Ashley of the Mental Health at Home blog nominated me for some blog awards, “all or any of” the Liebster, Mystery Blogger and Awesome Blogger Awards. There’s a big overlap between them, and I don’t really want to do the Mystery Blogger Award thing of listing facts about myself (I’m already open about my mental health and what I haven’t said, I don’t really want to say here because of my anonymity). I also feel a bit awkward as to whether I qualify for awards for inspiring or happiness-spreading posts. So I’m going to stick with the Liebster Award for now.
Apparently there are different versions of the rules, so I’m going with her version.
- Create a new post thanking the person who nominated you.
- Provide a link to their blog.
- Include the award graphic.
- Answer the questions provided.
- Nominate 10 recently followed bloggers and share your post with them, so they can see it.
- Make a new set of 10 questions for your nominees to answer.
I haven’t got ten recently followed bloggers and I don’t really have ten people to nominate, but I’ll nominate a few fairly recent finds and one I’ve been following for a decade or so. I’m not entirely sure who follows my blog, and lots of the blogs I follow are written by people with mental health issues and severe lack of energy so if anyone I nominate who doesn’t have the time/energy/desire to do this, please don’t feel under any pressure. Also, I’m really rubbish at ‘small talk’ type questions of the kind that usually go in these things (Asperger’s again) so please just answer the questions I was asked.
Anyway, here goes:
- An Anonymous Escape from Life
- My Anxiety Matters
- Insomnia Girl
- Reflecting on Well-Being/A Lone Wolf and Mental Well Being
- Luthien the Green
- I’m Fine, Stop Asking
- The Silent Wave
- And Purple Cat (because I’ve ‘known’ her online for years, but never tagged her on anything before).
Sorry that that leaves me two down, but I’m not sure who else I can nominate.
Now, my answers (I’ll try to keep them brief):
- What changes would you like to see in the world within the next ten years? Ignoring unlikely things like world peace, and anything that would start a political argument… people accepting that it’s OK for other people to have different religious/political/cultural views and that that doesn’t make them bad people.
- Do you own any pets? If so, what kind? No. I had a couple of goldfish as a child, but that was it.
- What is your least liked thing about blogging? It takes me a lot of time to write my posts. As most of my posting is driven by the compulsion to relieve strong feelings of depression, despair or anxiety, it means I spend ages on venting posts and not as much time on my other writing projects or even on writing more general/objective posts about mental illness here.
- How in touch are you with your surroundings? Very little, I suspect. My Mum used to call me her Absent Minded Professor (AMP).
- What is your favourite social media site? I don’t really use social media other than for blogging. I came off Facebook years ago because it was too triggering for me. I don’t know if this is really what the question had in mind, but I do like (Jewish collaborative religious/cultural blog) Hevria.
- Do you wake up early or like to sleep late? On work days I wake up very early. The rest of the time I sleep very late. I have the type of depression that makes me hibernate: eat too much and sleep far too much.
- Where would you most like to visit and why? I used to have an English teacher at school who said he would like to visit Antarctica for the afternoon only and I would agree with that. More realistically, I’ve been thinking about making a trip to New York to meet some online friends I have there who I have never met in person.
- If you could have a drink (can be water) with anyone alive or dead, who would you choose? The Kotzker Rebbe (Rabbi Menachem Mendel of Kotzk). Nineteenth century Hasidic rabbi who possibly had mental health issues (he spent the last nineteen years of his life living in his study, barely seeing anyone), noted for his pithy sayings. He stressed individuality to an extent that is very unusual for a Hasidic rebbe, particularly one living so long ago.
- What is your favourite book? Don’t ask a librarian this! There are too many to chose from… religious books, novels, history books, short stories… Just because I was complaining about the film version last week, I’ll go for Tinker, Tailor, Soldier Spy: a great thriller and a superb novel of character and the definitive ‘state of the nation’ book on Britain’s post-war, post-imperial decline. Runners up: almost anything by Jorge Luis Borges and quite a bit by Philip K. Dick.
- If you could be any animal what would you be? I don’t really see myself as an animal, but I guess maybe an orangutan. Sit around all day eating fruit and thinking deep thoughts. (I vaguely recall having a poster of an orangutan on my wall as a child, alongside the Mir space-station and a lot of dinosaur and Doctor Who pictures.