I got the “One Lovely Blog” award once before, soon after I started blogging, which was a very nice thing to have happen at the beginning of this blogging journey.
Since then I’ve taken a Word Press blogging class, participated in a blogfest, and discovered “award-free” blogs. I understand the appeal of having an award-free blog, especially the comment that accompanies the announcement: “your comments are enough.” I feel that way too: comments are more than enough. It still boggles my mind (in a good way) that people I’ve never met before are reading this.
And yet. I’m still not ready to go award-free. (I’m also not ready to go gluten-free, or sugar-free, or fat-free 😉 I’m long past the school age when people do most of their award winning, yet I haven’t won very many awards in my life, and that’s been a little disappointing. Why turn one down?
So, without further ado, I would like to thank Kally at Middle Me for nominating me for the One Lovely Blog award. Kally writes a business advice blog from Kuala Lumpur. She has also worked in Singapore and Shanghai. I’ve never visited any of these places in real life, and I’m fascinated by advice columns. I used to read Ann Landers and Dear Abby religiously when I was growing up. I still read Miss Manners and Dear Whoever-happens-to-be-on-staff-at-your-publication when I run across them. It is interesting how the same issues come up over and over again in business, no matter where you are.
Rules of the award are as follows:
1. You must thank the person who nominated you and includes a link to their blog. (check)
2. You must list the rules and display the award (check)
3. You must add 7 facts about yourself (see below)
4. You must nominate 15 other bloggers and leave a comment on one of their posts to let them know they have been nominated. (see below)
#3: Seven facts about myself:
- I am now up to 1446 geocaching finds.
- Schedules are good for me, but I dislike daily commitments.
- I play the violin and the viola, and a little bit of piano, ukulele, and digeridoo.
- I always leave my Christmas decorations up until January 6, because that is Epiphany and the official end to the 12 days of Christmas.
- I don’t love the Beatles (don’t dislike them either, just don’t have a strong opinion about them one way or the other). My first exposure to the music of Paul McCartney was through “Silly Love Songs,” by Paul McCartney and Wings.
- I like walking better than running.
- I taught myself how to read before entering school and don’t remember not knowing how.
#4 My Nominees Are:
- Elisabet Regina – Your mind is a garden, your thoughts are seeds
- The Protagonist Speaks – Interviews with the Protagonists of Your Favourite Books
- Melting Pot Dharma – Many paths to spiritual wholeness
- Two are Better than One – Musings of a middle school assistant principal
- Memfis Mafia – A family in search of adventure
- Sharukh Bamboat – India destinations
- Sushi and Stuff – a new blogger just starting out
- What SUP? – SUP days are better than others (did you know that SUP stood for “Stand up paddleboarding”? I didn’t!)
- Life Lessons Biology – Fun, Informative Content for Biology Nerds
- LarnerHolt – Humorous reviews of pop culture
- TJ Deep Thinker – I know I can handle this moment simply because I am handling this moment
- Angelart Star – Beautiful Angel Art
- Cafe Book Bean – Coffee and Books
- One Bike, One Year – A bicycle trip about water and climate change
- Wild Currants – Because life is a journey
(I apologize if your blog is award free and I overlooked the icon, or if you just don’t do awards. Please take it as it was intended–as a compliment! And no pressure, only participate if you think it could be fun!)