Tuesday, December 18, 2012

I Have An Addiction...


Melissa Maygrove, author of her own addictive blog, has generously and kindly passed on to me the Addictive Blog Award. 

I do kind-of start to go into shaky withdrawals without my daily hits of all your great blogs, so perhaps the addiction rumor is true!

The rules of the award are:
1.  Thank the person awarding you. Thanks, Melissa!
2.  Share a little about why you blog and how the journey started.
3.  Paste the blog award on your page.
4.  Nominate 5 other bloggers you feel deserve the award.

Why I blog

I started blogging mainly to discipline myself to write something-- anything-- a couple times a week.When I started "A Thought Grows", I didn't even realize there was such a thing as a writing community. I was just processing my writing journey. Leaving my career to pursue writing was a huge decision at that time in my life--I needed to write about it. I'm so glad I started exploring other blogs and connecting with all of you. It's a gift to feel supported and encouraged by like-minded writers.

While I certainly don't have any real writing expertise or solid experience to offer anyone, I hope to continue the learning dialogue and exchanges about the writing journey, fun posts, and encouragement. 

Addictive Blogs

My favorite part of any blog award is selecting other blogs I enjoy. But narrowing the choice down among so many is difficult too. Fortunately, these awards make the circuit and usually other favorite blogs get chosen.

M.L. Swift- For his blog, Chasing Windmills, a thoughtful blog about his writing journey and progress. While you're there, check out his other blog, Treading Water, about the struggles and joys of being a full-time caregiver to a parent with Alzheimer's. 

Egg (aka Erica) from Eureka Wrote for writing consistently well-thought out, interesting and informative blog posts. I never miss it.

Joseph over at Magicellus. Joseph is an author of the book The Crossover Test.  Magicellus was one of the first blogs I ever started reading. He's entertaining, thoughtful and just plain smart. Great articles. 

TJ, author of the blog, Writing From the Padded Room (got to love that title). Her articles are fun, sometimes about writing, sometimes about her dogs in sweaters, maybe even how 4x4 vehicles touch her heart.You just never know. Love that.

R. Mac Wheeler, for his blog, R. Mac Wheeler, a prolific author as well as an amazing photographer. I haunt his site regularly just to escape into his beautiful nature photos. It's my respite. 

I hope you visit and enjoy their blogs as much as I do.

Thanks again, Melissa!

Keep writing,

Julie




52 comments:

  1. Thanks, Julie!

    And I have such an addictive personality...had to run over and get my fix of A Thought Grows. I never miss a post! Great blogs you chose, all of them!

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  2. Congratulations on your award, Julie! When I started I didn't know either I would meet so wonderful people, like you in the community. I'm getting addicted too. :)

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    1. Speaking of addictive blogs--- I agree, Al!

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  3. Congrats on the award! I love that title "Writing from the Padded Room" and I didn't realize Mike had a second blog. This community is tremendously supportive!

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    1. You're so right, Laura. It is! I love TJ's title too-- how we feel many days!

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  4. Awesome! And totally deserved. You may not have been on the blogging scene long, Julie, but no one can argue how cool your blog is, or its addicting qualities. Glad you're with us! :)

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    1. Thanks David-- appreciate your blog and support.

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  5. Congrats on the award! It's amazing how addictive it can be meeting so many amazing people through the blogging/on line writing community. (:

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    1. Love the name of the award. How true huh!

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  6. Cool blog award. I agree you always have interesting tidbits that keep me coming back.

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    1. Thanks Joy-- the "addictive" allure is mutual.

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  7. Congrats on the award! Your reason for starting a blog is great - exactly what a true writer should want to do ;)

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    1. Thanks T. I'm just beginning to reevaluate where I'm at and where I want to go.

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  8. Congratulations! I had no idea this community existed when I began blogging, either.

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    1. Thanks Alex. You are a main reason there IS a community!

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  9. You earned this award, Julie! I truly enjoy reading your blog. I'm so glad you joined the blogosphere!

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    1. Emily- you're awesome with your support and have a wonderful blog I love to visit!

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  10. Great info. It's good to learn a little more about you. How long have you been blogging for? It's great that you started something by just jumping in and are now encouraging so many people. This is an addictive blog!

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    1. Thanks Nancy. I've been blogging since February of this year. Well, I had a blog for a year before that but a different name and purpose.

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    2. Well, this is a great accomplishment for such a short amount of time.

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    3. Oh yeah... I'm open now to any blog hops or memes that come up!

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  11. I love learning why people started blogging.

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  12. Finally managed to get the internet working properly! This will be the fourth attempt at replying :)

    THANK YOU! I'm glad I can entertain. Let's face it, life is filled with a lot of plot holes and sometimes a laugh - even at my expense - helps.

    I adore the writing community. 99% are supportive cheerleaders. And don't doubt the addictive quality of your blog - I check daily :)

    And now to do justice to my own award :) Only five?? *sigh* This is going to be a tough one...

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    1. Hi TJ-- Glad your internet is behaving. Ooo am I like blog crack? lol that sounds kinda dirty.

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  13. Congratulations on the award! I'll be sure to check out the blogs of those you've passed the award onto.

    Sylvia
    http://www.writinginwonderland.blogspot.com/

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    1. Sylvia-- another blog I love to visit. Thanks for stopping by.

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  14. Well deserved award, Julie. Your blog is addictive. I'll check out the other blogs as well.

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    1. Thanks Demetria-- and you know I feel the same way about your blog and newsletter! There are some fun ones here. :)

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  15. Congratulations, Julie! I started blogging because I felt like I wasn't being heard AT ALL, only by family and friends. I knew I had a voice but I needed to speak out.

    I first didn't know this writing community existed. Then as I was clicking on blogs via comments, I loved then so I followed them. I didn't have any followers when I began. I though you guys were gonna discover me, but no I was wrong. I had to knock on your door, you welcomed me and got me some coffee. I made some friends slowly but surely.

    I've learned this: bloggers don't come to you, you MUST come to them. Make yourself comfortable within this community and talk to people!

    Now I have over fifty bloggy friends, at least! I call you friends even though we may never bump into each other!

    I love this community! You're an inspiration to me! With that said, glad I had met you Julie! :)

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    1. Livia, you seriously get Top Sweetie Blogger in my book. Thanks for stopping by and for your sweet words and encouragement. I so agree-- love and appreciate the camaraderie in the blog world. Writing can be so lonely. It's great to have the encouragement and validation of others along this same path. I can't wait to see what great works you will produce. And you will.

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  16. Your blog is definitely addictive. And you made some fine choices for passing it forward.

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    1. Thanks Jeff-- like fine wine, there's not a blog I don't like! But it's fun to cheer people on.

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  17. Cheers, Julie. Your supportive comments and super attitude have certainly been an addiction for me this year. Wow, 2012's flown by, has it not? A new year with a new set of challenges is fast approaching. Egg

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    1. Looking forward to see where and how the new year leads you and me both, Egg. Hope people stop by your fine blog.

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  18. Congrats Julie!!! Your blog is wonderful, and meeting you has been great! I started my blog for the same reasons you did and stumbled into the blogging community after blogging for nearly a year in the dark.
    Merry Christmas!

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    1. I love your blog too Tyrean! Yeah, I remember wondering what the heck hops and fests were and what it all meant. Glad to know you and be part of your community.

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  19. I didn't know you quit your career to pursue writing. That's awesome, so did I! I stumbled into the writing community, too. It was meant to be!

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    1. Oh! My kindred Colorado friend! How nice to know we have walked similar journeys.

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  20. Julie,

    Good News/Bad News

    The Good News is that the world is starting to figure out that you are a woman of action, compassion and considerable skill. Congratulations on your latest award.

    The Bad News is that that you’re going to need a new bigger mantle to hold those awards. Make sure it is big enough to hold the Noble Peace Prize because that is where you’re heading.

    Rock On!

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    1. Rob, you are such a kind man and so encouraging. What I'd really like-- if anyone is planning on nominating me for anything again soon-- is a prize that involves a float, a tiara, long white gloves and the ability to wave elbow-elbow-wrist-wrist. It's on my bucket list. ;) Thanks for your constant support, Rob.

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  21. Congratulations on the award! Definitely well deserved.

    These blogs all sound great, I'm going to check them out. It's always so fun to discover new blogs! :)

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    1. I agree, Julie-- I love surfing around, finding new blogs, and learning more about the craft of writing as well as new authors and their styles. Merry Christmas to you!

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  22. I know R. Mac's blog, but I'll have to check out the others.

    Congrats, Julie, on the award. :D

    And have yourself a wonderful holiday season!

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    1. Merry Christmas to you, too, Stina. It's always fun to visit new blogs! Hope you enjoy them.

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  23. Congrats on the award! I think I do more reading of blogs than actually writing blog posts! LOL!

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    1. Thanks Melissa-- I, too, love reading blogs and making friends in writing land. :) Thanks for stopping by and for your consistent support!

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  24. *blush* How did I miss this?
    You so deserve it! :D

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Thanks for being a part of the conversation. I love reading your thoughts and feedback.