The Liebster Award – General Info and Rules
Most bloggers, at some point, have heard of or received the Liebster award, unless you are a newbie! From the extensive searches I have conducted in my attempts to learn about this award, I have visited a bunch of blogs and gleaned the following information:
- This award exists only on the internet, and is given to bloggers by other bloggers.
- It has German origins – the word “liebster” has several definitions: dearest, sweetest, kindest, nicest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, welcome, sweetheart and boyfriend (really?)
- It follows similar principles as a chain letter, in the sense that it should be passed forward to a certain number of people.
- It can be misconstrued, depending upon your personal views, as either something wonderful (who doesn’t like awards?) or as an annoyance (a chain letter that involves work).
- The choice lies within each of us to ACCEPT it, and continue PAYING IT FORWARD or to refuse to accept it, thereby STOPPING or INTERRUPTING the chain. However, if you stop the chain, you are only hurting yourself (keep reading for benefits you will have)!
- Personal views play an important part in our choice to participate. Some people have refused to accept it and have made attempts to “break the chain”. There have been many people who have been nominated, yet refused to accept it, and now their blogs have been abandoned.
- Variations have been made over time to the “rules”.
- Marketing plays a role in accepting this award, as other bloggers are promoted. (This is not a bad thing, however, since people should help others!)
- Other awards are a part of the whole “meme“. These include “One Lovely Blog Award”, the “Sunshine Blog Award” and the “Versatile Writer Award”.
It is said that the Liebster award was created to recognize and/or discover new bloggers and welcome them to the blogosphere. In the digital world of the internet, this seems like a nice gesture, in my opinion!
The Rules – different sets I’ve found:
1) Post a short Q&A about themselves
2) Answer the questions the tagger has asked
3) Create a new list of questions for their own nominees
4) Choose a list of their own nominees and notify them
1. Thank your Liebster Blog Award presenter on your blog.
2. Link back to the blogger who awarded you.
3. Copy & Paste the award to your blog.
4. Nominate 5 blogs to receive the award who have less than 3000 followers.
5. Inform them of their nomination by leaving comment on their blog.
1. Post the award on your blog.
2. Thank the blogger who presented this award and link back to their blog.
3. Write 11 random facts about yourself.
4. Nominate 11 bloggers who you feel deserve this award and who have less than 200 followers.
5. Answer 11 questions posted by the presenter and ask your nominees 11 questions.
The rules – yet another revision
Since the rules have morphed over time, and since the number of questions and nominees has grown over time, and since the maximum number of followers a blogger should have has decreased (it used to be given to bloggers with 3000 or less followers and now it is given to bloggers with 200 or less), I am taking it upon myself to revise the rules yet again in an attempt to provide clear guidelines for those who choose to accept the Liebster award. I must also note that the number of Twitter followers you have are included by WordPress.com in the number of people following your blog. Ergo, numbers are not always representative of actual readership.
The Official Rules Of The Liebster Award
If you have been nominated for The Liebster Award AND YOU CHOOSE TO ACCEPT IT, write a blog post about the Liebster award in which you:
1. thank the person who nominated you, and post a link to their blog on your blog.
2. 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.)
3. answer 11 questions about yourself, which will be provided to you by the person who nominated you.
4. provide 11 random facts about yourself.
5. nominate 5 – 11 blogs that you feel deserve the award, who have a less than 1000 followers. (Note that you can always ask the blog owner this since not all blogs display a widget that lets the readers know this information!)
6. create a new list of questions for the blogger to answer.
7. list these rules in your post (You can copy and paste from here.) Once you have written and published it, you then have to:
8. 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 so that they can learn about it (they might not have ever heard of it!)
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How to Find Bloggers to Nominate
There are several different things you can do to locate bloggers to nominate for the Liebster Award:
1. Take a look at the stread of blog posts in your WordPress Reader. You can simply click on their links to be brought to those blogs. Some people display the number of followers they have in their sidebar.
2. Nominate blogs that you follow.
3. Click on the avatars (peoples’ pictures) that show up beside the section of any blog post (yours or someone else’s) where it says “X number of people have Liked this post” to discover new blogs to follow.
4. Try doing a search for blogs on Google, or on Networked blogs.
Remember, it’s best to follow blogs in your niche as well as blogs about your other interests!
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Getting back to the Liebster Award…
I would like to add that you can nominate someone who already has been given this award, as long as they have less than 1000 followers/subscribers. The idea behind this award is to recognize new bloggers and help promote them! The benefit is that you get from doing this is that you get some promotion, too! (Think about it, if they are obligated to link to you, then whomever lands on their site could also click the link and land on yours. If you multiply the number of people who can potentially see and land on your blog, you can clearly see that you will get more readers, more business and reach more people. This is just another way to help get your blog “out there”!)
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*NOTES TO NEWCOMERS:
I appreciate you using this post to help you in your quest for understanding more about this award. I put a lot of time into creating this post (and I mean A LOT!), and one way you can show your appreciation to me is to share a link to my poetry blog, Poetry Perfected, since it is new and has very few readers!
ALSO NOTE: You have my full permission to use whatever information you have found in this post on your blog as long as you link back to my blog! You will not be accused of plagiarism (stealing someone else’s work) because I am hereby giving you my full permission to do so with this stipulation. Furthermore, in case you didn’t know this, it is common courtesy to provide a link to someone’s blog or website whenever you find information you use in your posts. By accrediting them properly, you’ll avoid plagiarism issues, too.
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Just 4 days.
I published my first post 2 days later, on January 15th, 2013. (I’ve now been blogging for over a year and have achieved many great things during this time. You can see how far I’ve come by reading Alexa Rankings, Readership Stats, and My 1st Year Blogoversary!)
I began writing it on the 13th, my late Nana Kay’s birthday. Nana Kay was my dad’s mom, and a super-sweet lady. Very opinionated, too! Loved by everyone, my Nana Kay was probably my biggest supporter when it came to my writing abilities. She encouraged me to write professionally, and to share my writing with the world.
She especially loved the poems I shared with her. She was proud of me, regardless of what I did. (I was no angel when I was younger… but that’s beside the point!) My Nana Kay loved me. I miss her. She died of lung cancer.
99 days after I hit the “publish” button, my blog was nominated with an award. 101 days after I created my blog, I got an award. WOW. Nana would have been proud! But am I?
The answer to this question is YES, I AM PROUD. (At least a week has elapsed since I was nominated, but it took me a while to put together this post, plus I had to give my last post some time to run…)
In keeping with the “Official Rules”, I have to thank Darlene Nemeth for nominating me for the Liebster Award. Darlene is a wonderful woman who loves blogging, and used to be one of the top commenters on this blog until I deleted a bunch of posts (I went through a rough patch and was not happy with a few things. As a result, all of my comments for these posts disappeared, too. I have learned the hard way not to delete posts! Sorry, again, Darlene! And THANKS for not holding a grudge! Thanks again for giving me this award! You are awesome!)
(Rule #1 done.)
(Rule #2 done. I have posted 7 images of this award in this post!)
Darlene’s questions for me, with my answers:
1. Why did you start blogging? Initially, I began my blog for two reasons: to keep an online “diary” and to share my experiences with others. I have discovered that I really like it! The only thing I don’t like is that I am such a perfectionist that it takes me forever to “be satisfied” with a post!
2. Who, what, and/or where does your blogging inspiration come from? My inspiration stems from my personal experiences and my willingness to want to educate others. I think I am fortunate that my blog is about my life, because I know I will never run out of topics or things to write about!
3. What does you family think about your blogging? My family has no idea what I do on the computer! They also don’t know anything about blogging, so I doubt that they think much of it at all. I think I could write an entire post about their lack of support, and their lack of knowledge. Of course, I would be partially to blame for this, as I don’t really share much of what I do online with them. Hmmm.
4. What time of day do you write the best content for your blog? I generally write at night. This is the time when I am most productive.
5. What is your favorite quote? I don’t have a favorite quote, but I recently read one on Facebook by an unknown source that stuck in my head: “If you want to be in your children’s memories tomorrow, you have to be in their lives today.”
6. What is the best thing about you? If you are asking what my best quality is, I would have to say that it is my honesty. I tell it like it is!
7. What makes you laugh out loud? I don’t laugh as much as I would like to. When I do, it is usually about the truths of human nature or human existence. I laugh when I watch TV sitcoms such as “The Big Bang Theory” (I love that show!) and when I see stuff on Facebook that people share that is funny.
8. If you were the main character in a movie, which actress would you want to play your role? Honestly, I have no idea. I think it would depend on the type of movie it was.
9. What did you want to be when you were a child? I have always wanted to be a writer. I am only now pursuing this goal, and I’m succeeding! Of course, I’m also offering writing and editing services, too, so that I can help others attain their goals.
10. What was your favorite class in High School? Hmm. I have always enjoyed math, but did not like my teacher because he did not know how to teach, even though he had a mathematical mind and was (likely) brilliant. I did not enjoy science (I found it tough to understand) but liked my teacher because he was a caring person and made things seem easy (a good quality for a teacher to have, in my opinion), but he ended up dying, tragically and unexpectedly. I never took a science course again after that. I think typing was my absolute favorite. I took grade 9 and grade 10 typing in my first year of high school, and liked both the course and the teacher. My friend’s dad taught this class. He would always joke with the class, and was easy to get along with. However, he might have been a bit perverted. He used to tell us to “do your sexercises on page sexty-sex!”
11. What is your favorite social media? I think LinkedIn is in first place, with Facebook and Google+ tied for second. Although Twitter is growing on me, I’d have to say it’s in third place. I like LinkedIn for connecting with others, and like Facebook for seeing all the stuff that gets shared. However, Facebook allows me to play Scrabble, a game that I love!
(Rule #3 done.)
Some Random Facts About Me (where I reveal some secrets so that you can get to know me better):
1. I have false teeth and I love them! (I had all of my teeth removed at the age of 22.) I’m also a writer and an avid reader.
2. I am not racist or prejudiced. My son is half Spanish (his biological father was from the Honduras) and half Czechoslovakian (me). You can see how gorgeous he is if you check out some of my Christmas pictures.
3. I was 17 when I got pregnant, and became a mom at the age of 18. I am also a single mother. (My son’s father was abusive – mentally and physically – so I kicked him out of our lives, and I don’t regret it one bit!)
4. I like small dogs, and prefer them over large ones. My dog, Terri, was “an ankle biter,” according to my son, even though she never, ever bit anyone’s ankles! (She is no longer alive, and I miss her; she was my best friend.)
5. I like cats, but am allergic to them. Of course, that did not stop my parents from having a cat, even during my childhood. They had to have a cat in order to “not have” mice. I’ve taken care of several cats, too, especially Princess, when she had a hole in her leg!
6. I love my parents for not drinking or doing drugs. They smoke, though. I also love them for staying together and providing my brother, sister and me with a fairly stable home life.
7. I have lived my entire life as an overweight person. I have always had a negative self-image because of my weight. Although I still hate my body, I have learned to love myself for the caring, generous, kind, loving person that I am, and even wrote about my experiences with this in a guest post on Hunger For Happiness, called My Self-Esteem Does Not Define Who I Am.
8. I quit high school four times, although I ended up getting my high school diploma from an adult education center at the age of 22, and then spent the next five years attending university. In fact, I think it is ironic that I went to university to become high school teacher. I am still certified, and have been since 1999! I quit teaching in 2003, for various reasons, mainly because I didn’t like the town I was living in while doing so.
9. I passed one of my university courses by only going to four or five classes. I showed up on the first day, got the course outline, and read the textbook. I only went to class on “test” days. I got a B in that class.
10. My IQ is above average, according to several tests, but I am still a non-technical person, and don’t understand how technology works! However, I’m learning as I go…
11. I don’t think I will ever get married. I don’t believe that there is only “one” person for me. I think there are a lot… and I haven’t met them yet! I would like to exist in a triad-type relationship, but I will probably die alone! (…maybe creating a blog post… ha!)
I can tell you so many more things about me. In fact, that’s one of the reasons I started blogging!
(Rule #4 done.)
I Nominate The Following For The Liebster Award:
1. Wordlovers By Melissa Bowersock – Melissa is a very nice woman, an author of 10 books (so far) and shares tons of information about self-publishing on this blog. (I did an interview with her, too!)
2. Pamela Dale, who helps women become empowered through her daily letters (which I subscribe to). Pam is also a life coach and a super lady!
3. Sue Mitchell, from An Untold Story, who let me guest post for her, answered some of my questions, and has helped inspire me to write a memoir. Sue is a memoir-writing coach who blogs once a week.
4. Glynis Jolly, who claimed to be “just a housewife” in a LinkedIn group (which is where we met) but who clearly has a lot to offer… just read some of her stuff!
5. Shannon Lagasse, from Hunger For Happiness, who helps people with eating and body-image issues. Shannon is also an eating coach who understands how difficult eating issues are to have, because she has been there herself. She is a self-taught woman who offers a free Body Image Breakthrough Kit FREE on her site. She also can be found on Facebook
6. Deevra Norling, whom I met recently in LinkedIn. Deevra is a blogger and a freelance writer.
At this point, I should mention that I have had interactions with people listed 1 -6. The following have no idea that I exist, and I am hoping to “make their day” by presenting them with the Liebster Award! (Remember, discovering new blogs is part of what the Liebster Award is all about!)
7. Tia Sparkles, who has no idea that I even exist, but whose site I happened upon the other day. Tia is a blogger and a life coach.
8. Flawless Confidence, which is a site for men more than for women. (I know I have male readers, and this one is just for you!) I don’t know how I found this site, but there are some interesting articles on it!
9. Tim from A Daring Adventure. Tim is a blogger and a life coach. Tim has not heard of me, either!
10. LinnAnn Pike who blogs about a pit bull service dog, among other things at Silver Linings. I discovered this site a while ago, and bookmarked it as one of the “blogs I have never been to before or commented on,” so I am pretty sure this nomination is going to come as a shock to LinnAnn!
11. Suzanne Boothby, a blogger whose blog is (I think) one month older than Lorraine Reguly’s Life. Suzanne is a coach and someone who loves writing, coaching and cooking. She has an ebook that you can get for FREE.
I sure hope that all of these people are willing to participate and accept their Liebster Awards!
(Rule #5 done.)
12. I am adding this one since I have been notified that not everyone will be accepting their award, and feel as though this opportunity should not be “wasted”: Diana Marinova, whom I have had a few interactions with and who I told I was nominating before I even wrote this (and who somehow I forgot to record on my list because I can be forgetful…) Sorry, Diana! I have now rectified this “situation”!
11 Questions for My 11 Nominees:
You can copy and paste these into your blog post. It will make it easier for you to answer them!
1. Who has had the biggest influence on you?
2. What do you like about blogging?
3. What do you dislike about blogging? (Be honest!)
4. What makes you laugh out loud?
5. What is your favorite book?
6. What is your favorite quote?
7. What is your favorite form of social media?
8. Do you like poetry? (If so, please check out Poetry Perfected)
9. What is your favorite movie or TV show?
10. What is the hardest thing you have ever done, or the biggest obstacle you have faced in your life?
11. What are 3 of your future goals?
(Rule #6 done.)
(Rule #7 done, too.)
Thanks for reading about The Liebster Award!
I hope that all of my nominees will participate and accept their awards! (Don’t forget that it is beneficial to you to do so!)
Now I am off to complete Rule #8… informing others of their nominations!
(Minutes later . . . Rule #8 done!)
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