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Liebster Award Nomination

Lee, over at Are My Feet Off the Ground, has kindly and surprisingly nominated my for a Liebster Award.  Thank you, Lee!  I don’t think I’ve ever been nominated for anything before.

I went and did some research on what exactly a Liebster Award is. This is what I came up with:

What is a Liebster Award?

The Liebster Award is an award created by bloggers and given to other bloggers.

“Liebster,” according to,  is an affectionate German word meaning friend.  There’s something about being affectionate in German that amuses me greatly.

The Liebster Award is sort of like a chain letter, or one of those Facebook things that go around, like the black and white daily challenge, in which participants perform a task and then tag other people to perform the task also.

Liebster Award Rules

My understanding of the Liebster Award rules are as follows:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you (Thanks, Lee!)
  2. Link to that person’s blog (
  3. Answer the questions provided by the person who nominated you (see below)
  4. Nominate 5-11 other bloggers
  5. Provide your nominees new questions to answer.
  6. Include the award’s graphic in the post

Some versions of these rules require providing 10 or 11 or some other random number of random facts about yourself.  As I was not personally asked to participate in this part of the process, I think I’ll politely abstain.

For point of reference, here were the rules Lee provided for me:


1) Create a new post thanking the person who nominated you, provide a link to their blog.
2) Include award graphic.
3) Answer the questions provided.
4) Create a new set of 10 (or 11?  11 seems to be a popular number here) questions for your nominees to answer.
5) Nominate 5-11 upcoming or recently followed bloggers and share your post with them so they see it.  (again with the 11.  Who knows?)

Some rules specify that nominated bloggers have fewer than 200 followers. Mine were nonspecific.

Here we go:

Rusty’s Responses

1. Have you ever run across a blogger who, based on their writings, seemed to be at risk of self harm? If so, how did you approach it?

I have run across a blogger, in my travels, who was blogging actively about self-harm.  As it turns out, I knew this individual IRL, and I knew that she was receiving a wide array of professional help, so I did not feel moved to get involved further.  I had another friend who posted something worrisome on social media late one night, which isn’t exactly blogging, but I think in a similar vein.  Unfortunately, I did not see this post until the next morning, at which point it was too late.  I would like to think I would have done something had I been awake to see it, even though I also know that my intervention probably would not have changed the outcome.
2. What are the things that would deter you from reading someone’s blog?

Offensive politics.  Poor grammar.  Navel-gazing stream of consciousness writing.  Caveat on that last one: I can get on board with some navel-gazing if it is witty or clever.

3. If you ever have self doubt about your work, or writer’s block, how do you deal with it?

I routinely have self doubt about my work.  In fact, self doubt is a constant companion with just about everything I do.   My drive to pursue the thing must be sufficiently tremendous that it overrides my crippling insecurities.  Fortunately (I guess) I’m a creature of strong impulses.

I overcome writer’s block by having a focus-free blog.  It’s called Whistling Far and Wee for a reason.  This may annoy readers, but ultimately keeps me engaged with the project.

4. Have you ever taken down a post after having second thoughts?

I take down posts all the time.  Refer to question 3 re: self doubt.

5. What are the things that have made you do multiple edits before or after publishing a post?

I am an inveterate noodler, so all of my posts have multiple edits.  I have many strong opinions, sometimes on contentious issues.  As the internets are dark and full of terrors, however, I usually go back through and pull these opinions out, so as not to attract the worst of the worst to my little blog, and into my little life.  Also, I tend to be wary of posting things that link too directly to me personally.  I’ve loosened up on this somewhat.

6. Are you smart enough to appreciate some of the puzzling poetry out there, or am I just dull? (Humorous response, please)

I flatter myself, I’m pretty smart.  I have yet to be out-puzzled by any of the lovely poetry I have seen on WordPress (including yours, Lee!)

7. Do you, or do you not, post stories of a personal nature?

Only very occasionally.  It makes me uncomfortable.

8. Do you, or would you, give your website’s address to a friend or family member?

I don’t give out my website’s address to anyone I know IRL.

9. Do you post your work on social media?


10. Do you have a cat? If so, how many?

No – I have two dogs.  I did once have a cat, though.  She lived to 20 years old.  As she was the best cat ever, I have not felt compelled to get another one.


Thanks, Lee!  That was fun.

My questions for my nominees:

  1. What is something you feel you are great at?
  2. Do you have a dream travel location?  If so, why and where is it?
  3. What motivated you to start blogging?
  4. Do you have any tips for new bloggers?
  5. Which blog post of yours do you feel was most successful and why?
  6. Tell us something we might not know about you.
  7. What sorts of things about other people’s blogs encourages you to follow them?
  8. Who is your favorite Game of Thrones character and why?  Surely you all have seen Game of Thrones…  If not, pick a favorite movie character.
  9. What are your blogging goals for the next 6 months?
  10. Do you photograph for your blog?  If so, what sorts of things inspire you?
  11. If you could have a superpower, what would it be?

My Nominees

I would love to nominate the following blogs:

Riya’s Own Space:

A Wish For Sunshine:

Atoms of Thought:

A Travelled Life:

Touch My Spine Book Reviews:

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