One of my favorite bloggers, who I often call my “twin sister born to a different mother in a different country many years after me” aka Vicky, at Little Miss Vix very sweetly honored me with with the Liebster Blog award.
This award is supposed to be handed to “up-and-coming blogs with less than 200 followers.”
I’m not sure how up-and-coming I am, more like stalled and cruising.
Anyway, accepting this award puts me in the
difficult enviable position of selecting five other recipients of the award. If I follow the rules of the award I should:
Thank the donor and link back to their blog. (Everyone must check out Vicky’s blog, she is a talented person who also offers weekly discoveries of things you will love ranging from books to music to everything that makes life enjoyable.)
Publicize your top five picks for the award and let them know by leaving a comment on their blog.
Post the award on your blog.
Encourage the people who receive it to list their five favorites.
Note the question marks. I seem to have run into a little stumbling block with this part of the task. I have many blogs that I love and follow. However, only a few people allow us to see how many subscribers they have.
I am one of the few. I can’t decide if my choice to show my number of followers is . . .
a) a pathetic attempt to gain readers who feel sorry for my pathetically low numbers
b) a declaration that I have a selective readership made up of only the coolest and most insightful readers
c) absolutely meaningless space filler
So, how am I supposed to choose my favorite up-and-comers? What is an up-and-comer anyway? If, like me, you have been blogging for almost over a year-and-a-half but still haven’t gotten 200 followers are you an up-and-comer or a give-it-up poser? If you are one of the truly talented lucky people who somehow manage to blog for a month and draw a thousand followers, are you an up-and-comer or a brilliant success story?
Actually, the question I’m really asking myself is how many followers are enough? I had a conversation on Facebook with Mark (aka The Idiot) the other day. Mark is one of my favorite bloggers, who has been blogging for a long time. He is approaching 2,000,000 hits on his blog (and if he does I could become famous). He and I discussed that, while he loves his blog and all his readers, sometimes it can feel like too much. Sometimes he yearns for the days of only a few followers with whom he could establish real relationships.
That’s the part of blogging I love. If I get too big will I lose that?
OK, enough philosophical meandering. In an attempt to be a worthy award recipient, I will now select 5 blogs that I think deserve more recognition than they may, in fact, be getting. I hope they accept this award and pass a little of the blogging love along.
#1 and #2. The odd ramblings of a mind that does not quite fit and Ninja Cat Journals. Perhaps this is cheating a little bit as both blogs are written by the same blogger, who also happens to be related to me. But I am not choosing my brother Steve’s blogs because of blood. In a strange way I believe blogging has made Steve and I closer. We haven’t always agreed on things or seen the world the same way. We’ve had years of barely interacting with each other. But, since he started blogging I’ve learned a few things about my big brother, including the fact that he has an incredible talent for words. (I always thought I was the writer in the family). Whether he writes deep, philosophical posts and reflections on life in “The odd ramblings . . .” or laughs at himself and some of the quirks of society in “Ninja Cat Journals” he never fails to entertain. Plus, he often includes his own amazing photography. Please check both blogs out, you won’t regret it.