Thanks to Timm at Sketchb.in for nominating me for an award. How exciting!
This is the Liebster award for newcomers in the blogging scene, by bloggers for bloggers (i.e. people who have under 300 followers). It seems to be a big chain of pats on the back all throughout the internet, like a conga line of appreciation. I like it!
So this award comes with a set of responsibilities, which Timm helpfully outlined for me.
If you were nominated by this award and want to receive the nomination, you just simply do as follows! It’s all your decision.
Give a big thank to your nominators.
Post and share the award on your blog.
Answer 10 questions asked to you.
Ask 10 questions to 10 new nominees (who have less than 300 followers).
So out of the list of possible questions, these are the ten I’ve been inspired to answer:
What’s your favorite activity on a weekend?
A bike ride to a country pub with booze and good food in the summer, or staying in with tea and biscuits (and telly!) in the winter.
Are you active on any other social media platforms?
Yep, I’m on Facebook and Twitter. I tried Instagram but didn’t really get it. Maybe because I don’t really do selfies? And the least said about Google+ the better!
Do you have plans for monetizing your blog?
No, it’s not something I’ve really considered. However I’d love it if someone wanted to employ me to write telly reviews, or to join a writing team on another blog/ website like Standard Issue of Den of Geek
Have you ever played a musical instrument? If not, which instrument do you wish you could play?
Yeah, when I was younger I was encouraged to play keyboards. I think because it was a bit like piano but my parents could insist on me practising while wearing headphones. Clever! I enjoyed it but it wasn’t exactly cool. Can’t say I feel the urge to take it up again. I know a few people who are very musical so I’m happy to mix the cocktails and listen while they jam.
Who was your favorite teacher?
I was a little swot at school, especially in English and History. Shout out to Miss Martin who taught me when I was 11 – we did an assembly for the school around the lyrics to The Logical Song by Supertramp. I’m still not entirely sure why.
Name your dream job.
I don’t know. When I was little I was going to be Prime Minister or a journalist. I’m nearly 34 now and I still don’t know what I want to be when I grow up. I have a pretty sweet job at the moment in a large organisation. I think I just need to figure out exactly whereabouts in it I want to be. And then have enough money to be able to enjoy retirement!
How good are you with social media?
Not too shabby. I realised early on that I’d need it for promoting my blog, but I still find it strange to message someone to say ‘hey! my blog is good – you should read it!’ But if you want readers it’s got to be done. And getting feedback is brilliant, especially from the people who you’ve been writing about.
Why do you blog?
I’ve always been interested in writing, and felt my skills were atrophying with no creative outlet. I’ve tried blogging before but it’s so dull to write a diary, especially when you’ve had a boring day and you’ve got nothing new to say. I needed to find a passion so I could focus on one subject that would keep me inspired. As an avid telly watcher it was a no brainer to put writing and watching together. A no brainer that took years to work out!
What is your best piece of advice to anyone considering blogging?
I don’t want to read about you life in general, your kids, your perfect house, your amazing recipes. And for the love of God don’t write poetry! I find that stuff is such a turn-off, clogging up the internet with tedium. I can go to Facebook for that!
Find a topic that you’re passionate about, that you always have new and interesting opinions about, and write about that. Even if we don’t agree I’ll still enjoy reading it and so will other people. (If your house/ kids/ recipes are literally perfect, and you’re super passionate about them, then disregard the first paragraph!)
What is your must-have while blogging? Glass of wine? Snackage? Helpful cats sitting on your keyboard? Music? All of the above?
I keep a notebook in the front room by the telly so I can jot down my initial thoughts about a programme. Then when I’m writing them up I don’t cope well with distractions. I need it to be quiet, and I need to be a bit bored before I can write a really good piece. And when I’ve hit ‘publish’ I then go to Google Keep and update my list of shows I should be watching and writing about. It never stops!
These blogs are my nominations for the Liebster award – some reviewers, some ranters and some great photography