I did not expect that someone would nominate me for Liebster Award, the fact that I am only a newbie in the blogging world. I am delighted to receive an award nomination from Angel Lou at missdlblog.wordpress.com. She blogs about where she shares her life experiences, love, travel, beauty and insights about almost everything except politics.

I am not really familiar about the Liebster award, having only recently heard about it. Angel Lou’s nomination comes as a complete surprise. I feel honored that she did take time to notice my blog and like my stories.

What is the Liebster Award?

This award exists on the internet only and is given to bloggers by other bloggers, Liebster Award was created to recognize or to discover new bloggers. Liebster in German has several definitions like nicest, lovely, kindest, valued, cute, sweetest and endearing.

The following instructions for accepting the award:

  1. Post the award on your blog.
  2. Thank the blogger that nominated you this award and link back to their blog.
  3. Write random facts about yourself that were provided by the presenter of the award.
  4. Create new set of your own questions for other bloggers to answer.
  5. Nominate 5-11 bloggers who you feel deserve this award and who have less than 200 followers.

Angel’s Questions:

  1. What is your regular job?

I am a currently a consultant global security advisor with over 20 years’ experience in high risk and complex environments. I have a sound and complete understanding of security risk management in the field, the security risk management process, threat analysis and mitigation as well as detailed security planning. Strong capabilities of assessing, evaluating, and drafting detailed emergency evacuation plans, contingency plans and business continuity plans.

I am also an experienced trainer in Hostile Environment Awareness Training, Security Risk Management Training, Security Awareness in National Theatre Training specializing in various themes. These themes include the Security Risk Management process, Conflict Diffusion, Hostage Survival, Personal Security, Civ-Mil-Pol Relations and others. Expertise in developing, instructing, and leading using multiple methods of delivery and motivational styles.

  1. How does it feel when someone leaves a negative comment on your post?

Since I am new to blogging, so far no one has left a negative comment on any of my posts. I am sure I would take any negative comment as constructive criticism and ask the party who posted the comment what was the intent of a negative comment.

  1. Does your family or friends know that you are blogging?

Absolutely. I believe that having support from those closest to you will help you to develop your blog and ideas. The best critics are those you know personally.

  1. What makes you decide to blog?

At the front end of my last mission to Syria, a good friend said I should share my stories. This is something I have wanted to do, but never thought blogging was the right platform. I am grateful that it was suggested and surprised I remember as much as I do.

  1. Is there someone who inspires you to blog?

Really, no. What inspires me to blog are the experiences in my life. I believe I have a lot of good stories to share about humanitarian life. Plus having experience in over 60 different countries, I feel I have things to offer future humanitarians or travelers.

  1. What are your biggest expectations of your blog?

Like most things in life, I have not many expectations. I guess for my blog, I would like to have a good following of people. The he told two friends who told two friends would be nice. I am realizing that blog promotion is a lot of work.

  1. How long do you spend on your blog?

I spend a few hours writing each story. The most time is trying to promote it and gain more followers. Sometimes I can spend an afternoon reading other peoples blogs in hope that they will reciprocate by reading mine.

Admittedly, there is a lot of frustration, but I think in the end it will be worth it and people will enjoy what I have written.

  1. Do you feel pressure being in the blogging world?

No more pressure than anything else. The biggest pressure is when others do not think you have reciprocated in social media such as Facebook. If anything, the pressure is on me to write my stories well enough to be noticed. I am still learning things such as SEO and becoming known.

  1. What keeps you going?

That is a great question. There are many facets to my blog that keep me interested in my stories. There are also many emotions from my experiences and travels around the world that I think are important to share.

  1. What is the greatest gift you have received this year?

The greatest gift I have received is not material. I would say it has been the love of my family to keep going in my life’s direction. I have a great support network and now a good blog with stories.

FACTS ABOUT ME: I am devoted to my work and helping others help others. I am infatuated with Latin America and her cultures. A sports nut following many different sports with devotion to Hockey, Soccer and Football. I still cannot figure out Cricket, and not sure I really want to.

Here’s my questions?

  1. Why do you feel a blog is so important?
  2. How does it feel when someone leave a negative comment on your blog post?
  3. Does your family or relatives support your blogging?
  4. What makes you decide to blog?
  5. What inspires you to blog?
  6. Do you blog for the fun of blogging or for financial gain?
  7. How long do you spend on your blog?
  8. Do you feel pressure being in blogging world?
  9. What keeps you going?
  • How much do you think you can write about before it becomes redundant?

Here’s my nominations that I personally picked and I believe that their blogs are informative and inspiring.

  1. Curly Hair Vegan
  2. Life with Tee
  3. Patricks Perspective
  4. TRULY YOU, ORIGINAL & STRONG
  5. Strong Heart
  6. This Bipolar Brat

Thank you Angel Lou for nominating me, it’s a huge privilege that I am one of the bloggers that you picked and think that I deserve this award nomination.

Thank you to all who follow my blog. God bless!

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