A few of my favorite blogs – One Lovely Blog Award

By Carol / September 30, 2014 /

When I began blogging in 2009, I posted my writing for a full year before telling anyone I was doing it. I was trying out my voice, learning the “rules” of blogging, and seeing if I would stick to it. one-lovely-blog-award_thumbFive years later, I’m still at it, my topics as eclectic as when I began.

Since I could not stick to one topic (one of the rules of successful blogging), I was surprised and honored when author Bernice L. Rocque nominated my blog for the One Lovely Blog Award this past week.

On her blog 3Houses, Bernice shares family history stories, recipes, seasonal crafts. Her topics are eclectic (no wonder I like her) and fun. I encourage you to take a look at Bernice’s blog.

As I reflected on all I’ve learned and the many friends I’ve made in the blogosphere, I thought this an appropriate time to recognize them and say thanks.

Here are the Rules for this Award

  • Thank the person who nominated you and link to that blog.
  • Share 7 things about yourself.
  • Nominate 15 bloggers you admire (or as many as you can think of!).
  • Contact your bloggers to let them know that you’ve tagged them for the One Lovely Blog Award.

Seven (7) Things About Me

  1. I played the accordion for many years as a child. If I strapped an accordion on now today, I expect I could still play “Lady of Spain” and “The Beer Barrel Polka.”
  2. At my son’s urging, I joined him for a day of sky-diving. The thirty seconds of free-falling was a close to flying like a bird as I’ll ever get.
  3. I grew up on a dairy farm and actually enjoyed milking cows. If I could find a B&B that included milking cows, I’d be there.
  4. I have a prairie patch in my front yard where I enjoy learning the lessons of life and the names of each of the native plants. Someday, I plan to study the medicinal uses of each of these plants.
  5. My publishing company Rising Sun Press is named for the small unincorporated village I live in. I would have called it Rising Sun Publishing, but that was already taken.
  6. Enjoying the moment is a skill I continually work on. I work hard to remember, “Just this.” “Just now.”
  7. Oct. 1 – An edit after posting – I frequently miss details, like there were supposed to be 7 things about me 😉 Or maybe this was another rule I broke.

Bloggers I Admire

My Blogger Friends
Many moons ago I vowed to pass on the endless stream of chain mail-like opportunities that come through on social media. It’s a personal decision. No offense intended to anyone who likes them, participates in them, or tags me. Yet here I am. Many thanks to Bernice L. Rocque for nominating me.

I thank each of you for the wisdom and enjoyment I’ve gained from reading your blog. You’ve enriched my life. Please know that I release you from any obligation to continue this award/chain.

My Reading Friends
I find each of the blogs I’ve listed to be well written, interesting, entertaining, and educational. Check them out. You may find them worth regular reading, too.

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  1. Linda Hoye on September 30, 2014 at 9:17 am

    Thank you for mentioning my blog, A Slice of Life, Carol. As you know, my blog is an eclectic compilation of all sorts of stuff that interests me. I don’t usually take part in these kinds of things, but as I was considering fifteen blogs that I enjoy visiting I realized that my blog reading is equally as eclectic! I may have to do a post for that reason alone.

    Thanks again,

    • Carol Bodensteiner on September 30, 2014 at 9:24 am

      A blog on eclectic blog reading and writing is a great idea, Linda. You are free, free, free, to do or not do. I’m glad we’ve met through our writing.

  2. Elfrieda Schroeder on September 30, 2014 at 11:34 am

    Thank you. Carol, for mentioning my blog, In Transit. I feel so honoured to have become acquainted with you through your blog (thanks to Shirley Showalter). The two of you have been constant encouragers to me as fellow writers and I never miss a blog post by either of you. My topics too have been eclectic, I get an inspiration and then go with that. Of late, I have been dealing more with death and dying in my life (because of my age) and so I’ve noticed that topic has become more prominent. Keep blogging and writing, you inspire me!

    • Carol Bodensteiner on September 30, 2014 at 11:45 am

      It’s been a pleasure to get to know you, Elfrieda. Many thanks to Shirley for getting us together. Your writing is beautiful and from the heart. Each stage of life offers its own inspiration. The seasons also offer inspiration. For me, Fall triggers thoughts of death and dying. Thanks for writing about those important passages in all our lives.

  3. Shirley Hershey Showalter on September 30, 2014 at 1:09 pm

    Thanks so much for this mention, Carol. I’m honored to be listed in great company. My blog started out as Some people still think of it with that name, and if they search, they will find a link to my current location. My subject was memoir. Then, as the publication date neared, it began to focus on themes from my memoir and on the process of preparing to launch and tour with a book. Now I am beginning to turn the lens again. The new theme is “The Box in the Basement.” I’ll be reviewing, organizing, and blogging about my college memorabilia, waiting to see if inspiration strikes for a sequel to Blush: A Mennonite Girl Meets a Glittering World. I’m preparing six presentations right now and will not have the time to participate in sending out more invitations. Maybe after I return from the road at the end of October?? Thanks again!

    • Carol Bodensteiner on September 30, 2014 at 1:49 pm

      No expectation on my part for you to participate, Shirley. I know how busy you are. This was an opportunity for me to thank bloggers like you for enriching my life.

      I look forward to seeing you on October 19 in Iowa City at Prairie Lights Bookstore and to sharing our memoir journeys with others. I trust this is one of the presentations you’re preparing.

  4. mooderino on September 30, 2014 at 2:46 pm

    Thanks Carol, much appreciated.


    • Carol Bodensteiner on September 30, 2014 at 3:21 pm

      You’re welcome. Your blog is one I count on for consistently helpful writing advice. Thanks for all you do to help me be a better writer.

  5. Mary Tod on September 30, 2014 at 5:02 pm

    Dear Carol – I’m so delighted that you’ve nominated A Writer of History for One Lovely Blog. What a distinct honour! I’m also delighted that we’ve gotten to know each other over the past two years and I’m grateful for your encouragement one this mutual journey of writing we’re on. Sending you warm wishes,

    • Carol Bodensteiner on October 1, 2014 at 8:13 am

      You have inspired and helped me in so many ways, Mary. Through you I found Jenny Q – fabulous cover designer and editor at Historical Editorial. Your first novel “Unravelled” set during WWI was excellent. “Lies Told In Silence” is on my TBR stack. Hope to get to it soon. Write on!

  6. Kathleen Pooler on September 30, 2014 at 5:17 pm

    Dear Carol, I am honored to be in such good company. I appreciate this nomination. I started my blog on a whim in 2009 because I was told it was necessary. But, I soon discovered I loved the meaningful connections I was making and have continued it because it enriches and inspires my life. I will be happy to pass this lovely award forward to others. Thank you!

    • Carol Bodensteiner on October 1, 2014 at 8:17 am

      Your writing journey and recently released memoir “Ever Faithful to His Lead” are inspiring, Kathy. It was a delight to meet you in person last month. I hope we’ll have another opportunity like that.

  7. Dariel Raye on October 1, 2014 at 2:32 am

    Nice post, Carol, and congratulations on the award 🙂 Your number is a continuous struggle for me as well.

    • Carol Bodensteiner on October 1, 2014 at 8:19 am

      Thanks, Dariel. This may be just another rule to break. Some days I think I don’t do anything except read blogs, but they’re all so interesting, how can I not? Thanks for stopping by.

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