The rules are as follows:
- Thank the person who nominated you and link their blog into your post.
- Answer 11 questions which you have been asked by the nominating blogger.
- Nominate 5 to 11 other bloggers who have fewer than 1,000 followers.
- Add a new list of 11 questions for the nominated bloggers.
- Paste these rules into your post.
- Make sure your nominees know about your post and their nomination.
Die Pö posed her questions in German, but I’ll just translate them into English before I answer them.
1- Do you only write on your own blog or do you also write on other blogs or platforms?
For my work I have in the past written messages on our work intranet and I have written some content for a company internet page. Privately, I used to post on a few forums (parenting ones back in the day when I first became a mother and a Richard Armitage one later), I have posted some fan fiction, and I post reactions on other blogs, but basically the only place I ever really post any original content is here on my own blog.
2- Which of your posts hasn’t been clicked on enough?
Nothing really springs to mind. I don’t really evaluate the success of a post by how much it is clicked on, the value comes from my satisfaction writing it. For instance, one of my most clicked-on posts is a translation of a Dutch newspaper article on Richard Armitage but it is not my most satisfactory post – it’s just a piece of translation that actually I did not enjoy doing that much (I’m just not a translator at heart). So, I looked into my blog statistics to answer this question and I see that the least clicked-on post is this one: https://bookesther.wordpress.com/2015/09/26/where-is-my-mind/. It’s about a piano cover that I really loved in a movie I saw and that lead me to reminisce about Greta Garbo.
3- What excites you at the moment?
Besides the fact that France elected Macron as its new president (and not the extremist Le Pen), I have been very happy about Portugal winning the Eurovision song contest this past weekend! We watch the contest every year and we vote in it too, but most years you just sort of vote for the least bad song. This year was different. Well, not that different, as there were so many songs there we didn’t much like! So many songs are about effects and fireworks and being sexy, with all the women screaming out high notes. However, there was one song, the Portuguese entry, that captivated me. This song was so touching in its simplicity, differing very much from most of the other entries. It was a solo performance sung by Salvador Sobral and was written by his sister Luisa. After winning he and his sister sang the song together as a duet. Not only does Salvador have a beautiful voice, so does his sister Luisa! (The song starts at 3:55 minutes)
What excites me is that such heart-felt simplicity can triumph almost unanimously (from juries and audiences alike) over bombastic songs that all sound almost alike. (P.S. I also liked the Belgian song, despite the young 17 year old singer’s nerves – she came in 4th)
4- Which TV-series did you love in your youth?
Without the shadow of a doubt it was Little House on the Prairie. I adored everything about that series. I loved Laura Ingalls. In hindsight it was dripping in all too Christian values, but that’s OK and I still enjoy re-watching bits today!
5- The first 4 months of the year have passed: what is the best movie you have seen during that time?
May I name two? I absolutely loved both Moonlight…
… and Lion.
6- What is your current favourite catchy song?
I love Human by Rag’n’Bone Man. Can’t get enough of it…
7- If you had to summarize your past week in one word, what word would that be?
8- What is your favourite photo of the past week on your mobile phone and are you willing to share it?
I was at my mother’s house yesterday and we opened a box of letters that my father had kept that had formerly belonged to my grandfather (his dad). My grandfather had been a theologian and pastor (just like my dad had been) and during the Second World War he had received many letters from parishioners, men who had been deported into forced labour for the German occupiers. In that box of letters (fascinating stuff, btw!) we also found a post-war (1946) invitation for my grandfather to attend a ceremony at Leiden University where Winston Churchill was to receive an honorary doctorate! I took a picture with my phone of that personal invitation…
9- Quickly: what does the word “Light” make you think of?
10- Which book is beside your bed right now?
I’ve already finished reading it, but Michael Palin’s diaries that I received last year for my birthday is still lying there.
11- For dessert: pudding or ice cream?
Oooh, tough one! After long deliberation I will choose pudding; to be specific: crème brûlée! I hardly ever eat it because I can’t make a good one myself (and don’t have the patience for it) but when I eat a good one, I absolutely adore it!
Paying it forward
The rules state that I can now pose 11 questions myself and nominate 5-11 others to answer them. I like the questions Pö asked, so I’ll use some of them and add my own (and Pö, if you’d like to answer these as well, feel free to 🙂 )!
- What excites you at the moment?
- In one sentence: what depresses you at the moment?
- Cats or dogs? (Picture material appreciated!)
- Which TV series did you love in your youth?
- Who is your favourite actor or actress no longer living?
- What is the best movie you have seen so far in 2017?
- The top 3 live theatre and/or concert experiences you’ve ever had?
- What is the best book you’ve read in the past year?
- What is your favourite photo of the past week on your mobile phone and are you willing to share it?
- Your favourite dessert?
- For Armitage fans: your favourite Richard Armitage photo ever?
I am curious to hear answers to these questions but I really don’t like to obligate anyone to do anything! So, I’ll just nominate 11 people (Armitage fans one and all, who do not post exclusively about Armitage) and it’s totally up to you whether you want to do this or not!
- Billiepops: https://billiepops.wordpress.com/
- Grati: https://gratianads90.wordpress.com/
- Hariclea: https://operaismagic.wordpress.com/ (see what I’m doing here, trying to get you out of semi-retirement from blogging? 😉 )
- Herba: https://minorherba.wordpress.com/
- Lady Butterfly: https://imaladybutterfly.wordpress.com/
- Linnet: https://linnetmoss.com/https://linnetmoss.com/
- Sarah: https://filmsnknits.wordpress.com/
- SueBC: https://imfeelingthis.blog/
- Suzy: https://silverbluelining.wordpress.com
- Tree: https://richardtreehouse.wordpress.com/ (yep, trying to coax you as well, but please don’t feel forced to respond!)
- Zee: https://zeesmuse.wordpress.com/
If others reading this feel the urge to answer these questions as well, please do so, you’re more than welcome to (even if only in the comments, if you wish to)! If you’re not an Armitage fan you can substitute the name in the last question for the name of your favourite actor or actress. 🙂 I’d love to read any and all responses.