Liebster Award Nominee – Who, Me?
I’ve been nominated for this award by the lovely Lisa from Creative Misfit. We met on a Twitter chat one day realising that we’re one of the few thirty-ish participants and it only took off from there. By now our little #GoldenOldies (we think it’s funny, while we don’t feel old at all) group has grown to five people. Plans are to interact even more and welcome other 30ish plus bloggers into our midst.
What is a Liebster Award?
According to my research online, a Liebster Award is a way to connect with fellow bloggers, recognise their work and promote your own and their blogs online. The more people discover you the better. It started back in 2011 and it’s both loved and hated. To be honest, I can see why it’s both. It comes with a set of rules you need to follow, so let’s just say your creativity is slightly surpressed. But what it does, it allows you to nominate 5 to 11 other bloggers and spread the love. So, essentially it works like a chain letter – cue hatred. But it may generate more traffic on your blog and if you’re doing it right, you may gain some new readers – sign me up, please.
Liebster Award Rules
They are fairly simple, although reading a few blogs, they seem to vary a bit. You get nominated by a fellow blogger. You accept by writing a post (as I’m doing now). Since I was nominated by Lisa, I’m following her rules of posting 11 facts about myself (quite lucky seeing I have yet failed to produce the About Me page), nominating between 5 to 11 other blogs and answering her questions.
If I’m honest, thinking about 11 facts and 11 questions end up with me covered in sweat. For some reason this number seems huge.
I have spotted a rule floating around the internet that the blogs we nominate should have less than a 1,000 followers. After all this award is a way of welcoming newbies and small bloggers into the blogosphere.
Liebster Award and facts About Me
Sorry, but having to come up with 11 facts about me is a bit daunting. I hope not to bore you to death and that you’ll stick around till the end. Here we go:
- I live in England, but wasn’t born here.
- Travelling has taught me more about life and myself than years of schooling did.
- Bookworm. Yup, that’s me. My nose is permanently stuck in a book (check out some of my book reviews).
- I have the most amazing boyfriend in the whole world. He’s always there for me and is a real rock.
- I used to be a techer until about 4 years ago.
- I’m fluent in three languages and can understand a few more, but don’t tell that to anyone.
- Since I started blogging, I caught myself buying candles, books, chopping boards, etc. just to use as photo props. Someone please tell me you do it too.
- When I was a child, I was a competitive skier. I never lost the passion and one of my happiest times is rushing down the slope.
- I hold an advanced scuba diving certificate and can dive down to 30 metres below the surface.
- This isn’t my first blog, but it’s by far the best one and the one I’m really passionate about.
- I can’t sit still. Watch a twenty minute show and I probably get up a couple of times. But hey, who doesn’t feel like a cuppa in the middle of a show.
And here are my answers to Lisa’s questions
Where are you from? And how old are you?
Eeek. I’m in my thirties, let’s just say that’s enough. And while I live in England, Slovenia is where I’m from. It’s one of the most beautiful and undiscovered countries in Europe. You may say I’m biased, but those are the words of my English friends who spend their holidays in my home country. Just check out the images of Lake Bled or Soca river if you don’t believe me.
What made you decide to start blogging?
My first blog was all about my experience of moving to England. After my move, I started receiving lots and lots of emails from people asking for help. While I’m no expert in relocation, I was able to give them a little bit of advice on bureocracy. But I soon realised I don’t have time to write lengthy emails. So London Beginnings was born. It was mostly in Slovenian, but there are posts I wrote in both languages.
What inspires you to blog about the topics you do?
Because London Beginnings wasn’t really based on my passion, I started London Damsel. The inspiration comes from my life and things I’m passionate about. Reading is my favourite spare time activity, so I review books. Love for good food and cooking have been instilled in me by the females in my family, so reviewing restaurants, food and such comes as a second nature. And I’m a bit of a shopaholic and voila, fashion posts. London Damsel is very me, it’s basically me on a page.
If you were an animal what would you be and why?
That’s a tough one, because I never think like that. I love who I am and wouldn’t change that for the world. But if you really twist my arm, I may say a dolphin. They are terrifyingly clever and I love the ocean.
Being a foodie, this is a difficult question. In the last few years I had so many delicious meals that I can’t even keep track of. But I do love bread. The proper one, with crunchy crust and soft inside. When it’s still warm and you spread REAL butter on it. And it melts. Yum!
Goals for 2017.. and beyond?
Who wouldn’t love to see their blog grow in 2017. Yeah, not many. My goals for this year are growing engagement by being more active on social media, going to more events and continue to produce good content. I’m also learning about PPC and the more technical side of blogging. I’m not a person who can keep still or ever wants to stop learning.
What is your favourite thing to do and why?
Reading. We’ve got a beautiful and comfortable home and I love nothing more than sitting on the sofa with a cup of coffee and a good book. Reading relaxes me and helps me switch off. Our days are spent in front of computers and we’re constantly attached to our phones and I see more and more people burning out. I realised it’s important to find an activity that helps you just breathe for a while.
If you could meet any 5 people – not necessarily celebs. Who would it be and why?
A get together with people I met while travelling would be great. They came from all walks of life from all over the world and I think travel buddies are very much like minded and spending time with them is precious and relaxing. We learn about other cultures and lifestyles and it helps grow compassion and understanding.
What would you main tip be for new bloggers?
What has been said numerous times. Don’t start blogging because you want to be instantly rich and famous. Blogging is hard work and all of us don’t end up jetting around the world in first class wearing designer clothes. There are a lot of highly successful bloggers and you can be one too, but the path to success is a long one. Don’t copy other people, be yourself, don’t sell yourself and be proud of the content you produce. We all have to start somewhere.
Is blogging just a hobby for you or would you like to make a career from it?
At the moment it’s a creative outlet, a way to share my passion with the big wide space out there. I’d love to make it into a career, mostly because I love writing and it would allow me to spend more time creating good quality content.
If you could have any animal as a pet, domestic or wild what would it be.
Dogs are great, but with a full time job, I don’t have a heart to leave the poor animal home alone for most of the day.
My Liebster Award Nominees Are
These are the people I’ve met or whose blogs I love for various reasons. Some have fantastic photography, some are just being their genuine selves and some share fab tips.
And My Questions for the Nominees that decide to do a Liebster Award Post…
Writing in 11s probably results in the longest blog post ever. So, here are my questions, feel free to be as elaborate as you wish.
- When did you start blogging and what inspired you to do so?
- What would you say is the most difficult part of blogging, social media management, etc. for you?
- How do you get yourself organised? Do you use tools such as Buffer to help maintain the balance between blogging and life?
- Do you have a set number of posts you publish each week or do you just go with the flow?
- What is the most important thing you learnt from blogging?
- What is the book you would recommend to anyone and why?
- Is there a place you really really want to go? For me that was Cuba.
- What was your best holiday to date? Would you recommend going there?
- What is your favourite inspirational quote?
- A cheeky one. What do you think of my blog and what would you improve?
- What do you hope to achieve in life and blog in 2017?
And if you made it this far, congratulations. I’m very much looking forward to reading your answers and blogs and hopefully, I’ll discover even more to add to my ever-expanding reading list. If you don’t want to miss any of my ramblings, why not follow me on Bloglovin’.