Liebster Award Round 2

I was nominated a second time for a Liebster Award, this time by Forty, C’est Fantastique! who is a loyal reader and fellow Francophile. Merci beaucoup de me nominer! (I was also nominated back in 2013 by my friend Belle Vierge.)


Since I began blogging more and more about my TAPIF experience, traveling, feminism, and my own personal experiences, my blog has grown immensely during the past couple of months, for which I am so thankful! The goal of a Liebster Award is for bloggers with less than 200 followers to nominate other bloggers with less than 200 followers in order to increase readership!

The rules of a Liebster Award is to: 

1. Thank the person who nominated you and link to their blog.

2. Answer the 10 questions given to you by the nominee before you.  (That list is below the nominations.)

3. Nominate 10 of your favorite blogs with fewer than 200 followers and notify them of their nomination.

4. Come up with 10 questions for your nominees to answer.

Forty, C’est Fantastique’s questions are listed (and answered!) below:

1. E-readers or analog books? E-readers! You’ll never see me go anywhere without my iPad. I came to France with almost 20 books to read!

2. Driving or flying? Flying, but I also love train travel, especially here in Europe!

3. Staying up late or getting up early? Although I love being productive, you will rarely see me voluntarily wake up early. I’m definitely a night owl, especially while living in Europe and most of the continent is dead until 9 AM.

4. Salty or sweet snacks? How about a mixture of both– Chex Mix with both pretzels, nuts, and M & M’s!? 

5. One big trip every year or lots of shorter ones? Since I’m a teacher I have the ability to take summers off, leaving ample time for big trips!

6. How did you choose your blog name? Originally, my blog was named, “Dana in France” and then the next year I started “Dana in Japan.” However, I wanted to keep all of my writings under one name, and keep writing about traveling even if I was still in school in the United States. I realized that all of my experiences and interests have shaped who I am and how I write, so I wanted the name of my blog to reflect that. So, I merged my blogs into one, and then I later remembered one of my favorite television series as a child, As Told By Ginger, about a girl with curly red hair who recorded her thoughts in a diary. So, I decided to add, “The Great Big World” give my blog a global feel, and named it, “As Told By Dana.” 

7. Do you think you’ll still be blogging in 2015? Yes! I want to keep traveling like I am now, or at least teaching and integrating myself into a new country. Hopefully with more time I can develop my blog and give it a more professional feel and perhaps its own domain. If I end up moving home for a year after this adventure here in France I hope to be packing up my bags again in 2015.

8. What draws your attention to a new blog? Usually I find new blogs linked in articles on Twitter, or otherwise they must have something that sparks my interests– France, traveling, feminism, etc. 

9. If you’re doing Zero-to-Hero, how’s it going? I’m not doing Zero-to-Hero, what is it!?

10. Do you have a blogger-hero of your own? I love reading Christine Amorose of C’est Christine and Liz Carlson of Young Adventuress. I’d love to be a travel blogger or live in New York City and Australia (I’ve already lived in France!)

The bloggers I nominate:

  1. Anna
  2. Americaine Fille
  3. Kelsy
  4. Lauren
  5. Alissa
  6. Olivia
  7. Amanda
  8. My Life in the Air
  9. Mari
  10. Mimsy

My Questions:

  1. Have you ever flown Ryan Air? Good or bad experience?
  2. What are you most looking forward to in 2014?
  3. Which Disney Character are you?
  4. Skydiving or Bungee Jumping? Why?
  5. What’s your favorite blog of all time?
  6. Whats your preferred social media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter) ?
  7. Can you recommend one new way to achieve new followers?
  8. Coffee or Tea?
  9. How did you discover my blog?
  10. Do you think you’ll still be blogging in 2015?



8 thoughts on “Liebster Award Round 2

  1. Thank you so much!! I’m finishing up some vacation posts, but then I’m really excited to answer your questions. I enjoyed reading your responses, too! I love things like this because I’m always looking for new blogs to follow–I enjoyed checking out the other blogs you nominated.

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