After blogging for almost five years, I rarely accept and pass on awards.
But I recently received one from a surprising place: a sailing blog. And I’m thrilled to be recognized by bloggers who inspire me as they cruise aboard their sailboat with not one, but two, large dogs.
Even if you don’t share the dream of sailing the seven seas, you’ll love seeing the gorgeous tropical scenes and meeting Betsy, a pit/boxer mix, and Gunner the Weimaraner. Go see for yourself.
Liebster is German for dearest. So after I answer a few questions from Where the Coconuts Grow, I’ll tell you what blogs are dearest to me.
1. Why did you start a blog?
Because puppies don’t stay puppies forever. I wanted to share what I learned about Honey and myself from our very first day together until… Well, until I have nothing else to learn.
2. Why do you still blog?
I haven’t run out of things to say. I have 44 unpublished posts waiting in my queue. And 8 pages of ideas in a notebook.
Now we’re looking forward to moving aboard a sailboat with Honey. If my coconut loving friends are any sign, that will give me plenty more to write about.
3. Who do you know that SHOULD have a blog, but doesn’t?
Wow, what a great question.
Can I say Batman? Wouldn’t you like the chance to get inside that noggin?
4. What is the first blog you can remember reading and how did you find it?
Wow, it was so long ago I can’t remember. It was definitely before WordPress.
I suspect it had to do with personal writing since I used to teach workshops on journaling and I was very interested in online journals.
5. What are three things you are grateful for today?
Net neutrality – I’m thrilled that the internet still gives an equal platform for all kinds of people to create helpful and entertaining content. I don’t know where I’d be if I had delays in accessing instructions for parging my foundation walls or cute puppy videos. Or all my favorite blogs.
One last weekend to go sailing – Sure, it will be 45 degrees F (7 C) and rainy. But it’s sailing.
My wonderful family who makes home the best place to be, even if I am a gregarious extrovert.
6. Do you actually read other blog posts, or just look for the pretty pictures?
Actually, I’m far more likely to read other blog posts than I am to look for pretty pictures. If I’m admiring your photos, even when they don’t have many words, you’ve really done something to draw me in.
I’m looking at you, Sue of Greyhounds Can Sit.
7. What advice would you give to your past self, 10 years ago?
Stop fighting against painful feelings. They exist. They’ll come back. You give them more power when you rage against them instead of accepting them as messages.
8. What or who inspires you to follow your dreams?
Every successful person who most people have never heard of.
If you ask the average person about Lin Pardey, Patricia McConnell, or Kalle Lasn they’ll reply, “who?” But each of these people has done great work and inspired many others to do interesting things.
Success is about more than fame. And since becoming famous is as horrifying to me the third level of hell, it keeps me striving to find my place in the world and do good work.
9. On your boat, who is really, and I mean really, the captain? (Figuratively or metaphorically, if you don’t have a boat)
Really, I mean really, it changes all the time. And that fact makes my husband crazy who thinks I need to be more authoritative and use command structure.
We take turns captaining on the boat. We practice giving and taking orders.
But ultimately, I guess Honey is the captain. Because we don’t do anything if she doesn’t fit into the plans.
10. Where would you live if you had an unlimited amount of money?
In a corner somewhere rocking back and forth from the stress of having an unlimited amount of money. I can’t think of anything more horrifying.
Passing The Liebster Along
And now my favorite part. I get to ask ten nosy questions of some of my favorite blogs.
Here are a few blogs dearest to me, in random order:
Rescued Insanity – a fond favorite since I started blogging. I definitely have pennist envy.
Heart Like a Dog – funny, indignant, and sweet, often at the same time.
Puppy Leaks – a newish blog with lots of practical tips and a heart for dogs. Dying to know what inspired the name.
Groovy Goldendoodles – around for a while but new to me, this blog is fun. Just like Harley, the titled doodle.
It’s Dog or Nothing – if one big dog is good, two is better. Love reading about the life of two Great Pyrenees and their loving person.
Let’s Go Dog – looking for inspiration to travel with your dog? Just the pictures alone will send you to tune up your car.
25 Castles on 25 Clouds – takes me back to my earliest favorite online journals. Honest talk about relationships, dogs, and making a home.
The Golden Life – likable. It’s the first word that comes to mind when I think of Sue, Shadow, Callie, and Ducky.
Bloggers, your assignment, if you choose to accept it, is to answer the questions below. Choose up to 10 blogs that are dearest to you. And to ask your own ten questions.
1. What three personal traits are you most proud of?
2. Why did you start blogging?
3. Why do you continue to blog?
4. What does your dream life look like?
5. What prevents you from living your dream life?
6. How do you feel when your blogging is going well?
7. Who makes you feel like your best self?
8. Which bloggers most inspire you?
9. When did you do something that took real courage?
10. What three things give you the greatest joy?
I can’t wait to see your answers. And learn more about your favorite blogs.
Good luck, Liebsters.
Your Turn: Your opinion? Are blog awards just self-serving? Or do you find it fun to learn more about folks you only know online?