Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Blog Mash Up: Spreading a Little Blogging Warmth

I received a Liebster award yesterday, thanks to my blogging and real-life writing friend Nancy, and I've been following the thread to find out where it came from and why it carries a German name. I've been discovering all kinds of writing blogs in the process, which I guess is part of the purpose, but no origin yet. However, the award rules are clear:

This award is intended to connect bloggers, specifically those with less than 200 followers. In accepting the award, I must:

* Show my thanks to the blogger who gave me the award by linking back to him or her.
* Reveal my top 5 picks and let them know by leaving a comment on their blog.
* Post the award on my blog.
* Bask in the love from the most supportive people on the internet—other writers.
* And best of all – have fun and spread the karma.

So, while I was wondering why this blog award is called "Liebster" (= darling or lover in German, in the male form), once I found this picture it became a little clearer:

The term is meant as an address: "Lieber Blog" means "dear blog" as if you were writing a letter to your blog, and "liebster Blog" means "dearest blog" but can also mean "favorite blog" as in you're making a list of your favorite blogs.

That's it for a little German lesson.

So, in spreading the love, here are my nominations:

Writer Granny's World (Nancy Julien Kopp) - I'll give this reward right back to you because you were one of my first supporters as a blogger, and I really appreciated that. You immediately signed on as a follower and made me feel less alone in the blogging world. And I'm always curious to read your book reviews.

blulbhulaiyan (Anjuli) - Thank you for your steadfast comments - it is such a gift to have a steady reader who also leaves comments and lets you know what she thought. Something was definitely missing in my life when you took a break from commenting over the summer! And I appreciate the inspiration insights on your blog.

Lawthenticity (Alison Law) - Thank you for your questions about getting an MFA that launched my MFA Q&A series - clearly that hit a nerve. And thanks for the insights into Atlanta life on your blog.

Swimming in the Trees (Jessica Handler) - You are truly my big sister in writing - thanks for everything! And I'm always amazed at some of the off-the-wall posts on your blog.

Traveling Through... (Julie Farrar) - Thank you for your support, your thought-provoking questions, and the stunning photos on your blog.


  1. I'm kvelling. And tearing up. And consider yourself blogged. xo.

  2. Sure didn't expect to get the award sent back to me, but it was quite a nice feeling, so thank you! Will add a hug to that when I see you in October.

  3. Thanks for the comment on my blog and the "Aha moment!"/aka explanation/definition of "Liebster blog!"
    An award is always nice but this is the real benefit--finding intriguing blogs I might not otherwise have found!
    (Off to read that post about MFAs, now...) ;)

  4. Congratulations to you- and thank you for the award- I will try to handle it with care & bask in the love :)

    Love your blog!!

  5. Congrats!! Well deserved!! :)))

  6. Thanks, everyone, this has been a pleasure!

  7. Congrats on the Liebster award! What a lovely idea. A successful one, too - I found you thanks to Julie's return referral. In the midst of my own creative nonfiction/memoir process, your site feels like it'll be a wonderful resource. I'm delighted to meet you out here, Annette!