Thank you, philipcraddock.wordpress.com for nominating me for the Liebster Award! Please take a look at the Philip Craddock Writing Portfolio blog. Philip writes short stories, poetry, and songs.
If you are unfamiliar with the Liebster Award, you can read all about it at theglobalaussie.com. In a nutshell, the purpose of the award is to connect with bloggers and discover new blogs, particularly those of us with fewer than 200 followers.
My favorite blog
In keeping with the rules of the Liebster Award, I want to tell you a little about my favorite blog, https://journeywithsarah.wordpress.com/. In this blog, Sarah’s mother chronicles her teenage daughter’s journey as she battles cancer.
Sarah and her mother show remarkable courage and positivity even as they know the teen’s time is limited. Sarah has fearlessly tried every treatment her oncologists have recommended. Some have worked for a short while. Others have been less successful. In the midst of all her pain and physical weakness, though, Sarah has persevered and lived each day to the fullest.
Sarah’s mother shows that same upbeat attitude and faith in God. I can’t imagine how difficult it is for a parent to hear that his or her child has cancer and then remain positive throughout the child’s battle.
What an example Sarah and her mother set for us! I only hope if the day comes that I am faced with an adversary as cruel as cancer, that I will live life as graciously as Sarah.
Random facts about me
Liebster Award nominees are asked to list 10 random facts about themselves in their post about the award. I’m working on that and plan to share those facts in my next blog post in a few days.
Blogs I follow
Another requirement of the Liebster Award is that nominees must nominate five or as many as 10 other bloggers for the award. Taking a look at the blogs I follow, I see that I don’t know how many followers most of them have, but I imagine they all exceed the 200 followers limit. In my next blog post, you will learn why I simply don’t have enough energy to contact each one of them to determine how many followers they have. I regret that I cannot fulfill this element of the award rules. I will simply list my favorite blogs and invite you to check them out. They are as follows:
Questions presented to me by Philip Craddock:
1. What is your favourite poem? “If,” by Rudyard Kipling
2. What is your biggest regret? That I waited until middle age to start writing.
3. Which country would you most like to visit/visit again? Scotland!
4. What is your favourite dessert? plain cheesecake
5. If you could travel back in time to any point in history, what time period would you visit? The 1770s.
6. If you were a superhero, what would your superhero name & your superpower be? This is way out of my usual consideration, so answering this question is a real challenge. Let’s see…. Janet the Superbird. My superpower would be that I could fly.
7. Do you have any phobias? Snakes!
8. What are your goals for 2016? Publish my historical novel, The Spanish Coin.
9. Not including your own blog, which blog would you most like other people to Follow? https://journeywithsarah.wordpress.com/
10. What motivated you to start blogging? I wanted to share my journey as an author-wannabe, and ultimately build a platform to promote my published books.
11. What is the strangest fact about yourself that you’re willing to admit to? My illness has my circadian clock off by about six hours, which means I’m always out of sync with the rest of my local world.
The Official Rules of the Liebster Award 2016
As required, I am listing the 2016 rules for the Liebster Award as found at http://theglobalaussie.com/.
“Back in 2011 the rules were a simple case of acknowledgement of the nominator and to nominate 5 more. Now in 2016 it is a little more involved!
“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:
- Thank the person who nominated you, and post 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 2016 Liebster Award.
- For the 2016 Liebster Award I will be shaking things up! Write a 150-300 word post about your favourite blog that is not your own. Explain why you like the blog, provide links.
- Provide 10 random facts about yourself. (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 deserve the award, who have a less than 200 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!)
- List these rules in your post (You can copy and paste from here.) 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!)”
My energy wanes and it is now the wee hours of the morning here in North Carolina. I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s post as much as I enjoyed writing it. It took me a little out of my comfort zone, which was a good exercise.
Watch for my next blog post in which I will list 10 random facts about myself.