On People Watch nominated for The Liebster Award!

I am really excited to have been nominated for The Liebster Award, because it is a lovely way of showing support for other bloggers, specifically small bloggers! It’s all too easy to get disheartened as a small blogger compared to those with terrifyingly massive followings, so I think it’s important for us little bloggers to look out for each other!

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The rules of The Liebster Award are:

  • Thank the person who nominated you and link to their blog.
  • Answer the 11 questions they have asked you.
  • Nominate 11 bloggers who have less than 1000 followers (and let them know they have been nominated through social media.)
  • Think of 11 questions to ask them.

Thank you so much to Shona for the nomination, I do really appreciate it (and am not just saying that because them’s the rules!) Here are my answers to your questions!

1. What inspired you to start blogging?

People! When I first started blogging, my inspiration came from my love of people watching, and creating imaginary back-stories for people, but as the blog has evolved, it has expanded to include my thoughts on people and human interaction more generally, as well as people watching in the sense of reviewing theatre, cinema, and any other artsy things that take my fancy!

2. If you could create your own blogger event what brands would you want to be there?

Inspirational writers and authors, (my top author pick would be Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie) for writing motivation and to spark interesting conversations, and local food & drinks traders, to fuel blogger bonding, and support small businesses. It would be the ultimate book-nerd-meets-foodie event, with an inspiring and relaxed atmosphere.

3. What do you use to take your photos?

My iPhone, and I usually edit using Afterlight – maybe one day I’ll invest in a fancy camera, but at the moment the budget wont stretch that far!

4. If you aren’t full time: would you ever become a full time blogger? If you are: do you enjoy it?

As much as I love writing my blog, for me it’s a hobby, so I’m not looking to become full time – I’d love to write full time, but not solely for one blog.

5. How do you get the motivation to blog?

For me, the obvious motivation to blog is that I love writing, and my blog is a space where I can write about things that interest me (and hopefully you, dear reader!) However, my motivation tends to ebb when I’m short of ideas, so I always keep a notebook with me to jot down ideas that come to me at random times. This means that I always have a list of things I want to write about at hand, which usually helps to avoid the dreaded writer’s block, and keeps me motivated.

6. What’s your go to snack?

If I’m feeling healthy, pineapple and cereal bars, if not, to the biscuit tin I go…

7. Are you more a savoury or sweet person?

Definitely sweet!

8. Where is one place in the world you’ve always wanted to travel to?

Canada – I have a few friends who have been relatively recently, who have made me very jealous with their photos and stories, so it’s next on my (very long!) list of places to go!

9. What one song sums up your 2015?

‘Shut up and dance with me’, by Walk the Moon

This song sums up my attitude to life – don’t talk, just dance.

10. How do people react when you tell them you blog? Friends, family and strangers.

In general, friends and strangers tend to be interested or even impressed, but my family don’t really get it!

11. Where do you hope to be at the end of 2016?

I’m not sure I want to try and predict the end of 2016, as I have a feeling it’s going to be a crazy year, with lots of new possibilities, but my main priority will be completing my degree, and finding, if not my dream job, at least a stepping stone in the right direction, that allows me to work with words!

 

Now for my nominations – as us little bloggers don’t tend to have a follower count on our websites, I have based the ‘under-1000 followers’ rule on Twitter following. Here are 11 fabulous little blogs you should definitely check out:

 

  1. lipstickandloathing.com
  2. vivalafancy.com
  3. andshemade.co.uk
  4. littleyellowbutterflies.com
  5. perladiaries.com
  6. sherbet-aurora.co.uk
  7. booksandbeauty.co.uk
  8. bloggerandthegeek.com
  9. fayeelizabethsmith.wordpress.com
  10. tea-books-eyeliner.com
  11. whimsicalfawn.com

 

And here are my questions for you! I’m looking forward to reading your answers!

  1. What or who inspires you?
  2. If you could be an animal what would you choose?
  3. Introvert, extrovert, or somewhere in between?
  4. Tea or coffee?
  5. Favourite place you have visited and why?
  6. Favourite fictional character and why?
  7. Last book you read? Rating out of 10?
  8. What are you most afraid of?
  9. What is your biggest pet peeve?
  10. When you meet someone new, what is the first thing you notice?
  11. If you could have a superpower, what would it be?

 

Reflections on 2015

2015, for me, seems to have passed almost scarily quickly. It just doesn’t feel like a full year has gone by since last January, and so, to metaphorically press pause on the beginning of 2016, and in the spirit of thinking … Continue reading

Types of Christmas Shoppers

Ah Christmas. Hoping for snow, alternating between sparkly party outfits and all of the cosy layers, catching up with family and friends, eating and drinking too much because Christmas calories don’t count, and of course, shopping. There are many different approaches to the art of Christmas shopping – most of us have probably tried a few of these, and at this time of year, shoppers make for great people watching. Here are five of my favourites that I have encountered this year – drop me a comment with any others!

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  1. That one smug person we all know who is super organised, has all their gifts planned and bought in plenty of time, and because of their top organisational skills, doesn’t go over budget. You would hate them, but they always get you a really good present, so you can’t.
  2. The person who tries really hard to start early, but is easily distracted and ends up buying themselves a motivational present or two (or three…) before they manage to think seriously about their gift list. Upon reflection, gifts bought for self are often divided between like-minded friends and family.
  3. The coffee-breaker. They hate shopping, and can only cope with trawling through those pesky shops for 1-2 hours at a time before they need a break. Coffee (or mulled wine), and possibly a festive-themed cake is required to rejuvenate them, and allow them time to brace themselves to deal with the next few people on their list.
  4. The online shopper. He or she has an introvert’s aversion to crowds of people, and will have a pretty good idea of the latest possible order dates in time for Christmas. Depending on organisation levels, the online shopper may have a tendency to go over budget on express delivery, because it is totally worth the extra pennies to avoid people at all costs.
  5. The person who does it all in one day. There are two types of people who tend to take this approach. The first is the person who is very busy, and so allocates a specific date in their diary to Christmas shopping, and just makes it happen. The second is last minute Annie. ’Tis the night before Christmas, and for whatever reason, Annie has failed epically in all her grand plans to actually start Christmas shopping. With a list and a mapped out route of shops, this approach can be very efficient, but without, it may result in running around like a headless chicken and fighting other shoppers for the last copy of the only video game you are certain your cousin doesn’t have.

 

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Freedom!

Hello!

My most sincere apologies for neglecting this blog and you lovely people of the internet. As I’m sure many of you are aware, studying and exams came and ruined all the fun. Over the last month-and-a-bit, life has consisted of many, many books, so much food, all of the tea, and the occasional motivational gin/glass of wine. (Don’t tell anyone.) However, now I am free from their clutches, and have had a wonderful celebratory weekend, complete with end of exam treats from the best flatmate ever – raspberry frangipane (nope, I don’t know how to pronounce it either, we have been calling it “frangy-pangy”), and possibly the most appropriate mug I’ve ever seen:

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I am slowly weaning myself off the endless motivational cups of tea and snacks, I have finally got round to renewing my gym membership, which definitely means I have become magically fit and skinny overnight, and I promise to be much better about keeping the blog up to date.

With the loss of my social life to being stuck in the library, which I took to referring to as ‘the prison’ on particularly bad study days, I feel like I have been missing out. So, in reclaiming my time, I am going to do more of what I like doing. What I have missed most, (apart from regular human contact) is keeping up with the arts, and discovering new artists, because there is always something new and exciting happening in Glasgow, so I’m planning on going to lots of art exhibitions, theatre shows, and anything else that takes my fancy. In between dancing around Glasgow in excitement at my new-found freedom, I will be blogging about what I find, with, as always, a focus on people. I will also, of course, continue people watching in my usual fashion, in case any die-hard fans were concerned.

Stay tuned for my musings on people, arts, and life in general!

Kirsty x

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