Thank you to a few lovely music teachers, for nominating me for the Liebster Award!
– Emily has a great blog (Emily’s Kodaly Music) with Kodaly resources for the elementary classroom. Her post on what to teach when you lose your voice is great! Here’s a shout out to all of the hard-working teachers who lose their voice! Take care of yourself! See my Save Your Voice post.
When I googled “Liebster Award,” I found the following info from this site:
It is said that the Liebster award was created to recognize and/or discover new bloggers and welcome them to the blogosphere.
- This award exists only on the internet, and is given to bloggers by other bloggers.
- It has German origins – the word “liebster” has several definitions: dearest, sweetest, kindest, nicest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, welcome, sweetheart and boyfriend (really?)
- It follows similar principles as a chain letter, in the sense that it should be passed forward to a certain number of people.
- It can be misconstrued, depending upon your personal views, as either something wonderful (who doesn’t like awards?) or as an annoyance (a chain letter that involves work).
- The choice lies within each of us to ACCEPT it, and continue PAYING IT FORWARD or to refuse to accept it, thereby STOPPING or INTERRUPTING the chain. However, if you stop the chain, you are only hurting yourself (keep reading for benefits you will have)!
- Personal views play an important part in our choice to participate. Some people have refused to accept it and have made attempts to “break the chain”. There have been many people who have been nominated, yet refused to accept it, and now their blogs have been abandoned.
- Variations have been made over time to the “rules”.
- Marketing plays a role in accepting this award, as other bloggers are promoted. (This is not a bad thing, however, since people should help others!)
- Other awards are a part of the whole “meme“. These include “One Lovely Blog Award”, the “Sunshine Blog Award” and the “Versatile Writer Award”.
2. Answer the questions that the tagger set for you plus create 11 questions for the people you’ve tagged to answer. (I just answered the 11 that Jennifer sent me.)
3. Nominate 5-11 people (Blogs with fewer than 200 followers) and link them in your post.
4. Let your nominees know and provide them with a link back to your post (so they can see the rules).
5. No nominating the person who nominated you, however send them a thank you 🙂
These are the questions that are set for me to answer…
1. Why and how long ago did you start blogging?
I started my blog in 2009, but I really started blogging regularly in 2011 when I left the teaching profession. After 19 years, I didn’t want to just leave it behind when I got my Master’s in Administration. For the past 3 years I have been working for a non-profit organization, and have most recently been the administrator and music teacher of a daycare (ages 6 weeks to 5 years). Soon I will be adding a lot more content….. Stay tuned!
2. What one word sums up the heart of your blog and why?
Resources! I am passionate about providing quality resources that are easy to find – check out the indexes on the sidebar. I like giving away free resources – and for those who want to go deeper, I will soon be providing some extra resources.
3. Is there something you learned late in your blogging journey you wished you knew before?
I wish I had spent more time networking with other bloggers.
4. What is your favorite past time other than blogging?
Scrapbooking and making cards.
5. How many hours per week do you dedicate to your blog?
It’s hard to tell. I go in spurts where I will spend 20 hours per week for a couple of weeks making posts ahead of time, and then I only spend an hour or so per week for the next couple of weeks.
6. What category of blog posts do you enjoy the most?
Cross-reference indexes (mentioned above) and posting folk songs that are otherwise not available on the internet (or are hard to find).
7. Where does your blog inspiration come from?
I really love being helpful. I am inspired when I hear from readers saying how much they appreciate the resources.
8. Which post that you’ve written are you most proud of?
State Songs of the U.S. is one of my very favorites. A reader had seen my post about Illinois state song and asked if I had other state songs. I took that as a challenge and spent tons of hours researching songs from every state. Many state songs had no sheet music (that I could find), so I would listen to recordings on YouTube and transcribe them myself. So, some of these songs are only available on the internet on my blog. Yay!
Also, just finished Christmas Songs. When I was researching songs, I found reference to some Christmas folk songs that I couldn’t find on the internet. So I bought a Christmas folk song book and re-typed them so people can find them now!
9. Is there any post you have been planning to do, but have been postponing it for a while now?
I want to add more movement ideas and stories.
10. What’s your favorite aspect of blogging?
Making resources available!
Here are my nominees:
- Tanya at Tanya’s Aspiring Kodaly Blog
- Lauren at Rhythm and Glues
- Tracy at Mrs. King’s Music Class
- Norm at T3: Tips, Technology and Tricks for the Music Classroom
- Laura at Make Music Rock
- Will at IWB: Interactive White Board Resources
- Bonnie at Melody Soup
- Aimee at O For Tuna: Orff Schulwerk Music Teachin’ Blog
- Emily at The Sweetest Melody