For the Love of Blog

You like me! You really like me! – Sally Field

Well, you like my blog, and that makes me happier than an otter at Sea World. You have no idea.

In the past few days, I’ve been happily overwhelmed by awards.  They couldn’t have arrived at a better time.  As I mentioned in that last post, I’ve felt pretty dejected lately, and believe me, there are few things worse than a moping Moonbeam. Okay, a car wreck maybe. Post-nasal drip and cold oatmeal. But I’m pretty unbearable when I have the blues.

But lookie what I got! Four— yes, FOUR blog awards! It’s made me gleeful. It’s turned my frown upside-down. It’s kepts me from throwing my laptop against the brick wall outside our condo.

It’s the blogging equivalent of winning four Nobel Peace Prizes. Okay, no it’s not. But it’s pretty sweet.  Four bloggers enjoy reading my words enough to bestow such honors. It’s incredibly nice.

Here’s what I got:

A Liebster!! This came from the oh-so-wonderful Ann Marquez, author of the book Journey into Probate and Back, and blog mistress of Calliope’s Tablet. I heart Annie. She’s an enthusiastic encourager of writers and a fantastic friend.  Wow—I love saying, “Liebster.”

The Versatile Blogger Award came from bead, from The Bead Den Craftivities. Bead and I have been following each other for years. She designs beautiful jewelry, she gardens, and she and her husband stay busy building their Dream Life. She’s creative and has a huge heart (She also once made a fantastic campaign video for me, when I was trying to drum up support to get a puppy. I won!).

I’m always on the lookout for new blogs to love and was surprised and honored to receive ABC (Awesome Blog Content) Awards from two blog authors whom I’ve only recently started stalking. Expat Alien is a Global Nomad. She was born in Rangoon, Burma and has lived all over the world. She writes about her life and travels, and a variety of other subjects in a way that gently grabs my attention.

Last night, I was reading Rendezvous with Renee, another new BIL (blog I love), when I saw my name on her list of nominees for the ABC Award. I was completely surprised and very happy, because I’ve just discovered her hilarious site and have a hunch that she’s a kindred spirit. The tagline on her blog says, “Blogging about life, love and the occasionally shitty day.” A gal after my own heart.

So here’s the thing. I don’t quite know how to pass all of these awards on.  I follow a lot of excellent blogs– there are so many that I’m taken with, and so many bloggers who deserve kudos. How do you narrow it down? Who gets what? What if someone starts crying because I inadvertently left them out? It’s a weighty responsibility.  I thought about smooshing the awards together, but the “Verliebawe Award” just doesn’t sound right.

Some bloggers hate receiving these accolades, some love them, some ignore them altogether. Personally, I think it’s quite lovely. It gives me a yippee-wow feeling. How fantastic to find out that these brain hodgepodges of mine are on someone’s Recommended Reading List.

That’s what I’ve decided to do here. I’m giving you a Recommended Reading list. Besides the ones mentioned earlier, these are some of the blogs that I’m diggin’ these days. It’s not all-inclusive, and I’m so sorry for omissions (you’ll find other great blogs on the sidebar as well).

Ashley Jillian – This girl knows how to blog and tweet. I’m so jealous.

Boots LeBaron’s World – This former Hollywood publicist writes poetry and tells great stories from “back in the day.”

Chime – Prose poetry

Chris9911′s Blog – Random funniness and bikes

Domestic Diva, M.D. – A cookin’ doctor who serves up a great story with every recipe.

Gin & Lemonade – A disabled expatriate’s world. Funny and uplifting.

Going Dutch—Malou’s photoblog. Stunning!

Happy is the New Perfect – Be’Anka’s a professional writer who offers words of wisdom about letting go of perfectionism.

LadyRomp— Stories about and quotes from women who change the world. Girl power!

MusEditions – Muse is a longtime blog friend with a nice, squishy heart and a lovely way with words.

Next Stop, Willoughby – A baby boomer’s weird and wonderful  tribute to pop culture

Paltry Meanderings of a Taller Than Average Woman – She’s funny, she’s tall, and she loves David Sedaris as much as I do.

PigeonHeart—I like the way she writes, and PigeonHeart’s a great name.

raincoaster—I’ve been following this blog for years. Wicked smart and funny as hell. Is hell really funny? Probably not, but raincoaster is.

Rantings of an Amateur Chef – For someone who doesn’t cook much, I certainly read a lot of food blogs. This one is heavy on the delicious, light on the ranting, with a side of funny.

RedFlameFire—This blog yanks my heart out and smashes it like a patty melt. Powerful , emotional and beautiful.

Straight from Helle—Hell-arious!

The Literary Man- A post-pourri about NY’s literary and art scenes. Great photos too.

The Task at Hand – I love Linda’s beautiful, unique writing style, as well as her subject matter.  One smart sailor.

You Knew What I Meant – An English professor shares humorous horror stories, extracted from her students’ papers.

In a category (and a league) of her own, I have to mention Kendall’s Blipfoto blog, Kendall is Here. I didn’t even know what a Blipfoto was until recently, when I started browsing Kendall’s album on Facebook. I have no words to describe the beauty of her words and photos. You’ll just have to experience it for yourself. Thanks for this gift, Kendall.

This is only a partial list of blogs I regularly peruse and enjoy, and to me, they’re all award-winners.  I’m sorry for not following proper award protocol, and I know I’m leaving some important someone(s) out.  I feel guilty, but my eyes have become fireballs while writing this, and I have to stop now. Before I leave, I’m sending this award to all of you:

Please feel free to add it to your blog, or to give it to someone whose blog you admire. Thanks everyone, for the wonderful things you do to my itsy bitsy brain. Should the spirit move you, please pass the blog love on by listing some of your own favorites in the comment section (or feel  free to link to picks from your site).

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13 thoughts on “For the Love of Blog

  1. Moonbeam, I’m so touched. In the head, that is, but that doesn’t diminish – in any way – the loveliness of this award. I will cherish it almost as much as I value my David Sedaris sketch of my vagina. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

    Awwwww…nothing can top that sketch of your vagina, nothing. But I’m really glad you like the award. I can’t drink liquids while reading your blog– I end up spraying them out all over my monitor.

  2. Ann Marquez says:

    Aw … since we’ve thanked and congratulated a gazillion times this week, I’ll simply say … you know ;)
    There are so many outstanding blogs/bloggers, It is a weighty responsibility to pass these awards on … the worry over hurt feelings or leaving someone out is enormous!
    Seems to me that ignoring award protocol in a creative way is becoming the new award protocol and dat’s okay! Now go rest your eyeballs, have a great weekend (fishing?)
    I just had to drop by to celebrate, to say YAY! and … you know :D

    We have, haven’t we! Thanks for stopping by to celebrate!
    I love these awards, mostly because it gives us a reason to tell people about the blogs that we love. Still, I’m awful at it.
    Not sure if there are fish involved in my weekend plans, but I hope so!
    Okay, going back to rest my eyeballs. I got about 27 minutes of sleep last night. Ugh.

  3. thebeadden says:

    Congrats, Moonbeam! Well deserved! David Sedaris of ‘Me Talk Pretty One Day’? He drew you a sketch Cristy? That book was so well-written, reminds me of your style, Moon! I had tears in my eyes he was so blunt and hilarious!

    Bead, you have no idea of the size of that compliment. Wow– thank you! David Sedaris is another one of my heroes. You should really check out Christy’s blog and look at the photo-realistic sketch he drew for her.

  4. David says:

    You’re so GOOD at finding beauty and fascination everywhere you look. Thanks for this whole new load of blogs to check out! Lucky I’m on vacation next week.

    Thanks David (it’s my pie-in-the sky hat). Happy blog reading! Yay– vacay!

  5. rheath40 says:

    Moonbeam I LOVE what you did with the awards that you received. I’m so happy for you. Four in a week. Amazing. Thanks for reading me too. It does my heart good to hear that I make you laugh. It’s what my plan is. I know I sometimes write about sadnexx but I try to put a happy spin on it. Please darlin’ keep reading. I’m hoping to get better at this whole writing thing. :-)

    Your planning is working, Renee! I will DEFINITELY keep reading! So glad I found your blog.

  6. rayworth1973 says:

    I’m a lurker. I don’t get a chance to comment much but I do appreciate your words.

    Hey Ray, yours is another blog that I enjoy, though I don’t comment there much. I guess that makes me a lurker too!

  7. LKD says:

    I’m a new reader here. Glad I found you! Thanks for adding me to your list. I try to stay away from uplifting unless we are talking bras. And thank you for not using the words ‘triumphing’ ‘over’ and ‘adversity’ in that order. :)


    Hi Lorna– glad I found you too! As you age, you’ll probably want to use “uplifting” as regards to chins as well. But I enjoy your blog and many of your posts seem more shiny than mucky (though I like mucky too). And you’re welcome (note I didn’t use “prevail” or “hardships” either).

  8. Helle says:

    I’m so flattered Moonbeam!! Thank you thank you!! :)

    You’re so welcome, Helle. Thank YOU, for making me laugh!

  9. thebeadden says:

    I went over and checked. That is so cool! I can see why you like her blog so much!

    She so funny. Glad you like her too!

  10. kyllingsara says:

    Thank you for providing me with an excellent list of bloggers. I have found a few new blogs to follow. Good idea on the list.

    You’re so welcome, Sara! I’m going to try to do some of these compilations every now and then.

  11. Care says:

    Here’s another but I don’t have any fancy button to give: The CAREBEAR Award. You win!! woo hoo. :D

    Oooooh, I love this one!! Thank you, Care!

  12. redflamefire says:

    i nominated you for a versatile blogger award.

    A lovely award from a wonderful blogger! Thank you so much!

  13. Kendall says:

    Moonbeam, you posted this when I was in a whirl of so much activity that I got a spate of migraines and am only just coming back from all that. Bless you. Thank you. I love you. And I’m so glad you got all these well-deserved and splendid rewards. Balloons! Confetti! And a box of Plus tissues for your poor nose (the subsequent blog post) and that of the Grandpea. I love your blog. I love that you’re in the world, doing what you do.

    I’m so glad you posted this, Kendall. I was about to send you one of those annoying, “Are you okay” e-mails. Sooooo sorry about your migraine– does this mean the botox is a no-go, or does it take a while to build up?

    Anyway, thank you so much for the balloons, confetti, tissues and love. Feeling better, but wow– it’s a doozy. I’m sending love back, but no hugs until this passes.

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