I blog for my own enjoyment, for the pleasure of being able to relive what I was thinking or experiencing on a particular day.
Still … occasionally I wonder whether blogging is worth the effort. Although I’ve made some cherished friends through HBlog, the majority of my posts seem to disappear into the great digital vacuum of the Internet.
Honestly, I’m not too sure what the award entails. But I love the fact that it gives me an opportunity to showcase 15 of my own favorite blogs.
As an incurable law-abider, I’m posting the rules my nominees are supposed to follow if they accept the award. (But it’s kind of an onerous task, so I won’t hold any of you to it. The important thing is that each of you knows your blogging efforts are appreciated, and that you’ve enriched my life in some way.)
Ready? Here goes:
1. Thank the person who gave you this award and link back to his/her blog. (Thank you, fifteen minutes after sunset!)
2. Nominate 15 bloggers for this award and notify them about the nomination.
The Sprick Family blog: Hats off to my dear friend Pam for always putting her family first. She’s an example to the rest of us.
Dancing Beastie: A brilliant writer (and a great wit!) muses about life in a Scottish castle.
Verismilitude: My favorite expat Scot writes about life and music and photography. (What else is there?)
A French Frye in Paris: Always hilarious and insightful, this Paris expat keeps me in touch with my favorite city.
Knotrune: Medieval history meets modern musings. I love her smarts and her sense of humor.
Craig McNamara—An award-winning copywriter takes a hard look at Madison Avenue. (Pardon the double-entendre, Msssssstr McNamara.)
Photographic Memories: Hallysann has been a longtime, faithful blogger friend. Thanks for the memories!
Brad Spurgeon: I live vicariously through his travels to far-off places, and through his wonderful coverage of the Paris open-mic scene.
8able: Another favorite Paris expat. I love his wacky drawings.
Harrushun: Feeling uninspired? This guy is like Hamburger Helper for the creative soul. (In the best possible sense, of course.)
Yanidel: One of my favorite Parisian photographers is taking on the world.
Darling Words: She’s among my biggest sources of optimism and encouragement. (Thanks for brightening many a day! xo)
Matthew Hyde: Yes, the geeks will inherit the Earth. And I’ll be right next to you when the awards are handed out.
Kluckit: He’ll eat pretty much anything—which maybe explains why his hilarious random thoughts put my brain to shame.
Tajamar de la Plata: Granted, he writes mostly in Spanish. But the guy is *brilliant.* ¡Gracias por inspirarme!
Chris Welsch: My favorite travel writer/photographer and a true friend. Je suis ravie de te revoir en Novembre !!!
… and last (but certainly not least!) there’s Inside Journeys. I miss corresponding with her through WordPress, but I appreciate her friendly comments just the same.
3. Finally, tell readers seven things about yourself.
1. I grew up all over the place.
2. As a kid, I wanted to be an archaeologist.
3. I trained to be a concert pianist.
4. But eventually I grew up to be a corporate employee.
5. I love dogs and horses. (And pretty much anything else that has four legs, scales, or feathers.)
6. Now I live in Minnesota but I’d move to Paris in a heartbeat.
7. I’m in love with my best friend.
… and for a final bonus fact:
8. I cherish my blogger friends.
Thanks for reading, dear blogger friends! And thank you for enriching my life.