Two Surprises, and Nominations Paid Forward

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:

Mariann Regan, Into the Briar Patch, Genealogy

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:

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:Mariann Regan, Into the Briar PatchIt 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:

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.

 

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18 thoughts on “Two Surprises, and Nominations Paid Forward

  1. Mariann,
    Thank you! What a wonderful surprise to find you have nominated me for the Wonderful Team Member Readership Award! I appreciate it! Although I must say your blog is always a pleasure to read. You write with insight and discuss sometimes painful family history events with discernment and sensitivity. You’re an example of what thorough research and documentation in genealogy should be!
    Thank you for this award! It means a great deal coming from you!

    • Cindy, you are very kind. I am in admiration of all the material and resources you have at your command. I think you know everything about Civil War ancestors, and what you don’t know, you can find out. You have been steadily responsive and encouraging to me, and I am appreciative and grateful.

  2. Wow! I am so surprised and honored that you would nominate me for the Wonderful Team Member Readership Award. Reading blogs, especially ones like yours, helps me on my quest to become better at my own blogging and research efforts. Thank you for the support you have given me in the last few months as I have begun this new adventure!

    • Cheri, you have been so encouraging to me, and I admire all you are doing, from education to webinars to blogs. You were so kind to offer me a genealogy society contact when I was tackling a brick wall. Glad that we can keep tweeting together!

    • Thank you very much, Rorey. It was really, really hard to choose and the only way I managed it was to realize that there will be more prizes to go around later for more good friends and bloggers. I hope you are feeling better, and I look forward to more sharing with you.

  3. Oh Mariann! I’m just checking in (quickly) and you’ve started something so wonderful by nominating me! I appreciate your enthusiastic support for my blog and value your thoughtful comments. Heh, I’m *speechless*, which doesn’t happen very often! I won’t be able to respond on my blog until the weekend, but I WILL respond. Thank you again, with all my heart…

    • Laura, you are so welcome! Your blog comes straight from the heart, as I feel it, and it always shifts my view of the world a little. It is a fine lens to see through. I look forward to many more conversations. Meanwhile, I’m ordering more archive supplies from your favorite company….

    • Hi, Heather! You’re certainly welcome! I found it really hard to choose, also, but I was glad to choose you! Always something interesting and extremely well documented on your blog!

  4. Mariann, did someone tip you off that I absolutely LOVE surprises?! They must have because your surprise made my day! THANK YOU so much for the nomination and award!! Your blog is filled with such beautiful writing that I cannot help but read and interact with you here. I apologize for responding so late. I’ve had a very busy day and evening. But I couldn’t call it a night until I responded to you. Again, THANK YOU!

    • Liv, you are completely welcome, and thank you for your extremely kind words. I love reading your blog because it is so open and heartfelt and expressive. And you have been so kind and encouraging to me, reading my blogs.

      And even if these awards were an SEO-type hustle, as Caroline Pointer writes in her recent blog, we can console ourselves that we didn’t know that, and we are giving these awards with a pure heart (as Caroline also says). They are a good way for us to show our appreciation for each other. I was glad to be able to honor you.

  5. I’m honored to have been listed with so many good bloggers. Thanks you so much. I missed one day of being online, and I didn’t learn of this award until this A.M. All the better, it has put an early smile on my weekend. Love that a reader and excellent blogger, actually thinks the a3Genealogy blog is worthy! Thank you!

    • You are so welcome, Kathleen. I’ve always admired your blog and your research. Thank you for your kind words. You seem to know every data base in the world, and you are a prodigious worker! So generous with advice. Even though I didn’t find my relatives among the owners or shippers in the slave ship manifests where you lately directed me, I did learn how to read the manifests and was ASTOUNDED at how many slaves were being shipped from port to port even after slave trade from Africa was outlawed. I guess I shouldn’t have been astounded, because that’s a form of being “shipped down the river,” I suppose.

      And even if these awards were an SEO-type hustle, as Caroline Pointer writes, we can console ourselves that we didn’t know that, and we are giving these awards with a pure heart (as Caroline also says). They are a good way for us to show our appreciation for each other. I was glad to be able to honor you.

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    • Hi, Cindy! I know this is you (even though for some reason my software blocked your comment), and I read your blog announcement about the award and (I believe) commented on it. You are a wonderful and encouraging reader, and your blogs are so prolific, too. Even if these awards were an SEO-type hustle, as Caroline Pointer writes, we can console ourselves that we didn’t know that, and we are giving these awards with a pure heart (as Caroline also says). They are a good way for us to show our appreciation for each other. I was glad to be able to honor you.

  7. Mariann, since I’ve found your blog, I’ve enjoyed reading each of your posts, so I consider this a great compliment, coming from you! You are the one who is the Wonderful Team Member deserving such an award! I thoroughly enjoy your insightful comments on my own blog.

    I’ve just posted my response–and list of those to whom I’m passing this torch–on my blog today here, if you’d like to see how your ripples in the lake are dispersing :)

    Thank you for your kind act of encouragement!

    • You are very welcome, Jacqi. I enjoy reading your blog, too. Each time you add an interesting piece to your genealogical puzzle, and you ask good questions. Even if the awards were an SEO-type hustle, as Caroline Pointer writes, we can console ourselves that we didn’t know that, and we are giving these awards with a pure heart (as Caroline also says). They are a good way for us to show our appreciation for each other.