A couple of months ago, Esther kindly nominated me for a Liebster award. I happily jumped in to give my answers to Esther’s questions and to nominate another eight bloggers that I would like to know more about. Four of my nominees have responded to date, so I thought I would do a recap of their answers, combined with my own and some bonus answers thrown in by Guylty. A few others may yet trickle in, in which case I’ll update and include their links here. (Links to the responders’ Liebster blog posts are at the bottom of this post.)
Part of the deal in being nominated was to come up with my own questions to pass on. Here they are along with a summary of answers received. I think we’ve ended up with a nice list of books, movies, music and TV to check out. And the answers about blogging were very enlightening for me and will help me to work through some of my internal debates as a newbie blogger.
MY LIST OF 11 QUESTIONS with participants’ answers:
1. What is the best movie you have seen in the past year?
- The Guest – Dan Stevens
- Dr. Strange – Benedict Cumberbatch
- Lion – Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman, Rooney Mara
- Only Lovers Left Alive – Tilda Swinton, Tom Hiddleston
- Wonder Woman – Gal Gadot, Chris Pine
- Hidden Figures – Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monáe
2. What is the most memorable live theatre and/or concert experience you’ve had in the past year?
- Spring Concert (by the blogger’s daughter’s choir), featuring ‘Man in the Mirror’and ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’
- Emily Barker
- Sunrise Avenue
- Magic Men Live!
- Lyle Lovett and John Hyatt
3. What is the best book you’ve read in the past year?
- Because of a Boy – A Twilight fanfiction available here.
- The Unseen World by Liz Moore
- Urban Grimshaw and the Shed Crew by Bernard Hare
- A Manual for Cleaning Women by Lucia Berlin
- Notes from the Underground by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
- The Lonely City: The Art of Being Alone by Olivia Laing
- The Girl Who Saved Christmas by Matt Haig
- Your Soul is a River by Nikita Gill
- Forensics: The Anatomy of Crime by Val McDermid
- Weiße Nächte by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
- Branded Sanctuary by Joey W Hill
- The Rosie Project and The Rosie Effect, by Graeme Simsion
4. What is your favourite photo of the past week on your mobile phone and are you willing to share it?
Shared photos featured cats, sons making their mothers smile, and favourite or interesting places.
5. What is your favourite photo ever of your favourite actor or actress?
Well it’s no coincidence (due to selection) that five of the photos were of Richard Armitage! But we spread the admiration around and included Dan Stevens, Tom Hiddleston and Gerard Butler. And as for women, Carey Mulligan, Jessica Chastain and Melissa McCarthy were also represented. We even had a few older photos thrown in for good measure, with Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, as well as Jeremy Brett and David Burke.
6. What songs are at the top of your playlist right now?
We are a diverse bunch with eclectic tastes! We had a wide variety of selections, from classical to country to pop to metal. Artists/composers included Brad Paisley and Allison Kraus, Debussy, Sara Bareilles, Justin Timberlake, Celine Dion, Florence + the Machine, and Rammstein.
7. What is the most recent TV show that you binge-watched?
- The Fall: Season 3
- The Handmaid’s Tale
- Last Tango in Halifax
8. What time of day do you usually write and/or blog and why?
We all seem to have our favourite times of the day, depending on when our creative energy levels are highest. A big consideration too, though, is finding a time when our paid work is not pressing and the house is quiet. It’s important to have the time and space where there are no interruptions and few distractions. For some this comes in the morning, for others it is in the afternoon, and for still others like myself this happens late at night.
9. Does your avatar have special significance and if so, what is that significance?
The bloggers who responded have chosen avatars that mean something to them, whether on a personal level or in terms of their fan activities. A few bravely use pictures of themselves that show a favourite mood or look.
10. In your real life, how open are you about the fact that you have a blog?
Generally, the answer seems to be that we are not particularly open, but we don’t particularly hide it. Close family and friends often know, but there are concerns about “who is reading” and whether there would be a negative impact on our work lives if the fact of our blogging were to become more widely known. And there is also some reluctance to be in a situation where one has to justify blogging about or being in a fandom of a particular actor. And yet, where there are real life impacts of this participation, it is natural to have it spill over into real life.
11. What are the boundaries for you in terms of how much of your real life you share on your blog?
It seems that I am not the only one who struggles with where to draw the line. We want to share personal stories where they are relevant, but we want to preserve peoples’ privacy by not disclosing names or too many personal details. Some blog under real names (or at least first names), while others choose a pseudonym. We may feel most comfortable blogging about actors, movies, TV, and books, although some feel quite comfortable sharing quite a bit about themselves and their feelings.
Thanks to everyone for participating! Here are the links to the responding posts, some of which also have commentators sharing their thoughts on the various questions:
- Kelly DS https://gettingcaughtupinthemechanism.wordpress.com/2017/05/29/liebster-take-two/
- Luscinnia https://luscinnia.wordpress.com/2017/06/21/048-liebster-award-nomination/ Luscinnia also posed some interesting questions of her own, including “Whom would you pick for your team during a zombie apocalypse?”
- Sarah https://filmsnknits.wordpress.com/2017/05/27/mein-liebster-award-danke-schoen/
- Carly Quinn https://carlyquinn.co/
- Guylty Pleasure https://guylty.net/2017/06/11/some-extra-questions/