I’ve been given a Versatile Blogger Award
Wow, my first award. How cool.
The Versatile Blogger Award is a means for bloggers to support each other, and recognize great, versatile, and helpful blogs.
Last week, I was added to the list by Derek Berry of Word Salad. Derek Blogs about different kinds of lettuce, and the best dressings to go with them. Well, not really… but just give him time. He’ll get to it. Please check out his site. And thanks, Derek for choosing me!
I don’t know how versatile I am. I’m mainly writing to help others… it’s just in my nature. I’m all warm and fuzzy that this blog has caught on so quickly, and I have so many followers. It’s kind of humbling… Thanks, guys.
So, the details: In accepting this Grand Honor, I need to do a few things.
#1: I need to nominate 15 other blogs for this dubious honor. (And let them know they were chosen)
#2: I need to expose share 7 facts that most people don’t know about me. Yikes.
I really want to think over those 15 Blog sites. A few of them are no-brainers… the ones I enjoy and hop to frequently. I’m trying to figure out if I have 15 great ones, though. I don’t want to pick just anyone. I want to think over the really good ones. (Sorry, I’m anal that way)
Hmmmmm. I guess let’s start with me…
1. I own a show dog that’s worth more than most people’s first cars. Pretty weird for me since up until 8 months or so ago I was a sworn “Pound Dog” person.
2. I love to play with my kids. Especially in public. Only a parent can get away with running through a field pretending to be an air-plane, or can go to one of those Blow-Up Jump Zone places, and scale up the walls and go down those giant slides, or jump around in a bounce-house. I feel sorry for all those parents that just sit there and watch. PLAY WITH YOUR KIDS. What, are you afraid of what you look like? Who cares! Have fun! Before you know it, they’ll be seventeen and not want anything to do with you!
3. I graduated in the top 5 of my High School class (I think, it was a long time ago) and I graduated with Honors from College (English, Communications, and Mass Media) Yeah, I’m a word geek.
4. My hobbies are Swimming, Hiking, and Writing. Nothing’s more relaxing than a hike through the woods. The other day, my kids and I found a dinosaur nest! You’ll never know where your imagination can bring you in the wilderness.
5. I used to paint Animation Cells (Like in the Disney Store) but I haven’t picked up a paintbrush in 11 years, since my first son was born.
6. I hate unnecessary cursing, in real life… and in novels. The F-bomb is not an adjective, people! I also hate it when people mess with the English Language. Whoever put “ain’t” in the dictionary should be shot.
7. I’m shy. Yeah, really I am. Well, maybe not totally shy. I’m not afraid of people, I’m just the worst conversationalist in the world. Problem is, there is no one in a 10 mile radius that has the same interests as me, so I’m helplessly lost when people start talking about football (or any other sport) or when they go on about how many different medications they are taking for this many ailments. Ugh! Now, Adjectives and Adverbs…THERE’s a fun conversation! Heck, I’ll even talk about music if you like what I like (unlikely) or hiking. Anything FUN. Absolutely no-one wants to talk about writing. Thanks goodness for my writer’s group! (Which I have to drive a half-hour to get to—Ugh)
Well, there you go. I expounded a little, so you learned more than you probably wanted to know. I should have made it short and sweet, but hey, I’m a rebel. I used to have pink hair. OOPS! Now you know eight things!
Okay, now the 15 Versatile Blogger Nominees. Some of these people may have been nominated before. I didn’t research. These are just my favorites. A few of them are professionals, so maybe they shouldn’t be included… but their blogs are so cotton-picking good that I couldn’t help but mention them.
My Versatile Blogger Choices
1. Nathan Bransford-This is the first site I found, and what a GREAT resource for writers. If you have not been there, stop now and shoot over. I found all my current beta-partners there. It’s a great, friendly group of writers. I unfortunately have not been there in a few months. Time constraints and all, but I can always find something interesting in the forums. Although I have not navigated there, I read his blog (it’s emailed to me) all the time.
2. Brenda Drake-I love her site. She always has great contests, and she fashions them to make you branch out and read other blogs. Nicely done, Brenda.
3. Natalie Hartford: I came across Natalie through Row80. I really enjoy her end of the week reviews of great stuff that’s happened in other people’s blogs. With my schedule, it’s easy to miss the “good stuff”. I can trust Natalie to let me know where it is. (and I’m always tickled when I’m included in her line-up)
4. Liza Kane-Nice, down to earth writing. She is very sincere, and always a nice read. If you’re having a bad day, click on over and read Liza. She’s better than aspirin.
5. Jenny Keller Ford-[[DISCLAIMER-She is one of my Beta Partners]]- but reading her blog pushed me to start my own. She also has great links to many writers’ Web Sites in her navigation bars. She is about to hit 10,000 reads, which blows my mind.
6. Gina Carey-Gina is an aspiring author who blogs about whatever comes to mind. She is very open, and I like her unassuming, “real” writing style. She is a new blogger… She’s only been around for about four months but she digs in like a pro.
7. Kristina Stanley- Here’s a lady who can keep a focus. She’s out on a sailboat in the middle of the ocean for months, and manages to stop at a port once in a while to blog. She has a dog on board with her, which I find amazing. I wish I could take off for months at a time. Can you imagine writing your novel out in the middle of the ocean? If you like writing and boats, check out “Writing and Cruising Lifestyle”
8. Kait Nolan-I love Kait’s header. It’s what we all want when we can afford professional artwork. Kait mixes personal life with some anecdotes we can all relate to as writers. She also has a novel out there right now, and I love it when she gets excited when she gets a great review.
9. Row80-This is actually also Kait Nolan. Kait created Row80… and what a great idea! I for one, am not an avid fan of NANO. Row 80 lets you make your own goals, and then you are accountable to other “Rowers”. Just making me write down my goals weekly has pushed me to “get it done”. And I also have found some other great writers out there, and doubled the number of blogs I follow. Kudos, Kait!
10. Robin Weeks-I met Robin (in the cyber-world) a week after I started Blogging. She was the only one who commented on my first contest entry. She’s very nice, and likes to help other writers. Also, like me, she’s never met a contest she didn’t like. She’s also brave enough to post pictures of herself when she has the flu. Yikes!
11. Kristen Lamb – I love her sense of humor. She has a lot of great stuff in her blog, and she presents it in a way that anyone can relate to… and she’s published, so she has credentials behind her. Kudos to her for not turning the other cheek and moving on. She is still blogging for us all to enjoy.
12. Marji Laine: I like Marji’s outlook, and openness about things people are afraid to talk about. Her blog is nice, especially the pictures she digs up for each post. It really brings her words alive. Kudos, Marji!
13. Rachelle Gardner-This blog is especially great because she’s an agent. Who better to take advice from than your target audience? I love her post on what not to do when you’re querying.—a subject dear to my heart right now as I’m trudging through my own. This is a blog I read all the time.
14. Gloria Richard-Gloria is a hoot. If you read the comments on my blog, you’ll see Gloria here all the time. She’s lively and fun, and she has great posts on her blog to help people struggling through the evasive worlds of Twitter and Facebook and stuff like that. I’m all about words, but marketing? Thanks, Gloria… I’ll take all the help I can get.
15. Jane Friedman - Advice on just about anything. She’s a professor and speaker (so says her blog) and it shows. A lot of great info to dig your teeth into.
Well, there you have it… my fifteen nominees. Please take some time and visit the ones that you haven’t been to before. These are all great writers, and worth the “click”
And thanks for following along with me here!