How exciting and heart warming it was to check in to Homepaddock yesterday morning and discover I’d been blessed with a Brillante Blog award.
It was bestowed by Deborah who’s In A Strange Land where she writes intelligently and thoughtfully on feminism, motherhood, parenting, work, politics, life . . . and occasionally posts on food with photos that cause weight gain if you look at them too long.
Once you get a Brillante you’re invited to spread the happiness by passing it on to blogs you enjoy.
The rules are simple:
1. Put the logo on your blog.
2. Add a link to the person who awarded it to you.
3. Nominate at least 7 other blogs.
4. Add links to these blogs on your blog.
5. Leave a message for your nominator on her/his blog.
So after a day of contemplation my nominees in alphabetical order are:
Annie Fox the nom de blog of Anna Wolf whose posts are warm, witty, passionate, frank, down to earth and full of life which is all the more remarkable because she’s writing about dying.
Phillipa Stephenson at Dig-N -Stir . There is on-going discussion about the difference between journalism and blogging. Pip does both supberbly, writing concise, well researched posts which reflect her knowldege and interest in the subject matter, her ability as a wordsmith and, where appropriate, her wit.
Dim Post for showing you can take a dig without getting dirty; and because every day is improved by humour.
Ex-expat who makes me think with posts that are educational, enlightening and/or entertaining.
Will de Cleene at goNZofreakpower whose posts aren’t frequent but point me to places I wouldn’t find by myself.
Adam Smith at Inquiring Mind earns the award for the quotes and cartoons of the day by themselves. But there’s more: well reasoned posts on a variety of topics with special mention for not confining himself to New Zealand.
Inventory 2 at Keeping Stock for the quanity, quality, consistency and variety of his posts with extra points for his enthusiasm and sense of humour.
David Farrar at Kiwiblog because I can’t go past the godfather of the NZ blogosphere. It helps that I share many of his views, but even when I don’t, I admire his well written, researched and reasoned posts. He’s open about his bias but never bigoted.
Dave Gee at Life from Right Field because we southerners must stick together and with special mention for originality and pictures.
Macdoctor if he employs the same wit, intelligence, reason and compassion in medicine which he displays in blogging I’d be very happy to be his patient.
Monkeywithtypewriter , not just a token primate, he’s also got perception and a sense of humour.
The team at No Minister because they often amuse, sometimes shock and enable me to feel moderate. They get a special mention for visuals too.
Not PC for the art and architecture.
NZBC goes for quality rather than quantity and gets bonus points for humour and orginality.
Poneke for the quality of posts in which he uses the skills that made him an award winning journalist. Besides, you’ve got to admire a bloke who’s besotted with buses.
Busted Blonde at Roarprawn because she’s upfront, sassy, witty, in the know and shares it with style.
Bernard Hickey at Show Me The Money because he takes numbers and adds words that make sense of them.
Queen Bee at The Hive : she’s got contacts, she gets the facts and she’s the miistress of succinct posts with sting.
The team at Tumeke! for variety and originality. Tim Selwyn deserves an honourable mention by himself for doing the monthly blogosphere rankings.
Well the rules did say at least seven.
P.S. I have an aversion to chain letters or anything resembling them and I can do the maths: if seven people send something to at least seven people who send it …. it won’t be long to run out of blogs which haven’t got it. So should any of you on whom I’ve bestowed a Brillante want to change the rules or ignore them altogether, I won’t be offended, you won’t be courting calamity, your family and pets will be safe and the sky won’t fall in.