I can’t believe a post title like this applies to my blog.
But recently Kindredspirit23 included me in his nominations for this award. And then yesterday, I was nominated by SusArtAndFood’s Blog. “Thank you” sounds so insufficient for an award with this name. But anything else might come across like a babbling actor at the Academy Awards who has to be yanked off the stage. So let’s move right ahead.
All blog awards carry rules. And most of us happily bend or break them. But this award asks that we don’t. All right, it’s been a while since I included nominees, so I’ll follow the rules for this award.
- Select the blog(s) you think deserve the ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award
- 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
- 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!)
- Let the blog(s) you have chosen know that you have given them this award and share the ‘rules’ with them
- You can now also join our Facebook page – click the link here ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award and then you can share your blog with an even wider audience
- 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
This was such a difficult decision to make. I enjoy all the blogs I follow for various reasons. Choosing “the best” seems so arbitrary and likely to leave others feeling left out. Would it be better to nominate many blogs or one? The more nominations, though, the more it might “water down” the idea of best—and maybe make more bloggers wonder why they didn’t make the list. Some folks might be creative and organized enough to choose the best of different categories, like “Best Humor” and “Best Travel.” I’m not one of them.
So I decided to go with a single nominee—a blogger who transcends categories and succeeds spectacularly at appealing to a widely diverse audience. My 2012 Blog of the Year nominee is:
Carrie Rubin is a medical professional whose first novel, The Seneca Scourge, was published in September. The book, a medical thriller with a sci-fi twist, has already won USA Book News’ Best Fiction E-book of 2012 award. I’m already looking forward to her next novel.
Carrie and I started following one another last November, when we were both new to Blog Land. Twice a week since then, I’ve watched her posts evolve into confident, witty takes on writing, health, social media, and life with three adolescent males. Oh, wait. Should I include husbands in that category? Um, yeah. I think I have to stick with that.
It didn’t take WordPress long to find her talents, either. Her Birth of a Social Networking Loner was Freshly Pressed in February 2012. Her posts regularly include full conversations in the comments between her and an ever-growing number of followers. Check out the commenters’ blogs and you will quickly discover an incredibly diverse audience spanning the entire political, religious, and social spectra.
Carrie doesn’t blog about hot-button issues. And her humorous but respectful posts and comments bridge the divide that is all too prevalent in today’s American culture. How many people do you know who can successfully do that every week?
Many of my regular readers already follow Carrie’s blog. But if you haven’t yet stopped by The Write Transition, please do so. While you’re busy smiling or laughing as you read a post, you might realize you’ve also learned something in the process.
And, Carrie, you are, of course, under no obligation to accept this award or pass it forward.
Have a great day, everyone!