May 06 2016

Liebster Award Number Four

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Having 3624 (3228 by email) followers, I don’t know that I still qualify for this award (normally for those with less than 1000 followers). But a good blogging friend nominated me, so I’m doing it anyway!

Thank you, Sarah!

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Rules of the Liebster Award

If you have been nominated for The Liebster Award and you chose to accept it, write a blog post about the Liebster Award in which you:

  • Thank the person who nominated you, and post a link to their blog in your post.
  • Display the award on your blog — by including it in your post and/or displaying it using a “widget” or a “gadget”.
  • Answer 11 questions about yourself, which will be provided to you by the person who nominated you.
  • Provide 11 random facts about yourself.
  • Nominate 5 – 11 blogs that you feel deserve the award, who have a less than 1000 followers.
  • Create a new list of 11 questions for the nominees to answer

List these rules in your post (copy and paste from here). Once you have written and published it, you then have to:

  • Inform the people/blogs that you nominated that they have been nominated for the Liebster Award and provide a link for them to your post so that they can learn about it (they might not have ever heard of it!)

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The 11 questions to me from Sarah:

  1. When you started your blog, did you know what you were doing? I knew I wanted to take part in the A to Z Challenge. It was something I came across the year before, back when I didn’t have a blog. So I made one just so I could partake.
  2. #ATOZCHALLENGE 2012 Survivor badge

  3. Many writers I know tell me they don’t blog because they prefer to write their own stories. Why do you? They are missing an oppertunity to connect with people! I like blogging. It gives me a chance to express myself in another form.
  4. Do you plan your posts? Sometimes. For challenges and blog hops, yes, I absolutely plan.
  5. Do you stick to a posting schedule? I aim to post once a week at minimum. That’s not exactly a schedule, but that’s life.
  6. When you signed up for the AtoZ Challenge the first time, did you know what you were doing? I really had no idea. BUT I hid that by double posting. Seriously. In 2012 I blogged my Fractions of Existence book characters as well as blogging about myself. Two posts for every letter. You know what? That was dumb. I got half the comments that I would have with just one post. I didn’t know. Nor did I understand how commenting worked, exactly. I didn’t even know how to use the reply feature!
  7. What were you thinking when you signed up the second time? I was thinking that I was awesome. Ha ha ha. No, really, I just thought it was fun the first time, but now maybe I knew more. SPOILER ALERT I didn’t. Ha ha. It was a lot of fun though. I knew I wanted to be more involved.
  8. #ATOZCHALLENGE 2013 Survivor badge

  9. I can hardly resist a blogging challenge. Do you participate in many? Nearly every one that I can find. I tried to start one myself long ago. It didn’t work out.
  10. What is the blogging challenge which was the most fun for you? The A to Z Challenge, obviously. The second most fun were the ones run by Carrie Ann, but she stopped doing them. Anna of herding cats and burning soup has some creative ones.
  11. Did you ever produce a vlog? If not, would you consider doing it? Nope. What would be the point of it for me? I’m a mute, so there will be no speaking. The religious beliefs I grew up in indicate that photography of one with a soul is forbidden– and the pause button on a video proves that they are just multiple frames of photos taken in rapid succession. (Yeah, it’s a bit more complex than that, but it’s basically accurate.) So what would my vlog be? Want to watch a tree? Seriously, if I were required to do a vlog, it’d be nothing more than an ongoing video of a tree. TreeCam by @JLenniDorner Copyright 2016. Don’t steal my cool idea. But, if you do, let me know because I’d tune in. I’m weird.
  12. Have you ever read articles about marketing to learn promoting your blog? Read articles, bought books, and taken five separate classes. You know what the biggest thing I learned is? The function of my kind of blog is to help readers get to know me better without ever talking about myself or using pronouns such as I, me, or my. One day maybe I’ll be able to care that my blog isn’t doing something other than what it does. Until that day, I’m just gonna keep doing what I’m doing. My original elevator pitch one class suggested making:
  13. @JLenniDorner blog elevator pitch

  14. Do you think writing a blog is the same as writing a book? No. There is a different structure. It might be similar to a non-fiction collection, even if there’s fiction in the blog. An editorial perhaps? But there is also a LOT more coding. I don’t have any html in my books.

@JLenniDorner silhouette

@JLenniDorner silhouette

11 facts about me

  1. I made that silhouette image (above) on May 6, 2016. I feel that it’s a fairly accurate representation.
  2. She, Her… My online persona is incredibly feminine. I don’t know why. And no one seems to be able to tell me what the deciding factors are when deducing my gender (without seeing reproductive organs). Frankly, I consider gender to be among the least interesting facts about a person, which is why I don’t care to use pronouns for myself. There’s an idea out there that being born with a particular sex organ is an accomplishment and should entitle you to different treatment. It was a real accomplishment forming yourself in a womb. Only a few trillion humans have achieved that. Way to go. Actually, that’s why I have so much respect for the trans community– at least those folks put effort to become a certain gender.
  3. @JLenniDorner Open Sex Role Inventory, a measure of masculinity and femininity modelled on the Bem Sex Role Inventory results image
    The quiz asked if I like guns. I don’t.
    I’d rather build my own bow and arrow from what the forest provides.

  4. Lenape is pronounced “Leh-NAH-pay.” It is NOT pronounced “Len-Ape” or “Len-ah-pee.” (I’m not deaf. I used Lenni in my outsider name instead of Lenape because hearing people mispronounce the tribal name, butchering it beyond recognition, is like having barbed wire shoved in one ear and yanked out the other. The hilarious repercussion is that, online, people change J Lenni to Jenni. #NativeAmericanProblems) Some use the spelling Lenápe or Lenapi instead because more than one European people settled around us and couldn’t agree on a common alphabet. My tribe is better known as the Lenni-Lenape or the Delaware Indians (after owner Thomas West, Baron De La Warr).
  5. I have been attacked by a wolf, bear, bird, various insects, a crazy fish (you weren’t there, that fish was not right in the head), a marmot, and some other creature the wind dropped on me one dark night.
  6. I’d rather be in a tree.
  7. I like Almond Joy. Yes, I feel like a nut.
  8. I drink at least 1 cup of coffee and 1 cup of tea most every day.
  9. I traveled a lot when I was younger and in better health. Here’s a song about a cool place.
  10. I enjoy word puzzle games.
  11. My actual birthday is a subject of some debate, as my parents were living off the grid at the time and weren’t keeping track of unimportant things like calendars.
  12. I’ve recieved this award three other times. That’s 33 more facts about me! Here, here, and here.

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The people I nominate are:

  1. by @debbiedoglady
  2. by @dSavannahCreate
  3. by @KalaRavi16
  4. by @danibertrand
  5. by @PolarBear60
  6. by @unpubYA
  7. *See the post here!

  8. by @Sweetbearies
  9. by @niicki
  10. *See the post here!

  11. by @Anna_Alina08
  12. by @SupermanDuffy
  13. YOU! That’s right. You read this far, so I pick YOU, even if you have more than 1000 followers. This is fun.

Liebster Award on @JLenniDorner blog

The 11 questions for those people:

  1. What sets your blog apart? Why is it special or different?
  2. What spin would you put on this? “An apple a day keeps the doctor away, but _____”
  3. Red Vines, Twizzlers, or other type of red licorice?
  4. Red Vines of Twizzlers image

  5. What’s your favorite constellation? (Include an image if you can!)
  6. If you could have one of any vehicle you desire, but it’s the only transportation vessel you can use for the rest of your life — what one would you choose?
  7. If you could save the human race from extinction, hypothetically, would you do it and why or why not?
  8. What is your favorite turtle, tortoise, or terrapin story?
  9. What does liberty mean to you, personally?
  10. What’s your favorite scent?
  11. What is the most memorable hobby of a fictional character you’ve come across?
  12. If you could have one of the following abilities, which would you choose?
    • Able to easily swim the length of the English Channel
    • Eat 100 hotdogs in 10 minutes
    • Have more color receptors in your eyes, thus being able to see more colors, ultraviolet, infrared, and polarized light
    • Go back in time to kill one villain of your choice one time
    • Walk any tightrope without danger
    • Understand the needs/wants/desires of animals
    • Grow any plant or tree anywhere in under one week
    • Require only 2 hours of sleep after every 22 hours awake
    • Light candles with your mind
    • Have skin as hard and tough as carbonado diamonds, but with luster intensity from light reflection

Thanks for coming by! Please leave a nice comment. Also, shoot me a link if you opt to play along with this.


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  1. Loved getting to know you a little better, Lenni, I’m going to visit your other award pages too 🙂

    Well, to be honest, I didn’t take into consideration how many followers one may have, I just wanted to reward my fellow AtoZ-ers.
    And hey, I’m quite happy to say that we Italians appear to pronouncing most Native American languges correctly 😉
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    1. I think the spirit of the award is more about leading people to a blog they might not have found otherwise and getting to know that blogger better. So that “number of followers” feels more like a guideline than a rule.
      Pirates humor

    2. I think the spirit of the award is more about leading people to a blog they might not have found otherwise and getting to know that blogger better. So that “number of followers” feels more like a guideline than a rule.
      Pirates humor

  2. Hey thanks for the nomination! Its second time around for me! Love reading your fun answers to the questions. Taking a breather post the AToZ Challenge, my first blogging marathon!
    Thanks again, hope to get back to normal blogging soon 🙂
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    1. Okay. Let me know if you decide to do the post.

    • Jean on May 6, 2016 at 8:53 PM

    Thanks for the nomination. A second for me as well. I’ll take a few days to gather my thoughts, but I do plan to play.
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    1. Cool. Shoot me the link when you post.

    • Beverly on May 7, 2016 at 9:00 AM

    I enjoyed reading your post. You have a great sense of humor. It’s nice to start the day with a smile, which your answers made me do. So nice to meet you. Thanks for stopping by my blog. Have a lovely weekend.
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    • Nicki on May 7, 2016 at 2:41 PM

    Okay, fine, it’s not like I don’t like talking about myself. (I did the thing.) And honestly, I don’t know why I feel so reticent about admitting that this was a fun activity. So thank you. 🙂 (Post linked in contact form.)
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  3. Thanks so much for nominating me for this award. 🙂 I’ll let you know when the post is done. It might take awhile as I’m cutting back online activities a little, after the April marathon.

    It was fun learning more about you. I too thought you were female, but not sure why, exactly. That’s an interesting test.

    Travel is the best education in the world. Maybe we’ve been to some of the same places, although I never got to Amsterdam. Fun video, though.
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    • Abhishek on November 24, 2016 at 1:34 AM

    I enjoyed reading your post. You have a great sense of humor. Thanks for sharing such great post.

    • Howard on November 24, 2016 at 7:28 AM

    Hello there! Thanks for the nomination! Its second time around for me! Love reading your fun answers to the questions. Taking a breather post the AToZ Challenge, my first blogging marathon! Thanks again, hope to get back to normal blogging soon. I love your article. I am waiting for your next article.

    • jacop3c on January 4, 2017 at 12:45 PM

    I enjoying your post very much. Nice description and well writing. This is easy to understand. Thanks for the shearing.
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