Liebster Award

I was nominated for the Liebster Award by Michelle of The Texas Homemaker. Thanks SO much to Michelle for the wonderful recognition!

The Liebster Award is an informal award given to a new blogger by his/her fellow blogger for their work. The criteria for the award is that the nominated blogger must have fewer than 200 followers (and, depending on how you measure "followers", Haynes, Her Way still qualifies - but barely! My following has been growing wicked fast)!

There are some rules for the award, and tasks that the nominee must fulfill once they have been selected:

1. Answer a set of questions laid out by your nominator
2. Nominate another blogger, or set of bloggers
3. Create a blog post
4. Link to the blogger who nominated you
5. Create your own set of questions for the blogger or bloggers you have nominated

I'm basically winning at 3 and 4 right now, so here's number 1, the questions that were given to me by Michelle:

1. Why did you start blogging, and how do you stay motivated?

I started blogging because I love to write. I have always sort of used my Facebook as a mini-blog, which is 1) annoying for my Facebook friends and 2) dissatisfying, because I always have so much more to say than a measly Facebook post would allow. I was actually offered a contract by a publisher to write a second book after my thesis was published, but I wasn't mentally nor emotionally prepared for the book writing process so soon after having written my thesis.

I had considered starting a blog for a long time, and after writing out all the ideas for posts that I had, I realized I had months worth of legitimate content! That's when I decided to take the plunge. 

It's not hard for me to stay motivated. My husband and I are moving in a few months, and I am extremely motivated to make this blog work for me as a source of income so I am able to work from home.

2. If you could have dinner with any five people, living or dead, who would you invite and why?

President Barack Obama: Whether or not you agree with his policies, he has faced an unending onslaught of opposition during his tenure as President, but has somehow still managed to achieve many things he set out to do during his campaign. His rise through his career is a very interesting story, and I would love to be able to sit down and chat with him.

Bernie Sanders: Who are you? Why do you want to be President? Why are all of these quizzes telling me I should vote for you?

Lady Gaga: She is a publicity genius. She's also highly intelligent and I love watching her being interviewed. Show me your ways.

My grandparents: I miss them every day, and I would love to get to see them again and ask them for advice one more time.

3. What are your blogging goals?

To be able to make what in my mind is a "decent income" from my blog, to feel connected to my readers and to build a community around my brand.

4. What or who is your favorite blogging resource?

I love the Facebook group #GoIndependent. I haven't been able to engage much in the coursework because of the craziness that is going on in my personal life, but Regina is a wealth of valuable information and the group is full of awesome, supportive, engaged fellow digital entrepreneurs like myself!

5. How much time do you spend a week on your blog-related activities?

Um, a lot. I probably spend about 14 hours a week working on the blog in some way or another. Once I move, it will be even more, because it will become an actual part time job for me.

6. Why or what do you love most about blogging?

I love that there is constant room for improvement. This really feeds my soul, and I love being able to come in and engage in endlessly perfecting my blog. It's like a never-ending project, and I love that.

7. What one or two things do you know now that you wish you knew when you started?

Ugh! A lot of the more technical stuff, of course, would have been helpful to understand before launching. I think it would have been a less overwhelming process if I had done all that research ahead of time. I also wish I had known how overwhelming it would be, in general, and had gotten more organized before my official launch so I could have scheduled out one simple thing to accomplish each day. It's so much more manageable that way!

8. What one or two pain points do you still have with blogging?

Technical stuff - right now it's SEO and plugins. To automate or not to automate? That is the question.

9.What is your favorite quote?

"Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma, which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of other's opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary." - Steve Jobs

I guess it's time for me to pay it forward! If you would like to read some new, up-and-coming blogs and follow their journeys as they grow their sites, check out these talented folks below!

I would like to nominate the following bloggers for the Liebster Award:

Anne at Wit, Wisdom and Food
Sara at Itsy Bitsy Truth
Olu at Olu Fadipe
Melissa and Jonathan at Yummy Feed

In order to fulfill your requirements for the award, please answer the following questions:

1. How long have you been blogging?
2. What advice would you give to anyone considering starting a blog?
3. What is your ultimate goal for your blog/why did you start it in the first place?
4. What are your favorite types of posts to write?
5. Has anything in particular surprised you about blogging?
6. At this moment, what are you finding particularly challenging about blogging?
7. Do you set weekly/monthly goals for your blog?
8. What are you currently working on improving about your blog?
9. If you did a paid campaign (or series of campaigns), who would be your dream sponsor?
10. Just for fun: What is your dream travel destination, and why?


  1. Thank you so much for the nomination! I can't wait to sit down and answer your questions!

    1. You're very welcome! It's a fun activity for sure and definitely makes you set time aside to really think about your blog. Have fun!


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