The Leibster Award
INCOMING DRAMATIC ANNOUNCEMENT: Travelscriber has been given the Liebster Award for new bloggers!
What is it?
The Liebster Award is essentially the memest of the memes. You thought you understood what an Internet meme was (and boy oh boy I did I think I knew memes), but the Liebster Award takes the cake.
It’s been described by some as a chain letter of sorts, and as any good chain letter, its origins are difficult to track - though some would say that the earliest instance of the Liebster Award has been found to go back as far as 2010. There is tradition involved - and not just with the Liebster Award’s history. There are rules that have to be followed, once you have been chosen to receive the Liebster Award.
According to Hannah at Hannahthetraveller:
“Each blogger who accepts nominations from a fellow blogger must then nominate 5-10 bloggers that have less than 1000 followers. They should write a post regarding the award, which includes:
• Thanking the previous blogger for nominating
• Answer questions the previous blogger asked
• Nominate 5-10 bloggers and ask them 10 questions”
These rules are not consistent, but they do follow the same theme. And that is not that it is a phishing exercise (so long as you are careful). The core at the Liebster award is about participating in the blogging community. Sure, there are many ways of communicating with people online (Twitter, anyone?) - but for people who literally write personal essays and release them to the Internet at large for fun, this is one of the best ways to genuinely connect with people who have a similar interests and potentially live a good 723856283957293520584 miles away.
Not to exaggerate, or anything.
Uhm, but not the turkey kind. Shoutout to Hannah at Hannahthetraveller who nominated yours truly. Hannah digs travel just as much as I do, and is a bit of a fitness junkie. She is pretty swell, since she is on a mission to save the world one paper cup at a time.
Hannah also gave me some tricky questions to answer - so be afraid, be petrified, thinking you can ever live without me by your side (Gotta slip in some song lyrics somewhere) once you have had a gander at these …
1. What’s the first thing you do when you arrive somewhere new?
I check in at the place I am staying at, and sit on the bed. Trust me, the kind of bed you sleep on during your trip makes all the difference.
2. What’s the hardest thing about blogging?
The promotion side of it. I can only find so many cool things to say in one day across Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, LinkedIn, email, other blogs, my own blog, in addition to crafting a business side to my blogging and social media efforts and know-how (more of that to come down the track, though).
3. What’s the weirdest thing that has happened to you?
Getting asked to participate in an Internet meme, and then taking it seriously.
4. What’s the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning?
I have a drink of water. I am the worst at following all of those wellness hints and tips - the two chocolate bars I ate this afternoon are testament to that - but I cannot deny the goodness that is a drink of water.
5. What’s the last thing you do before you go to sleep?
I obsessively read articles online. There is a part of me that is never satisfied with the amount of information I take in within one day.
Sylvia Plath was onto something when she said, “I can never read all the books I want; I can never be all the people I want and live all the lives I want ... I want to live and feel all the shades, tones and variations of mental and physical experience possible in my life.”
6. If you were an animal what would you be and why?
See, that’s the thing: if you ask me what my favourite animal is, I would say dog. They love you unconditionally, their emotions are generally pretty easy to read, they’ll play for hours on end and they love regular tummy rubs. And I’m good at tummy rubs.
But I would be a bird. All sass and constant preening and the ability to fly wherever I want to, whenever I want to.
7. Why did you start blogging?
This time last year, I was gearing up to head home from Germany. And I had this realisation that the times of my life where I have been truly, devastatingly happy, have been when I have been travelling. And writing. I wanted to recapture that for myself through blogging - and maybe, hopefully, spread the joy a little for others.
8. If you had to die your hair a different colour what would you pick?
Black. Like my soul.
9. What song best describes your blog?
What’s actually important about this answer isn’t the song itself, but the fact that I took a good twenty minutes scouring my music collection to find an appropriate song, when really I had already decided on Atlas, by Coldplay. Possibly because, as a work colleague told me in a past life that I “have the music taste of a forty year old man”.
Or I am just a sucker for soulless corporate rock.
10. What advice do you give to other bloggers?
Write, write and write again. If you are not happy with what you have written, redraft it. If you have writer’s block, get started, scrap what you have done, and then write some more. It is the only way you will get any better at the craft, and at the end of the day, the core of what you do involves a combination of bad cliches (Well, it does for me, anyway - is there such thing as a good cliche?) and your writing style. The only way it is going to develop is if you continue to write.
And maybe just get someone to look over your work once in a while. A second opinion never hurts.
The nominees for the next round of Liebster Awards
And what questions will they be answering?
- What’s your favourite part about blogging?
- If you had to choose your last meal, what would it be?
- If you weren’t blogging, what would you do instead?
- What inspired the aesthetic on your blog?
- You’ve got the time and the resources to learn another entire language. What language is this, and why?
- Who is your favourite blogger? Why?
- What’s your favourite book - what’s it about?
- Summer, Autumn, Winter or Spring?
- Where is the next place you want to travel?
- You have the chance to write your ten year old self a letter. What does it say?
What would you say if you had to answer these questions? Write your answers in the comments below!