WIT :: the Liebster Award


 The rules:

Each nominee must link back the person who nominated them.

Answer the 11 questions given to you by the nominator.

Nominate 11 other bloggers for this award who have less than 200 followers.

Create 11 questions for your nominees to answer.

Let the nominees know that they have been nominated by going to their blog and notifying them.


So I’ve always coveted the Liebster Award because a) it was the first blog award I’d ever heard of, b) it sounded very German and very official, and c) all my blogster friends had either received it or had nominated someone for it and I wanted to be part of the in-crowd too.

Sadly, I must’ve missed the window of opportunity somehow. You see, the #1 requirement for a Liebster is apparently that your blog have less than 200 followers. When I was growing my readership, I didn’t have enough people in the know to award it to me, and now that I have more than 200 followers and could possibly have received a nomination, I’m effectively out of the eligibility pool.

Or so I thought.

Last week, I got nominated for the Liebster by Sakura_Fujiko @ Cibi+(ribi)2. Be still my heart! I don’t even know how she found me as she’s not one of my regular readers. And I don’t know if she knows I’m no longer eligible. However, I did find this article which states that the original Liebster has you nominate blogs with under 3,000 readers.


In that case, thank you so much Sakura_Fujiko! Now I can accept this award guilt-free!

Here are her questions and my responses:

What means “happiness” for you?
Happiness is a good book and uninterrupted time to finish it in one sitting.

What gives you the most inspiration?
Music. Whether I’m working on my novel or creating outfits for my blog, I need to have my Pandora or Grooveshark on in order to function.

Why did you start blogging?
I needed a repository for all the OOTD pics I was taking at the behest of my then-pregnant sister who kept asking me for my work outfit photos so she could live vicariously through me. But because I’m a writer first and foremost, Tumblr or Flickr or Instagram didn’t cut it for me; therefore, my blog was born.

What is your favorite quote (if you have one)?
It’s been the same since high school: “That which does not kill us makes us stronger.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

What makes you instantly fall in love with a blog?
Instant love is a clean aesthetic and crisp photos. If it’s a style blog, I really appreciate a great, natural smile, the cheesier the better. If it’s a book blog, I do like short, snappy reviews without spoilers.

What is the hardest thing you have ever done, or the biggest obstacle you have faced in your life?
Is giving birth a cop-out answer? ‘Coz that was hard. LOL.

What is your favorite piece in your closet?
“Favorite” is always a challenge for me because it expects you to pick just one. And being an indecisive Gemini, I can never commit to just one. Can I just answer this with my favorite category? ‘Coz right now, that would be my skater skirts. I love their flirtiness and twirliness and how they always make my legs look longer and me taller than I really am.

What are your 3 must have beauty products?
the Balm Shwing liquid liner, L’Oreal True Match powder, Clean & Clear Face Wash for sensitive skin

Have you ever lived abroad (if not, did you consider)?
Does it count if I was born in the Philippines and spent the first ten years of my life there? If no, then I shall answer the latter half of that question and wish that someday, I could live in England.

What is your favorite food?
Ah, there’s that “favorite” again. I’m gonna cheat and say Japanese. I can eat Japanese food for breakfast, lunch and dinner for the rest of my life and be a truly happy person for it.

If you could trade lifes for one day with a celebrity, whose life would you choose?
Karen Gillan circa 2010 because a) she gets to play in the TARDIS, b) she gets to run around with two yummy men, and c) she’s a ginger.

Now for the nominations. I always end up naming my usual suspects (and if you fall in this category, please don’t feel obligated to do the questions; I know it’s a lot of writing), but let’s see if I can diversify. I’ve made some new friends recently…

My questions are more like prompts. I’ve always had much success with my students when I have them write their identity poems, so let’s see if you ladies can hold your own against 16-year-olds! Challenge accepted?

  1. I see …
  2. I find …
  3. I have …
  4. I wish …
  5. I miss …
  6. I fear …
  7. I feel …
  8. I crave …
  9. I search …
  10. I wonder …
  11. I regret …

20 thoughts on “WIT :: the Liebster Award

  1. Hah! I’ve done it. Finally. So sorry for the delay!

  2. ADA says:

    Thank you so much for nominating me and I will answer all of your questions and link back to you on Monday’s Post next week, so stay tuned. Love your questions too by the way, since they are so unique. =)

  3. Félicitations! And I love your prompts, you are forcing me to work my summer brain (which is a good thing)!

  4. […] I recently reached 50 followers (across WordPress and Bloglovin’). Yesterday I reached 100 Likes and received another Liebster Award. So, in celebration of all this, I’m writing my 150th post! Below are my answers to Maricel’s writing prompts: […]

  5. Patti says:

    Thanks so much, Maricel! It’s lovely to be chosen. I’ll answer the prompts in an upcoming episode of NDYS. xox

  6. Val S says:

    I’m so glad to be one of your usual suspects (I think it was Muse Fondue in the study with a lead pipe)! I did get a Liebster on my old blog, and my new one isn’t really much different, so I don’t know if I’m allowed another one. I’ll try to answer your prompts, though, one way or another – very soon, or maybe spread out over time. I can do No. 10 right now – I wonder if I have over 200 followers with Google+ and Bloglovin and Blogger combined. I’ll have to go check it out.

    Anyway, you definitely deserve a Liebster even if you have over 200 followers. And I do appreciate your thinking of me! 😀

    • mtsedwards says:

      Oh, I’m sure you’ve got loads of followers but the question here is: do you have 3000? If no, then you are definitely allowed another one. I do so decree! (Plus, I wanna know how you plan to Val-ize my questions; interpretive dance, perhaps?) ;p

  7. We have the same definition of happiness. 🙂

  8. I actually am a fairly regular reader, it’s just that I discovered your blog not too long ago 😉

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