This blog has had a nomination for the Liebster Award from the very interesting Mrs N’s Ordinary Life – as with a lot of these awards there is a follow-up, of course! The idea is to answer eleven questions set by your nominator and then to nominate eleven blogs which have fewer than 200 followers with the aim of increasing traffic to them; flattered though I am to be nominated, here I hit my first stumbling block as it seems quite hard to find out just how many followers someone has and I don’t like to bother people.
On the whole, while these awards give you a nice warm glow I suspect that they have limited reach and are really aimed at new blogs, to get them going. The Liebster is not an official, endorsed-by-WordPress thing, so with that in mind I’m not going to follow the instructions to the letter. I’ve acknowledged my nominator (thank you, Mrs N!) and will answer her questions in a moment, but I’m not going to ask eleven questions of my nominees, or expect them to continue the process if they don’t want to.
Without further ado, the eleven blogs I’d like to recommend to you are:
A reasonably wide selection so there’s proably something for everyone there. And for good measure, my other blog – the rat blog – as a cheeky no.12 in case anyone wonders why my name when I comment on the garden blog is Owned by Rats!
So Mrs N asked me:
1) Why did you start blogging?
Originally, on MySpace in about 2007, for something to do and I wrote about all sorts of things. It didn’t last very long but in August 2010 I decided to start a blog about my pet rats, and the gardening blog followed in April 2011. Both were meant to be single-topic and as much as anything a record for me as things in both gardening and rat-keeping can change quickly. Having other people read and enjoy my musings is a bonus.
2) How did you decide on your blog name?
Owned by Rats was easy – they’re in charge. The Random Gardener because that’s how I garden – I’m very much a “plant it and see what happens” gardener.
3) What is your favourite post that you have written (link please) ?
Ooh, tricky. I’m not sure I have one. On the rat blog I have enjoyed the occasional Past Rats posts though I’m terrible at keeping up with them. And at the moment on the garden blog I’m enjoying my Photo a Week challenge.
4) If you could be someone else for a day, who would you be?
Myself, but with talent!
5) If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?
Hard to say, because as I get older I find the prospect of travelling (especially abroad) less and less appealing. I used to want to visit China and South America. I would still quite like to go to New York and San Francisco.
6) What is the most difficult situation you have found yourself in?
There have been a few, mainly work-related, none of which I feel it would be appropriate to share.
7) Would you say that you are an introvert or an extrovert?
Definitely an introvert.
8) Where do you prefer to live-city, country or someplace in-between?
In between. I don’t like big cities much and am happy in a moderate-sized town. It’s good to be near facilities, shops and entertainment but I don’t like busy places, noise and lots of people.
9) If you went to Japan what is the one thing that you would want most to do?
Good question. A friend of mine visited Japan a couple of years ago and blogged as she went, and I read the blog eagerly as it was all fascinating. I liked the look of the Fukuoka City Museum, and Kyoto looked gorgeous.
10) What is your favorite book?
If you know me, you’ll know that naming a favourite anything is impossible. Can’t be done. My favourite author of fiction is Terry Pratchett, but I mainly read non-fiction and would really struggle to nae a favourite book.
11) What is your biggest challenge?
So there we are. I hope you enjoy my selections, and if I’ve linked to yours and you feel inclined to make a few recommendations yourself then so much the better.