Friendship Blogger Award

Good morning everyone! I am ashamed to say it’s taken me a few days to write this post. It feels almost ungrateful, which is the literal opposite of how I feel. I struggle to make friends in real life (as evidenced by the fact that I’ve made a grand total of two friends in Switzerland… and I’ll have been here 3 years at the end of April!), so it’s amazing to think my fellow bloggers actually like me! Chomeuse with a Chou nominated me for this award (umm, it occurs to me that I don’t actually know her name – yes in blog land you can be friends with people and not even know who they are…). Thank you so much!

The Friendship Blogger Award was invented by: Novus Lectio

friendship award

“This Award is for those we cherish in WP and to show them affection and to offer them our friendship.” – how lovely is that?


  • Thank the blogger who nominated you in your blog post and link back to their blog.
  • Mention the creator of the Award (Novus Lectio) and its purpose.
  • Nominate other bloggers to receive the awards.
  • List the rules and display the Friendship blogger award logo in your post on your blog.



Alison aka Fat Dormouse

Dubliner in Deutschland

Kristen from See You in a Porridge

Heather goes Deutsch

Lyndsay from Our Girl in Zurich

I would also like to add Erin to this list, although she is currently not blogging. She is the wonderfully supportive creator of the book challenge I never shut up about 😉

You are all ace!

10 thoughts on “Friendship Blogger Award

  1. I am completely happy to be called Chomeuse 😉 trying to keep a low profile in case I ever need a safe place to vent my frustrations at having a hag for a mother-in-law…my husband has an enormous family that loves to gossip. Nowhere is safe… 😉 very glad that we met, I think that you are a lovely person 🙂

    1. What is that quote from ‘You’ve Got Mail’ when Meg Ryan e-mails Tom Hanks about ‘this not knowing’ being a good thing? (Chomeuse will no doubt supply the quote for me as she has a wonderful knack of remembering good quotes from books and films and also being able to place actors in other films.) It allows a certain freedom to express your thoughts – and criticisms – without the fear of censure or recrimination by those who know you.

      1. I’ve never seen You’ve Got Mail 🙂

        Before anybody from my “real life” knew about my blog I did have a lot more freedom to write what I wanted. Now that some family members occasionally read I have to self-censor a bit – if only to the extent that I make sure nobody can learn anything from my blog that I haven’t told them myself yet! But even before anyone knew I had a blog, I avoided writing about certain things (e.g. work) because even though I try not to let my blog be linked with my full name anyone I know who happened to come across it would realise immediately who I am (Someone called Bev who is English, lives in Switzerland and works as a translator… I doubt there are many bout!).

    2. I used to be much more anonymous, in that nobody from my “real life” knew about my blog and I never posted photos of myself, but I have always used my real first name so anyone I knew who stumbled across it would have recognised me immediately. Even if I had made up a name, just reading a few posts would have given me away (British, lives in Switzerland, works in Germany… there can’t be that many of us about!). Not that I think many people who know me for real would just happen to come across my blog, but you never know… which is why I try not to post about work (not in detail anyway) and didn’t announce that we were moving to Switzerland until after my boss knew 😉 I still try not to let my blog be associated with my full name, so while those who know me are aware of who I am in real life, those who don’t *hopefully* can’t track down my Facebook profile or figure out which company I work for based solely on my blog.

      1. That sounds like a very healthy balance. I don’t really care if I’m recognised by anyone outside of my immediate family (I doubt I ever would be as I don’t think it’s that easy to happen upon a friend’s blog by accident, or certainly not a blog as small as mine anyway) but it is nice to have some separation. I don’t suppose there can be many at all who live in Geneva but work in Germany, and certainly not with your uncommon name.

      2. I think there should be a portal for all of us to anonymously post “posts we can’t publish on our blogs.“ Glad to know I’m not the only one who has to self-censor at times.

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