Liebster Award: Reflections on Writing & Blogs I Recommend


The Liebster award highlights newer, fledgling blogs, connects writers who might otherwise not have found each other among blogging’s vast community, and provides a forum for writers to reflect on their purposes for blogging and what they hope to achieve by it.

I am delighted that my college friend Aryn Versteegh thought to nominate me for this award, and I’m so grateful that she gave me this opportunity to reflect on why I started this blog in the first place. Here are the questions she has asked me to answer. The blogs I’m nominating are below!

What inspired you to start your blog?

I started this blog two years ago so I could have a place to vent my thoughts about labor conditions leading up to the 2014 World Cup. About to graduate, I was a full on Social Justice Warrior. I drafted a long, fiery paragraph of analysis to post on Facebook with a BBC article about laborers dying while building soccer stadiums before I realized that Facebook is not the place to try to change people’s minds about policy issues. I decided to write an essay about the issue instead, and this blog was born.

What’s been the biggest challenge for you blogging or writing?

Keeping it short. If I’m taking the time to write about something, whether it’s the refugee crisis, life as a young professional, or food, it’s because I have a lot to say. I know that people don’t need to read 5,000 words of my thoughts about these topics, but I’m so passionate, I can’t help myself. A lot of trimming happens before I post anything, but I know my writing is still verbose.

Where do you find inspiration for writing?

Like I said above, if I’m writing about a topic for the world to see, it’s because I really care about it. I started by writing about World Cup labor problems, and have kept a focus on international affairs and the work of the United Nations. But I have also branched out into lifestyle topics such as the effects of the perceived importance of selfies and social media on travel, or my lessons learned from job hunting after college. I’m even writing about and photographing food now! I typically use this blog to articulate thoughts that have begun to brew in my mind for some time, so it has evolved into a writing portfolio on many topics that I’m passionate about.

How involved in the blogging/writing community are you?

I try to follow other blogs that write about similar topics.

What inspired your blog’s theme?

I read that I should have a professional writing portfolio for prospective employers to see when they creep on me.

How has blogging changed your perspective on everyday life?

It has reminded me that I can reach people with my writing if I’m really worked up about a current event or an aspect of adult life I’m struggling with. That’s empowering.

How do you stay organized to balance blogging and real life obligations?

What happens is – I get fired up about a topic, write a post, become very active on my blog for a couple days – and then real life gets busy and I forget to write anything for months.

How do you power through writer’s block?

I only write when I have a lot to say!

What are some of your favorite Instagram accounts you follow?

Current favorites that I follow from my poached eggs/breakfast food Instagram account, Meags_Eggs:

  • Donut.carrot.all – Constant food porn. Of all types. Pasta, ice cream, eggs. This account is like my stomach’s fantasy.
  • Districtbakingco – This woman makes the cutest designer cookies I’ve ever seen. They were deemed “the prettiest desserts in DC” by the Washington Post.
  • Budgetbytes – Pretty food pictures of easy meals. I love that the point of her page is to share tips for making good food for one person in an affordable way.
  • Historyinhighheels – This girl is super stylish and somehow always frolicking in Italy. I follow because I want to live her life.
  • Corgistagram – Because no Instagram feed is complete without pictures and slo-mo videos of adorable Corgis’ butts.

Books: What are you currently reading or looking to start reading?

I’m way behind on my reading list. But the last good book I loved was The Knockoff by Lucy Sykes and Jo Piazza.

What’s the one place in the world you would travel to if you were to go by yourself?

I want to take a train trip all over Canada sometime.

Now to pass this Leibster Award along!

Rules for the Liebster Award:

  1. Thank the blog that nominated you on a post in your blog.
  2. Answer the questions asked by the blog that nominated you.
  3. Nominate 4-10 other new bloggers.
  4. Create 10 new questions for the nominees to answer.
  5. Notify all nominees via social media
  6. Post the award as a widget on your blog

I nominate:

  • Chance Wilcox – Chance Encounters – Chance is a Peace Corps volunteer working in Paraguay, and also one of my best friends from college. He’s great at capturing what life is like in the “PC.”
  • Taylor Paquette – A Blog by Taylor Paquette – My first boss in DC, and now my roommate. Taylor’s blog has great articles and lifestyle tips.
  • Chanse Pierson – Leave it to Chanse – Chanse and I met at leadership camp in high school and went to college together. He just started a new sports blog.
  • Molly Moore – A Royal Experience – Molly is another friend from college, whose blog chronicles her interesting reflections on life in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps in Kansas City.

Questions for my nominees:

  1. What made you start a blog?
  2. What motivates you to continue writing for your blog?
  3. What is the hardest part about writing?
  4. What benefits do you think have come from writing for your blog?
  5. What’s your favorite post you’ve written so far? Why?
  6. How do you engage with other bloggers or writers (if at all)?
  7. Who do you see as the audience for your blog?
  8. What is one goal you have for your blog or your writing?
  9. What’s the last good movie you saw? Why did you like it?
  10. Who are your three favorite people you follow on Twitter? (or another medium if you don’t use Twitter)

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