Extremely kind people have nominated me for two blogging awards! I have never expected to be nominated for anything at all and am, in fact, still suprised that people read my blog at all. Both awards aim to promote lesser-known blogs. While it is theoretically possible to actually win those awards, this doesn’t seem to be the main purpose at all. Nominations are most of the fun!
lazy efficient, I’m going to do one post for both awards. It’ll be a lengthy one, but stick with me – there will be cool blogs and silly things at the end.
The Liebster Award
Sarah from On The Way To The Barre nominated me for the Liebster Award. The rules I’ve been nominated under differ slightly from the official ones but I’m going to stick to them all the same. Here they are:
If you have been nominated for The Liebster Award AND YOU CHOOSE TO ACCEPT IT, write a blog post about the Liebster award in which you:
- Thank the person who nominated you, and posts a link to their blog on your blog. Try to include a little promotion for the person who nominated you. They will thank you for it and those who you nominate will also help you out as well.
- Display the award(image) on your blog.
- Write a 150-300 word post about your favorite blog that is not your own. Explain why you like the blog, provide links.
- Provide 10 random facts about yourself
- Nominate 5 – 11 blogs that you feel deserve the award, who have a less than 200 followers.
- List these rules in your post (You can copy and paste from here as well.)
- Once you have written and published it, you then have to inform the people/blogs that you nominated that they have been nominated for the Liebster award and provide a link for them to your blog.
Mystery Blogger Award
- Put the award logo/image on your blog.
- List the rules.
- Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
- Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well.
- Tell your readers 3 things about yourself.
- You have to nominate 10 – 20 people.
- Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog.
- Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify).
- Share a link to your best post(s).
Thanks and General Lovin’
First and foremost, I would like to extend my deepest thanks to the people who nominated my humble ramblings for the awards. Sarah from On The Way To The Barre provides wonderful insights into the basics of ballet, finer points of technique and ways to stretch and strengthen your body for dance. As a ballet teacher, she is uniquely qualified to do that. I have learned many valuable inputs from her blog, most recently to pay attention to my breathing during my nightly stretching routine. I dearly recommend her blog to anyone who dances.
Fbcballerina has started blogging this past October and has been dancing ballet for most of her life. Her blog details her adventures in the vibrant ballet world of the city of Berlin. As an adut beginner from a moderately backwater location, I enjoy her stories very much! I also recommend her Instagram account that shows that ballet, like all the good things in life, doesn’t have to be taken seriously ALL the time.
The rules for the Liebster Award also require me to tell you my favourite blog. I will tell you about two. The first is Adult Beginner. The mother of all adult ballet blogs, AB has been silent for a long time now, but has given us several years of hilarious writing, useful advice and wonderful doodles. When I was first contemplating ballet, I stumbled upon AB and read ALL of it. I owe the idea to start my own blog to her. (And to the fact that my SO’s eyes were starting to glaze over whenever I was talking about dance class minutiae.)
My favourite blog that is still going strong is Asher’s Danseur Ignoble. Hilarious writing is once again prominently featured, but Asher is also not afraid to talk about mental illness and body-image issues, which makes it uniquely clear that this blog is written by a human being and not a beautiful ballet machine. That is the only clue though. Asher does ballet, modern, aerials and other circus arts. He composes, choreographs and draws and is very smart. He would totally give you the worst case of inferiority complex… if he wasn’t such an impossibly nice and supportive person.
Random Facts About Me
Now for the silly fun part! I enjoy reading random things like this from other people, so I’ll bloody well inflict them onto you. Here come ten random facts about the Dork:
- My mother tongue is Russian, but my German is actually better, because I’ve been living in Switzerland since I was thirteen.
- I’m a mad bibliophile. I spend way too much money on beautiful books I fully intend to read but haven’t so far.
- My maternal grandmother is Bashkir. Hardly anyone I tell has ever heard of this people.
- My maternal grandfather taught me German and English, both of which he had studied at university.
- I have four pet tarantulas. See Big Hairy Spiders. (It’s okay if you don’t.)
- I used to do Shinkyokushin karate, a full-contact style. I got my brown belt at eighteen and even competed.
- I have a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Communications.
- In the process of acquiring said Bachelor’s degree, three of our friends, my SO and me founded and ran an online magazine about gaming called Combobreaker. It became defunct when we graduated.
- Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman are two of my favourite authors.
- I have an obsession with cool, colourful and/or cute socks and am known for it in my dance classes.
I hope all you lovely people have had a lovely holiday break and a good start into the New Year. Tomorrow, I return to work, gym and dance class in that order. But today, there's still time to chill out in my shiba socks by @cutiesocks_ch and play Monkey Island! 🐒🐶 #feet #socks #cutesocks #shiba #shibe #doge #balletfeet #extension #dancer #dance #adultdancer #adultbeginner #adultballet #christmastree #holidays #newyear
Your Questions Answered
Fbcballerina asked me the following questions:
- Which childrens book character would you want to be?
Little My from The Moomins. So charming in her own way.
- What was the last thing you went out of your comfort zone for?
Going to the Advanced class! It turned out alright.
- Where do you want to travel to?
Everywhere, because I’m not very well-traveled yet. My heart belongs to London though.
- Which adjective dsecribes you the best?
- If you could only do one sport for the rest of your life which one would it be?
I’d say modern dance, even though it isn’t technically a sport.
My Questions For You
My nominees (see below), should they choose to accept, will have to deal with the following questions:
- If you were a soup, which flavour of soup would you be?
- What causes you to doubt yourself?
- If time, money, distance, relationships and education were not an issue, what would be your dream job?
- What does your dream house look like?
- What dance move or style would you like to master?
I read several blogs that I enjoy a lot, most of them small like my own and many of them about dancing. The proper time for the Liebster Award has already passed, but I hope you will forgive me if I nominate you anyway. Feel free to accept or decline and to bend or break the rules whichever way suits you. We’re doing this for fun, not profit! Since I don’t know how many followers you guys have, I’ll just nominate away. Don’t take it as a slight. 😉
Liebster Award (see rules above):
Geschichten und Meer – this German blogger dances flamenco and blogs about life in beautiful snapshots, sometimes poetic, sometimes sharp-tongued, sometimes angry, often melancholy and always striking to read.
Evi Hock’s Ballet Lovers Blog – follows the current events in ballet, especially in German-speaking countries. Her posts about Christian Spuck’s newest works have really intrigued me.
Emilee’s Another Night At The Barre – if you do any ballet at all, I’m sure you know this blog already. Emilee manages to highlight all that’s good about life and dancing even though life seems dead-set on slowing her down. She also teaches ballet to toddlers and tells the cutest stories about them!
Mystery Blogger Award (see rules above):
Shireen’s The Lifelong Dance Student – despite what Instagram would have you believe, dance is not limited to ballet! Shireen does tap dance, which I knew nothing about before I started folowng her.
Simone’s mariechens freudomat – I know Simone personally and she’s been blogging, with the occasional break, for much longer than me. She makes wonderful use of the German language to combine humour, life experience and observations into entertaining and informational posts.
And last but not least, Vera’s Schreiben für die Katz – my mother’s German-language blog about travel, life and learning creative writing in a foreign language. You can tell where I get it from. 😉
There you go! I love you, keep being awesome and I’m looking forward to reading from y’all – everybody not mentioned here included!