I received a Liebster award yesterday, thanks to my blogging and real-life writing friend Nancy, and I’ve been following the thread to find out where it came from and why it carries a German name. I’ve been discovering all kinds of writing blogs in the process, which I guess is part of the purpose, but no origin yet. However, the award rules are clear:

This award is intended to connect bloggers, specifically those with less than 200 followers. In accepting the award, I must:

* Show my thanks to the blogger who gave me the award by linking back to him or her.
* Reveal my top 5 picks and let them know by leaving a comment on their blog.
* Post the award on my blog.
* Bask in the love from the most supportive people on the internet—other writers.
* And best of all – have fun and spread the karma.

So, while I was wondering why this blog award is called “Liebster” (= darling or lover in German, in the male form), once I found this picture it became a little clearer:

The term is meant as an address: “Lieber Blog” means “dear blog” as if you were writing a letter to your blog, and “liebster Blog” means “dearest blog” but can also mean “favorite blog” as in you’re making a list of your favorite blogs.

That’s it for a little German lesson.

So, in spreading the love, here are my nominations:

Writer Granny’s World (Nancy Julien Kopp) – I’ll give this reward right back to you because you were one of my first supporters as a blogger, and I really appreciated that. You immediately signed on as a follower and made me feel less alone in the blogging world. And I’m always curious to read your book reviews.

blulbhulaiyan (Anjuli) – Thank you for your steadfast comments – it is such a gift to have a steady reader who also leaves comments and lets you know what she thought. Something was definitely missing in my life when you took a break from commenting over the summer! And I appreciate the inspiration insights on your blog.

Lawthenticity (Alison Law) – Thank you for your questions about getting an MFA that launched my MFA Q&A series – clearly that hit a nerve. And thanks for the insights into Atlanta life on your blog.

Swimming in the Trees (Jessica Handler) – You are truly my big sister in writing – thanks for everything! And I’m always amazed at some of the off-the-wall posts on your blog.

Traveling Through… (Julie Farrar) – Thank you for your support, your thought-provoking questions, and the stunning photos on your blog.