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A Winner and a Blog Award

Posted on: December 29, 2019

I am thrilled to announce that my story, The Bright Lights of Christmas, won the Stevie Turner Christmas short story award. What a wonderful Christmas gift! Pop over and read the other entries. https://steviet3.wordpress.com/2019/12/24/share-your-christmas-short-story-winner/

Thanks also to Stevie Turner for nominating me for the Blogger Recognition Award:

Here are the Rules:

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.

How My Blog Started:

When I eventually found a publisher for my Amanda Travels books, she suggested I start a blog as part of my social media presence. That was almost 10 years ago. I wasn’t quite sure what to do, so I checked out the blogs of other writers to get ideas. Since my tag line is, dreamer of dreams, teller of tales, I decided to make dreams the theme of the blog. On June 19th, 2010 I published my first post and this is what I wrote: “This blog is for writers, readers, travelers, dreamers and other interesting people of all ages.  I hope you enjoy my blog and I welcome all comments, suggestions and ideas.” You can read the rest of the short post about a hotair balloon ride here.  I had three likes and three comments. After writing a couple of posts, I found it was fun and I soon gained great followers, many who have become good friends.  

Give Two Pieces of Advice to New Bloggers:

  1. Have fun with it. Don’t get too serious, people can get serious stuff from TV and newspapers. The world needs positive, funny and uplifting things to read online.
  2. Include pictures and write lean. People are busy and there is only so much time to read blogs. If the post is too wordy, they won’t read it. And always engage with those who comment. 

Select up to 15 Bloggers:

It was difficult to pick but I have chosen these bloggers because they are good writers, have interesting blogs and have supported my blog and writing endeavours. Some have already been nominated for this award, but that’s OK. Do check out their blogs if they are new to you.

  1. Sue Vincent https://scvincent.com/
  2. Annika Perry https://annikaperry.com/
  3. Pamela Wight https://roughwighting.net/
  4. Marcia Meara https://marciamearawrites.com/
  5. Mary Smith https://marysmithsplace.wordpress.com/
  6. Jacqui Murray https://worddreams.wordpress.com/
  7. Teri Polen https://teripolen.com/
  8. Joy Lennik https://joylennick.wordpress.com/
  9. Jacquie Biggar https://jacqbiggar.com/
  10. Bette Stevens https://4writersandreaders.com/
  11. D. G. Kaye https://dgkayewriter.com/
  12. Colleen Chesbro https://colleenchesebro.com/
  13. Barb Taub https://barbtaub.com/
  14. Diane Peach https://mythsofthemirror.com/
  15. Marian Beaman https://marianbeaman.com/
  16. Robbie Cheadle https://robbiesinspiration.wordpress.com/
  17. Ritu Bhathal https://butismileanyway.com/

OK, I have 17 but I could have had 30.

52 Responses to "A Winner and a Blog Award"

Congratulations! Well deserved, on both counts 😊

Thanks so much, Clive.

You have the perfect outlook for a blogger/writer, Darlene, calm and uncomplicated. Well done for winning Stevie’s short story award!

Best wishes for your continued success in 2020.

Thank you so much, Carl. Wishing you a wonderful 2020.

Congratulations Darlene! A Very Happy New Year to you and yours!

Thanks, Irene. Happy New Year to you as well. Any interesting trips planned?

Congratulations on both the winning story and the award – both well deserved. And thanks for nominating me for te aard. I’ve already accepted it but it’s lovely to receive another nomination. All the best for the New Year.

Thank you, Mary. I thought you had been nominated already but now you have been twice! Happy New Year!

Reblogged this on Campbells World and commented:
Congratulations to all winners!
Great stuff!
Happy New Year!

Thanks for reblogging, Patty.

Congratulations on your wonderful story, Darlene. And thanks for nominating me! I’m a no-award blog but I appreciate the sentiment immensely.

Thanks, Jacqui. No problem, just wanted you to know I think your blog is great!

Hi Darlene, thank you for your kind nomination. I really do appreciate it.

You’re welcome. I enjoy your blog.

Darlene, congratulations on the win! I loved the story and it stayed with me since I read it the first time! 😀

Congratulations also on your award and one that is highly deserved. Your pieces of advice are terrific and it is interesting to learn how you came to start your blog. Many thanks for the nomination – it means a lot to me and I will look at posting about this in January.

Happy New Year, my friend! 😀❤️

Thanks for the congratulations, Annika. Have a fabulous New Year!

Congrats on the well-deserved award, Darlene! Thanks for the Blogger nomination. I agree, writing lean is important. If I come across what I think is an interesting post and start reading, and reading, and reading with no breaks or photos I end up leaving without finishing. I guess I have the attention span of a gnat, lol

Thanks, Jacquie. I think we are all the same. In our busy world, our attention span has shortened. I also stop reading if the post is too long.

Congratulations, Darlene. Well deserved!

Congratulations on the award and the persistence that earns you first place as a winner. Continued good luck in 2020, Darlene!

Wow. Congratulations Darlene. So well deserved.

Congratulations on both counts, Darlene! I enjoyed “The Bright Lights of Christmas,” a well-deserved win!!

Thanks, Liz. So pleased you enjoyed the story. Happy New Year!!

Happy New Year to you, too!

Congratulations, Darlene!! What a wonderful way to end the year.

It was great!! Thanks, Debra.

Thanks Darlene for re-blogging. Sorry I’m a bit late. I’m cutting down on computer time here on the Island and doing more walking!

A wise choice. Have a wonderful relaxing time!

Congratulations, Darlene!

Thanks! A great way to end the year. xo

Congratulations Darlene on a well deserved win …I am sure it was a great way to end your year. Happy New Year look forward to seeing you in 2020…now that will be something to write about!

Thanks so much, my dear friend. Happy New Year to you as well. So looking forward to seeing you in 2020.

Congratulations all the way around, Darlene, and well deserved, I say! And thanks for including me in your list of nominees. I’m very flattered, and will try my best to take part. I can’t promise because now I’ve gone and over-committed myself for the entirety of 2020, and I’m wondering how I’ll ever meet the schedule I’ve set for myself. But I’d love to participate if I can squeeze a few more minutes out of the next day or two. Please know that either way, I’m grateful and honored to be included! Thanks again, and have a gloriously Happy New Year! 🙂 ❤

Thanks for the congrats and as I said, no worries if you don’t have time to do anything about the blog award. Have a fabulous New Year!

Read your winning story and it was so lovely. Congratulations! Have a Happy 2020!

Thanks so much for all of your support over the years! Have a fabulous 2020.

Congratulations! and I have had fun going through your list of links. Some good discoveries there, thanks.

Thanks for visiting. Glad you found some good blogs to read. xo

Congratulations!! Great way to finish off the year. I look forward to reading more of your work.

Welcome to my blog. Have a fabulous 2020.

I loved your story, Darlene. I loved Cory and his family. It’s so nice to read about love and giving and thoughtfulness. Especially when it comes from a nine year old boy. ❤

Thanks, Carol. I´m so pleased you liked the story. Young boys can be quite sensitive to other´s needs.❤

Double well done and a happy new year.

Thank you, Ellen. Happy New Year to you as well. xo

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