It’s Raining, It’s Pouring (AKA The Awards Are Out in Force)

I am very slow with these award thingy posts.  My apologies to anyone who has honored me with an award and hasn’t been acknowledged yet!  Lizzie  has given me the ‘Thought Provoking Blog’ award – that’s a new one!  Thank you, Lizzie – Lizzie is a photographer whose travels and thoughts are recorded for our benefit at  Lizzie Joy’s Photo Suite.

Ivon from Teacher as Transformer is a thought-provoking educator and writer carefully recording his observation and life journey through poetry and prose.  His movement toward mindful living is one I can relate to.  He passed on the ‘Very Inspiring Blog’ award.

Ricardo from Film Photography is not Dead also passed this award on.  Thank you Ricardo – I’m especially apologetic to you, since that nomination came a while ago and I don’t want you to feel that it was awarded in vain!  😦

Wendy also nominated me for an ‘Illuminating Blogger’ award.  She posts photos from nature with a short and pithy running commentary alongside at GreenLightLady.  Thanks Wendy, for your lovely comments – I always look forward to your ‘visits’ to my blog!

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Holly from Writing Straight has nominated me for a ‘Beautiful Blogger’ award.  It’s enough to make a gal blush, you know!  She writes on a refreshingly varied number of subjects pertaining to the writer’s craft.  She also has a son playing pro football – which is enough for my son to put her in the ‘cool’ books!  🙂  Thanks, Holly!

Um – I have this sneaking suspicion that I have missed someone.  I feel like I’ve just left on vacation and am not sure whether I really locked the door…  I went back to about 30 pages of comments trying to dig out all the recent nominations so if I have missed you, it is because I’m lazy and forgetful, plain and simple.  Sorry to burst your bubble…  🙂  But really, if I haven’t mentioned your nomination on this post, let me know and I’ll fix that.

Usually these awards come with ‘rules’ and what-not.  But I’m a bit of a non-conformist (and did I mention that I’m also lazy?) so I tend to do these things my own way.  I will post a list of some of my favorite bloggers here,  and allow a free-for-all – whichever of these awards you don’t have in your collection yet, consider it yours and carry on!   I think the main point is to network and expand your blogging horizons, while sending some writer-to-writer appreciation down the pipes.  Some of the bloggers in my fav list don’t accept awards – if that is you, accept my thanks and appreciation and any extra traffic I can throw your way!

Blogs Worth Checking Out and Nominations List:

1.  Barefoot Heart Poetry – Caddo Veil writes from an artist’s heart and is a born ‘encourager’.  I have so appreciated the encouragement of this fellow lover of words – her way with poetry is a sight to behold.

2. Charis: Subject to Change  Charis has an amazing story of redemption to tell.  She writes about God’s transforming power – some poetry, some prose.  Powerful stuff!

3. Know My Worth Darlene is a author who writes about her struggle to realize her inherent value – very positive and uplifting thoughts for your day!

4. Words and Herbs Cathy posts about all things botanical – including recipes, plant info, and excellent photos.  Check out this German twist on gardening of you have a green thumb!

5. The Right Mood Laura is from Italy – that in itself predisposes me to think highly of her.  🙂  In addition, she writes lovely haiku and posts intriguing photos from her lovely surroundings.  Love it!

6. LeBLogDuSpecatuerSentimale  I don’t know the author’s name – but I love the posts of spectacular and thought-provoking European subjects.  Vive la France!

7. Snowbird Press Merril has arranged a variety of tanka and haiku with amazing haiga (Japanese styled art which accompanies haiku).  Lovely.

8. Photographs by Peter Knight Peter posts amazing photographs from around the world – evocative images!

9. The Seaman Mom Petro is a new Mom from Romania who blogs with humor and delicacy about a wide variety of topics.  Right now she is back at work on a cruise ship so is not able to post as often as she did – but shares some of the ups and downs of her life on board, which is really interesting.  She is a sweetie – check her out!

10. Brian Gaynor Photography  Brian captures incredible shots – and usually adds a very clever one-liner that tells a story all in itself.  I have used several of his images as the inspiration to some of y poems.

11.  Searunner A recent Biology grad who posts lovely photography – usually related to the sea, which suckers me in every time.  I have also used some of his images as poetry inspiration!

12. ElBueno, El Feo y El Malo Another of my favorite photographers whose images have inspired poetry.  This one posts the beauty of Spain!

Consider all of those who nominated me added to this list as well – and I hate to stop there.  There are MANY blogs I regularly enjoy – only the fact that it is so time-consuming to list you all holds me back from adding many more to this list.  Keep in mind that if I have visited your blog and commented, that I truly liked what I saw – and will be back!  Reading your blogs  is a time-consuming process and I don’t always get around to visiting you all as much as I would like.  I do, however, receive encouragement, inspiration, and intellectual challenges from the exposure I get to your thoughts and ideas every week.  Thank you!

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24 comments on “It’s Raining, It’s Pouring (AKA The Awards Are Out in Force)

  1. Caddo Veil says:

    Well, bless your dear heart, Melody! Congratulations to you!–and thank you for thinking of me. I appreciate your generous words–unfortunately, due to time/energy constraints, I’m no longer able to accept awards, despite how fun they are to collect! Thanks again, and God bless you abundantly. love, Caddo

  2. snowbirdpress says:

    You certainly deserve the award. Thank you for listing my blog in spite of the fact that I’m not in a position to accept awards. Following the links on these awards is great way to find new friends. I hope that anyone coming to my blog may follow the links of all those that stop by and “like” my blog… because they are a wonderfully dedicated group of people. Many thanks, Melody. You’re sweet!

    • melodylowes says:

      I’m to the point where I would like to post a ‘no more awards please’ sign – it just takes so long to create links and so on – but it is a good way to find new friends, as you say. I don’t mind leaving a link and exploring new blogs through other sites…

      • snowbirdpress says:

        When you come to that point, I think you ought to just put a small paragraph on your “About” page …. You’ve done so much to keep us all in touch with each other. We have to all recognize our limits if we want to continue without causing harm to ourselves. I just came across a post on “Lantern Post” lanternpost2012.wordpress.com asking the question “Is Blogging Addictive?” I think it’s a good idea that we all recognize our limits … and do what we can… and just enjoy each other’s company.

      • melodylowes says:

        Good advice! 🙂

  3. Petro Neagu says:

    My beloved Melody,thank you so much! It’s hard to get a smile these days but you help a great deal 🙂

    Many warm hugs from the cold North Sea

  4. Looks like a good collection of blogs to visit there. I’m just as lazy about awards too, I don’t even post a pic of the award. I’ll do a link back to the giver/s, and sometimes add a few other blogs to visit because I think that’s the important part.

    One of my fave blogs has a sign saying ‘All awards gratefully declined’ which I consider to be eminently sensible.

    • melodylowes says:

      I am seriously considering something of the kind – I don’t mind linking to blogs I like, but it takes me so long to get my list set up and add links and …. I find it time consuming when |I would rather be writing poetry. Yep – plain lazy!

  5. Congratulations! It is such a gift to receive your poetry and pictures in my e-mail & reader. True beauty is becoming harder to find. I am so glad to have started blogging and discovering others who also love beauty in heart & nature! ~ Wendy

  6. Thank you Melody, you’re always so kind with me 🙂

  7. Cathy says:

    Congratulations on all your awards and thanks for nominating me! They are a bit of work to process, but they do introduce us to so many new sites. Happy blogging, and have a good weekend!

  8. Congratulations on all those well-deserved awards! (By the way, you are not lazy.)

  9. Melody, thank you so much for thinking of me! I’m honored to be in your list, and I just love your blog. xoxo

  10. Imelda says:

    well-deserved. Congratulations. 🙂

  11. burgessart says:

    Melody, thank you for visiting the Chateau. Congratulations on all your awards and outstanding blog. Robert

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