This was totally random, and most unexpected, but a good friend of mine, Andy from Andy Kaufman’s Kavalkade has nominated me among other great bloggers for the /Most Influential Blogger’ Award. A fantastic surprise, and a big thank you for the nomination! I don’t take being nominated lightly. In fact, I might be jumping right now with joy, or happily typing up this post in response.
I hope I have been able to influence a few, or offered wonderful pieces of reading material, or captured moments and emotions that are sometimes very hard to put down in words. This is a great opportunity to thank some of the bloggers who have in turn influenced me. If I could, which I doubt I can, I’d put Andy up for another award, but I guess the point is to spread the positive rather than send it back. So, just a thank you to Andy for nominating me will have to suffice. 🙂
Now, let ‘s get down to business. Let’s see how successfully I flail through these questions, especially with nominating 10 other bloggers who I find to be influential. This will no doubt be tricky, because Andy and I have similar circles of friends and bloggers, though his pool is larger. For the sake of being fair, I’ll try to nominate equally deserving bloggers who haven’t featured in Andy’s. 🙂
The rules for the award are as follows:
1. Display the award on your blog. ~ Hope it’s visible.
2. Announce your win with a post and thank the blogger who awarded you. ~ I’ve said it before, but doesn’t hurt to say thank you again to Andy. Your posts are always hilarious and to a point, but you know that!
3. Present 10 deserving bloggers with the Award.
- The Noif Matrix – Tuan has a great sense of humour, and is a fellow Australian writer.
- N.W.HarrisBooks – A wonderful writer whose comments always inspire.
- Poesy Plus Polemics – Paul’s a wonderful poet who has been a dedicated audience to my attempts at poetry.
- Reowr – Another wonderful fellow poet who shares great sense of humour.
- Historical Writings – What can I say, I love history, and this blog is great for devouring little pieces at a time.
- Wuji – I admire this poet. He writes beautiful, poignant, and some days, eerie poetry.
- Mired in Mundanity – Rhys writes great articles on writing that are engaging and illuminating.
- Kushtrimthaqi – Another great blog for beautiful poetry.
- Project Light to Life – Christine is a remarkable person who writes inspirational posts on all the positive activities she throws herself into.
- The parasite guy – Another aspiring writer who has set himself a goal. Hope he gets to it one day.
4. Link your awardees in the post and let them know of their being awarded with a comment.
5. Answer each of the 11 questions that your awarder asked, and then write 11 for your awardees (or use the same ones up to you !)
1. If you could change one thing about our society, what would it be?
- That’s a toughie since there are as many society as there are villages and towns in the world. If I really had to say anything at all, it would have to be, ‘can I get back to you on that one?!”
2. What do you turn to when in need of inspiration?
- Nature/ Words/ Quotes/ People in my life. Sometimes, even blogs and posts and comments made. A mind’s a very easy thing to inspire, I guess.
3. Name one person, alive or dead, who has influenced you most.
- As a writer, that one is hard to pin down since influence comes from so many sources.
4. What newspaper, if any, do you read on a regular basis?
- Sydney Morning Herald, if I can be bothered. I’m usually too busy reading books/blogs.
5. Share one key insight that has helped you most in your writing.
- Write first, and worry about editing later. The main point is to jot down the story as fast as you can before the threads start fraying.
6. Are rules made to be broken?
- Depends on the rule and whether it makes sense at all. If it’s senseless, out-dated etc. then yes. Change is good if the intention isn’t to harm but help.
7. What does democracy stand for as far as you’re concerned?
- Equal opportunity in all aspects of social/work life regardless of a person’s heritage.
8. Is freedom of speech an unalienable right?
- Freedom of speech is so everyone gets chance to voice their own, however, this doesn’t extend to verbal attacks and taunts. So to a degree, it is a dangerous right.
9. If we respect everyone’s opinion as valid, where does that leave hate speech?
- Opinions are personal view points, and view points can defer from person to person on the same topic, so the question of validity is weak. Hate speeches is an abused aspect of freedom of speech.
10. Do you think online media will replace print in the next few decades?
- No. There are people out there, including myself, who still love holding a physical book in my hands when I’m reading. Makes the whole experience more intimate, which I find the screen takes away.
11. What is the main thing you want to achieve as a blogger?
- To meet like-minded people who can lend this whole experience a sense of community.
I put forth the same set of questions to my 10 nominees.
Thank again to Andy for nominating me!
I had fun doing this :).