On February 22nd, I received the following notification: “Dear Marine Detective, Your blog has won a Liebster Blog award from Seabed Habitats. See the nomination at this link. I am a big fan of yours.”
Award? For my blog? The blog that I am propelled / compelled to write but that costs me so much time and effort that in darker moments I sometimes whisper . . . why write?!
And . . . what’s a “Liebster”?!
In German Liebster is “dearest”, “darling” and “beloved”.
Hum . . . sounds good! Yeah, I’ll accept that!
With a bit more research I discovered the “Liebster Award” is intended to be a gold star to further motivate bloggers like me – and maybe amplify our readership. What an honour!
And the Liebster is a darling that keeps on giving since the conditions of the award are that I am to pass on the Liebster love to 5 blogs that I consider particularly worthy and that have less than 200 subscribers.
I include the full Liebster rules at the end of this blog item but without further ado would like to spread the karma and share my 5 blog picks with you. Of course I would also like to give ocean deep thanks to Seabed Habitats for the great kindness of providing me with further motivation. I so appreciate it.
“As the official blog of the Living Oceans Society, based in the small BC fishing community of Sointula, Water Blogged offers unique perspectives on local and global marine conservation issues. Water bloggers have also been known to write humorous and poignant accounts of coastal life, gripping marine mysteries and anything ocean-related that they just happen to find fascinating.”
Beneath the Looking Glass
“If the Ocean is a reflection of us, as humanity, are we happy with what we see? I invite you to follow me beneath the looking glass… These will be non-scientific observations of a wild, wonderful world that is being dramatically altered by our every day choices. Every time you look in the mirror, ask yourself, were as many of those choices good for the Ocean (and the planet at large) as could have been? . . . By documenting and sharing the underwater world I hope to expand people’s awareness… People protect what they love… “
The depth of the dedication to whale conservation comes through with every word of these blog postings. “In 1970, Dr. Paul Spong founded OrcaLab, a small land based whale research station nestled against the evergreen forest of Hanson Island in the waters of the “Inside Passage” of northern Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada. The work of OrcaLab is centred on the philosophy that it is possible to study the wild without interfering with lives or habitat. A network of hydrophones, positioned around the orcas’ “core habitat”, helps us monitor their movements all year round. . . . OrcaLab’s work also includes vital conservation issues – preservation of orca habitat; release and rehabilitation of captive cetaceans, especially Corky; and bringing to an end the dismal era of commercial whaling.” Below – a stunning slideshow of 2011 images of OrcaLab’s wildlife and surrounding landscape set to David Gray’s inspirational song “Sail Away”.
The Salmon Guy
The Salmon Guy’s insights into salmon related government policy and conservation issues are deeply thoughtful and well-researched. He truly “gets” salmon and where we would be without this keystone species. “Contradictions, complexities, conflict abound around us. Here is an exploration of some those – synthesizing from various ways of thinking and relating. Not just a collection of thoughts and perspectives (and riffs and rants) on how we relate to wild salmon – this is also about how we relate to people and places within us and around us.”
Great tips for the likes of we bloggers on how to better get our message into the world. “The brandscaping.ca blog provides a loose variety of topics; marketing, advertising, and writing, as well as posts designed to help creative types find success in the freelance world. Occasionally updated, sporadically funny, but purely Canadian. Check it out today to see what’s going on in the brandscaping world.”
The rules of receiving a Liebster Award are as follows:
1. Show thanks to the blogger who gave you the award by linking back to them.
2. Reveal your top 5 picks (with less than 200 subscribers) and let them know by leaving a comment on their blog.
3. Post the award on your blog.
4. Bask in the love from some of the most supportive people on the internet—other writers and artists.
5. And best of all – have fun and spread the karma.