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It’s not easy being a blogger.  People blog for all kinds of reasons.  Some have a “cause”, some have an expertise and some have a story. I started blogging for several reasons.

When the big wipeout came in the TV industry we were all sent to “coaches” and seminars and networking groups and they pretty much all had the same list of things you “have” to do…

• you have to tweet  (check)

• you have to join linkedin (check)

• make sure you are on facebook (check)

• you need to blog (huh, what the heck am I going to blog about?)

I didn’t really feel I had a lot to say, and I didn’t really feel that anyone would read it.  Somewhere after the first couple attempts at being brilliant and profound I decided I really enjoyed writing again. It occurred to me that if no one was going to read it anyway I could write what I wanted to write and that’s what I started to do.  I have no children or grandchildren so I couldn’t join the ranks of the Mommy/Daddy/Grandparent bloggers. My bout with cancer is long gone and although I have a couple of stories to share my “journey” with it is over. I haven’t done any photography in years so that was out.  In the end I just decided to write about stuff I cared about, stuff that made me happy, stuff that made me laugh and stuff that made me cry.  Once it was posted it would be out there … forever… and whether I had kids or not someday someone might read it and know I was here. Not to mention as I get older it makes it easier for me to remember if I can go back and read about it.

So, I write.  I don’t write every day like some.  I like to write weekly but sometimes that turns into bi-weekly and occasionally monthly.  I don’t have a huge following. I don’t even have a little following. In fact I pretty much have no following – 35 as of this writing. I do know hundreds of people actually read the posts and I get a lot of emails commenting on the posts but for some reason even my family and friends have not figured out how to push on that little button that says “follow” or to actually comment on the blog and not send an email.  I read of other bloggers who are “new” and have hundreds of followers and are gushing with gratitude. Who cares? Right? Well, apparently I do.  One day after a particularly long spell between posts I received a comment on my blog asking if I was OK because they had noticed I hadn’t posted for awhile. This comment came from someone I have never met, who lives in another country and who’s work I admire a great deal. Now he is a blogger! You can find Otto von Münchow at his blog Münchow’s Creative Photo Blog or at his most recent adventure  Øystein og Otto’s Blog

That one comment changed everything and I realized that I was a part of this community. This community of bloggers.

He has been encouraging and supportive and has twice named me for an award the most recent being the Angelika Award.  “The Angelika Award is for those who have touched my humble life, like a book, like a teacher, like a master.” That is quite the statement and I can honestly say that statement best describes Otto.

As part of The Community of Bloggers (see how that just became an official name?)… membership has its responsibilities.  You must read and support other peoples blogs. Now, the support part is not that difficult but the read part can wear me down.  I really enjoy reading other people’s blogs. Some of them are amazing!  However,  it is hard enough to keep up with daily posts, but some people post 2, 3, 4 times a day or whenever a random thought crosses their brain.  I keep saying I have to stop following them, but then I hit one of their gems that had me follow them in the first place and I say, “Never mind!”.  Seriously though, the number one reason I don’t blog more is that most of my spare time is taken up by reading blogs.

Another way we, The Community of Bloggers,  support each other is to share blogging awards and promote each other’s blogs.  I have been fortunate to receive some of these awards from my fellow bloggers.  Each of these awards comes with instructions some of which are simple, some of which … well, not so much.  Some bloggers throw caution to the wind and don’t follow the rules or make up their own as they go along.  One of the common rules is to nominate other bloggers for the award. It could be 5. It could be 10. One blogger totally threw out any and all rules and just pointed to 100 blogs. Yes, I said 100!  I am still working my way through that list. Why you may ask? Good question.  Although 75% of those blogs may not interest me, 25% will and I will be glad I read them. I will probably end up following about 10% of them.  That is exhausting!

My latest nomination came from Cdn Stormlover (Lee), over at Life In The Dash Lane.  She is funny,feisty and fierce. Thank you Lee for nominating me for the Versatile Blogger Award. I am not necessarily a fan of rules but I do believe in following tradition so I will adhere to the instructions:

If you are nominated, you’ve been awarded the Versatile Blogger award.

• Thank the person who gave you this award. That’s common courtesy. (Check…please see above)

• Include a link to their blog. That’s also common courtesy — if you can figure out how to do it. (Check…please see above…easy peasy)

• 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.

Here are the 15 Bloggers  I nominate for the Versatile Blogger Award.  All are worthy of a click through and a follow. 

Fabulous 50’s

The Middlest Sister

JavaGirl’s Life

The Byronic Man

Sweet and Weak

GINGERFIGHTBACK

Life With The Top Down

Woggins Writing

Experiments in Experience

Mostly Bright Ideas

The Good Greatsby

The Big Sheep Blog

Merrily We Roll Along

Speaker 7

Journalist On The Run

Ok Lee, here are 7 things about me…

1) Green is my favourite colour, but not emerald or forest green. I really like Olive green.

2) I don’t know what “Freshly Pressed” is. Anybody?

3) The best St. Patrick’s Day party I ever went to was in Maui.

4) I hate green tea. It tastes like dishwater.

5) I organize my computer files into so many layers you need a treasure map to find anything.

6) I like to name inanimate objects. I once had a Christmas tree named Ralph but changed it to Irving after reading a story about Irving Berlin.

7) I really like my last list of 7 better than this one.

I will write it. They may not come. You can lead a reader to a post but you can’t make them follow.

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Not too long ago I suggested you visit some of my favourite blogs.  One of the blogs I mentioned was Münchow’s Creative Photo Blog by Otto von Münchow.  My admiration for Otto’s  amazing talent has steadily increased with each post. It will come as no surprise how honoured I am to find that Otto has recently nominated me for the “Kreativ Blogger Award”.

“What’s that?”, you say.  Good question. My knowledge of this award, I admit, was…well… OK, I had no knowledge of this, so I figured I had better find out. The nearest I can find out is that it was started in May of 2008 in a post by  a Norwegian woman: Hulda Husfrue .  My understanding is ( it is written in Norwegian and sadly I am not fluent), through various “interpretations”, that it started as a way to congratulate and encourage fellow bloggers on the work they do.  Kind of a “Pay It Forward” for bloggers. These are the most consistant basic rules I have found:Kreativ Blogger Award

  1. You must thank the person who has given you the award.
  2. Copy the logo and place it on your blog.
  3. Link the person who has nominated you for the award.
  4. Name 7 things about yourself that people might find interesting.
  5. Nominate 7 other Kreativ Bloggers.
  6. Post links to the 7 blogs you nominate.
  7. Leave a comment on each of the blogs to let them know they have been nominated.

The most difficult  part for me is the things about me. I am pretty straightforward so there isn’t much about me you don’t already know, so here goes…

– I was once struck by lightening and lived to tell the tale. My only witness was hit as well, so credibility is questionable.

– I have a “thing” about  purses. Some would say, “green purses” but I am not prejudice, I love all colours.

– I am more comfortable wandering around the Las Vegas strip than I am in my own neighbourhood.  (I know… that’s just weird.)

– I love, love, love Irish Wolfhounds and have wanted one since I met a redheaded one named Rocky at an Irish Festival many years ago.

– Vampire stories are my favourite.

– I am addicted to Hawkins Cheezies and have had to partake in rehab for that.

– A simple act of kindness can make me weep like a baby.

My Nominations Are:

Many thanks, Otto, for nominating me. I am honoured.

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There it is again.
During a call home, my husband let me know that he had mentioned (yet again) to someone that they should read my blog. My Paul has to be my biggest fan. He is encouraging, he is proud and (sometimes to my great discomfort) he is a totally unbiased, harsh editor. But he often recommends my musings to people.

This is the part that snapped my head back a bit…
“I told her you were usually funnier, but …”
Excuse me? Was he apologizing for me? Yes, it was an innocent comment not meant with any kind of malice. However, the only thing that caused him to narrowly miss being locked out when he got home and having to deal with the wrath of “M” when he finally got in was that it wasn’t the first time I had heard it. In fact, truth be told, I myself recently wrote a comment to someone that said they might enjoy some of my previous posts more. (The nerve of me!)

Upon further review I have to admit, I have had a pretty sobering and somber year of blogging. Understandably so, as I had a pretty sobering and somber year. Let’s see, there was death, disease, job loss, and let’s not forgot moving far enough away that homesickness is now my best friend. But enough is enough. When people start making excuses for you not being amusing any more there is an indication that some witty repartee is in order. It is definitely time to lighten up.

I decided to search for some inspiration, where else but the internet. It has been a while since I have actively searched out new blogs to read. There are several that I follow and read faithfully. One of my first is still one of my favourites. Writer Dad  by Sean Platt (and now his wife Cindy posts as well). When I first read “Wrapping the Morning Glories”  it effected me so much that I knew I would be reading this man’s work in a big way for the rest of my life. He did not disappoint. He has gone on to write several books in a very wide range, including Children’s books — Syllable Soup (which I read even though I don’t have kids), Four Seasons, an intricately woven novel of how people effect each other, A horror novel, Available Darkness, (which I devoured) and a thriller serial series, Yesterday’s Gone (which I can never get enough of). Both of these were written with his writing partner, David Wright. Sean has also written “how to” books such as, Writing Online, and 100 Blog Post Ideas That Work. This guy can make me laugh, cry and want to sleep with the light on. How versatile is that? Yeah, I’m his number 1 fan, but not in a creepy, Kathy Bates/Misery kind of way.

I got lost. That’s right, I got lost in the internet. I have spent countless hours searching out new blogs, reading new blogs and loving new blogs! I made a point of reading at least two posts from each blog I found to give them a fair chance. Then there were the ones I couldn’t stop reading. The ones that I felt compelled to read post after post because … well, I just couldn’t stop. Here are a few:
Verena Fischer loves to Tango. In fact she has a blog about just that, Te quiero tango!  However, it is her other blog that I found through this one that has me captivated. Experiments In Experience (one day at a time). With Experiments in Experience Verena has made a commitment to take photos every day and share one of them on this blog. She is a gifted photographer who is able to make every day scenes into art, and the words she chooses to share only enhance the image. I love seeing her surroundings through her eyes … every day.

Lesley Carter is the Queen of Adventure and has the blog to prove it! Lesley Carter – Travel, Adventure, & New Experiences  has me holding my breath and my heart at the same time as I read each exciting adventure one after another. Whether it is bungee jumping, rock climbing, caving, white water rafting , paragliding, swimming with beluga whales or sky diving, Lesley takes you along for the ride as she tells her tales with all the shock and awe she experiences. All accompanied by the most stunning photographs. I have been living vicariously through her since I discovered her blog…well, maybe not the part where she flew through the air on a trapeze in her wedding gown.

Java Girl says she blogs about random things in her daily life or anything that catches her eye at the moment. What caught my eye were the things she found interesting enough to make it to her blog, Java Girl’s Life  She hooked me in with Race You To The Bottom Of the Pool  (seriously, stop reading right now and check out the shots of this place … just don’t forget to come back). She kept me fascinated with her Magical Little Hotel in Chile and had me browsing through her archives with Some Cool Sand Sculptures  and Jason Taylor’s Underwater Sculptures . She is clever, witty, charming, emotional and really hard to stop reading.

Linda Jeffers Photography Blog struck a personal note with her stunning post A Photo Shoot of Women Experiencing Hair Loss As A Result Of Chemotherapy. Been there done that and wish someone had thought of this sooner.

Perhaps my favourite new blog is that of  Otto von Münchow. I got caught up on one of his websites (both are worth having a look at,  Otto von Münchow & Blue Hour Photo Workshops) checking out his portfolio when I stumbled onto his blog, Munchow’s Creative Photo Blog. His visuals are stunningly striking and quite frankly often take my breath away. However, the accompanying story with the insight into the photographs is gripping.

I know that is more than a few, but I guarantee each and every one is worth your checking them out. Hopefully they can inspire you the way they have inspired me. I would love to know what you think of them.
Oh, and I promise to lighten up a little.

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