Spinning Webbs has received its second nomination for the Liebster Award, by the lovely Anonywitch.
This award is passed by, and to, bloggers of less than 200 followers.
(Although, this number can vary from 200 to 500, depends where you look.)
But the idea of this award is an encouragement for the little guys and recognition from their peers.
The Liebster award is also a way to expose your blog to new followers, through the link system.
Each nominee links back to the person who nominated them, and also to those they themselves nominate.
The added bonus of all this is that, through a list of questions, we get to know each other a little better.
So there are quite a few benefits to being awarded the Liebster medal.
First up, I have to share 11 facts about myself.
So, here goes.
1. I rescue animals whenever possible. A dog, a horse, two sheep and a cat, have all been taken in and presently reside with us. Every animal I have owned has been rescued or needed a home.
2. I was a teenage mum. Surprisingly, this worked out very well for me. I was seventeen and living with my boyfriend. We had a good support network of family. Looking back on it now, I’m glad I did it when I did; I know I couldn’t raise a child now.
3. I am a horror movie fanatic. I love a good horror. The more bloody, twisted and generally fucked-up, the better. I have had this passion since I was a child. I help run a horror movie review site on Facebook, and I’m the one that volunteers to watch all the awful shit no-one else will.
4. I can sew, knit and crochet. I love to make clothes for my Daughter and Niece, as well as myself. Sewing is my most recently learnt skill, and I have found I have a natural talent for it. I am a really good seamstress, and picked it up very quickly. I hope to soon be able to design my own patterns.
5. I have chronic pain. Having been afflicted with really bad knees my entire life, it has ruined the nerves in my leg. The end result is having to live with severe, debilitating pain; probably for the rest of my life.
6. I am addicted to nicotine. I have smoked for so long, I don’t remember not smoking. I gave up for six months and it was the most horrible experience of my life. I am currently sucking on full strength ecigs, and intend to keep it that way. I love nicotine.
7. I am addicted to Oxycontin. A result of the chronic pain. Having now taken them for several years, I am a physical and mental wreck without them. Withdrawal would be extremely messy. Addiction to opiates is a huge and frightening thing, but a necessary evil in my life.
8. I love my dog. Like, really, really love my dog. He helped me get through one of the toughest times of my life, dealing with the diagnosis of chronic pain and the resulting severe depression that went with it. My dog, Leo, helped pull me out of that, made me want to live again. It is impossible to lay around feeling sorry for yourself, when you have a Staffy that wants to go for a walk. We are very close now and don’t like to be apart. I take him everywhere with me.
9. I love to read. I devour books. I love Stephen King, have since I was in my early teens. I have read, and re-read, every book he has ever written. I also love Biographies and reading about people’s lives. Books are something I could never live without.
10. I come from a small country town. A very small town, where everyone knows everyone, and also everyone else’s business. I left there about fifteen years ago, but still enjoy trips back there every so often. Same old faces every time.
11. Photography is a hobby of mine. What really kicked off this interest, was Instagram. Photography opens your eyes to the world. You see beauty in small, everyday things that most people don’t notice.
Now, for the questions Anonywitch put to her nominees:
1. What is one thing about you that people can’t tell just by looking at you?
That I own my own home. We own five acres of land and a cozy little home that is all ours. We are very fortunate to have all this at such a young age.
2. What’s your favorite dessert?
3. How do you wake up in the morning?
Not well. I am so not a morning person! Coffee, coffee and more coffee, please.
4. Who do you think has the most potential to fix the world: politicians, activists, or regular folks (or none of the above)?
I don’t believe in fixing the world, I believe in fixing ourselves. This is the only way forward and much more achievable.
5. Which book has most changed your life and how?
A Witches Grimoire by Judy Anne Nock. This was the book that opened my spiritual path and gave me the inspiration to seek The Goddess.
6. Whom do you admire? Why?
My Gran. She is 90 years old and so happy and content with her life. She has lived through so much, including the death of a son and, recently, a daughter. Yet she holds her heads high and marches onwards. She is sharp as a tack and doesn’t miss a trick. If I can be like that at hr age, it won’t be so bad.
7. What fictional character are you most like?
Oh, got me here. This is a hard one! Not even my daughter can help me with this one!
8. Tell me about your tattoos. If you don’t have any, what tattoo(s) would you like to get?
I have four tattoos and each marks a stage of my life. They represent where and who I was at the time and I love them all. I got my first when I was fourteen. It was just after Kurt Cobain died. His music had carried me through the roughest parts of growing up, it comforted, was always there. I got his name and birth and death dates, in calligraphic script on my ankle to mark his sad demise and to remind me of the healing power of music.
My next was a Native American Shaman on my shoulder-blade. I was 15 and he represented the freedom I had at that time. He means more than ever now that I have developed an interest in Shamanism.
I got a celtic band on my arm just after my daughter was born. It had her name below it, and stupidly, my boyfriend’s name above it. The tattoo artist was a wiser man than I at the time, as he wrote the names in a very fine and delicate script.
My next was, (guess it), a cover up, of the above mentioned name. It’s only meaning is the erasure of that dickhead from my life. Young and stupid.
9. What do you find beautiful?
Nature. Particularly during Autumn, when everything is beauty. The colors of the leaves as they fall from the trees, the tang of smoke in the air, the cool nights and cloudy days. There is so much beauty that surrounds us, I could write a million posts on this topic alone.
10. What is your signature dish? (Something you actually can and do make.)
I probably have two, both lasagna. One is the old-fashioned kind, but it takes me hours to make. Vegetables chopped up in the mince and stewed in red wine for hours. The effort is well worth the outcome though. I also make a mexican lasagna, which is always a hit. It is simple but amazing. I might share my recipe sometime.
11. How do you channel your creativity?
I have a lot to channel. I am bursting with the creative urge. I sew, knit, crochet, scrapbook, photograph. I also make things from natural objects as the inspiration strikes me. I recently discovered Pinterest and as a result have so many projects on the go, there aren’t enough hours in the day.
That was fun.
Now, for my nominees:
Here are the rules of the Liebster award:
- Share 11 facts about yourself.
- Answer the 11 questions I have given you.
- Pick 11 blogs who have less than 200 followers to share with everybody.
- Ask them 11 new questions.
- Link back to me
My questions to my nominees are:
1. Why did you start your blog?
2. Do you have any hobbies?
3. What are you passionate about?
4. What country would you visit if you could?
5. What is your favorite genre of music?
6. What is your favorite movie?
7. Who is your favorite author?
8. What is your most prized possession?
9. If you could invite anyone, dead or alive, to dinner, who would it be?
10. What has been your biggest challenge in life?
11. Three things you would take to a desert island?