Sunday, November 23, 2014

Liebster Award Winner!

Liebster Award Winner
The first question many of you are probably thinking is, what is the Liebster Award?  It is an award given to bloggers by other bloggers so you have to be nominated in order to win the award!  It is an award given to up and coming blogs but the only catch is, that the blog has to have under 200 followers in one of their social media outlets.  It is a great way to honor the hard work and commitment it takes to blog and to share that with fellow bloggers.

My blog was nominated by Poured Out His Love and I am so incredibly thankful!  Please check out her amazing website for some wonderful and inspiring articles!

In order for me to accept this award, I have to do the following:
1.  Link back and thank the person who nominated me!
2.  Answer the 11 questions the person who nominated me asked.
3.  Nominate 11 other bloggers for the award and ask them my own set of 11 questions.

Here are the 11 questions asked by Poured Out His Love for me and some fun things to know about me:  
  1. What is your passion?
       My passion is for the Lord and my family.  My husband and my sons inspire me to be the best person I can be and God gives me the strength to be that person. 

  1. What is your daily routine?
      The first thing I do ever morning is grab my cup of coffee!  After this, I make breakfast for my family and check my emails and my blog.  We start our homeschool day around 10 am, making sure everyone is awake and fed, and ready to learn!  We usually wrap up before 1 pm and then have lunch.  After this, we go outside and play, go to the library or the park, or run errands.  We eat dinner about 6 pm and then I get to relax with my sons until my husband comes home from work around 10 pm.

  1. How do you stay motivated to write?
I have ideas that hit my head and I either have to write the topic down or I will sit down and just write.  I was a decent writer in school and I find that writing has been a way to communicate with others in our technological world.  It is also very therapeutic and helps me express what I may be feeling or going through in that moment.  I like to inspire and encourage others with my writing from hard lessons I learned.

  1. What is your favorite memory?
             This is a difficult question.  I have many favorite memories from seeing my sons for the very first time and every time after, the fun adventures we do as a family, and just good memories of love shared by friends and family.

  1. What are your goals?
   I would love to be able to able to monetize my blog like every blogger out there, but my goals have been met that I get to inspire others.  In the future, I would love to be able to speak at conventions, conferences and workshops and eventually write a book. 

  1. Why did you start blogging?
My husband and I started our blog about a month before our oldest was born and then there was no update on it until he was about four years old!  I started it up again to document our first year as a homeschool family and all the adventures and lessons we do.  I never would have dreamed how much bigger it would become and how much I have planned for it now!

  1. Do you think you are going to stick with the same theme and direction for your blog?
As of right now, I am blessed to be a part of two contributor blogs, Satisfaction Through Christ and Sew CraftyAngel.  Being on two contributor blogs and documenting our homeschool activities and learning, and sharing giveaways and good deals or freebies has me pretty busy so I don’t see me changing anything.

  1. What is the best source of blog traffic?
Pinterest is definitely the best source of blog traffic for me!

  1. What is your favorite thing about your blog?
I love the fact that because I am documenting our homeschool activities; it is almost like making a scrapbook.  I can look and see what the boys have learned and the progress they have made and to me this is priceless.

  1. How do you increase your readership?
I am still navigating through the blogging world and trying to learn what is best for my blog.  Doing giveaways has helped tremendously but I have noticed that many readers stick around after the giveaway is over.  I put a lot of heart into my writing and I think people enjoy that.  I love my readers and am thankful for all of them that are on this journey with us!

  1. If there is one thing you could change with the blog, what would it be?

I am interested in creating a cleaner design to make it easier for readers.  This is a process I may start over next summer when I have a little bit more time on my hands!

Here are the 11 nominees of bloggers who I think are truly excelling and there is one Honorable Mention!

Honorable Mention: Susan Evans - Susan had too many followers in each of her social medias but she has shown tremendous encouragement to me as a fellow blogger and homeschool Mom!  

Congrats everyone!  You all have been nominated and now in order to win the award, please link back to the person's blog who nominated you (that would be me!) and answer the 11 questions below.  Now you get to nominate 11 bloggers for the award and ask your own set of 11 questions!  After all of this is said and done, proudly display the Liebster Award in your side bar!  

1.  How long have you been blogging?
2.  Did blogging start out as a hobby for you and in what ways has it grown than what you expected?
3.  What advice would you give to a new blogger?
4.  How much time do you dedicate to writing or to your blog?
5.  What is your blog about?
6.  Where does the inspiration behind your writing come from?
7.  What is your best post or the one you had the most fun writing?
8.  What is the hardest thing about blogging to you?
9.  Where do you see your blog in 3 years?
10.  What is the best social media outlet for your blog?
11.  What is one thing you would want your readers to know about you?

Congrats to all of you!  You are all winners in my book and I can't wait to see what the future has for you all :)

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January 2016

Update! I was nominated for the second time by Jaime at Seeking God in All I Do.  (January 2, 2016)  Thank you so much for nominating me, Jaime!  I am very honored to be included in your list of nominees! Here are the answers to her questions (Amazing questions by the way, Jaime ;)

1. What is your favorite thing to do with your family?
 We are home bodies so we really enjoy just being home and spending time together playing board games, reading books, or watching movies.  We also enjoy outdoor activities when it warm, and we are Disney fans! It's been too long since we have been though.

2. How did you spend the holidays?
We spent the holidays visiting family and friends, and just relaxing.  We took about a week and a half off homeschool, and the boys got to play with their new toys and I got a chance to read some awesome books!
  
3. Do you have any goals, resolutions, or a "word" for the new year?
My only goal is to focus more on my family and to be more careful of where we dedicate our time.  There were some circumstances that happened last year that really taught us that our time is valuable, especially our family time.
 
4. Where is you favorite place to vacation?
Disney! There is no place on Earth where we transform into kids more than there! We love it there :)
 
5. How diligent are you about documenting your life with writing, pictures, or blogging?
I consider myself pretty diligent.  I post a few times a week, and I try to have my writing convey what is on my mind or heart without getting into too many personal details. (like my family member or friends names.)
 
6. What is your favorite place to spend time with the Lord?
Anywhere! I really feel like He speaks to me when I am getting myself ready in the morning.  
 
7. Are you a part of any communities that encourage your walk with Christ?
I follow many blogs that have dedicated people that love the Lord as much as I do.  We were in leadership roles at a church, but there was a divide so we have found a new church to attend.  I know that this was a part of God's plan for our family though for us to continue to grow.

8. What made you begin blogging? 
It was really a way to document our homeschool activities and it started out as an outlet for me, to express myself in writing.  We had one vehicle, and I was at home with my two babies with no way of really getting anywhere or talking to anyone.  It's been tremendous what the Lord has blessed me with, and even though we got a second vehicle about a year ago, I love the connections and friendships I have made from my blog.
 
9. What is your one "secret tip" for blogging that you want to share?
Keep at it.  Blogging is not something that happens overnight.  It takes learning and being patient to see results.  Pray about what it is that God wants you to write about.  
 
10. If you could be doing any job you choose, what would it be?
This job! I love being a homeschool Momma to my two blessings.  I love that I get to be home with them and see the light bulb go off when they learn something.  I love being a wife and having the ability to stay home where I am needed.  It has been fantastic to be a blogger and as of last year, make some extra income from home. God is good :)

Here are my recommendations for the Liebster Award!  Congrats everyone!  You all have been nominated and now in order to win the award, please link back to the person's blog who nominated you (that would be me!) and answer the 10 questions below.  Now you get to nominate 10 bloggers for the award and ask your own set of 10 questions!  After all of this is said and done, proudly display the Liebster Award in your side bar!
  1. Sandra's Ark
  2. Nourishing My Scholar
  3. My Full Heart
  4. The Redeemed of the Lord
  5. Medium Sized Family
  6. Mary-andering Creatively
  7. Fun Money Mom
  8. Bible Fun for Kids
  9. Sammy Approves
  10. Adventures of a Cavemom
1.  How long have you been blogging?
2.  Did blogging start out as a hobby for you and in what ways has it grown than what you expected?
3.  How much time do you dedicate to writing or to your blog?
4.  What is your blog about?
5.  Where does the inspiration behind your writing come from?
6.  What is your best post or the one you had the most fun writing?
7.  What is the hardest thing about blogging to you?
8.  Where do you see your blog in 3 years?
9.  What is the best social media outlet for your blog?
10.  What is one thing you would want your readers to know about you?

Congrats to all of you!  You are all winners in my book and I can't wait to see what the future has for you all :)

Blessings,

Kelly


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17 comments:

  1. You are so kind. It was fun to get to know you more through your answers to these questions.

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    1. Thanks, Susan! Wishing you continued success in your blog and thanks again for all of your encouragement. Have a blessed week :)

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  2. Thank you so much for giving some insight into your life! It was fun to read all your answers.

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    1. Thank you, Grace for the wonderful nomination of this award! Your questions were a great way for people to know a little bit more about me! Blessings to you :)

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  3. Kelly,
    What a fun post! And congrats on the award! Your blog is so much fun and full of life-giving ideas for families! I'm so glad you shared a bit more about the "behind-the-scenes" - it's great to "get to know you" a little more.

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    1. Thank you for your kind words! I enjoy encouraging others and sharing things that I learn, and I'm so glad that this award gave everyone a chance to get to know me more. Blessings to you and thanks for commenting :)

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  4. Congrats and thank you for the nomination. I will be blogging about this soon to claim this award. :)

    You deserve this!

    Happy Thanksgiving.

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    1. Thank you! Wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving also! You deserved this also. Your stories and writing are beautiful!

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    2. Sorry it took me a while, dear. I have been busy. :)
      Here's my post about accepting this award. Again, thank you. I am so honored to receive this and especially for receiving this from a great blogger as yourself.

      http://baredmysoul.blogspot.com/2014/12/liebster-award-recepient-again.html

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    3. It is a busy time of year! You definitely deserve this award and keep writing from your heart! I enjoy all of your posts! Happy Holidays and Happy New Year :)

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  5. Great Answers. I think we have a lot in common. I love reading these answers because you really get to know people. Congrats on your awards and thanks for all that you have done to help me out in the blogging world.

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    1. Thanks, Jaime! Those were awesome questions. I agree; I think we do have many things in common. Thank you for nominating me, and it's been a pleasure to help you with blogging. I enjoy your posts and that they are so encouraging and inspirational. Blessings to you my friend :)

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    2. Thanks for sharing with us at Sitting Among Friends on Wednesdays, Kelly. Many blessings, friend.

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  6. I loved reading your answers and getting to know more about you. You are so kind! I am honored that you would nominate me. Thank you.

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    1. Hi, Erin! I really enjoy your homeschool posts, and all of the fun things you do and learn about with your children. What amazing opportunities blogging and homeschooling are! Thanks for commenting and congrats on the award :)

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  7. Cool update! CBB just received the award and you were on my "list", but since you had already received it once, I wasn't sure I could nominate you again. Glad to see you were nominated and updated by Jaime!

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    1. Hi, Trena! I was going to nominate you also, but I saw that you had already been nominated! Congrats on the award! I really enjoy all of your posts on helping to make writing and reading fun! Thanks for commenting and hope the new year is going well for you :)

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