The Versatile Blogger Award

My bloggie friend Wendy over at Quarter Acre Lifestyle just nominated my blog for the Versatile Blogger Award.

http://quarteracrelifestyle.wordpress.com/2013/11/23/the-versatile-blogger-award/

Wendy is a fellow kiwi and has a great blog recording her almost self sufficient life-style – all done with humour, honesty and good intent!  She blogs about her garden and random daily doings, reblogs interesting posts and also puts up really great recipes and links to healthy and yummy foods – I’ve squirreled away a few of her recipes now and am addicted to the great nut and seed loaf she introduced me to a few weeks back..

There are rules around these awards and I am copying and pasting from Wendy’s blog to ensure I do it all correctly 🙂

“When you consider nominating a fellow blogger for the Versatile Blogger Award, consider the quality of the writing, the uniqueness of the subjects covered, the level of love displayed in the words on the virtual page. Or, of course, the quality of the photographs and the level of love displayed in the taking of them.

Honor those bloggers who bring something special to your life whether every day or only now and then.”

VBA Rules

  • Thank the person who gave you this award. That’s common courtesy.
  • Include a link to their blog. That’s also common courtesy — if you can figure out how to do it.
  • Next, select 15 blogs/bloggers that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly.  (I would add, pick blogs or bloggers that are excellent!)
  • Nominate those 15 bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award — you might include a link to this site.
  • Finally, tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself.

So, I’ve said thank you, I’ve given you the link to Wendy’s blog – please do go and have a chat with her, she’s so lovely you won’t regret it.

I have to name 15 names – that’s a lot – I’ll leave it til last I think!

So7 things about myself:

I wanted to be a ballet dancer when I was a child, then I wanted to be an opera singer – I can do neither.

I love the ocean with a passion – but you probably knew that already.

I am an early bird, usually up by 5am, sometimes earlier, it’s such a beautiful time of day and it’s often my most creative time.

I love red boots  – I love any colour boots!

I am a deep thinker who once took life too seriously.

I love all animals, but am essentially a cat person.

I love living alone.

I could do 15 of these!!

But now I need to find 15 bloggers to nominate for this award.

There’s an aspect to this that I am uncomfortable with because I do not want to miss out any of the people whose blogs I enjoy.  And also, I know some bloggers do not accept these awards – I would have been one of them, but Wendy’s words changed my mind:

“I like doing it because it is acknowledgement to others that I really enjoy their blogs, it is a compliment. So…if you cannot for any reason accept your nomination please accept the compliment (nothing more needs to be done.)  I enjoy all the blogs I read so if your name isn’t here know I do appreciate all of the ones I follow.”

I couldn’t have said it better myself!   🙂

I went through the list of blogs I follow and chose the blogs I read and enjoy regularly that meet my personal criteria of having substance, humour, honesty and interesting content.

Some are blogs I’ve been reading for as long as I’ve been blogging – others are newer friends, one is very new – but I made a connection!  Some publish on a regular schedule, some are more like me and publish ad-hoc as and when the feeling takes them – others are quiet for a long time between posts – which makes them even more appreciated when they do reappear!

If I named you and you don’t accept these awards, I understand – just ignore it, but please do accept the compliment 🙂

And if I missed you, its only because I wasn’t allowed to list 16 blogs!

VB #7

Teddy and Tottie     http://teddyandtottie.com

A Random Harvest      http://arandomharvest.wordpress.com

The Road to Serendipity     http://theroadtoserendipity.wordpress.com

Life Is A Camino    http://lifeisacamino.com

Gardening Nirvana    http://gardeningnirvana.com

Boomdeeadda    http://boomdeeadda.wordpress.com

Fingerprintwriting   http://fingerprintwriting.wordpress.com/

My Dogablog   http://mydogablog.com/

Farmlet     http://farmlet.wordpress.com

Patricia Awapara Blog    http://awapara.wordpress.com/

Junguemail Contessa     http://junquemail.wordpress.com/

The Top 10 of Anything and Everything     http://theverybesttop10.com/

Contadina K    http://contadinak.wordpress.com/

Poet4justicedotwordpress.com    http://poet4justicedotwordpressdotcom.wordpress.com/

Marking Our Territory    http://markingourterritory.wordpress.com/

Thanks for coming by today, I love that you did!  🙂

Blogging – A New Community Concept

I finally got around to signing up for the Freshly Pressed  posts – I’m slow on the uptake sometimes, I just live in my own wee world….. It has taken me a while to figure out that some of the bloggers I follow are using the weekly and daily prompts to express themselves, to practise the art of  photography, poetry, writing – whatever it is they are into, and I have been so impressed with many of the posts I am reading on a regular basis.

Inevitably I decided to join in too.

And this has meant that even more of my time has been spent drifting about in the blog-o-sphere getting to know a few more folk, dipping in and out of lives like a ghostly eavesdropper….. sometimes leaving a message, sometimes not.  Sometimes remembering to click ‘follow this blog’ and sometimes not [which I know will lead to a moment of angst when I want to find that post or person again.]

I’m new at this stuff and have been amazed at the world that exists here – I wrote a post a couple of weeks back titled I Like Blogging!  where I attempted to explain all the unexpected delights I was discovering, and now those delights just keep on increasing.  

There are so many interesting people out there – it feels like I can sit in my wee home and meet the entire world!  I’m in danger of never actually doing anything ever again – I may just spend the rest of my days sitting in front of my computer, reading about all the things other people are doing and experiencing!

I enjoy posts from all kinds of people, on all kinds of subjects and I especially enjoy a good chuckle, if not a belly laugh.

But – and now I’m getting to the point of this post – more and more I am reading autobiographical posts that are heart-wrenchingly honest and open and wounded and raw.

I have read posts that leave me sitting silent at the final word, or saying ‘Wow!’ out loud – posts that remind me of – or take me back through –  my own life experiences, posts that make me sit up and take notice, posts that move me to tears.

Some posts deserve slow and careful reading to truly take in the events, to taste the descriptions, to hear the music, to touch the soul of the writer.

All are open and honest and trusting that their words will be read with respect if not full understanding and empathy,  

I read their words and I meet the soul of the writer – the shining being who is suffering or who has suffered, and who is over-coming and is learning and growing and becoming stronger and wiser.

Pain gives us the opportunity to grow and mature and become better people.  Through pain we may learn our life-lessons, to develop our empathy and intuition and perhaps even get an inkling of an understanding of our reason for being here.  Painful events do not define us, it is what we do with those events that we will be remembered for.

This then is the real gift of the blog-o-sphere.  In our fast paced, ever moving, technologically driven modern time when community is fast becoming an endangered concept, and more and more people live outside of the accepted ‘norm’ the blog-o-sphere offers a new community – an enlarged extended family of people interested in people, supporting and caring, empathising and listening to each other.  

So I remain impressed, I am enchanted and most of all I am uplifted to see that here there is a safe platform for expression of personal pain and a community that allows that expression and responds in kind with affirmations, sympathy, empathy and sometimes even [the kindest of] humour.

Rock on bloggers!

And if you knew all this before I apologise for taking up your time – but thanks for reading to the end 🙂

And I promise this is my last post about my thoughts on blogging 🙂

Have a great day and reach out to someone who needs to hear your voice, feel your empathy and touch your soul.

I like Blogging!

I’ve decided I’m liking this blogging thing! And not in any way for the reasons I thought I might when I started ……………….. I started the blog purely to keep a record of the stuff coming out of my play room before it was given away or segued into something other.

Within days it had changed, featuring a post about my drug addicted companion animal Orlando, to the new found pleasure of returning to my long lost ‘old way’ of preparing and eating foods that nurture my health [and are also pleasurably tasty!]  A post about an encounter in the supermarket was my most popular, probably due to its unbecoming title! Then I again remembered my original intention to post pages of work in my art journal – which saw my brief popularity die away at a rate of knots!

Throughout all these weeks however I too have been drifting quietly about in the blogging ether – not just on WordPress either – , quietly popping in to peek into someones thoughts or art work or music or just visiting a while – you may have missed me sitting quietly in a corner of your blog, listening intently to what you have to say, but not yet ready to clear my voice and proffer my thoughts – or I may have just floated on past and not chosen to stay for some reason.

I’ve found myself to be choosy about whom I follow – I’m looking for bloggers who make me chuckle or giggle, or who make me sway to their music or want to join in with their song. I’m looking for inspiration and elevation and aspiration and yes, sometimes even information. What I’m not looking for are the moaners and groaners and wingers and whiners – no – if you don’t like it, do something about it, don’t just sit at your key board and harangue us all. These are the blogs I didn’t visit for long.

And now I’m getting towards my point – I’ve found some interesting folk in far-flung parts of the world – well from me anyway, who lives in one of the furthest flung places known to man ……… where everything is upside down and round the wrong way from the rest of the world – Easter in Autumn, Christmas at Mid- Summer and Mid-Winter in June! In a land where there are no indigenous animals only birds – and many of them now extinct because they were birds who had forgotten how to fly. The rest are pretty much invisible to us as they come out only at night and have to live on protected islands off the main islands due to the amount of introduced feral animals who like to eat our peculiar 2-footed creatures!

A land which many of you who live in far-flung places say is part of Australia – a statement which makes my countrymen and women rear up in horror! [Once I was on an aeroplane somewhere over Europe, and a sweet American man on hearing my nationality asked me if I knew his cousin who lived and worked in Sydney].

So, from my little corner of the world I visit with lovely people who live in exotic or pedestrian places and who write about their lives and their passions and who allow me to pop in for a bit and be touched in some way. My latest discovery is a writer in Jamaica, I also follow a number of artists and crafters liberally scattered across the globe, a gal somewhere in America’s south who keeps me up with country music and related info and a couple of musicians who entertain me with vastly different sounds. An adventurer with a soul and a mountaineer I used to work with. I follow health blogs, music blogs and craft blogs.  I follow blogs about books and blogs by writers, I follow a song writer who doesn’t blog much and I follow a blog about a dog who says a lot. I say little in most of them, just enjoying the range of expression the world has on offer and also the similarity between us all, no matter the age, the culture, the personal interest or the education level.

I am inspired and feel myself once again to be an adventurer in the world. This is perhaps the main reason why I shall now keep blogging. Who knew!!

Thanks for stopping by, and have an enjoyable and well-read day!