The Liebster Award

This blog has had a nomination for the Liebster Award from the very interesting Mrs N’s Ordinary Life – as with a lot of these awards there is a follow-up, of course! The idea is to answer eleven questions set by your nominator and then to nominate eleven blogs which have fewer than 200 followers with the aim of increasing traffic to them; flattered though I am to be nominated, here I hit my first stumbling block as it seems quite hard to find out just how many followers someone has and I don’t like to bother people.

On the whole, while these awards give you a nice warm glow I suspect that they have limited reach and are really aimed at new blogs, to get them going. The Liebster is not an official, endorsed-by-WordPress thing, so with that in mind I’m not going to follow the instructions to the letter. I’ve acknowledged my nominator (thank you, Mrs N!) and will answer her questions in a moment, but I’m not going to ask eleven questions of my nominees, or expect them to continue the process if they don’t want to.

Without further ado, the eleven blogs I’d like to recommend to you are:

Tony Tomeo

Winterbourne House and Garden

Smugface Lazybones

Welcome to Fabulous Sparkyville

A Mischief Managed – and Other Adventures

The Cynical Gardener

The Patient Gardener

The Scottish Country Garden

Yet Another Crafter

A Novel Approach

Rambling Ratz

A reasonably wide selection so there’s proably something for everyone there. And for good measure, my other blog – the rat blog – as a cheeky no.12 in case anyone wonders why my name when I comment on the garden blog is Owned by Rats!


So Mrs N asked me:

1) Why did you start blogging?

Originally, on MySpace in about 2007, for something to do and I wrote about all sorts of things. It didn’t last very long but in August 2010 I decided to start a blog about my pet rats, and the gardening blog followed in April 2011. Both were meant to be single-topic and as much as anything a record for me as things in both gardening and rat-keeping can change quickly. Having other people read and enjoy my musings is a bonus.

2) How did you decide on your blog name?

Owned by Rats was easy – they’re in charge. The Random Gardener because that’s how I garden – I’m very much a “plant it and see what happens” gardener.

3) What is your favourite post that you have written (link please) ?

Ooh, tricky. I’m not sure I have one. On the rat blog I have enjoyed the occasional Past Rats posts though I’m terrible at keeping up with them. And at the moment on the garden blog I’m enjoying my Photo a Week challenge.

4) If you could be someone else for a day, who would you be?

Myself, but with talent!

5) If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?

Hard to say, because as I get older I find the prospect of travelling (especially abroad) less and less appealing. I used to want to visit China and South America. I would still quite like to go to New York and San Francisco.

6) What is the most difficult situation you have found yourself in?

There have been a few, mainly work-related, none of which I feel it would be appropriate to share.

7) Would you say that you are an introvert or an extrovert?

Definitely an introvert.

8) Where do you prefer to live-city, country or someplace in-between?

In between. I don’t like big cities much and am happy in a moderate-sized town. It’s good to be near facilities, shops and entertainment but I don’t like busy places, noise and lots of people.

9) If you went to Japan what is the one thing that you would want most to do?

Good question. A friend of mine visited Japan a couple of years ago and blogged as she went, and I read the blog eagerly as it was all fascinating. I liked the look of the Fukuoka City Museum, and Kyoto looked gorgeous.

10) What is your favorite book?

If you know me, you’ll know that naming a favourite anything is impossible. Can’t be done. My favourite author of fiction is Terry Pratchett, but I mainly read non-fiction and would really struggle to nae a favourite book.

11) What is your biggest challenge?

Keeping going.


So there we are. I hope you enjoy my selections, and if I’ve linked to yours and you feel inclined to make a few recommendations yourself then so much the better.

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15 Responses to The Liebster Award

  1. Mrs. N in Japan says:

    This was great! Thanks for answering the questions, the answers were fun to read! In the past I was nominated for a different sort of blog award and while I was thrilled to be nominated…I could not keep up with “playing along” at the time so no worries…I totally understand! I think the fun part is getting to know other bloggers. Doing this led me to push myself into seeking out other blogs to follow…glad that I found yours!

  2. Mrs. N in Japan says:

    P.S.- I used the WordPress search option in the “reader” page of my blog. When I found blogs that looked interesting I clicked on the title and was taken to a page listing that blogs current posts…at the top it showed the number of readers that blog had.

  3. ramblingratz says:

    Congratulations and thank you. Apparently I have 325 followers, but I’m sure most of those don’t read my posts πŸ™‚

    • ownedbyrats says:

      I didn’t check follower numbers at all I’m afraid! It turned out to be a bit complicated πŸ˜‰

    • Vicki says:

      I’m sure most followers don’t read my blog posts either, RR. The number of daily visits is usually 1/10th of the supposed followers I have according to the stats. On the other hand, some followers drop in once a month (or even…..about once every 3-4 months I figure)…..I guess they follow a lot of blogs or have very busy lives.

      I figured all this out a long time ago, but don’t read the stats anymore.

      One thing I do know is that by occasionally clicking my computer mouse on some of the blog followers (of the blogs I follow), I’ve found some truly amazing like-minded Nature Lovers.

      Have you ever noticed how we all are inter-related and connected.

      Truly a lovely thing to behold.

      • ramblingratz says:

        The same thing happens on Twitter people follow you so you follow them back to increase their followers, then I’m sure I get muted! πŸ™‚ But I am much happier with a small likeminded group. It is hard to find the time to keep up with everyone. We are just a few lifeforms spinning on a blue dot in space, we have many differences, but as you say we are all of the Universe.

      • Vicki says:

        I agree, it is hard to find the time to keep up.

        I’ve had to unfollow several interesting blogs because I can’t keep up, especially with the downturn in my health in the last 18months.

        I’ve spent most of the last 2 business days trying to co-ordinate 6 health practitioners, ensuring I see the right one in the right order as they are interconnected. I’ve had to photocopy tests and reports for the 3 new ones. Too much multi-tasking for me – I need a good photography walk in nature to calm me down and uplift my spirits.

        Seems like 3 months since I’ve had a wander around my area in the fresh air without a care or thought about the future. (well maybe 9-10 weeks is closer to the truth).

      • ramblingratz says:

        It is hard to find the time to do the things that make us happy and healthy. I hope all went well with your health appointments.

  4. ramblingratz says:

    Reblogged this on rambling ratz and commented:
    I was very kindly nominated for an award by a fellow rat fan and haphazard gardener. Thank you.

    My favourite blogs would be:

    Too many lovely blogs to list. I don’t know whether the above blogs have less than 400 followers, probably not, but I’m breaking all of the rules of this award.

    I like blogs written by kind people with a love of nature and animals and I hope that description covers mine.

  5. P&B says:

    Congratulations on your well deserved nomination! Thank you very much for putting my blog on the list too. I blog for enjoyment, that I can share something I love to do: gardening, birdwatching, photography and beekeeping. I agree with Vicki and yourself that people generally just click ‘follow’ but never really follow that blog. I only follow the blogs I know I will continue to read, as you put it, “a small likeminded group”. I don’t look at the stat’s and I’m happy with that.

    By the way, if you cross the Atlantic to New York, I’m happy to be a tour guide.

  6. P&B says:

    I think I just made a comment on the wrong blog. I meant to comment on ramblingratz blog. Sorry.

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