The Blogger Recognition Award Post

Well, I got a surprise last week when I was nominated for The Blogger Recognition Award by Robert Goldstein at Art by Rob Goldstein.

I sincerely appreciate the award nomination – my blog is still 3 weeks shy of its first birthday, and recognition is always nice – as is the opportunity to pay the award nomination forward to other bloggers.

So, thank you again, Rob, for the nomination.

Blogger Recognition Award Rules:

  1. Select 15 other blogs to which you want to give the award. Do some digging if you must! Find those blogs. You cannot nominate yourself or the person who has nominated you.
  2. Write a post to show off your award! Give a brief story of how your blog got started, and give a piece or two of advice to new bloggers. Thank whoever nominated you, and provide a link to their blog. List who you’ve nominated in the post. Make sure to attach the award! (You can do this by right clicking, saving, and uploading the image above).
  3. Comment on each blog and let them know you’ve nominated them. Provide a link to the award post you created.

My list of nominees follows at the end of the post, and borrowing an idea from Rob’s own acceptance post, I also decided that I would seek out different blogs to nominate this time, and not just those at I read, and interact with, most often  (many of which do not accept awards, anyway). I liked the idea of pushing myself to broaden my horizons a bit, but time constraints made the decision a bit more daunting – so I’ve provided a bit of a mix here – some newly discovered blogs, and some that I frequent most often.

The story of my blog is a simple one, I think, although it took me a long time to finally start it. I love to write, I have many opinions about many things, and I love hearing what others think. I’m also an introvert, so blogging makes it possible to share, interact with others, and still withdraw when I need to without anyone thinking I’m anti-social. I finally got up the courage to start the blog on September 1st of last year. I wasn’t sure what direction I wanted to take, and in some respects it’s still a bit murky, but I’ve found a rhythm that I can work with in a combination of non-fiction options – opinion/commentary, quote sharing, and steam of consciousness. I also discovered a wonderful way to push myself bit earlier this year, and to become a part of a larger community, through the monthly 1000 Voices Speak for Compassion blog posts.

I never expected a particularly large following, and I’m surprised that I’ve found any readership beyond my family. But I, like any of us, would be lying if I said that I didn’t want to be read. Blogging on a public platform implies that you are hoping that your voice will be heard, and that your words will resonate with someone. I’m very grateful for the 144 followers that have found me, and especially for those who interact with me on a fairly regular basis.

I obviously haven’t got a magic formula for successful blogging, but the best advice I can give to new bloggers is to get involved. Reading other blogs, commenting on them, sharing when it seems right, and responding to comments all help us to continue to hone out own skills, and yes, to build an audience. I ‘met’ several other bloggers early on through the Blogging 101 & Blogging 102 classes that WordPress runs. The courses themselves helped me to focus bit, and to realize the importance of a regular schedule. Suggestions that I received from other attendees led to my regular Tuesday’s Quotes, and my semi-regular Sunday ‘commentary on the news’ posts. Most importantly, reading other blogs, commenting on them, sharing when it seems right, and responding to comments all help us to continue to hone out own skills, and yes, to build an audience.

The blogs that I’ve chosen to nominate, like others that I follow, are a diverse group. There are those where I love the writing style, although perhaps not always the views expressed, some that appeal to me on a personal level – shared experiences, similar views, similar backgrounds – some that are inspirational, creative, or otherwise resonated with me in a way that I felt should be recognized. The notifications will likely lag behind, but they will be done shortly. As always, my nominees are under no obligation to accept or acknowledge the nomination – I realize that many do not accept awards. In nominating them, my hope is that new readers will discover them. And so, in no particular order, my nominees are:

Far Beyond the Stars

Words We Women Write



La Audacia de Aquiles

Lady in Transition

Uncommon Graces

Susan’s Personal Blog

See, there’s this thing called biology



this nerd’s life

Kit Dunsmore’s Blog

Her Headache

Eclectic Alli


Liebster Award redux

I was very pleasantly surprised the other day to have been nominated for my second Liebster Award by 4 year old adult. I try not to let award nominations go to my head – but it is always nice to know that someone, outside of my family, actually reads this stuff. So – thank you very much for the nomination & the opportunity to share a bit more about myself.

My previous experience with the Liebster Award involved the additional step of listing random things about yourself, but I can be very uncreative, and since that does not seem to be a requirement this time around, I’ll just refer you to my previous award posts for anything else you might want to know about me. And, happily, this version also has only 8 questions!

The answers to the question that I was given are:

1. What is the most disgusting thing you have ever done?

Possibly eating the worm at the bottom of a bottle of mescal, but I’m a parent – many, many disgusting things have passed my way over the years.

2. What is the most wild fantasy you have ever had?

Possibly no one else’s cup of tea, but I would really love the opportunity to drive an F1 car, on the Monaco circuit, at speed.

3. Have you ever hit upon someone online?

No – my days of hitting on guys preceded the internet by a long, long time.

4. Which is your favorite movie genre and why?

Impossible question – in a theatre, I prefer action films because it makes full use of the screen and the sound system, but at home I’m really a mystery & suspense type of person.

5. Do you believe in God?

No, but I also think that what comes after this life is irrelevant. We all have a responsibility to do the best that we can, and to make our own piece of the universe a better place while we’re here. We should do that because it is the right thing to do – regardless of whether we believe in a higher being, or in any sort of afterlife.

6. Which punishment would you choose for hypocrites: shoot point blank or life imprisonment?

Well, I’m opposed to the death penalty (though it is tempting with some people…), so it would have to be life in prison with no possibility of parole. And an equally offensive cellmate.

7. Name one singer whose lips must be stitched for ever?

There are several who leave me wondering how they got recording contracts, but I just don’t listen to the ones I truly dislike.

8. Who is your favorite sport-person?

Assuming drivers count, Fernando Alonso. Failing that, I’m clueless.

Many of the bloggers that I read do not accept awards, but I rudely disregard that when I nominate. However, I do appreciate that decision, so, as always, I have no expectation that you accept, or acknowledge, the award, but hopefully the nomination will bring you some new readers. And my nominees are:

Far Beyond the Stars


Pheonix Grey

Science Alcove

Voices from the Margins

My questions for any of my nominees that choose to participate:

  1. If you could go back to any single point in history, when would you choose and why?
  2. Who is your favorite author?
  3. Why did you start blogging?
  4. How do you define happiness?
  5. If you could have dinner with any 3 people, living or dead, who would you choose, and why?
  6. What is the number one thing that you would like to see/do before you die?
  7. What was the last movie that you saw in a theater?
  8. What was the most unusual, or amazing, thing that you’ve ever seen?

Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award


Wow – this has been an amazing week (it may just start going to my head now…).

First, a mere week after my first two award nominations, Perse at Far Beyond The Stars nominated me for the Versatile Blogger Award, which I finally accepted in my previous post. Then, a couple of days later, A Momma’s View kindly nominated my for the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award. I’m not sure what the origins of the award are, but it just sounds so impressive. So thank you very much for the nomination, and as always, thank you for your own awesome blog(s).

This post, as you can see from the image & title, is my acceptance of the Sisterhood award…

The rules:

1. Thank the blogger who nominated you, linking back to their site. Above

2. Put the Award logo on your blog. Above

3. Answer the ten questions sent to you. Below

4. Make up ten new questions for your nominees to answer. Below

5. Nominate seven blogs. Below

My questions to answer:

1. If you could travel to the future, only to one specific time, when or what would it be and why?

I would like to travel maybe 100 years into the future to see how my direct descendants live their lives – so much has changed in the last 100 years, when my grandparents were teenagers/young adults – so many scientific advances, technology, medicine – that I’m more than a little curious how it will look in another 100 when my own great-grandchildren are the same age.

2. Who do you consider the most influential person in the world? 

Impossible to answer – different people are influential in different spheres for differing reasons. Personally, I admire Stephen Hawking more than most people, but certainly his sphere of influence is limited. The Pope has a great deal of influence, even among non-Catholics, but I also sometimes fear that celebrities have become more influential than thinkers or diplomats in our current culture.

3. Do you speak more languages than your mother tongue? If yes, how many and which one(s)?

I took 4 years of Spanish, and 3 of Latin in High School, but I would be lying if I said I spoke a language other than English (although I can read a bit)

4. What would top your bucket list right now?

There are so many places that I want to go & things that I’d still like to try. Right now, taking a supercar (not entirely picky) for a lap on a race track while I’m still fit enough is probably at the top of my list.

5. If you could be an animal for a day, which one would it be and why?

a snow owl – they’re beautiful birds, very capable of taking care of themselves, can fly, and have excellent eyesight. And owls are my totems.

6. Who is your favorite Character in a book, TV Show or Movie and why?

George Smiley. I love John LeCarre, and in George Smiley he painted a picture of a brilliant, flawed, hero – who really wasn’t all that nice a guy. The character stayed with me through the decades in a way that few other characters have.

7. What advice would you have loved to have been given when you were young?

Don’t sweat the small stuff. And it’s something I continually try to reinforce in my own children.

8. Are you happy?


9. What is the question people as on a regular base which annoys you the most and why does it annoy you so much?

I couldn’t think of one. Generally, though, ‘favorite’ or ‘least favorite’ questions always seems to stump me (& I hate being stumped) – but in all cases, the answer is usually ‘it depends’.

10. Which quote you feel could have been written for you or your life?

There are many, but this one is probably most appropriate:

“The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.”

— William Arthur Ward

As far back as I can remember, I’ve been a pragmatist – and a firm believer in adaptation. Probably explains why Tai Chi was the only martial art/moving meditation that I bothered to learn.

10 Questions for my nominees to answer:

  1. Who is your favorite fictional character, and why?
  2. Why did you decide to begin blogging?
  3. If you could go back anywhere on your own timeline to give yourself some advice – would you?
  4. If you could go out for a cup of coffee with any one person – living or dead – who would you choose & why?
  5. Is there any one particular place that you would like to travel to if time and money were unlimited?
  6. Do you prefer mountains or oceans?
  7. Is there any activity that you’ve never tried that you would like to be able to do?
  8. What person or event influence you the most?
  9. Would yourself from 20 years ago recognize you now?
  10. Do you enjoy crossword puzzles?

My nominees:

Some of you were nominated by me earlier today for the Versatile Blogger Award (partly because my ‘following’ list is still relatively short & that award wanted 15 nominees). You are, of course, under no obligation to accept or acknowledge the nomination(s).  I also know that many of you have been nominated for multiple awards recently, and that a few of you don’t accept awards.  I hope that by sharing these awards new readers find you. 

Voices From The Margins


Perspectives On…

Rethinking Life

Trees of Transition

Heena Rathore P.

See, There’s This Thing Called Biology

Versatile Blogger Award


Wow – what an amazing couple of weeks. I somehow managed to get nominated for the The Versatile Blogger Award by Perse at the very interesting & well-written Far Beyond the Stars – still not letting it go to my head, though. I’m not sure that I’m all that versatile lately – but I do try to be. Thank you, Perse, for the nomination – I shall strive to live up to it!

Post-draft addendum: a few days ago I was nominated for the Sisterhood of the World Blogger Award by A Momma’s View. It might start going to my head. I’ll accept that award in my next post.

The rules:

  1. Show the award on your blog. DONE
  2. Thank the person who nominated you. DONE
  3. Share seven facts about yourself. DONE
  4. Nominate 15 blogs. DONE
  5. Link your nominees’ blogs, and let them know. In Progress/Possibly Done

7 facts about myself:

Okay – this is difficult because I don’t want to repeat myself, so here goes (& apologies for any repetition or apparent contradictions) – if you want additional info, it’s buried in my other posts.

  1. 30 years ago my now-husband & I quit our jobs, sold our belongings and spent a year traveling – with most of the time spent in India, Nepal, and Greece. 7 years later we went back to Nepal for our honeymoon.
  2. I’ve never been a huge poetry fan – it was probably all that memorization that we had to do in school – along with demands that we compose our own in assorted forms.
  3. I love photographing nature, but have very few pictures of my family, and even fewer of me.
  4. It has dawned on my over the last couple of years that I am a nerd – oh, well…
  5. I think that everyone that loves to have fun with words, and has a basic understanding of the plots to most of the literary classics, should read Jasper Fforde’s Thursday Next series.
  6. I do not watch any reality TV shows – never even tried Survivor or American Idol. That doesn’t mean I don’t watch any crap – just none of the ‘reality’ crap.
  7. The short novel that I’m currently writing is a dystopian satire, unlike any of my other stories/unfinished novels, which have all been either thrillers or mysteries. I’ve decided that like writing satire.

My nominees:

As always, I know that some of you have been nominated for multiple awards recently, and I know that a few of you don’t accept awards, so you are under no obligation to accept or acknowledge this nomination. And some of you will get additional nominations from me for subsequent awards because my ‘following’ list is still relatively short. My hope is that sharing these awards will help new readers find you.

Storytime With John


Wtf Am I On About Now

Voices From The Margins

Words We Women Write



Perspectives On…

Unsimple Life

Rethinking Life

Trees of Transition

This Counts As Writing, Doesn’t It?

4 Year Old Adult


Heena Rathore P.

Awards Part 2 – Premio Dardos Award

Premio Dardos Emblem

I was fortunate enough earlier this week to have been nominated for both the Real Neat Blog and the Premio Dardos awards by one of my favorite fellow bloggers and aspiring novelists a momma’s view. I was far from alone since she nominated everyone that had ever made her ‘Picks of the Week’ list (which was itself a great honor, and one that helped me find new readers to share with). So special, yes, but no worries about it going to my head. Thank you very much for including me in your Weekly Picks, and for choosing to pass along your well-earned rewards. And for sharing your own story.

This is my Premio Dardos Award post.

As you can see from the image below, this award is not very complicated to accept. The first 2 requirements were completed above. I’m afraid that I need to deviate a bit with my nominees, though. I haven’t been blogging very long, and I also had some blogs to nominate for the Real Neat Blog Award (since the combination idea has been recently used), so I only managed 11 – but my list is a heartfelt one, and includes blogs whose authors have been helpful in suggesting improvements to my blog, and encouraging in their feedback, and who happily met the criteria, as well as other blogs that I follow that I felt met the criteria. I know that many of my nominees were also nominated at the same time that I was, or don’t accept awards, and I understand completely if you choose not to participate. And please do not feel slighted if you were not included this time around – I’m still a bit overwhelmed by the entire process, and may well have missed one that should have been included.

The rules:

dardos rules

My nominees:

The Kindness Blog

Voices From The Margins

Science Alcove

See, There’s This Thing Called Biology

Silver Threading


Perspectives On…

Trees of Transition

Rethinking Life

Author Erika Kind

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Part 1 – Real Neat Blog Award


I was fortunate enough earlier this week to have been nominated for both the Real Neat Blog and the Premio Dardos awards by one of my favorite fellow bloggers and aspiring novelists a momma’s view. I was far from alone since she nominated everyone that had ever made her ‘Picks of the Week’ list (which was itself a great honor, and one that helped me find new readers to share with). So special, yes, but no worries about it going to my head. Thank you very much for including me in your Weekly Picks, and for choosing to pass along your well-earned rewards. And for sharing your own story.

This is my Real Neat Blog Award post.

Real Neat Blog Award Rules:

1. Put the Award Logo in your post (done)

2. Answer 7 questions asked by the person who nominated you (see below)

3. Thank the people who nominated you, linking to their blogs (done)

4. Nominate any number of bloggers you like, linking to their blogs (see below)

5. Let them know you nominated them (by commenting on their blog etc.) (in progress – possibly already done)

My 7 questions:

1) How would you best describe yourself?

Very hard question. Like most of us, I am many things, frequently at the same time. Generally content with my life. Very pragmatic. I’m verbal, not visual (so I write), and I’m analytic, and logic-oriented. I’m a mother, and a wife, very independent, somewhat past middle-aged, highly introverted.

2) Do you feel sometimes pressure to get more views or visitors on you blog?

Pressure? Not really, but every once in a while I do think that it would be nice to be able to find more people that I can engage with. And it is a bit disappointing to have a day with very few views (those stats are just too tempting to check)

3) How do you come up with your posts?

News, quotes that I’ve read, whatever is on my mind when I sit down to write since I do very little planning.

4) If you would have the power to change something in this world, what would it be?

Like beauty pageant contestants everywhere, I would love world peace. But I would settle for being able to address the world’s food issues. All of them – from drought & famine to sustainability.

5) Who would be your absolute dream guest blogger?

Thomas Jefferson. Seriously. But Lao Tzu would be pretty good, too.

6) If you would be a child, what would you do right now?

Probably begging my mother to take me to the ‘Y’ to swim (too cold here now). But since it is cold, I might be putting together a puzzle instead.

7) What is your favorite public holiday?

I’m torn on this one – I like most of them for different reasons. Thanksgiving is probably my favorite because I appreciate the idea of pausing to be thankful for what I have. But I also like the 4th of July since it happens in the summer & the fireworks from the Walkway Over the Hudson are a spectacular sight.

7 questions for the nominees to answer

  1. Who is your favorite author and why?
  2. If you could travel through time (forward or back), when/where would you like to arrive?
  3. Why did you decide to start blogging?
  4. Who/what were the biggest influences on your life choices?
  5. If you could change something in your own past, would you?
  6. What is your favorite season, and why?
  7. If you could have one superhuman/superhero ability, what would you choose?

My nominees:

I’ve kept my list of nominees fairly short, since I also had to nominate for Premio Dardos, but these are all very enjoyable, with very relatable authors. As always, and particularly since many of my nominees may have been nominated along with me, or do not accept awards, you are under no pressure to accept this nomination. And please don’t feel slighted if I left anyone off of the list this time around – I was overwhelmed with choices.

The Unsimple Life

the sailing of a teacup

Janey Does Blogging

Far Beyond The Stars

Wtf Am I On About Now