An award already??!!!!!!!! Well sort of. The Liebster Award is an award given by bloggers to bloggers. It’s a way of connecting with other bloggers. A big thank you to Tess of OneDizzyBee for the nomination. Very funny lady whose blog is well worth a look.
My first blog post was published in November 2015 so I’m still really new to the “scene”. As the weeks have gone on I’ve noticed that my notions of what blogging entails wasn’t quite what it actually is. Blogging appears to be less about writing for the sake of writing but more about connecting with those who also write, comment and create. There has been an unintentional but very lovely side effect of bringing myself out of my shell and putting my words into typeface. That is that everyone in this electronic space has been supportive and encouraging.
It’s like a support group for introverts where we get to reach out to another human being without actually ever having to move too far out of our own comfort zone. It wasn’t really my intention to connect and network much while I was blogging but it’s kind of part of the package. I thought I would just put what I wanted to write out there and maybe a few people might like it and that would be about it. For me, creating a blog was to give me the time and headspace that I have neglected to give myself for the last three years. I quickly realised once joining social media with my blog that the blogging community are just so fluffing nice. People blogging about the same topics are patting each other on the virtual backs with mentions, likes and retweets. This award is testament to the ethos of the blogging folks. It’s almost like a bunch of four years olds meeting in a playground and deciding to become friends. There’s none of the social awkwardness that comes with making friends as an adult. It’s completely unabashed “Hi. I like you. Do you want to be my friend? Ponies are my favourite too.” It’s charming and brilliant in its simplicity.
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Now this award is not all couture frocks and shiny statuettes (in fact it’s neither of those) so these are the rules:
1. Thank the person who nominated you and link to their blog in your Liebster Award post.
2. Copy and paste the Liebster Award badge into your post.
3. Answer the 10 questions you were given when you were nominated.
4. Come up with 10 questions you would like to ask of your nominees.
5. Nominate 10 newbie bloggers, by commenting on one of their blog posts with a link to your Liebster Award post, and a short message about nominating them.
1. Which cartoon character do you most resemble and why?
Last night my family and I all watched The Incredibles. At a point where the mother in the show was going about her business my husband looks over at me and starts laughing. Apparently her and I are of the same ilk. Now he wasn’t comparing me to Elastigirl all fabulous and flexible but instead to Helen Parr, Elastigirl’s alterego. I am a mammy with all that it entails. The voice of motherhood reverberates in me. No point denying it. The thighs are about right too.
2. What is your least favorite word in the English language and why?
Adamant. This word is my nemesis. I always prided myself on my knowledge and use of words until this tricky little bugger came along. Turns out I had been pronouncing it ama-dant without realising for years. I now have to stop and think before using that word and I usually opt for an alternative just in case.
3. What’s your best advice for new bloggers?
I’m still pretty fresh out of the box myself but I’ll quote that great Greek goddess of victory and excellent trainer maker, Nike, and say “just do it”. It took me a year from first setting up my WordPress account to actually posting something but I’m glad I made the leap.
4. If you could have any super power, what would it be?
The ability to turn back time. Not to change the course of events but just turn it back an hour or so when for the nights when I’ve stayed up way past my bedtime reading or watching something on Netflix (Making a Murderer I’m looking at you!). Something similar to Hermione’s timeturner in Harry Potter
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5. You’re stranded on a desert island with three things you currently own and a famous person. Who and what?
A pen and paper (surely this counts as one)
P20 suncream because my skin would initially burn like a pig on a spit.
Pillow – because I like to be comfy.
I would have Tom Hanks along with me because he seems like a really nice guy and he has obvious experience in this kind of situation.
We could spend our time with him teaching me the song from Big and we could pretend to be Woody and Buzz and generally have the craic together. Plus he’s important enough that people would keep looking for him so I figure we’ll be rescued at some reasonable stage (preferably once I’ve lost a few pounds and my skin has acclimatised to the sunshine and I’m a nice shade of Ursula Andress).
6. Name one achievable goal for 2016 regarding your blog.
To blog more. I only had three posts in 2015 so I’m now 2/3 of the way there with this post.
7. The Kardashians: Your thoughts in twenty words or less.
Shockingly influential. They don’t need any more words. Enough is already written about them.
8. What’s your favorite blogging topic?
To write about – my hilarious offspring. They make me so hugely proud.
To read about – ordinary tales about ordinary folks. That is essentially what blogging is to me. It’s no longer about sharing our stories and experiences with people we have physically met but instead connecting with anyone anywhere with an internet connection. You know the feeling when you find common ground with another person. A parallel is recongnised between you. Be it a mother who also has a boisterous son who is a hideously picky eater or someone who you discover shares your love of Dr. PimplePopper. Those connections used to be a rarity but now you only have to open your smartphone and you can find others just like you within moments.
9. Share a link with us to your favorite post you’ve written.
This is the most recent before the one you’re reading.
10. Does your “real life” (family, friends, work) know about your blog?
Some of my real life know about it. It still feels like some sort of secret. My husband knows because I need him to up the parenting ante while I do my tippy tapping on the laptop. My 5 year old son knows that I tell people stories about him and his sisters. I told my parents, brother and sisters. My best bud and accomplice actively encouraged me to start. She has a sort of determination that is boundless. If she’s involved then sh*t is gonna get done. Some really good friends know but I’m not a broadcasting kind of person. I just put the blog out there and am letting it find its own way amongst people that I know. I’m nervous and wary of telling people and I think they are unsure about asking me. I think I want to take the Philip Larkin approach when blogging. Let my words find their own way in the world.
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I want to overhear somebody in the queue at the supermarket or at the next table in a restaurant talking about a really great blog post or (sometime in a galaxy far far away) a book they read and be talking about my writing.
I would like to award the Liebster Awards to the following bloggers (I’m cheating a little as I’ve only nominated nine):
And here are the questions for my nominees:
- What/who gave you the nudge towards starting a blog?
- Who is your favourite celebrity to follow on Twitter and why?
- What was the last thing you purchased outside of groceries?
- How do you get rid of stress?
- What is your favourite quote?
- What is your earliest memory?
- If you could rewind the last 24 hours is there anything that you would change and if so, what/why?
- You wake up, the sun is shining, you have no responsibilities for the day – what do you do?
- What do you love most about the place where you live?
- Do you have a nickname and how did you get it?
Thanks for reading.