Back in January (I’m slow, sorry!) I was nominated for the Liebster Award by the presumably Canadian Winnipeg Arts, Hearts and Smarts. It took me this long to get to this post, but I’m still excited.
Encouragement and recognition from peers carries a special meaning. Someone out there with similar blogging goals and aspirations took the time to read your blog and prepare the nomination (which is no easy piece of work as I am learning.)
Liebster Award Acceptance Rules:
- Thank your nominator.
- Share the award on your blog.
- Answer the 10 questions asked to you.
- Ask 10 questions to 10 new nominees.
- Notify them.
Here are the questions I was asked:
- For you, does blogging replace or enhance journalling?
It’s pretty much totally separate, particularly for this blog. I do think about cocktails and alcohol a lot (not in a troubling way), but there’s a lot more going on that I don’t bother writing about here. When I’m writing for other people, I want to make sure it’s something that they’ll be interested in reading. While I have a bunch of weird thoughts and ideas, it’s probably not as universally interesting as drinking.
- What is your must-have while blogging? Glass of wine? Snackage? Helpful cats sitting on your keyboard? Music? All of the above?
Almost nothing. The PiC works on the photos for me, but I can work on a couch, at my desk, out at a coffee shop or in a hotel room. I usually have a water bottle near me, but that’s about it.
- Have you ever attended a blogger’s meet-up in person? What was it like?
I have not. But it seems interesting!
- Do you always blog in the same physical location?
See the question above. I am usually at my desk at home, but I move around depending on the circumstances. Also, most of the actual work for the blog is done, as you might imagine, in the kitchen, and I retreat to the office for actually writing.
- What is your most creative time of day/night for blogging?
Later in the afternoon is always good for me. It also helps to get nice pictures outside! Post lunch I hit a pretty good groove on whatever it is I’m working on. Also it’s not as weird to drink.
- Are you active on any other social media platforms?
- Do you have plans for monetizing your blog?
Not really? If I can get some samples of alcohol out of it, that would be ideal, but whatever else happens happens.
- What is your all-time favourite post and why?
I assume this means on Boozy Newsie, or at least I’m going to take it that way. I really love the Pico de Madre, from year one. It was one of the best cocktails I’ve made, and it had really nice pictures, too. I was just starting out, and it made me think that I could actually do something with this.
- Name one person who isn’t blogging that you wish had a blog.
I try to follow as many of my friends as have blogs. There are a few of them who do very interesting things but don’t write about it on any schedule, and I’d love to hear more.
- What is your reaction to the nomination?
Honestly, I’m not sure how much of this is a real award that I should feel excited about, and how much it’s the WordPress equivalent of a chain letter, but I’ll take it. People should be encouraged to do what it is they like to do (or write about), and if it takes a medal for participation to encourage them, why not?
I’m going to go with a theme here, to get some interesting answers, hopefully.
- Cider Says
- Fifth and Vermouth
- Measure & Stir
- Rated R Cocktails
- Booze Nerds
- The Straight Up
- Tempered Spirits
- What is the first alcoholic drink that you actually enjoyed? How old were you?
- What’s your favorite cocktail?
- If, for the rest of your life, you could either only make cocktails or only drink them, which would you choose?
- What got you into this whole mixology business?
- Why did you start your blog?
- What do you hope people take away from your blog? A recipe? An ethos?
- Do you have a favorite bar?
- Do you prefer to make cocktails at home, or get them out in the world?
- What’s the worst cocktail you’ve ever made?
- If you were a cocktail, what would you be?
And there we are. If I nominated you, you don’t have to do anything (this is a chain letter after all), but it might be fun!
Everyone else, we’ll be back to regularly scheduled Jerry Thomas concoctions shortly, now that I’m back in a place with resources.