Wonderful Team Member Readership Award

award-wonderful-team-member-readership-awardLast week I was nominated three times for the Wonderful Team Member Readership Award,  by Catherine from Seeking Susan ~Meeting Marie ~Finding Family, Jennifer from Tracking Down the Family and also Crissouli from As They Were. This morning I also learnt that Jill from Geniaus had also nominated meI feel very privileged and honoured that you have each chosen to nominate my blog for this award. You can read the conditions at the end of this post. One of the key things is to complete this sentence:

A good reader …. goes to the heart of the story, supporting the writer with comments and encouragement. A dialogue is entered into as the writer responds to the comments and from this community and confidence grow.

Based on this sentence I decided to make the award to those who’ve commented most regularly on my blog posts and entered into discussions. Luckily I had already nominated four of my most frequent commenters in my Blog of the Year 2012 Award last week (see here), so I’ve not repeated them here. I thank Catherine, Crissouli, Jennifer and Kristin for their continuous and enthusiastic support.

My plan had been to have a “Top 10” but in the end it’s a “Top 11” based on comment frequency and numbers. Thank you to all of you for your support, not just to me, but also to so many others – I see your names again and again on the blogs I also follow. Your own blog posts inspire and educate us. Thank you for sharing your personal and family stories with us all.

Julie from Anglers Rest: for her constant support of many blogs, not just mine, but also for the diversity and interest of her posts, sharing challenges and themes with all of us….Julie really is a team player. Her most recent challenge is the February Photo Collage Festival…why not join us?

Joan from Roots’n’Leaves has been commenting on my blog for a very long time, and I love her Scottish influences. Joan has been dedicatedly transcribing her ancestor’s journal and letters.

Susan from Family History Fun was especially supportive with my Beyond the Internet series including some from the Hawick Heritage Hub on the Scottish border. Susan writes some lovely posts about her families, with gorgeous photos, postcards and cards.

Sheryl from A Hundred Years Ago is another keen commenter. I really admire her persistence in posting daily stories based on her grandmother’s diary. She finds such unusual sources to illustrate the stories.

Prue from Becoming Prue shares an interest in German family history research with me and comments regularly on my posts.

Judy from Genealogy Leftovers and of course Genealogists for Families has been sharing her own knowledge for years in person, on the internet and in books. Her initiative in establishing GFF has led to $40,025 worth of loans being made, and created a true interest in helping others.

Frances from A Rebel Hand supports many bloggers with her comments and also writes a very intriguing blog about her Irish ancestor Thomas Delaney and other family history stories.

Fi from Dance Skeletons pretty much always makes me laugh, with her comments or her own posts, even though the content is serious and her discoveries interesting.

Jill from Geniaus comments regularly on my posts, as she does for so many others. She is the linchpin for Aussie geneabloggers.

Angela from A Voice for the Silver Irish posts about matters Irish, especially pertaining to history, and comments regularly on other blogs including mine.

Aillin from Australian Genealogy Journeys is another supportive commenter. I keep wondering if we’ll one day find a link between her Irish and mine, especially those O’Briens. Her Motivation Monday posts have impressed me no end!

Kerryn from Ancestor Chasing has been a regular commenter on my blog and her own blog has lots of interesting family stories.

Hmm, have you ever noticed the preponderance of women in the geneablogger community? Them’s the facts people, my commenters are mostly women, especially my “regulars”.


(i) Don’t forget to thank the nominator and link back to their site as well;
(ii) Display the award logo on your blog;
(iii) Nominate no more than fourteen readers of your blog you appreciate and
leave a comment on their blogs to let them know about the award;
(iv) Finish this sentence: “A great reader is…”