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The 2014 Liebster Awards

Scotland-based German blogger Julia of 49suns.de has nominated me for the Liebster Award. Thank you for the nomination! I have never really heard about this award before and had to do some googling to find out more — and I found out that it’s about showing your appreciation of fellow bloggers by answering questions and passing the award on. Apparently it is also quite international, so in order to not exclude any of my potential readers and nominees, I will take the liberty to translate Julia’s questions into English.

The Questions & My Answers:

  1. How did you become a blogger?
    I have had personal websites ever since I became accustomed to the internet. The emergence of the blogs led to the next logical step: getting a blog of my own. I found my little corner in the blogosphere and haven been quite happy here for 10 years.
  2. What would you never write about in your blog?
    My blog used to be extremely (probably way too) personal, and also somewhat boring. I used to write about the typical what-I-did-today stuff. I would never really write like that again. These days, my blog is all about quality instead of quantity, I tend to blog about things that make me think a lot, things that might also interest my (very few) readers. But sometimes I still blog about useless, boring stuff.
  3. Have you had special experiences by means of your blog which would not have happened without your blog?
    Oh yes, I have met some of the blog people in real life and made friends all around the world, which probably wouldn’t have happened otherwise.
  4. Who do you blog for? (Who is your blog aimed at)?
    Mostly myself. It helps me sort my thoughts on things I think about thoroughly. My readers are very few, and most of them are friends from real life.
  5. What was the most (emotionally) moving thing in 2014 for you?
    I don’t even know where to start. Standing atop Edoras? Graduating with a bachelor’s degree? Learning archery basics? And on the negative side: The wintery depression that follows half a year of sunshine. The feeling of turning 30. Reading Art Spiegelman’s Maus.
  6. The obligatory island question: If you could take exactly five things to a lonely island (with electricity and media players), what would they be?
    Wow, electricity on a lonely island? Is it solar or wind powered?! Does it have Wi-Fi too? Well, I’d take 1.) my boyfriend, 2.) my laptop, 3.) my other tech stuff that has books & movies on it, 4.) food and 5.) my camera.
  7. If you could decide which book, game or other medium should be adapted for the screen, which would you choose and who would play the lead?
    Ohhh I don’t know, these things are never satisfying anyway. I would probably suggest a new version of Harry Potter, but this time as an unrated BBC/HBO TV series with child actors that can actually act. All the other actors can stay.
  8. What is your (so far) longest/toughest/most impressive achievement in sports?
    I am the most unsporty person ever. I have never even gotten a Urkunde at the Bundesjugendspiele. Even back when I did horseback riding, I only ever got in last at the horse shows. Other than that, I started doing Pilates last year and got mediocre at it, but lately I haven’t had time for it either. It still hurts a lot.
  9. If you were able to meet up and hang out with a fictional or living person, who would you choose?
    As a socially awkward penguin, I tend to freeze during such meetings. Therefore I avoid celebrities altogether. Perhaps I would want to meet a genie to grant me three wishes or something.
  10. Would you consider watching the complete Classic Doctor Who series?
    I have started doing so several years ago. I managed to watch the entire first season in the period of about a year. Sadly, since then I have had neither the time nor the urge to continue, and there always seem to be other TV shows that I feel the need to watch.
  11. Digital or analog: Do you prefer having your movies, music and books in physical form or are you happy with a digital copy on your hard drive?
    Definitely digital. I used to own DVDs, but once I realized what a waste of space they are, I sold them. I’m still divided about books. I prefer to read them digitally, but sometimes a real book is more convenient (which is definitely the case in the context of university).

My nominees:

According to the rules, I am obliged to nominate between 5 and 11 bloggers who have less than 1.000 followers. I have no idea how many followers the blogs I read have, therefore I will just nominate the first couple of people that come to mind.

  • Michael & Tina: I read all of your various blogs and I leave it up to you how, who, and on which blog you would like to respond – if at all :)
  • André: I haven’t seen you blog in a while – how about this?!
  • Lorelei: Same here – here’s an incentive ;)
  • Jem: You are the queen of all the blogs, at least in our shared tiny blogverse! I’ve stalked you for about ten years, which I hope you’ll consider an honor :D
  • Amanda: Your blog is yet another I have stalked for ages and you’re welcome to respond!

That’s all for now. There were a few more people I thought of, but unfortunately their blogs were too specialized on a single topic, haven’t been active in a long time or didn’t contain enough posts to actually qualify as a what I would consider a blog. My secret rule for choosing nominees: bloggers who actually blog about once every 1-2 months and who have blogged for at least 5 years.

My new questions:

All my nominees are welcome to either respond in English or German, therefore my new questions will be conveniently posted in both languages. Also, like Julia, I’m a bit lazy and just changed a few of them, not all.
English:
1. How did you become a blogger?
2. What would you never write about in your blog?
3. Have you had special experiences by means of your blog which would not have happened without your blog?
4. Who do you blog for? (Who is your blog aimed at)?
5. What was the most (emotionally) moving thing in 2014 for you?
6. If you could choose any place in the world to make your home, where would it be?
7. What objects or things in your home could you live without? (This question is stolen from parasight. I would have nominated you if you would actually blog ;))
8. Do you read a lot of books? How and where do you do most of your reading?
9. If you were able to meet up and hang out with a fictional or living person, who would you choose?
10. Would you consider watching the complete Classic Doctor Who (1963) series?
11. Digital or analog: Do you prefer having your movies, music and books in physical form or are you happy with a digital copy on your hard drive?

German:
1. Wie bist du zum Bloggen gekommen?
2. Worüber würdest du nie auf deinem Blog schreiben?
3. Hast du durch dein Blog schon besondere Dinge erlebt, die ohne es vermutlich nie passiert wären?
4. Für wen bloggst du?
5. Was hat dich 2014 am meisten bewegt?
6. Wenn du dir aus allen Orten der Welt einen aussuchen könntest, welchen würdest du zu deinem Zuhause machen?
7. Welche Gegenstände in deinem Haushalt sind überflüssig? Ohne welche Dinge könntest du leben ohne sie zu vermissen?
8. Liest du viele Bücher? An welchen Orten bzw. in welchen Situationen liest du am meisten?
9. Wenn du mit einer fiktiven oder realen, lebenden oder toten Person ein Bier/Kaffee/Tee/sonstwas trinken und gemütlich quatschen könntest, wen würdest du wählen?
10. Würdest du die komplette klassische Doctor Who (1963) Serie schauen?
11. Digital oder analog? Sprich: Hast du deine Filme, Musik, Bücher lieber in physischer Form zum Anfassen oder reicht digital auf der Festplatte?

The Rules of the Award:

☑ Thank the person who nominated you and link them in your article.
☑ Answer the 11 questions posed to you.
☑ Nominate 5-11 bloggers for the Liebster Award who have less than 1.000 followers.
☑ Create a new list of 11 questions for your nominees.
☑ Post these rules in your article.
☐ Inform the nominees about this post.

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