The Liebster Award

and questions on blogging, reading, writing, chocolates and more!

This award is extra special because I had two awesome blogger friends who nominated me (and this blog) for it. So my thank you goes out to Sage (not his real name, I’m guessing) from SageDoyle and Sindy of bluebutterfliesandme

Now on to the “rules” πŸ˜‰

1. Answer the 11 questions below.

2. Nominate 11 bloggers

3. Inform the nominees by posting a link on their blogs.

Vokay…let’s get to it!

Ze Q&A :

1. What first inspired you to start writing a blog?

I started my very first blog over at LiveJournal in 2004 or there about. This wasn’t a very good time for me. I was battling a lot of negative emotions during this time, though honestly it was more of trying to shove all these bad feelings I had and was still building up, into the proverbial closet. I guess at the time I just wanted to make friends. And to make friends from behind the computer screen without the effort of meeting people because that would have taken energy that I was rapidly losing.

After sometime of writing about my daily life, I migrated to the Y!360 blog platform. This time it was an avenue to write what I used to call….stuff. Poems and what I think you could call prose, a lot of rants and just stuff.

So yea…I would say the spiraling into depression would have been what inspired me to have this crazy idea called blogging.

2. What is the biggest challenge you have had to face when writing a blog?

Will people like my post! Will they like what I wrote? Will I get the reader to comment? How many comments will I get? Is this *the post* that will catapult me to blog stardom!! How many visitors will I attract? Will they keep coming back to check out my blog posts??? Are the readers going to shower me with flattery?? – These are ALL the questions that my ego wants to know and gets disappointed when what Ego expects, Ego does not get!

I’m not disheartened though because I feel that I’m learning to tame that side of me. I’m learning to accept this part of me too. That it’s okay to want the recognition but to temper it by not obsessing over it. I’m also learning to just blog for the sake of blogging, to enjoy the process of tapping out my blog posts, to put into words what I think and feelΒ  and if it doesn’t garner even one Like or Comment…that is just fine! Because as always it’s the lessons that I am learning through these posts that’s important!

3. If you traveled through time, what time would you want to arrive at and why?

Have you read Agatha Christie’s mystery novels? Especially Hercule Poirot and the Ms Marple ones. Or how about the Twins at St. Claire’s or Mallory Towers? That’s the time I’d like to go to. For some really weird reason I’ve always wanted to be the secretary working for those rich people living in their grand old homes…you know the ones who are always described as prim , disciplined, efficient single ladies in Agatha Christie’s books? I’ve even fancied myself as the maids in one of those homes – not the silly ones that were after boyfriends and getting themselves into trouble! I’d have been the efficient and hard working one! πŸ˜‰

Reading the Enid Blyton series on the other hand I’ve always imagined myself as a school girl in one of those boarding schools…yes..it’s kinda weird coming from a 40 year old, but hey….I may be weird, but not creepy!

4. Do you prefer to eat chocolate, sweets or neither?

Chocolate!! It’s strange..I LOVE chocolate but I don’t really fancy chocolate cake or ice cream…

5. Do you prefer to read or write?

Both!

6. What is your favorite genre of writing and why?

Ooo…I never thought of my writing self as writing anything genre like, but after almost 9 years dabbling off and on with blogs and such, I sincerely feel what this blog is about suits me very well πŸ™‚ I’ve always been interested in the occult and the spiritual stuff (I can say “stuff” a lot!), so it does make me feel good writing about these and also finally coming to a time in my life where I can actually enjoy reading up on it too!

7. What is your favorite non-fiction topic to read about and why?

Spiritual stuff!! and the mata-physical stuff too! Reading up on Inter-faith wisdom as part of my current course work has awakened an interest in that too! (Told you I like the word “stuff”! It comes right after my other favourite word – thingie, and before “wonky”)

8. If you could buy one book that would help you solve a problem in your life, what would it be and why?

A book on how to make the magic pill to get rid of : over thinking and self doubts, increasing perception to intuition and energies with a bonus side effect of losing weight with no exercise and dieting, using ingredients found in any household, in any part of the world, within five minutes. Ha!

9. Do you prefer to write at night or during the day?

Hmm..actually no preferred time. I usually write when I get this urge to do so and have some thing to write about. I’ve written posts while at work, early in the mornings, late in the night and this is being written in the afternoon! I just write and schedule my posts πŸ™‚

10. If you could be any character from a book, who would you be and why?

I just watched the Life of Pi….and seeing that he ends up alive and well; and if what he saw during his time adrift is ANYTHING close to what Ang Lee envisioned and put on the screen…I’d like to be Pi.

11. Do you prefer to read a printed book or an e-Book?

Printed of course! The feel of a book in my hands, the smell of a new book, the musty smell of an old book, hearing the rustle of the pages as you flip them………I love trees and I will forever be grateful for them because they give us the means of making the paper that real books are made of πŸ™‚

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The nominees (as usual no pressure to the nominees to participate if you are disinclined to do so & if you’ve already got this award ..you get another from me! hehe)

Spirit Lights the Way

Diane Henders

Far Away In the Sunshine

I didn’t have 11 people to nominate…but I highly recommend you to visit these blogs! They are totally awesome πŸ™‚

21 thoughts on “The Liebster Award

            1. Oh…darn…I guess my guess wasn’t a good guess eh? Ooo ..let me try once more…how about Antonio! That’s a totally Italian sounding name! hahaha…I shall stop at two guess and just imagine I hit the jack pot at the 3rd attempt πŸ˜›

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            2. O.O…ooo…omg…YAY!!!!!! seriously?? Right now I’m not even bothered that my communication wires maybe crossed and I am NOT going to give my mind permission to tell me that Anthony is a common name! but dang! I’m just going to feel absolutely chuffed that I did a psychic…thingie…hehehehehe

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            3. lol yeah you did. And though it is a common name, Italians do that a lot, they name everyone in the family after everyone else, so it’s not always Anthony that is the much used name. In my family, it’s Anthony absolutely, well done πŸ˜‰

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  1. Congrats on your award, and thank you for the nomination! πŸ˜€ It’s been years since I thought about Enid Blyton, but I used to love those books! I must revisit them and see if they’ve held up over time.

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    1. Enid Blyton books were my very first “big girl” books! Started with Naughty Amelia Jane series. Loved those books….and the Far Away Tree…

      And thank you πŸ™‚ and you’re most welcome!

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  2. Congratulations on your award! I know these award posts can take a while to put together but they are certainly interesting to read as we get to learn a little bit more about you and your answers are so cool, especially the last one about books – so true! I love Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot and Ms Marple novels – the characters are always so prim and proper, even when they’re bad! Great stuff! Brightest Blessings

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    1. Thank you!! πŸ™‚ And yup…it’s the prim & proper that I like too!! So…uhm…cultured? LOL! Between the two I love the way Hercule Poirot solves the mystery…Miss Marple does tend to go on a bit…but her books do describe the life better.

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  3. Thanks for thinking of me! I especially enjoyed your response to #3. I’ve been watching some Agatha Christie movies lately ~ Murder on the Nile, Murder on the Orient Express, etc. Her characters are such characters. πŸ˜‰

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