That's shorthand for...
Thanks so much to the fabulous Events Northern for nominating me for a Liebster Award. The Liebster award is a peer-to-peer award passed around the blogging community. And there’s nothing like a bit of appreciation from your peers – Events Northern, you rock!

Here’s how the Liebster Award works:

Thank the person that nominated you and link back to their blog
– Display the award “badge” on your blog
– Answer the 11 questions asked by the person who nominated you
– List 11 random facts about yourself
– Nominate up to 11 bloggers and let them know you have nominated them
– Set 11 questions for the bloggers you have nominated
– Post a comment on the blog post of the person that nominated you so they can read the post

So, first off, here are my answers to Events Northern’s questions:

1. When and why did you start blogging? I started blogging in 2005 when I was commissioned to write Monkeys with Typewriters. The thought of writing 80,000 words terrified me so I had the idea of interviewing people and writing up each one in a blog post. The blog posts became the first draft of my book.

2. Describe your blog: My blog is a mix of random thoughts on social media and how organisations use social media to work more collaboratively (aka social business). I also do a bit of live-blogging, which I really enjoy. The thing I like most about it is you have to publish quickly (ideally as an event is happening), otherwise your post loses relevancy. That means you don’t spend days and weeks faffing about, fine-tuning and adding detail – like most bloggers, my laptop’s loaded with half finished blog posts. I trained as a journalist before computers were really a “thing” (hence the reference to shorthand), so being able to process words and hone a piece of writing as you go still seems incredibly cool.

3. What is your favourite colour? Green.

4. What are your blogging aims for the future? Ha! To blog more often, and to market my blog properly. I also have another blog, A Beach With Wifi, which is essentially a listings site so has more potential for monetisation, but I need to get a lot more content on there first.

5. How do you find inspiration? Through reading other blogs, microblogs and news sites (I try to spend at least ten minutes every day – it can be hours)! And through watching people work and play and interact with technology; also chatting to friends and colleagues about what’s new and how things are changing.

6. What is your ultimate indulgence? Cake.

7. What is your ideal job? My fantasy job would be to run a really cool bar/ restaurant/ hang out on a beach somewhere – but with a chilled vibe, not a hectic one.

8. How much time do you spend blogging each week? Not enough!

9. What is your worst habit? Procrastination (er…is that a habit)?!

10. Tell us about the best event you have ever been to: Work or play? In the 1990s I used to go to some underground parties called Coalesce organised by Maddie Ridgeway Brown – she sounds posh but they weren’t particularly posh parties. They just had an amazing vibe and lovely people – a massive, happy, mixed crowd. In terms of work, the Meaning conference organised by Nixon McInnes in Brighton last year was pretty amazing: all about how businesses need to move beyond financial metrics and create real, social value. The speakers were generally excellent and the atmosphere was great – the sort of event you go home feeling really inspired by.

11. Where is your favourite place in the world? I have to say Laluna, Grenada, because I just got back from honeymoon there (and it’s about as close to paradise as you can get).

I’ll be back next week with some random facts and my own Liebster Award nominations – thanks again Events Northern – and stay tuned!

Photo: Salina Darling