The Thursday Ten: “Blog of the Year”? Me?

Hunter Emkay of Hunter’s Writings has nominated me for the “Blog of the Year” Award!

And here it is!
And here it is!

I am humbled (I mean, this blog’s only been around a year and this will be the 140th post) but nonetheless happy that I’ve received this honor, and now that I actually understand how these awards work, here are the rules:


Blog of the Year Award Rules

The “Blog of the Year” award is a little different from some other awards, because you accumulate stars.

Here are 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 – 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…


Yes – that’s right – there are stars to collect!

Unlike other awards which you can only add to your blog once – this award is different!

When you begin you will receive the ‘1 star’ award – and every time you are given the award by another blog – you can add another star!

There are a total of 6 stars to collect.

Which means that you can check out your favourite blogs, and even if they have already been given the award by someone else, then you can still bestow it on them again and help them to reach the maximum 6 stars!

For more information check the FAQ on The Thought Palette.


Okay, with that out of the way…

The link back to Hunter’s page is above. As for blogs that I would recommend for this honor, it would be safe to say that I’ve learned so much from every blog and blogger, and there are just so many blogs far more worthy of this award. I’m going to pick ten; after all, it IS Thursday, and I haven’t done anywhere near a post every Thursday. Here then are my ten


  • If there was a Hall of Fame as far as this award were concerned, Jenny Hansen’s Blog would certainly be in it. She’s that good: funny, informative, and has built a wonderful community.
  • If I were to name one person who is most responsible for my setting up this blog and keeping it going, it would have to be the Goddess of Social Media, Kristen Lamb. Kristen has written two books, We Are Not Alone—The Writer’s Guide to Social Media and Are You There, Blog? It’s Me, Writer, both of which I’ve read and thoroughly enjoyed. She’s also responsible for the #MyWANA hashtag on Twitter, which she explains here.
  • One of my most faithful readers is Louise Behiel. She is a fine writer who has written two novels, a novella, and contributed a story to an anthology. She is also a counseling psychologist who writes informative blog posts about matters such as bipolar disorder, family dynamics, addiction, etc. I’ve found them to be a lot of help to me because her articles explain a lot of what’s happened in my life.
  • Then there’s Tammy, who operates the blog Laughing At Everyday Life, who always shares funny stuff that she’s found all over the Internet, silly jokes, and stories about her crazy life. In light of the horror of last Friday, where so many good people lost their lives, I think you would agree that we can use all the humor that we can get our hands on.
  • Jennifer Eaton calls her blog “A Reference of Writing Rants for Writers or ‘Learn from My Mistakes’.” which is aimed at “helping all writers be the best they can be.” And I appreciate the help.
  • One of the first blogging initiatives that I participated in was the Blogging From A to Z Challenge, where I met Judy from Raising the Curtain. She blogs on her life, or as she says, “a look at life at the crossroads in preparation of the second act…because life does not come with signage.” I enjoy it; it’s like hearing from a friend from the other side of the world, mostly because she is on the other side of the world.
  • I get updates from a lot of blogs, meaning that I occasionally miss the posts that I really could learn a lot from, which is why I’m also nominating Gene Lempp and Yesenia Vargas, who are fine bloggers who do a weekly roundup of the best writing posts around the Internet. Gene is fom northern Illinois, as I was, and Yesenia lives in the Atlanta area, so I have something in common with them.
  • Stan Mitchell, from Oak Ridge, Tennessee, is an action fiction writer with two books, Sold Out and Little Man and the Dixon County War, available wherever you get your e-books. He’s a former Marine (I’ve always heard that there was no such thing), and writes an excellent blog where he discusses military issues, offers help and encouragement, and talks about football.
  • One of the best initiatives I’ve seen is A Round of Words in Eighty Days, better known as ROW80. The person behind ROW80 is Kait Nolan, who also writes a great blog that is always worth reading.

There are just so many “thank you”s to give to so many great and encouraging bloggers out there. Everyone who has come by, everyone who has offered support or written something that has been helpful to me, deserves the honor. I simply chose the top ten, mostly because I’d be here all night otherwise…

7 thoughts on “The Thursday Ten: “Blog of the Year”? Me?

  1. Holy Cowbell!! I get the Hall of Fame? I’m so excited, John. I appreciate it tremendously…this post was like an early Christmas present.

    I’m going to confess that I’m pretty crappy at the blog award thing, and they usually happen a few months later, but I’m going to try to acknowledge this post quicker because it’s so special. People like you are what make More Cowbell so much fun. 🙂


  2. John, thanks so much. I think I’m probably one of your most faithful readers, but then we share a love of music and musicians, don’t we? I’m glad my infrequent blogs have helped explain events in your life…And I’m delighted to pass this along. Be well my friend.


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