One Lovely Blog Award

one-lovely-blogThe other day I was nominated for the One Lovely Blog Award by Alona from Lone Tester and also Deb from A Pocket Full of Memories. It’s always such a privilege and delight when one’s blogging mates endorse your work. Blogging in some respects is a solitary activity – we research privately (mostly), we contemplate and review what we’ve discovered, and then we put fingers to keyboard to try to bring our stories to life. Comments from our readers and their support encourage us in our solitary pursuits and bring on a warm genea-glow.

So, in no way do I want to diminish my thanks to Deb and Alona and others who’ve passed on awards in the past. I am truly pleased that they’ve thought of me and that they enjoy my blog.

However what I’ve found in the past is that the awards tend to circulate among a small pool of people perhaps ignoring others, often newbies, who could do with some reader support. After long discussions and some angst back a few years ago, I decided I would gratefully accept the awards but not pass them on in the form intended. Instead I would do my best to visit other blogs and make comments as I think this passes on the love, paying it forward. You can see some of the blogs I follow on my “Blog Links” page under Resources. I read them via Feedly, though sometimes I get waylaid by real life.

In the spirit of the award I’ll list the seven things about me you may not know unless you’ve been reading my blog for ages.

  1. I am so grateful to my best team supporter, Mr Cassmob. Where would I be without him? Besides which he always finds the graves I’m looking for <smile>.
  2. I’m addicted to family history, especially offline research in archives and libraries…it’s kept me sane, and crazy, for nearly 4 decades now.
  3. I love cats, especially my gorgeous furry person Springer.
  4. I’m addicted to travel as you’ve read on this blog and my Tropical Territory and Travel blog.
  5. I’m a true-maroon Queenslander even though I live in the Top End of the NT.
  6. A world without books is unimaginable to me…I’m forever grateful to my Dad for passing his book-gene on to me.
  7. Visiting Open Gardens each Dry Season has been a great pleasure so it’s sad that this has been the last year it will be held.
  8. Surely it almost goes without saying that I love my family because they are my motivation for writing the stories of my families, past and present.

If you’re interested you can read what I wrote about my Approach to Awards. Until I did my blog make-over a few weeks ago  had it on my menu bar and took it off…Murphy at work again!

Thanks again Deb and Alona!

One Lovely Blog Award

One Lovely Blog Award

Earlier this month I was nominated for the One Lovely Blog Award by Sharon at Genealogymatters2me and Aillin at Australian Genealogy Journeys. Thanks Sharon and Aillin for this nomination which I’m very pleased to accept…it’s nice to know that others enjoy reading some of my blog. I’m sorry it’s taken me a while to get to this post… a few busy family weeks.

One issue with the award is that the favourites tend to get swamped by repeated nominations, while some excellent blogs are unlikely to want to continue the chain. However as I enjoy these sites I thought others might like to look at them too, if they don’t already follow them. I’ve diversified into non-genealogy blogs for this award, just for the fun of it.

The rules for accepting the award are:
* Accept the ward, post it on your blog together with the name of the person who granted the award and their blog link.
* Pass the award on to 15 other blogs that you’ve newly discovered.
* Remember to contact the bloggers to let them know they have been chosen for this award.

This post offers some sites to which I pass on this award –some new to me, others old favourites – so you can have a look at them.

The Magpie’s Fancy for great writing strategies and insights.

French Essence for its wonderful writing and even more fabulous images. I love reading about Vicki’s French life!

Chic Provence – I love the image of the pink chair and the flood of pink camellias.

Discovering Darwin for some local knowledge tips by someone who recently arrived in Darwin and wanted to learn the ropes.

Living Delilah lives in Brisbane, Australia and has an interest in the old-style skills that we used to take for granted, but with a new spin.

Butter Hearts Sugar for some oh, so tasty treats (Week 13’s topic turned up this wonderful site)

Dolls Houses Past & Present administered by my friend Rebecca who is passionate about dolls houses and family history and combines the skills from FH to assist with tracing the dolls houses.

Mind Gardener for great strategies to re-train your mind into positive and healthy thinking.

Toowoomba & Darling Downs Family History Society for genealogical news relevant to the Darling Downs in Queensland.

Wholesome Cook is another discovery arising from Week 13’s “52 weeks” blog about sweets.

On a Flesh & Bone Foundation even though it’s been awarded previously but because it addresses Irish research issues so effectively and because the writing is so good.

Family Archeologist for East European and German research.

The Armchair Genealogist remains one of my personal favourites for motivating family historians to write their stories.

No more wriggling out of writing woman for her family history stories, English interest/travel and addressing mental health issues.

Now I need to go and let everyone know they’ve been nominated.