The Liebster Award

On Thursday, I was simultaneously nominated for the prestigious Liebster Award by Chris at Chris Jurewicz’s blog and engaged in a discussion in The Commons for Blogging 101 about the pros and cons of blogging awards and whether to accept and nominate.  I was fresh off the euphoria of being on the red carpet and accepting my One Lovely Blog Award and thought why not accept someone’s nomination.

In the discussion, there were concerns expressed about whether these awards are spammy and share the characteristics of the dreaded chain letter.  Certainly, they can feel that way: share seven random facts about yourself, nominate five, seven, eleven, fifteen other blogs for the award, and so on.  Unlike chain letters, the various award rules however do not threaten you with the self-destruction of your site, seven years of writer’s block, or the loss of all your readers except your best friend from second grade if you do not participate in the award and pass on the love/dilemma.

These awards are a form of peer to peer recognition and the Liebster’s intent as stated on its logo is to “discover new blogs” and recognize bloggers still building their readership.  And at their essence this is what they do, encourage readers to find new sites and help fledgling blogs build an audience.

There are many legitimate concerns over whether participating in awards detracts from blogging and writing and the legitimacy of a blog,

Accepting an award, writing a response and nominating others does take valuable time away from writing a post that may be more aligned with the blog’s focus.  For myself, I have to ask whether I would be working on Part 3 of the three part series assignment from Writing 101.  Perhaps? But I am making a conscious decision to write an award response post first before I finish that series.  Accepting the Liebster and writing this post is part of the business part of blogging, creating community and developing a readership.

As for taking away from the legitimacy of a blog, I think it is acceptable to either reject or accept award nominations depending on how you feel about it at that moment.  Where it may detract from the legitimacy of your blog is in how you handle the nomination.  It seems obvious to me that you should be kind and polite in your response.  To be snarky in your rejection may not only turn off the blogger who nominated you but also that blogger’s readers aka your potential readers.  I do think it can be off-putting if I visit a blog and the side bar or home page is littered with award badges.  I tend to leave those blogs quickly without reading much or following.  For that reason, you will never find an award badge on my sidebar or home page unless of course it’s a Bloggie.

As with all awards there are rules and guidelines.  These are the guidelines I was given in my nomination:

  • Post the award on your blog.
  • Thank the blogger who presented this award and link back to their blog.
  • Write 11 random facts about yourself.
  • Nominate 11 bloggers who you feel deserve this award and who have less than 200 followers.
  • Answer 11 questions posted by the presenter and ask your nominees 11 questions.

First, I would like to thank Chris at Chris Jurewicz’sblog for nominating me for the Liebster Award.  The Liebster as far as I can tell is just the German way of saying Lovely Blog with a slightly different set of instructions.  Liebster translated from German means “sweetheart, beloved person, darling.”  I truly appreciate your nomination and affection for my about page.

My answers to the presenter’s questions:

Out of all the posts you have written, which one is your favourite?

My favorite post would have to be Blogging 101: Dream Reader because I think the memory captured in this post influences some of my best work.

How do you come up with ideas for blogs?

In the shower, when I’m doing dishes, reacting to and living my daily life ideas come to me.  The bad thing is sometimes I forget to write them down.

Why blog vs keeping a diary/journal?

Blog provides feedback and hopefully the structure I need to write consistently.

Have you met a celebrity? If so, who and what was the circumstance?

Define celebrity.  In Massachusetts, the Kennedy Family are celebrities, Boston royalty.  I met the late Senator Ted Kennedy at a ribbon cutting ceremony at a day care center at my local community college.  I was a student reporter covering the ribbon cutting.  I met his son former Congressman Patrick Kennedy outside the Kennedy Library on Dorchester Bay where his father was laying in state.  He shook my hand and I expressed my condolences.  

A girlfriend and I also took a selfie before selfies were the rage with a disposable camera with singer, songwriter, James Taylor as he was headed to the stage to perform.

What is your favourite holiday destination?

Home. My living room/dining room on Christmas Eve where my extended family gathers to celebrate.

Do you have kids?

I usually dread this question.  Because people look at me like there’s something wrong with me for not having children.  Somehow not having children makes me less of a woman, less important in some people’s eyes.  Depending on my mood, I may share my difficulty in conceiving and miscarriage.  Other times I may tell them it is none of their business.  Chris, no ill intent taken, no I do not have any children.

If so, how many times have you watched Frozen?

I have seen Frozen back to back several times as I babysat my niece who was home sick from kindergarten.  We curled up on the couch and watched it repeatedly.

Favourite band?

will.i.am and the black eyed peas

What is the best part of living where you live? (let me know what city/town!)

Boston – Red Sox, Bruins, Celtics, Patriots

How much time per day do you spend on WordPress, either writing or reading?

Depends – during Blogging 101 six – eight hours per day.  Normally not that much.

What is your earliest childhood memory?

Waiting for my father to come home on an Easter Sunday when I was two so we could do our Easter egg hunt.

I am changing the numbers to five.  My life, my world, my blog, my nominees, my rules.  Good news for my five nominees you only have five questions to answer if you accept my nomination.  You are of course free to reject my nomination or choose six more questions from the eleven questions I answered.

Five random facts about myself

  1. I am sarcastic by nature.  I come by it naturally and honestly as my sisters and I speak our own language.
  2. I recently received one of the greatest compliments from one of my former bosses.  He wrote “I believe in the world of professional sports management, you are a ‘character player’, someone who always thinks of others first!”
  3. I have always been a voracious reader.  My family jokes that I would read the ingredients off of the cereal boxes at the breakfast table because we weren’t allowed to have books or toys at the table while eating.
  4. I love flip-flops.
  5. I am the second of four daughters.  I share the middle with the third born sister; I sometimes act as though I am the oldest daughter and sometimes the middle child.

My five nominees:

  1. Goddiss
  2. Off The Beaten Path: Being Silly in the City
  3. The Professor and Her Garden
  4. Janet Sunderland
  5. Finding Fab- You -Lous

My five questions for my nominees:

  1. What is your favorite childhood book?
  2. What one person living or dead would you like to meet?
  3. How many hours do you devote per week to writing and blogging?
  4. Do you promote your blog with social media? Which ones, why and how often?
  5. Which is your favorite blog post that you have written?

As a reminder to my nominees, here are the rules as I have changed them to suit my schedule.  Feel free to adjust them back to the “original” set I received or in another way that suits you.

  • Post the award on your blog.
  • Thank the blogger who presented this award and link back to their blog.
  • Write 5 random facts about yourself.
  • Nominate 5 bloggers who you feel deserve this award and who have less than 200 followers.
  • Answer 5 questions posted by the presenter and ask your nominees 5 questions.

Thanks again, Chris Jurewicz for my nomination.  I hope participating in the Liebster helps you, me and others discover new blogs; discover and be discovered.

5 thoughts on “The Liebster Award

  1. When I was nominated for the lovely blog award I also didn’t know If I shuld accepted, and I arrived at the same conclusion you did. This ind of awards are a recognition made by a fellow blogger. I felt really honor that someone out there thought that my blog was lovely and interesting enough to deserve some recognition and the oportunity it gave my to get to know other blogs and recognize the ones I really enjoy was great to.

    So glad you decided to accept 🙂

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  2. Pingback: The Liebster Award | Goddiss

  3. Thank you for the nomination. Your post does indeed ring true. I have been nominated 3 times this week and whilst I will accept I am going to have to do one long post for all three hopefully by the weekend, :). However I do believe its a great way to give newbies like myself some exposure!

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  4. Love your answers and your random facts. Especially loved what you said about having kids. I have a close friend who was never able to have kids. She would have loved to but it did not happen and she accepted for what it was. But she got looked at and treated as if it was her fault or as if she was a weirdo. Not fair. She was and still is so beautiful around kids and teaches them so much about life and nature through teaching them to ride horses. For me, she is a true horse whisperer (and human whisperer). She is one of the most amazing people I know.

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  5. I stumbled across your blog as I was nostalgically visiting Blogging 101 this morning: I missed the discussion about awards there, but I found your response thoughtful and sane. (While I’ve accepted awards twice, the first time I was a bit dismissive of the honor. I found, though, that I got to know other bloggers through my acceptance: for me, that was worthwhile.)

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