Back in August I received a comment on my blog from Stephanie Wetherhill nominating my blog for something called the Liebster Award. Unbeknownst to me, the Liebster Award is a an ‘award’ given to you from fellow bloggers in the hopes of widening readership and creating a community of bloggers who are writing about their lives, experiences, and interactions with the world. I was humbled by Stephanie’s post that included a link to my blog, and a few others that are now on my roster. The moral of the story is that this actually works! Thank you Stephanie!
Stephanie’s blog, Thoughts from my wave length, offers conversational insight to psychology and mental health. After all, she does work in a brain injury clinic! On her blog she links her real-life experiences with what she’s learned in school and life – and there’s a lot of interesting stuff there!
After reading Stephanie’s post and upon doing some research, there are some stipulation of the Liebster Award that everyone’s more or less been following before spreading the love to other bloggers like me. In Stephanie’s style, these are the rules I’m going with:
- Post the award on your blog.
- Thank the blogger who presented this award and link back to their blog.
- Write 11 random facts about yourself.
- Nominate 11 bloggers who you feel deserve this award and who have less than 200 followers.
- Answer 11 questions posted by the presenter and ask your nominees 11 questions.
The most important part of the Liebster Award, in my eyes, is the sharing of others blogs… So in an actual effort to rebel, I am going to nominate first, and then talk about myself. I encourage you to check out the below blogs because they’re all full of great, unique people doing interesting and awesome things.
Blogs you should read:
Highest Form of Whit: This blog is by a woman over on the West coast who is not only funny, but smart. She’s completing her MFA in Creative Writing. Her posts are the perfect pairing of self-reflexive humour and perspective while living with Generalized Anxiety Disorder.
Happiness is here: This is a blog by Sara about her homeschooling life with her three kids in Australia. What I like about this blog is the sheer effort Sara goes to to protect the identity of her children while also sharing their story. I have strong beliefs about children and social media, and I like that this blog is a great example of being able to share an intimate experience without impeding the privacy issues of our children. Sara’s photos are beautiful and so is the way she explores independence, discovery, and interaction with the world to her family.
Other Sashas: This is the reading journal of Sasha Martinez, an avid reader and writer of all good things read. I find stories about stories inspiring and this is a good place to start if you’re wondering what book to pick up next.
The History of Love: Okay, this is a niche blog, but it’s a good one. UK historian and writer Emily Brand writes about the “trials and tribulations of English romance, 1660-1837.” Pretty self-explanatory.
Occasional Planet: These are cartoons draw by writer and filmmakers James C. Strouse. They’re charming and witty and, at times, self-reflexive. James and I competed in Broken Pencil’s Indie Writer’s Deathmatch earlier this year and this is how I cam upon these little gems. They’re definitely worth a peek!
Timothy Alexander McCready: Tim is a dedicated blogger about all this local and lively. He throws parties in his house and blogs about the music and adventures he goes on.
Bathtub Bran: this is an interview-based web series about dance artists. The show’s aim is to ‘strip down’ these incredible artists and get to know them outside of the dance hub. The show is produced by Megan Nadain and guests are interviewed by Bran Ramsey, both active dance artists in the Toronto community.
The Golden Girls Reviewed By: Screenshots with subtitles of the Golden Girls. Robin Hardwick captures the hilarious moments that you can relive in one quick click. For example: Bobby sleeps in Blanche’s bed and they do weird role play stuff.
Yoonanimous: This blog is comprised of the musings of Yoona Park, a lawyer/wife/mother/business woman/woman of all trades/more more more. She’s crafty in the way she tells her stories and it’s an insight into a life that I don’t have, so I’m naturally drawn to it. Yoona’s straight-faced photos of her kids also crack me up. I love them.
The Stripes: Voices on Race, Culture, and Minority Identity: This is a blog from students at Princeton that discusses stigmas, experiences, and race in a dominating white-man society. From the blog, the team homes to “establish a forum for all readers to learn about racially and culturally related problems facing their peers, contribute to discussions, and help search for solutions.” I dig it. And I like what they’re saying.
Local Kitchen Blog: I am obsessed with loving all good things local. If I could shop at a market for the rest of my life and only each fresh veggies, I would. Okay… I can… I should… I will… Anyway, this blog is beautiful and it comes with recipes for all those veggies that we eat. Kaela also talks about why it’s best to eat local and the hits and misses of doing so.
11 random facts about myself:
- I used to love filling out surveys and answering questions like these because I wanted to have access to my adolescent self when I was too old to remember what I was like.
- I narrate everything in my head.
- When I’m angry or frustrated, I write poetry. It would be the heaviest book ever published if it ever went anywhere. Heavy because of how tense and unsensical it would be. Not because I’m always angry.
- I love strawberry sundaes and ice cream sandwiches.
- Stringing words together is the only thing I’ve always ever done.
- I don’t know how to swim or whistle.
- When I was getting my teeth matched to a shade for what will soon be my new caps (on the teeth I broke from my bike accident), I asked the technician if he considered himself as artist. He said, “I guess so kind of,” and them smiled so big while trying not to smile or blush or think. I feel I may have shook all the crumbs off the bed sheet there.
- I forgot these are facts about myself. Not stories about things I’ve done. I get distracted by stories. Stories always win.
- I relate to 7 year old girls and 80 year old men the best.
- Dolphins and octopi are my favourite animals.
- Seven is my favourite number but only because I see 43 and 52 everywhere.
11 questions Stephanie asked her nominees:
- Worst habit? Stubbornness.
- Best quality? Sense of humour.
- Most extravagant impulse buy? A diamond necklace for myself.
- Favourite childhood memory? The Haunted Mansion at Disneyworld.
- If you won the lottery what would be the first thing you would do? Pay off debts.
- What is your long-term goal from blogging? Allowing at least one person to feel less alone.
- If you were reincarnated, who or what would you like to return as and why? A willow tree because they’re beautiful.
- Biggest idol? Salinger.
- What is your favourite colour? All of the above.
- What’s your best advice to the younger generation? Start.
- If you could meet any celebrity, past or present, who would it be and what would you request of them? I’d like to have dinner with an Egyptian pharaoh if only to see what their outfits actually looked like.
11 questions to those I’ve nominated:
- What or who inspires your blog?
- What is one story that has happened directly because of your blog?
- Where is one place you like to go?
- Who is someone you wish the world knew?
- What do you like to eat for breakfast?
- Coffee or beer or tea or water and why?
- What is one movie or book or story that’s changed your life?
- What should I do if I’m feeling lost?
- What will you do tomorrow?
- What’s your favourite sound or song to listen to?
- What do your feet look like right now?