The kind Sonika at The World of Cup Cakes nominated me for the ‘Liebster Award’ which is a fun ‘pass it on’ blogger recognition. Googling to find the origin indicates it’s a sort of chain letter type award, has been going for a couple of years, where you get recognised by another blogger and then in turn recognise others. It’s a nice idea where you connect blogs and help others discover new blogs. In terms of the math, I read the other day there were currently 120million blogs (!!!) so even though googling ‘Liebster award’ gets 3million hits, that’s still a good enough ratio for me 😉
The rules of the Liebster Award:
▪ When you receive the award, post 11 random facts about yourself and answer 11 questions from the person who nominated you.
▪ Then pass the award onto 11 other blogs (make sure you tell them you nominated them!) and ask them 11 questions.
▪ You are not allowed to nominate the blog who nominated you!
▪ Make sure the blogs you choose have 200 or less followers.
It does feel a bit like being in school again, but, maybe you’ll enjoy a few new(ish) facts about me.
11 Random Facts About Me:
1. I read prolifically. Everything I can, all the time. I adore reading. See the GoodReads insert on the right hand side of the blog if you’re interested in what I read!
2. I’m really clean and tidy. I love an uncluttered but cosy environment.
3. I’ve been both a Chatline operative (yep, the kind you used to see advertised on late night Channel 4 TV) and a Samaritan. The latter being a sort of penance for the former.
4. I’ve lived for short periods in Kuwait (4 months), the US (3 months), France (4 months) and Ireland (1.5 years). I’ve now been in Thailand for 3 months and counting.
5. I’ve been a vegetarian for nearly 20 years.
6. One of my favourite pastimes is Krav Maga, a self defence system which pulls from many martial arts and is pretty vicious. I balance it with yoga…
7. I was once a guest on BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour. It was one of the most terrifying experiences of my life.
8. I’m (still) an obsessive list maker.
9. I’m an introvert, and very happy spending time alone. In fact without it, I become cranky 🙂
10. I ‘free write’ 1000 words every morning, an activity called ‘Morning Pages’ from ‘The Artist’s Way’.
11. My favourite place in the world is Vancouver, Canada.
1.What’s your favorite book?
I have lots – but I go back to Microserfs, by Douglas Coupland a lot. Also up there is The Magus by John Fowles, Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro, and Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert Heinlein. And so many others!
2. Have you ever fallen in love with a place at first sight? Which one?
Vancouver, Canada. I love it!
3.What can home provide you with that travel can’t?
A stable environment (my lovely flat) and friends and family.
4. If you were to receive a package in the mail today, what should its content be?
I wouldn’t mind a new iphone. But the CDs I’ve ordered that I have to wait till I go back to the UK to get would be good too – Atoms for Peace (Amok), Ludovico Einaudi (In a Time Lapse) and Frank Turner (Tape Deck Heart), and Passenger (All the Little Lights).
5. Do you prefer solo travel or do you like it better to have a companion?
I mostly travel solo. It means I don’t inflict myself on others and have time and space to myself. I have to ensure I get some socialization time to keep my hand in!
6.What made you start your blog?
Wanting to have a go at writing, and as an easy and efficient way to keep in touch with folks at home.
7. What has blogging taught you about yourself?
I really enjoy writing, and the creative side of putting a post together. Having blog ‘stats’ hasn’t helped with my mild (ahem) OCD tendencies though…
8. Name your ultimate travel song that everyone should have on their MP3 player for long bus or train rides.
I love Jason Mraz – his songs are such a wide variety of styles there’s something for every mood.
9. What language would you most like to be fluent in?
At the moment, Thai would be really helpful. But I’d take any language if I got to be fluent!
10. Facebook, twitter or pinterest, which do you like best and why?
I guess Facebook as it gives me updates on back home at the moment. Twitter feels more ‘work-based’ and I don’t use Pinterest.
11. By what words would you convince someone to travel who has never done it before?
It’s good to ensure your brain keeps healthy and active for a long life – new experiences, people and cultures create new pathways in the brain which helps it work better. So how could you say no?!
1. Who’d be your 6 guests for your ultimate dinner party?
2. Who would the entertainment be at the party?
3. What’s your motto/mantra?
4. What’s your most awe-some (as opposed to awesome!) travel moment?
5. How would you describe your home town to a like-minded traveller?
6. How do you feel about your own blog? What’s the elevator pitch? Work or play?
7. What would your ideal career/profession/job be?
8. What does a typical day look like for you?
9. What would an ideal day look like for you?
10. Do you play any musical instruments?
11. Body, mind or spirit?
1. Maria at Musings of an Occ Psych Geek – well, I’m partial to my own profession!
2. The great blend of solid writing and beautiful photos from Luke and Rose at World Wide Wander
3. The folks at the Travelling MudSkippers
4. The vivacious Melody at Spit on the Street
5. The three hilarious girl geeks at Three Chic Geeks – they (just) have under 200 followers but a LOT of page views!
6. For an interesting perspective on leadership Doug at Doug Dickerson
7. Dori for the great photography including Cambodia at Dori Moreno Photography
8. Shelley and Allan at Gone Country, who’ve left their home in Vancouver to go travelling for a few months – and found Chiang Mai amongst other places!
9. Another psychologist at The Secret Psychologist – the only post so far has great writing, write more!
10. Another traveller with a much more extensive list of countries than me! Around the World with Steve
11. This last one feels like a cheat, because though he has less than 200 followers on wordpress, he has nearly 30,000 (yep!) on YouTube. But he’s my cousin, and he makes great music, so if you don’t know Music From Blue Skies, then go have a look.
One thing writing this post, and looking at other blogs has made me realise is that there are so many amazing people, with interesting stories out there. I can lose hours just reading about other people’s lives. A great link is Disrupting the Rabblement’s 2013 list of 100 People Doing Extraordinary Things. Have a browse – it’s pretty inspiring.
Any other blogs you follow? Pop them in the comments so other people can find out more about them too.