The Leibster Award


liebster_award[1]What is the Liebster award?

At first glance, it reminded me of an electronic chain letter, but without the associated pressures – it’s an e-social idea, it’s fun and does a marketing job for all who participate.

It’s an award given in the blogging community, to celebrate new blogs, or blogs with a follower count of less than 200. I found out today that the ‘follower’ figure is meant to be 1,000 – but that includes Twitter.

It’s also to encourage new people to blog and join in the blogging community as a whole. Our social blogging world, which is colloquially known as the ‘blogosphere’.

The word Liebster is a German word that doesn’t translate literally, but more or less means: kindest, nicest, lovely, dearest, sweetest, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing and welcome. I’ve listed the connotations that were passed on to me, and I’m delighted to have been nominated.

The rules, should you choose to accept the award from the person that nominated you:

1. Link back to the blog that nominated you. In my case Princess of Dragons, and with that link go my thanks.

2. Answer questions that your nominator has set their nominees.

3. Share 11 random facts about yourself.

4. Nominate 5-11 blogs that have less than 200 followers to receive this award.

5. Create 11 questions for your nominees to answer.

6. Contact your nominees and let them know you have nominated them!


My questions from Princess of Dragons, with my answers of course.

1. What is your preferred cheese?


2. If you could own an animal, what would it be?

An eagle, because I could set it free without worrying about it’s survival.

3. Mention one thing that’s on your bucket list?

I’d like to see a cure for cancer.

4. What colour do you think your soul is?

Transparent, so I can disguise my innermost feelings from the devils of the world.

5. If you could do any job for a day, what would it be, and why?

A farmer, so that I could enjoy a really long, tiring day and feel that I’d given something back.

6. Name one good thing that has happened to you lately?

I woke up – again.

7. What’s your Myer’s Briggs profile?

Dominant, Introvert, Sensing.

8. Quick, pick your weapon of choice?

Browning 9mm pistol.

9. When was the last time you cried?

The day after burying my dad.

10. What would you call the novel about your life?

A Life of Choice


Okay guys, if you’re still with the programme, here are 11 random facts about me:

1. I took up smoking in 1971 at the age of 19 – and stopped in 1977 at age 25.

2. When I was 17, it took me 6 mins 15 secs to run a mile. When I was 40, it took me 5 mins 15 secs to run a mile.

3. I taught my son to drive when he was 17.

4. Between the ages of 20 – 60, I had owned 20 cars.

5. I’ve driven (fast) around the old (long circuit) of the Nurburgring in three different cars … at different times.

6. I’ve had lunch with HRH Princess Anne, The Princess Royal.

7. I took up writing poetry in December 2007, and between then and 2010 I wrote 730 poems.

8. I type at an average 40 wpm.

9. I appeared in a national newspaper as a teenager, interviewed on radio in my mid-20’s, and interviewed on TV when 40.

10. I’ve had the same email address since 1994.

11. I produce my own A4 year planner every year.


My nominations (in alphabetical order) are:






I’ll apologise here just in case any of them have more than the required followers.


Are you still awake? Here’s your questions guys:

1. If you could change your first name, what would you have instead?

2. If you could speak a second language fluently, which one would you choose?

3. If you could live in another country, where would you live?

4. If you could reincarnate as an animal, which would you return as?

5. If you had to lose one of your senses, which one would you lose?

6. Do you say, ‘the glass is half-full’, or ‘the glass is half-empty’?

7. If given the choice to turn back time, which year would you choose to be born?

8. Would you publish a 100% truthful autobiography?

9. Who is your hero or heroine, and why?

10. Stranded alone on a tropical island, which object from the modern world would you choose to have with you?

11. Give three words that best describe how you’d like to be remembered?

Well, now I’ve got that out of my system, I hope you all enjoyed it. Take it forward with the blessings of all who have gone before.




10 thoughts on “The Leibster Award

    1. Thank you Paul and very nice of you to say. You were one of the first names to come to mind to pass it on, but you’re attracting followers faster than I can write blog posts! Keep it up mate.


  1. Julia Lund

    I agree entirely with Paul. Your commitment and genuine support for other bloggers, rather than simply following a self-interested agenda is evident. Enjoy!


    1. Thank you Julia. I do try my best, but it is nice to be told occasionally that I’m doing something right. 🙂


    1. Hi Chloe and thank you for dropping by. Yes, it was a matter of some hilarity when I started management training in a major supermarket. I was 41 when I chased a shoplifter in his 20’s for about half a mile through several streets. I got back to the store with the bag of goods he dropped (about £45). When I told the police officer I’d recovered everything and the guy continued running, he said: ‘He probably never expected you to stay with him.’ He also probably didn’t expect I ran a regular 3 – 5 miles a day. 🙂
      BTW, I’m still working on my little project for you. I’ve now got my idea fixed and sketched out. Till my next patrol.


    1. Hi April. I apologise for taking a day or two to get back to you. I’m in the closing stages with my latest novel, ‘Amsterdam Calling’.
      Now I doubt if you would know anything about the three car models because one was German, a Ford Granada 2.3ltr, another was a British Ford Sierra 2ltr fuel-injected and the third was Japanese, a Mazda Montrose 626 Coupe 2ltr fuel-injected.
      I can’t remember the timings but I took both the Granada and the Mazda to 120mph on the open sections. Unlike the ‘new’ track used for F1, the old track is over 22klm and provides an exhilarating drive.


  2. W. K. Tucker

    It’s taken me long enough, but a VERY belated thank you for the nomination, Tom. I have been so busy, I’ve barely been able to hold my head out of the water of a sea of work. I think I can give it my attention now.
    I will give it my best shot. I hope I can figure out how to do all the linking to other blogs. 🙂
    You’ve put forth some interesting questions. I pray that I can come up with ones half as good as yours.
    Again, thanks. You humble me.


    1. No less than you deserve my friend. Since my recent holiday I’ve been working almost non-stop on my latest thriller ‘Amsterdam Calling’. I’m aiming to publish on Amazon in about a week. I’ll be back to my regular patrols soon too. Thank you for dropping by.


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