OK, I admit it.
I didn’t know what Liebster was.
Now I do, and I feel honored to be nominated by Roland Clark from Writing Wings.
The Liebster is an award fellow bloggers bestow on blogs that they believe deserve more visitors.
The Rules of the Game
If you have been nominated for The Liebster Award and you chose to accept it, write a blog post about the Liebster Award in which you:
Hmmm, I'd better get started, then...
11 Questions Roland Asked
1. Do you have goals for your blog? What are they?
Nope, no goals. I write what I want when I want. Although, I do try to write things that I think others would find interesting. Like, I seriously doubt you want to know all about my awesome grill story where I rocked the steaks and kabobs. Now if I were to give you a recipe… you might want to read it.
2. Do you have a blogging schedule?
Nope, (see above). When I’m doing a challenge like the A to Z challenge, I blog every day. When I’m entering a contest, I might blog about the entry. But I don’t do well with schedules. I do well with deadlines.
3. I can hardly resist a blogging challenge. Do you participate in many?
I enjoy blogging challenges like A to Z and Blog Blitz, and The Five Year Project, but other blogging challenges have proven too restrictive for me.
4. What is your favourite way to interact with other bloggers?
I love comments on my blog, because it gives me a chance to visit them!
5. What is your own personal favourite of your own blog posts, and why?
Last year I ran a Picture Book Pitch Workshop on my blog. Kristin Kinczel designed our fabulous mascot Col Cobb, and I had two awesome assistants keeping everything running smoothly. It was amazing!
6. What kind of blogs do you like to read the most?
I enjoy blogs where I learn something new, even if it’s not something I’m particularly passionate about.
However, what will grab me one day might not the next. I tend to like blogs that are short or hook me all the way through. (as I write this really long post… but I’m following the rules, OK?)
7. Where would you most like to visit?
Physically? Probably Prince Edward Island (because of Anne of Green Gables), London (because of Sherlock Holmes and Harry Potter), Dragonhold-Underhill Ireland (because of Anne McCaffrey) or Munich Germany (because of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory).
Um, did I just say I wanted to visit the settings of my favorite books?
Yes, yes, I did.
8. If you could have any kind of pet, what would it be?
9. If you could choose to live in another time, when would you choose?
Tricky question! I love the fashion of the early 1900’s, and the culture of the 1950’s, but, man, do I love the convenience of today! So maybe I’d visit a few other time periods, but I’d have a round-trip ticket back to the present when I was done.
10. Would you change your chosen career path?
No way, I love being a homemaker! That said, when I retire from this day job, I’m thinking about becoming an assistant acquisitions editor. Just want a chance to swim in a slush pile!
11. Do you have a favourite book that you re-read?
Whew! Now on to the next rule...
11 Random Facts
1. For most of my schooling I was embarrassed about my grades, and I love unreliable narrators.
2. I can do math in the hexadecimal system: F + F = 1E.
3. I love reading primary sources, especially of famous intellectuals, including Einstein’s Theory of Relativity and Darwin’s The Origin of Species. I also love reading the actual text of a proposed law.
4. I have very few original thoughts, but plenty of creative ideas.
5. I always “think inside the box” before jumping out of it.
6. I read EVERYTHING before I sign, which often makes lawyers and notaries nervous.
7. I love archery, but I’m no Katniss.
8. I love alphabetizing so much that I’ve even alphabetized my spices.
9. I love eating spinach but hate Brussel sprouts.
10. I consider driving a necessary evil and the drive-thru an unnecessary evil.
11. I’m THAT Writer –
OK, that wasn't so bad. Now, who to nominate?
Spreading the Love
These are the blogs that I think deserve more visits because they are sooooo Fab-u-lous!
1. Susan Uhlig tells us the “Nitty-Gritty of Children’s Writing” from doing your homework to how NOT to distance your reader.
2. From her blogger tips to advice for writers and artists, Sylvia Liu Land is a must visit!
3. Susanna Hill hosts “Would you Read it Wednesday”, “Perfect Picture Book Friday” and holiday writing contests with fabulous prizes. (P.S. Susanna also offers online courses and critiques.)
4. This is a blog that needs some love! Susan provides thoughtful reviews for excellent children’s books.
5. Erin Dealey has some great info for beginner and established author alike. And everything in between! (P.S. she’s written some great books, too!)
6. Though Rosi Hollinbeck is on hiatus for family reasons, her blog still deserves this award. What I love most about her blog is the “Gifts for Writer Friends.” She often provided wonderfully informative links to articles and blog posts for writers. I discovered many new blogs while following her, which it why I think she deserves this award.
7. I’m nominating Donna L Martin’s The Story Catcher blog because of her Writerly Wisdom series. (P.S. check out her debut book The Story Catcher.)
8. Katelyn Fagan writes thought provoking opinion articles about such topics as modesty and raising kids. (P.S. her blog has several affiliate links that she would REALLY like you to clink on and make a purchase.)
9. Angelica R. Jackson has a big heart and a great blog. She runs a “Pens for Paws” auction to help raise funds for Fat Kitty City, a no-kill cat sanctuary where she volunteers. She’s also a core volunteer at SCBWI and an amazing artist. (P.S. she has a recently published an Urban Fantasy novel titled Crows Rest!)
10. If you are short on time, following a group blog is a smart idea. And one of the best group blogs for children’s writers is at Children’s Book Academy. (P.S. if you are a children's writer or illustrator - or want to be one - check out some of their classes, as well)
11. Bitsy Kemper has more than 1000 followers on her Facebook, but her blog following is low and she deserves all the attention she can get. If you are a beginner children’s book writer, definitely watch this video. If you aren’t, you can gather a whole slew of tips from her blog including how to build an author platform. (P.S. She happens to be the Regional Advisor of my local SCBWI Chapter.)
Now, what on earth am I going to ask them?...
My 11 Burning Questions for Liebster Nominees
1. Do you follow many blogs? Why or why not?
2. What ways do you have on your blog for people to follow you?
3. Where (on your blog) do you have ways to follow you? Near the top, to the right, or somewhere else?
4. How do you interact with your followers?
5. Do you worry about building your brand? Why or why not?
6. Do you participate in blog hops? If so, what about the hop attracts you?
7. Have you ever participated in a virtual blog tour, or had one for your books?
8. What is a blog post you’ve read recently and why?
9. What is the last book you’ve read and did you enjoy it?
10. What is your favorite breakfast?
11. Which question type do you prefer to answer: a “Would you rather…” or a “What if...”?
Wahoo, that's it! Now to post and let those lucky nominees know...
Have you ever been nominated for a Liebster Award? Do you know what it is? Let me know in the comments!
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