On Sunday night I received a post by email from WanderingSoul2015, who nominated me for a Liebster Award. I’m sorry that I haven’t posted until now, but I wanted to combine my thanks, questions to answer, and questions that I’ve come up with for my lucky nominees.
This is what I initially wrote.
I’m quite shocked at the moment because I’ve been nominated for a Liebster Award by Wanderingsoul2015, and I’d like to thank them very much for the honour. It does appear that I’ve reached someone so that makes the blogging worthwhile, and will help me strive all that much harder to produce things that are up to my own standards. I’m doing Blogging 101 and Writing 101, just to hone my skills a bit (or maybe a lot). This blog was started back in September, so it’s lovely to get an award for new bloggers. The funny thing is, I did see this post in my reader, but didn’t look at it because I’ve been busy with my new site The Cyberhug Awards (quick plug), and I was busy awarding Wanderingsoul2015 for a hug because they write such a positive blog! Amazing coincidence (or is it?).
Liebster Award Answers to WanderingSoul’s questions
- If you had one superpower, what would it be? The ability to change into an animal whenever I wanted. I could fly, swim, jump, run, walk – I’m assuming of course that I’d have two whole legs if I changed, otherwise that would defeat the purpose wouldn’t it? Sorry just a little amputee humour there.
- What incident (or thought or experience) first prompted you to write? I was reading an online magazine (The Mighty) when I came across an article by Kimberly Zapata (sunshineandspoiltmilk.com) about depression and the effect it’s having on her family. I immediately connected with what she had to say because I’ve had depression for the last decade, so I know firsthand what it’s like. I thought ‘I can write about myself’, my interests, and the problems I’m facing kind of like an online therapy session. I’ve been writing since I was small, and have always wanted a blog, and now seemed as good a time as any.
- What is the one thing that you want and the one thing you do not want (from your writing)? I want to help people think about their lives, to explore topics that are difficult because I’m at the stage where I believe I can provide some insight into the kind of things I can relate in my own experiences. I don’t want to focus on anything trivial (although I can be really silly), and unimportant in my life.
- Which is your favourite book and why (or how it influenced you)? Wow, that’s really hard to pin down! I love many books, but I’m re-reading ‘The Colour Purple’ by Alice Walker, and it’s taught me that you can waste your life bowing to the whims of other people, or you can make changes and start to live your life right now, this very instant. Regret solves nothing, you must take charge of your life, because if you put it off you’re wasting a very precious gift. That’s also why I’m writing my blog, because I’m attempting to make up for years of apathy and negativity.
- Who is your favourite author and one book written by them that you would like to recommend? See above.
- What is your criteria for an “ideal write-up/article”? I have to write about the things I find most difficult to write about, or it isn’t worth my while. I have to fulfil the criteria I set for myself when I started this blog in September, namely that I admit to myself about the difficulties I’m facing in my life, my health, happiness, a bit like an online therapy session.
- What is the one thing that you have learnt from other bloggers and/or their blogs? How amazing human beings can be, and the beauty of their spirits. A lot of these people are inspiring me on a daily basis to be a better person.
- What article (or post) affected or influenced you most? I’ve read a lot of people’s blogs, covering many diverse topics, so it’s extremely hard to narrow it down, but I guess since a post made me start this blog, I have to refer again to a blog by Kimberly Zapata, who wrote ‘An Open Letter to Those Affected by My Depression’ and made me believe that I could write as well.
- What is the one piece of advice you would like to give to fellow bloggers? Take a risk and write about what you want to write about. It’s your life and your blog, so write whatever comes into your head and your mind will thank you (possibly on a subliminal level).
RULES (and we all need them)
- Once you are nominated, make a post thanking and linking the person who nominated you.
- Include the Liebster Award sticker in the post too.
- Nominate 5 -10 other bloggers who you feel are worthy of this award. Let them know they have been nominated by commenting on one of their posts. You can also nominate the person who nominated you.
- Lastly, COPY these rules in the post.
I’ve been rumination over appropriate questions for these worthy nominees and came up with these (if they so desire, WanderingSoul2015 has my permission to duck out of answering on the grounds they’ve been answering a few of them lately!).
- What’s the biggest event in your life so far, and how has it affected you?
- When did you start writing?
- How much of an influence has blogging had on your life?
- What’s the most important post you’ve done?
- What’s your favourite subject to cover in a post?
I’ll leave it at that, as I know you’ve all got more important things to do (like blogging!). I look forward to your answers when you can do them.