Not so long ago, (less than one hundred years- more than forty-eight hours?) I received a message from the ‘Notorious Dale’ over at Diary of an Internet Nobody letting me know he’d nominated me for an award!
(Disclaimer: Dale does not go by the handle, ‘Notorious Dale’… I just kind of threw that in as a side…)
Now, as honored as I felt receiving the honor, heck to even have someone consider my humble little quadrant in the ‘WordPress Intersphere’, I decided not to take the actual award. I made the choice not as a spur of the moment thing, but based on a decision I made while this blog was still in something of its infancy.
Let me be the one to say, there is no majorly complex reason I chose not to take awards. I won’t, at this time, try explaining further, it’s just the way it is.
However, because Dale is someone whose virtual company I have come to enjoy immensely, what I told him I would do is post a post giving my thanks to some of the blogs I have been thankful to find, especially those that made an impact on me throughout 2015.
There is no reason or rhyme, no order or hierarchy in this list. It’s kind of random and of course it’s not going to include ALL the blogs that made an impression on me in 2015. This post would be a 10-part-er if I went that route.
So, without further ado… here are just a few of my favorite blogs of this past year 2015. If you haven’t visited them, maybe check them out… you might find yourself feeling the same way I do?
For the nomination, of course I am grateful to Dale of Diary of an Internet Nobody, but it’s hardly the only reason to include him. Dale and I have had outstanding conversations on a variety of topics to which I am grateful beyond measure. He’s a very cool guy with a great sense of humor and a brilliant mind. Thank you for you, Dale.
I couldn’t create a list like this without including one of the most sensational photographer finds of 2015, Laura Macky at Laura Macky Photography Consistently brilliant with any genre she has taken on, if you haven’t checked out this remarkable lady’s art… what are u waiting for???
I remember telling this next artist her illustrations bought to mind the phenomenal work of the late and universally agreed upon great, Alexander McQueen. Eva Marks at Marksshoesbyevamarks Eva is a great photographer with a nuanced eye for creating fantastic shots, but I dare you to take a look at her shoe illustrations and NOT be wowed… go ahead… I’ll be waiting right here!
Every now and again, I head out into the blogosphere in search of words of wisdom to carry me through the day…or week…or month. I again choose a lady from ‘across the pond’ who knows her quotes, wise words, and just how to inspire others. I can only be talking about Persia at Blog of a Mad Black Woman Sometime funny, sometimes serious as a heart attack, but always cool and worth the read!
I’ve got lots of reasons to add Josh of My Friday Blog to this list. Cancer survivor, musician, and a sharp-shooter from the hip who tells it like it IS. He’s in my humble obzervashun, a great guy with a fantastic mind and an equally fantastic blog.
I’m not leaving the authors out! There are so many I’ve discovered here on WordPress, again it would take a number of posts to list every one I’ve read and enjoyed, but for now I’m going to go with two:
Steven Baird over at Ordinarily Handsome, is a writer whose gifts are apparent as soon as you begin reading his work. He once told me ‘hard work and passion’ are the key ingredients to getting a (completed) story on the page. (slightly paraphrased, Steven!) I wholly agree with this assessment of his. His site is chock full of great writing and if you don’t know…you ought to know! (did I mentioned he’s published?)
One on the great literary finds for me in 2015 is without a doubt Diana at Myths of the Mirror I am well aware most people who love to read have very specific genres they naturally gravitate towards. Diana is a fantasy writer, but I dare anyone to first read her ‘about’ page, then choose any of her subsequent posts where her storytelling gifts shine forth and not recognize the brilliant writer she is… I’ll just wait right here….
Poets? Yes, poets; deep thinkers of the bunch… or at least some of them can be and it’s why I’m a fan of Wayne at Simply Complex Existence I love that he goes after his truth, he’s not afraid to be a seeker BEFORE becoming a ‘knower’ and that’s not easy in a world which moves at MACH 5 and only looks to increase the speed for the foreseeable future.
Do you like to laugh and read at the same time? I know I do and when I want to, there’s one lady who stands head and shoulders above the rest… I can only mean Amanda at Inside The Life Of Moi Her gift for me is ‘off the charts’ and even her serious pieces tend to offer glimmers of hope wrapped in a smile. Don’t believe me? You know what to do!
I’m thinking I should make this list an even 10. Otherwise we’ll both be here for a long, long time.
With that in mind, I offer thanks to Osarobohenry He is a man of strong faith who fills his blog with subtle yet powerful words and sayings of encouragement.He is also a big supporter of many other blogs, which gives him ‘hero status’ in my book!
I know, I know. I said ten… I was going to stop at ten, but then I thought of a woman from a far away place called Croatia whose blog, once you see the dedication and passion in her words, absolutely deserved to be on my list of enlightening blogs of 2015. I’m talking about Ina Vukic at Croatia, The War, and the Future Some people dream of doing, some roll up their sleeves and get to work making a change in the world. Ina is definitely one of the latter.
OK, one more! I’d be remiss not to mention one of the best book reviewers in the blogosphere. I’m talking about Kim over at By Hook or by Book Kim consistently gives real, honest, well-written reviews that speak to her love of the written word. She’s also a blogger who consistently supports others here on the WP, which makes her automatically awesome in my… BOOK!
So, there you have it, not a top ten, but eleven… I mean twelve of the many blogs I’ve enjoyed in the course of this past year. I look forward to much more from these blogs and others in 2016 and beyond.
We’ve a unique virtual family here on WordPress. It’s one I appreciate and respect. I end this post the way it started, with Dale offering me an award for what I do at Obzervashunal. I’ll tell you all something…
You guys and gals are my reward…
K’lee L. © 2016