I’ve already told you about the Liebster blog award I won last year. Now, let me tell you about the Very Inspiring Blogger award I won two weeks ago. Writer Jennifer Chow nominated me along with six other bloggers for this award.
What is the Very Inspiring Blogger Award?
As the title suggests, the Very Inspiring Blogger award is given to bloggers who inspire through their writing. Jennifer noted that she was inspired by a recent post I made about gratitude, a topic I’m starting to write about more frequently.
Just like every other social media award that is out there, the Very Inspiring Blogger award has different rules attached to it. I like this gal’s take on it.
- 1. Pay it forward. Award the Very Inspiring Blogger award to 4-7 fellow bloggers along with a specific reason why you are inspired by their blog.
- 2. Promote. Thank the blogger who gave you this award and the bloggers who inspire you by linking back to their sites. Bonus if you include specific URLs of special blog posts that inspired you.
- 3. Add it. Add the Very Inspiring Blogger award badge to your site.
- 4. Talk about yourself. Last but not least, list a few things about yourself that others may find interesting or surprising. Make sure the number of things about you equals the number of nominees (step 1).
Six Things About Me
I am nominating six people to receive the Very Inspiring Blogger award. Now, I’d like to tell you six things about me that may surprise you.
1. I am a huge recycler, to the point of obsession. I often refer to myself as the female version of Ed Begley, Jr.
2. I was born in Pennsylvania but spent most of my life in rural New Jersey.
3. I love international rap music, especially Japanese and Indian rap. If I can’t understand the lyrics, even better.
4. My oldest, fondest, favorite band in the whole wide world is Duran Duran. Have been dying to meet bassist John Taylor ever since I was 12!
5. Both of my parents and my ancestors going back for many generations were born in Colombia, South America. That makes me a Colombian-American, although I really don’t like to label myself as such.
6. Despite having a serious case of self-doubt and working hard to let my faith control, I am now and have always been unafraid to try new things. I consider myself to be innovative and original, having experimented with many creative media, such as: sewing, crocheting, hand-drawn illustration, computer graphic arts, cooking, baking, dancing, acting, baton twirling, Spanish – English translations, writing fictional novellas, writing nonfiction everything, information technology, requirements analysis, marketing, entrepreneurship (between me and my husband, we’ve owned four businesses!), and most recently, social media.
Nominees for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award
Coming up with nominees for the Very Inspiring Blogger award was easy. I am inspired by my six nominees because they have all been extraordinarily supportive of me and my nonfiction writing efforts. I receive very, very few blog visitors and page views to this blog, but these are the folks who keep me going.
I thank them all for their support and for inspiring me in different ways.
Lorna Suzuki – Lorna is a gal I met virtually through Twitter. She and I have discussed things pertaining to writing. Through our conversations, I learned that an MTV interview led to an extraordinary success story in which Hollywood producers optioned her fictional fantasy book series, Imago Chronicles. Basically, that means Hollywood thought enough of Imago Chronicles to turn it into a movie! I am inspired by Lorna and her dedication to her scriptwriting. She consistently honors me with #WW (#Writer Wednesday) mentions on Twitter.
Melanie Martilla - I virtually met Melanie through our mutual participation in a writer’s platform challenge that took place last year. Many people forged friendships through their association in this challenge. Over time, people began to gravitate towards writers and bloggers who wrote compelling things that somehow inspired them. Melanie’s writing style is thoughtful and often scholarly. I find her “liking” my posts on Facebook and on wordpress quite frequently. A small gesture, but one that I appreciate and lets me know that someone cares about my writing.
Sopphey Vance - Sopphey is a poet, writer, and blogger that I virtually met through a writer’s platform challenge last year. Sopphey is an original and one whose unusual style parallels mine in many ways. Sopphey and I began admiring each other’s writing last year, and we’ve grown to support each other in the process. Sopphey takes the time to post meaningful comments on this blog instead of just “great job” or “I like it.” I am grateful and inspired by Sopphey’s support.
Kiril Kundurazieff – Kiril is the most lovable writer I haven’t had the pleasure of meeting just yet. Joining Melanie and Sopphey, Kiril was another participant of last year’s platform challenge. Kiril and I hit it off immediately and we’ve been exchanging e-mails and phone calls consistently. Kiril and I are two totally distinct personalities, but he appreciates me for the drill sergeant taskmaster that I am and I appreciate his sweet, funny, lighthearted approach to life. I am incredibly inspired because Kiril listens intently to what I have to say and respects my opinion. That is big in my book.
Veronica Roth – Veronica is what I’d call a romantic writer who punctuates her writing with beautiful photography. I learn many new and interesting words from this Canadian gal. Veronica began noticing my writing late last year and has showered me with beautiful comments to match the beauty in her own words. I am incredibly grateful that Veronica has expressed appreciation of my ideas and writing.
Jo Ann J.A. Jordan - Out of all the people I have met through last year’s platform challenge for writers, I’d say that none has inspired as much as Jo Ann. Last year, Jo Ann worked on and completed a successful 365-day writing project, in which she literally “chronicled” many personal and intimate details of her life every day for a whole year. She did so with artistic flair, photographic beauty, and undying hope. If you read Jo Ann’s blog, I know you’ll be just as inspired as I am.
Who will your Very Inspiring Blogger award nominees be?