So, this happened.
I was busy being slowly crushed by the daily onslaught of bullcrap at work over the last few weeks and not even Living Gay Brisbane could snap me out of my funk with his nomination for the Liebster Award.
I really appreciate the timing and am sorry that it took me so long to get around to doing my part and publishing my post and passing on the torch. His is one of my favorite blogs and he has recently taken it off WordPress to his own platform called Millennial Gay, check it out.
Ok, here are the questions that were put to me:
1) Why did you start your blog? and where do you see it in the future?
I started this blog because of a Facebook dare, basically. A couple of my friends suggested that I should write a book. Flattering, and I’m not going to lie…I’m fairly susceptible to that. If I want to be.
Anyway, a book seemed like a tall order, one that was fairly far off. I started this blog to help me find my writer’s voice. Three years have passed, and I think I’ve settled into a comfortable style, but I’m still not sure my stream of consciousness tendencies lend themselves to a novel.
As I begin year four, I think I’m looking forward to at least two more years here. My goals for this year are to reformat my blog and to actually participate in NaNoWriMo in November and then next year, perhaps look into ways to introduce ads to my blog.
2) What advice would you give to your younger self?
Be more patient and don’t sell yourself short.
I was impatient to get my adult life launched as a means of escape from school life traumas. When I was offered advancement in my retail job, I took that instead of pursuing my original interest in a law career.
3) Who in your circle did you first show your blog to?
I tethered my blog to my Facebook page, so when I publish something, everyone can see it. It was Facebook’s fault this happened, anyway, so they had it coming.
The first person I presented it to was The Silver Fox. He’s a Facebook Curmudgeon and refuses to participate, so I had to go out of my way to show my best friend what I was up to.
4) Love, Sex or Money? Which one would you choose?
The question didn’t ask for an elaboration, but that’s not my style.
I’ve had money, sex and love all at some point in my life. Sometimes, I even thought I had it all.
Well, here I am. And I’d be crazy to answer love and not acknowledge how damned lucky I am to have the people in my life that call me friend. They are my chosen family and – just like my biological family – I love them dearly.
That said, I still wonder if there’s an enduring mate for me out there somewhere. I have money and sex both when I need them. Love is a little trickier. I have the love required to maintain my happiness and well-being, generously supplied by my friends and family.
For me, that enduring love that has eluded me thus far in life would enhance that baseline happiness and tie it all together into one tidy partner. Er, package.
But, what the hell do I know?
5) What is your idea of the Perfect first date?
I like event/activity dates for a first date. It takes the focus off of small talk and allows me to get to know someone while also figuring out how we play together.
Gimme a hike on a lovely day. Blowing a few bucks on video games at Ground Kontrol. Or bowling! That’s fun stuff and we can take those activities at our own pace as we talk and learn about one another.
Then again, my old friend DP asserted once that long-term relationships are just one night stands that never ended, so I guess I should be open to a perfect first date ending with a bang, too.
6) What are your non-negotiables when it comes to a relationship?
I have to be with someone I can talk to. If we can’t talk, and I mean really talk, then our first fight will probably end us.
On top of that, there has to be respect. If we truly respect one another, then that first fight and any subsequent fights are nonexistent because they are just conversations.
And then my last non-negotiable would be that we have to be able to play together. Sure, including sex. But moreso even just having shared interests outside the bedroom. Relationships take a little work to maintain – I guess, I’m the single guy, remember? – and if you’re gonna put in the work, the reward should be playing together.
7) First time you realised you were in love?
It was just hormones.
I thought I was going to let that stand alone, but I keep coming back to it. Man, when I was a young buck, my friends teased me that I fell in love every time I turned my head.
It was kinda true then and it’s kinda still true today. I think many men are beautiful. I’m attracted to a wide range of types…was it love? No, that is and was really just hormones.
But the rush is still a thrill to experience, even if it only lasts for as long as it takes to order coffee.
8) Celebrity Crush?
Ok, maybe not…that’s more of an old man’s fantasy. I’m just attracted to his youthful spirit and physique. But this old man would not mind slinging a web or two with him. Maybe if he was ten years older, I could call it a legit crush.
I think he’d be a good fit for me personality-wise. Assuming what you see on interviews is genuine and not just branding.
Obviously, I need to stop watching Avengers movies late at night.
Ok, so now it’s my turn to nominate my own Liebster Award winners. Since this is a tough choice for me, I’ll stall by saying that if they choose to participate, I want them to answer the same questions I did.
The reason it’s tough is because
A) Living Gay Brisbane is one of my faves and he nominated me, so that’s kind of off the table. He’s one of the bloggers I interact with most on WordPress, too, which is partly why I enjoy his blog so much.
B) I think that some of the bloggers I follow might not be into it, and that’s part of why I love their blogs. They have more serious content, but at the same time, we trade comments that are both light and fun as well as constructive and supportive.
MeRaw, you’re up! I love your daily entries. It’s heavy themed stuff, but the love that your daily posts demonstrates is a beacon to me.
Topher Gen…you, too! There are four or five young, gay bloggers that I follow and your posts are really great work. I appreciate them but I don’t know too much about you, so…will you have some fun with me here?
Thanks for reading this far, if you stuck with me all the way through, no gold star for you! But I hope you’ll take a look at the blogs that I nominated as well as Millennial Gay to get a better insight into who I spend my free time reading!
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