I was checking out my Twitter notifications on my Kindle earlier today and noticed that I have been nominated for an internet award known as The Liebster Award. I would like to thank Jeanie of JeaniebeansPH for the nomination, first and foremost. She’s an awesome blogger and artist who has the same passion for lettering and calligraphy as I am, therefore you all should stop by and visit Jeanie when you can. 😊
I have to admit, I have never been nominated for an award of any kind during my almost 20 years of internet existence, whether if it was for my sites, my art and designs, or anything else. There were a few times that I thought in my mind that I hoped that I would be rewarded for all my hard work and contributions to any internet community I may end up being a part of, but other than that, I never complained or ranted about not being able to be recognized in a way that is not just by mentions or through linking. Nevertheless, here it is!
The Liebster Award
So, what is The Liebster Award? This award is an ongoing internet award for bloggers by fellow bloggers. I’ve searched high and low through Google and
I couldn’t find its actual original source of the award, who created it, when it was started, and its general history and background found a possible1 original source who started this: The Global Aussie.
The word liebster is German for beloved, kindest, sweetest, valued, and pretty much any other positive adjectives you can think of towards a person.2 The purpose of this award is to help other bloggers discover other bloggers who have less than 200-ish followers, so in a way, it builds up as its own community. At the same time, it’s also a chain letter-style of awarding others too.
The rules for nominees, in a nutshell, goes something like this.3
- Thank the person who nominated you, and post a link to their blog on your blog. Try to include a little promotion for the person who nominated you. They will thank you for it and those who you nominate will also help you out as well.
- Display the award on your blog — by including it in your post and/or displaying it using a “widget” or a “gadget”. (Note that the best way to do this is to save the image to your own computer and then upload it to your blog post.) At the bottom of this post I’ve included a whole lot of images you can use for your 2016 Liebster Award.
- For the 2016 Liebster Award I will be shaking things up! Write a 150-300 word post about your favourite blog that is not your own. Explain why you like the blog, provide links.
- Provide 10 random facts about yourself. (This year I’m making this optional. If you wish to engage with your readers it’s a great idea to include random facts about you.)
- Nominate 5 – 11 blogs that you feel deserve the award, who have a less than 200 followers. (Note that you can always ask the blog owner this since not all blogs display a widget that lets the readers know this information!)
- List these rules in your post (You can copy and paste from here.) Once you have written and published it, you then have to:
- Inform the people/blogs that you nominated that they have been nominated for the Liebster award and provide a link for them to your post or mine if you don’t have all the information so that they can learn about it (they might not have ever heard of it!)
A Favorite Blog
I have to admit that I haven’t been visiting that many blogs for awhile now, but I do have a long list of admired blogs I follow and not necessarily part of my blogroll. One of these blogs that I follow4 is Sarah of 3till7.
I’ve followed her blog for (probably) over 10 years now, and one of the primary reasons why is because she introduced Ruby on Rails (RoR) to the small but growing (personal) blogging community that had been emerging back in the early days of the world wide web. Around that time, everyone was getting into blogging software such as Greymatter, Movable Type, and the popular b2 that eventually became WordPress. And around that time, I was stuck and lost with which platform that I should be using for me to start and get into blogging myself. In addition, every blogger was getting into PHP, which was still brand-new to me, and with Sarah, who was also using a PHP-based blogging platform at that time, fell in love with RoR and decided to tackle the challenge by creating a brand-new blogging platform using RoR that is completely her own.
It wasn’t just her writing and her enthusiasm for a programming language unfamiliar to hobbyist bloggers and site owners that got me to follow her blog for these many years now. It was also her that got me enthusiastic in being able to build a type of software, be it for blogging or something else, with a programming language that I would eventually become familiar with and then make it as my own. Time finally came when I began to enroll myself in learning how to code in RoR. So far, I’ve only learned the basics of Ruby. I haven’t even gotten to the Rails part yet.
Random 10 facts about me
- As an immigrant kid back in the late ’80s who knew very little English until some two years later, I won a spot to compete at my middle school’s Spelling Bee Competition during 7th Grade. I placed 4th out of 20 contestants in my grade level.
- I hold a red belt in Taekwondo during my college years. I would like to get back into Taekwondo again if I’m able to afford finding a school close to my neighborhood and finally earn my black belt. That would be a lot difficult though.
- I won first place at the annual Alameda County Fair back in the early ’90s for a calligraphy/lettering artwork that my class and I submitted. I ended up contributing the artwork to my old high school though for display. I should’ve taken it home (along with that blue ribbon).
- Whenever I write a piece of fiction, whether an attempt to write a novel or a short story, I isolate myself in my bedroom and talk to myself with my characters as if we were in a conversation.
- I participated in NaNoWriMo (almost) yearly since 2008. Out of the years I participated, I completed the challenge five times. I’m participating again this year, but due to my hectic offline life, I don’t think I’ll be able to finish the challenge.
- My Instagram account consists mostly of my artwork, the places I discovered and visited, food, experimental photography of things with my phone’s camera, and occasionally, some selfies.
- And speaking of mobile phones, whenever I choose a new mobile phone/smartphone, I use the following criteria in order:
- The phone’s camera features.
- The cost.
- Battery life.
Everything else don’t matter to me. I always purchase or use my microSD card to expand the phone’s internal space anyway. 😋
- I attempted to delve into music during my younger years. I tried to learn piano,5 flute,6 and guitar.7 I remained to just plain singing and currently part of my church choir.
- I am very picky with food, especially with vegetables. Onions, ginger, eggplant, and a few other things that my tongue hates are the ones that I avoid.
- I am currently attempting to become a full-stack nerdette by trying to learn everything about web development that I find appealing. I’m failing miserably though.
Questions from the one who nominated me
Jeanie provided me with the following questions:
- Did you discover some of your hidden talent or learned new skills lately? What are those?
Aside from programming and the usual stuff, I learned a few tricks or two on how to properly taking photos using my phone’s camera, which includes taking advantage of its powerful features that (I bet) most people would never use. I really love the panoramic camera feature on my HTC phone.8
- What saying or quote you are holding on to whenever you feel like giving up?
“It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.” – Confucius
- What music album are you listening to lately? or who are you listening to?Truth to be told, when it comes to music, I am still stuck in the past. I just don’t care much for today’s mainstream music. Good ol’ classics for me! And no, no particular album, just Amazon Music, Pandora, or Spotify.
- What are your thoughts on depression? (There’s no right and answer. I just need your opinion.)
The truth is, I have no opinion on depression, mainly because I don’t know anything about it. I’ve never experienced it, I’ve never met anyone (in my life outside the internet) who is going through depression, and to be honest, I just don’t understand about it at all. Is it a disease? Because from the looks of it, not even encouraging words from loved ones can even get that said person (going through depression) to even listen and think of their words. Sometimes I find people who (claim to be) go through depression as being selfish because they think more of themselves than the people who do care for them. I find it irritating when that said person would only respond to me with words like “You don’t understand what I’m going through” because they chose to isolate themselves and NOT even try to make others understand.Not ranting, just being honest here.
- Asian or Western Films?
If they have compelling stories, I have no prejudice.
- Do you believe in destiny? What are your thoughts on destiny? or if not then why?
I used to believe in destiny because I realized that you can’t just predict how your life is going to turn out in the first place. I let life itself (and God) lead me to the future I’m really destined to have without foreseeing it.
- What is your comfort food?
Anything that has noodles with them. 😋
- How do you live in the moment? (haha)
Depends on the “moment”?
- What color do you represent and why?
Blue, because it’s easier to live being cool than being hot all the time. 😎
- If you were given a chance to talk to one person for one hour dead or alive, who will it be?
My late dentist cousin, Christine. I’ve always looked up to her and admired her for her beauty and her smarts, as well as being a wonderful mother to all her four children and a loving wife to her husband (who also passed away some years later after she did). I know it said “one person,” but I would like to talk to her and her husband (my cousin-in-law), together.
- Favorite ice cream flavor?
None in particular, but I don’t eat ice cream. I eat gelato. 😍
Questions to my nominees
- If you are an avid manga reader, is there any manga series you’re currently reading, or have read, that isn’t known in the mainstream? Would you recommend us reading it and why?
- If you are a pet owner, talk a little bit about your pet. If you are not a pet owner, would you adopt a pet? What pet would that be, and why?
- If you had the skills and power to create any type of fine art, what medium (watercolor, lettering, illustration, etc.) would it be and why do you choose that medium?
- If you are currently in the workforce, do you like your current job? Would you consider a career change?
- If you are able to travel around the world, what would be the first country you would visit and why?
- Do you have any siblings? Who are you closest to (no names mentioned), and why?
- Are you a parent? If so, what are some of the challenges you face as a parent that you are still struggling today? If you are not a parent, would you consider having children, whether by natural birth or adoption, and why?
- Do you believe in God, or a higher being, up above? If you consider yourself agnostic or atheist, what do you think of the people who do follow a religion, or those who believe in God or a higher being?
- As a blogger, what advice would you give to those who may be interested in blogging?
- Has social media in general changed your life in anyway? If so, why?
And the nominees I have chosen are…
- Jeanie of JeaniebeansPH
- Mikari of MiliAzure
- Jamie of Jayology
- Michelle of Dreaming Arcadia
- Cristina of Lovemore
- Ayi of Whatevah!
… and there will be more nominees for a future Liebster Award in a later time, but for 2016, you lovely ladies have been chosen! I hope that you would accept the nomination, but if not, that’s okay too. This is more of me giving you something because I wanted to. 🌺
On the sidenote...
- correct me if I’m wrong with this… [↩]
- Actually, I just don’t want to copy and paste, so I’m going for the paraphrasing here… [↩]
- Now I’m copying and pasting! [↩]
- … in secret… [↩]
- but my piano teacher was a dictator who slapped my hands with a ruler whenever I made a mistake and ended up quitting due to those injuries [↩]
- but I couldn’t get used to control the blowing and can’t really produce the sounds and also ended up quitting [↩]
- but I was using a friend’s guitar and couldn’t afford one of my own [↩]
- both my old HTC One M8 and the HTC Desire 530 [↩]