It was great to receive a blog award from the lovely writer, Rosemary Gemmell, this week. I really like the way these awards help to promote good blogging and remind us that it’s not all about Facebook.
Maria over at First Draft Cafe has a thought provoking post about social media having taken over from letter writing. It made me wonder if the same thing is happening to blogs. Admittedly it’s a lot easier to post all your news on FB, and all the other associated social media places these days, but come on, it’s not the same as blogging. Blogging helps to build your brand and personal audience. And besides, I really like following my favourite blogs.
So here are the rules for accepting this particular award:
- Thank the person who nominated you, and link to their blog.
- Display the award logo.
- Nominate other blogs and provide a link where they may be found (I’m not giving a number here as it will differ between people).
- Go to their blog, leave a comment to let them know they have been nominated, and where to find the information they need to accept.
Then – Mention three things that inspired you the most during the past few weeks.
Here are mine:
1) Ann Cleeves’ Shetland novels. I’ve been reading these over recent weeks, and been really inspired by the way she draws her characters. They fill the book, allowing the plot to weave its way through. Some lessons to be learned here I think.
2) Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister of Scotland, is a true inspiration no matter what your politics. I love her cool, calm control in even the most stressful situations. I love the way she has earned her place in the future of Scotland. And I love that her favourite books are crime novels. Yes!
3) The way snowdrops and crocuses are now pushing their way up through the chilly, wintry soil and reminding us that spring really is just around the corner.
These are my nominations, and some of the lovely blogs I enjoy following.
Jason Kottke has some pretty depressing views here on the future of blogging. I hope he’s not right.
Writer, entrepreneur, Joanna Penn, has different ideas. Her inspirational blog, The Creative Pen, is what writing is all about. If you haven’t already come across it then be my guest – enjoy. There can’t be many writing related problems that aren’t addressed here.
So what do you think? Is blogging a thing of the past, or has it only just begun?
Go on, let us know what you think.