December is quite a special month. It is a time for celebration and a time for reflection. It is the part of the year where we look at what we’ve accomplished and discuss what we’ll remember about the past 11+ months before the calendar turns over another year.
To commemorate the past year in blogging, The Thought Palette has created a Blog of the Year 2012 award. In the past two days, I’ve received this award from Supernova over at Digging History and Jamie from Grandmother Musings.
First, I’d like to thank both Digging History and Grandmother Musings for thinking of my blog and passing the honor over to NMNPHX. The beauty of the Blog of the Year 2012 award is that it’s okay if you receive it more than once. In fact, you are encouraged to collect a series of six stars. It is a fun way to wind down the year in blogging.
Before I pass this award onto other blogs, let me add in the rules.
The ‘rules’ for this award are simple:
1 Select the blog(s) you think deserve the ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award
2 Write a blog post and tell us about the blog(s) you have chosen – there’s no minimum or maximum number of blogs required – and ‘present’ them with their award.
3 Please include a link back to this page ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award – http://thethoughtpalette.co.uk/our-awards/blog-of-the-year-2012-award/ and include these ‘rules’ in your post (please don’t alter the rules or the badges!)
4 Let the blog(s) you have chosen know that you have given them this award and share the ‘rules’ with them
5 You can now also join our Facebook group – click ‘like’ on this page ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award Facebook group and then you can share your blog with an even wider audience
6 As a winner of the award – please add a link back to the blog that presented you with the award – and then proudly display the award on your blog and sidebar … and start collecting stars…
What I like about this award is that it has an origin, you can nominate as few or as many blogs as you want, and there aren’t any goofy questions you have to answer or make others answer!
I’m setting a rule now that I will only nominate 5 blogs for each star received. Therefore, I am nominating 10 blogs in this post.
The rules ask you to tell your readers a little bit about each blog. Since I do this in my monthly Spotlight Award, I thought I’d turn to past Spotlight Winners that are still actively blogging for the first two rounds of this award. I thought this would be a great way to feature past Spotlight winners and pass this award to blogs I’ve been following for a good part of 2012.
For my first star from Digging History, I’d like to nominate the following blogs:
A New Day (formerly I Miss Me Too): A blog run by Pat, who is living with Fibromyalgia. Pat initially created the blog to discuss her experience living with this condition and how she copes with it. The blog has since evolved into a journey of traveling to interesting places near and far. She is a great photographer and always has vibrant photos that capture her surroundings.
meanwhilein3: This blog is run by Razz, a woman who routinely serves on humanitarian missions in 3rd world countries. The blog describes these various humanitarian missions as well as discusses the numerous issues facing 3rd world countries.
Grandmother Musings: Musings about life from Jamie who always seems to find a way to incorporate inspiration, humor and encouragement in her daily blog posts. Topics on her blog vary from book reviews to using vinegar as a weed killer to poetry and everything in-between.
Live. Explore. Learn. Remember. The blog is run by Aneesa and Faraaz, two ex-pat South African teachers now living in Korea. Their blog posts often highlight the amazing sights and experiences of Korea. Imagine if you picked up and moved to another country. How would you react to some of the differences in your surroundings? They do a great job of navigating readers through their experience of culture assimilation and often post about day trips to amazing locations around Korea.
Elisa Ruland: Blogging from Atlanta, Elisa fills her blog with beautiful photos of nature and her travels, which are usually accompanied by short narratives. Her goal with this blog is “… to squeeze a little more out of each day and share a bit of the good parts.”
For the second star I received from Grandmother Musings, I’d like to nominate these 5 blogs:
The Slowest of All Possible Elevators: Most posts are short, but often hilarious. The author posts poems, short stories and explanations why today’s post would have been great but isn’t, or why yesterday’s post would have been terrible. Cheese and potatoes are popular topics.
Burgessart: Currently based in Australia, Robert is an artist who strives to transform the mundane into something spectacular. Each post is a photo accompanied by either a narrative or in some cases, poetry.
My Cruise Stories: Blogger Lois loves to travel on cruise ships. She shares her adventures in cruising. She is not a travel agent nor does she work for any cruise lines. She just wants to share her passion for taking cruises around the world.
Zen Scribbles: Blog of writer Zeinab Alayan, who posts about her experiences in writing and often poses questions back to her readers to open a dialogue about how others deal with roadblocks in their writing journey. She has published one novel, Puppet Parade, and is working on her next novel.
ShareChair: Sharechair is a blog focused on technology. However, Sharechair’s approach is to present reviews and how to’s from the viewpoint of an everyday person, not a tech guru. Sharechair wants everyone to feel comfortable understanding technology and will help you navigate through downloading apps for your iPhone as well as comparing the many Kindles models. Also, her experiences and reviews on the latest technology are so much more entertaining to read than your run of the mill techie sites.
Congratulations to these 10 blogs! I’ve definitely enjoyed following their thoughts and interacting with them for the greater part of 2012.