I Won An Award! (Sort Of)

Folks, this is a post I never anticipated writing. It has nothing to do with what my blog’s about, whatever that might be. And at first I wasn’t going to write these words at all, but then I took a look at the smiling face of blogger April Greene and was charmed into proceeding.

liebsterYou see, a number of years ago someone out there in the blogging community came up with the idea that bloggers would do well to recognize and encourage and promote their peers. Can’t argue with that. And that same someone decided that a good way for this to happen would be for newish bloggers to bestow an award upon other newish bloggers. And that same someone, as far as I know, also named the award. The Liebster Award, that’s what it’s called. Why Liebster?  Who knows? The award’s origins are about as clear as the waters of the Ganges River. In other words, not. Whatever, Liebster Awards have been granted to oodles of bloggers over the years. And April Greene, an excellent writer whose blog and smiling face may be viewed by clicking right here, has nominated me for (meaning, she has awarded me) a Liebster. Thanks, April, for thinking of me.

Wouldn’t you know it, though? This whole Liebster thing is a form of a chain letter, so it’s kind of a pain. More than kind of, actually. Yet, at this point I’m pretty happily playing along because, as April Greene mentioned on her website, Liebster Awards are all about spreading the love. OK, I’m ready! Let’s go!

As part of the chain I am expected to nominate other bloggers for the Liebster. I shall do so, but I totally understand if my nominees decide to bag it and break the chain, which is what my initial reaction was. In any case, let me mention that I look periodically at many relatively new blogs, of which loads are worthy of recognition. I wrote the names of those worthies on pieces of paper, placed the pieces in a big bowl and randomly pulled out three. They are my nominees. There are plenty of real good articles to read in those three blogs, as you will discover by clicking on the following links:

Runaway American Dream          Speaking Of Life         Bookmark

Naturally, the Liebster Awards come with various rules that seem to have evolved over the years without firm consensus as to what are the rules. For the sake of making things somewhat easier and less time-consuming, I’m going to modify the rules once again by reducing the number of hoops a Liebster nominee need jump through.

Most versions of Liebster’s regulations ask nominees to answer 11 questions posed to them by their nominators, and to nominate 11 bloggers for the Liebster. To that I say: “Huh? Who’s got all day to do this stuff?” And thusly if any or all of my nominees decide to accept the Liebster from me, and by so doing decide to keep the ol’ chain in motion, they need answer only three questions. And I suggest that they propel the Liebster mechanism by nominating no more than three bloggers.

And now for a Q & A session. Complying with her duties as a Liebster nominator, April Greene asked 11 questions of me, per the instructions she received from her nominator. Here are her Qs with my As attached:

  1. What’s the coolest award you’ve ever gotten? (You can say the Liebster Award if you want.) —  Hey, I’ve been awardless till now, so Liebster it is.
  2. When did you last ride a public bus? — I only take limos.
  3. Have you ever slipped when getting out of the shower and felt older than you actually are? — No comment.
  4. Which of your childhood friends are you saddest to have lost touch with, and what do you think they’re doing now? — My teddy bear. He’s exploring Antarctica these days.
  5. Honestly: Do you really consider it the three-second rule? Have you ever extended it to more seconds? If so, how many? — Thousands upon thousands.
  6. Why do you think all those houseplants have died under your care? — How did you know?
  7. Please describe the time you sung most humiliatingly in public. — It would take too long.
  8. Best popcorn topping. Go. — I like the classics (ketchup and mustard).
  9. Would you rather dream of a spider infestation or a snake infestation? Why? — Yuck!
  10. What is your least favorite color? Explain. — Only my psychiatrist is privy to this.
  11. Should 7-Eleven have discontinued their Sour Patch Watermelon Slurpee flavor? Why or why not? — No. The masses will revolt.

Moving right along, I now am obliged to ask questions of my nominees. I’m not feeling smart-alecky anymore, so the questions will be legit.

  1. What television series, if any, are you currently watching?
  2. What are your favorite fruits?
  3. What are your hobbies?

Finally, as guidelines for my nominees I’m supposed to list the Liebster Award’s general rules and regs. Here goes:

Once you accept a nomination, you are asked to complete the following steps:
– Create a post in your blog displaying the Liebster Award logo
– In that post, thank and link to the blogger who nominated you
– In that post, answer the questions assigned by the blogger who nominated you
– In that post, nominate new favorite bloggers for the Liebster Award
– In that post, come up with a list of questions for your nominees
– In that post, provide rules/instructions for your nominees in re accepting the award
– Notify the nominees
– Post your Liebster blog post link in the comments of your nominator’s Liebster post

If anyone out there has read all of this, my condolences.

Normal programming will resume with my next article.

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17 thoughts on “I Won An Award! (Sort Of)

  1. aprilswopegreene August 18, 2016 / 9:41 am

    Neil! Thank you for all the terrific shout-outs herein, and for taking the time to answer my ridiculous questions. Liebster on!

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  2. Lucie August 18, 2016 / 5:40 pm

    Ah the infamous blogger award….Your title totally sums it up. And like you, I think it’s nothing but a blogger’s version of a chain letter. By my fourth award, I had antagonized so many potential followers that I didn’t know what to do. I tried (sincerely tried) thanking people and many of them understood, but I think I may have hurt some people and for that I am so sorry….You’ll see that many have gone to posting “award free blog” on their blogs because unfortunately, once you get nominated for ONE award, you’re usually awarded others. I really wish word-press had “awards” for just merit. Why don’t we start our own???? ;)p So Congratulations! (Sort of!)

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    • yeahanotherblogger August 18, 2016 / 6:53 pm

      I sure hope that no more “awards” come my way. I’m not sure what’s going on with this award thing. It’s pretty goofy. Maybe you can explain this to me: Why do you think you antagonized many potential followers? Did you receive negative feedback, or something?
      I can see value in the Liebster and whatever the other awards are, but only if they end up meaningfully increasing a blogger’s sustained readership. But my guess is that that happens in only a handful of cases.

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      • Lucie August 20, 2016 / 5:22 pm

        Ya know, Neil, I’m not quite sure why people were a little “put out”….they seemed to be ok with it when I very nicely/kindly thanked them for the “honor”, but then some of them stopped following me…maybe it was just the fact that they suddenly disliked my pieces. I really can’t say for sure. I just found these “awards” a tad too cumbersome for my tastes. I never did like “chain letters” and that’s what they smack of to me (and apparently to you, as well). Your blog is quality…if it weren’t, I wouldn’t be following you. I don’t mean to sound “snobby” or “unkind” ( I seriously don’t…), but at my age, I don’t have the time or physical energy to follow people that I don’t have the time to read and comment on. You’re a perceptive man…..your statement about “increasing a blogger’s SUSTAINED readership” is spot on! I think some “followers” simply “click the like button” and go on…..and frankly, I’d rather have a handful of dedicated readers/followers than play the numbers game. I probably need an attitude change, but that’s just the way I feel. Any way, thanks for commenting back. Have a great rest of your weekend and I’ll catch ya next time, Kiddo! 😉

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        • yeahanotherblogger August 21, 2016 / 10:45 am

          Many thanks for this info and for your openness. The more I think about this blogging awards thing, the less I like it. I almost regret “accepting” the Liebster, but what’s done is done.
          Lucie, thanks again.

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  3. Elizabeth August 19, 2016 / 10:29 am

    Congrats! Liked your responses to the questions, too.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. marilynyung August 19, 2016 / 8:51 pm

    I really do enjoy your posts. You’re quite adept at getting to the details that make life interesting. Congrats!

    Liked by 1 person

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