At nine months old, my blog is no longer an infant, assuming “Internet years” aren’t quite 365 days long in light of the rapid rise of some blogs and the relatively short lifespan overall. Last September, as I reflected on my blogging experience, I said:
I can say that I have enjoyed blogging, an activity that does more than satisfy my narcissism. Blogging hones my research and writing skills and keeps my brain limber. This blog is a place for me to chronicle my thoughts, sort of like a public diary, and I’m looking forward to revisiting what I’ve written on literary themes, the law, and parenting to see how my thoughts have evolved with time and exposure to new ideas. If any of these thoughts are worthy of comment from someone passing through the blogosphere, then that’s a nice bonus, but it isn’t necessary for me to think this blog is worth it: I could blather into the WordPress void forever!
Now, further into my blog’s toddlerhood, I feel largely the same about the benefits of blogging. The only difference between now and then is that I no longer see the blogosphere as a “void.” Blogging has turned out to be a far less solitary experience than I had anticipated. I have met many interesting people whose blogs have entertained and inspired me.
Blogging awards are a way of showing appreciation for such blogs, and I was delighted to learn that Jumbled Writer nominated me for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award. He pens thoughtful posts on a variety of subjects, from perfectionism in writing to Lance Armstrong.
The Rules for this Award:
(1) Display the award logo;
(2) Link to the person who nominated you;
(3) State seven facts about yourself;
(4) Nominate and link to fellow bloggers.
Seven Random Facts about Me:
- I don’t have many regrets in life, but one of them is my decision to stop taking Spanish after freshman year of college. Thirteen years later, my Spanish skills are embarrassing, and my five-year-old children speak more of the language than I do (they take lessons).
- I drink a lot of tea, usually between five and seven cups a day.
- Purple crocuses are among my favorite flowers. They are the only ones in bloom in my garden on my birthday, unless the daffodils are early.
- I am slowly converting my husband into a Jane Austen fan, and I am happy to report that the process is going smoothly. We finished watching the BBC mini-series of Pride and Prejudice, and now he has expressed an interest in reading the novel.
- I have a love-hate relationship with Dr. Seuss books. His letters to fans suggest he was a lovely man, and I do love some of his books (such as Oh, the Places You’ll Go!), but the ones with a bunch of made-up words annoy me and don’t enrich my children’s vocabulary (though they love them). I have a similar love-hate relationship with wordless picture books, as I discussed in a previous post.
- I fear airplanes and I try to travel by plane as little as possible.
- Phone calls make me nervous. It was far worse in the days before caller ID, but even now, I worry about participating in impromptu conversations.
My nominations (obviously, participation is optional!):
- Genealogy Lady (“World War II, one letter at a time”)
- Mystic Cooking (A pair of writers whose specialty is dragon cuisine!)
- Alesiablogs (“A Blog About Ordinary Life Told In Extraordinary Fashion”)
- Amélie’s Bookshelf (featuring children’s literature)
- Becky A. Johnson (“Literary-Inspired Adventures”)
- Books outside the Box
(“A blog about life, books, and cool places where books are sold”)
- My Little Heart Melodies
(Blog of a midwestern, book-loving, art-appreciative musician and composer).