Monday Writing Magic: WordPress Family Blog Award

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In every field, there are awards that are bestowed in recognition of excellence. The Nobel Peace Prize, the Pulitzer Prize and the Oscars and Emmys are a few of the well-known accolades. Even the blogsphere has some…The Versatile Blogger, Stylish Blog, Candlelighter Award…there are dozens. One of the newest is the WordPress Family Blog Award.

All bloggers are writers…and all writers need encouragement and support. Being part of the WordPress Family, I’ve found so much support and encouragement from fellow bloggers. Some write picture books, some write memoirs, some write YA or MG, some are not trying to write a book, but are investing their talent in writing great blog posts.


Marylin over at Things I Want to Tell My Mother honored me with it the other day. One of the things I regret is that while I lived in Colorado Springs, I never connected in person with this amazing writer. In her blog, she shares the wonderful accomplishments and giving nature of her mom who now suffers from Alzheimers. Marylin supports aspiring authors with writing contests and her blog is a cornucopia of goodness and love and information…on child care, recipes, gardening anecdotes and family matters.  If you don’t know Marylin, I hope you will stop by her blog to say hello…you won’t be disappointed.

When I received the award, I tried to find out a little more about it. I discovered that it was started by Shaun from Scotland:

This is what Shaun said about the award:

“This is an award for everyone who is part of the “Word Press Family” I start this award on the basis that the WordPress family has taken me in, and showed me love and a caring side only WordPress can. The way people take a second to be nice, to answer a question and not make things a competition amazes me here. I know I have been given many awards, but I wanted to leave my own legacy on here by creating my own award, as many have done before. This represents “Family” we never meet, but are there for us as family. It is my honour to start this award.”

I understand what Shaun means…I’ve experienced the same feelings. People I have never met are kind and encouraging with their comments and generous with their time and knowledge. When you think about it, it’s really amazing how close we can feel to bloggers we have never met.

With Thanksgiving only a few days away, this is a perfect time to let some of those bloggers know how thankful I am for the connection we have made. Please don’t stress out about answering any questions or passing the award onward. We all have too much on our plates already. If it’s something you want to mention in a post, please do. If you want to award it to others you have connected with, that is great.

Elizabeth at Mirth and Motivation: Eliz was my very first blogging friend, a citizen of the world who blogs about global issues, posts amazing photography, quotes and wise stories.

Nancy at Spirit Lights the Way: Nancy is a super-sharp wit and fantastic person and writer, her blog entertains and informs. She is immensely supportive of other bloggers and I am never disappointed when I read her posts.

Susanna at Susanna Leonard Hill: Susanna is the founder of Perfect Picture Book Friday, an incredible resource of picture book reviews and activities for teachers and parents. Her blog is a warehouse of writing prompts and other helpful posts for aspiring writers of children’s literature. It just so happens that the 3rd Annual Holiday Writing Contest is starting! Click on her link and get all the details. Last month, her Halloweensie Contest garnered 79 entries!!!!! And did I mention that there are GREAT PRIZES?

Julie at Julie Hedlund: Julie is the founder of 12×12, a challenge for picture book writers. She is also a trailblazer in publishing story apps and has just reached her crowdfunding goal on Kickstarter for her new print picture book, My Love For You Is The Sun. Visit her blog to find out more about these and many other projects she has up her sleeve, like her Renaissance Writing Retreat in Italy that is coming up in the spring…the one she organized this past spring was a great success!

Dawn at Tales From the Motherland: Dawn blogs about her family and life. Her thought-provoking posts often ask questions we don’t have answers for – but I love visiting – she keeps me on my toes and is a loving, caring woman.

Milka at Perfecting Motherhood: Milka is a talented photographer and writer. She is also a super cool mom to two boys who probably don’t know how fortunate they are to have her – she encourages their creativity and reads to them EVERY DAY and has an awesome sense of humor. You can see the fantastic products that feature her photography on her website.

Tracy at Tracy Campbell Writer and Illustrator is a warm-hearted and talented writer and illustrator. She blogs about children, pets and anything else that is on her heart. Her whimsical drawings can be found on a selection of notecards and works of art that can be viewed on her site.

Tina at Tina’s Tidbits: Tina is one of my online critique partners and I’m in awe of all that she accomplishes. With a busy family and a writing career, Tina manages to keep up with several blogs and is one of the best critique buddies I know. She is always ready to offer encouragement and support and is very knowledgeable about writing for the educational market.

Stacy at Stacy S. Jensen Writer and Designer: Stacy was one of my local critique partners in Colorado Springs. I originally met her through Susanna’s Perfect Picture Book Friday link up…then I met her in person at a local SCBWI function.  She is one of those people who is juggling family (Enzo is an active toddler), home, career, blogging, writing, illustrating, community outreach, social media…and she does it so seamlessly, she could win America’s Got Talent. I’m so happy I’ll be able to stay connected with Stacy – my local group has been so kind as to want to keep me in the group even though I am now 2000 miles away…we’ve used Skype to facilitate our meetings.

Pat at Children’s Books Heal: Pat is an active member of the kid lit community…supportive and encouraging…quick to offer a kind word and a helping hand. Her blog focuses on books for special needs’ children and books that address sensitive topics and present them in ways that kids can relate to…she is an amazing resource for parents and teachers.

Tara at Writing for Kids While Raising Them: Tara is the founder of Picture Book Idea Month (PiBoIdMo), an amazing picture book writing challenge that takes place every November. You can follow the last week of posts and catch up on the one’s you missed by clicking on her link. This is my second year of doing PiBoIdMo and I’m thrilled with the notebook of story ideas I’ve already filled – if you are looking for inspiration, motivation and information from successful writers and illustrators in this kid lit community, Tara will provide it.

Did I forget anyone? You bet I did! There are dozens of you out there who deserve this award – who have faithfully visited my blog and left comments – who provide support and encouragement for other bloggers and writers. As Shaun, the creator of this award said…anyone can grab it and share it with those they’ve connected with.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING to ALL! I hope you have a safe and joyous holiday. Let’s celebrate what’s really important in life!


36 thoughts on “Monday Writing Magic: WordPress Family Blog Award

  1. What a lovely way to start my day . . . finding this in my in-box.

    I love the spirit behind this award. Blogging creates lovely tapestries of interwoven connections, as evidenced by the fact that I am familiar with 5 of the fine folks on your list.

    And I adore the bottom photo of 2 of your favorite guys. Perfect!

    Happy Thanksgiving!
    Gobble. Gobble.


    • Glad you are pleased to be on the list, Nancy! You are so right about the tapestry of blogging – sometimes, when I scroll down a comment thread on someone’s blog, I’m amazed at how many people are from unrelated fields, but have all come together.

      We have a gang of wild turkeys who visit our backyard in the early morning – they stroll about leisurely – I think they are unaware it is almost Thanksgiving.:)


  2. Lovely post, Vivian! Congratulations on your award — and what stellar and worthy people you have passed it on to. This widespread community we belong to is a wonderful place. Have a joy-filled Thanksgiving — I’m quite sure you will, as that last photo attests.


    • Thanks so much, Beth! Actually, you are just such another stellar and worthy person who is always ready with a comment, word of encouragement or helping hand! I don’t know if we will ever meet in person, but I count myself fortunate to have connected with you through blogging.:)
      Just came back from shopping to get the ‘fixins’ for our Thanksgiving dinner.:)


  3. Wow, Vivian! I’m honored to be included on your list! Thanks so much. It’s been wonderful to be in your critique group this past year. I hope you and your family have a lovely Thanksgiving!


    • I love your blog, Tina…and you’ve been incredibly supportive and encouraging…to me and to so many others.:)
      Your critiques have really helped me make my stories stronger…I only hope I’ve been helpful to you.:) I’m looking forward to 2014.
      Will you celebrate Thanksgiving in S.Korea? What are some favorite dishes there?


      • Yes, Vivian, just our immediate family will celebrate. I bought a small turkey breast. (Hubby doesn’t like turkey.) My favorite Korean dish is called L.A. Kalbi which are marinated beef ribs grilled. I also like bulgogi that I posted a blog post about and japche, the noodle/veggie dish that was pictured on my last manuscript you critiqued. Have a great time making memories w/your family!


  4. Wonderful, Vivian. When I talked to my mother on the phone today, I told her that her Family Award began in Scotland, and read her your comment. She seemed to listen, but she was so quiet I thought she fell asleep. Finally she asked (and I think this is a wonderfully aware kind of question)–“Do we know someone in Scotland?”


    • Oh yes, Marylin…that is a very sharp observation on her part. I’m so happy you relayed that to her and that it registered. Will you celebrate Thanksgiving in Colorado…or will you travel to see your mom? If you do, please give her my regards…I may never have met you or her…but thanks to the award you honored me with, we are family now.:) 🙂 🙂


    • Thank you so much, Iza. I’m touched…and amazed…when people who are as busy as you (and Susanna and many others) are, still find the time to come and comment on so many blogs. I love to do it as well…but I have to stay up till 3am to do it. Perhaps the class I really need to take is a time-management you give one? :)I want to take Susanna’s picture book writing class in 2014…maybe she will touch on that subject.:) Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family…I’m blessed to be connected with this universe of kind and generous people.:)


  5. Thank you so much for including me in your wonderful list, Vivian, and congratulations– your blog is so wonderful and really pays tribute to so many wonderful books! Many thanks, blog friend. 🙂 I have no idea how to add this award to my site… another blogger honored me a little while back and I could not figure it out! But, I’m grateful.


    • Dawn..I’m so glad you are pleased with the award…your blog posts are amazing and you always return comments and reach out to help where you can. If you’d like to put the image on your blog, I’ll try to walk you through it. I always tell people that if I can do it…anyone can. I used to be afraid to turn on the computer for fear that I would explode it.:) I hope you have a beautiful Thanksgiving.:)


      • Thanks Vivian! I could definitely use the help. You are so kind in your generous praise. It means a lot to me. I’m working on a post right now, that I think will resonate with you… about our belly buttons. 😉 So… how do I add that beautiful award?


  6. Thank you so much for thinking of me, Vivian! I’m sorry it took me so long to head over here. My sister is visiting for Thanksgiving and the kids are out of school, so I have zero time to do anything for myself. But it’s OK, family time is very fun too. I hope you have a great Thanksgiving with your family in your new home!


    • Oh, that is lovely, Pat! I will email you right away. And you, too, Pat, are another faithful commenter and supportive friend and blogger. Your name should have definitely been on that list, if only for your exemplary blog which always highlights books that address sensitive topics and is so child-centered…please forgive me…I am adding it immediately!


      • Thanks for your kind words, But, please don’t worry. I prrefer to remain award-free on my blog. I want to keep it a service. I had so many at one time it was too much. I have something in my sidebar. Thank you for the thought!


  7. Hi Vivian,
    Congratulations on the “I’m part of the WordPress family” award.
    Without “my” family, I’d have a hard time staying motivated.
    Everyone that you’ve mentioned above has helped me in ways they don’t even realize.
    Some posts make me laugh and cry, others provide valuable information.
    And I’m touched and honored to be included.
    I hope you have a fabulous Thanksgiving.
    Thanks again, Vivian!
    P.S. We Canadians celebrated Thanksgiving in October. 🙂


    • That’s right, Tracy…I saw it on the calendar last month.:)
      Isn’t it amazing how intertwined we all are…familiar names pop up in the comments of diverse bloggers…I see your name in many places…it’s like taking a trip around the world and meeting a good friend in an unexpected place.:)


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