A very interesting thing about blogging is that there’s a “spam box” linked to the blog, which collects all the spam-comments that get posted. I, for one haven’t figured out what the spammers gain from commenting on blogs, but maybe there’s some cyber logic to it. I check my spam box from time to time, because sometimes a real, sweet comment ends up in there by mistake. Last week while browsing thru the “Go to this link to get more search hits” and the “I appreciate your writing, did you write this yourself?” (yes, I get lots of those!), I found the most wonderful not-spam-comment from a fellow blogger in there, I had been nominated for an award!
To be precise, Home Grown Heaven, a smallholding blog I follow, had nominated me for the Versatile Blogger Award. The blogging community is wonderful that way, we support each other and get inspired by each other, and sometimes, if one is lucky, an award pops up. This is actually my second ‘win’ this year (bursting with pride), as No Need for Mars, a great Zero Waste blog I read, nominated me for the Liebster Award back in August.
Now, the rules. The two awards work in the same way, you nominate a few blogs you love, share them on your page, thank whoever nominated you and include a link to their blog. So, first, very many thanks Mrs. Fairweather at Home Grown Heaven!
Before giving the Versatile Blogger Award to anyone, one must “Consider the quality of the writing, the uniqueness of the subjects covered, and the level of love displayed in the words on the virtual page”. That being the criteria, I’m much honored! I was given the award with the following motivation (made me so happy):
Made Right (Here) – Anna couldn’t quite believe that Chinese garlic was a thing here but it’s actually really hard to buy garlic not grown in China, which is ridiculous considering I live in Ireland. Her blog has encouraged me to think more about what I do buy and where it comes from.
Next, I should select 15 blogs or bloggers that I’ve recently discovered or follow regularly. Pick blogs or bloggers that are excellent! And nominate those 15 bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award.
This is really hard for me to do. I do read other blogs and enjoy browsing from time to time, but for a blog to make it to the top of my list it better be dang good. I nominated five blogs in the Liebster Award process, which you can find here. I don’t want to nominate the same ones again so here are my nominees (it’s not going to be 15, ok?):
- The Delicate Tension. I discovered this blogger (Liz) when she shared a trailer to a wonderful mini-series about people working in Cambodia’s garment industry. Reading her content; he words are full of passion, wit and joy. Whenever it has been a while since she’s published a post, I miss her blog in my feed. She writes about slow fashion and shares the amazing custom garments she sews and her up-cycled fabulous thrift store finds.
- Forage and Forge. A bit of zero waste, a bit of homegrown, a bit of philosophy, a bit of homeschooling. All with wit, smarts and excellence. The tag line for this blog is “Sustainable living in Suburbia” and aren’t we all trying to master just that?
- Home Grown Heaven. Yes, the blogger who nominated me is actually one of my own favorites. It’s a dream of mine to one day grow my own food and have a few chickens running around a house with solar panels, on the country-side . This blog is inspiring, hopeful and well written. Maybe I can home grow too?
- Made in USA blogs. Not that anyone writing articles on this subject impresses me with their heartfelt writing (not that kind of blogs), but since I am on a mission to shop local, it’s a must to stay updated on this topic. There’s Made in USA News, which collects stories from different outlets about stateside manufacturing. There’s the Simply American blog whose library of brands and posts is extensive, and there’s the Clothing Made in USA blog, focusing on just that.
I hope you take the time to check these blogs out. (Since I only managed to list a select few, looking them all up sounds like a manageable task ;))
Finally, I must tell the person who nominated me 7 things about myself.
- I am having a hard time starting this list, despite the fact that I love to talk about myself.
- Some days I draft a plan in my head of how my husband and I would make our escape from the Walking Dead, should they be closing in.
- I’ve had so much Washington State Riesling this year, I am currently having a hard time drinking any dry wines.
- My best vacation ever was a 9 day road-trip in Arizona and Utah, with my husband in 2014, visiting the National Parks.
- English is my second language.
- America’s overconsumption is what inspired me to start this blog.
- My celebrity crushes are Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, judge (with the best accent) on the X Factor UK and Prince Ea, vlogger, planet promoter and mastermind.
Two awards in one year, and a blog that keeps growing (very slowly but still!). I love writing and I love that people are actually reading about sustainability! One can be nothing but grateful for support like the type Home Grown Heaven has shown, by giving me the award. Thank you! I couldn’t ask for a better Christmas present!
And on that note – Happy Holidays everyone!