Before Sundown Has Been Nominated for a Liebster Blog Award

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Thank you, The Mindful Expat for nominating me for the Liebster Blog Award! I’m fairly new to the Land of Blog and I’m honored to be recognized and Libstered!  I’ve been following The Mindful Expat for some time now and I enjoy her personable, insightful posts.  She’s an American psychologist living in Lyon, France with her engineer Frenchman. To spark some conversation about cultural differences, self-awareness and mindful living, she writes about international adventures and her inner and outer journey. Her site includes Resources for; expats, out and about in Lyon, and Mindfulness.

Her blog site is well worth the visit. http://mindfulexpat.wordpress.com

What is the Liebster Blog Award?

The Liebster Blog Award is given to up and coming bloggers who have less than 200 followers. So, what is a Liebster?  The meaning: Liebster is German and means sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, and welcome. Blogging is about building a community and it’s a great way to connect with other bloggers and help spread the word about newer bloggers/blogs.

Liebster Blog Award Rules

1. Thank the person who nominated you for the Liebster Award and link their blog to your post.

2. Answer the 11 questions they’ve asked you.

3. Nominate 11 bloggers who have 200 followers or fewer for the award.

4. Ask 11 questions to your nominees.

5. Let your nominees know you nominated them once you’ve posted about your Liebster Award.

6. Add the Liebster Award badge to your blog!

Question created by The Mindful Expat for me, and my answers!

1. What inspired you to start your blog? And if it’s not totally obvious, how did you come up with the name for your blog. I wanted to write about two books, Before Sundown everyday, and Happily Ever After. The blog expanded into other categories, Featured Friends, Family & Friends Photo Gallery and other fun things. The title of the blog is pretty obvious, Before Sundown, with a different tagline, remember what made you smile. Overtime I was inspired by blogger friends’ (Ellen Hawley, Notes from the U.K.,& Maggie Wilson, Zombies Ate My Brains) mastery of humor in writing to try some of my own. It worked! I started writing right to the “edge.” The Mindful Expat described my site as the eclectic and whimsical blog of a retired nurse practitioner turned writer! Yay!!! A sprinkle of magical fairy dust for The Mindful Expat!

Do real people in your life know about your blog (and read it), or do you keep it anonymous? Yes, real people in my life know about and read my blog, especially when they are featured.

3.  If someone were to make a movie of your life, what actress would you want to play you? Mia Wasikowska (Alice in Wonderland).

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 4. What genre would best characterize your movie? Fantasy Fiction. A big step up from a whimsical fairyland and magical fairy dust!

On second thought, I need to grow up and get out of fairyland sometime. So, #3 would be Kate Beckinsale! (Pearl Harbor). It’s obvious!  #4 would be Epic War Movie with action, drama and romance! Even though I loved little, white rabbits and all animals as a kid!

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5. What’s one item on your bucket list that you hope to accomplish in the next few years?Publish those two books! Before Sundown everyday and Happily Ever After!

6. If you came back in another life as a (non-human) animal, which one would you want to be?  A dog! German shepherd or Husky.  Or maybe a wolf.

7. What languages can you speak? English, Italian, and very rudimentary Japanese and Greek (with a lot of help).

8. What’s your favorite food that you discovered as an adult? There’s nothing in the food category. How about a beverage? Starbuck’s Mocha Frappuccino!

9. Name one thing you’re grateful for? Today! There’s no guaranteed tomorrow!

10. Name one great book you’ve read (relatively recently) that you’d like to recommend to others (i.e., me). The Giver by Lois Lowry (winner of the 1994 Newberry Medal). Balancing the values of freedom and security.

11. Do you listen to podcasts? If so, tell us one of your favorites. No, not listening yet.

HERE ARE MY OWN ELEVEN (11)  LIEBSTER BLOG AWARD NOMINEES!

Beforehand, I apologize to any nominee with over 200 followers. On some blog sites, it’s hard to figure out numbers. I’ve tried to recognize new bloggers and some more advanced that have amazing blog sites. Visit them and you’ll see what I mean! Of course, there were some really awesome bloggers that have hundreds of followers and don’t qualify!

Of course, some of you are busy bloggers and may not want to accept this award nomination. I do understand, and I’ll still follow you! I thank you and I’m grateful that you’re following my blog. I’ll let you know about your nomination in a comment on your site. It will take me a little time, so don’t be shocked, be happy, if you get this post beforehand!

1. The Thoughts and Life of Me. Masgautsen, a young, in her twenties, blogger from Stavanger in Norway, is interested in music, books, film, T.V. shows, politics, and what goes on in society. Her three parts autumn in Ireland posts and photographs will make you want to visit there. http://thethoughtsandlifeofme.com

2. Shiny Introvert. She lives in Dubai. She has three blog sites and on this new one she is anonymous. Her blog is to explore “the real me when no one knows who is behind these words.” I suggested a make-up name. She thought it was a great idea, consulted her Introvert self and they both agreed that her real name – Aleksandra – would be OK. Her writing is personable, introspective, of course, and fun. http://shinyintrovert.wordpress.com

3. Megdekorne, Doorway to jubilee. Megdekorne is a mother, artist, memory-keeper and writer, passionate about all things that inspires. Her posts are pieces of art! She’s writing Beatitude Point, 1972-2014, a memoir, a journal, a lyrical narrative that chronicles the adventures of four friends, Chris, Dale, Buzz and her brother Dave aboard a boat named “Venture.” Well worth the read! http://megdekorne.com

4. Almost Iowa. He’s German and has an uncanny way of writing with humor. One of his recent posts, Never Annoy a Wizard (a beer, a bar and a book) is a great short story. And that’s just one of them! A good laugh about life! http://almostiowa.com

5. WHOLE-istic Life. Merideth Cohrs is a certified Holistic Health Coach and Wellness Advocate with TERRA essential oils. She lives in Issaquah, WA, a beautiful mountain hamlet near Seattle. It’s the perfect place to make a balanced and Whole-istic life. She got there by way of the navy, a small business in corporate America, and her own sickness. It’s an inspirational journey! Her blog site is a delight to see and will tempt you to read all about Essential Oils, Natural Medicine, Whole Foods, Move Your Body, and Motivation. http://meridethcohrs.wordpress.com

6. Ori Yeye nii Mogun. A young Nigerian woman who wants to bring alive dreams of sharing her experiences of the way she views the world. She wants to be the voice for herself and the normal everyday folks in villages and small towns. Her blog site is full of history and culture portrayed in wonderful stories. http://folakemiodoje.com

7. 4utu. It’s Your Life. Drive! Estella Caballero is a photographer, writer, blogger, and artist! She was born in Mexico and lives in the US. She hopes to make you laugh and find a glimmer of hope to get you through the day. Differences abound and there is richness in diversity. She has stories on the site that are the beginnings of a book – her life’s work. She wants your visit to her blog to be your window. Tell her what you see. She’s listening! http://4utu.wordpress.com

8. randommusings. “Everything you can imagine is real.” – Pablo Picasso. Saakshi Kale is a sixteen-year-old girl who lives in Mumbai, the city of dreams. Her primary interest is in people. She loves reading and is passionate about swimming, and fond of traveling. She’s an honest, mature writer and her blog is alive with spirit. Visit her blog site, and The Himalayan Chronicles are a must read. http://meanthe30dayproject.wordpress.com

9. Hong Kong Lucida. A Thinking Street Photography Blog. Eddie Tay is a poet, a university professor, a photographer, and a reviews editor. In search of poetry, he became a photographer! His blog seeks to address the question,“ What can Hong Kong teach me about street photography, and what can street photography teach me about Hong Kong?” Visit his blog site and you will see! http://hongkonglucida.com

10. Rudinahp. Rudina Heri-Puka lives in Kosovo. She has a daughter named Bora (means snow in Albania). She started a blog because writing is her passion. She shares posts on emotions, parenthood, economics, politics and energy. She’s a new blogger and has a lot to say. Visit her blog site and learn more about her. http://rudinahp.wordpress.com

11. WriterinSoul. Who the Hell is This Person and What Does She Write About (And Will You Like It?). Collette has a delightful blog! She’s an eclectic, humorous writer with some short, serious thought posts. She also thinks of herself as an artist. But if she had to choose between writing and making things, it would be writing! Visit her blog for more. http://writerinsoul.wordpress.com

HERE ARE MY ELEVEN (11)  QUESTIONS FOR THE NOMINEES, THOSE THAT CHOOSE TO PARTICIPATE:

1. Where do you live? Why do you live there?

2. What is your favorite season of the year?

3. What have you learned about yourself recently?

4. Describe a happy memory from your childhood.

5. What is the best book you’ve read recently?

6. If someone were to make a movie of your life, what actress would you want to play you? What genre would best characterize your movie? (Of course it’s a repeat favorite question).

7. If you could live in another time, what time would that be?

8. If you could be an animal, what animal would that be and why?

9. Why did you decide to start blogging?

10. Where do you find inspiration for what you write?

11. What is your blog theme (or more than one), stories, photography, books or poems? Why did you choose that blog title?

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About C.E.Robinson

Sunny southern California has been home for the past 30 years, a transplant from the east coast, Europe, Asia, and the northwest. In 2014 I retired as a nurse practitioner to be a stay-at-home writer, co-author, and blogger. From the blog beginning, Before Sundown has been honored with awards, and blog tours. I’m ever grateful for my dedicated worldwide followers who like, share and tweet posts. Before Sundown’s Welcome Page is full of glorious sunsets and sunrises. The New Featured Monthly Sunrise or Sunset Header and mini-bio promote and support blogger friends. What better way to keep the blog theme, “remember what made you smile” than to give visitors something to smile about! http://cerobinsonauthor.com
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15 Responses to Before Sundown Has Been Nominated for a Liebster Blog Award

  1. Sammy D. says:

    Congratulations !!! I’m so glad I found you on this long and winding blog road, and you put so much effort into acccepting your lovely award. I love Maggie and Ellen, and I also read Almost Iowa. I’d say I love him but don’t want to start a scandal 😊. His comments are as witty as his posts.

    Will certainly visit your other nominees. Keep up the enthusiasm for this delicious pasttime and best wishes with your books!

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    • Me too, Sammy D. We do have blogger friends in common! I kinda like Almost Iowa too! Well, I had you on the nominee list until I checked on your site for follower numbers! You are close to 300 now and not in the up and coming category! I felt really awful! But happy for you that you’re in the already made it blogger category! I love reading your posts!

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      • Sammy D. says:

        😊 thanks for thinking of me. I’m fortunate my lovely readers have nominated me for awards, which helped get me more readers! Now I appreciate other good bloggers being recognized.

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  2. mindfulexpat says:

    I love your responses to my questions — and thank you for the wonderful new blog recommendations! These are great! 🙂

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  3. masgautsen says:

    Congratulations 🙂

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  4. Congrats!

    I didn’t know awardees needed to have less than 200 followers so I actually nominated some who already have much more. Oh, well. I was sincere in nominating them, at least 🙂

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  5. J.Gi, I’ve read other rules on the Liebster Award and one said 1,000 followers or less, which is hard to believe if you’re an up and coming, new blogger. But, I wouldn’t worry about nominating someone with more. It’s already done and the nominee was no doubt happy getting it. I think I nominated someone with more too! And I told her to please just accept it! I missed seeing her numbers! There are other awards that don’t have any rule on followers, like the One Lovely Blog Award. Thank you for the congrats! I like reading your posts!

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  6. Congrats on the Liebster, Christine, and thank you for nominating such interesting bloggers. You have exquisite taste. I’ve been exploring.

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  7. 4utu says:

    Thank you for nominating me for this award! Here goes 🙂

    1. Where do you live? Why do you live there?
    I live in Oregon state. I was born in central California and lived there until I was 4 years old. My parents worked in the orange and lemon orchards and packing sheds. We started coming to Washington state and ended up staying because there was work year round. I am an HR Manager for a large potato and tortilla chip maker and accepted a job that required relocation so that’s how I made it to the Oregon Trail.

    2. What is your favorite season of the year?
    I used to love summers. Something about it being bright when you wake up and then staying outside until 9 pm because it’s still not too dark is magical. When I was diagnosed with an autoimmune system disease called systemic lupus, I found out that sunlight and even florescent lights can trigger a lupus flare up. It changed my life in so many ways but one of the nice things I discovered is that it’s an adventure to garden in the early morning hours before the sun really comes up or even in the evening. I’ve always been a little different  This just gave me a reason people could understand.

    3. What have you learned about yourself recently?
    I learned that I am an introvert. I had heard the word before but it didn’t seem to fit who I was. Most people I know would call me an extrovert—the life of a party or someone who always gets a conversation going, even if the group involved are strangers. I can do that and on the outside appear to be an extrovert but the truth is that it takes a lot out of me and I need quiet time to think and relax.

    4. Describe a happy memory from your childhood.
    We lived about an hour away from Grand Coulee Dam in Washington state. My father took us to see a laser show that was played against the dam’s running water every Fourth of July. It was a beautiful dark starry night and I felt like I was in a dream. The dam is massive and the roar of the water makes it seem like it’s alive.

    5. What is the best book you’ve read recently?
    These is my words by Nancy Turner. It’s got stuff about settlers going out west, love, tragedy, humor— all the things I love!

    I’m kind of a big nerd. When we lived in Washington state, we lived in an area that got a lot of snow. We didn’t have money for cool moon boots or even good shoes. We did have store bags. We would wrap plastic grocery store bags around our shoes so our feet and socks would get wet on the way to school. I would always walk in the deepest pockets of snow and try to get the other kids walking with us to pretend we were Lewis & Clark exploring the Oregon Trail. It should go without saying but yes….I was that girl!

    6. If someone were to make a movie of your life, what actress would you want to play you? What genre would best characterize your movie? (Of course it’s a repeat favorite question).

    Penelope Cruz would be such an honor! I love her. I’m going to add sparkly vampires, time travel, John Oliver, people in capes, at least one zegraffe (cross between zebra/giraffe), The Bukis and The Tigres Del Norte and such to make up a totally new genre.

    7. If you could live in another time, what time would that be?
    I’m good with the time I’m living in now. There have been a few really amazing days that make me want to invent a Groundhog Day Remote control so I could go back to them whenever I want.

    8. If you could be an animal, what animal would that be and why?
    Tina the Llama from Napoleon Dynamite. Why? Because she’s Tina the Llama from Napoleon Dynamite.

    9. Why did you decide to start blogging?
    I thought I wanted to publish a book. I was so self-conscience and still am a little. I like telling stories but I hate trying to figure out where the commas, and all those other annoying punctuations go. I have systemic lupus and my son has autism. I have found that there isn’t always information from the individual or family that has special needs or serious medical condition. When I first received both of the diagnosis I wanted to hear and see what this looked like and how it impacted other families. I found some books at the library but not what I needed. I also like to make people laugh and smile. I hope my blog makes people do those things! I want people to see that anything is possible.

    10. Where do you find inspiration for what you write?
    Family, friends, walking around, after I experience brain freeze from eating a Tropical Blizzard too fast. Personal experience is in there too 

    11. What is your blog theme (or more than one), stories, photography, books or poems? Why did you choose that blog title?
    My blog is called 4utu (For you too) and my tag line has been: It’s Your Life. Drive! I want people to see their individual power and not be afraid to assert themselves and fight for what they want. I have a few themes: Lupus & Me, Autism Tales and ongoing stories about some pesky cats— the ringleader’s name is Super Fluffles as he insists we call him.

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    • Estela, thank you so much for accepting the Liebster Blog Award and for sending me the answers to the questions. Your answers are great and now I know a lot more about you. In your writing there is always seriousness and a nice balance of humor. I love reading you blog posts. There is strength and power in your writing, and a good attitude toward life. It’s refreshing!

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