One of the first things I do in the morning when I wake up (after petting Jacoby, of course) is check my email on the my iPhone. Now, I am far from being anything like a morning person, but I was delighted to learn that my good friend (and Jake’s distant cousin) Sparkle had named me a Liebster Blog Award winner! Thank you so much for this honour, Sparkle…
As I explained in a comment to Sparkle, I used to do “Gun-Hee a Day” on LiveJournal, because I discovered the 365 Photos project and wanted to do it…but then he died…and I tried to keep it up, but not being able to take new photos, I started to lose track of what I’d already posted. Then Angel came along, but she was so nervous she didn’t really do a lot of different things – all the photos looked alike!
Finally, Jake came along, and I resolved to keep the blog going and do it properly. So I got a Flickr account, migrated the journal over to WordPress and now I’ve got two solid years (almost; there’s still 12 days to go)!
I do so appreciate this mention, because I am trying to become a sort of Aby resource (hard to do when I have a day job, but I can dream) and I see Sparkle as a role model. So this does mean a lot.
Now, you may be wondering what the Liebster Blog Award is. It originated in Germany and recognises up-and-coming bloggers. It is meant to showcase those who have fewer than 200 followers. (Liebster means “favourite” or “dearest” in German.) This is done in the spirit of pay-it-forward. In accepting this award, the recipient agrees to:
• Thank the person who gave them the award and link back to their blog
• Copy and paste the award to their blog
• Reveal the 5 blogs they have chosen to award and let them know by commenting on their blog
I’m supposed to list five blogs I admire, but I actually thought of six. I wanted to try to come up with some blogs that you may not have heard of, so don’t feel badly if I don’t mention one of you…I just thought everyone would already be reading you! Now, my choices may not all have fewer than 200 readers, but these are the six I wanted to mention:
Life with Fae (and Iggy). The story of two rescued Devon Rexes in Brisbane, Australia. The photographs are wonderful, and Fae’s human writes the blog in both English and Esperanto.
Dr. Cat, MD. Comics about a cat who is also a doctor. Do I really need to say any more? Probably not, but I will: it’s super cute. And there are T-shirts.
Hey Pais. The only webcomic drawn by a cat. Paisley and her new roommate Boo Radley are very interesting kitties.
Lawlzy’s Animation Blog. Not sure if this counts, but it’s something I discovered once doing a Google image search for “Egyptian Cat Dress.” I absolutely fell in love with this animation student’s character sketches of a cat named “Kanila.” She certainly looks like an Abyssinian, doesn’t she?
I adore her characters and her Ancient Egyptian setting, and if she ever does make a movie or book about them someday, well, I’ll be among the first to buy it!
Caaats! The adventures of Hazel and Olive, based on the cartoonist’s two cats. Hazel is an older Siamese, and Olive is…well, Olive is a force of nature. I also just love the drawing style.
Cat Vs. Human. I know that Jasmine has more than 200 followers, but indulge me: seriously, her cartoons are drawn from my life. It’s spooky. If you are not reading her blog, and you have cats, you should be.
(So, it appears that I really like cat cartoons…I should draw some myself, I guess. Well, that can be a New Year’s resolution! Perhaps we’ll have Cartoon Tuesdays next year…)