Liebster Award

Liebster Award

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My thanks to Sadje for her gifting of the Liebster Award to A Guy Called Bloke  – thank you very much. If as of yet you are not familiar with Sadje’s blog ‘Keep It Alive’ then l suggest you hot foot it over there and check her out. She doesn’t bite … well apart from that one time in the park, but the squirrel didn’t press charges – so all is well.

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What is the Liebster Award?

The Liebster Award is an award that exists only on the internet and is given to bloggers by other bloggers. The earliest case of the award goes as far back as 2011.

Liebster in German means sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, and welcome.

The award is a way to be discovered but also to connect and support the blogging community. A great idea in promoting your own blog and others.

For more about the Liebster Award, and the competition Jack runs which goes with the gifting, please visit – The Global Aussie: The Official Rules of the Liebster Award 2019

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It’s astonishing how often this particular award changes over time and the expectations just continually get bigger and bigger… this particular variation is no different it wants and expects too much Time from me, so l am going to shorten it. I will answer the questions posed to me by Sadje but l am NOT going to ask 11 question, or ‘nominate’ 11 others nor share 11 facts about me … it’s too time consuming. I detest the word ‘nomination’ as it is, so shall not be using it.

These actions might come across as a grumpy old sod basically bastardising an Award and it’s not that way at all more a case of ‘realist’ saying it as it is.. I think these awards serve a purpose and that is principally to ‘compliment’ another writer/blogger’s work, style and so on … for that these awards are superb. But because of the way that they are stuck in a time warp from their creation, these awards can become staid.

When these awards first fall into your notifications – as new bloggers you are thrilled … however the biggest problem with these awards sadly is – they do not make allowances for veteran bloggers – who have been writing for longer than a year and so the Liebster  as the example here by the time it gets to a veteran blogger is a tired looking award that not many writers wish to acknowledge anymore, because they have been ‘nominated’ countless times – this also makes gifting the award’ out again more difficult as more and more bloggers have become award free and the few that still are award receiving –  receive countless awards constantly so that they can no longer keep up or more importantly – enthusuastic.

This is very sad – for many reasons l feel – that these awards which were designed for the right reasons with regards creativity, imagination and motivation for wordery and word crafts and artistry and passion and enthusiasm  and the list goes on of the attributes they serve – but it is an award that is not scaled to reality of long term writers and bloggers and only really great for those new to the blogging world.

These awards should still be welcomed and received with as much enthusasm as the receiver can muster – but the expectations of these awards is too high – which is where realistic scaling would come into its own. Long in the tooth bloggers are busy people anyway. Time is always short and so , being asked to deliver again using this Liebster as our living example ’11’ of everything … the question l ask is WHY?

I still like getting awards which is why l respond, why l create a response to the selector and why l still continue to promote the creator – because the original idea behind the award is sound. Another blogger has taken the time to compliment you , your style and your blog – this is why l respond, because my blog has been complimented and l respond out of courtesy and pleasure, it’s always nice to be complimented. It’s just difficult to provide all the time that is required the bigger the expectation of the award itself.

So all that said ….. What l AM going to do is this:

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Thank the person who gifted you, and add a link to their blog.

Add the logo of the award to your post and a link to the creator of this blog awardThe Global Aussie: The Official Rules of the Liebster Award 2019

“Ask 3 questions”

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Sadje’s Questions

Are you a serious blogger or just having fun here?

I am both – a blogger who has fun as well as here with a game plan and is serious about achieving that goal.

What was the reason that made you start a blog?

In 2017 when l first started this blog, l had something to say – so l created this blog, said what l wanted to – then realised l had more to say.

Take a while to think and let us know: what object that is in your reach right now, influences you? ( e g a tv)

My keyboard.

How do you relax?

Relax? Sorry l am not aware of this word??

Are you superstitious?

Not actively superstitious in the traditional sense …. NO .. but to a certain degree l am cautious of upsetting certain balances in nature that don’t need to be unbalanced and if they are, hopefully for not too long.

Loyalty to the one you love, or one who is right?

Well are you asking a loyalty question here, or a love question? If your partner that you love has just killed someone and your choice is to report them or help them cover up the crime are you governed by love as in emotion or legality as in logic? Where does loyalty fall then? Mm, exactly.

How can we improve the environment of our planet? Do you take any practical steps towards it?

Suze and l tackle quite a bit environmentally, by taking many baby steps – home composting, reducing our plastic footprint, growing our own vegetables, reduce waste, recycle where possible, we use energy saving devices and lightbulbs, don’t over use the car, eat sustainably  and so on … as l like to say ‘no one is ever too small to make a difference …

l liked it so much l made a tee shirt with that design!

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What is one habit you have that you or your family think is childish?

Childish – not really, but only because it’s the wrong word, the right word for me would be ‘inappropriate’ – at times l can be very inappropriate.

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My Three Questions

What do you think are great topics to write about or create for your blog?

Do you still think ‘blogs’ are relevant for 2019/20?

Is your blog a true reflection on the inner you?

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Complimenting/Gifting

Complimenting/gifting is the term l am happier to use when it comes to awards. To those that l gift the award to, please note you are under no obligation to respond, l am merely complimenting your blog style. ….

….  Please feel free to answer the posed questions should you so wish.

Thanks for reading – Rory

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16 thoughts on “Liebster Award

  1. Congratulations Rory on the award. Well answered! I agree that by making the award process so lengthy, most bloggers are discouraged by it. You have said it right, awards are a good thing and builds up the goodwill in the community as as encouragement new bloggers. Great post.

  2. What do you think are great topics to write about or create for your blog? I keep stumbling over ideas, and the more bloggers I interact with, the more Ideas I get. Sometimes I write about a topic another blogger has put out there. My main focus seems to be (not consciously, it’s just happened that way) on health (physical and mental) and questions. But my blog is eclectic and so one might find a short story, a poem, philosophy, politics (rarely), and humor mixed in. Something for everyone I think.

    Do you still think ‘blogs’ are relevant for 2019/20? Why not? IF the day comes when blogging is replaced by, say, texting or something; you won’t find me doing it. The format is too limiting. I’ll be blogging even when blogging ‘isn’t cool’ any more.

    Is your blog a true reflection on the inner you? For the most part. I keep some stuff private though. Like that old Billy Joel song “We all have a mask that we hide away forever, and we take it out and show ourselves when everyone has gone.” To me, only a fool lets people they’ve never met, however good an on-line relationship they might have; know everything about them. I’m paranoid of ID thieves though.

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