Wednesday, May 16, 2012

I Love Surprises!

There's nothing like an award to make the middle of the week a sheer joy.  A huge thank you to Joanie at Left-Brained Business For Write-Brained People--which I love to visit!--for the honor of naming Diary of a Mad Romance Writer for the Liebster Blog Award.

So what is the Liebster Blog Award?  I did a little snooping and discovered that the origin isn't really known, but most everyone believes that it originated in Germany, where "Liebster" means favorite or dearest.  The award is given to showcase bloggers with less than 200 followers.  There are a lot of us out there!  What a great way to help bloggers reach out to more people and let their fellow bloggers know that small doesn't mean forgotten.

The rules of the Liebster Award are:

1. Thank your Liebster Blog Award presenter on your blog

2. Link back to the blogger who presented the award to you

3. Copy and paste the blog award on your blog

4. Present the Liebster Blog Award to up to 5 blogs of 200 followers or less who you feel deserve to be noticed (see below)

5. Let them know they have been chosen by leaving a comment at their blog.

My contributions to the growing list of Liebster Blog Awards are (in no special order):
  • Cats, Roses...and Books, the blog of fellow writer Karen Rose Smith.  Karen writes about her love of gardening and shares her wisdom on writing, so it's a great mix of beauty and information.
  • Kristi Gold's blog is only a few months old, but her humor and heart shows in each of her posts, just as her books touch readers.  If you're in need of a smile or a giggle, check out her blog, and you won't be disappointed.
  • Perfectly Penny - I've known Penny Rader for over 20 years and am proud to call her my friend.  No matter what life throws at her, she handles it with a smile.
  • On the long bumpy road to publication - Marcy Bassett Kennedy is doing exactly what her blog title says and sharing it with others on that same road.  For many of us, that road wasn't very long ago and a reminder to all writers that nothing comes easy, but hard work can and often does pay off.
  • Diary of a Shopaholic is obviously not a blog about writing, but belongs to someone I know very well.  Oh, all right, it's my oldest daughter, and she deserves the award for daring to blog and for sticking with it.  If you're interested in healthy eating, fashion and make-up, this is the place to stop.
So that's it for the list of blogs I've chosen to give the Liebster Award.  Here's hoping something catches the eye of new visitors for all and may a few new friendships be forged in the process.
"Strangers are just friends waiting to happen." - Author Unknown


Marcy said...

What a nice surprise! Thanks for nominating me. My first blogging award!

Penny Rader said...

Thank you for the nomination, Rox! So sorry it took me so long to see it. (I thought I changed my email addy on Blogger, but it seems I goofed up somewhere.)