Looking at the Blogger Recognition Award

I was nominated for the Blogger Recognition Award by Greta Renee of When Almonds Bloom. The award has a few rules so I need to follow them (because I’m a color in the lines kind of person):

1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
2. Write a post about your award.
3. Give a brief story of how your blog started.
4. Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
5. Nominate 8 other bloggers for this award.
So here we go!

1. I would like to officially thank Greta Renee for nominating me for this award. It makes be a little nostalgic for the first blogging platform I was on, Xanga, where I met so many wonderful people. I hope to find some old friends here as well as make some new friends (like Greta Renee). Please check out her blog HERE.

2. Well this is already in progress so I don’t think I need to dedicate a separate entry within the blog to blog about the blog…

3. Brief… I started this blog in 2017 after my beloved Xanga all but died. Sure it still exists if you count being in a vegetative state as being viable. I started my Xanga blog in 2007 and 10 years later switched to WordPress. I have connected with several former Xangans so the community lives. My blog started as a way to connect with my niece and nephew and my sister and mother. It quickly became a creative outlet for me. I had aspired to be a writer when I was young but as I matured I decided on a career in which I could count on a steady income. I continue to write poetry and short stories, chronicle my life, and showcase my ceramic art on WP. I’ve kept my blog format as close to my old blog as possible.

4. My advice to new bloggers: 1. Write for yourself. Meaning don’t try to please an audience. Most of the blogs I read are because I enjoy their own unique “voice” not because they are targeting a specific demographic. 2. Don’t live your life online – there are some things that need to be kept private. If you declare your undying love and detail all aspects of the relationship just know that if love dies it will be a tragic and very very public event. Ask yourself, “Do I want everyone to know the details of my love life? my relationship? My heartache? Do you want your current/potential boss to know that you just had a bad breakup/divorce? That you are hung over? You were arrested? Think before you hit publish!

5. I’m supposed to nominate 8 people for this award. It is a good thing because that is how I discovered several people I follow. So here goes!

1. My first nominee isΒ Saintvi located at a blog with the same name. She has been a friend for a long time on Xanga and has just come over to WordPress. I’d love for all my followers to go visit and welcome her to WP. She has a sharp wit, a keen sense of humor and is a lot of fun. She even dabbles in poetry when her muse moves her.
2. Tom Lemler of Tom’s Treasures is a blogger in Michiana (a local blogger to me). He posts poems, philosophical discussions, and uplifting messages (even podcasts of sermons). I have enjoyed his blog and really think others would too if they gave him a try!
3. Hélène Vaillant of Willow Poetry posts original poems specializing in Haiku and Tanka (Japanese forms) as well as other poetry forms and short stories. I appreciate her poems and I think you might as well.
4. I also recently found jstnotherday who was a xangan and migrated here. Her posts are short and to the point with photos or illustrations. I enjoy them and hope you visit her to check it out.
5. Denise Gainey blogs at The View from Here. I have been following her journey and love the view from her perspective. She is a musician with a beautiful soul. She and her husband and 2 dogs and one cat (who is unpredictable and a bit wild – the cat not Denise) reside in Chez Gainey. Please check out her blog and say hello!
6. Promisesunshine is another former xangan transplanted to WordPress. She writes about her life and family and career with humor and seriousness in equal measure. I am a big fan and am cheering her on as she embarks on another adventure! Go visit her and give her some words of encouragement!!
7. Ann Coleman writes Muddling Through My Middle Age. Her blog is thoughtful as she takes the reader along as she discovers the joys of being a grandparent and the tribulations of middle age. Her posts often make me smile. Visit her blog and see what she is up to now.
8. Last but not least, Janet aka slmret, posts at My Blog. She is a photographer and appreciates nature. Her blogs often focus on the mountains, hills, wildlife and the sea near her home in California. She has been documenting and updating the blogging community on the fire situation lately. If you want a first hand look at the California wild fires go visit her posts!

14 thoughts on “Looking at the Blogger Recognition Award

  1. Thanks for the shout out and you are so welcome. πŸ™‚ I think your advice to new bloggers is spot on…we all need to be personal and have out own voice, but a private life is important as well. We all want to be open with our blogging family about our triumphs and struggles, but not everyone out there is family and some things should be kept private for many reasons. Use wisdom when posting.

    I am excited that all the other people you nominated are new to me!! New friends. πŸ™‚ I am looking forward to visiting them soon.


    1. OK we need to discuss some of the features of WP. Firstly you can “invite” people to your blog. To find them you just do a search using their xanga name. A lot of them transferred over and kept their previous blogging identity. So you just have to search. Then if you find them you can follow them and once you comment they respond and usually they will follow you! Sort of like xanga…


  2. I feel so honored that you felt me worthy of nomination. Your description of my blog is perfect.

    I love how you say that blogging became a creative outlet for you… how you had aspirations to be a writer, and how you continue. The same is true for me. πŸ™‚

    So, do I have to do this now? The 5 things you listed above? I think I have the same problem as saintvi … I don’t know that I can name 8 other bloggers, I keep a very small circle. I like it that way. πŸ˜€ My people are dear to me. You are dear to me. πŸ™‚

    Great advice for new bloggers too. Can I just copy that? πŸ˜‰


    1. Ha! The nomination doesn’t have any strings attached. You can participate or not. You can copy any or all of it. You can make it your own. You can nominate no one or you could nominate 50. It is all up to you!!No pressure!

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  3. Thank you so much for the nomination! Since I only post once a week these days, I don’t really participate in awards any more, but I really appreciate your thinking of me and my blog. And I am definitely excited to check out the other blogs you nominated. Also, I wanted to say that I thought your advice to new bloggers is perfect, particularly the part about keeping some private things private, and writing what is meaningful to you rather than what you think others want to hear. That’s something that new bloggers don’t hear often enough, I think.
    Thanks again for the shout out! I don’t remember exactly how I discovered your blog, but I am sure glad that I did!


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