The Liebster Blog Award

I finally got around to pick up my Liebster award. Thanks to my friend blogger, C.L. Sostarich at It’s Real To Me, who nominated me. At first, I didn’t know a bleep about the Liebster Blog Award, and if you google it, all you get are just a bunch bloggers nominating other bloggers. It looks confusing, but I was able to find the following small piece of information.

What is the Liebster Blog Award? It’s an award given to blogs with fewer than 200 subscribers by a blogger who feels they deserve more recognition.

The word liebster sounds German, doesn’t it? Does it come from the German language? I don’t know. If anyone knows, please tell me. Then there’s the word liebe, which means love in German. So putting all together, what can I conclude in my own uncomplicated mind? Simple. Love me, I guess. 😉

Thank you, C.L. Thank you to all my readers, followers, supporters, friends. This blog wouldn’t have lasted this long if it weren’t for you all. Ich liebe dich. I know, corny. *nose wrinkled, head tilted* On second thought, cross that. So unlike me. Don’t want to ruin my image here.

Like any other award, it comes with rules.

1. Mention and link to the blogger who awarded you the Liebster.
2. Mention 5 other blogs with fewer than 200 followers you think worthy of the Liebster. Let them know by leaving a comment on their blog.
3. Copy and paste the award to your blog.

I, therefore, nominate the following bloggers and their accomplishments:

1. Sharmishtha at Earth in Black and White.

2. Corey at Clown Rhymes.

3. Elise at Everyday Goddess.

4. Norma at Poetry & Ice Cream.

5. Catlas at Catlas Crosses the Internet.

And I thank the internet for allowing me to finish this post today. With the copying, pasting, opening links, and so on, I’m surprised it was completed without me having to waste any flowery word from my vocabulary today.


The Versatile Blogger Award

About two weeks ago, I received a blog award called the Versatile Blogger Award from the writer that goes by the name of Eclipse (Eclipse of the Moon). I am very honored and humbled to receive the recognition from someone like Eclipse whose writing I have enjoyed reading for quite some time now. Earlier in the year, I started to become very active in building this blog of mine. During that time, I also encountered a community of active bloggers/writers/poets through various memes (to read: it rhymes with ‘themes’) that challenge, foster, and support novice and skillful writers like myself. Eclipse is one of the few writers that I have come across many times during my adventure in the meme world. I am a novice compared to her. This post is therefore a tribute to such a talented, great, wonderful writer and a source of inspiration. Thank you, Eclipse.

The award comes with a few rules. First, to accept it, I must come up with 7 things about myself. I try my best to say something that won’t bore my readers, so here they are. No, no rolling drums, please. thank you (:

1. When I say I’m a novice in poetry, it is very true. I wrote my first poem in July 2010. It was attributed to my neighbor at that time, who was unfortunately, racist, rude, and lonely. I felt sorry for him while at the same time tried my best to stay away. To a certain degree, he scared me. I guess he inspired me to write my first one. Nah! It was actually based on a challenge from one of the memes about writing a poem about my neighbor :). If anyone is interested to read it, here’s the link to see it: A Poem Dedicated to My Neighbor.

2. I am a very sensitive person. Most of my friends can testify to this. I can cry, and have cried, on many movies or whatever, easily. I take things to the heart. I dwell on them. I get angry, cranky perhaps, sad, but then after some time I’m done with it. Holding a grudge is not a tendency of mine. So if people around me can deal with my mood while I resolve whatever it is that bothers me and perhaps give me some space, then I bet we can get along just fine.

3. Most of the activities that I love to do, besides going out with my friends, tend to be the type that fosters seclusion and reclusion, such as writing, knitting, reading, walking in the park, meditating, sitting somewhere and observing people, going for a long drive and listening/singing to the music (something that I miss tremendously), browsing books in bookstore, and sitting in coffee shop alone. Here’s the irony, though. I could drop all of these for an invitation to be with my close friends at any time. Maybe it’s not an irony, but a way to balance between the two needs, to be alone and to belong.

4. I love to learn something new. I love it when I come across a new phenomenon, skills, or knowledge. Along with this, I also love to give others what I know. When I can share what I know, it brings such a joy inside. And to see that person uses what I just shared is even more rewarding.

5. I am good in starting a project, but I suck at finishing. I tend to jump easily from one project to another. I used to be called a mad knitter because of the unfinished knitting projects laying around the house.

6. I have recently overcome a major struggle in my life, the biggest one I have ever gone through. I think I am coming to the surface now. During this experience, I have been given a chance to work through my biggest demon, loneliness. I consider myself lucky to come out on the other side. The journey still continues, though.

7. I have a tendency to be wordy and try to explain myself too much, as you can tell from the length of this post thus far.

The second part of this award is that I have to nominate other bloggers. 15 of them. I don’t seem to have a specific type of bloggers that I follow. There are some that write poetry, essays, or use photography to convey their mind. Here are the ones that I have been following for a while.

A NOTE here: By giving you this award, I am recognizing your work and talent. Many of you here I have followed for quite some time, some I have become friends with over our shared interest in blogging, and some are close friends. I want you all to take pride in your work. By no means that I want you to feel that you have to continue recognizing others the way I do it here. You can just simply accept it and that’s it. I don’t want it to become a burden for you to have to write up a post like this. Feel free to do what you want with it.

*Now, somebody can play the drum roll, please.*

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On Blogging 2

It’s been about a week now since I decided to test the water (see my very first blog). How do I feel now? I feel good, comfortable. Actually, I’m feeling excellent about my blogging so far. I’ve been enjoying this very much and can actually say that I have found a new hobby.

After writing a few times and allowing myself to be vulnerable and transparent, I started to get used to the action. What helps right now is that I have a choice on who to invite to my blogging website, in which case I have to continue due to privacy issues related to work. Because I work as a therapist and be exposed to clients with a variety of background, some more questionable than others, I have to guard my privacy on the internet for my own safety.

I love the idea of sharing a part of my self to my friends through blogging. It is a self-disclosure that brings satisfaction to me because I hope to become emotionally closer to my friends through my writing. By allowing myself to be transparent, I am inviting my friends to my life, to know me better as a person, and it’s been very rewarding. To be vulnerable also sends a message to me and others that it is okay to make mistakes or to be imperfect. There is a perfectionist part in me; well, I guess I have to have it in order to make it in school and do well. Unfortunately, any strength when is done too much can turn into weakness, so this is my attempt not to allow my perfectionist side to run over me. It is my way to balance it; so the message is, be vulnerable and continue to write.

I definitely have a lot in my head already on what to write. I’d like to write something about my country and about living in two different cultures, about my other hobbies (knitting and cooking), about baseball, and so on. Also, more on politics, more on what’s going on in the world, conflicts, psychology, and oh goodness, the list can go on and on…. What am I waiting for?