The Joys of Blogging: And a Thank-You

This week I had a very welcome surprise when I discovered that Liz at Exploring Colour  had included me in her list of ‘Blogger Recognition Awards’. I’m delighted, because the friendships I’ve made through blogging mean a lot to me and it’s lovely to feel that I’ve been accepted as part of this community. So thank you Liz!

I started this blog not quite two years ago, in the hope that it would help me get back to my photography after a few years of being distracted from it. (If you’d like, you can read more about the story behind my blog in my very first post .) It has worked well for that, because I have to get on and take photos for my posts. But there’s been a side to blogging that I hadn’t expected – the warm and encouraging community.

In appreciation for the enjoyment and camaraderie of the blogging world, I’d like to pass on the award to some of my favourite blogs.

Along with Liz, there are several bloggers that I met in the early months of my blog. Shelly at Love is Stronger writes with great kindness and compassion but one of my favourites on her blog is her delightful cartoon slugs. (And that’s coming from a keen gardener!)

I’ve been reading Digital Lady Syd’s Fun Photoshop Blog for a long time before I started my own blog and I’ve learned a lot about Photoshop and other photo-editing programs from her. There’s a huge amount of very generously given expertise on this blog, so I can recommend it to anyone who wants to learn how to make the most of their photographs.

At the moment, while we’re all having to stay close to home for the sake of everyone’s health, it’s nice to be able to see other places through blogs. I enjoy Jill Slawit’s sharing of the Yorkshire countryside on Where There’s a Jill There’s a Way and this woodland walk feels like an escape from present worries about the coronavirus. This is a great time to explore the world through the blogosphere!

Travel further afield features in Petra Koster’s blog. You can see some of her beautiful photography in this post about seeing the Northern Lights in Iceland. It’s ideal reading if you’re feeling a bit cooped-up!

You won’t be surprised that plants and gardens feature on many of my favourite blogs. Susan Rushton’s blog is a great escape for garden-lovers. Why not immerse yourself in the quirky ‘Giant Houseplant Takeover’ at Wisley in Susan’s review here. Or you can travel to Texas with Linda Leinen’s Lagniappe and perhaps take a look at the wonderful display of bluebonnets and other spring flowers – sure to lift your spirits! And the hellebores on Phao Hewitson’s ‘A Blog of Two Gardens’ are a joy to see. For inspiration and ideas for planting your garden, head over to Ali’s beautiful blog at The Mindful Gardener. Her flowers are gorgeous and you’ll end up with a huge ‘to buy’ list of plants! (I have anyway…)

It’s interesting too, to see the different wildlife that comes into gardens around the world – like the black kites in Indira’s garden on her blog, ‘My Third Eye’. There is more wonderful bird photography on Birder’s Journey – I’ve never seen anything as amazingly colourful as this little Painted Bunting.

Nature is the inspiration for Steve Gingold’s beautiful photography which you can find on his blog. If you haven’t seen it before, you really must! (And, if I’m honest, I’ll have to admit to being a bit envious of this gorgeous photograph of a trillium.)

These are just a few of the blogs that I enjoy reading. It would be easy to create an exceedingly long post with many more blogs! They’re especially important at the moment, both as a chance to see beyond the confines of my own home and as a chance to develop friendships at a time when we need to be physically isolated from those around us.

To those mentioned above – thank you for the happiness your blogs bring. Please don’t feel under any obligation to take part in these awards if you don’t want to! But do know that it is a recognition of the pleasure and friendship your blog creates. (Something so valuable right now!)

If you would like to pass on your own Blogger Recognition Awards, then these are the instructions:

  1. Thank the blogger(s) who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  2. Write a post to show your award.
  3. Give a brief story of how your blog started.
  4. Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
  5. Select up to fifteen bloggers you want to give this award to.
  6. Comment (or pingback) on each blog to let them know that you’ve nominated them and provide a link to the post you’ve created.

Oh yeah, I was supposed to pass on a couple of bits of advice for new bloggers – as a less than two-year-old blogger myself…hehe! In that case, I’ll say (a) just relax and be yourself, because blogging is about people in the end and (b) enjoy the company of other bloggers – comment and get involved – because that is the best part of blogging for me.

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17 thoughts on “The Joys of Blogging: And a Thank-You

    1. I’m very pleased that it cheered you – I know that was the effect that the award from Liz had on me too. So I just want to send out a virtual hug to my blogger friends and to let them know that I enjoy being able to read their blogs and chat! 🙂

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  1. Oooh, I was excited to see you’ve done this Ann .. and so quick too! Well done, there’s some great blogs in your list that I know already and a few that are new to me – it’ll be fun to check them out! Your hellebore pics on this post are stunning.

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    1. It made me feel so good to see that you’d included me in your awards that I wanted to pass that feeling on to others…glad you like the pics! 🙂

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  2. Thanks so much for including me, Ann. I’m looking forward to exploring your links to other bloggers, too. There are some here I don’t know, and I suspect I’ll find them all appealing, since you’re the one who did the choosing!

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    1. You’re welcome Linda! Reading your blog and being able to chat with you like this brings me pleasure and I’d like others to have that pleasure too! Hope you enjoy the blogs!


  3. Well deserved, Ann, and I really appreciate being listed here. I’m struck on how many of the bloggers you mention are ones I already follow! Of course, there are some I haven’t heard of, so I’m off now to take a look.

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    1. I know I am always a bit behind checking my email but finally got this far this morning. What a nice surprise to find my little blog mentioned. Thank you so much for your appreciation and the kind comments you always leave. And loving flowers as I do I always enjoy seeing what you post about next. It’s more important than ever in these challenging times to continue connecting with friends in the wider world and blogging is good for this. I will definitely check out the other bloggers you mentioned, some are already familiar. Lovely hellebore by the way.

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      1. I’m glad you enjoyed the surprise, Jill! 🙂 Being able to connect with others through blogging is precious at this weird time. I just realise how lucky I am to have a garden to escape into, especially in the last few days, while it’s been sunny. Might really get the weeds sorted out this year…

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  4. Hi Ann – Running behind this week (been watching videos on Rebelle-haha). Now it is my turn to bookmark this blog since you have listed some great links here (thanks for mention BTW). It is fun to have some new blogs to peruse and enjoy.

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    1. I hope you enjoy my selection of blogs, Syd! I haven’t got as far as watching the Rebelle videos yet, though I did have a quick play with it…such fun! 🙂 We’ve had a few very sunny days, so I’m mostly out in the garden, getting some vitamin D!

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  5. Thanks for including me with all your friends, Ann. It’s been a pleasure getting acquainted with you and sharing thoughts and images. The blogging community that we are part of is full of kind and generous folks.
    The images you shared are wonderful shots and you know I really do enjoy your high key flower portraits. Keep ’em coming. If you hadn’t mentioned two years I’d have guess you’d been doing this for years. 🙂

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    1. I’m glad you enjoyed the mention – and getting acquainted! 🙂 The blogging community is especially good to be a part of at this strange time. I used to write for my local paper and for magazines…rather a long time ago…so it’s nice to be able to write here now.

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