Sunday 17 August 2014

The Liebster Award: What is it? What does it mean?

Lots of you would have come across the Liebster Award recently. It's doing the rounds as far as I can see, but until I was nominated by the lovely Sammy I didn't pay too much attention to it.

Of course, the first reaction to receiving an 'award' is to feel very, very flattered, so thank you Sammy for the huge compliment, I really appreciate that someone has seen my blog and thought enough of it to nominate it.

Being a cynic, I also wanted to find out what this was all about and where it came from.

I found out that The Liebster Award is a chain letter between bloggers, not an official award of any kind. The term 'Liebster' comes from the German word for 'dearest' or 'most beloved', and this is why the award is traditionally passed between bloggers with fewer subscribers. The idea is to recognise smaller blogs and share them with others. Like any chain letter, (I'm old enough to have been sent these by post in the 1990s!), the terms are often changed, and therefore I've read that you can only pass onto bloggers with 50 subscribers; I've also read that the number is 1,000! My instructions didn't specify anything about number of subscribers at all, so some of my choices have fewer subscribers, some have nearer the 1,000 mark- I've gone with who I think has a beautiful blog!

All in all, I am still really thrilled to have been recognised and therefore am passing it on to some bloggers who I really feel deserve recognition for their blogging. 

Before I announce my nominations, here are my responses to the Liebster Award tag:

11 random facts me:

1. I have a phobia of whales.
2. I hate most meat, but I'm not a vegetarian.
3. I love karaoke.
4. Sometimes I prefer cats to people.
5. I can play the recorder.
6. My favourite colour is purple.
7. I have two tattoos. 
8. I have reoccurring dreams of flying, and joyriding cars (I can't drive yet!).
9. My favourite film is Labyrinth.
10. I am an introvert.
11. I have only been on a plane once, but want to travel more in the future.

Questions from Sammy:

1. What is your favourite type of blog to read?
    I love to read blogs with a mixture of types of posts: beauty, fashion, lifestyle and personal stories. Also I love interesting photography.

2. What is your favourite store (online and high street)
    Online: Escentual   High Street: Boots

3. What motto do you live by?
    Try to be the best version of yourself you can be

4. What do you think makes a successful blog?
    Someone behind it that is dedicated and truly loves what they're writing about

5. Who is your celebrity role model?
    India Arie (musician)

6. What post of yours are you most proud of and why?
    Probably my Lazy Guide to Skincare, on a Budget because it took hours to research and write.

7. What's the most disgusting think you've ever done?
    Aged about 7, I ate mud from a stick in the garden to see what it tasted like. Not surprisingly, I puked it up in my bed the next morning. I told my mum the mud was floating around in my sick 'like a shark'.

8. What's the most embarrassing thing that's ever happened to you?
    I was on a train with my friend when I was about 14 and I was cleaning the hair out of my hairbrush. I threw the clump of hair out of the window, but it blew back in and into the face of a bald man! I was quite embarrassed at the time.

9. Do you have any pets?
    No, but my parents have two cats who I love dearly.

10. What's your favourite season? Why?
      Autumn- I love the cosy feeling and wearing boots and scarves.

11. Would you rather cut all  your hair off or eat a cockroach?

      I'd feast on a cockroach- no-one's getting their hands on my hair!

My nominated bloggers are:

Instructions for nominated bloggers:

1. Link back to the person who nominated you. 
2. Give 11 random facts about yourself. 
3. You must answer the 11 questions given to you by the person who nominated you. 
4. After completing the questions you must nominate 5-11 bloggers and give them 11 questions of your choice. 
5. You are not allowed nominate the person who nominated you. 
6. Make sure you let the nominees know they have been nominated and provide a link to your post for them,so they can learn about the awards.

My questions for the nominated bloggers:

1. Describe yourself in 3 words. The words must begin with the first letter of your christian name!
2. What made you start blogging?
3. What is your all time favourite nail polish?
4. If you were a Disney character, who would you be and why?
5. Which song reminds you of your youth?
6. What is your worst fear?
7. What are your fashion predictions for 2018?
8. Which of the seven deadly sins are you most guilty of? (wrath, greed, sloth, pride, lust, envy or gluttony?)
9. What is your best physical feature?
10. What would you spend £10,000 on if you won it in a lottery draw?
11. Would you rather have a permanent mono-brow/ uni-brow or a permanent moustache?

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  1. Thank you for nominating me :D but I've already completed a Liebster Award a few weeks back. It was lovely reading this and learning more about you x

    Beauty with charm

    1. Thank you :) You deserve the nominations- your blog's lovely x