Liebster Award

The terrific Dr Tanya of Salted Caramel has nominated me for the Liebster Award! I’m so honoured to have been chosen for this opportunity – it’s such a confidence boost! Please visit Dr Tanya’s blog; she writes from the heart and her passion for blogging shines through in her fantastic content. Her blog is easy to navigate, filled with a prolific blend of poetry, lifestyle tips, food, writing prompts and much more! She’s a warm-hearted soul with some truly uplifting content; two of my favourite posts of hers are Little Things I Treasure and 7 Little Stress Busters. Her blog is definitely worth your time! 😀

What is the Liebster Award?

Liebster is German for ‘dearest’ / ‘beloved’ / ‘sweetheart’.

The Liebster Award is an award shared between bloggers – the idea is to celebrate new bloggers who show great potential; especially those with 200 blog followers or less. This award is a means to recognising the hard work and achievements of talented upcoming bloggers. It’s also intended to help support and promote them by making their blogs better known to a wider audience! Thus: the Liebster Award is a great way to be discovered, but also to connect and support the blogging community.

If you’re nominated and would like to take part, here are some general rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you and provide a link back to their blog so others can find them (maybe link back to their Liebster Award post to keep it rolling).
  • Write a small paragraph about what makes you passionate about blogging.
  • Provide 10 facts about yourself. (This is optional, but if you’d like to engage better with your readers it’s a great idea to include random/fun/quirky facts about yourself – it helps humanise bloggers a lot!)
  • Answer the 11 questions given by the blogger who nominated you.
  • Nominate 5-11 other bloggers with under 200 followers for this award and ask them 11 new questions.
  • Inform your nominees of their nomination for the Liebster Award by commenting on one of their blog posts. (It helps if you provide a link back to your award post)
  • List the rules and display the Liebster Award logo in your post.

What Makes Me Passionate About Blogging?

Writing has grown into one of my biggest passions, and being able to have an open platform to share something I enjoy with other enthusiastic people…yeah, it’s pretty awesome. Having such a great outlet to express my thoughts and emotions through writing has been a truly fantastic journey! The blogging community on here has been so welcoming and encouraging for bloggers looking to find their way in the world! ❤ Plus, actively giving something back to the community through the stories and posts I’ve written (even if only a handful of people might read them) is incredibly gratifying since I can express myself in a way easily accessible to others, not just limited in my own headspace anymore. 😀

Dr Tanya’s Eleven Questions:

1. What is your biggest pet peeve?

Dishonesty. I try my hardest to be honest and open with people because that’s how my parents raised me, and it’s hurtful (and a big disappointment) when people sometimes choose not to be the best they can be and let you down. I’ve become a master of The Look when I’m deeply unimpressed with people who try to fob me off with excuses. 

2. Where did you get your blog name?

I named my blog after my first attempt at a historical novel. The alliteration of it sounded neat (deep down I’m very shallow and easily pleased 😀 ), plus the story itself features a war veteran adapting to an unfamiliar city – rats, grime and all, so: Slumdog Soldier.

3. If you could change your name, what would it be?

As my blog’s grown quite a lot since I first started it, a quirky new name for it could be ‘Nonsense from a Nineties Kid,’ or maybe ‘Southwest Stories’, but I wouldn’t want to change it quite yet. I’d still like to use this platform as a means to promote my first historical thriller & hopefully get constructive feedback from beta readers. Besides: once a writer, always a writer!

4. What was your favourite T.V. show as a kid?

So much choice! The Simpsons. Arthur. Kim Possible. Animals of Farthing Wood. Dexter’s Laboratory. Recess. Johnny Bravo. Fresh Prince of Bel Air. The 90’s and 00’s sure were a golden age to be a kid!

5. Do you have any weird habits?

I’m pretty good with remembering names, facts and numbers, but still count up on my fingers sometimes. It helps with tricky numbers. I collect rare commemorative 50p coins (although when the Apocalypse eventually dooms us all I’ll be busy throwing them at the rats trying to steal my last potato). 😀

6. Do you like fall scents/tastes?

I love them! Smoky autumn bonfires, baked apples, warm spicy cinnamon, cool crisp mornings, the musty crackle of dry leaves crunching under your feet. It’s a great time of year!

7. What is your favourite holiday and why?

Summer. Yes sunburn is rotten and wasps are a nuisance but it’s so nice to have long warm evenings and bright sunny days!

8. Do you prefer writing it down or typing it up?

I love typing, but I’m much quicker at writing – I always try to have a notepad to jot stuff down before typing it up properly.

9. Cable or Netflix?

No preference, really – whatever films / TV shows are still available & look good. Don’t mind however I watch them.

10. If money didn’t matter, what would you do with your life?


Hmmm, the million dollar question… probably help towards re-introducing red squirrels into England & Wales; they’re our only native squirrel species and one of the UK’s national wildlife icons, but they’re seriously endangered now & mainly isolated to a few sanctuaries – would be fantastic if their numbers began a healthy increase during my lifetime!

11. Favourite thing about yourself?

Probably…remaining calm and positive in stressful situations. I try my best to keep a level head, which has been a huge help during my previous supermarket job helping customers; people really appreciate it if you’re able to assist them with a smile, defuse conflict situations with self-depreciating jokes, and treat young kids the same way I’d want to – never patronising or condescending towards their questions, never dumbing things down for them, but being genuine with them & treating them with respect just like grownups. It all works a treat, and I loved working there!  ❤

What are 10 fun facts about you?

1. I play the drums & loved being in both our Samba street band and Jazz band at Uni.
2. I enjoy cycling and rock-climbing, but also love a decent nap.
3. I’ve got a huge sweet tooth – especially salted caramel or dark chocolate!
4. I love curling up with a good book on cold evenings.
5. I can calm screaming babies down by playing peekaboo with them; I got plenty of families as repeat customers because it gave the parents a much-needed break while packing their shopping!
6. I can write cursive – still quite untidy though!
7. I can’t dance (but I like to think I can after a few ciders!) 😀
8. I got through four years of Uni without a single coffee craving – too bitter for me!
9. My dad’s family were greengrocers – I like to think they taught him (and me by extension) the value of a decent day’s work, being proud of the work you do and striving to improve yourself.
10. My favourite guilty pleasure is action movies – Die Hard, The Lord of the Rings film trilogy, Mad Max: Fury Road, the Jason Bourne series. Hostage crisis, epic fantasy, post-apocalypse, spy thriller, I’m not fussed; if it’s got a decent plot, likeable characters you can root for and plenty of action throughout, count me in!

My ‘Fabulous Fourteen’ Choices:

I know, I’m bending the rules again. *ducks rotten tomatoes* I’ve met so many great bloggers through this terrific online community, and even if these fourteen people would prefer not to take part in the Award, I’d love to give them an honourable mention for new readers to check out!

Fiction Finesse – Rachel is a young writer who’s been a huge encouragement throughout my blogging journey; her supportive comments keep me going! 😀 She’s a lyrical wordsmith with a talent for expressing herself through powerful imagery. Two of her lovely poems are Open and Falcon; she has also written some captivating short stories too, such as The Truth. Please show her some love by visiting her fantastic blog!

BadArt – Elixir’s blog is full of powerful stories and poems which convey raw emotions with her beautifully flowing prose. She is an incredible blogger who brightens up my day every time she posts! Three of her heartfelt pieces worth reading are Nostalgia, Death, and Music.

Cynical Souls – Ket Cage has written some deeply insightful posts on relationships, childhood memories, and life advice. His astute observations of human nature are very thought-provoking, finishing with uplifting messages of hope that are lovely to read! Two of his excellent articles are Love is just that and Don’t Give Up.

Wit & Words – Uzma is an inspirational blogger who spreads love and encouragement to new readers far and wide. Her posts are deeply relatable, sincerely written from the heart and offer a unique perspective on self-belief and positive thinking. Two great pieces of hers are All Friends On Board and one of her earliest posts, My Broken Shell.

Echo Edition – Elizabeth has a deep-rooted passion for writing that shines through in her blog. One of my all-time favourite stories of hers is And Everyone is Necessary – it’s such an evocative depiction of a crumbling seaside town, with rich character imprints that make the scene feel alive and lived-in; a rare feat in story-telling. I’d highly recommend reading it!

Matthew Richardson – Matthew is an exceptional storyteller, with fantastically vivid short stories that pull the reader in and surprise twist endings that are very entertaining! Three of his excellent flash fiction collection are Alone Amongst The Beasts, Performance Enhanced and Shack – they’re really worth checking out!

Cadie’s Corner – Cadie has such a bubbly personality, and it’s been so fun getting to know her better. Her blog is a wonderful mix of delicious simple recipes, book reviews (both classics and newly published novels), and brilliant life advice. A particular favourite of mine has been her 28 Things I’ve Learned in 28 Years.

H. L. Sailer is an inspiring wordsmith whose blend of horror, fantasy and real-world characters are a joy to read! Yet it’s her skill at portraying internal emotions and personal struggles that truly make her characters come to life on the page. Three excellent short stories of hers are EclipseBrush With Meaning and Lone Wolf.

Milca Noehly – Milca blogs about a huge variety of topics; travel wishlists, her favourite book reviews, mental health and much more! She has such sparkling enthusiasm for sharing her blogging journey; her upbeat attitude and cheery soul will certainly brighten up your day! Two of her great posts are her personal bucket list 25 Things to do Before 25 and her self-encouragement in Dear Future Me.

Robin Tuition – Robin has produced some fantastic urban flash fiction, weaving the grime of inner-city life with immersive dialogue and gritty descriptions. Two of her stories worth checking out are A Short Christmas Story and The Laundromat.

Elite Star – I love Khushbu’s positive attitude towards life! She’s a new blogger with such a warm heart, who’s been incredibly supportive of fellow bloggers with her kind uplifting messages. Three of my favourite motivational posts of hers are Dare to dream big and fly high, Nothing is better than the peace of mind and Be who you are.

Atara’s Ideas – Atara has written some brilliant posts about handling life’s challenges. Two of her fantastic posts are the importance of growing with every new situation (good and bad) in Journey, and the beauty of treasuring the little things in A Little Box of Tiny Happiness.

Written Realities – Evie is an up-and-coming poet who paints incredible scenes of heartbreak, regret and acceptance through her sweeping prose and elegant language. Two incredibly touching poems of hers that I deeply enjoyed are Your Majesty (the desolate loneliness of an abandoned queen) and She Waits (the gentleness of  greeting Death as a friend).

Speaking Shreya – Shreya’s blog is beautifully laid out and packed with self-help posts about turning difficult challenges into positive lessons and moving forward. Two of her great articles worth reading are Challenging Life and Take It As Reward.

Please check these wonderful bloggers out & give them all the love they deserve – you’re in for a treat!

My Eleven Questions:

  1. What have you enjoyed about blogging?
  2. What advice would you give a new blogger starting out?
  3. Do you have any future blogging goals for the next 12 months?
  4. What have you learned about yourself through blogging?
  5. What kind of music do you enjoy?
  6. Do you prefer tea, coffee, or…?
  7. Is there something you’re particularly proud of accomplishing in 2018?
  8. Do you have a favourite country you’ve travelled to or would like to visit in the future?
  9. What’s one new skill you would love to learn in the future?
  10. What’s your favourite thing to do to relax and unwind?
  11. What’s the strangest food you’ve ever eaten?

These questions are optional: there’s no obligation to take part in the quiz if you’d prefer not to, but if you’d like to accept this Award and share a little more about yourself, that’s fantastic! It’s lovely to celebrate such talented bloggers, learn more about you and come together as a wider community to support each other!

If you would like to participate, thank you ever so much for your time! Happy blogging, everyone!

Tom 😀 ❤


33 thoughts on “Liebster Award

  1. Thank you so much! You are truly so sweet!
    1. What have you enjoyed about blogging? All the things I’ve learned, this blog has really given me an excuse to research, learn and grow. I learn new things every day and I meet some pretty awesome people.
    2.What advice would you give a new blogger starting out? Just write what you know. You don’t have to stress yourself out finding that perfect topic just write from your experiences and you can’t go wrong.
    3.Do you have any future blogging goals for the next 12 months? Oh yes and you can check out my New Year’s Resolution post to see what it is!
    4. What have you learned about yourself through blogging? I’ve learned that there are so many people like me who have a love of writing and who are willing to support you because they know what it’s like to be in your shoes.
    5.What kind of music do you enjoy? All kinds but my favorite is folk/bluegrass.
    6. Do you prefer tea, coffee, or…? I like sweet iced tea or iced coffee.
    7. Is there something you’re particularly proud of accomplishing in 2018? Starting my blog!
    8. Do you have a favourite country you’ve travelled to or would like to visit in the future? I have never been out of America but the first place I’d go is Japan.
    9. What’s one new skill you would love to learn in the future? I think it would be fun to learn how to make sushi.
    10. What’s your favourite thing to do to relax and unwind? Read. Plain and simple.
    11. What’s the strangest food you’ve ever eaten? Cow intestines. Very chewy.
    Thank you for your nomination!

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  2. HEY!
    Thank you so much, Tom. This means a lot to me!
    You’ve written such nice things about my blog! Thank you for that.
    I am going to take my time to do this, so I hope you don’t mind the delay in the answers. I’m kind of slow at this but I really want to go through all the blogs that you’ve mentioned! 😀

    Hey, I’d really love to know how you know each blogger so well! Like how? It takes me time to understand just one blogger. I’ve literally spent a month on my previous blogger friend’s blog (next is yours, of course). If there’s a way to do this fast but still know the blogger and understand them, please do tell me 😀

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    1. I suppose I choose about three good-quality posts from each blogger that I think are worth checking out. Then I’ll build up a general picture of them through their ‘About’ page to get a rough idea what their niche is & what they enjoy writing about. I’m flattered that you consider me a knowledgeable sage on this! 😀

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