Yeah, that's what I said too. I had never heard of it before yesterday. And after doing a tiny little bit of research it seems that the origin of the award is very unclear. This is what I found:
'Liebster' means 'favorite' or 'dearest' in German. This award, which originated in Germany, recognizes up and coming bloggers with less than 200 followers.
In accepting the award, the recipient agrees to:
Thank the person that gave the award and link back to their blog.
Copy and paste the award to your blog
Reveal the 5 blogs you have chosen to award and let them know by commenting on their blog.
Hope they pay it forward by accepting and awarding it to bloggers they would like to honor.
Not a lot of explanation but the idea is simple and straight forward enough.
I think it's another way to connect the blogging world and its bloggers, with the emphasis being on the smaller, lesser known blogs getting a little more exposure.
Since I am blogging about it, it would be safe to assume that I have accepted the award and will then of course thank the person who passed it on to me:
Thank you Heather from http://fruitfuldelightsonetsy.blogspot.ca/
Check out her etsy shop as well, she sells yummy jams and spreads: http://www.etsy.com/shop/FruitfulDelights
Here are the five bloggers I have passed the award on to:
Nichole at http://ciaraandcompanybowtique.blogspot.ca/
Marsha at http://bagsbyhags.blogspot.ca/
Anne Marie at http://moanasuniquedesigns.blogspot.ca/
Coral at http://toppytoppyknits.blogspot.ca/
Please take a few minutes to explore and enjoy each of these blogs. These are some hard working women and they have some wonderful things to share.