Dear Lobsters…

Not a sponsored post, but I sure am plugging stuff in it.

Guess what? I won a blogging award!

The Liebster is a fun way to recognise and promote new (*ahem*) and up-and-coming blogs with less than 200 followers.
The Liebster is a fun way to recognise and promote new (*ahem nearly 3 years old but never mind*) and up-and-coming blogs with less than 200 followers.

The best one, in my opinion – a Liebster, which is a big warm I likeses you from fellow bloggers and makes me feel all gooey. I was first nommed by Half A 1000 Miles –thanks Huffy!- with whom I fell instantly in love when I stumbled across her hilarious post That Time I Flung Poo in The Bloggess’ comment section.  You need to check her out if you haven’t already – you’ll laugh so hard you might accidentally fling some poo of your own.

I googled “Liebster” and learned it’s a German word meaning “dearest”, “beloved”, “sweetheart” etc. Aw! I should’ve known it already as it’s like liebchen which Mum sometimes calls us, and the cats too. Mum’s side of the family is Dutch and over the years we’ve picked up a few of the things they call each other. (Nice things!!) I remember my late Uncle Herm, who was 11 years older than Mum, always used to call her some variation of grietje, which means something like ‘ugly baby bird.’ But he meant it with love. Same as when I call Justine a moron.

Anyway, when you’re nominated and if you want to, you can do these things so people can get to know you better. I no obligate you!

  1. Thank the nominator and link back to them.
  2. Answer the questions they asked you in their Liebster post.
  3. List 11 random facts about yourself.
  4. Nominate 5-11 blogs that you think deserve recognition.
  5. List 11 questions to ask your nominees.

Huffy’s 11 questions:

How did you arrive at the name for your blog?

Circuitously. I had a really hard time thinking of any, my ideas were so crap. I thought Flog-A-Blog sounded funny but soon learned flog is code for fake blog. Nope. I liked Backyard & Beyond but discovered there’s already a kickarse website by that name. Odd Blog was taken too. Finally decided to name it Still Not A Journal because it’s kind of a continuation of my diary-not-a-diary I’ve been keeping since Year 7, and I fully intended to use it for lots of post ideas. However in nearly three years I’ve only used it six times! D’oh.

If that had already been taken, what was your second choice?

I think if that one had been taken too I would’ve cracked it and just given it some bullshit name because I was well over it by then!

If one day your blog took off, and merely by mentioning and recommending someone else’s blog, they too could become famous, what blogs would you “bring up the elevator” with you?

Huffy’s of course!! Half A 1000 Miles is literally only a few months old but she already has this blogging thing down pat – she’s already won her first blogging award, that tells you how good she is. I would definitely also give a shout out to Matt Robertson who lives here on the Gold Coast and does our place proud with his stunning photography… when I grow up I want to photo like him. I also adore Erica over at 006.7 EKGO (she’s a librarian IRL so I think that’s a catalogue reference) though she’s on a blogging hiatus at the moment to concentrate on other writings and ventures. Also my good friend Robyna in Brisbane writes a beautiful, deeply personal and very important blog named Chasing His Sunshine, which is dedicated to her son Xavier who was tragically lost to SIDS when he was two weeks old. She has a way of writing about grief and healing that makes it possible for the rest of us to understand and be educated, while also providing much needed support to other parents who have suffered that horrifying loss.

What do you wish your non-bloggy friends knew about blogging?

How awesome it is and that they absolutely should be bloggy. If not blogging, then reading. Annnd, HOW MUCH I LOVE COMMENTS. COMMENTS ARE BETTER THAN CRACK. Or even chocolate. *hint hint*

What’s your favourite TV show of all time?

That’s too hard. I am a geek after all! M.A.S.H, The Goodies and Doctor Who if you don’t count the late 80s, I also adore Stargate SG-1 and the spinoff Atlantis, Firefly, and just recently, Forever, and get so pissed off when great shows get canned! I am currently loving Daredevil on Netflix (may it have many more seasons!) and I’ve found Supernatural there too which is waaay funnier than I remember. I do love one reality tv show – The Amazing Race, and would love to do it!

I can narrow it down to a single favourite book though! Good Omens by Terry Pratchett (RIP) and Neil Gaiman.

good-omens

Such different writing styles but they complement each other brilliantly; dark humour, LOL humour, suspense, mystery, angels and demons. In my head I see Benny Cumberbatch as Aziraphale and Johnny Depp as Crowley.

What’s your personal favourite of your own blog posts, and why?

Of the 101 posts I’ve written so far my favourite is probably the Hilarious or Horrifying clown one. I love it because it was kind of collaborative (I used my family via Facebook), it still makes me LOL, and I got it done in an hour or so, which is much less time than my posts usually take.

Rate these in order of what you don’t have enough of right now: sleep, peace, money, time, love.

Time definitely is top! Which is why I stay up way too late trying to get posts finished and thus don’t get enough sleep. Sleep is second. Peace is third, because it’s week one of the Easter holidays and the boys are getting on my tits already. Then money, because we’re fine there at the moment, then love because loving families (plural) and cuddly boys. The only thing I’m missing there is a fur baby.

What was the hardest part about your first year of blogging?

I’m a very guarded person. What I found really hard then I still find hard now – being able to write without feeling all self-conscious. And the sound of crickets after hitting ‘publish’ more than once made me think about making my blog private. I know they say ‘blog for yourself’, which I do, but when you put your heart into something and put it out there and it sinks without trace it’s really hard to not take it personally.

Where did you spend most of your life, and where are you now?

I’m 41 this year, and for my first 21 years I lived in Carnarvon, a semi-remote town on the West Australian coast. (Well, was based there, even though I was away at boarding school and uni.) I moved to Queensland in 2014 and it was the first place that had really felt like home since. I could live somewhere else for a while, but I’d always want to come back here.

What are your favourite “BIG” blogs?

Jenny Lawson aka The Bloggess is surely the biggest, and the best! Her blog is unfailingly awesome even when mundane, she inspires without being all wanky about it, and she has a veritable army of followers who support her and each other with kind words and hilarious comments. OMG the comments! I’ve found so many great bloggers and kindred souls there. I also find Allie Brosh’s scribbles at Hyperbole & a Half ridiculously funny, and heartbreakingly raw. Here in Oz I also enjoy a dash of Mrs Woog with my morning cuppa, and I only recently discovered Finding the Universe which is possibly the best travel blog out there and where the hell have I been?

If someone wanted to show your blog some love, what would be your preferred method — a Facebook share? Sharing on Twitter? Subscribing to your blog? Commenting? Submitting your posts to Stumbleupon? Or something else?

Hey man, all of the above! Even though I don’t even know what Stumbleupon is. But if you don’t have time, follows and comments definitely – blogging crack, like I said. Though if you have trouble commenting like my dumbass of a sister let me know how I can make it easier for you. By… er, commenting.

Next, 11 totally useless snippets of information about me, more of which are in my Blog Hop post:

  1. I have one sister, Justine, who is one year + one month younger than me. We are total opposites in most things; she’s extroverted, people exhaust me; she’s stylish, I look like a bag of shit in shorts; she’s a natural leader, I’m a bit of a loner. But that’s okay, because despite our differences we are best mates and will always be there for each other, especially to laugh at each other’s jokes because we’re conjoined at our sense of humour.
  2. I have freckles. Lots. Justine and I are the only ones in our extended family who have them. Well we were, until I procreated.
  3. I am a cat person. I’d like a ragdoll and/or a shorthaired tabby. Or a tiger. But I also wouldn’t say no to a ferret.

    Or even two. Image from Vetwest.com.au
    Or even two!   Image from Vetwest.com.au
  4. I can breath hold for about 1:30. Two minutes on a really good day.
  5. On my first trip to New Zealand I bungy jumped three times in 24 hours, and each time I lay down and closed my eyes it felt like I was doing it again. For free!
  6. I’m hanging out to go on a multi-day bushwalk, even though the last and only time I did one was over 15 years ago and I have no doubt forgotten all the shitty bits.
  7. We went to a Catholic school. Once I won a Children’s Bible for something I wrote in religion class and after it was presented to me at Church I ran to tell Dad and was nearly hit by a car.
  8. My first and thus far only broken bone was at age 35 when I kicked the door frame to Finn’s nursery and smashed a pinky toe. It looks weird now, and I’ll never fulfil my childhood dream of becoming a foot model.
  9. I like beer but hate wine. Especially white. Though sometimes in a pinch I will drink red. Just ignore the faces I pull, I’m sure it’s actually quite nice.
  10. Why don’t these facts finish nice and neatly at number 10? Why is there an extra one??
  11. I haven’t checked but I’m fairly sure there’s at least one movie or TV reference or quote in every single one of my posts. I have a dream that one day someone will find them and list them in the comments and my head will explode Scanners-style with joy.

Next: NOMS.

I can’t nominate any of my newest bloggy friends because they’ve already been nommed by Huffy, and I can’t nom any of the other blogs I follow because they’re too big. Agh! What do I do?

… hang on, there have been multiple cross-nominations going on while I’ve been dragging my arse writing this post, so guess what guys? I’m nomming you too! You deserve all the lobsters. I won’t demand that you answer all my questions though since you’ve already done your posts, but there’s always the comments if you feel like cherrypicking one or two.

Sarah at Buffalo Schnitzel of the awesome blog name. She lives in Germany (Schnitzel) but has family in New York (Buffalo) and so travels a lot – if you travel with babies check out her post Thirteen Flights for great tips. She writes lovely long posts and after reading one I feel like we’ve been chatting for hours over tea and bickies.

Karen at Kayrayiam. She is direct, opinionated and I love her honesty. I know a few nurses and they all seem to have that tough-as-nails demeanor and take-no-prisoners attitude. I’m going to try to be more like her.

Laura at Caledon Acres. She sounds so much like me, and she’s living my dream life – as in, the life that I’d love in theory but in practice would suck at. She runs a farm and is creative with her hands and is surrounded by happy critters whereas I forget to water the houseplants and have about 1,000 projects I haven’t finished.

Linda at Tales from the Cabbage Patch. So funny – I call her Patchy, and she’s like Huffy’s equally evil twin. She’s totally bonkers, which she proved when she took up the A-Z Challenge to blog every day in April. Her first one is called “A is for… assholes.”

Meg over at The Protein Fart. Blog name=win. Entire blog=win. The ONLY health and fitness blog I enjoy reading, because she is funny and down to earth and a Kiwi and farts during yoga like I do and has an actual sense of humour about this whole wellness thing. Her post Oh… those guys makes me pee myself every time.

And here are their questions, should they wish to answer them:

  1. Where do you feel happiest?
  2. What was the most enjoyable job you’ve ever had?
  3. If I had toilet paper sticking out of my pants would you stop and tell me?
  4. You have 3 months with the money and time to do WHAT EVER you like. What would you do?
  5. Name the last three songs you bought.
  6. The Amazing Race: would you do it?
  7. What colour would your light sabre be?
  8. Which, if any, TV or movie star did you have a crush on as a teenager?
  9. What is your favourite food and where is it done the best?
  10. What is the scariest thing you’ve ever done?
  11. What do you wish you could be world champion at?

…and I’m SPENT.

Happy reading, everyone!

– Michelle

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21 Comments Add yours

  1. This is a very nice gooey post! We’re all kind of incestuous in the bloggy world, aren’t we? Everyone knows everyone eventually. I agree with your picks. Damn. I’m from the States. What the hell is a bushwalk? Midnight here, so bedding it. Love ya, Chicka!

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    1. Michelle says:

      Incestuous is right!! 🙂
      Nighty night! … and good morning! Btw a ‘bushwalk’ in Oz is like a hike in the US and a ‘tramp’ in New Zealand. Walking through the wildernesses. Getting blisters and bug bites and seeing things you can only get to on foot. Ya know?

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  2. Ange says:

    I am usually lazy at commenting. But thinking of how long it takes you to write your blog two mins of my time to comment is not too much of a push 🙂
    Congrats on winning your award. That’s awesome. And i can’t believe it’s been three years and 101 blog posts. That’s awesome as well. I always love reading your posts. And learn something new about you every time. Love ya xx

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    1. Michelle says:

      Thanks Ange! I do really appreciate it when you tell me, in person, that you like a post though! You’ve always been awesome like that, and after Mum and Justine you were the first to actually read it 🙂 Love ya back x

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  3. What a great post!!! Thank you so much for what you said about my blog. I seriously appreciate it. 🙂 Anyway, I was thoroughly entertained by what you wrote. And, I totally agree–comments are the best possible thing a blogger can hope for. I’m brand new to this, and it really is a bit of a letdown to post something and hear, well, crickets. But, then I can see the stats and know at least some people are reading it…still, it would be nice to hear back. Anyway, as a complete wino I have to say that this is unacceptable that you don’t like wine. I’m going to have to name a whole bunch that you have to try and insist that you give me feedback. We’ll make a wino of you, yet! 🙂 And, your story about running out of church to tell your dad about your win and almost dying in the process made me smile. (I mean, not that you almost got hit by a car, of course, but just that you were so excited about your award!!) I also love how you described your sister and how you’re different (but connected in humor.) There are definitely parallels there between my sister and I. Okay, I’m going to get started on my Liebster post soon! But, first I’m finalizing an ‘About’ page since I’m more or less positive, now, what my blog is about. :-))

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    1. Michelle says:

      Thanks Schnitty! Yes, I’ve often (compulsively) checked my stats and seen that a post has been read by sometimes in excess of FIVE PEOPLE but when there’s no feedback I’m all, well, it must’ve sucked then. Have learned that’s not necessarily true. I am really loving all the comments lately, though!
      As to trying to change my wine-hating ways, I don’t think you’ll have much success. I once even worked for a WINE CRUISE COMPANY in Perth where we were sent on a free wine appreciation course onboard, and at every weekly staff meeting they’d crack open a couple of fine beverages from their winery upriver, and every time I’d have a couple of sips and think ‘but this shit tastes just the same as the other shit!’
      I am a lost cause.
      Though I did drink a bit of port on that multi-day bushwalk I mentioned in this post, come to think of it… … but yeah, 15 years ago…

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  4. laurencenorah says:

    How very kind of you. I certainly don’t think ‘best’ is exactly true, and being British accepting any kind of praise makes me shuffle awkwardly into a corner. Anyhoo, well done, and keep up the excellent writing 🙂

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    1. Michelle says:

      Thanks for stopping by Laurence, and for the most excellent compliment! And I think ‘best’ is quite fitting for your good self – don’t let your Britishness get in the way of a well-deserved pat on the back! Most travel blogs I’ve found thus far are either words-heavy, focused on general tips about travelling that I have zero interest in (eg “how to convert a 3 door rental hatchback into a four bedroom unit for under 50 euros” , or do destinations but with disappointing images, but your posts are always well-written and interesting, informative, AND with absolutely stunning images of all kinds of places/activities. AND you help other photographers improve too. You are the whole package. Hope I haven’t backed you into the corner there! 🙂
      Actually, are there any travel bloggers you would recommend?

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      1. My pleasure, and thanks again! I’ll do my best to keep it up and not melt under your praise 😉

        Blogs I’d recommend hmm. I like Nomadic Matt because his posts are generally very useful. Young Adventuress isn’t afraid to say what she’s thinking. Legal Nomads writes very well. Unbrave Girl is usually hilarious. I’d be remiss if I didn’t include my wifes blog, Independent Travel Cats, she does amazing research based posts.

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      2. Michelle says:

        Thanks Laurence! Have started on a few and I think I’m already fangirling over Unbrave Girl…

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      3. laurence norah says:

        Man, my notification on this post took a long time! Thanks very much again!

        In terms of recommendations, well, it’s always hard to pick favourites, but I do like theplanetd, hecktictravels, youngadventuress, adventurous kate and of course, I must mention my wife, who writes the excellent independent travel cats 😀

        Keep rocking!

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  5. Laura - CaledonAcres says:

    very nicely done 🙂 Thank you for the mention and I am so happy that I follow your blog. let’s make a deal – you live my life I want and I’ll continue living the one you want 😉 and we swap notes every now and again. Are you in? hehe

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    1. Laura - CaledonAcres says:

      also you’re questions to the nominees are great – new blog post idea for sure 🙂

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    2. Michelle says:

      Haha! Yes, let’s continue living each other’s lives vicariously over the internet! Isn’t that kind of what blogging’s all about? Although to make my dream life truly perfect I must INSIST you also plant peach and plum trees in the backyard, write a book that sells a gazillion copies, and marry Henry Cavill. 😉

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      1. Michelle says:

        And as to blog post ideas – great idea! I can’t wait to read all the juicy details!

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  6. moseynmidgie says:

    Well here i am commenting! I dedicated myself to resetting my password then my login name as i couldn’t remember that either, but now I’m here! !

    OH MY GOD it just took me 5 minutes on my phone to find where the hell i comment. And yes i read the bit about being a moron. At least i managed to log in this time. Win.

    Suffice to say that I’m proud of ya (dickhead) and that you deserve the warm fuzzy. I knew it. I almost plagiarised your diaries to prove it. Lucky for us both i don’t know how to do a post, and you proved it to yourself. Onya. You may write my eulogy. (I happen to be a wino myself, and so anticipate you being around to do that for me when the time comes.)

    Ruv ya (moron)
    X

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    1. Michelle says:

      Holy shit this post feels like This Is Your Life, old friends, new friends, long lost family, everyone is turning up!
      Of course now I expect you to comment EVERY TIME. Don’t lose your goddamn password again, doofus!
      You deserve the biggest thank you of all really, I probably wouldn’t have taken the step of starting this blog at all if you hadn’t been behind me on the gangplank poking me with a sharp stick and haranguing me.
      And sure, I’ll write your eulogy, I’ll just need you to sign this legal and binding release document first…
      Luv ya too, poo head xx

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  7. Christopher says:

    Wow. I’m sorry for not getting back here sooner, but it was more than worth the wait. I hope I don’t make you too jealous by telling you I have a copy of Good Omens autographed by Neil Gaiman. Sadly I was never able to link up with Mr. Pratchett, so that bookend remains open.
    And I’m glad to know I’m not the only one who likes beer but hates wine. When offered wine I respond that I’m vitaceae intolerant.

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    1. Michelle says:

      Thanks for stopping by, Christopher, and for letting me know you have the autograph of an author of my favourite book, because now I can be happy for you and not AT ALL jealous! Nope! Nope. *eye twitches violently*
      And ‘vitaceae intolerant’ sounds so much more classy than what I do, which is an involuntary and ever so slight ‘ew no thanks’ face.

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  8. Firstly, I’d like to say a massive thanks! I still don’t even know how to work the comments section of my blog properly, so I am hopeless at replying, and you are pretty much the only person who reads my blog that isn’t friends and family!! haha And secondly, (which really ties into the first point) I am soo sorry I don’t comment on your blog more!!!! You are FABULOUS!!!!!
    I have some homework now…. 😉

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    1. Michelle says:

      You’re welcome Meg! (I feel the compulsion to Ockerise it and call you ‘Megs’ but I’ll restrain myself) That’s great your nearest and dearest read your blog – my mum and sister read mine, hubby says it’s ‘not his thing’ but I know he reads it sometimes – never comments though – and I have one or two mates IRL who read it. The only people who seem to comment are my bloggy friends though, and that’s because they understand. And I would be totally stoked to get more of your fabulous comments – bring it on! 🙂

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