Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Liebster Blog Award Origins
At first, I received the blog award from two fellow bloggers. I went to Google and searched for the term "Liebster Blog Award" and found an endless list of blogs that received this award. I then changed the query to reflect blog posts posted in 2010. I got closer to the origin, yet not close enough before I decided to call it a day. The most I learned was that it was kind of like a chain letter, a blogger to blogger award, you had to nominate 5 bloggers with less than 200 readers, "liebster" is dearest in German, and that no one knew the origins.
Then, I received my third award. Three's the charm, right? I couldn't live with three awards/nominations without knowing the origin so I went on another wild search. I changed my criteria until I searched for blogs that contained the "Liebster Blog Award" in the title or in the URL. The earliest mention I found so far happened on December 19, 2010 by a German blogspot blogger.
The Liebster Blog Award is indeed what I've originally thought except for some one minor difference. Once you accept your award you have to nominate 3-5 favorite bloggers who have less than 3,000 readers. How do you get from 3,000 to 200? I have no idea, and I don't think I'm dedicated enough to figure out when it changed. (OK, maybe if I get a 5th award... maybe!)
So there you have it! The origins of the Liebster Blog Award. You can read my original post about the nomination in the post Crazy Dreams and Nominations. I'm still trying to figure out if I want to add to that post or create a whole new post for my second batch of nominations. We'll see.
***A sort of edit/note.
The real "gist" of the Liebster Award is that there is no real award. There are no judges, no special rules. No website with an official team to congratulate you and hold your hand. It's mostly what you want it to be. If you receive the award, you can 1) accept it and 2) pass it along. It's that easy.