I was nominated for the Real Neat Blog Award by Gerhart von Kapherr. I have always found the writing on gvonkapherr to be extremely intelligent and insightful. I certainly appreciate the nomination. Gerhart and his son Tom von Kapherr of Cats at the Bar are both good people. The “rules” of the Real Neat Blog Award are:
- Put the award logo on your blog (that’s it above).
- Answer seven questions asked by the person who nominated you.
- Thank the people who nominated you, linking to their blogs.
- Nominate any number of bloggers you like, linking to their blogs.
- Let them know you nominated them (by commenting on their blog etc.)
Now to answers the questions asked by Gerhart (and to keep things simple these will be the same questions I am going to ask my nominees)…
- Where do most visits to your blog come from?
Many of my posts are about comic books, science fiction and Doctor Who. It seems from looking at my WordPress stats page that many people come across my blog when it pops up in the search results for related topics. Promoting my blog on Facebook and on various message boards has also brought in readers.
- What is your favorite sport?
Oh, I’ve never liked sports all that much. I was such a geek when I was younger, always reading a book instead of playing sports at school or summer camp. I did grow up watching baseball, usually the New York Mets. I’m a fan of the team even though they usually do poorly. As the saying goes, I’m a sucker for a lost cause! I also find ice hockey to be fairly interesting to watch because it’s so fast-paced, plus you get the occasional fist fight to spice things up. That, and I think the NHL lets cats play…
- What has been a special moment for you in 2015 so far?
I suppose that it would be finding a new job so soon after I lost my last one. At first it didn’t feel special because I was still carrying a lot of resentment around about how the previous one ended, and I kept comparing my new position to my old one. It took a few weeks but fortunately I was able to learn to not just accept but appreciate my present employment circumstances. That is one of the aspects of my personality that is continually a work in progress. I need to attempt not to be so negative and to approach things with a better attitude.
- What is your favorite quote?
“Never argue with an idiot. They will only bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.”
I have seen this attributed to George Carlin, and it’s a variation of something Mark Twain said. I try to follow that advice, especially on the internet! In a broader sense, it is a good reminder to practice restraint of pen and tongue in all aspects of life. After all, I am certainly quite capable of putting my foot in my mouth.
- What was your favorite class when still at school?
It would be a tie between English and History. I expect that anyone who follows this blog regularly won’t be too surprised to learn that.
- Anything you had wished to have learned earlier?
I sometimes wish that I had possessed more patience for learning math in school. I always found it boring and confusing. I never had any aptitude for it. Some of what I struggled with, and was disinterested in, I would later realize were useful skills to possess in a variety of jobs, as well as in managing personal finances. I also would have liked to learn a foreign language. I took French in high school and I really struggled with it. I wanted to learn it but found it so incredibly difficult. Being bilingual or multilingual would have been such a useful skill to possess.
- What musical instrument have you tried to play?
Oh, this is a sad story. When I was in fourth grade I somehow got it into my head that I was going to play the trombone. Yes, really. But I just didn’t possess either the talent or the dedication that was needed. In hindsight, my artistic strengths lay in other areas, particularly writing. Hence this blog!
Below is my list of nominees for the Real Neat Blog Award. If you don’t accept awards, please do not feel obligated to act on this.
- Arousing Grammar
- Fante’s Inferno
- Oil Pastels by Mary
- Suburban Hobo
- Things Matter
- Three Cat Yard
- Witches Brew Press
I’ve listed these in alphabetical order so as not to play favorites. I hope everyone will check them out, because they are all really good blogs that I enjoy.
Finally, here is a link to Dear Kitty, the founder of the Real Neat Blog Award!