Nominated for the Liebster Award

Leibster Award

I just got nominated for the Liebster Award by Georgia Madden over at This is a real feminist blog. Thanks for that Georgia. It’s an award given by bloggers to new bloggers and is a bit like a chain letter. Though I’ve been blogging for years, clearly it doesn’t look like, as I am sporadic at best so hence my willingness to accept it and play that game. That and the fact that I have 10,000 words of a dissertation to write so this is occurring as a very welcome procrastination activity.

These are the rules for the award:

1. thank the person who nominated you, and post a link to their blog on your blog.
2. display the award on your blog — by including it in your post and/or displaying it using a “widget” or a “gadget”. (Note that the best way to do this is to save the image to your own computer and then upload it to your blog post.)
3. answer 11 questions about yourself, which will be provided to you by the person who nominated you.
4. provide 11 random facts about yourself. 
5. nominate 5 – 11 blogs that you feel deserve the award, who have a less than 1000 followers. (Note that you can always ask the blog owner this since not all blogs display a widget that lets the readers know this information!) 
6. create a new list of questions for the blogger to answer. 
7. list these rules in your post (You can copy and paste from here.) Once you have written and published it, you then have to:
8. Inform the people/blogs that you nominated that they have been nominated for the Liebster award and provide a link for them to your post so that they can learn about it (they might not have ever heard of it!) 

So thank you Georgia. I don’t know how you found me but I am grateful for this award. 🙂

Here are the questions Georgia asked me:

1. Why did you start blogging? I am not really sure. I actually like messing about with the format of blogs more than I like to write in them but I do find it a bit of a useful way of sorting through my thoughts about topics.

2. What do you normally write about on your blog? I focus on feminist themes, be that women on boards, in the media, in law, in the church, etc, etc. I sometimes blog about geekery too, as I am a sci-fi and tech fan. This once gained me a free projector. It’s totally random what can come from blogging.

3. What do you do when you aren’t writing? Well, I run a Leadership Development company Authentic Living which is my day job. I also do a bit of work at London Business School, Chicago Booth Business School and some GTD at Next Action Associates. And I am just finishing up a part time MSc in Gender, Policy and Inequalities at the LSE, so I am writing my dissertation for that. 

4. Do you work with any campaigns or charities? Yes, I am Vice-Chair of The Fawcett Society, the UK’s oldest feminist organisation. 

5. What is your favourite food? Yorkshire pudding, closely followed by chocolate.

6. What is your favourite book? That’s a hard one, as I read a lot. I am currently doing the 100 books in a year challenge with some friends. Though I have only read 40 so far this year. I like Alastair Reynolds Sci-fi stuff, loved the Goldfinch by Donna Tartt and loved The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd. 

7. If you were stuck in a fire and could only save one item what would it be? My laptop, no question.

8. What inspires you when you write a blog post? I usually write when I am angry about an injustice. I am a feminist because I am angry that the fact I was born in a female body means that my ability to have power and resource to do what I want is limited or certainly more difficult to achieve. The total random nature of male preference infuriates me and I blog about stuff related to this annoyance.

 9. High street or vintage? High street, in particular COS. 

10. If you could pick any animal for a pet what would it be?  Cat. I love their independence. I quite like dogs in small doses but their loyalty no matter what I find tiresome. 

11. How long have you been blogging for? Years and years. Don’t know exactly how many but I am really infrequent and don’t expect anyone to read what I post. If I want people to see something I’ve written I cross post it to Huffington Post. Of course then I have to deal with the trolls…

11 random facts about me:

  1. I am Scottish, though I live in London my accent hasn’t gone away
  2. I am married to a man that I met on the internet, though we both used to date 15 years before when involved in student politics in Glasgow.
  3. I am the shortest member of my family at 5 feet and a half inch tall.
  4. I was once on a late night C4 TV show…
  5. I made a film about the future of women.
  6. My real ambition is to go to space
  7. I bleach my hair and have messed around with it my whole life. It was green for a long time, before I shaved it all off after a bleaching error.
  8. I have two degrees in Philosophy but can’t remember much about them at all.
  9. I don’t drink alcohol and haven’t for nearly 7 years.
  10. I wish I did more exercise but I can’t be bothered.
  11. I don’t have children and am relieved about that.

I nominate…

  1. Aisha Mirza at https://aboatwithnoengine.wordpress.com/
  2. Nima Owino at http://nimsdin.com/
  3. End Misogyny Online http://www.endmisogyny.org/misogynists-react-to-eom/
  4. Hannah Mudge at We Mixed our Drinks
  5. Aissa Gallie at http://aissagallie.wordpress.com/

My questions for those bloggers:

  1. Why do you blog?
  2. What is the most exciting thing that has happened to you connected to blogging?
  3. What does feminism mean to you?
  4. What do you do when you are not blogging?
  5. What is your biggest hope for the future?
  6. If you could have one superpower what would it be and what would you do with it?
  7. What kind of holidays do you like?
  8. Coffee or tea?
  9. What technical innovation do you wish they would hurry up and invent?
  10. What role does faith/spirituality/etc play in your life?
  11. What is your favourite dessert?

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