About a week ago I got a nice surprise when a notification popped up telling me Megan from A Geeky Gal has nominated me for this award. Thanks Megan!
The Achievement Unlocked Award is for anyone who would fit into geeky blogging that goes above and beyond in our niche. Whether you are all about video games, DIY across all fandoms, sharing your cosplay journey, or anywhere in between, it all fits and is worth celebrating. – Michelle @ A Geek Girl’s Guide
Megan’s name crops up a lot in my blogging circles so I’m pretty honoured she thought of me! I urge you to go visit her great blog, covering a huge range of geeky endeavours from anime and gaming to cosplay, YouTubing and poetic musings.
What does the nomination mean?
The rules are simple: if you are nominated, you’ll answer the five below standard questions for every award and the five custom questions by the nominator. You’ll then change their custom five to five of your own questions and nominate other bloggers you think deserve this award. Make sure to thank whoever nominated you and include the award description as well!
Why did you start your blog?
Musings of a Nitpicking Girl began as a blog about the English language. As well as being a grammar/spelling nitpicker I’ve always been interested in language and how we use it day to day, so I decided to write about it. Since then it’s morphed into a blog about my other passion: gaming (though sometimes I combine the two!)
What are your favourite topics to write about?
I love writing about meaty gaming theory (such as puzzle constructs; the role of hints; why we like mindless games) – usually of the retro kind. Recently I’ve really enjoyed getting back to some fiction writing by taking part in the Ultimate Video Game challenge.
What have you learned since you started your blog?
I’ve learned that there is a big blogging community out there – particularly in the world of gaming – and that it’s fun and rewarding to interact with other bloggers. I’ve always been a bit of a loner so I didn’t see that coming!
I’ve also learned to be myself – a blog is the perfect retreat to ramble on about what interests me, without judgement. I can write more professionally (ha!) elsewhere, but my blog is for me.
What do you love about being a geeky blog?
‘Geeky’ is a term that gets flung around a lot these days; ironically, it’s almost fashionable to be a geek now, despite its negative associations. But if I take it in the sense of being a bit niche I love connecting with people who have the same interests, and I enjoy exchanging ideas and thoughts about adventure games and cult TV/film, since not all of my ‘real life’ friends are into that.
Where would you like to see your blog go in the future?
I feel like it’s still growing, as I’ve not written that many posts (nowhere near Megan’s 300-odd!) I’m slowly accruing more followers, so I guess I’d like it to carry on as it is. I’ve got loads more to write about, and a burgeoning backlog of ideas still to explore. I don’t like to plan too much, so I’ll see where it ends up!
What are you currently binge watching?
I’m currently working my way through ER with my husband. We’ve had lots of fun playing ‘spot the then-unknown actor’. I’ve been rewatching a lot of 3rd Rock from the Sun too (for an article, but now I’m hooked again). I’m also really enjoying the current series of Game of Thrones, but at one a week that’s not really binging. I’ve just started The Umbrella Academy, which is amazing, so that will most likely become a binge watch soon.
What was the last game you played that had an emotional impact on you?
Probably Inside. It’s so disturbing and atmospheric – even more so than Limbo – and I felt really quite affected by the time I reached the end. That’s rare for me, as I tend to be a bit desensitised to grim things what with me loving that sort of stuff… I don’t want to spoil it for others but there were just some parts of it that made me uneasy (in a good way), and really took my breath away.
Have you ever been to a convention?
Yes! But not of the gaming kind. I went to a couple of X-Files conventions as a teen (I’m a massive fan), with my friend who was equally obsessive about it. I came back with all sorts – comics, postcards, trading cards, the official map…
Oh, I’ve also been to Comic Con a few times, which was great (Christopher Lloyd gave a great talk and I’m pretty sure Corey Feldman is a robot).
What three apps do you use the most?
Twitter, WhatsApp and Google Keep!
When did you first realise you were a geek?
I still struggle a bit with what that term implies, but I suppose I’ve always been interested in things that would be classed as ‘geeky’ – retro stuff, tech, puzzles, video games, and generally being a bit socially awkward, haha. I spent a lot of time in front of my computer as a kid, while everyone else was out playing.
I guess it’s mixed in with a bit of nerd, too. As I’ve got older I’ve met lots of similar-minded people – in my colleagues, friends and husband (we like to compare Excel functions over a glass of vino) – and that’s been awesome.
That was fun!
(Caveat: if this isn’t your beef, please don’t feel obliged to do it!)
- Why did you start your blog?
- What are your favourite topics to write about?
- What have you learned since you started your blog?
- What do you love about being a geeky blog?
- Where would you like to see your blog go in the future?
- What does the term ‘geek’ mean to you?
- If there was a regular blog about your life, who would you want to write it?
- If you could have any job in the world, what would it be?
- Would you rather have Sonic the Hedgehogs for feet, or Tetris pieces for hands?