A few weeks ago, Twitter notified me that my blog had been nominated for a Liebster Award by fellow writer and blogger Alisdair Daws. Fantastic, I thought. Who doesn’t love an award? Thanks, Alisdair! My next thought was, what exactly is a Liebster Award?
After reading Alisdair’s blog entry, I discovered that Liebster is a virtual award, a way for bloggers to compliment other bloggers on their content.
Google brings up several definitions of the Liebster Award. Alisdair compares it to a chain letter. After you’re nominated, you in turn nominate other bloggers. While I can’t guarantee that all your literary dreams will come true if you pass it on, it’s certainly a great way to connect with other writers and attract new readers to your blog. And unlike most chain letters, there’s no obligation to participate. We promise not to curse you with seven years of bad luck if you ‘break the chain’!
So, how does it work? There are a few different versions of the rules. Some are based on blog followers, others on Twitter followers. To simplify, I’m going to use the ones Alisdair passed on.
Guidelines for nominees
- Thank the blogger who nominated you and include a link to their blog.
- If you accept a nomination, display an image of the Liebster Award on your blog and write about it.
- Answer the 11 questions from the person who nominated you.
- Nominate 5 – 11 other fantastic bloggers who have less than 3000 blog followers and prepare 11 questions for them to answer.
- Post these guidelines on your blog.
My 11 questions from Alisdair Daws
1.Who is your favourite James Bond, and why?
I’m more of an Indiana Jones fan, but if I had to choose, I’d pick Sean Connery.
2.Pride and Prejudice or Bridget Jones’ Diary?
Definitely Pride and Prejudice. I have to confess I watched the BBC TV series before I read the book, but I love them both. When I was living in the UK, a friend and I visited Lyme Park where the famous lake scene at Pemberley was filmed.
3.What was your favourite TV show as a kid?
Danger Mouse, a British animated series. Danger Mouse is basically a rodent version of James Bond!
4.What is your favourite TV show now?
I love The Big Bang Theory for its witty dialogue and unique characters. I think writers can learn a lot from this show.
5.What is your favourite city to visit? (Or the city you’d most like to visit if you haven’t been there yet.) I’ve visited New York many times in novels and films. I’d love to see it in real life one day.
6.You’ve just been captured by an evil villain. Who comes to your rescue?
I do! I grew up reading Enid Blyton, so I know all about getting out of locked rooms using ‘the key trick’. You can read about it in her novel The Mystery of the Secret Room.
7.Night out on the town or night in?
I’m a teacher, so after interacting with my students all day, the introvert side of me loves a night in with a good book to recharge, especially in winter. But I enjoy nights out too.
8.What prompted you to start blogging?
I wanted to discipline myself to write regularly and develop my style. Writing can be pretty lonely, so I also wanted to connect with readers and other bloggers and get feedback on my writing.
9.What motivates you to keep blogging?
The encouraging comments from people who have read my posts. Thanks, everyone!
10.Who is your favourite author?
It’s impossible to pick just one! As a young reader, I was a big fan of Enid Blyton, J.R.R. Tolkien and John Marsden. As an adult, I love the novels of Jane Austen, C.J. Sansom, Carlos Ruiz Zafon, J.K. Rowling, Terry Prachett, Stephen King, Deborah Challinor, Kate Morton and many, many more.
11.What book has most influenced you?
I think the books we read in childhood have the greatest impact on our lives. For me, it was J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan. Like Wendy, I was half in-love with Peter for his sense of fun and adventure, as well as his captivating mix of fearlessness and vulnerability. I started writing stories when I was very young and my brother and I would draw extensive maps of our own versions of Neverland.
I’d like to nominate six great blogs I’ve been reading recently.
Gabrielle is a writer, poet and psychologist who blogs regularly on a wide range of issues, with a special focus on poetry, politics, autism and the environment. My favourites are her evocative haiku, a perfect read for a coffee break.
Like me, Anthony is an ESL (English as a Second Language) teacher who enjoys sharing his thoughts, experiences and discoveries about English language teaching. His blog posts are always well-researched and I’d highly recommend his website to both new and experienced teachers.
Bettina is an author and creative mentor with a background in interior design. In the words of Henri Matisse who Bettina quotes on her blog: “Creativity takes courage.” If you need the courage to be more creative in your writing, your business or your home, visit Bettina’s beautifully-designed website for inspiration.
Aidan J Reid
Aidan is a big believer in pursuing your dreams. In his blog, he tells readers how he quit his job in Ireland to move to Colombia to focus on his passion: writing thriller novels. His blog is an excellent source of inspiration for new writers, with insights into self-publishing, interviews with fellow writers and bloggers, book reviews and stories about his travel experiences.
Leigh gets extra points for having three blogs. If you enjoy writing short stories, visit Literarleigh to read about her writing experiences. Her post on choosing a good writing group gives excellent advice. Those who read YA fiction and fantasy should take a look at her book review blog. Finally, if you’re a backyard biologist like Leigh, check out her wonderful photos in The Nature Lover’s Log.
Liz at The Writing Reader
OK, so this one might be cheating for the Liebster Award. Although Liz’s blog says she’s got 96 followers, on Twitter she’s got 32.6K. It’s not surprising. Her website is a goldmine for writers. She specializes in writing prompts, but also shares writing tips, writers’ work, videos and podcasts. As Liz says in her tagline: “I believe that the most important thing about writing is to HAVE FUN! You can worry about things like commas, point of view, tenses, etc., later. Right now, just start writing!”
11 questions for my nominees (if they wish to accept)
- What’s your favourite word in the English language?
- What word or expression annoys you the most?
- If you started learning a new language tomorrow, what would it be?
- Holidays: Mountains, beach or city?
- What was the last book you read?
- Who was your favourite fictional character when you were a child?
- Eat out or eat in?
- What do you enjoy most about blogging?
- What tips do you have for new bloggers?
- When are you at your most creative?
- Who inspires you to keep writing/blogging?
If you decide to participate, let me know when you post the answers and I’ll share the link.