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
- 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.
- Louise Allan – invaluable writing posts and spot-on book reviews.
- If Melinda Tognini hadn’t nominated me first I’d most definitely have nominated her – Treefall Writing is newer but clearly one to follow!
- Inspire Portal – “WISDOM, WELLNESS AND WRITING FOR CONSCIOUS CREATIVES – 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
- Laura Zera mostly on travel and mental health, a blog I keep coming back to.
At first, I thought I’d struggle to think of enough, then found myself struggling to keep the list manageable. Apologies to those who didn’t make the short-list. (Addendum: blogs originally listed that no longer exist or have changed focus and are no longer useful have been deleted)
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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© 2014 Jacquie Garton-Smith (updated 2020)
Thanks for the nomination, Jacquie! Much appreciated. xx
A pleasure Louise – I can only aspire to have a blog like yours! xx
Thank you so much, Jacquie. It’s an honor to be nominated. I also love that I’m already familiar with a number of blogs you mentioned — a sure sign that we do have community in the digital world — and for those I don’t know, I’ll be sure to check them out. And if it makes you feel any better, my head of hair is also very “unpigmented,” as the kind ladies at the hair salon like to call it. You’ve got the perfect hair color for *not* showing it, though! xo
Glad there are a few you didn’t know Laura – hope you enjoy them. Yes having cursed the blonde tones for a lifetime of … well being treated like a blonde … I am now appreciating them more to hide the greys (love your term for it!)
Thanks so much for including me in your list, Jacquie. I’m very honoured, and as Laura says, some great company to be in!
As for the hair, I decided to take a year off hair colour in 2010, and I’ve never gone back! (I’ve even had some people say, “Like your colour.” They think I’ve spent hours in the salon to get these natural “tones and highlights”. 😉 )
Thanks Belinda for being such a fabulous and friendly guide!
Love the liberation of throwing off the shackles of hair colour and the compliments the new look has earned you! It really is an exposé on what we do to (try to) look good and what it costs us. Actually we didn’t get onto cost but wow all that hair colouring can add up!
Looking forward to the continued pleasure of opening my emails to see a post from you!
Congratulations Jacquie! And thanks for all the wonderful blog recommendations. I’m eager to check some of them out =).
Thanks Cas – I do hope you find some of them useful! Happy writing.
Thank you Jacquie! That’s really lovely.
All thanks to you – I find your updates so valuable Natasha! I am constantly inspired by how much support there is for writers online, and you make a huge contribution in that space.