So I was recently nominated for a Liebster Award (thanks so much Francis at AIMazing Grace!), and I typically shy away from these because they seem a bit like a chain letter and are either going to be seen as something super cool and fun, or a big annoyance to the people you include.
After a little digging, apparently this is an online meme award given by bloggers to other bloggers. Liebster is a german word that roughly translates to “dearest,” among other words, but don’t worry, all appear to be positive and good. There are apparently “rules” which most of you know I’m not really a fan of… and actually I think I broke the first rule because I used a slightly different picture I found, since I liked the font better. At any rate, here they are:
- Use the picture.
- Answer the questions.
- Nominate 10 blogs.
- Ask the same questions.
I was about to pass on it and then I thought… what the heck? Why not! It’s a great excuse to let people know about some of the wonderful blogs I’m currently enjoying and answering questions doesn’t appear too challenging. So on to…
- Which literary genre do you prefer?
I love humor, mysteries and thrillers. I realize that’s three, but my mood shifts drastically between these and I never really know where I’ll land on a given day. Additionally, I haven’t read a book in over a month so this is more of a helpful reminder. Must read more.
- Which book you know and love?
Interestingly, this question requires you to actually know the book first before loving it. I’m no longer thinking of specific books, but lost in the subtle absurdity of this question. So I’ll say Tina Fey’s Bossypants. I haven’t read it, but I know of it, and it seems like something I would rather like.
- Which book you’re passionate about now?
Passionate is rather a high bar, as I’m not sure if I’ve been truly passionate about a single book. Though I have to say that Paul Laseau’s little book on watercolor sketching was something that really jumpstarted and inspired me on my Doodlewash journey.
- Why did you start blogging?
I was trying watercolor sketching for the first time this past July and knew that if I didn’t tell anyone about it I wouldn’t keep doing it. And I immediately started recruiting people around the world so I wouldn’t feel lonely and hoped we might inspire each other a bit.
- Order or chaos?
Some days I’m honestly not sure if I understand the difference.
- Where would you like to live?
I would love to live in Paris, but realize my complete inability to speak the language properly makes this prospect a bit ridiculous.
- Starry sky or sunset?
I’m going to have to go with sunset here, as it’s just more fun to doodlewash.
- Better the paper book, rather than the ebook?
Paper books still have my love, but they’re completely impractical in most situations compared to ebooks, so I’ve converted entirely. I realize now this was a horrible mistake, because instead of one book I’m reading, I’m carrying an entire library full of distractions and end up reading none of them.
- What is the writing for you? Do you see it as a hobby or hoping for a future as a writer?
I definitely see writing as a hobby because I haven’t found anyone willing to pay me well enough to attempt it full time. But I would love to write a book one day (my previous children’s book is still out there in cyberspace, but this one would be for adults, or at least big kids).
- What do you think about social networks?
I love the ability to meet a varied group of people you would never be able to meet otherwise. Instagram is really the only social network I use regularly. Staying in touch with friends has been bothersome because I don’t really use Facebook and miss out on almost every party that happens. Not liking parties, however, this actually works out fairly well.
So this is the tough part. Nominating just 10 blogs. There are so many wonderful blogs I follow, so this is where you end up leaving someone out without meaning to. I was about to give up and quit this entirely when I had an idea.
Comments are the life blood of any blog, so I’ll let WordPress tell me who the top 10 folks are who comment regularly and keep the Doodlewash engine burning. They’re also some of my favorite people on the planet with wonderful blogs, so this worked out well. If you’re not already following these amazing people, you definitely should.
- One Good Thing
- Method Two Madness
- Life In Between
- Sharon Mann Illustrations
- Art By Yukari
- Conversation Is An Engine
- Art And Moondreams
- Jill’s Art Journal
Now, of course, I have no idea how many of these fine folks even want to be awarded anything or play this little game with me. But on a day about giving thanks it gives me the perfect excuse to call out some individuals who have made my life super happy and my blogging journey amazingly fun!
So thanks with all my heart you beautiful nominees you! Enjoy your Liebster Award, and feel free to play along or pass on this entirely if you’ve zero interest in these things. It’s really just wonderful to know you’re out there making people smile with your beautiful blogs. Keep it up my friends!
Creator of Doodlewash®, founder of World Watercolor Month (July), World Watercolor Group™, and host of the Sketching Stuff Podcast. Sharing daily watercolor illustrations and stories while proudly featuring talented artists from all over the world! If you’d like to be a guest artist on Doodlewash.com, contact me!