Archive | March 2012

Some Blogs Worth Reading

Just over a week ago, the very lovely Brenna Gee of Space2Live was kind enough to nominate oneregard for the Liebster award. I have been very tardy in saying ‘thank you’,  I’m afraid.

Liebster is a German word, meaning dearest or beloved. The Liebster Blog Award is given to new blogs, or to bloggers who have less than 200 followers.

To begin with, I would like to say thankyou to Brenna for nominating my blog for this award. It is an enormous compliment and I am very honoured. Brenna’s blog is thought-provoking and often inspiring. If you haven’t read it before then I recommend you check it out.

From Brenna’s blog, here are the Liebster Blog Award rules:

1. Show your thanks to the blogger who gave you the award by linking back to them.

2. Reveal your top five picks for the award and let them know by leaving a comment on their blog.

3. Post the award on your blog.

4. Bask in the love from the most supportive people on the blogsphere – other bloggers.

5. And, best of all – have fun and spread the karma

It was difficult to choose just 5 blogs for the award, and this is part of the reason for my delay in publishing my acceptance. The blogs I settled on often inspire me and bring me happiness. I don’t know if they all qualify under the less than 200 followers rule, but nevertheless, here they are:

 D K Zody’s Weblog D K Zody lives in Fresno CA. Its a very different part of the world from my home in Australia. She writes about the small things – a trip to the local mall or the view from a window.  There is something about the way she writes that I love. I feel like I’m there with her and I just love the wisdom, insights and reflections she draws from the spaces she inhabits.

Knotrune This one I love for similar reasons to D K Zody’s blog.  Knotrune is from somewhere in the UK. She began blogging about being a runologist, which seems a fascinating subject, but as the blog has evolved she writes more about the daily events of her life, and most recently, the decluttering and reorganisation of her home. Again, I really enjoy peeking through this window into her world.

Edwirinia Edwirinia is a good friend of mine, but she also happens to be an excellent writer. She writes about the books she has been reading and updates about once a month.  I always find her updates interesting.

Me! Me! Me! Me me me! I was drawn to this blog because the unashamedly narcisistic title made me laugh. It is the work of Aquatom. He writes about whatever is in his head – the title says it all really. Sometimes its a stream of consciousness, sometimes he shares his dreams. Sometimes he rambles, other times he is very conscise and focused. He always has something positive to say and always makes me smile.

Debbie Adams Debbie shares her beautiful artworks online, and also blogs from the point of view of her cute littel dog. We discovered eachother’s blogs through discussion forums on Aquatom’s blog (above). Just a  day after I was given the Liebster award,  Debbie was good enough to nominate oneregard for the sunshine blog appreciation award – another amazing compliment.

To accept that award, I have to nominate 11 blogs and answer a series of questions. As it’s taken me quite a while to work out my five for the Liebster Award,  I think I will have to reflect long and hard before choosing 11 for the Sunshine Blog award. But at this stage at least I would like to thank Debbie publicly for the honour.

Blogging has allowed me to become part of a network of  some amazing people who are also very encouraging and supportive. It has been lovely to meet you all. Thank you to everyone who drops by my blog, especially those who leave comments or likes a post.

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Are most bloggers introverts?

I’m starting to suspect that many of us who blog are introverts.

As an introvert I need my time to process things and I can spend hours absorbed in my thoughts, turning things over and exploring ideas.

Blogging helps me find clarity, much as keeping a diary did during my teenage years. The difference is, that because it is public, I have to be more disciplined and (hopefully) less self indulgent.

As an introvert, I find small talk difficult, boring and quite frustrating at times. I dislike going to social events where I know that will be the main form of communication. I’ve become better at it overtime, but its not something I am comfortable with.

However, if someone starts to talk to me about ideas, then I’m hooked. If I have the opportunity for someone to tell me what ideas they are exploring, or what makes them tick, I am usually fascinated and will happily stay for hours.

I think that’s why I like blogging and Twitter but loathe Facebook. When I read blogs, I find out what’s important to people, what they are thinking about, what drives them. When I write my blog, I have the chance to communicate the issues or ideas that have been occupying my mind. There’s substance to blogs, and the links that are shared on Twitter.

Facebook on the other hand, feels shallow and annoying. I left it almost a year ago, and haven’t missed it for a moment. I blogged about why I left Facebook here.

Since my introverted tendencies attract me to blogging, I suspect it attracts many other introverts as well. I’ve decided to put my theory to the test using this extremely reliable scientific poll.