Before launching Letters From Sunshine back in January, I spent months researching blogging, reading blog reports, and curating ideas for blog posts; I wanted to have a clear brand, niche, and game plan from the start, rather than change my mind and re-brand a few months in. But even with all that research, I knew that I would still have a lot to learn.
One of the first things that I learned when I launched my blog was how supportive the blogging community is of each other. No matter what, you will always see bloggers giving each other advice and words of encouragement, making suggestions, collaborating, and promoting each others’ work. I love it. You can tell that everybody is truly passionate about what they’re doing and it’s so easy to get involved.
What is the Liebster Award?
One of the ways that the blogging community supports each other is through the Liebster Award, which welcomes new bloggers into the blogging community and gives them the opportunity introduce themselves and nominate other bloggers for the award, thereby introducing other new bloggers. I was nominated for the award by Amber from Life and Marketing; you can read her blog by clicking here and her post about her nomination for the Liebster Award by clicking here.
The Rules of the Liebster Award
The rules of the Liebster Award are pretty simple:
- Accept/decline the nomination–The Liebster Award is not an obligation if you are nominated, but accepting it is helpful and polite. When you are nominated, it means that another blogger felt like you and your blog were worth recognizing and introducing to the rest of the community and the world, and it’s nice to acknowledge them and thank them for that.
- Write a blog post–Writing the blog post is the second step in receiving the Liebster Award, and there are tons of examples on the internet if you are stuck for ideas. In the blog post, you must include a few different things…
- 11 facts about yourself–This is part is both fun and frustrating because this is where you get to introduce yourself to the blogging community. If you’re stuck for ideas, search up common get-to-know-you questions on the internet. Some examples could include your favorite T.V. shows and hobbies, your dream career, a unique talent, etc.
- Answer 11 questions from your nominator–This is pretty straight forward. Essentially, the person who is nominating you creates a common set of questions for the people that they nominate to answer; this will be found in their own blog post that they create for their Liebster Award nomination.
- Nominate 11 other bloggers–This is the part where you get to pass along the award and introduce others into the blogging community, thereby allowing other bloggers and your readers to discover new blogs to read. When you nominate them, you will need to contact them to let them know of their nomination. When I was nominated, Amber tagged me in a tweet with her other nominations.
- Ask 11 Questions to Your Nominees–This is perhaps one of the best parts of the Liebster Award, because you can go in any direction you choose with your questions. Examples are get-to-know-you questions, blogging questions, questions about their niche, or an assortment of all.
11 Facts About Me
- My favorite ice cream flavor is Ben and Jerry’s Phish Food. It doesn’t actually have any fish in it, but rather just pieces of chocolate shaped like fish. Unfortunately, it only comes in the small containers and it’s a bit on the pricey side , so I don’t get it that often.
- I love to collect Disney tsum tsums, and my favorite is the Jungle Cruise skipper because (1) I love the ride, (2) I love the puns, and (3) it’s a classic.
- My favorite television show of all time is Phineas and Ferb.
- I read the 7th Harry Potter book in less than a week…when I was in the 5th grade!
- My dream career growing up was to be a teacher, but in the 8th grade I switched it over to being an interior designer/set designer in the themed entertainment design field.
- I once wrote a 60 page short story that had an additional 10 page accompaniment. People told me that it wasn’t a “short” story if it was 70 pages long, but I said that if it was shorter than a book, then I considered it to be a short story.
- I was once in a flash mob of 360 people. We did a dance routine to the song “Shut Up and Dance” at a baseball game.
- I took a web page design course on Adobe Dreamweaver while in high school and earned a certification, so I do know a bit of coding.
- I prefer Coca-Cola over Pepsi, but I rarely drink soda.
- I have read and loved so many books that I can’t possibly pick a favorite.
- The next one computer program that I would like to learn is Photoshop. It not only goes great with my future career, but also with blogging!
Answers to 11 questions
1. If you can choose three superpowers, what would they be?
If I could choose three superpowers, they would be the power to heal, omnilingualism, and hydrokinesis. I chose the first one–healing–because having that power would be beneficial for the entire world, and not just for me. Omnilingualism would be extremely beneficial for everyday life, especially since I hope to travel the world one day and would love to not worry about a language barrier. The last one–hydrokinesis–I chose just for fun.
2. For one week, all of your obligations will be taken care of by others. What would you do with all that free time?
I would spend more time with my friends and family, travel a little, and blog!
3. What are you excited to work on next?
My blog, of course! Now that it’s summer, I’ll have more time to write blog posts, work on social media, and figure out some new methods for growing my blog.
4. What tv/book/movie/song universe do you wish you could visit in real life? (ex. Harry Potter universe, Inkheart universe, etc)
I would love to visit Danville from the shows Phineas and Ferb and Milo Murphy’s Law. Since both shows exist in the same universe, it’s like getting two for the price of one. Plus, I’m really hoping for a crossover.
5 .What have you improved on the most?
Stepping out of my comfort zone has been a definite improvement, and it’s something that I hope to keep working on. For example, starting a blog was way out of my comfort zone, but it is something that I absolutely love and am so thankful for.
6. What do you like the most about blogging?
There is so much that I love about blogging: the community, the artistic expression, etc. What I love most, however, is that what I write can be read and shared by so many people, because it makes me feel as if what I am doing is truly making an impact.
7. What do you like the least about blogging?
All of the time-consuming tasks that come along with it. To be a blogger, you can’t just write and publish; you have to create graphics, take pictures, build-up a social media presence, market your work, etc. Don’t get me wrong, I love doing it, but trying to be successful in so many areas is definitely a challenge.
8. Which canceled t.v. show would you bring back?
Well, if it wasn’t already obvious, then I’ll tell you again: my favorite show is Phineas and Ferb, so I would love it if they brought it back.
9. What is something that you feel everyone should try at least once?
Travel to a new country! It not only puts you outside of your comfort zone, but you are able to learn so much and see the world from a different perspective.
10. You can send a message to either your future or past self. When you send the message, your past and future self know that you’re the real deal. The message can only be a minute long which is close to 110 words. What message would you send and would you send it to your past self or future self?
Step out of your comfort zone and don’t give in to fear. You’re never going to grow if you don’t try something new.
11. What would the perfect society look like to you?
The perfect society for me would be one where people don’t judge each other, but rather lift each other up, and there are equal opportunities for all.
Ask 11 questions
- If you could travel anywhere in the world for two weeks (without money being an issue), where would you go and what would you do?
- What is the best book that you have ever read and what did you love so much about it?
- If you could spend a day with any person in the world (deceased or alive), who would it be and why?
- What is your favorite season? (Interpret this however you want: in terms of weather or a television show.)
- What is your favorite Christmas movie/show?
- If you could change your name, what would you change it to?
- You find a wallet on the ground containing $1,000. You have two choices: return it to the owner or keep it. Here’s the twist: the owner will never realize it’s missing if you decide to keep it. Which choice would you choose and why?
- What is one talent that you would love to have?
- What is your favorite hashtag?
- If you could only choose to live one place in the world for the rest of your life, where would you choose and why?
- Why did you decide to start your blog?
My Nominations for the Liebster Award
- Peyton from Patience and Pajamas
- Katrina from Yours Truly, Katrina
- Delaney from Laughs Without Fear
- Emily from Traveling Through Tulips
- Lola from Macarons in the Morning
- Kat from Dear Life Love Kat
- Kristen from Kristen Shane
- Liu Miao from A Word with Liu Miao
- Tatyana from Lilies et Violets
- Kat from Quite Simply Kat
- Hannah from Honestly Hannah
It has been amazing to be nominated for this award (thanks again Amber!). Hopefully you all have found this post not only a great explanation of what the Liebster Award is, but a bit more about me as a blogger!
Congrats to the new nominees!
P.S. Have any questions or comments? Write me a letter back (in the comments) or email me at email@example.com. I can’t wait to hear from you!