I am humbled to have been noticed and appreciated with this award and I thank Helen for taking the time to notice my blog. My blog is in it’s infancy and as such I don’t think there is enough content to be worthy of any sort of an award but in the spirit of learning and growing I realise that there is more to receiving an award than the receipt of it. There are rules that go along with the receipt of this and most awards. In other words, it’s not enough to say thanks, post the award and move on! No! The fact is that this award like others I have seen, requires action. I have to admit, my first inclination was to politely decline the award. That would have been much easier….
The fact is, there are benefits for choosing to accept the award just as there are benefits to nominating someone else for the award. Namely, traffic! Now really, I don’t want to think my objective in having a blog is dependent on who sees it or how many hits the blog gets. Ultimately this blog is written for me. I would like to write more and to be a better writer. I have discovered that growing and learning doesn’t occur in a vacuum and as such, reading what other people write, and admiring and appreciating others content, character, stories and styles are all a part of the process in my own growth. So again thank you Helen for challenging me to respond to this award.
Once nominated, there are some rules to follow:
3. Share seven facts about yourself.
4. Nominate (15) other amazing blogs and comment on their blog to let them know you nominated them.
Seven facts about me:
1.) I believe and try my best to practice the Golden Rule – the Ethic of Reciprocity
2.) I have a BA degree in Religion and almost a minor in Graphic Design
3.) I call Grenada, West Indies my home though I live in the San Francisco bay area.
4.) I lived in Dallas, Tx for about 10 years, and I even liked it, in spite of the heat.
5.) I love dogs, especially my dogs, maybe a little more than humans.
6.) I love speed! Not the drug but the feeling of -Windsurfing, sailing, hopefully someday Kiteboarding.
7.) I am a Navy Veteran (Aviation Electronics Technician)
Ok now for the 15 blogs i am nominating to receive this award. There is no particular order. they are all blogs I have been enjoying reading and appreciating for a variety of reasons. Hopefully this post helps increase traffic to their sites and inspires others to continue growing and learning in our blogging adventures.
1.) bobbyshabangu – Bobby is a South African who writes from his heart and really makes you think! Please do take a look at what he has to say. His tagline “Things that are close to my heart are history, visual arts, language, heritage, culture, music and politics.”
2.) Memeesmusings – She has a wide variety of subjects and a lot to learn from at least for me and hopefully others will find her blog fun and inspiring. Her tagline is: “Thoughts about life, death and the world around me.”
3. Flymetotheclouds – her tag line says it all! “The best project you will ever work on is you”. Lara states in her ‘about’ page that wants to write about things she is passionate about – she does just that and does it well!
4.) A Simple Life Afloat – Leslie writes about her life afloat and I can relate because I live on my boat and would like to write more about my experience of the last 15 years. Leslie’s blog is brilliant and she seems to write most every day! I aspire to do just that and though I’ve only just discovered her blog I hope to read more of it in the days and weeks to come.
5.) Jasonpreu – Jason seems to have a vast array of subjects and styles and interests not to mention his ability to express himself through words including poetry. Do take a moment to explore his blog and beyond- there are a lot of links to his other works within his blog!! Check it out 🙂
6.) Susieshy45 – She claims to be shy but her writing and outreach is anything but shy. She was one of the first to reach out to me and to encourage me and she has been a real encouragement and inspiration. her tagline, “Young writer on a learning mission”.
7.) TheAcornsSmallHolding – Roz has a beautiful website. it is well designed and well thought out with beautiful pictures. The website is all about camping off the grid in some of the most beautiful Caravans, Wagons, and Huts as well as Campsites all in Ellesmere, Shropshire, UK. Really worth checking the website out.
8.) TheExceptionalEveryday – Jeanne’s blog is a journey and a well-written one at that. Her posts range from poetry to storytelling – she states, “I like to tell the story of the rest of us” and her tag line is “The ordinary is magic”. Tell me, don’t both of those lines just make you want to read more?
9.) Homemade Naturally – Donna’s creativity includes DIY ideas that seem to cover a whole of categories. Her writing is equally creative and includes poetry and other writings that cover a number of topics as well. She has some great photographs on the site as well. Definitely worth a look.
10) Life of Janine – the url of her website is actually ‘WhatBringsJoy.wordpress’ and this is exactly what her blog epitomizes. From beautiful pictures to a beautiful way with words and ideas Janine’s blog is the beginnings of great journey. Her tagline is ‘stumbling but never falling’. I think this is a great tagline not to mention an about page that is definitely worth a look-see!
11.) TheMischiefMemoirs – Creativity abounds on this blogs. Excellent poetry and drawings that really seem to complement and compliment one another. I’ve only just discovered this blog but am already fascinated and enjoying it.
12.) Steve-Says – Steve’s tagline says it all : “Randomness sprinkled with awesomeness”. Cleverness in presentation and writing is all over the place in this blog not to mention the great pictures and just overall excellence. If you like music be sure to check out Steve’s link to his music blog too!
13.) Lekhamisra – Her blog is full of inspiration and joy with quotes in her profile that are well worth putting into everyday practice. Beautiful writing and a WordPress theme that fits perfectly.
14.) DearJalen –“A Blogumentary: Letters from a Mother to her Child”. A great idea for the blog of a parent. Jalen is the daughter and the blog is all about her mother documenting different things in her life as reminders to her daughter for them both to read later and/or now. A really heartfelt blog with a very personal touch.
15.) YearOfAwesomeYou – One of the most inspiring things about this blog is the fact that Christine writes everyday and actually has something worthwhile to say everyday. She has four catgories she focuses on I’ll let you discover them for yourself. Just read the ‘backstory’ -and you will be inspired. I have a feeling Christine will make her goal outlined in her tagline – “365 days of living in awesomeness”.
There are so many more blogs I enjoy, but alas I had to narrow it down to 15. What are your favourite blogs? feel free to comment and share some of your favourites.