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The Liebster Award

I have been nominated for the Liebster award by Mummy Rules. Thank you for thinking of me! Keep reading to find out what the award means and to discover a little more about the person behind Tall Mum in Manchester.


Starting with the rules

The aim of the Liebster award is to recognise new blogs, as well as giving bloggers a chance to connect and discover new writers that they may not otherwise have come across. I guess some people might think of it as a blogger chain letter, but it’s just a bit of fun and you don’t have to take part if you don’t want to.

There are a few rules attached to receiving the award:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you and post a link to their blog in your post.
  2. Show the award on your blog, or in your post.
  3. Answer the 11 questions asked by the person who nominated you.
  4. Write 11 random facts about yourself.
  5. Nominate 5 – 11 bloggers that you feel deserve the award.
  6. Create a list of new questions for your nominees to answer.
  7. Once your blog is published, let your nominees know that they have been nominated and link them to your post for more details.

I’m working through each of these step by step so here’s hoping I don’t miss anything out.


My answers to Mummy Rules’ questions

1. What was the inspiration behind starting your blog?

I wrote my first blog in 2010 when I travelled to Egypt with GirlGuidingUK. Our aim was to promote GirlGuiding by teaching leadership and business skills to young women. I was responsible for documenting our project for friends, family and fellow guiders back home. I got lots of positive feedback about my writing even though I had to type the whole thing on my phone, had limited internet connection and was relying on text conversations with the hubby to help solve my technical problems.

The following year I cycled through France with a group of friends and then again through Italy a few years later. I blogged daily about our adventures and not only found that people loved reading it, but also that I loved writing it. I started my own Manchester based blog in 2014 and it set me on a journey towards becoming a writer.

When I fell pregnant it was the only thing I could think about at first. I neglected my other blog and lost interest in writing for a while. Luckily the motivation came back with the end of the first trimester, and an easing of my nausea and tiredness, but I didn’t think that my regular readers (family and friends aside) would appreciate a sudden change of direction to articles about buggies and maternity clothes or pregnancy updates.

To give me an outlet for my renewed enthusiasm, and hopefully to become a means of connecting with other parents, Tall Mum in Manchester was born.

2. What do your friends and family think of your blogging?

I think some of them find it hard to understand, but they are all supportive. I guess that’s because they can see how much I enjoy it. Hubby in particular is my technical support so it’s a good job he’s on board. My other blog has opened up some exciting opportunities for me, so I can reward his efforts with cocktails and nights out here and there.

3. If you could go on holiday anywhere, where would you go?

Woah, this could be a long list! Do I have to pick just one place? Vietnam, Cambodia, Bali, Chile, Iceland…basically anywhere I’ve not been yet. I love travelling and experiencing new places and different cultures.

4. Would you rather eat a slice of cake or a bar of chocolate?

That’s a tough one. It really depends on my mood. I am a big fan of cake, but there are times when only a chocolate bar will do.

5. What is your favourite home cooked meal?

Lasagne! I’ve been tweaking my recipe since my friend first showed me how to make it when we were at university. I’ve got to the stage where I just chuck everything in and it somehow works. It’s even better the next day when the flavours have blended. It’s one dish that I never order when I’m out for dinner, it’s just not the same.

6. Would you rather do a bungee jump or run a marathon?

Ha, that one’s easy! Run a marathon. In fact I did back in 2010. The very idea of a bungee jump terrifies me, which is strange given that I was desperate to do a sky dive and absolutely loved it when I did.

7. What would your perfect date involve?

Right now, a nice meal out where I didn’t have to think about whether certain foods were off limits due to pregnancy and I could drink all the cocktails and Prosecco I wanted to.

8. If you were going on a night out with friends tomorrow, what would you wear from your current wardrobe?

My maternity jeans as they are the only ones that fit me now!

9. Do you prefer dogs or cats?

Cats hands down. I grew up with the most amazing cat and currently have two naughty tortoiseshells who cause me much pain give me much amusement.

10. If you had a whole day to yourself, what would you do?

At the moment I’d probably say work on some sort of crafty project. I have a few pieces of furniture that need a lick of paint (keep an eye out here for some items I’m upcycling for the nursery) and I love being absorbed in creating something unique and personal.

11. What are you plans for your blog in the future?

I’m hoping that my blog will develop as my pregnancy progresses and follow me through my parenting journey. I want it to become a source of useful information for parents looking for tips, thoughts on baby items and recommendations for baby / child friendly things going on in Manchester, as well as a place to share parenting stories and experiences.


11 random facts about me

  1. I’ve cycled the length of France and Italy.
  2. I fell asleep the first time I watched Star Wars, which wasn’t that long ago.
  3. I was the first Rainbow Guide in my home town. My mum set up a unit so I could join while I was still young enough to do so.
  4. I couldn’t swim properly until I was 30 when a friend bought me lessons for my birthday.
  5. My favourite book of all time is Anne of Green Gables.
  6. I qualified as a Solicitor in 2010 but I’ve not practiced for almost 2 years.
  7. I am more than a little obsessed with Haribo.
  8. I still watch Friends and Sex & The City.
  9. When I was a child I wanted to be a Research Scientist or an Interior Designer.
  10. My favourite sport to watch on TV is tennis and I absolutely love Wimbledon.
  11. I’ve lived in Manchester for almost 10 years and I still don’t know the quickest way to get where I’m going in town.



Now it’s time for me to put forward some new parenting bloggers to take part.

I’m Magical Maggie, You the Daddy, Wordy Mamas, Little Pickles Mom, and The Googling Mum.

I’ve tried to make sure none of you have done this before, but if you have, or if you’ve been nominated before and simply don’t want to, I’m sorry. Have fun guys!



And now for my questions!

  1. What’s your favourite thing about blogging?
  2. What’s your favourite sport (to watch or play) and why?
  3. What are the most rewarding and most difficult things about being a parent (or parent to be)?
  4. Where is the most exciting place you’ve visited?
  5. Who is your favourite celebrity and why?
  6. What was your favourite childhood book?
  7. What is your favourite meal?
  8. Shoes or trainers?
  9. Town or countryside?
  10. Which song makes you turn up the volume when it comes on in the car?
  11. What are your blogging goals for 2016?

I can’t wait to read your answers.


If I haven’t nominated you but you fancy answering my questions just include your thoughts in the comments below – or tag me in your blog post! 



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Becci Johnson

Hi, I’m an almost 6 ft, thirty-something living in Manchester. Writer, blogger & first time mum.

  • Rebecca | AAUBlog

    I’m with you on Anne of Green Gables and still watching friends – the best! #coolmumclub

    17th March 2016 at 11:51 am Reply
  • Rachel

    Love a Liebster Award post, such a great way to find out about other blogs and what makes the author tick etc. Really enjoyed reading this. PS. Me and you would get on like a house on fire – I love cats too! #coolmumclub

    18th March 2016 at 7:56 am Reply
  • Talya

    Lovely to get to know you better hon. It’s so lovely to be nominated for these awards isn’t it! Thanks for linking up to #coolmumclub lovely x

    18th March 2016 at 2:06 pm Reply

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