— Debra Hall (@Norries_girl) January 23, 2016
If you are not familiar with the Liebster Award these are the rules:
Thank your nominator
Show the award on your blog
Answer 10 questions asked to you
Ask 10 questions to 10 new nominees (who have less than 200 followers)
Thank you to InnerVoice for your generosity of spirit in nominating me for the Liebster Award.
My replies to the questions that were put to me (and nine other InnerVoice Nominees) are below:
Why did you start blogging?
I’d been working in community arts and home educating my two children, but by 2010 both these major roles in my life were moving toward a natural end, and so I started writing an educational/creative themed blog on another platform. Over at Not Compulsory I share examples of my own creativity and the creativity of others, and it has been known that I can get a little shouty about stuffy attitudes and the many maddening things to do with schooling and Education. While here at tssreviews on WordPress however, the vibe is very different as I wear a professional blogging/reviewing hat at all times
How do you feel about being nominated?
really flattered actually, I’ve never been nominated for any kind of blogger award before!
What is your opinion about Blogging101?
although I’ve been editor of this review’s site since 2011, there have been one or two things that I did not know would enhance tssreviews so I’ve made a few changes. The main thing is it has encouraged me to get social on WordPress which has been a real positive experience for me this month
What are your hobbies other than blogging?
all kinds of arty related pursuits, plus I am a new runner (I run 4 to 5K three times a week). I also enjoy history, music, film, Netflix and cooking.
What inspires you the most?
My never ending curiosity about everything
Is this your first/only blog or do you have other blogs too?
as I have mentioned already I have one other blog, a couple of profiles elsewhere and a presence across various social media platforms
How would you describe your blog?
as the tag title says: the talk and the opinion is never fake or biased. I try to convey the true customer experience and to communicate the nitty gritty basics to others, so that they can make an informed choice on whether a show, a trip, a service, a visitor attraction, or a consumer product, for example, is the one for them
What are the things that annoy you?
as a critic it may people hard to understand that the two things that annoy me the most is negative thinking and people who judge!
who would you want to be if you were reborn?
always thought that I’d like to be a bird if I were reborn
What is the message you want to give to your readers through your blog?
though it is important that my artistic eye is apparent in the writing and presentation of the posts I publish, when it comes down to the reviews especially, I do not necessarily wish for readers to hear my voice, but to sense an air of detachment and enjoy reading opinion that is unbiased and balanced
I nominate for the Liebster Award the following bloggers, all of whom I have have had a long time association on WordPress, but some may have more than 200 real subscribers so my apologies if I’ve broken the rules
Say hi to:
…and here are the 10 interview questions for those above who wish to take part:
Can you remember what it was that inspired you to set up a blog?
When was it that you published your first ever blog post?
How would you describe your blog?
Do you blog as a profession or for fun?
What is your preferred setting when you sit down to blog and publish your writing/photography?
Are there any hard and fast rules you set for yourself when it comes to blogging?
What aspect of the ‘bloggersphere’ do you most enjoy?
What aspect of the ‘bloggersphere’ do you find the most daunting?
In your view, who is the main reader audience for your blog?
What do you do in your spare time that is not reflected/associated with your blogging pursuits?