Very Inspiring Blogger Award – The art of giving & receiving

very-inspiring-blogger-award 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:

1.  Thank the blogger who nominated you.  checkmark

2. List the rules and display the award.  checkmark

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.

20 Responses

  1. memeethemuse says:

    Thank you. Having someone think I am inspiring is awesome! It’s kinda like someone sincerely believing you are funny… a very good thing indeed!

    It’s almost midnight and I need to get some rest. I did read the entire post and definitely will be checking out some of your favorite bloggers sites!

    I am sure I will accept the award though it might not show up for a few days, I am trying to concentrate on one post a day only… otherwise I have days with nothing.

    Thank you again for the nomination, I am very touched,



  2. ibdunn says:

    I know what you mean – it took me 3 days to get around to doing it and now I’m trying to catch up on stuff for a work meeting tomorrow. Almost midnight for me too -how the time flies!

  3. Good Woman says:

    Thank you for accepting the award, for the great acceptance post and for incuding the Religious Tolerance link. I found it very interesting the “Do unto others” doctrine as expressed in the different groups. I identify with your love of dogs. I don’t know that I love my dogs more than people in general, but I do love them more than some people. And since I am introverted there are times that I would much rather spend with my dogs than with people. Especially since your blog is relatively new I hope this exercise will help to increase traffic to your blog. Thanks!

  4. Dear Mama says:

    I am so flattered to receive your nomination, thank you! I will be working on my acceptance post just as soon as I am a little more settled in to blogging. I’m getting by just enough to be dangerous for now. Ha!

  5. ibdunn says:

    Thank you for the award and giving me the opportunity to challenge myself in a new way. :)

  6. I’m actually delighted and grateful to know that there is someone who cares to go through my read and my unimportant life experiences. Thank you so much for the nomination ibdunn.

    And Thanks for introducing me to some of your favorate bloggers, I will take time this Saturday and have a read through their blogs as well.

  7. Jeanne says:

    My sincerest thanks for such an awesome award! As some of the others have commented, and as you well now know, I am tight for time and will get to it the acceptance within a few days as I am able. Some of the blogs you mentioned look great and I can’t wait to dive in.

    Again, many thanks!

  8. ibdunn says:

    Absolutely Bobby. I love the subjects you address and your candour. You definitely write from the heart and you have made me think which I thought I already did :)

  9. ibdunn says:

    Believe me I do understand the challenge of time..I’m dealing with that too…

  10. memeethemuse says:

    Working on my post now :) And am doing it my way… cuz being a blogger, I get to do that! LOL

    Anyhow I wanted to say that I love those checkmarks you have displayed in the post. I would love to know how to do that. Is there a special code or do you know of somewhere for wordpress graphics?


  11. ibdunn says:

    I just did a search for checkmark on google images -downloaded image for checkmark then inserted it and resized after those items … hope that helps .. :)

  12. memeethemuse says:

    Thanks for both replies. My post will publish on Thursday, cuz I’m Thankful! :)

  13. memeethemuse says:

    Oh, that’s awesome, thanks!

  14. susieshy45 says:

    Oh wow ! Helen, you are just like me- sometimes I love animals better than humans.

  15. this is great.. congratulations

  16. ibdunn says:


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