The other day I was kindly nominated for the Liebster Award by my friend Hannah, who recently started blogging at londongirllost2015. The Liebster Award is an online distinction granted by bloggers to fellow, relatively new bloggers. I love stuff like that, because it’s nice to know people read my content and enjoy my blog (and I do like an award!)
I also like it because it’s a good excuse to connect with and acknowledge those who inspire me in my day-to-day writing, and may not know they do. From what I understand, there are different rules to the Award, but since she nominated me I’ll play by Hannah’s, which are along the lines of:
- Explain the award – think that’s done
- Answer the nominer’s questions
- Reveal 10 facts about myself
- Set my own nominations and
- Set my own 10 questions to answer
If you could visit one place on Earth and nowhere else after, where would it be?
Wow, tricky one to start off with. There are so many places I want to visit it’s hard to pick. Also, do I have to live there for the rest of my life? If not, probably the US because there are many places I’d like to see there. If I had to live there, I’d either stay in London or go back to France and live in Paris.
Where do you find inspiration for your blog posts?
In most things I do, read and learn about. And in other blogs as well, of course.
What are your tips for new bloggers who want to get their blog noticed?
Get on social media, it’s a great way to attract viewers. Find blogging communities to share your content and chat to other bloggers. Read other bloggers and leave links to your blog so people can find you. And think about SEO to help people to find you in Google, too!
What is your favourite cuisine?
French food probably.
What influenced the title of your blog.
I wanted a big part of my blogging to be about my experience living in London, because I think it’s such a great city. And I guess settling down abroad is kind of a distinctive thing about me.
Where in the world do you call home?
London when I’m in France, France when I’m in London. It’s nice.
Which countries in the world have you visited?
Not that many, really. Spain, Portugal, Germany, Czech Republic, Croatia, the Netherlands. And then round France and the UK obviously.
In terms of likes and comments, what has your most popular post been about?
Probably my long rant on America’s gun control problem. I went to town on that one – and surprisingly got very few hostile responses from it. Also, my (again) rant about the Beach Body controversy. I see a pattern emerging here..
Are you a part of any blogging groups? If so, which one?
The UK Bloggers group on Facebook is quite good, because there are a lot of people. Having said that, it’s heavily female orientated so a lot of the content shared on that doesn’t interest me that much. I’m part of a Male bloggers group as well, although that’s quite small.
How often do you post to your blog?
About twice a week.
Things about me
I hate flying – scares the shit out of me.
I used to do judo when I was little. I was rubbish.
I’m half Portuguese by blood – mum’s born in France and has French nationality, but from migrant parents.
I’m quite good at skiing.
My favourite dish is Wiener Schneitzel, Viennese breaded escalope. My mum says it’s because she used to eat loads of them when she was pregnant with me. I’m not sure about the science behind that statement..
I’m a massive Star Wars fan. In fact, I’ve seen the Phantom Menace three times at the cinema when it came out. THAT is true love.
I’m the world’s only Frenchman not to like cheese.
I became obsessed with dinosaurs when I was little because of Jurassic Park, which somehow became a childhood classic. By the age of about 8, I knew lots of dinosaur species and when and where they lived.
I got a B in GCSE English. Even though I didn’t really speak English back then!
It took me ages to learn how to swim and cycle.
My colleague Billy, who regularly blogs about food and digital marketing (two worthy causes) at wjleonard.co.uk.
Yvonne from thetouristoflife – because I like her original blog layout, and am slightly jealous of some of the places she’s visited.
travelonthego – travel blog I recently came across, mainly about Asia, a region that’s completely unknown to me. Makes the reading all the more interesting to me.
1970psg – possibly the best English speaking blog about French football I’ve come across. And it’s all about my team PSG as well.
theladylondon – not exactly new (she’s been around since 2013) but I’ve only recently found her, so I’m counting it! Good blog, with an entertaining writing tone.
joyfelicityjane – because her pictures alone! I wish I could take shot like that.
sunsetandbubbles – great picture quality as well, and very interesting content about London.
My own questions
Why did you start blogging?
If computers didn’t exist, what do you think you’d do instead of blogging?
Do you ever get writer’s block? If so, how do you deal with it?
What do you think is your greatest strength as a blogger? And greatest weakness?
How many bloggers do you know personally? (actually met face to face)
What makes a great blog post?
If you started blogging from scratch today knowing what you know, what would you do differently?
Favourite social media channel, and why?
How much time do you spend blogging?
Tell me one thing which makes you happy, and one which really pisses you off.
I look forward to reading my nominee’s replies. Thanks again for the mention Hannah, keep up the good work! 🙂