It’s always lovely to know people are enjoying your blog, so it was a great honour to be nominated for The Liebster Award by Annie-Jay who blogs at https://comingoutcrookedsite.wordpress.com. It’s so important I think to build on the caring and sharing relationship that exists between all of us who put so much time, energy and love into writing, so do pop over and check out her fun and thought-provoking take on the world!
If you haven’t come across this award before, it’s intended as a form of recognition given by bloggers to other new bloggers whose content they’ve enjoyed. I’ve discovered some great new blogs this way, and it’s a lovely positive way of encouraging and supporting other writers. So here’s how it works:
- Answer the 11 questions that your nominator has asked you
- Nominate 11 other bloggers (with under 200 followers)
- Ask your nominees 11 questions
- Let them know that you have nominated them
These are the questions Annie-Jay asked me; hopefully by the time you’ve read my answers you’ll have got to know me a bit better!
- What inspired you to begin blogging?
I started mainly because I felt I wanted some kind of creative outlet and wasn’t sure what to do to satisfy that urge. I’ve made several (mostly abortive) attempts at writing over the years but without much of a plan or sense of purpose, and I thought a blog was a good way to start writing within a structure that would help me stick with it. A couple of years down the line and I’m so glad I tried it.
2. One word to describe yourself?
3. What’s the strangest thing that has happened to you today?
This is such a good question I’m disappointed that I don’t have an interesting answer for it! I’m going to say being nominated for this award – although I’ve had some lovely, kind comments on my blog it’s still always a bit surreal to think that people all over the world are reading what you write and enjoying it.
4. What are you most looking forward to this week?
My next day off – I’m going to see the new Guardians of the Galaxy movie with one of my besties.
5. What book are you reading at the moment?
As per usual I have a few on the go. I’m still reading Paul Auster’s “4 3 2 1”, which I’m loving although it’s taking me a while as it’s a bit long to say the least! For light relief I’m reading “A Conspiracy of Violence” by Susanna Gregory – I do love my historical fiction. I also got some book-post today, which is always exciting: a crime novel by Amer Anwar, which the author very kindly sent me to try.
6. Which band were you really in to as a teenager (that you now feel a bit embarrassed to admit to having liked)
I can’t think of anyone I was into as a teenager that I’m ashamed to have liked; I’m more embarrassed by some of the people I’ve come to like in my slightly older age! I used to be massively into all the indie and Britpop bands of the 90s – Pulp were my absolute favourite.
7. Where is your favourite place to be?
Very boring, but probably home. I love taking myself off to explore new places, but I also love to have a permanent sanctuary.
8. When is the last time you stopped to feel the Earth under your bare feet?
Haha, I can’t step outside in bare feet as I have a huge issue with feeling anything on my bare skin that isn’t carpet!! Seeing people walking across their lawns or worse, on the pavement, in no shoes makes me shudder. I don’t even like walking on a sandy beach without flip-flops.
9. What shapes do you see in the clouds above you right now?
I love the fact that I’ve been asked this question as it’s made me get up and lean out of the window to have a proper look at the outside world. It’s such a gorgeous evening as well; it’s starting to smell and sound like summer for the first time. As for the clouds, well, the ones that are out there are pretty flat and indistinct, but there’s one in the far distance with a spilt at one end that makes it look like an elongated crocodile’s mouth.
10. How do you feel about your birthday?
I don’t think too much about it anymore; I’m usually at work on the day itself anyway! And it’s only a couple of weeks before Christmas too so by that point other, much more exciting festive things are happening. I’ve never liked to be the centre of attention, so large parties aren’t for me. I usually celebrate by having a meal or something like that with my close friends.
11. Do you prefer beach, mountains, bush, city or suburbia?
Honestly, I can’t choose – I need a bit of everything! I’ve lived by the sea almost all my life though so I’d definitely miss that the most if it wasn’t there. I don’t wait for summer to go to the beach; I love it when it’s stormy, when it’s sunny and when it’s a bleak day and there’s not a soul down there. It can make you feel serene or exhilarated – it’s such a powerful driver of emotion.
These were great questions and a hard act to follow, but here are the 11 questions for my nominees.
- What gets you out of bed in the morning?
- What is the one book you read over and over again?
- What has surprised you most about taking up blogging?
- Who is your biggest inspiration?
- Would you describe yourself as a pessimist or an optimist?
- You have a free day with no work and no obligations – how are you most likely to spend it?
- Which song makes you want to get up and dance?
- Would you volunteer to be on the first mission to Mars and why/why not?
- Are you a summer or a winter person?
- Which period of history do you find most interesting?
- What do you love most about yourself?
And here are my nominees! I had trouble finding 11 that had less than 200 followers, so most of these do but they’re all blogs I love and would love others to discover too. I understand not everyone may want to take part in the award though and that’s absolutely fine by me – no pressure!