The Little Engine Tag: (That’s right. I’m starting my own tag)

So I did an award post a couple months ago, and a thought occurred to me while filling it out: why can’t I make my own blog tag thingy? For one thing, I’d make sure all the questions are actually fun and thought-provoking, and can’t simply be answered with a boring one or two word answer, which is often the case. Also, I’d get free publicity! And I’d provide all those suffering from writer’s block some much-needed relief.

(I hear writer’s block is at its worst in the spring. Okay so I made that up, but it’s probably true.)

So I went ahead and invented my own blog tag, and here it is.

It’s called the Little Engine tag, because why not? The picture above is to be included in all future responses to this tag, unless the blogger in question simply doesn’t want to include it. In that case I am powerless to stop them.

Naturally, there are some rules to this tag, namely:

  1. Each answer you give to a question has to be more than two sentences long. Or at the very least, you have to make those two sentences meaningful.
  2. There will be two bonus questions at the end, that the blogger gets to change to whatever they want to ask when they nominate someone else. The first six questions, however, are set in stone.
  3. At the end you must nominate three to five other bloggers. Okay, so you don’t have to, but that would be nice if you could. (I want my blog name to spread on for all of eternity.)
  4. You know how sometimes in quiet classrooms, they’ll be that one guy clicking his pen fifty times a second, and it’s annoying as hell to everyone else? Yeah, don’t be that guy. This doesn’t apply to this tag so much, but more to life in general.

Now, onto the questions, which are:

1.) What’s one of your biggest pet peeves?

(This question was designed to let you rant about something people do that bugs you. For example:)

I for one, hate when people call me “buddy.” It just always feels condescending, even when it isn’t mean to be. I also hate people call me “dumbass,” for more obvious reasons.

2) What is your favorite song at the moment?

(I included this question because I want to be exposed to more music.)

One song that’s been consistently in my head for the past six months is Where is my Mind? by the Pixies. I heard it on The Leftovers and I’ve been loving it ever since. It is the perfect song to bob your head to.

3) Who is your favorite blogger?

(Besides me, of course.)

Right now I’d pick The Mostly Confused Teenager, despite the fact that she hasn’t posted for a while. It’s just that many of her posts like “Those Crazy American Commercials” and “Being French,” are hilarious and well-written and I would like to get more of them, please.

4) What’s the nicest thing you’ve seen someone do recently?

(You can also write about something you did, if you want.)

There was a little kid in a wheelchair at McDonald’s the other day who went up to the counter alone and asked for an ice cream cone. The problem was that he couldn’t hold the cone and still steer back to his table at the same time, so my manager went over and helped him out, despite the restaurant being very busy at the time. This surprised me because said manager is usually a very rude, standoffish woman, but apparently she has a soft spot for handicapped little kids. (Then again, who doesn’t?) So this was a nice heartwarming moment in an otherwise terrible day.

5) What’s something you regret doing?

(Note: don’t pick something that you regret not doing, because those are usually more painful than funny.)

I regret buying an HP printer, because those are the worst, because I have never not had a problem with it since the moment I first set it up.

I also regret giving my friend one of my lottery tickets.

6) If you could take only three items with you to a deserted island, what would they be, and why?

I for one would take my High School Musical 2 dvd, because Troy and Gabriella are my OTP. Then I guess I’d take some scissors, in case I need a haircut. Oh, and a pen cap to chew on. 

Pfft, this is so easy.

Now for the bonus questions: (Remember, you can change these to something else if you write your own post.

7) What past fad do you think should make a comeback?

Personally, I hope planking becomes a thing again. I find it hysterical. Remember this, anyone?

8) How would you describe the perfect date?

Mine would be: drive in theater, with the movie being Stephen King’s IT: Part One. Obviously this would never happen, but hey, I could dream.

And now for the nominations. You could nominate anywhere from three to five people, or not at all. But because I’m trying to start a new trend, I’m going to nominating quite a few, and I’ll be calling them out by name.

  • Engie, from Musings from Neville’s Navel. I know you’re busy with college and all, but screw college! This tag is much more important.
  • Liam, from This Page Intentionally Left Blank. I know you’re busy battling pirates and sea monsters right now, but as they say, the pen is mightier than the sword. Likewise, this tag is mightier than anything you could possibly be doing, so drop everything and get on it.
  • Susannah from Susannah Contra Mundum, because of your Lilo and Stitch GIFs.
  • Gwendolyn, from Apprentice, Never Master, because you didn’t actually think you’d be able to get out of this post unscathed, did you?
  • Shanti, from Virtually Read. I know you just did an award post, but technically this isn’t an award post. It’s an inconvenience more than anything else. 
  • Katie, from Spiral Bound. You are my mortal enemy, and hopefully you’ll expose a weakness by answering my questions. 
  • Confused Teen from The Mostly Confused Teenager, because the blogosphere needs you back. 
  • Kedslover from Alternative Sunny Days, because you are chiller than an ice cream cone.
  • Derek, from The Edwards Edition. Where you been, man? And don’t use life as an excuse, because I already called dibs on that one.
  • Literary and Lovely, from Literary and Lovely. I approve of your use of calculators.
  • Evi, at Adventures Through Pages. This is punishment for posting almost as inconsistently as me.
  • Aspen at AKA The Author. I read you were sick with laryngitis, so I decided to make life worse for you by pressuring you into this. 
  • Elm from Just Call me Elm or Something. If you were an actual elm tree, I probably wouldn’t chop you down unless absolutely necessary. 

Well, that’s ten people. Hopefully enough to spread this tag across the universe. I probably forgot someone really important to nominate, so if you’re one of those people I missed, I’m very sorry, and feel free to do this tag anyway, because you deserve it.

43 thoughts on “The Little Engine Tag: (That’s right. I’m starting my own tag)

    1. No problem! And if you thought that song was awesome, there’s also an obnoxiously beautiful piano rendition of the song, that also played in The Leftovers season 2. (Whoever produces that show must have amazing taste in music.)

  1. Hey, thanks for including me in this. And if you ever find a drive-in theatre with Stephen King’s It: Part One, give me a call. That would definitely be one of the best dates ever.

    1. You’re welcome! And I’ll be sure to let you know, although I don’t have high hopes. (Do drive-in theaters still exist? Cause i haven’t been to one in a long time.)

      1. Just sent you a little email about this. Well, hopefully it was you, or some random person received it. Maybe it made their day though, so all would not be lost.

  2. Well.



    I threw a wish in a well.
    Don’t ask me I’ll never tell.
    I looked at you as it fell and now you’re in my way.

    Ah, the trials of being an evil overlord…

    I might as well do this tag. I don’t think I’ll be exposing anything tooooooo secret…

    I am a little concerned about that last question, though. I mean, my perfect date is February 11th. But I’m not sure how relevant that is or how it would help you.

    1. Your days as an evil overlord may be numbered, I regret to say, for just by agreeing to do this tag, you have already exposed a key weakness.

      And your perfect date being February 11th, I must say gives me some crucial information about you, mainly that you have poor taste in dates. I mean come one, February 11th? Gross. I’d have picked something classier, like something in early May, or maybe late September.

      1. Maybe that’s what I want you to think…

        September is getting cold and May is too hot. February 11th though… Okay, yeah it’s cold too. But it’s full of hope, mainly that someone still has time to send me flowers for Valentine’s Day. No one ever does, though… *sniff*

      2. Don’t worry, I’ll give you flowers next time. I’ll just need your address and social security number and they’ll be ready to go.

      3. Awwww! You’re so sweet!

        Send the flowers to 32 Wallaby Way, Sydney, Australia. My minions will pick them up.
        As for the social security number… *shifty eyes* you already know it… as I know yours… and I know that you don’t exist and you have glasses! HA!

      4. Wait, so if I don’t exist, do my glasses also not exist? Or do they exist, and they’re just floating around, attached to a non-existent body? Or was I right in my theory that you are an evil tyrant who sits upon a throne of lies?

        Because I’ll have you know that I do exist. I just breathed on a mirror a few minutes ago and it got all misty, so ha.

  3. I probably will get around to doing this tag sometime soonish *adds to to-do list* I like the questions. And the pen clicking thing annoys me also. I once created a tag called the ABBA book tag, and it went far and wide, but some of the tag-doers decided I didn’t understand the meaning of the songs* sigh* i’ts just a tag! things can be taken out of context. *coughs* anyway… If/when I do this, I’ll probably write the same thing, but one thing I regret doing was jumping from nine metres into a waterhole, which everyone told be would be fun, but I was screaming as I fell and I strained my jaw and couldn’t close or fully open my mouth for some days.

    1. I’m sorry to hear about your tag-creating woes. I hope a similar fate does not befall me, although it probably will.

      Yikes, that sounds horrible. Though I do admire your moxie (that’s right: moxie) for being willing to do that in the first place. I like to think that I totally would’ve jumped in myself, no questions asked, but I most likely would’ve backed out, because heights are scary.

  4. This is the coolest thing ever! Definitely doing this one, even though I’m terrible at doing tags. Whatever. I’ll just roll with it

    1. Your welcome! Oh and just so you know, if you fail to post the tag within a week, twenty chin-ups will be added to your punishment. So get tappin’.

      1. You are forgiven, since I myself haven’t exactly been posting on the daily lately. That being said, I still expect twenty chin-ups. And none of those lame half chin-ups where you don’t bend your arms all the way, either. I want real, high-quality chin-ups here.

  5. This is pretty amazing 🙂
    And your sense of humour is brilliant (if you can actually use the word “brilliant” to describe humour)

      1. Well, I think a person’s sense of humour tends to define his character and people with a dry sense of humour are the best 🙂

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