Since I’ve started this blogging adventure, I’ve found that bloggers are a very supportive group. For instance, one of the rules of a few of the blogging facebook groups I belong to specifically state that comments need to be kept positive. In order to succeed at blogging, one must be supportive of one another. It’s one of the things I’ve really enjoyed about bloggers – they are very willing to help. One particular blogger I’ve met while on this journey is Monick Halm of The Checklist Mom, who nominated me for a Liebster Award, which, more than an award, is a show of support and a way for other bloggers to get to know new bloggers. I thank Monick for her nomination but feel I don’t deserve it. I appreciate your vote of confidence, Monick!
What is the Liebster Award? Monick stated it like this:
“It’s an award given to bloggers by other bloggers. Award nominees must be blogging for under 2 years and have less than 1,000 followers. It’s a way to connect with other bloggers and share or exchange feelings, advice, confidence, support, experiences or anything you want to talk about or get off your chest. Liebster in German means sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, and welcome.”
There are a few guidelines that need to be followed when you are nominated for the Liebster. You have to:
- Write a blog post about your nomination, displaying an image of the award.
- Thank the person who nominated you and include a link to their blog.
- Answer the 11 questions the person who nominated you asked you in his/her blog post.
- Nominate 5-11 other new bloggers who you think deserve this award, and come up with 11 questions of your own for them to answer.
- List these rules in your blog post for the next nominees
Below is my completion of #3 – answering 11 questions about myself.
1. What gets you out of bed each day?
Spending time with my wife and daughters gets me out of bed each day, but also, as a teacher, I get up hoping to get SOMETHING through to some student.
2. If an alien landed on earth, what would your top tip ‘for living here’ be?
I’d tell them to be positive and not critical, but also to watch some key “historical documents” (see the movie Galaxy Quest to find out what that reference means) – episodes of Married with Children to know what NOT to do here on earth.
3. What is your ‘happy song’?
A song that always puts a smile on my face is “Disappear” by INXS. I listened to it while getting ready for my first day of high school, and ever since, that is what it reminds me of – my excitement over finally hitting what I considered to be “the big time.” If a movie is ever made based on something I write, that song will be playing in the opening credits. After 25 years, I haven’t gotten sick of it and it is still endearing.
4. Do you have a special place real or imagined?
I kind of have two special places, one in my mind and one in the real world. The one in my mind happens when I read past journal entries or look at old photo albums. I enjoy waxing nostalgic and reminiscing about the past, thinking about the good times and what I’ve learned. My place that is a physical reality is Zion National Park, especially, but really any national park or red rock destination. Such places rejuvenate me. I’ve especially enjoyed sharing these places with my wife and daughters as of late.
5. What childhood fable, fairy tale or movie stretched your imagination and sticks with you today?
Back to the Future continues to fascinate me to this day. I have been hooked ever since I saw the very first movie the weekend it came out back in July 1985. I even made Back to the Future Day (October 21, 2015) an event in my classroom, having students answer questions about video clips marking the occasion. The one thing I would love to do that is not possible is go back in time. Like Marty, I would love to go back to the 50s to see my parents as teenagers, and, like Doc, I would love to travel back to the Old West. If I ever write a novel, time travel will likely be a major theme.
6. What is your favorite type of movie?
As my response to Back to the Future indicates, my favorite type of movie is one that vicariously takes me back in time, especially to see how the filmmakers and actors interpret the time period. Some of my favorite movies do just that, including Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (late 19th century), October Sky (1950s), Remember the Titans (1970s), and McFarland, USA (1980s).
7. What is your idea of a perfect evening?
I feel like I’ve had two perfect evenings in the last month and a half – eating in my favorite location, Springdale, the gateway community to Zion National Park, with some of my favorite people. The first time was with just my wife and the second time was with a set of long-time friends. It’s so relaxing to sit and chat in such a scenic setting, with Zion’s enormous stone monoliths towering above you.
8. What’s your favorite post that you have written?
The post I had the most fun writing was about the allure of red rock, which listed the reasons why I love it, five of the best places to enjoy it and the fun I’ve had exploring it with my family recently.
9. What is one thing that you’ve always wanted to do but haven’t yet?
The one thing I haven’t done, but want to do more than anything, is to take my entire family to Italy. I spent two years there as a church missionary and loved it. Traveling to Italy is a transcendent experience with so much culture, history and delicious food to enjoy. Some day, God willing, we will be able to go and experience it together.
10. If you could visit anywhere in the world where would it be?
Perhaps I’m boring, but the specific place I would want to visit is a place I’ve already been, the island of Sardinia in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea, which is part of Italy. Sardinia is full of kind people, pristine beaches, amazing cultural events and to-die-for food, especially a cheese known as Dolce Sardo. One of the things they have right in Sardinia is the pace of life. It’s much slower than here in the U.S.
11. As a kid, what did you want to be when you grow up?
Surprisingly, as a kid, up until about the age of about 14 I wanted to be an aeronautical engineer. That dream ended when I realized how much math it would take because math is not my subject at all – it’s too black and white. I really enjoy the grey area of history and English (the subjects I teach). There is seriously a mental block when it comes to math!
And now here are my own Liebster nominations:
These are five great bloggers and blogs with whom I’ve become acquainted so far on this blogging adventure:
Lindsey Mozgai of And the Kitchen Sink– Lindsey writes about responsible finances, cooking, travel and sometimes dabbles in a few other topics. She was part of the inspiration for my recent National Park Bucket List post.
Hannah Spray of The Big To-do List– Hannah is a mommy blogger who brings more facets into mommy blogging than most (She’s already received a Liebster Award, but that’s no reason to take her off my list!).
Sam Still of Mindful Still – He provides introspective looks on life from sponsoring a child in a far off country to date night questions to ask a spouse to and one of my favorites, Why you should read your friend’s blog posts.
Liz Casteel of Brain Brake– writes about life with a chronic illness, specifically MS. She doesn’t mince words. (Same as Hannah – she’s already received a Liebster Award, but that’s no reason to take her off my list!).
Kelly Kuch Andre of The Inspired Parent– phenomonal photographer who also writes about parenting, travel, gardening, and cooking. Her site is visually stunning.
Below are the questions for my nominees:
- What has been the most positive thing you’ve experienced as a blogger?
- What has been your favorite blog post to write and why?
- What do you hope to achieve as a blogger in the next year?
- If you could quit your day job and weren’t a blogger what would be your dream career and why?
- What historical figure, living or dead, inspires you the most and why?
- In high school, what was your favorite band/musical artist and why? Do you still enjoy this group’s music today?
- What does achieving happiness and satisfaction look like to you?
- What is one thing that you’ve always wanted to do but haven’t yet?
- If you could visit anywhere in the world where would it be and why?
- What do you hope your children will say about you when they move out of the house and start facing the world on their own?
- If you were to write a book, what would it be about? Genre? Fiction or Nonfiction?
Thanks again to Monick and for the support that I’ve received from other bloggers. I look forward to many more years of blogging and building more blogging friendships along the way!