Monday, January 21, 2013

Think Out Loud #28: Liebster Award

Hello all!
Time for another edition of 
Think Out Loud, full guide HERE.
This week I want to talk about something very special.
Something that has been passed around 
with really no knowledge of its origin.
Yes folks, I am talking about the infamous
Liebster Blog Award!
Have seen these pics on blogs before?

If so, that blog has been chosen by one of its
peers and been given a very high honor.
Yes, some people say it is just chain letter spam garbage.
And everyone has their own opinion. LoL
I think it is a wonderful way to get to learn more about other bloggers
and to pay forward some love and respect for their work.

I got a comment today, on my Review of Nexus, from
I have been awarded a THIRD 

(I made this! Feel free to take and use.)

I finally thought to myself,
"Self. What exactly is the Liebster Award?"
I googled it (of course) and found a 
fantastic post written by 

In the post, Sopphey researched the origin of the Liebster award. Apparently, it dates back to a German blog as of December 19, 2010. So, the Liebster Award has been around for over 3 years. Must be doing something right! 
Basically, Liebster is a word of German origin that is a term of endearment. It can be translated as dearest, beloved, sweetest, kindest, etc... you get it... like most AWESOME EVER!
This is the most interesting thing I learned from what Sopphey Says: It seems the numbers have been skewed a bit. For the Liebster I just got nominated for, I am suppose to nominate ELEVEN more people with under 200 followers. According to the origin, it is 3-5 nominees with under 3000+ followers. That is a HUGE difference. Plus answer 11 questions AND give 11 facts. Whew! That's a lot of work people.

I have decided to answer the 11 questions that Curry Belle presented to me because that is the fun part! BUT, I am only going to nominate 3 people and ask 3 questions. So, basically I am going back to the original numbers. I am officially hitting RESET on the Liebster Award to restore the honor to receiving it. I would rather people be excited than feel burdened. 

Here are the questions that Curry Belle has asked of her nominees. They are some great questions!

1. What is your current profession and do you enjoy it?
Well, my current dream is to start working with authors to digitally format their work for publishers such as Smashwords and Amazon. I've only done one, but always looking for more experience. If you are an author and need some formatting help in exchange for a reference for my skills (FREE), just email me at

2. What genre do you like to read?
Mostly fiction, but sometimes I will read a memoir. I like Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Contemporary, and especially anything Young Adult.

3. If you could sit down and have tea with anyone (dead or alive), who would it be and why?
Easy answer! Amanda Palmer. Best business-woman/lead singer/piano smashing/ukulele slaying/awesome pure soul like EVER. You may have heard of her for making OVER $1 MILLION DOLLARS during her Kickstarter Campaign. Her record, Theatre is Evil, also debuted at #10 on the Billboard Music Charts! I want to meet her because her and her music have been there for me since 2005. I have watched her evolve from The Dresden Dolls to Amanda Fucking Palmer. It is an amazing experience to watch and artist mature like that. I have never met AFP and will probably never get the chance and that makes me sad. :(

4. Why did you start blogging?
Goodreads gets a lot of the credit. I started finding people that had book blogs. Then I realized it was not only a great way to meet people to talk about books (which is hard in Oklahoma lol), but a very visual way of expressing myself and also a fantastic recording method for what I read and review. So, I started blogging because it seemed challenging and like a lot of fun. It has definitely been both.

5. What book(s) would we find on your nightstand and how long have they been there?
Oh wow. Trick question? My Kindle Fire is what is on my nightstand most of the time. I don't even want to think about how long some of my TBR ebooks have been trapped on there!

6. If you could revise any book what would it be?
The Princess Bride. I would totally replace the original Father in the book with the Grandpa character from the book.

7. Share your favorite quote.
"My method is uncertain. It's a mess, but it's working." Please, Please, Please by Fiona Apple (Song)

8. What inspires you to write your blog?
Interacting with people and being creative. Love that!

9. How did friends/family react when you told them about your blog?
Well, when I first started talking about it in front of my mom, she had no idea what a blog was. So I showed her my blog. She LOVED it. She always ask about it and I show her my newest posts. She is just amazed and what can be done with a community of readers on the internet. She was especially pleased when I won a Kindle Fire and gave it to her!

10. If you could, how much would you charge people to view your blog?
I would not charge them anything.

11. Who cultured your love of literature?
I would say myself. Noone else in my family likes to read. LoL. Ever since I started reading I have carried a book around with me. And I always picked out my own books. So yeah, me!

Whew! That wasn't that bad, was it?

Here are the 3 blogs that I now bestow the Liebster Award upon!

1. Dark Obsession Chronicles - Alana is a book pimp!
3. Blog of Erised - Ula has an awesome Dystopian Challenge going on for 2013!

And the 3 questions...
1. What is your favorite part of blogging?

2. How much time do you spend on your blog per week 
between reading/reviewing/blogging and networking?

3. What are the 3 blogs you just HAVE to keep up with?

Bonus Question: If you were in danger, which 
fictional character would you want 
to come to your rescue? 

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