It could happen to any of we the frenetically ‘scribbling’ Blogging101 students. Nominated for a blog award, we then attend to various duties such as nominating yet more bloggers – it’s a chain and a snowball that is gathering momentum and blogs. Eeek! Oh, and none of the duties involve cake.
But seriously, thanks Karen for nominating me. I love your reason, and I quote: ‘Just found your site today. It is making me hungry. So I nominated you for a Liebster.’ Ah, another reader drooling over my blog. Love it. And please would you all go over and visit Karen to appreciate her poetic musings at Need to Scribble (we can all relate to that title). And here’s a picture of the award. I chose the nice pink version – it’s so pretty:
These are the rules (Yup, the rules!):
1. Display the Liebster award on your blog (copy and paste) – you can paste this in a sidebar image widget: http://i0.wp.com/wordingwell.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/liebster4.jpg (it took me a while to figure out!)
2. Thank and link back to your nominator.
3. Answer the nominator’s 11 questions (eek again!).
4. Nominate 11 other bloggers with about 200 or fewer followers and link to them.
5. Draft 11 new questions for your nominees.
6. Notify your nominees via their blogs or social media.
What is a Liebster and why accept one? (you can see it’s going to mean some work!)
Apparently guys (my merry little band of 11 nominees – scroll down for the list), you don’t have to continue the chain if you don’t wish to. But I did a bit of research and someone noted that it really benefits everyone plus it’s a great reason to communicate with your own nominees – and your nominator of course! 🙂
I chose blogs with style and content I liked, that had around 200 or fewer followers, had started fairly recently, and hadn’t received an award yet (as far as I know), like mine. I quote from Karen again ‘Liebsters are designed to spotlight blogs with low traffic, in the hope of generating some more’. Well, you all seem such a lovely sociable lot who might enjoy this whole award connecting process. But no pressure.
These are Karen’s questions I need to answer, with my replies, and I’ll write down your ones afterwards. You see, we’re all getting to know each other! But keep in mind that I’m quite boring so if you’d like to get a coffee or caffeine shot, alcohol, .. or some kind of stimulus first… Oh, and you know I’m British so I will keep making dry jokes and saying ‘sorry!’. Sorry. Oh dear, I’m rambling. Sorry!
Answering my nominator’s (Karen’s) questions – thanks Karen, I actually quite enjoyed doing this!:
What was your first car? I’ve only ever had one. A little second-hand Fiat I bought in Italy. The exhaust pipe fell off on route to Spain and it then sounded like a Lamborghini… vrouumm.
What is your idea of a good day? One with lots of cake and family or friends. Sorry, family, friends and cakes (in that order, of course) and a day out climbing at the rock.
Your house is on fire (God forbid). Name three things you grab on your way out. I’m not going to say cakes (didn’t even think it). I guess my laptop, my phone and my little Chinese good luck statue (and yes, the camera seems to make his forehead much bigger!):
What was the last thing that made you laugh out loud? Well, I’ve been laughing at myself just now but I laugh at things all the time. Sorry, can’t remember. Can I just say ‘any ridiculous little thing’, like my statue’s big forehead?
If you could have a supernatural power, what would it be? Flying. That would be lovely. Like Superman.
What do you miss most about being a kid? Climbing trees in the park.
Who would you cast to play you in a movie about your life? Lucy Liu – my eyes are lopsided too.
You’ve just won the lottery. Will you keep your job or quit? Quit then volunteer. And make lots of cakes.
Would you rather be smart or beautiful (pretend you could only be one or the other)? Smart I suppose. Hmm. Yeah…
If you could have dinner with someone, dead or alive, who would it be? With my mum (she’s in London). I’m not that interested in meeting someone famous or dead. Well, maybe Patsy Cline.
Tell me about a talent you don’t have but would like to. I’d like to be able to sing very well, so I could do a really good version of ‘I fall to pieces’ by Patsy Cline and if possible play the guitar very well too so that I could strum along at the same time.
My eleven nominees
Okay, these are my 11 nominees, and I just want to say it was difficult to choose because suddenly I got to know lots of bloggers and their blogs, and they’re all great! Aaargh. What to do. So I pulled my hair out for a few minutes then chose. You guys are really putting lots of work into it, enthusiastic, experimenting with stuff and interesting in all your own ways, so in alphabetical order:
1. Caffeinated musing – Java Fueled Ramblings of a Thirty Something Aspiring Super Hero (includes guitar tips)
2. ForcedFamilyFunBlog – A blog brought to you by the letter F (includes family and vegetarian recipes)
3. Hey, cakes! – (might not be a Blogging101 student but includes cakes!)
4. Hogrider Dookes – The Thoughts and Travels of A Geezer on a Harley … Looking at the World Through Teenage Eyes, but with the Cunning, Guile and Wisdom that Comes with Age (includes British Landscapes)
5. Journey of a Squivelist – Curtis Bausse (about the written word – includes talking birds)
6. Jumbleskine – diverse stuff (includes music)
7. Lance Greenfield – diverse stuff (includes a coach trip for bloggers)
8. Quantum Hermit – (includes stories of a strange town)
9. A solitary feast – Small Batch Recipes For One or Two (useful)
10. Stacey’s life blog – Self improvement at any age! (includes comedy)
11. Tales of a young buddhist traveller – casting off the bowlines and sailing away from the safe harbor (includes bilingual English/Spanish musings)
The 11 questions for you the nominees to answer – and you can be honest (or not):
1. How did you first feel about receiving this award?
2. What have you been enjoying most about blogging?
3. What is your idea of a good day?
4. What’s your favourite cake and why? (sorry, I just can’t help myself)
5. What’s your dream?
6. What are your favourite possessions and why?
7. What do you usually do at the weekend?
8. What makes you happy?
9. On average, how many hours a day are you blogging at the moment?
10. What kinds of blogs do you like following?
11. What are you going to do now?
Well, hope the questions were okay for you. Good luck with choosing your own 11 nominees and creating your own 11 questions (please don’t hate me!) Hope you have some fun!
And if anyone else is still reading this, I commend you on your staying power and please help yourself to a virtual brioche roll or piece of cake and cup of tea.
Do you have anything else to add about the Liebster? Is there anything else we should know about it? Thanks!
And now I must let nominees know then post a recipe before I lose my ‘raison d’être‘ (lose the plot)! A bientôt sweet readers!