I won! I won! No, it’s not a golden statue, and I don’t have to wear a sequined dress (But I’m going to. Seriously, how many opportunities do we get?) or give an acceptance speech on national TV in front of millions of adoring fans (Maybe next year?) But today I won a LIEBSTER award, and I’m taking it.
Blogging can be a very isolated activity. Most of us sit in our offices for hours (days, weeks…oh hell, years) on end, in our sweats, all bed hair and bunny slippers, writing and rewriting posts that we’re not even sure anyone will read. Sometimes the only way to know if our stuff is reaching anybody is to click our stat boards like crack-addled squirrels, whoop-dee dancing in our empty offices when we get a new subscriber, or crashing to the ground like the only kid not invited to little Johnny’s birthday party when we lose a Twitter follower we’ve never actually met. So bloggers have created their own awards that we pass along to each other, to encourage, support, and offer enthusiastic shout outs to our favorite writers. It’s our way of sharing the blog love and helping other bloggers grow their readership.
Today Richard Rumple, of the ever-so-fabulous That’s Life…Sometimes gave me a LIEBSTER award. Check out his blog. You’ll be glad you did!
The Liebster award was created for newer bloggers. We’re the ones who daily compare ourselves with seasoned bloggers who have a billion followers and have quit their day jobs to sell their wildly successful books. They’re constant reminders that we may be good, but we’ll never be that good. The Liebster award is a way of saying “Great blog! Keep writing, and don’t give up. YOU CAN DO THIS.”
Of course, as with most awards, there are rules. The Liebster award says you must answer 11 questions about yourself, then make up 11 different questions for the 11 bloggers you pass the award over to. Wow. At the risk of never receiving another award (and because I have a day job and this assignment will take me days to complete), I’m am going to toss out the existing rules and make up my own.
Vikki’s Liebster Award Rules:
1. There are no rules. None. Just accept the award, bask in the glory and do with it what you will.
2. If you’ve read more than, say, 3 of my posts, you already know more about me than you probably ever wanted to (I tend to blurt out everything), so I’m going to skip answering any questions. Feel free to do the same.
3. Put the badge up on your blog if you’d like. I did, because it’s cool. And it’s an award. I like awards.
4. Nominate other bloggers that you like. You decide how many and what the rules are. We’re writers. Write something, and pass it along.
Rule #4 is the hardest. When passing an award to other bloggers, there’s always a chance you’ll nominate someone who has already received it, or you’ll overlook a blogger you love, or you’ll list someone who doesn’t need it (they have a thousand followers, and this one is for new bloggers). Aarrgghh! So here’s what I’m going to do. I’m going to list my favorite blogs and leave it at that.
If you’ve already received it, now you’re a multiple-award-winning ROCK STAR. If it doesn’t apply to you because you’re too big for it, you’re definitely a ROCK STAR. If your blog is fabulous and I overlooked it, I suck and you’re a ROCK STAR anyway.
Vikki’s List of Favorite Blogs (You need to check these out. They intimidate the crap out of me and I read them anyway. Yeah, they’re that good):
Life According to Julie
Confessions of a Mommyholic
The Dose of Reality
Empty House, Full Mind
Oh Boy Mom
Rachael’s Insane Rants and Bizarre Musings
After the Kids Leave
My Half Assed Life
The Great Jollyhoombah
The Adventures of a Misplaced Alaskan
Kiss My List
Sadder But Wiser Girl
Something Clever 2.0
A Pleasant House
So to my fellow bloggers, go thank your parents, your husband, your children, and your Aunt Mimi’s brother’s sister’s Chihuahua, Lola, for bringing you to this celebratory moment. And now pass it along.