Feeling the blogging love: A Liebster Award
So I’m pretty new to this blogging malarkey (that might be grossly apparent to some of you…) but I was well chuffed when I received my first comment. Not only was it evidence that I’m not the only one who reads my random mummy musings (hurrah) but it was also due to the fact that it was to share some blogging love and sharing love is always a good thing (sadly the creative juices aren’t flowing enough for me to write a witty pun about free love, sharing love etc. but you get the general idea)…anyway…
Firstly, I’d like to thank the very lovely Sarah aka the Tammymum (check out her blog here) and the equally as lovely Mrs Mum NZ (check out her blog here) for their nominations – go have a ganda and you’ll definitely read something you’ll like and relate to! Secondly, I will sum up what a Leibster Award is, in case you thought it was some hip, cool word blend for a Lover of Justin Bieber (see what I did there: lover of Bieber equals Lieber…no? Ok, I’ll stop trying to be funny now). Back to the award, it is pretty much a way for bloggers to celebrate and share a little about their blogs and the bloggers they love. A really nice get to know you, especially for those new to blogging. Simply, it functions a little like a chain letter but enables people to discover new blogs and bloggers which is a pretty fab thing! There are rules to follow but it’s a nice way to learn more about me and some other fab bloggers so on to the award.
The rules for the nomination are as follows:
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.
I’ve blended the questions I was asked by my two nominees together so I didn’t end up writing an essay! So on to to the questions and hopefully we’ll all learn a little bit about each other in the process
1. How did you come up with your blog name and is there a story behind it? The googling mum pretty much sums me up as a mummy. In fact, I’m always googling things and checking to see if other mummies or parents have been in the same situation as me (neurotic mummy strikes again). When it came to creating my blog name it was the first and foremost choice. I hope it reflects what many parents are like in the digital age, we have so much information to process as parents now that we sometimes forget to trust our instincts but also we have a powerhouse of knowledge and understanding that the parenting generation before us didn’t. As a parent I feel I understand the need to research things but then figure out what is the significant thing to take and adapt to my unique parenting style. I do worry if the Big G (Google) would have any issues with the name but to google (lower-case g) is actually a verb and googling is the verb in the present tense so I
hope thought it wouldn’t be an issue…(she writes tentatively). Plus the ‘generic internet search engine mum‘ doesn’t quite have the same ring to it.
2. What is your favourite thing about blogging? I love the freedom and creativity and giving my personal voice an outlet. As an English teacher, I love writing and this is a great outlet to pour all the thoughts and feelings I have. Plus I mooch on the net so frequently reading blogs and often felt the need to express ideas. It is also a hobby – I blog for me. I’m not about reviews or product endorsements, I want to be a voice for any parent out there that feels or thinks in a similar way to me, that they identify with some of the issues I address. It also helps to collate my own thoughts and feelings too!
3. What is your least favourite thing about blogging? The pressure to post frequently – I’d love to post more but with being a mum, wife and and English teacher I struggle to find the time. The perfectionist in me won’t allow me to post just anything on my blog, it has to come from some place real. Some bloggers seem so careerist which intimidates me somewhat (my issue not theirs). The beauty of blogging for me is the idea of the on line, public diary. It is a web-log (hence the name Blog) and for me this is an extension of the aforementioned diary but with a much wider audience.
4. Where is your favourite place in the world? A holiday destination? Day out? Home? This is a tricky one. Favourite place is so intrinsically connected to context. For example I adored my university and enjoyed my time there (12 years sober), but it was in the context of the time period I was there and the people who were there with me at that point. In terms of holiday destinations I love New York as a city, Prague as it has wonderful memories with my husband and Italy as every time I visit the country I fall in love with it a little more (and the food). However the best place for me is home. My house with my Pudding, quirky husband and over affectionate cat. When the day has been tough and long, home gives me safety and comfort. It is always a tip though….
5. If you could go anywhere in the world where would it be and why? I wouldn’t mind the Inca Trail and exploring Machu Picchu. This is something I envision doing with my husband in our fifties after the child rearing is done!
6. What is your favourite book? I love reading and to pin this down is a pretty tricky one! I love Jane Austen’s ‘Emma’ as I loved reading this as a teenager, I also love ‘The Time Traveller’s Wife’ by Audrey Niffenger as I thought the story was so compelling and engaging. ‘The Bell Jar’ by Sylvia Plath was also an interesting read but the obvious, all time totes favourite is ‘The Gruffalo’ by Julia Donaldson, it is a profound read that teaches an integral moral message about being resourceful and using brains over brawn plus the mouse is pretty darn cute! So is the Gruffalo for that matter. ‘Room on the Broom’ is also up there…
7. Can you remember the first blog you read? Not really…but I had been following the beauty bloggers initially. One I particularly like to read was A little bird told me but this was rebranded a few years a go to J for Jen. I still like having a mooch every now and then! The first mummy blogger I encountered was the Unmumsy Mum – she’s fab and really tells it how it is whilst fostering an all encompassing we’re in it together attitude.
8. Do you have any blogging aspirations? Errr…not really. I think this is perhaps because it is more about the writing than creating a brand or using it as a career tool. I think I want the writing to be the most significant thing. However, perhaps it would be nice if the site did grow and could become a port of call for parents in terms of creating a knowledge and advice exchange of parents that google. ..I suppose Netmums has already covered that though…or maybe becoming a blogzine and having other writers contribute. Who knows!!
9. What is your biggest vice? One is quite partially to procrastination. In fact I would say it is my hobby! For example there will be a huge pile of marking to plough through and I will suddenly need to sort out my underwear drawer as a point of vital importance..I can be quite self critical, damn I can be quite critical generally. Oh and I eat waaaaaaaay too much sugar.
10. What one person (alive or dead) would you invite around for dinner and why? This is a fab question…hmmmm…I’d like it to be someone I feel I have an affinity with…I suppose Bette Middler or as she is also known the Divine Ms M. I find her humour to be of a similar ilk to mine and feel she represents a good all round woman. Funny, clever and engaging. I love the fact that she doesn’t take herself too seriously which I feel many celebrities do.
11. If you were to be reincarnated as an animal, what animal would you be and why? This is quite easy – an over affectionate cat called Bertie! Joking aside – a think a cat. I mean, I don’t know if you’ve notived but they get to pretty much rule the roost of any home they live in,, sleep for 20 hours a day and are free to roam as they please. If I was anything like my cat, I’d actually go and make friends with the neighbours so I could crash there when my humans weren’t home and have extra food portions. I’d also get to be a rascal and have my belly rubbed.
My 9 bloggers are:
The questions I am sending forward are:
- Why did you decide to begin a blog?
- How would you define yourself in three qualities e.g. generous, loud and indecisive.
- What were you doing in 1998 (the year Google was founded)?
- Where do you see yourself in ten years time?
- What’s the most challenging thing about blogging?
- What’s the most rewarding thing about blogging?
- List 4 songs that would be the soundtrack to your life.
- List three things you’ve googled recently e.g. recipe, football results, local take away number etc.
- Share a fact/story that people may find surprising about you.
So over to you all! Have a think and repost following the rules – take your time (I did) so don’t feel rushed and enjoy your Liebster Award!