If you follow my blog regularly you'll already know that two days ago I was the lucky recipient of the Liebster Award from Tara Knight of Happy Momma Quilts. You'll also remember that I made quite a meal of the process of picking 5 lucky bloggers to pass the award on to.
Today, I thought I'd share with you a few short stories about how some of those recipients have felt when they too have discovered they are Liebster winners ...
Story 1I gave the award to my daughter and her friend for their blog about One Direction, the British Boy Band. This was the only award that I made to a blog outside the quilting community but, although she was delighted, she said "take it back though Mum cos you don't do stuff like that on Tumblr". I told her to keep it and just not do anything with it!
Story 2Another recipient's initial response was "Wow! How sweet of you", swiftly followed (after reading the rules) by an email expressing concern about about how busy she is and asking can she delay in handing it out to her 5 chosen bloggers.
I told her not to get herself in the pickle I did over it, as I don't think that's what Tara was wishing for me when she passed it to me and it's certainly not what I was wishing on her so to leave it until she's ready. Having done all my research I'm guessing there's no Liebster Award police out there to come and get her.
Story 3This morning I received an email from a third recipient. She wanted to own up to having already won a Liebster and on receiving my award and reading my post had realised that at some point, probably during a page reorganisation, she's accidentally deleted her side bar button. She said that she was "very touched and grateful" but, based I guess on my criteria for choosing recipients, she asked that I took the award back and passed it on to someone else and apologised for making my task more difficult.
I quickly replied telling her that in my searching I'd seen lots of others that had won many times and that I'd just used that as a criteria to try to make my list shorter, it didn't change the fact that I love her blog so I asked her please to keep the award and owned up to the fact that I couldn't face going back to my possible recipient list just now.
I explained the stories from the two other recipients (without naming names - apart from my daughter!) and she then shared with me her own Liebster experience, which was just as difficult and funny as mine.
So this has all set me off thinking again ...
- how must she have felt when she read my post and realised her award button had disappeared yet she'd already been given a Liebster?
- how did the recipient feel when she was pleased but so busy?
- and how did my daughter feel having to tell me she can't/won't use it on Tumblr?
I haven't heard from the final 2 recipients and, who knows what they are feeling right now ... I do hope they are simply basking in the glory and thrilled to have been chosen - I'm sure that's what the award's really all about, isn't it?
I'm slightly amused wondering how much difficulty the award causes others or if, as my daughter says, it's just me!? Then again, my husband's first comment when I got it was "urgghh, that's a chain letter", more food for thought!
If anyone out there in Blogland has a story they'd like to tell about how receiving this award has affected them, I'd love to hear it. I can't offer any advice or counselling but maybe we can all laugh about it together :)
But for the rest of today, I'm just going to do some quilting!!!
Other related posts:Liebster Award, A Big Thank You and Pass It On
My Final Two Liebster Stories