Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Ask Mike

Got a question for me? An observation about something I’ve written or a topic you felt needed more of an explanation? Or maybe you just need to vent or rant or release some hot air?
Bring it on! Go ahead, ask me anything you want. I will take on all questions, relating to any topic, and respond to them in upcoming posts.

Here are a few that have been hanging around for way too long, like a clueless relative in your guest bedroom.

Q: Hi Mike! Has your blog received any awards lately?

A: Wow, funny you should ask that. In fact, I have gotten a few awards, but have not had the chance to publicly give my thanks or mention them. I think I will right now.

Recently I got a Brillante Weblog Premio-2008
award from Confessions of a Fitness Diva. Thanks, Diva! I really enjoy this blog, it offers great information and advice dealing with health and fitness, written by a fitness instructor, trainer, and boxing champ. You won’t wanna mess with this diva, but will want to read her blog.

Q: Any others?

A: Keep your shirt on, I’m getting to them.

Polly over at Random Ramblings gave me an Awesome Site Award.
Pretty cool, huh? I mean, awesome! Thanks, Polly, you made my day! If you have not visited Polly’s site, I highly recommend you do so. This is an eclectic mix of interesting observations ranging from (in Polly’s words) “…a mixture of posts from wild life observations, occasional items of general interest, country recipes and my cat.” Check it out, you’ll be glad you did.

I also received a BFF Gold Card from Rayne at Thoughts. Thanks, Rayne, much appreciated.
This is an inspirational and thoughtfully written blog that offers a nice, kind, refreshing word whenever I visit.

Q: I really like your blog, Mike, but recently discovered that you also have a video site. Can you give me an update on what‘s going on there?

A: First, thanks for your kind words. My video site, livelife365.com, has new videos added all the time. In fact, this link will take you to the most recent videos page.

Q: What came first, the video site or the blog?

A: Good question. livelife365.com was originally created as a video-driven website, or vlog, designed as a format for me to discuss my views and thoughts about health, personal development, and entertainment, using videos. But while promoting and networking my video site, I soon discovered the amazing world of blogs and bloggers. Since I have been a writer for years, I decided to join the club and write a blog, in addition to creating videos. I have found, since I love performing in front of the camera and still enjoy writing, that I have the best of both worlds. Please enjoy this video to hear more about my feelings on this topic.

Q: What blogs do you enjoy?

A: Now, that is one tough question, given that I read dozens of blogs each week. I have written and talked about several of my favorite blogs in past posts and previous videos, and here are a few more:

GLCzone is the place to visit if you are seeking a complete directory of Health related blogs. There are literally hundreds of blogs here that cover fitness, nutrition, self improvement, motivation, addiction, any topic you can imagine.

Here are two great health blogs that are kind of a package deal:
Paul‘s Health Blog and A Junk-foodaholic‘s Journey to a Healthy Lifestyle. This husband and wife team both offer outstanding health and fitness advice, written with a down to earth voice that you will enjoy. And, they are two of the nicest bloggers you will ever meet.

For thought-provoking and humorous writing, visit Thinking Out Loud Blog and The Junk Drawer. I read these blogs all the time.

And if you enjoy following the fun antics of interesting cats, check out Daisy the Curly Cat and Luxor A White Cat. I always leave these blogs with a smile on my face, and that’s a good thing.

Q: I really enjoyed this “Ask Mike” segment. Where did this idea come from?

A: Actually, my video site. There are several “Ask Mike” videos that address all kinds of questions that I have been receiving over the past several months. Drop by livelife365.com and watch a few. And if you have a question for me, leave a comment at the end of this blog post or, if you prefer a video response, you can go to “contact us” or “messages” on my vid site and ask me there.

Q: Hey, are you about done? I have other things to do, you know.

A: Me too. Until next time…




V said...

Hey Mike thanks for the link love and the mention and all you do. I have to admit, I also like stopping by here because you have such a great smile. :) Makes me smile.

Back to my push-ups, 432, 433, 434....

Lux said...

I really enjoy visiting your sites, too! Thanks for mentioning mine ... :)


Paul Eilers said...

The egg suckin' Yankees missed the playoffs!

For the first time in 13 years!


Oh by the way, thank you for the recognition. I really like your blog. And my wife thinks you're kinda cute.

She laughs at all your stuff, that is.

Eric S. said...

I love it, are you going to do another "Ask anything post". Thanks for the new blogs, I'll check them out.

brainchild said...

I have been following your blog for sometime. You got some interesting notes for readers.

btw, I tagged you in a name game. Please check my post http://brainchildunveiled.blogspot.com/2008/09/name-game.html

Anonymous said...

Hello Mike,

I have given you too an award in my Working Abroad blog, perhaps you have overlooked it? lol...
It hurts....lol...This is the URL:


Cheers and happy blogging!

Daisy said...

Oh wowie! Thanks ever so much for mentioning me. It made me feel real happy that I could make you smile.

ps: congratulations on your awards!

Anonymous said...

Thank you, Mike, for the sweet words you wrote about my blog. :)


Rayne (Thoughts)

Anonymous said...

I really enjoyed this post. It is that part of you that loves to laugh. I sat here grinning my way through this post. What a way to end a day. I like it!!!

Anonymous said...

Hi Mike! We saw your avocado tips over at Luxor's and had to stop by to say Hello and Thanks! Mom loves avocados! Us, not so much.

Unknown said...

natural--I brush and floss daily...now, back to my sit-ups...3...4, aarrrggg...that's enough

lux--you are one cool cat

paul--so, paul, tell us what you really think about the Yankees. Say hey the missus...

eric--ask me anything, any time...


jena--Just got back from a visit to your blog, left a nice comment that explains everything...I hope

daisy--hope I make you smile, too, kitty

rayne--don't mention it...

robin--laughter is often the best medicine...easy on the wallet too

gandalf and grayson--most cats do not like avocado, but enjoy playing with the pit...