Liebster Pt 2 and Most Influential Blogger Award

I must be doing something right these days because I got nominated for a couple more awards recently. I can’t tell you how much it means to me to be acknowledged by my peers. Blogging is a ton of work and no one knows it better than a fellow blogger.

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Dreamtocatch nominated me for my second Liebster because, and I quote, “Because it’s cool and funny and doesn’t have nearly as many followers as it deserves.” I’ve never met Dreamtocatch, I don’t know if the writer is a man or a woman, but I’ll tell you this, DC speaks the truth! I wonder how many of these Liebsters I’ll rack up before I am no longer qualified on account of having too many followers? Years.

Here are the questions:

1.Why do you blog?

I have a fear of amnesia. I think I blog because I want to put my stories in a place where I can find them after my memory has been wiped clean by trauma or aliens. Also so I can give voice to the craziness in my head and the relief I feel when someone says, “Yah. Me, too.”

I love blogging because I can say (pretty much) whatever is on my mind and it doesn’t make people like me less, it actually makes them like me more. I censor myself all the time in life. I try so hard to look right, do right, say right, and be right that I often feel just barely held together. Blogging gives me relief from this pressure.

2. If you could choose 3 followers who would they be?

David Sedaris – because he’s my hero. I never knew you could be interesting (maybe even successful) despite being a fuck-up with a even more fucked-up family. I thought you had to hide this stuff so imagine my delight when I saw Sedaris make a career out of talking about his past. I started appreciating my life for the rich source material it provides.

Heather Armstrong (Dooce.com) – She made me laugh when I was locked in a struggle with depression after having my second child. I hung on her every word and compulsively checked her blog for updates. She was honest about how hard it is to have children, her struggle with depression, and I couldn’t get enough of her awesome rants and wonderfully “normal” family dynamic (i.e., it isn’t perfect). She made disfunction seem normal and even funny. She made me feel like maybe I was okay perhaps I wasn’t as terminally fucked up as I had feared. She taught me how to be brave about writing about my own life.

Warren Buffett – Because people do what he tells them to do. Maybe he’ll tell everyone to read my blog and I’ll land a book deal, a syndicated column, and beaucoup advertising $$$ so I can made enough money to hire an army of people to sell all of Zeb’s shit (because he won’t ever just give it away) and clean my rental unit bathrooms for me.

3. Are you planning on passing this award along?

I’m passing the torch on to three people because, to be honest, I only read a few other blogs. Not because I don’t think there are lots of other fantastic voices out there, but there is only so much time I can spend looking at the computer.

Cordelia’s Road Trip because I think she’s fantastic and if it wouldn’t make her feel like I was a crazy stalker, I would love to meet her.

Dad’s Drawers because this person is deep in a project that means a lot to me. He’s going through his deceased father’s amazing collection of odds and ends. The man was a hoarder, but with such an eye. Please check it out, you won’t regret it. The pictures are beautifully curated and he honors his father’s memory with the blog.

Little Cup of Beauty posts a picture a day. My friend Elizabeth has a wonderful eye for the world around her. I miss her terribly but each day I get to see something through her eyes. I don’t know if she will do anything with this, she blogs just to spread beauty.

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SwittersB nominated for The Most Influential Blogger Award. Thank you! I’d like to think that I am influencing people – even if it is just a few – to take a look at their possessions and ask themselves if it is something they really want or if it is holding them back. But honestly, I’m happy “influence” anyone to have a good laugh.

The questions I have been tasked with are way too deep for me, but I’ll give it a shot.

1.  If you could create your planet what would it look like? Like, from scratch? Really? Like I’m God? Or are we talking about human behavior? Because I see the earth as a pretty nifty planet. People, however, suck. Maybe a world with people that don’t act like a bunch of assholes all the time? Next question.

2.  If you could visit one nation you have never visited before, what nation would that be? That’s easy! Any nation that will soon be extinct if we people don’t get our carbon footprint shit under control. Like Vanautu, or the Maldives, or Manhattan.

3.  Have you ever taken a long distance train trip? Have I ever. I moved to California with my mom after my folks split up so I spent summers and holidays with my dad in Salt Lake City, Utah. I traveled by trains, planes and busses and I always traveled alone.

I remember the Amtrack trip vividly. It was an overnighter and I had to search for a seat that reclined because not all of them did; and I had some money to buy a sandwich from the dining car. I was really excited about that because I adored old films and they always featured fantastic train travel. I was disappointed that the reality bore no resemblance to the opulent movie versions I was familiar with.

I remember waiting and waiting and waiting, watching the world go by, talking to no one. I couldn’t have been more than twelve, which seems pretty reasonable to me.

Neither of my parents seemed concerned about preparing me for events, they tossed me in and I figured it out, like most children in this world do, I might add. I feel like they prepared me for life much more than if they had sheltered me. I think it is why I am such a planner in my adult life, because I know what it is like to not be prepared for a situation. It’s not unusual for me to pack ten pounds of food for a day of travel, you know, just in case.

4-What is something you would collectively change about humanity? Greed and the sense of entitlement.

5-What is your favorite song? Not fair, it depends on my mood. Favorite movie: Out of Sight. Favorite book: Love in the Time of Cholera. Favorite Quote: Baby, you look tired. Why don’t we go upstairs and you give me a massage. I love the movie and the book because the more you see/read it, the better it gets. The quote? Well, it just cracks me up. Cordelia, I’m revoking your nomination if you don’t know this one.

6-If you could meet one person who is still alive who would you choose to meet? I am grateful to have seen Jane Goodall recently. My boys asked me if I would want to have her over to our house for dinner. My answer was while I would love to, I think she has better things to do than waste her time making smalltalk with me.

I’ve met plenty of famous people in my life and my take-away has always been the same; I’ve felt sorry that they had to shake hands, play nice and feign interest in yet another person that they will never see again. How badly they must want some time alone.

This business about meeting celebrities, saying hello and shaking hands like it means something, is ridiculous. It isn’t meaningful in the least, it’s just a notch on the old bedpost.

If I could see anyone I wanted to, it would be Eumy Hung, a long-lost friend.

7-If you could choose one symbol to represent you, what would that symbol be and why? Double Rainbow, baby. So intense. So stupid. So funny.

I’m going to take the easy route here and nominate the same three people I nominated for the Liebster. One, because I’m doing these at the same time, and two, because I like them. One can never have too many awards.

10 thoughts on “Liebster Pt 2 and Most Influential Blogger Award

  1. Definitely well deserved and I agree 200% to your answer to the 4th question on the 2nd award. Especially the sense of entitlement. Pisses me off to no end.

  2. Oh thanks Viv, it’s not even 9am and you’ve got me thinking about Vin Diesel straddling me…his big strong hands on my back…all that yummy alpha maleness….*sigh*! 😉

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