It is an award that small blogs pass on to each other. The simple rules for the Liebster are as follows:
- Copy and paste the award on your blog.
- Link back to the blogger who gave us the award
- Pick our five favorite blogs with less than 200 followers, and leave a comment on their blog to let them know they have received the award.
- Hope that the five blogs chosen will keep spreading the love and pass it on to five more blogs.
It is of course a scheme for smaller blocks to link to each other, and linkage is always a good thing. Some people compare it to a sort of chain letter, but I was reminded of a different model. I once watched a documentary on human traffic patterns. In one segment researchers put out cones to create a traffic jam, and then removed the cones to see how the traffic jam would dissipate.
The traffic jam persisted for a long time, and slowly moved up the road, as cars still fed into the rear of it as other cars escaped from the front. I imagine each strand of the Liebster, regardless of how and when it got started, being a little bubble of linkage drifting though the intertubes.
And so, with out further ado, my Liebster nominations:
One More Middle Aged Guy - this Canadian has neither a list of followers nor traffic stats linked from his home page, so I'm only guessing that he is a small blog. If I'm wrong, I apologize. Regardless, he is a daily read of mine.
Bob's Blog - like OMMAG above I'm only guessing at his size, but he too is a regular daily stop for me. He also sometimes posts articles, stories and what-not that his kids write.
Shout First, Ask Questions Later - yet another regular read of mine. I'm not sure why I haven't moved them onto my blog roll yet, I guess I should fix that oversight when I'm done with this post.
Asian Conservatives - a group blog maintained by Americans of Asian ancestry.
Anti-Republican Culture - a blog I frequently read. I quite like his posts. Like Shout First, I've procrastinated adding it to my blog roll for too long and will remedy that pronto.
By the way -- the title of this post is a Jack Benny quote.