Spotlight Awards 2013: Reader’s Picks

Hello everyone!  I still cannot believe that 2013 is almost over.  I couldn’t let 2013 slip away without awarding a round of Spotlight Awards.  Because I’ve been a fair-weather blogger this year, I haven’t spent much time on WordPress. When I did hop on, I mostly visited blog I already followed. Therefore, I turned over the nomination process to my audience.

I want to thank all of you who took time to send me a cool blog to check out. The blogs featured in this round of Spotlight Awards have very unique themes. I’m not sure if I would have come across these blogs on my own.

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Spam Comment of the Week: June 10

Apparently my blog inspires people to goof off at work.

Greetings from Ohio

Greetings from Ohio!  I’m bored to death at work so I decided to browse your website on my iphone during lunch break.  I really like the info you provide here and can’t wait to take a look when I get home.  I’m amazed at how fast your blog loaded on my cell phone…I’m not even using WIFI, just 3G…Anyways, superb blog!

Well hey there whoever you are!  Thanks for checking out the blog on your iPhone. I get bored at work sometimes as well, but instead of browsing the web on a mobile device I just take a walk.   Do continue to increase page views on my blog when you get home.

Ciao,

Nicole

NMNPHX – Solving the problems of spammers since 2012. 

Spam Comment of the Week: May 20

I’ve been hanging on to this gem for a few months. It is a lengthy comment that made it past the spam queue and into my comment moderation queue. Sneaky spammers!  Normally I will type out the message of the spam comment, but this one was so long I just did not have the desire to retype the message. Click on the image below and you will be able to read the contents of the comment.

Where do I even begin with this one? Anita Jolly – it almost sounds like a name Bart Simpson would use to call and prank Moe the Bartender.

Midway through this mess of a drama, Anita Jolly switches to Laura Johnson, who has some other mess of problems. Both stories are advertising some “love spell” from a charlatan by the name of Dr. Ozanga.

February Spotlight Awards

Happy New Year!  I never did get around to posting a January Spotlight award, so I’ve just decided to skip ahead and start fresh with February.

For those of you new to the party, I spotlight 3-5 blogs at the beginning of each month that I think are deserving of some recognition.  I’ve created a page on my blog that contains the award logo and purpose of the award.  Check it out, especially if you’ve been spotlighted.

Below are the guidelines about the award.

1.  If I pass on the Spotlight Award to you, congratulations!  It means I thought your blog was awesome enough to mention on my blog complete with a short description to my readers about why your blog is awesome.

2. Unlike other blog awards floating around the internet, YOU DO NOT HAVE TO DO ANYTHING TO ACCEPT THE AWARD.

3. If you want to paste the logo on your blog and let your readers know you’ve been spotlighted, that’s cool. If you think my award is bunk and you don’t want to mention it to anyone, well that is your choice.  But just know that you have been recognized and you don’t need to do anything else besides bask in the glory of your victory.

Before I head into a new list of awards, don’t forget to visit the blogs of December’s winners:

1. Live Laugh RV

2. A Small Press Life

3. Beyond Print

Without further ado, here are my picks for February 2013:

1. Across the Bored

Tagline: Presumptions and postulations with a twist

Blog Summary: Blogger Ideflex provides almost daily posts which range from amazing photos to contemplation on specific topics.  Forget the Daily Post challenges – Across the Bored finds the more interesting writing and photo challenges that bloggers come up with and participates in these challenges. Across the Bored features a weekly “this year in history” post every Thursday which summarizes the highlights and low-lights of selected years, starting with 1960 and moving in chronological order with each subsequent post.

Excerpt: While 1962 continued the trend in global politics towards civil war, skirmishes and upheaval, it also marked a time where vassal nations were achieving their independence. America felt the world getting just a little bit smaller with the start of the Cuban Missile Crisis yet still managed to look to the stars with their nascent space programme and the launch of the first commercial communications satellite able to transmit a Trans-Atlantic television signal.  

Youth were also starting to expand their horizons with Andy Warhol exhibiting the now infamous Campbell’s Soup Can, 007 getting a hit film with Dr. No and the Beatles recording Love Me Do –  3 convicts figured they could ride the tide of firsts and successfully escaped from Alcatraz.  Many of the ideas and trends put forward in that year have become embedded in our reservoir of cultural consciousness – 50 years later, Booker T. & the M.G.’s crossover hit single shows us exactly how relevant they still are…

One more thing: Tuesdays are reserved for an original Across the Bored challenge – Two Cents Tuesday.  This challenge gives bloggers a chance to interpret a topic however they wish and share it on their blog.

2. Jillian Levi

Tagline: Hello Greece! You ready for adventures?

Blog Summary: The tagline describes Jillian’s year teaching in Greece.  She shares some of those experiences on her blog, but continues to forge new adventures for herself now that she is back home in the U.S. Jillian’s posts on life are always packed with humor and authenticity.

Excerpt: 

Driving a stick, Day 2
My dad drove us out to a little town nearby. (And when I say ‘little’ I mean population 1,000.)

Lots of back roads, no people. The perfect place to practice.

Needless to say as I got behind the wheel I was petrified.

“There might actually be someone else on the road! What do I do if someone else is driving on the road too?!”

My dad just patiently looked at me.

Oh right. I know how to drive, just not the mechanics of the stick shift yet…

I pushed in the clutch, and started the car.

And everything about day 2 went better!

One more thing: Jillian proudly features a Not Featured on Freshly Pressed badge, but with her wit and humor, I would not be surprised if she has to remove that badge one day.

3. Darla Writes

Tagline: A Blog for New Writers

Blog Summary: Blogger Darla McDavid put together Darla Writes to grow as a writer as well as provide guidance and resources for writers.  In Darla’s own words, her posts can be categorized as follows:

  • to inspire writers to follow their dreams of being published
  • to present resources that will help them write better
  • to explain technology that can promote their work

Excerpt: 

The weather today was perfect for gardening. Warm rays through patchy fog offered a setting of beauty and a good temperature for sprucing up my neglected vegetable patch.

Especially at noon: Straight-up sunshine over a soggy lawn.

I went outside to the garden that kept me in tomatoes, lettuce, carrots, and peppers throughout the summer. I turned to other things once fall arrived. And so I came upon a sad sight of yellows and browns that had once been spring green. Two of the three tomato plants survived, but a family of crabgrass moved up and in through the newspaper layer of the raised bed.

The soil was moist, so it was an easy win as I wrestled with the weeds. Except for one rogue clump. It refused me. I yanked and dug through most of the bed, but the weed was strong.

I scratched through the dirt and touched the worms.

I disturbed ant homes and admired their scurry.

I stepped in spoiled fruit and fresh cat litter.

I noticed the rose and remembered the thorns.

And when I found the root, I worked at it until a tug ended the war.

After, I sat in the soil and thought about how those few minutes in the garden characterized this past year.

It took a while, but I managed to make room in my life — and my soul — for my writing desires. There was a lot to dig up, put aside, rearrange, sacrifice, before I could move along. And entwined through it all was that stubborn weed called Fear.

I pulled it up and out. And tossed it away.

One More Thing: Livehacked.com included Darla Writes on the list of 100 Best Blogs for the Modern Writer.

Spam Comment of the Week: January 14 2013

I’m not sure, but this might possibly be a cry for help.

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Thus, our shelves finish up filed with problems that we get pleasure from.

2 Possibilities:

1) This is a comment from some type of super smart Burberry bag that can at least type on the computer and has issues with deriving pleasure from pain or

2) This is a person with a serious shopping addiction to Burberry bags and has shelves overflowing with nothing but Burberry bags.

The Next Blog Post will Arrive in…

Hi there!  December on this blog was quite active. You may have noticed that eight days into the New Year, I’ve only created two blog posts…including this post.

I had every intention of posting a new round of Spotlight Awards this past weekend. I started a blog post, just didn’t have the mental focus to finish it. The wonder of the holiday season has most definitely fizzled out, and I’m in a bit of a malaise when it comes to blogging.

For one thing, work has been quite hectic.  On my off-time, I’ve been very busy doing productive stuff. I also feel a bit worn down as my allergies blew up last week.

I can’t say that my lack of blogging signals a disinterest in the act of blogging. I just don’t have the attention span to sit in from the computer for more than 10 minutes at a time when I’m not at work.

So what am I trying to communicate here? Well, for those of you who frequent the blog, please be patient with me as I try to keep the blog alive for the month of January.  At the very least I have spam comment posts auto-scheduled for the next 3 Mondays.  I should have a Spotlight post out within the next few days.  I’m sure I’ll add a few more things here and there, but content on the blog will be light this month.

To those of you whose blogs I frequent, I apologize for not visiting as often as I had been. At some point I will come visit your blog again and leave some comments. We’ll have a nice brief chat about your blog.

In the meantime, I hope your 2013 is off to a fabulous start.

-Nicole

Spam Comment of the Week: December 30

I can only think of two words to describe this one: user error.

Once I originally commented I clicked the Notify me when new feedback are added-checkbox and now each time a comment is added I get four emails with the same comment. Is there any method you may take away me from that service? Thanks!

Dude – take it up with WordPress.