Cheers for the Community of Geneabloggers! Cheers all round!
This afternoon, Wednesday, January 9th, I received two wonderful surprises.
First, Jana Last of Jana’s Genealogy and Family History Blog nominated my blog for the Wonderful Team Member Readership Award. Here is the award logo:
Those who created this award wrote, “As bloggers, we are also readers. That is a part of blogging as listening is a part of speaking.”
Jana, thank you. I feel privileged and grateful to receive this nomination. Your blog about your ancestors’ travels in America, with its stories and detailed work with photos, is always a delight to read.
Those bloggers nominated for awards are expected to “pay the honor forward.” So I will. Here are the rules we’re all supposed to follow:
(i) Don’t forget to thank the nominator and link back to their site as well;
(ii) Display the award logo on your blog;
(iii) Nominate no more than fourteen readers of your blog you appreciate and leave a comment on their blogs to let them know about the award;
(iv) Finish this sentence: “A great reader is…”
A great reader is someone who generously shares her/his own feelings, thoughts, and life experiences in response to what the blogger has written.
These bloggers have regularly commented on my blog with intelligence and kindness:
- Liv Taylor-Harris at Claiming Kin
- Shelley Bishop at A Sense of Family
- Cheri Hudson Passey at Carolina Girl Genealogy
- Jacqi Stevens at A Family Tapestry
- Cindy Freed of Genealogy Circle
Those responders not nominated (on this round)—have also been extremely thoughtful in comments on my blog. I read all your comments carefully, and I reply with appreciation. In turn, I enjoy your blogs. Like Jana Last, I feel anguish because I so much regret leaving out any of you—that’s the anxious side of nominations.
A few hours after Jana’s nomination, I received a second surprise. Jen Baldwin at Ancestral Breezes nominated my blog for the Blog of the Year 2012 award, which has this website and this logo:It is humbling to be chosen by Jen Baldwin. Through her blog, she is a model of careful research priorities, initiative, unceasing diligence, and passion for genealogical work. I admire her greatly.
Now I will “pay the honor forward” according to the rules for this award:
1 Select the blog(s) you think deserve the ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award
2 Write a blog post and tell us about the blog(s) you have chosen – there’s no minimum or maximum number of blogs required – and ‘present’ them with their award.
3 Please include a link back to this page ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award –http://thethoughtpalette.co.uk/our-awards/blog-of-the-year-2012-award/ and include these ‘rules’ in your post (please don’t alter the rules or the badges!)
4 Let the blog(s) you have chosen know that you have given them this award and share the ‘rules’ with them
5 You can now also join our Facebook group – click ‘like’ on this page ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award Facebook group and then you can share your blog with an even wider audience
6 As a winner of the award – please add a link back to the blog that presented you with the award – and then proudly display the award on your blog and sidebar … and start collecting stars…
With so many deserving blogs out there in the community of geneabloggers, it is painful to choose. But remembering that there will be other rounds of prizes, I will choose these for now, as blogs that are often moving, amusing, or teeming with research and advice:
- Laura Lorenzana at The Last Leaf on This Branch
- Stephanie Pitcher Fishman at Corn and Cotton Genealogy
- Heather Wilkinson Rojo at Nutfield Genealogy
- Angela Walton-Raji at My Ancestor’s Name
- Kathleen Brandt at a3Genealogy
- Caroline Pointer at 4 Your Family Story
- Lynn Palermo at The Armchair Genealogist
Many thanks and kudos to everyone in the community of geneabloggers! In the months I’ve been among you, I have found a large group of smart, witty, friendly people. It is a splendid “family” group to belong to. There is so much kindness here, and so much dedication to family history research.