With the beginning of the New Year, I’d like to gratefully acknowledge two blogging awards that David Kanigan nominated me for last year—the Very Inspiring Blogger Award and the Sunshine Award. David’s blog, Lead.Learn.Live., continues to be one of my inspirations, and I highly recommend his site.
For too long, I put off these nominations, telling myself that I didn’t have the time (or the inclination) to meet the criteria—nominate 10 other blogs and tell seven facts about yourself. But over the holidays, I decided to tackle the task of drawing up a list of blogs I admire. I vowed to visit the site of every blogger who had “liked” me during the year as well as those who took the time to comment or follow me.
I discovered some rare gems in the process. I was transported across the globe—to the Middle East, Africa, India, France, Ireland and Canada. I was entertained, I was enthralled, I was super-impressed with the effort and care folks put into their blogs. To be sure, there were a few bloggers who disappointed. Those were the ones who hadn’t posted in six months, were too focused on themselves or frankly were too commercial for my taste.
Some bloggers don’t accept awards, and I can appreciate that. You don’t blog to earn accolades, but it is nice to be recognized by your peers. And while the rules do have a chain-letter aspect to them, I believe they prod you to do what bloggers should be doing anyway—fostering a community that values sharing and mutual support.
So one of my New Year’s resolutions is to do a better job of encouraging other bloggers. I have signed up to follow some new ones, and I hope to do more “liking” and commenting in 2013.
Below are my nominations for the Very Inspiring Blogger and Sunshine Awards, culled from the sites I visited over the holidays and in recognition of their wonderful and varied work. Many other readers also supported me this past year with their feedback and kind words. Thanks to everyone, and Happy New Year!
Very Inspiring Blogger Award
Alan at justmarketingideas.wordpresss.com
David at davidjoannes.wordpress.com
Michael at michaelnichols.org
Thin8air at dublinjournal.wordpress.com
Alex at livelife1once.wordpress.com
Ed at edrobinson.wordpress.com
Patrick at hikingphoto.com
Rob at tthread.wordpress.com
Tom at linked2leadership.com
Anthony at cusuitemusings.com
Chrisalyn at speakofeating.blogspot.com
Mary at fletcherprince.blog
Clotilda at clotildajamcracker.wordpress.com
Ellie at themuseisworking.com
Micheline at michelinewalker.com
Melanie at melaniemarttila.ca
Monce at monceabraham.wordpress.com
Chris at chrismartinwrites.com
Attila at attilaovari.com
Jessica at jessicaschaubbooks.com
Seven facts about myself
- I’m an introvert, so I really don’t like to talk about myself (that much).
- I enjoy being outdoors and going hiking, camping and biking.
- I recently celebrated my first year as an independent public relations consultant.
- I have written professionally for over 30 years but didn’t try blogging until about a year ago.
- I can be annoyingly pedantic, especially when it comes to grammar, usage and style.
- I have a passion for mission work.
- I attempt to play the guitar, although I admit that three years of lessons have not yielded much. In other words, don’t expect any concerts.