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).