Spring is here and love is in the air. It’s been a real learning curve since 11/11/11 when I started writing and cooking in public… well if family and your five closest friends count as public. It has been at times frustrating, exciting, exhausting, and has provided an enormous amount of satisfaction, learning and new virtual friendships. I’ve also been inspired to sign up for a food writing and photography workshop in Somerset next month and could not be more excited about it.
I had already found myself in a lovely little niche, enjoying seeing my new blogging friends posts and comments we passed around. Then the surprise of getting freshly pressed led to the joy of encountering many new faces, flavicons and gravitars It’s very interesting to see how humans gravitate to one another even online. Small communities begin to form and you see how people with, I can only imagine, similar styles and maybe personalities begin to merge… you start seeing the same ‘likes’ across your favorites blogs. I had no idea how satisfying it would be. Even when you think what a microscopic droplet each little blog is in this new vast ocean of blogging, it is a view into each other’s lives. The fact we are intersecting across the world is phenomenal. It’s really very cool.
And then there are these sweet awards that cross your horizon, ok screen. And you feel like people really are taking notice and like what you are putting out to the world. We all like to be acknowledged. I still can’t figure out who actually started them but it is such a wholistic way to generate traffic and support one another. Three cheers and Thanks to everyone!
First a thank you to Assia living in Singapore @ Assia’s Kaleidescope for the 7×7 Link Award. Assia has wonderful recipes, photos and a flare for creating the most interesting combinations. Here are the guidelines in accepting this: Thank the blogger who graced this award upon you and link to their blog. List 7 random facts about yourself. List 7 of my posts in 7 categories. Nominate 7 more bloggers.
Seven random facts:
The Liebster Award was passed on to me from Kiki in Germany @ Dinner for none and Lucy in Ireland @ Decidedly Delicious. A big thank you to you both. I’m thoroughly enjoying all your posts, humor and a glimpse into your worlds.The origins of the Liebster Blog award are also unclear but general consensus says it originated in Germany. Works for me…”Liebster” meaning favorite or dearest, is to feature bloggers with fewer than 200 followers. In acceptance of the award the recipient must in return pass it on to five more blogs of choice.
My 5 nominations for the Liebster Blog:
1.travelingfoodies - Hello macarons and gorgeous desserts!
2. Martiink - New friend, designer and writer, who I’m excited to learn more about.
3. A Small Prayer - Another new one to me, a woman from Pakistan, whose posts I find very interesting. It allows me a peek into a completely different world.
4.My Guilty Pleasures - Dear Viveka, a kindred spirit, whom I’ve never met, manages a Swenglish voice like no other. She shares a life of amazing experiences. One day in person. ja?
5. A Suburban Life - A newer blog in my world. I like her stories and want to see more… hint hint.
And then comes the Kreativ Blog Award. Thank you to a new friend and author, Jan @ JanDeelstraI, who’s blog on Gestalt brings a necessary balance to life. It’s important for me to take time to be a witness to life and not be caught up in the ups and downs of emotions. I got this far with some info from blogger SimonL., on the origin of this award. Appears to be a Norwegian blogger who originally created it, but with a different logo. Simon has his own take on it which is also interesting. But I’ll stick with the traditional rules: Thank the nominating blogger and provide a link to that blog. Share the joy with seven other bloggers, include their links and notify them. Tell you seven interesting things about myself.
Seven more interesting (or not) things about moi:
1. I think I might be spending far too much time in front of a screen (this post took almost an entire day)
2. I could spend even more time on this blog, sprucing up and at least organizing my recipes and categories… someday soon.
3. As I’ve gotten older I seem to love puppies more than babies. (still love them too though )
4. I cross the Atlantic about 6-8 times a year which I thought was cooler when it was just a fantasy.
5. I’m a chronic nibbler.
6. My safe place is on my back floating in the ocean in pure silence.
7. I almost love cooking and serving people more than feeding myself. A cross between ego and nurture.
My 7 nominations for the Kreativ Blogger Award:
1.Big Hungry Gnomes - Fiona had me at Hand decorated Eggs and her brushed embroidery fondant.
2.Dinner for (N)one - I’m linking you straight to Kiki’s gorgeous goat cheese tarts but check out the rest too. A humble gal with great recipes and ideas. AND bonus… she is in Germany.
3. Sixty%Baking - Kitt has cooking, crafts AND some great DIY projects.