Monday, 19 November 2012

And the winner is...

'28mm Victorian Warfare' was created purely as a self indulgent distraction at I time when I desperately needed something to do with my hands!  It became intrinsically linked with the fledging development of this most wholesome of hobbies that we all share and it is now responsible for a good part of my waking day! 

So it goes without saying that when Anne O'Leary of 'Anne's Attic' left a post informing me that she was passing on a 'Liebster Blog Award' to me, I was absolutely thrilled - thank you so much Anne!  To be nominated by someone with a Blogosphere presence such as Anne, truly is a honour in itself and one that I am only too happy to pass on to fellow bloggers.   Now, I appreciate that it could be perceived as little more than a glorified chain letter, but when it is passed on with such good intentions then I think that there is still room for a little celebration in this often too cynical world.  

I thought I would do a bit of investigation as to the 'how and why' of the The Liebster Blog Award, but would you believe it the one time you need it, Wikipedia goes and lets you down.  After a little time trawling the infoweb I did manage to turn up that the 'Liebster', German for beloved, dearest or favourite, is awarded to relatively new bloggers who have less than 200 followers.  I was unable to track down the exact origins of the 'Liebster', but did manage to get back to 2010, during which time there have been many variants, but I've decided to go with the following.  

1. Copy and paste the award on your blog linking it to the blogger who has given it to you.

2. Pass the award to your top 5 favourite blogs with less than 200 followers by leaving a comment on one of their posts to notify them that they have won the award and listing them on your own blog.

3. Sit back and bask in that warm fuzzy feeling that comes with knowing that you have just made someone's day!

The hardest part of all this has been try to narrow whittle down my choices, but without further ado and absolutely no obligation on their part, my five recipients for a 'Liebster' are:


  1. Well done Michael - and why thank you for the nomination!

  2. Congrats Michael!


  3. Whoops! I think Anne and I both missed the "less than 200 followers" part. That probably rules out most/all of the blogs I passed the award on to. Oh well, too late now

    A hearty congrats to you on the award and some great choices for who to pass it on to.

  4. Firstly congratulations on the Award there Michael, well deserved and thanks for giving it to me, on my birthday too :D

  5. Well done Michael and good selections also. Top stuff sir!

  6. Great stuff Michael!! Like your choices.

  7. Congratulations, Michael - very well deserved for a terrific blog.

  8. Well done Michael and a nice touch with the history of the Liebster Blog Award.
    Thanks also for the nomination, you sir are a true gentleman and a scholar.

  9. I'm so pleased that you took the award in the spirit it was intended Michael. It meant something real to me because it came from a painter. I'm surprised and pleased to be accepted by you gentleman.

  10. Well done Micheal , a worthy award indeed.

  11. congrats Michael. great blog i always enjoy your posts.

  12. Hi Michael,

    well done and well preserved!
    It's always a pleasure to come here and watch your work.

    Keep it up!


  13. Well done Michael, and very well deserved. I'm sure we can find you something cold and fizzy to celebrate with in the ocal on Saturday night.

    Pip pip

  14. Congratulations Michael...great blog...loads of talent

  15. Many thanks to one and all, I was absolutely thrilled to have been given the nod from Anne and it has been absolutely wonderful to see many of my favourite blogs be similarly rewarded.

  16. Congrats Michael! Your blog is certainly a "beloved" corner of the blogosphere, that I unfortunately haven't had the pleasure of visiting much lately.

    Always great stuff!


  17. Wonderful blog. The Liebster had risen to 11 nominees before I was rumbled.....

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