Like the lovely Melinda Tognini, whose erudite thoughts you can read at Treefall Writing and who kindly nominated me, I have decided to gratefully accept and participate in the “One Lovely Blog Award” because I like the idea of supporting other bloggers. I’ve seen a similar scheme badged under “The Versatile Blogger Award” and I’m sure there are others. Of these “awards” what I have enjoyed is seeing blogger’s recommendations of other blogs that I may not have otherwise found, many of which I have ended up following.
A nominated blogger who chooses to participate is asked to:
- mention the person who made the nomination;
- add the award logo to their post;
- list seven things about him/herself; and
- nominate other blogs for the award and let them know.
So in the spirit of fulfilling these requirements …
7 things about me (I’ve strived for things you most likely won’t know):
- Living the first five and a half years of my life in Kalgoorlie has conditioned me to hate going outside with bare feet – the ground was often blisteringly hot and not infrequently full of nasty prickles.
- I howled in confused terror the first time I saw rain – I was born during a drought and didn’t experience rain until we travelled to London to visit my grandparents when I was aged 2 ½ years. Paradoxically I am always comforted to hear rain on the roof now.
- I also vividly remember screaming at the colour TV when Playschool featured a tractor driving towards the camera that same holiday – I thought it was going to drive out of the screen. There was no television broadcast in Kalgoorlie so it was all new to me (indeed when TV came to Kal a couple of years later it was only in black & white).
- I adore silence when I’m alone – so good for the soul just to be rather than fill the void of an empty house with TV or radio.
- I am not sure if my love of dragonflies came from my love of art nouveau or if I was drawn initially to art nouveau because of all the dragonflies.
- One of the many things I love about Australia is the multicultural cuisine – yum! The palate has no excuse to be bored in this country.
- I have more grey hair in the latter half of my forties than my mother does in her seventies.
And the nominees are … a mixture of new and not-so-new bloggers. I will not be at all offended if those I nominate prefer not to accept the award. This is about sharing blogs I enjoy, not obligating anyone! My rationale is that to support emerging bloggers, established bloggers who post GREAT content should also be eligible. I think you’ll see my bent for writing, creativity and health with the huge overlap noted.
Because I am a list-freak (you possibly already know that from my bio’s) I need order and this may help you work out which are relevant for you:
- Tips from Belinda Pollard at Small Blue Dog Publishing – one word = INVALUABLE
- Natasha Lester – a veritable font of writing support
- Elizabeth Spann Craig – great posts and a weekly list of twitterific links which are fab too.
- Joanna Penn at The Creative Penn and Molly Greene – both share all manner of wonderful insider knowledge about writing and publishing.
- Write to Done claims “Unmissable articles on writing” – close to the mark.
- Writer Unboxed – varied and helpful posts and I highly recommend the WU Facebook group too.
- If Melinda Tognini hadn’t nominated me first I’d most definitely have nominated her – Treefall Writing is newer but clearly one to follow!
- Because authenticity and creativity go hand in hand I have categorised Dionne Lew’s Be Your Whole Self here … but this blog truly has so much more!
- Inspire Portal – there’s a lot here to browse so I recommend you visit the “About” page for an explanation of the tabs – The Island, The Boat, The Beach, The Temple, The Juice Bar and The Forest …
- Fellow GP, Dr Edwin Kruys at Doctor’s Bag taught me heaps about how doctors can blog, especially the older posts on his Social Media tab.
- For Australian GPs: FOAM4GP – A fabulous free quality online medical education blog.
A wonderful hotchpotch of the above topics and more
- Mother, doctor and writer, Louise Allan on “Life from the Attic” – heartfelt posts and spot-on book reviews.
- Laura Zera mostly on travel and mental health, a blog I keep coming back to.
- Dionne Lew – Yup, a second nomination for Dionne but a very different and useful blog.
At first I thought I’d struggle to think of 15, then found myself struggling to keep the list to 15. Apologies to those who didn’t make the short-list.
What are your thoughts on awards like these?
What great blogs have I missed?
I’d love to hear about blogs that you’d suggest are worth a visit – please share them in the comments.
With best wishes for your creative health and that of our community.
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