I’ve avoided having to pick my “Fave Five” friends because I’ve never had a phone from T-Mobile. Here in the United States, the mobile phone carrier advertises a service with free calls to five friends. Who would want to learn they are at best my sixth favorite person?
I face that dilemma now. Through the generosity of Cheryl Reifsnyder of Cheryl’s Musings (one of my favorite blogs), I have been given the “Stylish Blogger Award.” You can see its logo on the bottom of this blog’s right column.
There are two catches. I have to share seven random things about myself, and I have to pass on the award to five other blogs.
Yes, that’s chain mail, but I believe in our 2.0 world it’s called “viral.” And since in this blog’s first six months it’s never sniffed an award (not that I’d know where to even find a contest), I’m keeping it, just like Nixon kept Checkers.
First I’ll list seven random things, then I’ll list five blogs I’m choosing to call “stylish”:
- I worship bacon. (No surprise to regular readers.)
- I have an obsession with antique maps, particularly those by the 17th Century Dutch.
- Instead of waxing eloquent with lines from James Joyce or T.S. Eliot, I quote The Blues Brothers, Spinal Tap, Animal House, Monty Python classics The Holy Grail and The Life of Brian, and just about any Coen Brothers movie.
- I have almost no sense of smell.
- I turned down a chance to be interviewed on camera for a segment on The Colbert Report.
- In the mid 1990s I wrote a humor column titled Certifiably Inane.
- Should I ever form a rock band, I’m naming it Defenestrating Taxidermists.
Now to my “fave five” blogs. As readers of my Creativity Tweets of the Week know, I regularly peruse dozens of blogs. I’ve decided here, however, to highlight some of the first ones I came across when I went on Twitter last fall. I return to them regularly, I love their tone of sharing and support, and I feel they need more exposure than they are currently receiving. Like my blog, they address creativity and writing. Here they are in no particular order:
- Charlotte Rains Dixon: I love the way Charlotte (@wordstrumpet), a creative writer and writing coach, treats her readers like old friends.
- Fear of Writing, Milli Thornton: Writing coach Milli (@fearofwriting) is the author of a book by the same name. She offers helpful tips, hosts interesting guest blogs, and is joined by another sharp writer, Judy Clement Wall (@jclementwall).
- Dose of Creativity, Melanie Sklarz: This is one of the first blogs I found when launching my @on_creativity Twitter feed. Melanie is an artist and creativity coach (she trained with Eric Maisel). Her blog posts are engaging and fun. She could post more frequently, but the links she tweets on creativity are golden.
- Danielle Meitiv’s Barefoot Blog: Learn about the sea and follow a writer’s creative journey at the same time! Danielle (@danielle_meitiv) is an oceanographer and writer who has seamlessly combined her twin passions into one blog (and fiction as well).
- Kate Arms-Roberts: Kate (@KateArmsRoberts and @MorePlayful) is an Interplay coach and writer who encourages play (she has another blog, A More Playful Life). Her sincerity and positivity shine through in her writing.
FYI, if anyone else wants to give me an award, I”m game, just like my daughter was when she played on a basketball team that won no games and yet was given a big trophy by her coach. She loves that trophy, and I’ll love your award, regardless of the level of merit I demonstrated in “earning” it.