The Honor of the Liebster Award
For those of you who aren’t privy to the “underground” world of bloggers 😉 and for some of you who are, you may have never heard of the Liebster Award. It’s recognition presented to bloggers by bloggers. Peer-to-peer, which means a lot.
Bloggers don’t read the blogs of others because we feel obligated through bloodlines, or because when we see each other at church on Sunday we know there will be a quiz about a recent post.
Bloggers read each other’s work because we admire the prose, the insight, the amazing ideas, or the ministry provided. We read to support and encourage one another. We all understand how writing a blog means standing bare and vulnerable before an often-critical world. We empathize with each other over working into the wee hours of the morning on a post, only to discover that no one read it. No one.
It happens to the best of us. And we lean on each other in those moments.
Yes, bloggers develop friendships. They’re deep and meaningful friendships although we rarely meet face to face. We build connections across the globe, yet sometimes squeal with excitement at the realization that a new friend lives just a few miles away.
Receiving an award nomination from a fellow-blogger is an honor, indeed. It feels better than praise from a fan or a loyal follower (although that encouragement is ultra-amazing too) because no one knows like a fellow-blogger the pain, the anguish, the gut-wrenching exposure that comes with writing some of our posts. No one but a fellow-blogger knows the elation that comes when realizing our words helped someone, or pointed them toward hope, or brought a smile on an otherwise dark day. Because that’s why we write.
It’s with great pleasure that I accept the nomination for the Liebster Award from a fellow-blogger who’s become a friend: Ailie Baumann who writes at Living Fiercely Loved. We were assigned to a sort of bloggers small group several months ago and a spontaneous friendship ignited. She lives in South Africa, but ministers to women around the world offering the unfailing hope of God’s love.
When Ailie writes, it’s as if she removes her heart from her chest and puts it on a page. She feels her words, every one of them. And through her words, I – and many others – feel the love and encouragement of Christ. Through the ministry of her blog, she encourages readers to dig deep to the root of a matter and receive wholeness from our Savior. Ailie never loses sight that Jesus gave His life for us and wants us to live abundantly. She inspires us to a deeper (and glorious) relationship with Him.
Ailie’s nomination means the world to me. As part of the nomination process, I offer the following:
Liebster Nominee Q & A:
What is your biggest challenge in blogging?
For me, the biggest challenge is consistency, which means fighting through doubt. It seems that ideas flow like water sometimes, and then the well suddenly dries up. Many days I think, “I have nothing of value to share with anyone!” Such self-doubt threatens to stop consistency in its tracks. I’m learning more effective ways to overcome.
What is your number one tip for other bloggers?
The right platform makes all the difference. (The platform is the web-based service that gives your blog a home.) My blog lived for years on a sub-par platform. When I finally made the switch, it was difficult because I’d waited so long. But I quickly learned that there are a plethora of plugins and blogging tools available (many for free) that make my life much easier. I feel like I wasted years of valuable time fighting a platform because I didn’t know there were better options. Do your homework. Choose wisely – as early in your blogging process as possible.
What are your hobbies outside of blogging?
I adore Bible study. I hardly think of it as a hobby but it is something I do for pleasure and enjoyment. That makes it a sort of hobby. 🙂
My husband and I enjoy travel and I like to crochet during the winter months. Our family loves sports (I’m a spectator), and family card and board games, which fuel our competitive spirits.
What successful entrepreneur do you admire and why?
Two come to mind. Christa Hutchins at Do a New Thing. She encourages bloggers in their ministry and simply radiates wisdom. She came into my life at exactly the right time and captured my admiration. She’s kept me from giving up a few times (and I’m not sure she knows that).
There is a local photographer (Katie at KB Digital Designs) who started her business just out of high school. Her work is amazing. I appreciate her attention to detail and her incredible work ethic. She’s becoming a local favorite and it’s a little more difficult to get on her schedule these days, but I couldn’t be happier for her.
Who is your favorite blogger and why?
Right now is Alisa Nicaud at Flourishing Today. She’s ahead of me on the blogging road and never fails to look back and see how those behind her are faring. She conveys true care and leadership, reaching back to offer whatever help and encouragement she can. Her posts often resonate with my spirit and although we’ve never talked, I feel that she understands where I am.
Tell us about your blog and why you started blogging.
My blog is focused primarily on God’s Word and its application in our daily lives. I frequently write about a God-honoring lifestyle and try to demonstrate how the Bible pertains to every situation we face. My aim is to inspire others to walk in joy by keeping their focus on the author of that joy, Jesus Christ.
What is an item you can’t live without?
The Internet. I’m hopelessly addicted to looking up random information throughout the day. When I can’t do an Internet search, I feel practically paralyzed.
Apple or Samsung?
Apple. All the way. My last name is McIntosh, after all. 🙂
Who / What Inspires You to Travel?
This may be silly, but the Apostle Paul. He was constantly on the move, going wherever the Lord led him.
I adore a good road trip. I enjoy being locked in a car with my family – some of the funniest stories come out during those times. And I enjoy meeting new people on the journey.
When you have writer’s block, how do you work it out?
I read or listen to a podcast. Sometimes it helps to just step away from the computer and I find that filling my mind with something valuable gets my thoughts flowing again.
If you share a meal with one person, past, present, or fictitious, who would it be?
My dad. I can’t express how much I miss him. He’s been gone for 16 years and I still long for one more great conversation. I think he’d really enjoy the concept of blogging.
My Nominees for the Liebster Award:
It’s my privilege to nominate these blogs that inspire and encourage. I appreciate the authors’ style, their hearts that desire to motivate and uplift their readers, and their confident yet gentle boldness in their calling. Often I also appreciate the layout and design of their blog. Some of these women are becoming friends and I hope to get to know all of them on a more personal level in the future:
Julie Dibble at Julie Dibble Writes
Alice Mills at Poema Chronicles
Julie Page Heath at Loved Forever After
Melissa Tumino at Think About Such Things
Kelly R. Baker at KellyRBaker.com
If you have been nominated for The Liebster Award AND YOU CHOOSE TO ACCEPT IT, write a blog post about the Liebster award in which you should do the following:
- Thank the blogger who nominated you for the Liebster Award.
- Don’t forget to link back to their site.
- Upload the Liebster Award image to your site (in your post, in your sidebar, or both). Click here for images.
- Answer the nominee Q & A. You may use the same questions that I answered or use others that you feel are more appropriate for you and your readers.
- Nominate 5-11 other blogs that you feel deserve the award and have less than 200 followers. A blogger can receive multiple nominations.
- List these guidelines in your post.
- Notify those you nominate. They will choose whether to accept the nomination.
- Add a link to your post in the comments section of this blog.
I wish to thank each of you for walking alongside me in this journey we call blogging. I appreciate our community and the way we serve God side by side. I love the way we cheer one another on and push each other to higher heights.