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The Liebster Award

Thank you to Shruti Ohri for this kind nomination! Shruti blogs about writing, photography, and emotion. It is a beautiful blog and her most recent series of black-and-white photos are wonderfully captured. I suggest you guys stopping by!

The Liebster Award is all about nominating followers who are near and dear to one’s heart and/or who have recently supported one’s blog. So here we go:


The Rules

Here are the rules for all those who will be receiving this award if they choose to accept and nominate others:

  •  Create a new post thanking the person who nominated you, link their blog.
  • Include award graphic.
  • Answer the questions provided.
  • Make a new set of 10 questions for your nominees to answer.


The Questions Shruti asked me:
Q1. If you could wake up as someone/something else for a day, who/what would it be? Why?

  • I don’t know if I would, I like who I am, so I wouldn’t change into another person. It might be fun to be a dolphin for a day and see if there really are mermaids in the sea.

Q2. If you could change one thing in the world, what would it be?

  • I would take out the sin and the evil, or I would wish that everyone would know how much God loves them.

Q3. What does writing mean to you?

  • Writing is my life, it has always been my life. Yes, other things such as God and my family will come first, but writing just comes so naturally. I need to write, I want to write. When I write, I can loose myself in the words (even if they’re not very good)

Q4. How did you start blogging?

  • I was signed with a publishing house to publish my non-fiction book in late 2018. However, I was advised that even though I had signed with a publishing house, I would still most likely be responsible for promoting myself and my work. Therefore, I decided that I needed a platform. After all, why should anyone read my work? A first time author? My hope through blogging is to establish myself as an author and a poet. That people will see my worth and actually want to read my works. What I did not expect was this wonderful community. Blogging is much more than a simple platform for promoting my work, it is a place for me to grow and to encourage the growth in others.

Q5. What other interests do you have?

  • I absolutely LOVE to sing. I’ve been told that I am good, I know that I am decent, but I also know there are others who are much better than me. I was thinking about auditioning for the Voice just for the fun of it.

Q6. Do you have any dream destination? If yes, where is it and why?

  • I would love to visit Kauai for a honeymoon and I absolutely adore the mountains for small escapes from reality.

Q7. Give yourself a caption.

  • Oy, with the poodles already!

Q8. Do you have any favourite writers or poets? Who are they?

  • Oh goodness, this is a hard one. As any author knows, there are boundless of wonderful influences out there. Right now I particularly love Suzanne Collins and J.K. Rowling. (Too cliche?)

Q9. Do you have a favourite book or book series? What is it?

  • Again, you’re killing me! Picking favorite books is like picking your favorite child, you’re not supposed to have one! But. . .
  • Probably The Hunger Games series, the Harry Potter series, the City of Bones series, and the Clockwork Angel series.

Q10. Do you have a favourite phrase/tagline/quote? If yes, what is it?

  • Write, live life, drink tea, repeat.


My Nominations

Newer Followers:

T. Shaw (Writer): T. Shaw is a personal friend of mine who just recently began blogging. She has an excellent way of weaving stories into her blogmas posts. I highly suggest you go check her out!

RayNotBradbury: A recent follower who has showered some support on my blog! Thanks Ray!

Dreamer’s Outlet: Another recent follower who supports my blog! Currently, she’s got some great posts on blogmas

Shawn Robinson: A very recent follower of mine who has some great stuff on self-publishing on his blog page.

Danielle K: While I usually follow other writers, Danielle’s blog is filled with adorable kid and mommy fashion! Thanks for the recent support Danielle

My First FIVE Followers: Thank you for being with me from the very beginning!

Tess M. Garfield: Stories from the Heart

Claire Yang: Author and Poet

Lindsay: Blogger enthusiast

Marcus Hackeny: Classic Thoughts

SaltandNovels: author of “The Ways We Follow”

Questions for My Nominees:

  1. What is your ultimate goal that you want to accomplish through blogging? Fame? Money? Renown? Community? Catharsis?

2. What is your favorite Christmas memory/tradition?

3. Are you participating in Blogmas this year? If so, what is your favorite post so far? If not, why not?

4. How long have you been blogging? Why do you continue to blog?

5. Do you prefer live Christmas trees or fake Christmas trees? Why?

6. What is a unique experience that you’ve had in the past year or two?

7. Tea or coffee? And if tea, what kind? If coffee, what brew/flavor?

8. Where will you be on Christmas Eve and what will you be doing?

9. If you could have any one superpower what would you choose? Why?

10. If you could change your life, would you? How? Why or why not?

Blogs / Life

The Liebster Award


Thank you so much Scribbled to Paper for this wonderful nomination and award! Here’s snap shot at there awesome blog, who doesn’t love pastries, coffee, and writing? Be sure to check his blog out. He is a wonderful poet.




Because I was curious, I looked up the word “Liebster” and realized its origins were German and it means sweetheart/dearest which I think is so wonderful.


Random things about me:

  • I am a follower of Christ.
  • I hate tight spaces and am severely claustrophobic
  • I absolutely LOVE dark chocolate, like a lot.
  • I started writing when I was 5 years old.
  • I once wanted to be an actress on Broadway
  • I sing karaoke all the time just for fun when I’m alone
  • Disney is the best thing ever, you cannot change my mind


Here’s ten questions I’ve been asked to answer:

  1. What emotion do you want to convey the most in your writing?
    • Encouragement! I really hope that through my blog, in particular, that I am encouraging other writers to write more and to write better!
  2. What emotion do you want to feel the most when reading someone else writing?
    • I want to feel moved. Whether this is indignation, love, disgust, admiration, I just want to feel something. Writing isn’t writing to me unless their is an emotional 
  3. Would you prefer a poem that is more eloquent in words or more expressive in emotion?
    • A good poem should have both, but if I had to chose, I would must rather be moved by the emotion of the poem than to notice the wording.
  4. Do you set a goal for how often you post?
    • Ha, that is something I am currently trying to decide. I don’t know if it’s possible, for me at least, to post every single day. I know for sure I plan to continuously post twice a week (and hopefully more like four times a week). I’m playing around with that right now.
  5. Where do you write the most?
    • I write the most at work actually (shh, don’t tell my boss)
  6. What time do you write the most?
    • I write better in the morning surprisingly since I’m not really a morning person
  7. Do you write spur of the moment or do you spend long periods of time writing or editing a post?
    • BOTH! I will spur of the moment write a post, but schedule it for a week or so away so that I can go back and edit it.
  8. What do you drink first thing in the morning?
    • Some form of tea, cold or hot, tea is life
  9. What moments or situations in life can bring you back to an important memory?
    • Smells. For me, a certain smell can trigger an avalanche of emotion.
  10. What is one of your favorite comfort foods?
    • Chocolate. Sorry, that’s such a female answer but it’s 100% true. If I am mad, if I am sad, if I am happy, give me chocolate and not that milk chocolate stuff, I like the dark chocolate the best.


My Nominees:

To be completely honest, I do not currently have a favorite blog, I enjoy so many. Therefore, I am just highlighting the blogs that I have enjoyed immensely lately, or those who have been very supportive of my blog, or both!

Lunarian Thoughts – I am currently really enjoying Lunarian Thought’s poems that center around the 12 zodiac signs, this blogger pumps out poetry at an amazing rate!

Eyes + Words – 

The Blogging Detective (Written in Ink)

McGee Travel Tales


The Writer In Me

Lost Soul

Percolating Poetry

A Writer’s Soul

Claire Yang 


Questions for my Nominees:

  1. What do you write the most about? Poetry? Stories? Life experiences?
  2. What’s your favorite thing to drink to start your day?
  3. What genre is your favorite to read, and why?
  4. Is there a certain book series that you return to and reread every year?
  5. What encourages you on a day to day business to strive toward your goals?
  6. What do you think are key characteristics of writing?
  7. How do you promote your own work?
  8. What advice would you give to a new blogger?
  9. What is your favorite dessert?
  10. Where do you see your career in five years?

Here’s the rules, now that you’re nominated!

  1. Thank the person who nominated you, and put a link to their blog on your blog. Try to include a little promotion for the person who nominated you. They will thank you for it and those who you nominate will also help you out as well.
  2. Display the award on your blog — by including it in your post and/or displaying it using a “widget” or a “gadget”. (Note that the best way to do this is to save the image to your own computer and then upload it to your blog post.)
  3. Write a 150-300 word post about your favourite blog that is not your own. Explain why you like the blog, provide links.
  4. Provide 10 random facts about yourself. (This year I’m making this optional. If you wish to engage with your readers it’s a great idea to include random facts about you.
  5. Nominate 5 – 11 blogs that you feel deserve the award, who have a less than 200 followers. (Note that you can always ask the blog owner this since not all blogs display a widget that lets the readers know this information!
  6. List these rules in your post (You can copy and paste from here or simply link to this post.) Once you have written and published it, you then have to.
  7. Inform the people/blogs that you nominated that they have been nominated for the Liebster award and provide a link for them to your post or mine (Jack Henry) if you don’t have all the information so that they can learn about it (they might not have ever heard of it!) Post a comment in the comments below (on the website ) so I (Jack Henry) can view your post and check out your blog. I (Jack Henry)personally visit each and everyone.I (Jack Henry) visited a few hundred last year!!!