Marian Allen is an award-winning author, blogger, and encourager of others who, in July, took time out to award The Liebster Blog Award to several blogs she felt worthy...my cat blog, the Opinionated Pussycat, included.
As the human behind the blog I sincerely thank her and am at last able to find time to pass the award on.
But, before doing so a little Liebster Blog Award History is in order:
I am not the first, and won't be the last (Hi there, fellow Googler! Hope the following answers your questions! Hee, hee!) who has been curious enough to go in search of the origins of the award and I did so last summer.
I remember when I first saw the award, in early 2011, and how cool I thought the design was, and how I hoped that, someday, someone would think my writing worthy of receiving it. Back then I never thought to find out who started it and why
As far as I and anyone else has been able to determine, the award was created by a German blogger named Jasmin Wonderall of the blog Bird of Paradise, on 12/19/2010.
Using Google Translate I got the gist of her idea:
"Create a post. Link to the blog of the person who gave you the award and inform them that you accept the award and the link of your acceptance post.
You choose 3-5 favorite blogs to link to in your post and notify them in a comment on their blog.
The aim of this action is that we bring unknown, good blogs to light, so I would ask you not to blog items that already have 3,000 readers, but talented beginners and people, although blogging has been a while, but still not as well known."
How and when the rules changed to what they are today, is lost to history.
As for the badge design there are quite a variety, including the version Marian passed on to me but, call me old fashioned, I prefer the version of the original that you see above because it is the one I am most familiar with, seen used more than any other, and think is pretty cool in its simplicity.
In German—“liebster” apparently means “dear,” from the verb “lieber” [to love]“.
"Favorite" and "darling" are also mentioned in an online English-German Dictionary.
The current rules have the award being given to bloggers who have less than 300 followers in acknowledgement of the high quality articles and posts they have written. In presenting a fellow blogger with the reward, you are encouraging him/her to keep up the great job with such interesting and inspiring writing.
The Liebster Blog Award is passed along by the blogging community to those deserving bloggers, old timers or new, who few may know are out there and deserve the chance to develop a wider audience; bloggers whose talent you admire but feel they do not get the recognition they deserve and are very much worth watching.
And it is also a motivational Award.
The number of blogs to be nominated by each awardee has grown to 11 and part of the meme is related to questions asked and answered.
If you receive the award, you can 1) accept it and 2) pass it along....or not. As I described the original idea didn't include asking and answering questions so don't feel you have to either. If you can only come up with 3 to 5 blogs to pass the award on to, as was the original idea, then don't feel guilty for doing so.
You are under no obligation to accept it or even pay it forward if you do. It's that easy.
These last thoughts were created, at some point, to reflect the fact that some folks prefer not to answer and ask a whole lot of questions if that is part of the award.
OK, history lesson over....
1. List eleven random facts about yourself.
2. Answer the eleven questions you were asked when you were nominated.
3. Nominate eleven bloggers for the Liebster Blog Award.
4. Ask eleven questions the bloggers must answer upon receiving the nomination.
5. Link back to the person who nominated you.
6. Post your blog post.
7. Notify the 11 bloggers by email or in a comment on their blog.
11 Random Facts About Me
1. I have worn eye glasses since the age of 5.
2. I have been able to properly spell and pronounce my name since the age of 4.
3. When I first learned to cook for myself, as a teen, it was all about a really mean scrambled egg sandwich; I'd scramble 3 eggs, cook four sausage links, or slices of bacon and make 4 pieces of toast...ending up with 2 sandwiches to start my day.
4. My first letter to the editor was as a teen who wrote in support of the helicopter squad of the Pomona Police dept. The letter, published in the Pomona Progress Bulletin, made more than a few people in town cranky, if the responses published in the paper were any judge.
5. I once had a letter to the editor published in the LA Times, in the 80's, in support of legendary Dodgers broadcaster Jerry Doggett. Being Vin Scully's sidekick for decades was a thankless job. :-D
6. Groo the Wanderer was a comic book character written by Mark Evanier and Sergio Aragones (Also illustrator) for many years (Groo also long appeared in the margins of Mad magazine). He had Conan's brawn, without the brains, but plenty of luck.
In 1987 there was a Graphic novel called The Death of Groo and it deeply affected me because of the reaction people had to the story (it's no secret that he ended up living by the end of the story). The events of the story had people laughing and making fun at his expense and my life experiences, as kid and teen, led me to take angry exception.
Much to my surprise my long letter was published in a subsequent issue and was singled out and commented on by Sergio himself.
7. Before this I had actually met Sergio and Mark at a signing and got their autographs on several of my comics.
8. One night, when I was 8 years old, I was awake around midnight (don't ask me why!) and when I looked toward my closed bedroom door I saw it open and close several times in rapid succession. What caused that I haven't a clue; tghe windows were closed and there was no wind that night anyway
9. I don't like to ride roller coasters or ferris wheels, but once, in the 90's let my sisters talk me into getting on a ride that hung you over the side of the top of the Stratosphere Hotel in Las Vegas. It was at night or there would have been no way I would have done it.
10. Also in the 90's my sisters and I spent the day in Tijuana and I let my sisters talk me into a "Shaker"; A restaurant waiter tilts your head back and pours some Tequila down your throat, then gIves your head a good shake. I still have the picture around somewhere, hee, hee!
11. I have a better memory than I thought at my age.
Questions I was asked and my answers
1. How long have you been blogging?
2. Why did you choose the topic(s) for your blogs?
I have had 4 blogs, 2 still active. The first personal blog and its sequel, this one, have had a vaiety of topics based on my interests. My old cycling blog was all about my interests in recreational and commuter cycling. My cat blog was created so as to give my cat blogging a place of its own after 9 years of sharing.
3. How do people find your blogs?
Opinions vary, I imagine...Oh, wait, um, I mean by links on other websites, my Facebook, Twitter, G+ and LinkedIn and via search eng...oh, wait, you mean the URLs! My bad, hee, hee!
http://www.madmacedonian.com and http://www.opinionatedpussycat.com
4. Do you feel comfortable promoting/advertising your own stuff?
Yes, in the ways I know how. I hope to learn new ways.
5. What’s your happiest earliest childhood memory?
Riding my bicycle in elementary school. Being given some Hardy Boy books by several new friends, for my birthday, at the new elementary school I was attending.
6. If you could have any critter, real or imaginary, as a pet, what would it be?
I'm more than happy with my cats.
7. What would you name it?
Their names are Elvira Mistress of Felinity and Sneakers the Texian Tuxedo.
My original muse, Mr. Nikita, went to Rainbow Bridge last October.
8. Why would a woodchuck chuck wood?
It's a thankless task, but someone has to do it!
9. Vegan, vegetarian, or omnivore? -- Omnivore, though I DO eat my veggies, too.
10. What are you reading (not these questions, silly! what book?)?
In July I was reading...
How to Blog a Book by Nina Amir
CHRISTIANITY: The First Three Thousand Years by Diarmaid MacCulloch
Library of America #66 - American Poetry: The Nineteenth Century Vol. 1 - Philip Freneau to Walt Whitman
The Magical Poetry Blimp Pilot's Guide: A Handbook to Reading, Writing, & learning Poetry by Heart by Ca. Poet Laureate & Friends
11. What is your superpower?
My peculiar sense of humor. Yes, I have 19, not 18, senses.
My Questions For My Chosen Bloggers
1. How long have you been blogging?
2. What topics do you blog about?
3. Automobile or mass transit?
4. Walk or bicycle?
5. Laurel & Hardy, Abbott & Costello, or Three Stooges?
6. Chili...With beans or without?
7. Who is your favorite author?
8. What day is a good day to write?
9. Do you have any writing/blogging quirks?
10. If a two year old hands you a toy computer do you go online?
11. To what website?
1. Marilynn Smith of Writeacher's Thoughts.
2. Jo Ann Jordan - Hopeful Jo's "Chronicles".
Yes, only 3, as I don't get out much in the non-cat blogging world as I used to years ago and many of the other blogs I do check out, from time to time, have huge audiences.
****UPDATE - 1/15/14****