The community I have found on WordPress has been simply amazing. The way bloggers connect and support each other here has added so much to this writing journey. I never expected to be able to truly relate to and get to know people on such a personal level, and yet I have found that in just a few short weeks I have done exactly that and am able to call several of my fellow bloggers friends.
As many of you know, I’ve been working frantically on a project, working toward a ridiculous self-imposed deadline. I’m proud to say I have met that deadline and while the work is far from done, I am able to spend a little time this weekend catching up.
I have been so honored to have been nominated by some fantastic bloggers for some of the blogging awards. These are a great way to recognize fellow bloggers for all their hard work. It helps spread the love and also lets other bloggers connect when they might not have otherwise run across each other. I truly value what these add to the feeling of community but have not been able to respond to the ones that I was nominated for while I was focusing on my goal.
Because I’ve been nominated for 6 awards I wanted to spare you all having to read 6 different posts. Although I know that responding to the questions is an important part of these and helps us all get to know each other in a different way, I am not going to post that all here. I love the questions that were asked, but it’s a lot to ask you to read.
So I’m taking a slightly different approach. I hope it still honors the spirit in which these awards were given, because I certainly mean no disrespect. The people who have nominated me have been active in connecting with me personally and I sincerely value their friendship.
I have been nominated by the following bloggers. They are all amazing and unique and I hope all who read this clicks each link to read at least one of their posts and spread the love.
Sunshine Bloggers Award
Mystery Blogger Award
Discovering Your Happiness
Blogging Chums Award
Objects and the Distance Between Them
Another important part of these awards is nominating fellow bloggers. In this way we “pay it forward” and the number of nominations grows exponentially. At times I’ve been rebuffed for nominating someone,once by a very public post (I’ve since determined his blog was not worth following). I understand that not everyone chooses to participate in these awards. We are all here for a different purpose. Answering the questions provided and finding blogs to nominate, following up with each nominee to let them know they’ve been nominated….that’s all a lot of work and isn’t in line with everyone’s goals.
I really do understand. And yet I want to be able to recognize those blogs that I find meaningful. So, given that I’m already breaking all the rules (which if you’ve read some of my other posts you know is very difficult for me), I am going to use this opportunity to simply recognize the blogs and bloggers that have been most influential, the ones that have been the biggest part of my new community. I do this with no expectation that you will post anything in return. This requires nothing of these nominees. I do hope you, the reader, will read some of their posts. They’re wonderful people and I’m grateful I have the opportunity to share them with you.
In addition to the lovely people mentioned above who nominated me for these awards, I recognize the following blogs and bloggers as exceptional in the blogging community, not only for the quality of their work, which is truly beautiful, but also in their participation in this community, their openness in their communication, and their willingness to give as much as they receive.
There are so many other bloggers who well deserve to be recognized. You are all special and I’m grateful for the opportunity to know you.
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