On average, I try to maintain a blog with a professional feel; you may have noticed that I publish mostly stories and reflections that I’m proud to share (and refer to other people to experience my writing).
Variety is the spice of life, my friends. 🙂
Today I was nominated by cinderzena for the Liebster Award, and award from bloggers amongst each other to recognize an excellent blog (so very flattered *blush*) and presenting the opportunity to share other blogs among your readers- all the while answering insightful questions from the nominator.
It’s fun! It’s incredibly uplifting to be nominated by other excellent authors. I adore the international community that has been created around blogging; we all share a passion for writing and a special bravery for sharing our lives with the world- and that is incredibly motivating.
THEREFORE. Without further ado, here are the questions I must answer for the Liebster.
- How did you come up with your blog name, and how hard was it to figure it out? Reflections of a Teenage Dreamer took so long come up with and have confidence in- it’s easily the most difficult aspect of starting a blog from scratch. Among other potential names were “Literature Junkie Rambles” and “Stories Behind The Spectacles” (I used to wear huge, thick glasses, so this was very appropriate). I eventually settled on this name because it defined the unique perspective I try to portray on my blog, yet still ambiguous enough that I can basically write about whatever I want.
- What inspires you to keep going? Definitely my personal drive to write and publish; I love the feeling of putting down my thoughts and sharing them. I’ve dedicated myself to writing a weekly post- even though I’m not always 100% consistent with that goal, knowing that I have readers who give me wonderful feedback on my posts- that serves as awesome motivation. However, I’m a die-hard perfectionist. It takes everything I have in me to finally hit publish because I struggle with believing it’s good enough.
- What’s the craziest thing that’s happened to you in the past year? I vacuumed up my car keys at the wash and the owner of the place had to take apart the entire underground vacuum system to find it! So embarrassing!
- Country or city life, and why? Country. Easily. I can’t imagine life without a wooded creek in my backyard, or passing horses, donkeys, turkeys and llamas- yes, llamas – on my way to school everyday. I love having the open space to live in. It’s peaceful waking up to birds in the morning instead of noisy traffic. But hey, we don’t know what we like- we like what we know.
- Reading or listening to music, and why? This is an impossible question and I refuse to answer- I love both too much.
- What is one thing you believed as a kid, but now think it it totally dumb of you to think of? I used to believe that if I couldn’t see anyone, no one else could see me. Thus, if I threw a blanket over myself or hid behind the couch so that I couldn’t see anyone else, I was completely invisible. So I would run around the house with a blanket on my head yelling “You can’t see me!!” Part of me wished that were actually true- it’d be much easier to get out chores.
- What’s the best part about blogging? Easily being able to express yourself on a platform that you made yourself, and getting the experience of having strangers read it. Being able to publish anything, anywhere, any time you like and it immediately becoming accessible internationally can be scary- but the best thing is that blogging gives you the practice you need to become confident with it and learn to embrace the uncertainty. With my blog I have my own little corner that I’m able to call my own, filled with my experiences expressed as wildly and as creatively as I like. The internet is a beautiful thing.
- Would you chose swimming in a sea with the possibility of a shark encounter or bungee jumping? Swimming in the sea with possibility of shark attack! Live life on the edge, guys. #YOLO
- Favourite novel of all time? I’m quite fond of anything by Victor Hugo, though John Green books are the only ones that make me cry (I’m looking at you, Fault in Our Stars and Looking For Alaska).
- Advice for first time bloggers? From one first time blogger to another, don’t give up. It’s easy to be sucked into the “my writing isn’t good enough” hole- but understand that your worst post is the post that was never written. You’re writing will only improve if you do it often, and you should be proud of what you show the world. Blogging is an amazing thing, and I hope it’ll enrich your life as much as it has mine.
Whew! That was a lot. Here are some of my favorite blogs that I nominate and highly reccommend you check out:
Last, but not least, here are some questions for the nominees. Anyone reading this, feel free to answer them yourself and leave the answers in the comments for others and myself to read.
- What is the most difficult challenge you face as a blogger?
- What’s your favorite genre of reading material?
- What is the craziest thing you’ve ever bought?
- Three tips you would give to other bloggers?
- Your favorite childhood memory?
- Dream occupation?
- Cats or dogs? (choose wisely)
- What would you spend a billion dollars on?
- If you could choose anywhere in the world to live, where would it be?
- What superpower would you want?
Finally, that concludes my participation in the Liebster Award. Thanks for reading, now go out there and nominate someone!