I have made new friends, garnered valuable advice, and have learned that being followed is not a bad thing after all, if you're looking at it in the right light. The lighting is good, here in Everyday Underwear. You bring light to me and I hopefully reflect that light back to you in some way.
There's no looking over my shoulder. There's no paranoia. I don't hear footsteps behind me and wonder who's there. I like being followed. I write, people follow, and good things happen.
It is always a welcome surprise when I receive an award. This means somebody found my work to be worthy. If I ever get to the point where I go, "Oh crap, not another award," then I might as well put away the laptop because I will have become an ungrateful shlumpadinka. I promise I will not do that to you.
This week, I received the Liebster award twice in one day from Jeannine Bergers Everett and Claudette J. Young, both excellent writers. This tickled me pink! These awards do mean a lot to me, especially when they come from writers I truly respect. I feel like Wayne and Garth of Saturday Night Live's Wayne's World: "I'm not worthy! I'm not worthy! I'm not worthy!" But apparently, I am worthy. Thank you, ladies, I am honored to be given this award by the two of you. Bloggy lovin' fist bumps to you both!
Now, to give the award to others is not an easy task. This particular award is for small blogs with under 200 followers. Some of the blogs I'd like to spread the love to don't list how many followers, some have already received the Liebster, and some have too many followers to qualify. I am not one to follow the rules strictly, so here is a list of blogs I enjoy, regardless. I enjoy so many, there will be plenty of people to give awards to in the future.
The first one does qualify and so I am officially naming Crazy Lady with a Pen's Darian Wilk as my official first recipient. Bonus that today is WooHoo Wednesday on her blog, so I got to woohoo about my award while giving her one also! Darian also has Monday Madness, Teaser Tuesday, and Thursday Tidbits, in case you're interested. Giving this award to Darian made me want to give a shout-out to a couple of other veteran writers who have creative weekly or regularly posted items:
Kelly Hashway does Monday Mishmash and gives us an idea of what's on her mind and asks you the same question. She has too many followers to "recieb the Lieb," but I still wanted to give her a shout-out.
Stacy Green does Thriller Thursdays and sends a chill up your spine. She's already been Liebed, but again, gets a nod from me!
Maureen Doallas has All Art Friday. I think you can guess what the subject matter involves. Again, you have too many followers already, Maureen, but I likes ya!
Sue Ann Bowling keeps Jarn on my mind with her regular postings of Jarn's Journal. Guess you'll have to read her 'Homecoming' blog if you'd like to know more about Jarn and all things Alaska! Sue Ann, I can't tell how many followers you have, but you deserve a plug for your dedication in promoting your work. Even if I never read your book, I will never forget your name, your Jarn character, or the book you are working on because you put it out there like clockwork to keep me thinking about it.
Another newbie I'd like to give a nod to is my friend Donna Zerrusen who has a faith-based blog called E-quipping Essentials. She is a really encouraging and wonderful person and an amazing photographer as well. Donna, I am passing on the Liebster to you as well!
I have many other faithful followers and friends to honor... don't worry... you guys are on my list and I will get to you. Cara Lopez Lee, I may have to create an award just for you! You and Lynne. And Claire. And Beverly. And oh crap, I LOVE YOU ALL!
Liebster award winners, do this:
- Thank your Liebster Blog Award presenter on your blog.
- Link back to the blogger who awarded you.
- Copy & paste the blog award on your blog.
- Reveal your 5 blog picks.
- Let them know you chose them by posting on their blog.