The Liebster Award

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I am delighted and honored to have been nominated for a Liebster award, by Forth Generation Farm Girl. I’ve only been blogging for two months, but I’ve already connected with so many interesting and lovely people.  It came as such a wonderful surprise, and I’m so excited to accept.  Forth Generation Farm Girl was nominated by Edwina’s Episodes

There are certain rules associated with the Liebster Award, and after doing some research, these are the main points to follow:

1: Acknowledge and accept the Liebster Award by leaving a comment on the blog where you were nominated.

2: Copy and paste the Liebster logo onto your own blog.

3: Link back to the blogger who awarded you.

4: Answer the 11 questions put to you by the person who nominated you.

5: List 11 random facts about yourself.

6: Nominate and link to 3—11 other blogs you enjoy that have less than 3000 followers

7: List 11 questions for your Liebster Award nominees on your blog.

8: Inform your nominees by leaving a comment on their blog.

Here are the 11 questions I was asked:

1. Why did you start blogging?

I started blogging as a way to record the Creative Writing pieces and exercises that I write as part of the Open University English Literature degree that I’m studying. Since starting the blog, I’ve come across some very interesting people and subject matter.

2. When do you produce your best work?

I work full time, so most of my work is produced in the evening and at the weekend. I don’t really have a best time, as such; the best time is probably when I’m not tired, and therefore able to concentrate fully.

3. Name something that annoys you?

Tins in my cupboard that don’t have the labels showing: my daughter does the exact same thing, much to the annoyance of her mother.

 4. What makes you happy?

When I get lost in a film or book and the time seems to disappear. Oh and 4pm on Friday afternoon (end of the work week).

5. If you could live in a different era, which one would you choose and why?

To be honest I’m glad that I was born in the era I was (1970s) because the early part of the twentieth-century (and earlier) – despite all of the scientific, technological, sociological and cultural advances – was a time of much greater hardship and war.

6. What is your biggest regret?

We all have some regrets, but on the whole I believe in Edith Piaf’s mantra: “Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien,” or in English, “No, I regret nothing”! The past is history and I believe that we learn and improve from experiences, both good and bad.

7. What other talents do you have?

I’m a determined person who is able to see a task through to completion. I’m honest and trustworthy and expect other people to be the same (sometimes they aren’t).

8. What is your biggest achievement?

I took part in the Comrades Marathon in 1998 and completed the 56-mile distance in just less than 11 hours. The second biggest achievement is completing this Liebster Award questionnaire J

9. Sunshine or snow?

Sunshine all the way! Nothing puts me in a great mood like the sun all around me. Being able to sit and relax in the sun and have a few beers is a great way to put things back into perspective.

10. What is your biggest vice?

Heroine! Only kidding: I have a really sweet tooth, so I would say the following, but, in no particular order: sweets, cakes, chocolate and ice cream (I’m trying to be good, as my dentist doesn’t approve)

11. What is your favorite film?

The Godfather Part2

11 Random Facts About Me!

1. I have to have the labels on tins facing outwards, so that I can see them. I’ve experimented with placing them in my cupboard in any order, but it failed miserably.

2. I love Bourbon and sweets/toffees, but will settle for crisps (chips), peanuts and anything else that generally tastes great, but isn’t good for the waistline.

3. I eat the edges of a pie, then the top, before finally eating the filling and base.

4. I hate to fail and can be quite competitive.

5. I really admire anyone who achieves something, or completes something that is out of the ordinary.

6. I’m quite a shy person, but I hide it well with a tough exterior; many of the people I know assume I’m confident.

7. My favourite book is Germinal by Emile Zola.

8. My most treasured possession is my Macbook Pro.

9. I Would like to have dinner with a famous author

10. I’m nearly always warm, but my hands are often cold.

11. Persimmon is my favourite type of fruit; I only discovered it last year … all that wasted time (and yes, they are lovely and sweet).

I am nominating the following blogs for a Liebster Award.  These are blogs that I always enjoy and find interesting:

Jemverse

Interesting Literature

Prosper Mind

Robin Dawn Hudechek

Mamamaitri

Flaming English

These are your 11 questions:

1. Why did you start to blog?

2. What is your earliest memory?

3. Who has been your greatest influence?

4. What is your favorite film?

5. Which phrase do you most overuse?

6. What makes you happy?

7. What disturbs you?

8. Who would you most like to come to dinner?

9. What is your favorite book?

10. What is your most treasured possession?

11. What would most improve the quality of your life?

Thank you so much Sean

About Sean

I live in my own thoughts, chat to imaginary friends, and survive primarily on Snickers and Nescafe. I work full-time and study part-time for a BA in English Literature with the OU. Home is the North West of England, and my heroes are those authors that can make miracles out of paper and words…… “The man who does not read has no advantage over the man who cannot read.” – Mark Twain.
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32 Responses to The Liebster Award

  1. Dear Sean,
    I’m so sorry to have bothered you with my question. As you can see, I have now published my Liebster Award post (link below) with the logo included, but I have no idea how I actually managed to import the blasted logo. I reckon it was sheer desperation: I was clicking on everything I could see! It took me absolutely ages before I succeeded (I am seriously technologically challenged, you see). Anyway, here it is. I am about to notify each of my nominees directly. Thanks again and very best wishes.

    http://flaming-english.com/2014/12/03/no-61-misc-the-liebster-award/

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    • Sean says:

      Hi Anna,

      It looks great, by the way! Your answers and facts about yourself are both funny and interesting.

      I work with a Czech guy who was explaining to us that Carp is also their Xmas treat (celebrated on the evening of the 24th of December)

      ps stay off high mountains 🙂

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      • Thank you very much for your kind comment, Sean. Yep, for us it’s carp on Christmas Eve (not that I’m much good at that either). And thanks again for your nomination. The bloggers nominated by me seem genuinely pleased, which is great. I think this Liebster Award is a lovely idea – so friendly! 🙂

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  2. Hello, Sean,
    I have now prepared my post on the Liebster Award but have no idea how to paste the logo into the body of the post. I’ve tried and tried, but nothing worked. As you can see, I’m a digital immigrant – help!!! So sorry to bother you with this; I feel so helpless. Anna

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    • Sean says:

      Hi Anna,

      I’ve only just seen this post. If I had seen it earlier I would have offered to help. Sorry!

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      • Thank you so much (I nearly wrote millions of thanks!) for your helpfulness. I still don’t know how to embed the logo within all pages – or at least within the home page – but will try to find out. Thanks again.

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  3. Hi Sean, Here is the link to my blog showing my accerptance of the award and my responses: robindawnh.wordpress.com. Thank you so much for nominating me for this award. I am deeply honored that you thought of me, and I had a lot of fun responding to the questions! 🙂

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  4. Congratulations on your Liebster award.Thank you for following my blog. I have enjoyed what I have read on yours so far, and will definitely be back. 🙂

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  5. Sean, thank you very much for nominating my blog, Robin Dawn Hudechek: Poet and Writer for the Liebster Award. I am very honored and happy to accept this award, and more than a bit surprised and humbled to be nominated since I am so new to blogging! Thank you so much! 🙂

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  6. prospermind says:

    Thank you for the nomination Sean! It is a great honor and it’s been fun to participate. 🙂
    Here’s my LIebster Award: http://prospermind.wordpress.com/liebster-award/ Hope you enjoy reading my answers 😉

    Cheers and thanks again! 😉

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    • Sean says:

      There are some great answers there. I like the one relating to your mother. As the saying goes ‘you only ever get one mother’ 🙂

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      • prospermind says:

        Thank you Sean. I really appreciate you taking the time to read through my answers, I know not many people actually do, so thanks!
        I’ve enjoyed your questions, they were a perfect gateway for me to think about myself, to reflect, to grapple with my mind. Oh, and they were also a perfect opportunity for my to procrastinate my studying for my exams on saturday, whoos! Haha 😉

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      • Sean says:

        You’re welcome.

        I agree, the questions certainly did take some thinking about. It was good fun, however!

        Good luck with the exam, by the way 🙂

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      • prospermind says:

        Thank you Sean! I’m already a nervous wreck at the moment, running on coffee and apples! (It’s funny how many apples I eat during stressful times!!! haha) 😉

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      • Sean says:

        An apple a day keeps the doctor …. (fill in the issing word.

        ps it’s away 🙂

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      • prospermind says:

        Haha I know. It’s a good habbit! 🙂

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  7. Jem Croucher says:

    Thanks Sean. I’m honoured to accept the Leibster Award for Jemverse. Bit of an honour, that. Will have to have a bit of a think about the terms but it’ll be fun. Thinking at present about waving the answers to the 11 questions into a poem. Ping back to follow. Thanks again.

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  8. Congratulations, Sean! You richly deserve your nomination; I’m truly delighted for you. And thank you very much for nominating my blog; naturally, I accept the nomination and will proceed as requested (I’m busy tonight but will read the instructions properly tomorrow). Could you just clarify, please – is it OK to nominate blogs by people overseas? Thanks again, Anna 🙂

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  9. Julia Manuel says:

    Sean, I’m overwhelmed and humbled by your choice to Nominate me for The Leibster Award which I understand is aimed at recognizing new blogs. Fantastic. I gratefully accept your nomination and look forward to nominating others! Weeeeeeeeeee! What a wonderful way to spread the love. Congrats on YOUR nom, I do so enjoy visiting you daily. You inspired my “Silly Saturday Haiku” feature. Peace, love & light, Jules

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    • Sean says:

      Julia, I agree that it really is a lovely way to encourage each other to continue blogging. I’m glad that I’ve inspired your ‘Silly Saturday Haiku’ feature. Peace, love and light, right back at you 🙂

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