Winning the Liebster Award – Childfree Blogger Recognition

Winning the Liebster Award – Childfree Blogger Recognition

Many thanks to April of Travelling Wanderer for nominating me to receive the Liebster Award! Prior to this nomination, I only knew that this award was one for bloggers. I always thought it was neat to see people recognized for their blogging work but I didn’t foresee a nomination. Although the number of childless and childfree women is growing (yay!), the childfree blogging niche is still quite small. Therefore, I didn’t even think these blogging awards would apply to me. But alas, here we are!

Click here to learn more about the Liebster Award.

Question & Answer

April asked me to answer the following questions about the rinky-DINK life. Here are my responses:

  1. Tell us about your blog, and what inspired you to start it? The Rinky-DINK Life is a site dedicated to the childless/childfree lifestyle. I was discouraged by the stereotypes people had about those of us without children and I felt I needed to do something. I started this site as a way to find my voice help others find theirs as well.
  2. If there’s a takeaway you want visitors to leave your blog with what is it? I want visitors to feel empowered by their choice and not scared of it. I want them to feel comfortable talking about it and being proud of it too.
  3. Describe yourself in three words. Ooh, this is a tough one. I think I will rely on three of my four Meyers-Briggs personality traits to answer this: Introverted, Sensing, Feeling 🙂
  4. Would you explore the deep-sea or outer space? I have a somewhat irrational fear of sharks. Though, I would argue that is completely rational. I’d have to choose outer space.
  5. If you could go without sleep, what would you do with the extra time? I’d read. I’ve always wanted to finish so many books in a year and never do. Oh, and I’d watch more Bill Murray movies.
  6. What advice would you give to new (or even seasoned) bloggers? Authenticity is the lifeblood of blogging – of writing, really. Be honest, be open.
  7. How do you create new content, when it seems like everything has already been done? I’m actually asked this quite a bit by others who think there’s only so much to say on the topic of childlessness. However, I feel until the stereotypes about us are completely kiboshed, I will keep on writing about it. Plus, for good or for bad, there’s always new material to discuss.
  8. What are your top 3 travel destinations? From the places I have been – London, Newport, Rhode Island, and Sedona, Arizona.
  9. What is your most embarrassing moment? My whole life is a series of embarrassing moments, seriously. But, I’d have to say it was when I was about 10 years old or so. I accidentally rolled my baby nephew off the bed! Thankfully, he was fine but I was mortified. It doesn’t help that my sister-in-law will never let me live this down. I guess this should’ve been my first inkling to be childfree 😉 
  10. If you could have a superpower what would it be? Invisibility. And I wouldn’t use it for good, either. I’d like to know what people say after I leave a room. My neighbor is always uproariously laughing and I’m curious to know what’s up. Basically, I’m just a nosy person…No shame.
  11. What do you want to accomplish in this life? I don’t want to say that I want to write a book. So, instead, I’ll say I AM writing a book…eventually. For me personally, this is the ultimate accomplishment. It’s something I’ve wanted to do for a very long time.
  12. Bonus/Optional: where (if applicable ) can readers find you on social media? I’m most active on these 3 — Twitter: @rinkydinklife  |  Instagram: @therinkydinklife   |   Facebook: the rinky-DINK life page

I Nominate…

I want to recognize bloggers who are vital to the change I so wish to see. And so, I’ve nominated women who are either childfree/childless or show the utmost respect for the childfree lifestyle.

They are as follows:

Courtney, a spectacular writer and childfree woman, of courtneycasto.com

Jamie, a close friend who encourages me to keep writing and who couldn’t be more supportive of my lifestyle, of 27voices.com

Kimmie, incredibly kind curator of online content for millennials, of amillimagazine.com

Author, new blogger opening the difficult discussion about life after infertility, of postivfworld.wordpress.com

Julia, a fellow contributing writer at Acculturated and a fabulous travel blogger, of thephillyphotoblog.com

Author, fantastic writer across the pond sharing her experience as both a childless and childfree woman, of differentshores.com

And here are my questions for these lovely ladies:

  1. How do you feel you are making a difference in the blogging community?
  2. What is your most popular post and is it one of your personal favorites?
  3. What do you think is the hardest part about writing for an online audience?
  4. If you could speak any other language, what would you choose?
  5. Has blogging helped you overcome adversity in any way?
  6. If you could own only one book, which one would it be?
  7. If you could go back in time and give your younger self one piece of advice, what would you say?
  8. Dogs or cats? And no, it can’t be both!
  9. Which of your accomplishments are you most proud of?
  10. What is one misconception people have about you?
  11. Do you consider yourself a blogger, writer, both, or neither?

I can’t wait to read your responses!

Let me know what you thought of this post below!

 

 

 

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Comments

    • Jessica
    • August 16, 2017
    Reply

    This is so great, congratulations!! 🙂 Well deserved, your blog makes me feel less alone in my decision, and instead I feel grateful for it! I look forward to your new posts each time, so thank you for what you do!

    1. Aw, thank you so much, Jessica! I’m so happy you enjoy my blog 🙂

  1. Reply

    Thank you so much Brittany! I’m especially happy as I love your blog and your superb writing. I’ve answered the questions below:

    1. I don’t know if I’m making a difference in the blogging community, but my aim was to let people know that there is life after failing IVF and becoming a resolved childfree person, and that you WILL be OK again – if I have succeeded with one, two or three people, then my job is done and I’m happy.

    2. My most popular post was ‘Nothing Above, Nothing Below’, about the weirdness of not having children and having a long-dead mother. Being anchorless, unrooted in the world. It seemed to resonate with people and for once reached the outer world beyond bloggers.

    3. The hardest part about writing for an online audience has been deciding whether to use my name or not – I am still anonymous, because I’m mostly afraid of judgement from family & people I know, and I’m not proud of it.

    4. I speak Italian and am really happy with that – it’s the sexiest language in the world.

    5. Blogging has definitely helped me to resolve my status from childless to childfree and OK with it.

    6. If I could own only one book, it would be Precious Bane by Mary Webb.

    7. If I could go back in time and give my younger self one piece of advice, it would be to never get a 9-5 office job but to train in something creative and meaningful (with good part-time hours).

    8. Dogs or cats? Dogs all the way. I bloody hate cats, shitting all over my garden.

    9. Which of your accomplishments are you most proud of? Being able to go to Italy and 100% understand the sexy language.

    10. What is one misconception people have about you? People think I’m really grumpy because I have grumpy resting face. Oh hang on, I am really grumpy.

    11. I don’t know if I consider myself a blogger or a writer, both, or neither – at first I thought: I’m a writer now! I poured out all my fears, issues and doubts and it was phenomenal. I’ve dried up a bit since then but I consider it to have been a form of therapy. I’d recommend blogging to anyone for working through the existential horrors of life.

    Thanks Brittany for the fab questions. I’m now off to work on my own nominations and questions.

    1. Loved these answers! I share your opinion on cats! Hahaha.

  2. Reply

    Congrats Brittany! And thank you so much for the nomination! You are the one who introduced me to the childfree community (and Chris & Bev) and I am forever grateful.

    I will write up my answers in a post on my blog but I will go ahead and inward #8 right now – dogs!!

    1. Thank you so much, Courtney! Also, dogs are the best!

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