Liebster Award

Here’s something I never thought I’d hear myself say: my blog got an award! What?!?

Thank you so much to Na’omi for nominating me for this! Her blog, Royalty by Grace, is wonderful so be sure to go and check it out!

The Liebster Award is an award for folks who are relatively new to the blogging world – 200 followers or less. This award is a great way for people to recognise all of the hard work that goes into creating a blog.

Weird and Wonderful started as a result of my passion for writing, and with this I have been able to explore different styles and topics to write about. I’m now taking my blog down the path of advice on student living, while also talking a bit about my Christian faith. I never imagined even getting more than a couple of views and followers, and it’s so rewarding to hear that people actually appreciate my work! I’m super honoured to accept this reward – so thank you.


The Award Rules

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you for the Liebster Award.
  2. Link back to the blogger who awarded you.
  3. Upload the award to your blog. It can be done as a blog or on the sidebar
  4. Answer the questions you have been asked.
  5. Nominate 5-11 blogs with followers less than 200 that you believe deserve to receive the award. If you feel others deserve the award, then you are welcome to nominate more.
  6. Notify the nominated bloggers so that they can accept the award. Bloggers can be nominated more than once, giving their readers more chances to learn more about them.


My Answers

What has been your biggest challenge with blogging?

I’d say it’s definitely finding the time to sit down and write material for my blog. I have quite a busy calendar during term time so Weird and Wonderful quite often gets put on the back burner for a while. It’s a challenge to be able to consistently come up with and produce good quality ideas and posts, which is why I love discovering new blogs, especially ones similar to my own. It’s so helpful and inspiring to read others’ ideas, and I hope my own blog can be equally as inspiring one day.


What is your number one tip for other bloggers?

Just write about whatever you want. Whatever makes you happy. Write about it. There is so much pressure to conform to the ‘norm’ of whatever blog field you’ve put yourself in. I’ve found myself writing posts I know will be popular because everyone writes them, but while I’m typing along I’m thinking ‘what the heck am I doing here? This isn’t me, it’s not what I want to write about’. If you really love what you’re writing about, it will truly come through in your writing and you’ll also feel so much happier about your blog and more motivated to continue it!


What are your hobbies other than blogging?

I love music… listening to music and discovering new songs and artists, I love playing the guitar and pretending I can sing. I like to go running in the countryside and I also play lacrosse for a university team. I like to plan exciting trips and adventures, and maybe even do them if I have enough money (ha). Oh, and I LOVE cooking meals for myself, not that I’m very good at it…


Who is your favourite blogger and why?

At the moment, I’m a huge fan of Natalie’s blog over at It’s such a beautiful site with a wonderful variety of different posts. Her writing is unique and chatty, and I could quite happily sit and read her blog all day long!


Tell us about your blog and why you started blogging

Weird and Wonderful started about two years ago – I was really just looking for an outlet for my writing, and somewhere to share a few of my ideas. Since then it has evolved into a place where I share helpful tips and things to do with student life and all that jazz. I like to keep it light-hearted and a little bit funny. I also write a bit about my Christian faith.


The item you can’t live without

I hate my answer to this question, but I’m going to say it anyway… my phone. It’s shameful but it’s just the truth. My phone provides me with pretty much everything I need to run my life: social connections, information on meetings, lectures, events… it even has the Bible on it. It’s frightening how our society can no longer live without an item that didn’t even exist half a century ago, but there we go.


What and who motivates you to write?

Truth is, not many of my close friends or family know about my blog, so I wouldn’t say there is a specific person who motivates me to keep writing. I would say just my own love of writing and creating keeps me going. When I write bits about my faith, the fact that I am evangelising in my own little way and spreading the love of God to a small pool of people is hugely rewarding and encouraging for me. Also, my followers are a great help. Even though I have a small following, just getting a couple of likes and comments on each post is a massive boost for me, and gives me the motivation I need to write my next post.



My Nominees







Now it’s your turn…

These questions are for you to answer on your blog!

What has been your biggest challenge with blogging?

Your number one tip for other bloggers.

What are your hobbies other than blogging?

Who is your favourite blogger and why?

Tell us about your blog and why you started blogging.

The item you can’t live without.

What and who motivates you to write?


Thank you!

Ma-hoo-ssive thanks to anyone who read all of this, it means the world. And once again, apologies for my recent inactiveness, start of a new uni term has taken its toll on me and I haven’t had a single spare minute to sit down and write. Bear with me on this one, I’m still getting my head round the whole time management thing!


Stay cool,

El x


3 thoughts on “Liebster Award

  1. Hi,
    Congratulations on winning the Leibster award. Exciting!
    What is my greatest tip for bloggers? Be patient
    What is my biggest challenge when it comes to blogging? Finding time to do it and teach outside the home.
    I met you at Naya’s blog party.
    Maybe you can check out my blog if you need any blogging tips. That’s what I write about. I blog over at
    I have blog parties like Naya’s.


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