Liebster: Both A German Word And A Blog Award

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Readers, recently Novel Journeys was honored by another blogging award- this time the Liebster Blog Award.  I am immensely grateful to Becky over at Blogs-of-a-Bookaholic for doing so.  If you haven’t checked out her site yet, you definitely should go do so.  As in, now.  Go ahead.  I’ll wait.

Are you back?  Good.

Now, in the spirit of chain-mail blogging awards, I will now pass this award on to some blogs I like.  I’m posting this on a Friday, which means that it’s not a part of my two-posts-per-weekend schedule.  So you can still expect our regularly scheduled blogging tomorrow.

Here are the Liebster rules:

Upon receiving your Liebster award, you should:

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. (some say just 3 or more blogs of less than 200 followers each)

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

Without further ado, congratulations to:

Kirsten Writes!, which is a great blog about writing (particularly her recent NaNoWriMo novel) and life in general.  Kirsten always has an insightful and interesting take on whatever she chooses to write about.

Here’s to Us.  The tagline of this site is “Nerdiness Encouraged,” which I absolutely love.  This is another writing site, and Allegra also helps run the Teens Can Write, Too! blog chain.

A Farewell to Sanity.  I only very recently began following this blog, but already I can see it’s very well written and the author, Miriam Joy, has a lot of good thoughts about the writing process, among other things.

Well, that’s it.  I think I’m going to stick to three blogs to pass this award on to, if only because I don’t follow a ton of sites.  Thanks again to Becky, and, as always:

Happy reading.


In Which I Find Out How You Found My Blog

It’s that time again: time for this month’s Teens Can Write, Too! blog post.  As always, a link to the Teens Can Write site can be found in the sidebar, and I have once more linked to the rest of the chain at the end of this post.  This month’s topic was, “What are the wackiest, funniest, most disturbing search terms anyone has ever used to find your blog?”  In addition, we chain-bloggers are required to tell readers about the novel we are currently working on.

This site has been going strong since July.  Well, technically since June, but that was just when I had secured the domain and “officially” started my blog.  But I started posting on July first.  Which is when this all started in my mind.

Anyway.  Over the few months this humble blog has been struggling along, there have been A LOT of search terms used to find it.  Now, while I have no doubt that most of the people searching these terms clicked onto my site, saw it was not what they wanted, and clicked right back off again, their ventures are recorded forever on my dashboard (that would be the part of WordPress where I control and shape my blog).  And it is to these ventures I now turn.

Without further ado, I give you a list of the search terms I thought were the funniest, weirdest, and/or most interesting, separated into four semi-distinct categories.  (In the interest of sanity, I have capitalized the first word of each phrase, regardless of original form.)

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A Google Adventure

I think I picked the wrong name for my blog.

This post got its birth from this one over at The Jackie Blog.  If you’re too lazy to click the link, it’s all about the author’s struggle to have her blog higher in the Almighty Listings of Google.  Which got me thinking.

What do people get when they search for the term “novel journeys?”

And so I embarked on the journey that has culminated in this post.  I figured it was time for something a bit different than a rant on all things book related.  Also, this post is relatively short, which is good because I have an essay due next week that I really need to start, plus all those books (I’m still on The Two Towers).

I used Google for this, because it’s the logical choice (really, does anyone really use Yahoo or Bing?).  It’s the one I use all the time.  So, I typed in the search term.  Perhaps not surprisingly, the first link that popped up was the home page for this blog.  But Google knows that I go there all the time.  Of course it would put that first.  So I scrolled down a bit and got…

This.  A travel agency.  For vacations to places where books took place.  Interesting?  Yes.  But I don’t want my blog to be found by people looking for a vacation.  But then I actually looked at the vacations.  Don Quixote, Anna Karenina- okay.  I can deal with this.  It’s fine sharing my name with one-

What’s this?!

Yes, ladies and gentlemen, it’s true.  My blog shares a name with more than one book-related travel company.  Except this particular one deals with one series in particular.  Twilight.

Don’t get me wrong- I liked Twilight.  I did.  But the series has a lot of haters.  Plus, I don’t specialize in Twilight.  If anything, I specialize in The Hunger Games, with Harry Potter at a close second.*

Anyway, that wasn’t the point I was making.  The point is there are a lot of other things, too.  Like this.  And this.

I guess there really is nothing new under the sun.  At least not in terms of blog names.  Here I was, coming up with this clever double-meaning (but in a good way) name that would become my way of launching into the blogosphere.  And here it is, already taken by countless other things.

Does that mean it’s a bad name?  Not in my book.  So it’s not completely original.  Did I really expect it to be in the first place?  In the days of its infancy, when I was coming up with usernames and domains, did I think I had something special- especially when that something was such a simply brilliant thing?

I suppose this is a learning experience for me.  I mean, there really are no new stories, either- just new ways of telling them.  So even though the name of my blog isn’t unique in this world, the content is.  I am unique.  So are my posts.  The title doesn’t make it any less valuable to me.  And that goes for my books as well.  They’re going to be similar to other things, sure, but in the end it’s all my own.

Well, I suppose that’s it for now.  I’d better go work on my essay.  On Tuesday I’ll be posting my contribution to the Teens Can Write, Too! blog chain, so tune in for that.

Happy reading!


*And now I really want a travel agency with Potter-themed tours…can someone research that for me?





The Versatile Blogging Awards

I’d like to thank the Academy.  And also Allegra from Here’s to Us, for bestowing this honorable nomination upon me.

So, thanks.  This is awesome, and I’m so grateful that you like what I have to say on this little site.  This also means I can now call myself an AWARD-WINNING BLOGGER.  And Novel Journeys is an AWARD-WINNING BLOG.

I can feel my coolness points skyrocketing as I type.

If some of you have no idea what I’m going on about, the Versatile Blogging Awards is a kind of pay-it-forward type deal, from bloggers to bloggers.  Essentially, if someone gives it to you, it means a) they like your site, b) you don’t have to worry about what your next post will be about, and c) you must do the following:

  1. Thank and link to the person who nominated you (done).
  2. Share seven random facts about yourself.
  3. Pass the award along to 5-7 deserving blogging buddies.
  4. Contact those buddies to congratulate them!

Well, if you insist, here goes- seven RANDOM facts about me:

  1. I memorize things WAY too easily.  This often comes in the form of reciting stupid YouTube videos or movie quotes (a few of my favorites).  After only a couple of views, it gets stuck in my head until I have entire sequences down pat.  This makes me look like more of a nerd than I actually am, if that’s possible.
  2. I’m currently wearing a Dumbledore’s Army t-shirt from the Harry Potter Exhibition (hey, it says random facts).  It’s exactly the quantity of amazing that you think it is.
  3. I prefer to say the word “yes” in place of “right’ when confirming something.  For instance, “The party is at five, yes?”  It’s different, and I like it.
  4. I translated the entirety of the Gnommish code along the bottom of Artemis Fowl: The Atlantis Complex completely from scratch, using a Sharpie pen, a printed Gnommish alphabet and some lined paper, just for the heck of it.  It hangs on my bulletin board to this day.  I retain a certain dorky pride in the accomplishment.
  5. In fifth grade, we wrote letters to the editor of a local newspaper.  Mine was published.  It was about kid’s allowances.  The clipping also hangs on my bulletin board to this day.
  6. My first word was “bird.”  At least that’s what I’m told.  I can’t exactly remember, you see.  Because I was a baby.
  7. The first book I read over and over again was King of the Wind.  It most probably remains the single book I have read the most times.

(I just realized that this is basically the blogging equivalent of chain letters.  Oh well.  Too late to stop now!  I’ll have another post out sometime this week to make up for it, and for yesterday.)

Okay, so that’s out of the way.  Now for the last two parts- bestowing said award on “5-7” people (“blogging buddies” being taken as a term for anyone, and not just people I call my “buddies,” because exactly one of my friends has a blog) I think deserve the blogging award (and also who I don’t think have gotten the award recently).  Congratulations to the following people, whose blogs regularly make me think and/or smile:

Makya McBee


Victor’s Village (and twiffidy, and themthereeyes1)


 C.B. Wentworth

Happy reading!