Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Blog Award Extravaganza

I'm going to be giving out blog awards for the next week so check back to see what you are awarded!

First up we have my personal favorite, the Loyal Friend and Visitor Award. This little beauty was given to me by Tricia O'Brien who writes an excellent blog called Talespinning, (which is such a clever name), and she almost always includes beautiful pictures. She's been a blog friend since the very beginning of this blog and I'm so grateful for all of her support. Thank you Tricia!

I'd like to pass it on to 15 bloggers who have been loyal friends since I started this blog. Since there weren't any rules about how to award it I'm just going to tell you a bit about their wonderful blogs so you can check them out. The people who've been around since the beginning and aren't bored of me yet, or continue to visit despite boredom are:

Susan R. Mills at A Walk in My Shoes-- I'm pretty sure most of you already follow Susan. She writes excellent posts (all relating writing to shoes), and leaves thoughtful comments even though I'm sure her bloglist is astronomical.

Laura Martone at Laura's Simple Pleasures-- Laura's blog almost always makes me hungry. She lives a crazy life where she moves every couple of months for film festivals. Her blog focuses on travel and FOOD.

Megan Rebekah at Megan Rebekah Blogs---And Writes-- I love Megan's blog. I love it so much in fact that I read it before I ever started blogging myself. She always has something interesting to say about writing, agent hunting, and publishing and she's often hilarious (which is always a good thing).

Caroline Starr Rose at Caroline by line-- Caroline is a former teacher and a VERY GOOD MG writer. I had the opportunity to read her novel in verse May B. I hope I can write as well as she does someday.

Heather Sunseri at Balance with Purpose-- Heather always writes thoughtful, meaningful posts about life, faith, and writing. I love visiting her blog because I always come away feeling inspired. Plus, Heather leaves the sweetest comments.

Marybeth Smith at Desperately Searching for my Inner Mary Poppins-- Marybeth's blog is hilarious and probably the cutest themed blog ever. And I have no doubt she will soon be as awesome as Mary Poppins herself.

Jennifer Shirk at Me, My Muse, and I-- Jennifer is a seasoned blogger, and by that I mean, she knows what she's doing. Her posts are always interesting and fun to read.

Marie Devers at Booknapped-- Marie takes quotes from songs, books, movies, poems etc. and relates them to her own life. She told me blogging for her is like a scrapbook of things she loves. The quotes she shares are often inspirational and ALWAYS thought-provoking.

Matt Delman at Free the Princess-- Matt is an expert in steampunk. Before I started reading his blog I'd never heard of steampunk. Thanks to Matt's excellent posts I feel like I know quite a bit about the genre. If you have ever wanted to write steampunk (or read it) Matt's blog is a must.

Tabitha Bird at Through My Eyes-- Tabitha's writing is always beautiful and honest. Several of her posts have moved me to tears.

Vonna Carter-- The thing I love most about Vonna is that she's able to dissect writing and books and make sense of the way things are done. In one of my favorite posts, she busts publishing myths (like the myth that agents and editors hate prologues).

Patti Nelson-- Patti's blog is full of great things. She's a mom of 3 (like me!) and she shares a bit of everything in a very fun and informative way.

Jody Hedlund-- I imaging most of you read Jody's blog too. If you don't, this is one you need to add to your list. Jody shares EVERYTHING about her road to publication. I learn something new almost every time I visit. Jody is also a great Twitterer, so you should follow her there too.

Terri Tiffany-- Terri is an inspirational writer and her posts really are inspirational. I love visiting there and I often come away feeling encouraged to do better.

Karen Amanda Hooper-- Karen already has this award (I'll have to give her another one that she doesn't have), but I couldn't not give this one to her. Her blog is honest, sweet, and magical (just like her).

Thanks to all of you for your wonderful blogs and all the comments and encouragement these past 3 months. I appreciate you more than I can say.

If you didn't get this award NEVER FEAR! There are many more to come.

(Oh and have you heard about Kissing Day Blogfest? I will be participating. You should too.)


Tabitha Bird said...

Oh thank you. Lovely. I will be sure to pass it on with my blogging award party coming up next week :)

Stephanie Thornton said...

I follow a lot of those blogs already and have to agree with you- they're all wonderful!

And now I'll have to check out the others on the list. I love finding new blogs!

MeganRebekah said...

You are such a great blogger too!!
I think you've put us all to shame with your networking skills and consistent (and relevant) comments. Just another reason I'm glad you're my writing buddy!

Jessica Nelson said...

Yay! Congrats to those bloggers! I know some of them and they def. deserve this. :-) It's a beautiful award too, your friend did an awesome job.

Matthew Delman said...

Thank you for the award, Natalie. It's an honor to be recognized and an honor to be sharing in this blog-arific journey with you and the rest of the community.

I'm grateful to see you've gained an interest in steampunk and haven't bored of my long-winded dissertations on the topic.

And I agree wholeheartedly with Megan, by the way.

Vonna said...

I'm blushing! Thank you for your support, too.

Jemi Fraser said...

I spy a few new blogs to check out! Thanks :)

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

Kissing Day Blogfest??? I may have to be in on that one!
Thank you for such lovely words, Natalie. You're the greatest. And there are some new blogs in your list for me to check out. So I'm on my way visiting.

Tamika: said...

Congratulations Natalie! And to all the winners! You picked some gems!

BK Mattingly said...

Yay! I have new blogs to check out!!

Anonymous said...

This is a beautiful thing you've done. I love the way you spotlighted all the bloggers and their individual tastes. Thank you. Congratulations on the award!

Tana said...

Congrats to all. Such a beautiful award!

Unknown said...

I'm blushing :) Thank you so much! I LURVE your blog :)

Linda Kage said...

YAY, congrats to all the winners!

Jennifer Shirk said...

*sniff sniff* Thank you!!
Thank goodness you clarified that seasoned blogger didn't mean I was an OLD blogger. LOL!!!

PS. I love your blog, too! :)

Caroline Starr Rose said...

Thank you so much for what you've said here. It means a lot to me!

Patti said...

Thanks so much for the award, I feel honored to be in such great company. I already follow a lot, but will go check out the ones I don't. I always find your blog interesting and makes me think. I love reading it.

Jody Hedlund said...

Thank you, Natalie! I love your blog too! And I've really enjoyed getting to know you in blogging and twitter!

Susan R. Mills said...

Thank you, Natalie. I love that award. I've never seen it before. I'm thrilled you have passed it on to me. You are quite the loyal friend too!

Shannon O'Donnell said...

Great links. I paid a visit to those I don't already follow, and I can see why you love them. ;-)

Janna Leadbetter said...

Excellent! There are a few I'm not familiar with, and I'll have to check 'em out. Thanks, Natalie!

Kelly Lyman said...

Wow, Natalie! You are going to achieve a great feat if you pull this off! I tagged you on my blog, by the way.

Good luck to you handing out all those awards!

Voidwalker said...

Congratulations to everyone :) And to you for your award Natalie!

Heather Sunseri said...

Natalie, you're awesome!!! Thank you so much for the award! I've been a little absent from blogging world this week due to life happening (nothing bad), and it was such a nice surprise to find this waiting for me.

Congratulations to all of the award winners and to you, as well.

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