Being Awarded the Liebster Award
It has been a while since I have participated in these blogging based awards. That is true if you don’t count my attempt to create my own award. Sadly, that effort fell flat on its face. It is rather sad because I think that one had a lot of potential to spread joy in the world.
I was nominated for this award by the Cheeky Cyclist. Thank you for this, and thank you for your kind words. I hope my blog is interesting, or inspiring, or something….
The Rules of Accepting The Liebster Award:
The Liebster Award is an award that dates back as early as 2011 and exists only on the internet and is given to bloggers by bloggers, whose work they find interesting, to motivate them, and to promote them. Liebster is a word with German origins and has several meanings: dearest, sweetest, kindest, nicest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, and welcome.
The instructions of accepting the award and passing it on:
- Create a new blog post on your blog thanking the person that nominated you, link to their blog and put in a graphic of the award.
- Answer the questions that were provided, and then share some facts about yourself.
- Create a new set of your own questions for others to answer.
- Nominate 5-11 others and share your blog post with them so they can accept their awards
Answering the Questions
- Why did you start blogging?
This is kind of a tough question. I have conflicting memories of this. I want to be a professional writer, but procrastinate writing. I guess I thought writing a blog would exercise those muscles. I also had dreams of striking it rich with a blog that was super popular and generated a lot of income. I started a blog on hobbies, but it never really got a following. I imported it to WordPress and I continue to write it, but not as frequently as I should. The first post is still one of the best edited pieces I have written.
I started a blog to teach my students some more things about English. Some of them appreciated it, but I had to go on facebook and nag them to read it all the time. I started a blog to rant about the injustices of the world. While it was satisfying in a cathartic kind of way, it didn’t spur a lot of discussion or reaction. Both of these were on other platforms.
When I came to WP, I wanted to write something new. I also wanted to feel more positive about things. I wasn’t depressed, but I was unhappy. Self help books didn’t help. My friends were full of positive comments that seemed to lift me out of my stubborn funk. I reasoned if that worked, thinking about positive things every day would be a good idea. Since I usually wrote the blog before going to sleep, it was nice to have something positive in my head before sleeping. It definitely made for better dreams.
Unlike the hobby blog, this one has grown. I have about a thousand views a month and a decent bunch of followers. I would still like more comments and questions, but that will happen over time.
I continue to blog because of the positive response I have received.
- How do you get inspiration to create your blog posts?
When I started, I had to go back over the day and find something positive. That wasn’t easy in the beginning, but has gotten much easier. Also, since my creative muscles have been exercised, it is less difficult to find inspiring things….or at least things I want to write about.
The blog has evolved. Some days, it isn’t about positive moments, but rather moments I want to capture. Sometimes, I want to reflect on a moment, even if it wasn’t the most positive part of my day (meeting attractive women, but not talking to them or asking them out comes to mind).
Sometimes, I don’t know where it comes from. I find sentences, phrases, or single words in my head and I just want to play with them. Sometimes, I see something, and I want to write about it. Sometimes, I hope to inspire someone. Sometimes, I hope to provoke someone. Sometimes, a little voice inside my head says write about it.
- What is your favorite dessert that everyone should try?
My grandmother use to make palachinka (I never asked her how to spell it, so I write it to phonetically sound like she pronounced it). These were thin pancakes (crepes I guess) filled with a dry cottage cheese and sugar. When they were warm, they were fantastic. Like much of her cooking, we never learned to make any of it, and now we are worse off for it. Perhaps there is a Donaushwaben cookbook out there, and one day I will be able to make some of them.
- What is your favorite memory?
I cherish all my memories. In fact, most people would accuse me of living in the past. Perhaps they are right.
- What is your favorite book or series and why?
Robert B. Parker’s Spenser is a good one. Butcher’s Dresden Books are also awesome. Connelly’s Bosch series is awesome too. I read a lot, so I could never just pick one series. If I had to pick a favourite book, I would probably choose Waterland by Graham Swift, or A Prayer for Owen Meany by Irving.
- What is your favorite way to prepare an egg?
I like it when I am at a breakfast buffet and they make me an omelette. On my last two cycling trips, I ate an omelette almost every day. That was fantastic.
- Where do you want to travel most, but you’ve never been?
I suspect that this is Chile. It is such a fascinating place. I’ve had quite a few students from Chile, and I liked them all.
- What is your top blogging tip for others?
Comment on other people’s blogs. Open up the conversation. Liking a blogpost is great, but it isn’t feedback. I have met some remarkable people on this platform, and I hope to meet more of them.
- What is your spirit animal?
I pick the Thunderbird? Actually, I am not entirely clear on what a spirit animal is.
- What is your favorite post that you have written? (Link please!)
My favourite posts probably are ones, like I mentioned above, of beautiful people I have met, or at least crossed paths with, that I have never seen again. Having written 600 posts, It is difficult to choose one. Of those 600 posts, these stand out to me.
The Woman Who Loved Chopin
Ghost Blue Eyes
All The Colours of Red You Know
I could nominate a lot of people, but I have selected some of my newer discoveries. These people deserve more followers and more views.
Relentlessly optimistic, Sarah is someone who is doing her best to change the world. Her voice should be heard.
This person has had a bit of a rollercoaster ride as of late and I think a bunch of views and comments would be very helpful.
A new voice that should be encouraged.
Three Kids and a Backpack Travels
Imagine traveling in southeast Asia with three kids. It will definitely be an unforgettable experience.
Small but powerful. I find her writing to be honest and brave.
- If you could have dinner with one famous person, who would it be? You don’t have to cook it, but you do have to supply some of the conversation.
- What book can you read more than one time?
- What toy from your childhood do you remember as being fabulous?
- How and where do you drink your coffee or tea?
- What would people from your high school be surprised to know about you now?
- If you had your own music band, what would you be called?
- Which movie character most resembles you? (not physically, but from a character standpoint)
- If you could have a double cone right now, what two flavours would you like?
- What language would you like to speak that you don’t already?
- What genre of book would you like to publish?