Saturday, 5 July 2014

Everybody Hates Icebreakers

In case you've never been in any social situation, ever, allow me to explain what icebreakers are. They are group exercises to allow strangers to get to know each other and feel comfortable. And they are awful. The only purpose an icebreaker has ever served in my life is making me feel part of a group who are unanimous in hating icebreakers.

With that said, let me welcome you to my blog. I've had this URL since 2010 and it's time we blew the cobwebs off. But first, I have to allow you to get to know me and feel comfortable here in the only way I know how.

Dear Google, may I please have the most common icebreaker questions for getting to know someone? Thanks.

- If you were an animal, what would you be and why?
I think I'd be a cat. The whole eating a lot and sleeping a lot but then WOW look at that leaf I am going to HAVE SO MUCH FUN with this leaf then back to eating and sleeping is pretty much how my days are structured.

If you were to be on any reality TV show, which would it be and why?
I'm beginning to see a pattern of 'and why' here. It'd be 'Strictly Come Dancing' or something where you come out with a skill you didn't have before. (I'm really bad at dancing)

- What punctuation mark best describes your personality? Why?
Really? Do people actually use these questions or are we all just playing along at this stage. Anyway, I suppose it would have to be the comma. Commas look kind of introverted but they always have something else to say.

- What event do you remember most fondly from high school?
Weirdly, the things that pop into my head aren't achievements or moments of personal growth or anything of the sort. They're the most ridiculous 'had to be there' moments like when my whole class started a revolution in my second year French class and made 'SAVE THE TREES' badges out of paper and wore them for a whole day. Or when my best friend and I rapped three pages of our maths textbook and recorded it at a whisper on her old Samsung.

Do you see those floating shards of ice? Do you?

Now that the awkward introductions are over, I can officially welcome you to my blog. Here I'll be sharing thoughts about life and documenting the ridiculous 'had to be there' moments.

Thanks for reading,


  1. Really glad you've started blogging! Your new video brought me here :)
    Loved the post, do you think you could add the GFG followers widget to your blog so I can follow it? :)

  2. So excited you're blogging now! I have a love-hate relationship with icebreakers. As a committee chair in my fraternity during college, I had to use them at start of year events all the time. They did help us get to know our new members, though. My favorite is with a bright colored candy and each color represents a different question. Sometimes they're serious, "what are you most excited to do this year?" and sometimes they're totally not serious "what kind of sea life would you be?".

  3. Perfect account o one of my pet peeves! I'm unbelievably socially awkward so icebreakers are torture!
    It's really great that you've started blogging, I look forward to hearing about all of your escapades.

  4. To hell with icebreakers, I say we ought to crush the clich├ęs first..

    Daphne: There's nothing quite as exciting as a first date. All those questions you ask. “What's your favorite food?” “What's your favorite color?” “If you were to come back as an animal, what sort of animal would you be?” If she were to ask you that one, what would you say?
    Frasier: “Check, please” comes to mind.