I opened my laptop to a surprise this morning. My blog had been nominated for a new blogger award by another blogger called Brain Embryos. The Liebster Award is run by The Global Aussie to try to bring a bit more exposure to new bloggers.
The internet is a big world, and there are a lot of bloggers in it. Newbies like me often find it difficult to get noticed, so I appreciate any help I can get with that. The Liebster Award is given to bloggers, by bloggers. And I’m really grateful to Brain Embryos for nominating me. It was a lovely surprise.
The Rules of the Liebster Award
What to Do if Nominated for the Liebster Award
Back in 2011 the rules were a simple case of acknowledgement of the nominator and to nominate 5 more. Now in 2018 it is a little more involved and will continue to evolve as blogging becomes more accessible.
If you have been nominated for The Liebster Award AND YOU CHOOSE TO ACCEPT IT, or you chose to start a blog post about the Liebster award; you should do the following:
- Thank the person who nominated you, and put a link to their blog on your blog. Try to include a little promotion for the person who nominated you. They will thank you for it and those who you nominate will also help you out as well.
- Display the award on your blog — by including it in your post and/or displaying it using a “widget” or a “gadget”. (Note that the best way to do this is to save the image to your own computer and then upload it to your blog post.) At the bottom of this post, I’ve included a whole lot of images you can use for your 2017 Liebster Award.
- For the 2018 Liebster Award, I will be shaking things up! Write a small post about what makes you passionate about blog posting.
- Provide 10 random facts about yourself. (Again this year I’m making this optional. If you wish to engage with your readers it’s a great idea to include random facts about you.)
- Nominate 5 – 11 blogs that you feel would enjoy blogging about this award the award.
- List these rules in your post (You can copy and paste from here or simply link to this post.) Once you have written and published it, you then have to:
- Inform the people/blogs that you nominated that they have been nominated for the Liebster award and provide a link for them to your post or mine if you don’t have all the information so that they can learn about it (they might not have ever heard of it! Post a comment in the comments below so I can view your post and check out your blog. I personally visit each and everyone. I visited a few hundred last year!!
What makes me passionate about blogging?
A few years ago, I got it into my head that I could write a book about how I live with chronic pain. I believe we need positivity to help pull us through. Blogging is a competitive world. Having books published is an even bigger competitive world. And I’m not really a competitor. So, the book I had in my head, has become a blog. I feel I have a lot to give and really hope that I can help other people cope with pain they live with.
10 random facts about me
- I passed my French and German Highers at school but failed English.
- I failed it twice.
- I’m almost 53 and still feel awful that I failed English.
- It was down to Shakespeare – I really didn’t like that man.
- I once had enough earrings to wear a different pair every day of the year. Fun earrings – birds, animals, trees, watches..
- I was a very fussy eater when I was younger.
- I discovered that I like mushrooms just a year ago and feel like I’ve been missing out.
- When I was 13, I went on a school trip to Spain. My Mum gave me a banana to eat on the bus (yes, we travelled on a bus for nearly two days!). I forgot to eat the banana and brought it home 10 days later. It wasn’t too pretty.
- I had a winning lotto ticket for £100,000 last week but tore it up.
- Ok, last one was a fib. Just wondered if anyone had read this far.
Brain Embryo’s questions for me
I ‘met’ Brain Embryos a few weeks ago. I think we were both starting to blog around the same time. Brain embryos is a fantastic blog about emotions, thoughts and ideas. Please do take a look – you’ll be glad you did.
So….when Brain Embryos nominated me, they set me the following questions :
1i.If you were a genie and a person asked you this wish, “I wish you would not grant me this wish”, what would you do? ii. If it were your wish, what would that wish be (i.e. something you want, but know it’s not ideal in the long term)? (N.B. If part ii feels too personal, feel free to skip
I would say, “The only person who can make your wishes come true or not come true is yourself.”
I should really tell myself that too.
2. Do news reporters wear pants behind the news desk? What does it look like behind the desk?
I hate to imagine what it looks like behind the desk. Probably messy. Shoes kicked off. Holes in socks. Pants? I really don’t know. Don’t think I want to.
3. Where do you draw the line between helping people and showing them how to help themselves? How do you strike that balance?
I never want to come across as preachy. I try to use my own life as an example and explain it’s not always easy for me either. But I know I can’t do any more than that.
4. Describe the colour yellow to someone who is blind.
Lovely question. It’s that feeling of walking outside on a summer’s day when the sun hits your face. It has warmth and brightness and you can feel that sunshine glowing all around you and it gives you a happy feeling. It feels like it will wash away your worries. It makes me smile. Touch my face, and you’ll feel my smile and the creases around my eyes because I’m smiling. Warm, bright, happy and hopeful – that’s yellow. (can you tell I love yellow?)
5. If your life was a movie, what would the title be?
Life on the edge…of a sofa.
6. Do the people in your life bring the best out of you? Do you believe you bring out the best in people in your life? (N.B. If this feels too personal, feel free to skip)
I hope so.
7. What would you do if you found a penguin in the freezer?
I would ask the polar bear why he put the penguin in the freezer.
8. Do you think that what we perceive is reality or just a construct of our minds? Can our minds correctly interpret reality or is reality subjective?
I’d say a bit of everything. Yes, we can perceive reality, but yes, we can view it subjectively. 10 people could view the same thing, but interpret it differently. Who’s right, who’s wrong?
9. Do you think emotions are necessary for human survival? Why or why not?
Yes, definitely! Because what kind of world would this be if people didn’t care? Emotions mean we care. We might care about other people, about animals, about things, and sometimes just ourselves. But we care. Obviously there are some people in the world who don’t care. But we need the carers to overpower those.
10. How would people communicate in a perfect world?
11. If you were a pizza deliveryman how would you benefit from scissors?
I would use them to cut between delivery and man and then add ‘wo’ between them.
My nominees for the Liebster award
There are so many fantastic blogs out there that it is so difficult to choose. But here are some of my favourites (in no particular order)
Pains, Poems, Places & Points of view.
That’s exactly what you’ll get with this blog by Trish Veltman. When she writes about the pain she lives with, you’ll find positivity along with it. She writes about writing, giving tips to help other writers. She takes you to places, and you feel as though you are there with her. And her points of view – they are always worth listening to. Thought provoking. Sincere and Meaningful. Verve is definitely worth putting on you reading list.
I simply love this blog. Pryanka writes straight from the heart. In her words “A Blogger by passion, Teacher by profession and an Artist by heart, my default make up is positivity . I am here to spread the same good vibes through my writings.”
When I read Pryanka’s posts, I get those vibes. I’m always grateful for some positive vibes.
Story of a Journey
I discovered Guilia’s blog just a few days ago. The journey she is on, in her words, will probably be a lifelong journey. Guilia shares what she has learned so far – dealing with grief, learning to love yourself, meditation and mindfulness.
She invites her readers to join her on her journey. I will be there. Hope you will too.
Clarity 4 The Soul
Sarah is writing about mental health and wellness, using her own experience. It’s because of people like Sarah that barriers can be knocked down. But she’s not just knocking down barriers by discussing these issues, she’s trying to help people overcome their problems.
In Sarah’s words :
“I dont believe medication will be the everlasting saviour. It will help you in the moment, sure. But it won’t dissipate your anxiety issues. The whole aim of my blog in the first place is that I wanted to give you the tools you need to succeed in overcoming your anxiety issues.”
There are so many travel blogs to choose from, but I found this one, and want to travel the world with Erika. She gave up her corporate job so she could do some travelling. That was a year ago, and she has no intention of stopping just yet. I’m not fit to do all the travelling, so it’s nice to be able to visit those far off places from the comfort of my couch!
A Pocketful of Raisins
There are lots of Mummy/Mommy blogs on the internet, but this blog is a Daddy blog. And I think a very good Daddy blog. Dane writes about balancing life with looking after his little boy. But he is giving some life lessons. I particularly like this post about teaching consent. Dane – you’re right it’s never too early to teach consent.
Gluten Free Birdie
I just had to include this blog by Kathy D. I was diagnosed with coeliac disease a year ago, so I always love to find gluten free recipes. Changing to gluten free is more difficult than you realise and blogs like this really help, especially when it’s all new to you.
Questions for my nominees
- It’s five minutes to midnight on New Year’s Eve – you can call one person to tell them how you think THEIR year went. You can say anything at all without fear of repercussion. Who will you call and what will you say? (This doesn’t need to be someone you know personally. Can be anyone at all.)
- An alien from an unknown planet comes to your house and ask for directions to the most beautiful place on earth. Where will you send him/her/it?
- If you were a season, which season would you be?
- Hot, spicy, salty or sweet – which seasoning would you be?
- Think ahead 10 years. Will you wish you had done more with this part of your life? Will you have regrets?
- That alien has come back. He enjoyed his trip. He knows how people look, but he wants to learn more about them – their feelings and behaviour. In no more than thirty words, how would you describe us?
- You’re a fly on the wall. Whose wall?
- Do you have a cure for hiccups? (I have had hiccups for the last 15 minutes, hence this question!)
- What music would you play on a long drive? Or would you rather have silence?
- The alien is back and tells you that earth and its people are a bit strange. Says that his planet only has happiness and harmony. Invites you and your immediate family on a one way trip to his planet. Would you go?
Hope you will enjoy taking part!