly doubted my qualifications to write on the issues I discuss, my writing abilities, and my ability to have or find an audience. I had to overcome all of that self-doubt in order to write my first post.

Rosemerry: Have you published a post that was unexpectedly popular? Why didn’t you expect it to be popular, and why do you think it was?

Brendan: I didn’t expect my post on #MeToo to be popular, but to date no post has received more likes than that one. I drafted the post within hours of publishing it, and that’s more likely to produce typos than success. Yet, it was more popular than any other post I’ve written. I think it was popular because it was timely (it came out within a couple days of #MeToo first becoming viral) and useful to many people.

Rosemerry: What’s your theme song?

Brendan: Hmmm. My theme song varies, depending on the day (and sometimes the hour). Though as a person of Christian faith, the closest thing I have to a theme song would be Matt Maher’s “Lord I Need You”, because I realize that there’s so much in life I can’t do on my own power but need God’s help with.

Rosemerry: Name a poet you enjoy (other than yourself) and tell us why.

Brendan: Well, unfortunately I’ve never really been much into poetry. My apologies for disappointing the poets who read this blog.

Rosemerry: If you could have one superpower, what would you choose (heroic and villainous are both okay!)?

Brendan: If there’s a superpower which allows me to care for people endlessly without any time limitations, I’d totally be down for that!

Rosemerry: If you were a character in a novel, how would you want to be described?

Brendan: I’d want to be described as unselfish and compassionate, of course! Or alternately, I want to be the opposite of the Gordon Gekko character who says that “greed is good.”

Rosemerry: Who is the voice of your generation? Why?

Brendan: I’ve never really been much into music, but Lady Gaga is the voice of my generation. People around me couldn’t stop talking about her, and the people around me couldn’t stop blaring her music. At the first-ever summer camp I attended, the dances I attended just couldn’t get enough of Lady Gaga’s “Alejandro”.

Rosemerry: You just found out dragons are real. What do you do next?

Brendan: I’d probably freak out, find out where the dragons are, and get as far away from the dragons as I possibly could!

My Liebster Award Nominees:

Part of my accepting this nomination was that I, too, nominate several different bloggers that have a small following at the moment (200 or fewer followers) but deserve more recognition. These were the blogs I nominated, in no particular order:

  1. Running with Crutches. I’ve learned so much from Erica and her blog on ableism and disability rights (though more recently she’s also had posts on eating disorders, and those posts are insightful too). For example, she’s written on topics I never thought of previously, such as the challenges of dating with a disability and the ableism that exists within the disability community.
  2. Tuesday Justice. This blog, which focuses on racial issues, writes timely and insightful pieces. For example, this blog posted an article on the problems with blackface…days before a couple of students from my alma mater got in trouble in part for putting on blackface.
  3. Caitlin J. Stout. First of all, I really respect and admire how brave Caitlin is for writing as an openly gay Christian while attending a non-affirming Christian institution. Beyond that, it’s always very helpful to read her posts as I continue along my journey as a Christian and (hopefully) becoming a good ally.
  4. Age Discrimination in Employment. Given my anti-ageism work, I wanted to nominate at least one anti-ageism blog. As this blog’s posts include everything from legal developments on this issue to studies, you’ll get to see the issue of age discrimination from a variety of perspectives.
  5. She Speaks We Hear. While this blog has a clear focus on issues in the United Kingdom, many of the women’s issues discussed here are relevant to many parts of the world. For example, posts on topics such as male feminists and breastfeeding shaming are not just relevant in the UK, but in many other parts of the world too!

Finally, I have some questions for the people who I nominated. I won’t answer these questions since this post already feels way too long, but I will ask them the following:

  1. Why did you start your blog?
  2. What motivates you when you find that you are having a difficult time blogging?
  3. Which blog post did you most enjoy writing?
  4. What have you learned about yourself since you started to blog?
  5. What would you say to someone who’s interested in blogging?
  6. If you could be the head-of-state of your country of citizenship (whether it be President of the United States, Chancellor of Germany, UK Prime Minister, etc.) for one day, tell me one thing that you would do.
  7. If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you travel and why?
  8. What hobbies do you have? And sorry, school and work don’t count.
  9. Who is your role model, and why do you think of that person as a role model?
  10. Where do you see yourself five years from now?

That’s pretty much it. Thanks to Rosemerry for nominating me, and congrats to the people who were nominated!