Nowhere else have I encountered people who take the time to pat each other on the back and say “Good Job!” like bloggers do. That’s because we all realize how much effort it takes to create a blog worth visiting and we understand the value of encouragement.
It makes me realize how much nicer a world it would be if we took the time to recognize and reward effort everywhere we went. Maybe we think to do it with our kids, but wouldn’t it be nice if it spilled over everywhere. Makes me think about how Andrew and I have some of the most creatively talented, intelligent, interesting employees you could ever want to spend time with, people who look after our business like it was their own, people who are just plain cool. And it’s been awhile since they’ve heard that from us. Ah, excuse me while I jot a note to Andrew… Okay, back.
So, anyway, I’ve been the recipient of a few blogger awards recently. Therese, from The PetsitUSA, presented me with the Thoughtful Blogger Award.
It’s an award for “those who answer blog comments, emails, and make their visitors feel at home on their blogs. For the people who take others’ feelings into consideration before speaking out and who are kind and courteous. Also for those bloggers who spend so much of their time helping other bloggers design, improve, and fix their sites. This award is for those generous bloggers who think of others.”
And Shelly, over at This Eclectic Life, awarded me with The Power of Schmooze.
It’s an award for those who have the natural ability “to effortlessly weave their way in and out of the blogosphere, leaving friendly trails and smiles, happily making new friends along the way. They don’t limit their visits to only the rich and successful, but spend some time to say hello to new blogs as well. They are the ones who engage others in meaningful conversations, refusing to let it end at a mere hello – all the while fostering a sense of closeness and friendship.”
Since the two above awards are so similar, I’m gonna lump them in no particular order into one list of ten.
Girl at Girl and DogNomad at Planet NomadJen at Prairie FarmeressTherese at The PetsitUSALinda at LopingLouBobMichelle at ScribbitJenn at Simply Not SimpleThree Collie at Northview DiaryJan at the Poodle (and Dog) BlogElaine at Five Acres With a ViewJoni at My Piece of HeavenMeredith at Poppy FieldsMountain Dweller at The Mountain DwellerCaffienated Cowgirl at Just This Side of Normal
Okay, so that’s more than ten, but who’s counting?
And there you have it. The epitome of thoughtful schmoozers, one and all. All bloggers should be so lucky to have people like these share their blogging world.
Linda over at LopingLouBob tagged me for Blogs That Rock, but she put her own little twist on it, naming five of her favorite “other” (as in non-running) blog reads. I’ve included the badge here for anyone who wants to use it.
I’ll start my list with Moos at Karbon Kounty Moos. She is a truly amazing person. Just read her “about” page and you’ll know what I’m talking about. She’s facing a horrendously unfair situation with her cows — courtesy of our government — and would probably appreciate a few new faces stopping by to say hi.
Karen over at Live the Power has a very inspiring blog. As the saying goes, she walks her talk. (Karen, I know I still owe you a meme, and am waiting to collect a few more to do together.)
Therese over at The PetSit USA worked tirelessly day and night to provide the latest updates on which pet foods had been contaminated. Her other posts are always interesting too.
Em over at About a Girl is an eleven year old living in the Netherlands with her family (I met her through her mom, Jenn, at Something to Say About Life in the Netherlands). Em likes to write stories. I like to read what she writes.
I just love Girl’s attitude and outlook on life over at Girl and Dog. Not that she needs me to, but I love rooting for her.
To be fair, I’m creating the Rockin’ Guy Blogger award for the guys.
I’ve met some terrific guys through their blogs and their comments here. And, yeah, I know, it may not be cool for guys to admit it’s fun getting awards, and I don’t expect you to put this button (which I so thoughtfully created for you) on your blog, but I’m still going to acknowledge your work. So there.
Rory, at both Hamelife (Scottish for home) where he writes passionately on parenting, and Clean Cut Blog where he offers great blogging tips along with other interesting stuff, was my first guy commenter. He fell in love with Cait’s wit and wisdom. After visiting him, I fell in love with his adorable Bethy, his take on parenting, and life, and his sense of humor.
Ranjit at BooBoo, Ginga, and the World of Dogs won me with his humor (a very funny guy), and the way he loves his two dogs, BooBoo and Ginga.
Bob over at Bobbarama slices and dices life into humorous bite-sized pieces. I don’t know where he comes up with half the stuff he does but he invariably cracks me up.
Pappy’s Fella over at Pappy’s Dog Blog. He writes mostly about his Terrier mix with wit and warmth.
And Jeff at Think or Thwim writes about a collection of things worth thinking about. He definitely keeps me thinking.
Okay, that’s a wrap. Click and go forth!