Blogging can be many things – cathartic, a discipline, fun (on occasion), a shop window, a means of earning money (yes, really) and a playpen to experiment with ideas and excerpts. However, like dust and the dead flies from our attic, much of blogging exists in a vacuum.

Sure, there’s the occasional comment that isn’t about viagra, a certain brand of boots or a slew of text in Latin, German or some ideogrammatical language. And it’s nice to have interactions with your fellow bloggers.

And who doesn’t like the occasional nod from the Universe, via someone else, to say, “Keep writing, dude!” My recent nod was from Monika over at http://motheroad.wordpress.com/ and I thank her for the Liebster Award nomination. 

So, here’s the essential blurb – mainly cribbed from Monika’s blog.

Liebster Rules

This award is given to new or up-and-coming bloggers who have less than 200 followers. The award is passed along to other small-time bloggers to help spread the word and support each other as we type away in our little corners of the universe. Here’s the deal:

  1. Each blogger should post 11 random facts about him or herself.
  2. Answer the questions the nominator has posed, then create 11 new questions the bloggers you nominate. I know, not exactly free speech, but let’s see how it goes.
  3. Choose 11 new bloggers (with less than 200 followers) to receive a Liebster, then post links to their blogs in your post.
  4. Let each nominee know by leaving a comment on his or her blog.
  5. No tag backs.

11 Random Facts About Me, based on Monika’s strange questions

  1. Do you shower every day? No. I adhere to a strict no sweating policy. It also helps that I have an addled sense of smell. Visitors beware.
  2. Coffee: black, blond, or not at all? Not all. Coffee, to me, smells like a combination of earth, a burning rubber band, and crap. Seriously.
  3. If you could spend a day as the opposite sex, what would you do? Easy, I’d resubmit my novels to agents and publishers, and see whether it made a difference
  4. What CD is in your stereo/car stereo right now? (Or you can be like me, and have a car so old that it doesn’t have a CD player. In which case just say what CD you’d listen to if you could.) Tend to listen to the radio, but…in the glove compartment there’s are a couple of Kate Rusby CDs and one by The Waterboys.
  5. Do you think a woman is less feminine with short hair, or is short hair a sign of smarts, gumption, and not-too-threatening modernity? Believe me, I’m the last person to profess any expertise on the subject of hair (alas). Smart women are always preferable, whatever the hairstyle.
  6. Who takes out the trash at your house? That’s no way to talk about our cat. Oh, I see what you mean. Probably 57% of the time it’s me.
  7. Thong underwear: uncomfortable and icky, or sexy-hot? Ah, the minds of Americans… A gentleman never tells. Oh, okay then – I’ve never tried wearing one. 
  8. What’s the worst thing that could happen to you tomorrow? (So, you know,  you have tonight to worry about it and/or prevent it. And your answer can’t have any death in it.) Assuming my loved ones are all safe and sound, a hard drive meltdown. Or an accusation of plagiarism. Or amnesia.
  9. Beer or wine? Or vodka? Or, like, a piña colada? And where? I’m a simple soul. One glass of cava gets me squiffy for half an hour. I prefer non-alcoholic ginger beer. 
  10. Pie or cake? What kind? Plain or à la mode? With what accompanying beverage? Peppermint tea and chocolate pie. Or lemon pie and hot chocolate. Doesn’t have to round because, as all mathematicians know, sometimes pi r squared.
  11. Pick one and share a story: Birth of your child, first time you met your Significant Other, first time riding a bike without training wheels, first kiss, best Fourth of July/Guy Fawkes Day ever, when you knew for sure God exists, or when you became convinced he doesn’t. Oh, good lord. First kiss was when I was five years old. I know so much less about the opposite sex now.


11 Questions for My Nominees (answer some or all):
  1. What’s the hardest thing you’ve ever had to write?
  2. Where is the place you consider home?
  3. If I’d won a gazillion on the lottery, what would you say to convince me to give you a slice of it?
  4. Most disappointing book ever?
  5. Which law would you change or introduce?
  6. Is there a politician (living or deceased) that you admire – and why?
  7. What was the most important thing that childhood taught you?
  8. What do you wish you’d learned to do when you were younger? 
  9. Congratulations, you’re a time traveller. Where do you travel to?
  10. One of your favourite songs of all time?
  11. TV programme from childhood that you still think about occasionally.

And my nominees are:
  1. Freya Morris – http://freyamorris.blogspot.co.uk/
  2. Wendy Soliman – http://wendysoliman.blogspot.co.uk/
  3. Brian Keaney – http://odyllicforce.blogspot.co.uk/
  4. SnowMoonWolf – http://wolfphotograpy.blogspot.co.uk/


  1. Deb says:

    Congratulations, Derek on your award! Now you can say you're an award winning writer:)

  2. Derek says:

    :o) Hey, that's right – something else for my resume! It is surprising though how the occasional slice of good cheer keeps you buoyant. Writers, in the end, need to be read. Otherwise it's only half a process!

  3. motheroad says:

    Also I totally love your Shelfari widget. I tried to link it to my WordPress blog, and spent like half an hour choosing books, but it doesn't show up. Too bad I'm a technical schlub.

  4. motheroad says:

    Wait, where's my other comment? The one I spent a good ten minutes crafting? Drat. Did I mention about being a technical schlub?

  5. motheroad says:

    OK, so here's what I ORIGINALLY said: Congratulations on uploading that animated GIF! You're a genius. Secondly, I love that you love smart women, but don't understand about the coffee. That's like not liking air. Third…um, I can't remember. Lastly, I love the questions you ask your nominees. Makes me wish I was a nominee but that would be against the "no tag-back" rule. Sniff.

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