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I have some great news to share! Marti Ink has only been in existence for a mere three months and already I’ve been nominated for my very first award – The Liebster Blog Award! Yaaaaaaaaaay!

Liebster is a German word loosely defined as “dearest or beloved one” or “favorite”. This pay-it-forward style award gives recognition to the smaller blogs out there on the world wide web with less than 200 followers who are deserving of recognition. My nomination comes from my new blogging buddy Wendy Ellen Thomas who operates her lovely blog Chez Chole, which focuses on delicious looking recipes and the joy of writing, from her home in Hamburg, Germany. Please click the link above to see what she is up to.

In order to accept The Liebster Award (which I do) there are rules that must be followed:

1. Thank your Liebster Blog Award presenter on your blog

2. Link back to the blogger who presented the award to you

3. Copy and paste the blog award on your blog

4. Present the Liebster Blog Award to 5 blogs of 200 followers or less who you feel deserve to be noticed

5. Let them know they have been chosen by leaving a comment at their blog.

It’s no secret that every day someone starts a new blog and every day someone abandons one. Ok, those aren’t the best statistics, but the statement still holds truth. Since starting Marti Ink I have taken a personal pledge not to become an abandoner, even though at times I wonder if anybody is reading my posts. What keeps me motivated are the relationships I have formed in cyberspace that stretch across the globe. The bloggers I have chosen to share Liebster love with are well aware of the challenges that come with blogging and have all been early supporters of Marti Ink, which I greatly appreciate. I hope this honor inspires them to continue to share their thoughts and talents with the world on a “consistent” basis.

Marti Ink Liebster Award Nominees

*A Social Life  – This site is run by Chicago Event Planner Erika Purvis. Erika was kind enough to pen the first guest blog post for Marti Ink. On her blog you can get tips on planning your own event, decorating ideas, recipes and much more.

*Be Well –  Skin Care Specialist LaTonya Saqiid operates this blog from Chicago. Here readers can get information about anything from the best products to wash your face with to the benefits of juicing. I’m happy to say LaTonya has also been a guest blogger for my site.

*Bjornsphoto – This blog is created by photographer Bjorn Olsson who resides in Sweden. He captures  eye-catching photos of landscapes, musicians and everyday life. Bjorn was kind enough to allow me to feature an image of his for one of my “Inspiration” posts.

*My Life on a Platter – Fellow writer Beth Navarro runs her blog from the Los Angeles area of California. This children’s book author chats about lots of things, but mainly shares her views on the writing process and the adventures of motherhood. Beth was one of my first subscribers.

*Nikitta Foston – Chicago journalist/creative writer Nikitta Foston may or may not be aware of this, but she played a HUGE part in the creation of Marti Ink.  She types up all kinds of articles, but often focuses her thoughts on life with a teenage daughter. I look forward to reading her next post (Hint, hint.)

To all the nominees, I leave you with the words of fellow Liebster Award recipient, Adam, from 3 Guys 1 Movie: “May we all be ineligible next year, and have way over two hundred followers.”

Thanks again Wendy! You are appreciated.

Until next time…