One for the Blog Community

Awards are a way of saying we appreciate each others blogs. I like the encouragement and well-intentioned thought behind nominating blogs. That’s the positive side of giving and creating attention to blogs we follow or find interesting and well edited. At the same time, being one who has received a few awards, I am somewhat ambient to showcasing these nominations I have received. It’s like patting myself on the shoulders. Some bloggers decide to say no – for this or other reasons, and I have to admit I have been considering this myself over the last year or so. Still, I have fallen down on a different decision based on the fact that one of the beauties of blogging is how I have been able come in contact with so many inspiring persons and their ideas. The exchange of thoughts and ideas makes the blog-sphere such a lively and heartening community. And by accepting awards and then re-nominating bloggers I can maybe create some attention to all those wonderful blogs they create. Nominating other bloggers is one way to pay back to this wonderful community.

It’s about a year since I last nominated a couple of bloggers and since then I have received a handful of new nominations myself. Most of the awards I have already been nominated for in the past, so I will just give the persons who nominated me an appreciated thank you – and hopefully by referring to their blogs also create some attention back to them. Remember these are bloggers who have already received awards and thus absolutely worthwhile checking up.

First out is Carla Saunders who nominated me for the One Lovely Blog more than a year ago. Carla’s Blog is full of travel impressions, beautiful photos and her lovely drawings and paintings.

Yulia has nominated me for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award. Her blog In Search of Perfect is full of travels from around the world. Maria Thunholm has also nominated me for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award. Her blog Paris en Photographies showcases telling and poetic photos, mostly black and white; and mostly from Paris. Finally also Michele has nominated me for the same award. Her blog Musing on Arab Culture tells in words and pictures how it is to live in the Arabian Peninsula through a Western woman’s eyes.

Elizz has nominated me for the Beautiful Blogger Award. In her blog My Sweetpainteddreams Elizz blogs about everything that interests her, about her cats and dogs, about photography and about moments of life.

Melody has nominated me for the Versatile Bloggers Award. Her Donkey Wisperer Farm Blog talks about donkeys, life on a farm and bring religious thoughts.

Mark Goodwin has nominated me for the Blog of the Year 2012 Award. His blog Mark Goodwin Photography showcase mostly nature and wildlife photography. Great photos by the way, but unfortunately he has not been very active on his blog lately.

Sally W. Donatello has nominated me for the Sunshine Award. Her blog Lens and Pens by Sally is a cornucopia of beautiful photos, in particular pictures taken with a cell phone. Among other things she has created the Phoneography Challenge. Finally Mary O. Conner has nominated me for the same award. Her blog Life is Full of Sweet Spots is an exploration of joy, of art and of words.

I want to thank all these great people for their nominations. I feel very honoured to be considered. These are all awards I have previously been nominated for. So instead of nominating new blogs, I will just ask you to please look up their blogs, they are all excellent blogs.

I will wrap up this round with for me a complete new award. Hotel Babble-on has nominated me to the Super Sweet Blogging Award. Thank you! The official rules of award acceptance:

1 – Visit and thank the blogger who nominated you.

2 – Acknowledge that blogger on your blog and link back.

3 – Answer the “Super Sweet” questions.

4 – Nominate a “Baker’s Dozen” (award 13 blogs), link to their blogs in your post, and notify them on their blogs. It’s ok if you don’t have 13 blogs to nominate, just share the love!

5 – Copy and paste the award on your blog somewhere.

Super Sweet Questions:
Cookies or Cake?
I am not big on either, but a gooey cake I certainly can handle!

Chocolate or Vanilla?
Chocolate no doubt!

What is your favourite sweet treat?
Ice cream – particularly from Häagen-Dazs. My new favourite: Bourbon pecan praline…

When do you crave sweet things the most?
When I am hungry.

If you had a sweet nickname, what would it be?
Mr. Ice Cream.

And my Baker’s Dozen:
A heartical view
andelieya 安德洌雅 (official)
Austin Vivid Photography
Beth Poe: Project 365
Candid Impressions
China Sojourns Photography
David Oaks – Images. An Occasional Diary
El Bueno, El Feo y El Malo
Gracie Binoya Photography

Sprinkled with Awards

Once again a handful of nominations and awards have been sprinkled over me over the last couple of months. I can’t really believe that it just continues. It’s a great honour to have my blog acknowledged this way. It shows that you guys out there do read the posts and do enjoy them, which of course is what we all hope for and which makes the blogging so rewarding – excuse the pun. But even more so, being nominated gives the nominee – in this case me – the chance to bring attention to a whole bunch of other bloggers who make wonderful blogs and deserve the blog sphere’s attention. This is really what blogging is about for me. The interaction between blogger friends all over the world; to have discussions on your own blog, to read interesting post on so many other excellent blogs and to bring awareness to each other’s blogs across the sub-clicks that always emerges around each blogger. This way we can all get out of our own little blogger community and expand into the bigger sphere. So please if you don’t already know the nominees I am about to point to, do look them up, they really deserve your awareness. They are all very inspirational and good reads. As are the blogs that nominated me this round. Please look them, too.

So let me start from the beginning:
First out was bitsnbooks who nominated me for the Beautiful Blogger Award.
The rules for the Beautiful Blogger Award (and for most of the other awards with some variations) are:
First, acknowledge and thank the giver, link it back, and put the award on your page.
Next, list 7 things about yourself (see below).
Last, pass the award to 7 bloggers who inspire you

I nominate the following blogs for the Beautiful Blogger Award:
Happy Jax
Starla’s Chat
M.C. Olmo’s Blog
Cornwall – A Photographic Journey
Allen Capoferri
Postcards from Colorado

Then Lens and Pens by Sally nominated me for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award. In addition Recovery Through My Lens nominated med for the same award (she was actually the last one to nominate me for anything, doing so just today). The rules for this award are the same as for the previous one. Since I already have been nominated for this award in the past, I will just put it up here as a thank you to the ones who nominated me. The fact that I don’t nominate new blogs according to the rules doesn’t mean I appreciate the nomination any less. It’s just a way for me to get through all the requirements of all the awards in this round.

I Think So has nominated me for the Inspiring Blog Award. Again the rules are the same as above.

I nominate the following blogs for the Inspiring Blog:
Marina Kanavaki
Tracie Louise Photography
Lens and Pens by Sally
Truel’s Blog

Strassenfotojournal has nominated me for the One Lovely Blog Award. Lens and Pens by Sally also nominated me for this one (so two by her – amazing! In addition I have had her blog on my list for awards, so as you may have noticed I gave one back to her…). In addition Cruise Stories nominated me for the One Lovely Blog. The rules fall largely with the ones above, except the nominee is supposed to nominate 15 other bloggers – or 8. The numbers varied from one blog to another and to make it possible for me to get through the whole list, I will limit myself to 8.

Here are my nominated blogs for the One Lovely Blog Award:
M. Sargent Photography
Pictures with Words
A Photographer’s Blog ~ Darren Stone
Alicia Scott Photographer
Six Glasses of Water

Ingset’s Blog nominated me for the Versatile Blogger Award. The rules are the same as for the One Lovely Blog Award. Again since this is a award I have been nominated for in the past, I will only say thank you so much Ingset.

Finally travelingenglishteacher nominated me for the Sunshine Award. The rules for this award is a little different that the previous ones. The nominee is supposed to answer 10 questions about his- or herself and then nominate 10 other blogs. Again, thank you very much travelingenglishteacher, but as with some other awards I will not pass it on to new blogs for the same reasons as before.

Let me fulfil the other requirement and list 7 things about myself:
• I have attended an open brain surgery. Great fun!
• Besides being a photojournalist and having a degree in biology I have also taken a course in craniosacral therapy.
• I like rotten fish – what we in Norwegian call rakørret (and forgive me if I have told this one before. I can’t remember)
• I like detective novels
• I like carrying heavy backpacks – according to my love one
• I like to play with silly cats
• I like ice-cream, and my favourite brand has always been Häagen-Dasz. Except I recently found out that the company has been cheating me for three years now. In 2009 they decreased their pint of ice-cream from regular 16 ounces to 14. So I have stopped buying Häagen-Dasz.

A final few words: I would sincerely thank all the bloggers who have nominated me for various awards. I feel honoured and it is indeed a great inspiration to keep going. Thank you bitsnbooks, Lens and Pens by Sally, Recovery Through My Lens, I Think So, Strassenfotojournal, Cruise Stories, Ingset’s Blog and travelingenglishteacher.