October 14, 2011

What’s a Versatile Blogger Award

Laura Stanfill has shared the Versatile Blogger Award with me. I’ve gotten to know Laura as part of the online writing community. Her insights into successful writing are unique and fascinating. For example, she recently posted an article titled The Barbie Jeep Method of First Drafts. Who could not read that?

Thanks, Laura. I am honored to receive this award.

Here’s what I’m supposed to do:

  • Thank the awarder and link back to him/her
  • Share seven things about myself
  • Pass this award to 15 blogs I’ve recently discovered

Here are seven things about me.

  • I just found out my son will deploy with the 160th Signal Brigade to Kuwait or Afghanistan. Further details in spring. <sob> <sigh>
  • I thought my yellow lab, Casey, would miss my black lab, Stoney, when she died. Casey got over it in a nanoday. Me, I still miss her.
  • When will Notre Dame get back to their glory days? I can’t watch them for fear they’ll play lousy and depress me.
  • I’m as busy now that my kids are adults as I was when they were home, but the busy’s different
  • I never weigh myself anymore. I used to worry about that piece of my appearance. Now, if my clothes fit, I’m fine.
  • I like being alone. I rarely go out to parties, dinners.
  • My husband is my best friend. I wouldn’t be the same without him.

It’s time to pass the award along to 15 bloggers. Some are new discoveries, but many I consider cyber-friends. I have no doubt if we knew each other in the physical world, we’d hang out.

Cheri Laser–her blog chronicles her publishing adventure from start to publication. You won’t want to miss it.

Cat at Cafe Girl Chronicles–She has an international life most of us only dream of and a new book that shares all the fascinating details. I learn a lot about the world through her eyes

Nicky’s BioScientific–Nicky is a trained veterinarian and freelance medical writer/editor. She blogs about biology and science and food and volunteering and how to be a better person. Though I’ve never met Nicky in person, I feel like I know her from our back-and-forth-almost-daily-comments.

Ramblin’ Rick’s What’s on my PC–some of the best tech tips I’ve read on everything from hardware to recommended websites. He has a great resource section, too, to feed our inner geek

Julia and her Tales from the Head’s Office–Julia is a retired headmaster and an inveterate traveler. It strikes me a lot of my favorite bloggers write about the world (if not about the craft of writing)

Elizabeth of Myrth and Happiness–She has the most upbeat take on life. It is contagious. I can always count on her posts and comments to pick me up on those black-and-blue days

Ollin of Courage 2 Create–Ollin shares himself in every blog he writes. Though he is an accomplished writer, he is also a good person to chat with. His business is helping writers improve and I have no doubt he can do that well.

Molly Greene of Worth Becoming–Molly shares great writing hints while seeming to be like all us mid-listers. I suspect she’s an NYT best-seller in disguise…

Sana Johnson-Quijada MD at A Friend to Yourself--so much loving advice. How’s she do it?

The folks at XKCD Comics because they always–I mean always–make me laugh

EdTEch Sandy–Sandy’s a knowledgeable tech educator who shares info and resources–and insights–through her Twitter feed and her blog. I stop by often to stay up-to-date

Yuvi Zalkow–I recently discovered Yuvi, but have already benefited from knowing him. His take on writing is refreshing, hilarious and allows us all to be ourselves–insufficient that may be. His byline–Welcome to the desperate website of a desperate writer. Stick around. I am lonely–says it all

Nicole Basaraba and her Uni-verse-City blog. She writes about travel as well as book reviews. I think she’d like Cat (see Cafe Girl Chronicles above)–they both know so much more than me about the world.

One Cool Site–TimeThief writes with passion about how to blog. She covers everything beginning bloggers need to know and midlist bloggers need to remember. We’ve had many a spirited discussion in the comment section of her posts.

There’s my list. I hope you-all check them out. Thanks again to Laura for the award!

Jacqui Murray is the editor of a technology curriculum for K-fifth grade and creator of two technology training books for middle school. She is the author of Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy midshipman. She is webmaster for five blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, a columnist for Examiner.com, Editorial Review Board member for Journal for Computing Teachers, IMS tech expert, and a weekly contributor to Write Anything and Technology in Education. Currently, she’s working on a techno-thriller that should be ready this summer. Contact Jacqui at her writing office or her tech lab, Ask a Tech Teacher.

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