Can I Tell You a Secret?

Pull up a chair and make yourself comfortable, if time permits maybe you can even grab yourself a cup of coffee; I want to tell you a secret. I’ve been nominated for a blogger recognition award, and guess what? I’m really excited. I know it doesn’t seem like that interesting of a secret, and perhaps it isn’t, but I wanted to let you know. Maybe I’m the only person to be surprised by this but up until this nomination I didn’t realize how much I cared – how much I do care (thank you Henry for letting me see that – you’re a star and brilliant too). For all my talk about online community building, I don’t think I’ve really felt part of one until this moment. There have been times, in the middle of writing a blog post, that I think to myself “what’s the point? Go read a book, take a nap, go for a walk; you don’t need to be writing this. No one cares,” but this award is encouraging. I’m still going to do what I do and there will be moments of self doubt, however, I’m working on that. So now it’s my chance to play along and pay it forward. Here are the rules:

  1. Select 15 other blogs you want to give the award to. Eek I might not have 15 but I’ll include my favourites below.
  2. You cannot nominate yourself or the person who has nominated you. Sigh, sorry Henry.
  3. Write a post to show your award. Check.
  4. Give a brief story of how your blog started. I’ll get there.
  5. Give a piece of advice or two to new bloggers. I said I’d get to it.
  6. Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog. Done but because it’s always nice to be polite, thanks again Henry!
  7. Attach the award badge to the post (right click and save, then upload.) I can’t figure it out so I’ll have to get tech support aka Annette to do it for me when she’s not busy. It’s times like this that I feel so OLD.
  8. Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated them. Done.
  9. Provide a link to the original post: I’ve been nominated for a blogger recognition award

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Over the last few months I’ve met a lot of people online and it’s been nice getting to know them through their work. Even though I’m not regularly in contact, I do try to keep up with people through their blogs, reading and commenting when I can. I’m a firm believer that friendship takes all forms and even though I haven’t met anyone in person, I feel like my life has been enriched by knowing them. Here are a few of my favourites:

The Hematite Blog – I’m not sure how to classify this blog; there’s a little bit of this (photos, music) and a little bit of that (politics, opinions), it’s smart but unpretentious, and it’s fun. Mostly though, reading his blog reminds me of talking to my friends. Plus he’s Canadian and he periodically posts photos of Newfoundland that remind me of why I love the rock, and the east coast in general.

The Paper Fawn – There aren’t many posts on this blog yet, something that I hope will change because every time Savannah writes she does so with such grace and sophistication it’s hard to believe that she’s only 16. While I don’t think that age is any indicator of talent, thinking back to what I was like at her age, I couldn’t imagine being half as eloquent (Henry is also proof of this).

Mogromo – There’s a little bit of everything on this blog and if you spend enough time, I’m sure you’ll find something of interest. For me, undeniably, the true treasure of this site is his series, “From Holland to Bavaria: Jan van Boeckel,” where he searches for answers in the death of his uncle in a concentration camp during the Second World War. It’s haunting and personal, and I promise you well worth a read.

BayRosemary – Laurel is a New Mexican transplant (is that the proper term?) now living in Utah and her blog covers a range of topics from travel (Laurel the Explorer) to food (Laurel Eats) and everything in between. This is a new-to-me blog and I’m only starting to get to know it but so far, it’s been a lot of fun, which I suspect is probably a lot like Laurel.

I won’t keep you that much longer. It’s Monday and I know you have things to do so I’ll try to keep this short but I want to thank you for sharing this adventure with me.

When I started writing this blog I was a different person, I was in a very different space emotionally, my energy was unfocused, and I really felt like I was just spinning my wheels. Even in spite of everything that happened this spring, I know I didn’t have a bad life; in fact I had a very good one but it just didn’t feel like mine anymore. I know it’s cliched and gross for me to say things like this but I started this blog because I needed it. I needed to sit down and focus each time I wrote a post, I needed to persevere and continue writing even when the self doubt and questioning crept in, and I needed to meet people like yourself. I wanted to create something useful and meaningful, if not for me then for my dad, who always told me that he believed in my writing, in the strength of my voice, and the ideas in my head. I wanted to create something that helped me remember him. I wanted to create something to remind my future self of who I was at that moment. Also, I really needed a place to share the countless photos I have of my dogs. So, I guess that’s my story so far.

And what would I tell those just starting out?

Keep writing, keep sharing, and you’ll find your people eventually. When you do, it will be worth it.

I have a photo of/with my dogs to illustrate pretty much anything you can think of. It's a little sad but I don't care.
I have a photo of/with my dogs to illustrate pretty much anything you can think of. It’s a little sad but I don’t care.
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