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As far as I know there’s no hard and fast rules for accepting a Liebster Award, so if I’m breaking an unspoken (and unwritten) protocol, please forgive me. You see this is my second Liebster nomination, which I thought about refusing. The first was given to me by Sarah of the Nomadic Dreamer when I was truly a newbie blogger who had no idea how to respond. I’m a year into this gig now, and while I’ve still got a lot to learn in the blogosphere, I’d love to tackle this Liebster thing one more time.
Here’s a link to my first Liebster Award post if you’re interested:
My second nomination came just last week from Hung Thai of Up Up and a Bear. After cracking up over Hung’s own Liebster acceptance post (and the rest of his blog), I was inspired to create my own.
The Truth About the Liebster Award
This illustrious award is passed between bloggers as a way to recognize and promote each other’s work. It’s also a great way to make meaningful connections within the blogging community.
In order to accept the award and pass on the love, here’s what I have to do:
- Acknowledge and thank the blogger who nominated me (thank you, Hung) and link back to their blog (here it is again – you should really check it out!).
- Answer the questions I’ve been asked.
- Choose 11 bloggers who I think deserve the award.
- Come up with 11 questions to ask my nominees.
- Combine all of this into a single blog post.
Hung’s Questions and My Answers
Do you have FOMT (Fear of Missing Travel)?
- I wouldn’t exactly call it a fear. I love the planning stage as much as the actual traveling, and I’ve become pretty content with day and weekend trips to keep me happy between bigger excursions. I’m an almost empty-nester, so I’m trying really hard to live in the moment and enjoy my kids while I’ve still got them around.
Have a million dollars but you’d have to stay still or you can travel and be broke, which would you choose?
- Money can be so complicated. We always travel broke (or nearly broke) and we don’t know any other way. Budget traveling has inspired us to love camping, hiking, and exploring the natural world. If I couldn’t travel, I would have no idea how to spend a million dollars, so keep the money and give me the world.
How much of your time is spent looking up travel deals while you should be working (if you have a full time job elsewhere)?
- A pretty small amount, actually. When I procrastinate I’m usually reading travel blogs, not looking for deals.
What’s your favorite beach and why?
- I can’t believe I’ve never asked myself this question, but I really haven’t. After just a moment of thinking, I’m going to say Keyhoe Beach in Point Reyes National Seashore on the coast of California, if only for the sentimental appeal. I spent a night there in a driftwood hut with my one true love and our two dogs. We never saw another soul while we were there, and we claimed that beach as our very own. We haven’t been back since, but in my mind and in my heart, it is “my” beach.
Travel slow or try to see as many things as humanly possible?
What’s your favorite travel website for deals?
- I almost always travel Southwest, and I visit their website once a week or so. I sometimes check out Cheap-O Air and Skywatch too.
What is your blog about?
- Family road trips, hiking, camping, canoeing, and exploring the natural world.
Are you open to collaborations?
What’s your number one travel wish this year?
- I think I have to keep it a secret or it won’t come true, but I will say that it involves lots of time alone in the woods.
Do you prefer cool or warm weather destinations?
- Both, but I always want to be somewhere warm in February. Right now I’m hanging out in front of the woodstove, but it’s just not cutting it.
How much wood could a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?
- Based on the amount of food the woodchucks eat out of my garden, I bet they can chuck a lot of wood. I’d be happier if they would stack it, though.
Now for My Own Liebster Nominations
- New England Family Diary
- Leaving Our Bubble
- RobinFollette – Outdoorswoman & Homesteader
- Pierced Wonderings
- Ruth Daly
- My Ordinary Moments – A Journey of Self-Discovery
- Cath at Home
- Swimming in Sunshine
- This Scattered Life
- Eclectic Trekker
I’ve nominated your blog because it has in some way inspired me on my own blogging journey. The internet is a huge space, but it’s up to us to find our tribe among the masses. Your task, if you choose to accept it, is to follow the steps outlined above.
I’ve Got a Few Questions for You —
- What made you decide to share your writing and photography with the world?
- What kind of camera do you use for your blog photos?
- Tell us about a special place that you’ve written about on your blog, and provide the link so we can read your post.
- How did you come up with the name of your blog?
- What’s the best meal you’ve ever had, and where did you have it?
- Where are you from and what’s the best thing about your home town?
- Do you have any advice for someone wanting to break into writing or photography?
- Who is your favorite author and why?
- Tell us about your dream vacation. Where are you going and who are you going with?
- How do you make your living? Do you aspire to blog full-time?
- Tell us something about you that we might not already know.
Life is a journey, my friends! Thanks for inspiring me to share mine.