One of the best things I have discovered about blogging in the past six months is the fact that there are so many like-minded folks out there! I mean, my “in person real life” friends all know how much I like food, photography, travel and writing, but some of them just aren’t blog readers (which is ok…).
However, we all know that comments and emails are fuel for the blogger’s creativity and motivation so the fact that I have made so many virtual friends in such a short amount of time has meant that I have continued to blog when some days I would think “who even reads this anyway?” (well, apart from my family…). Then someone would comment and you would know that at least one person appreciated your post! Remember the scene in Julie and Julia where she gets her first comment? (ok, it was her mum but still…) Well every time I get a new comment, that’s how I feel. I love that you are all out there reading and commenting and I love reading and commenting on your blogs…
My nomination for Best New Blog at the Foodbuzz Blogger awards in a little over a week (just two days left to vote!!!) has truly blown me away, as has all your support! Making the Bertolli Sauces final eight was just the icing on the cake so thanks everyone who buzzed my recipe. You know who you are! If you haven’t you have until Sunday so buzz away!
So, onto business! Over the past few months I have received a few “blog awards” (errr… including a couple from the summer which got filed away when I was in Laos never to be seen again until I was tidying up my Blogger Dashboard….) so I thought now would be the appropriate time to pass accept and pass them on.
From Gina at Simply Life, Rachel at Laptops and Stovetops and Penny at Jeroxie (Addictive and Consuming).
From Rebecca of Chow and Chatter
From Sandy of Strangling my Muse
From Carrie at K a b l o o e y
For all these awards, the blogger has to reveal 7 or 10 things about themselves that their readers don’t know about them as well as pass the awards on to other bloggers.
Ok, so seven things you probably don’t know about me:
1. I have three passports and three citizenships (legally!)
2. I have lived and worked in Australia, the UK, Hong Kong, France, Belgium and Canada.
3. I met Neil in Casablanca, Morocco in December 1999.
4. I rang in the new millennium singing “Wuthering Heights” on a rooftop in Marrakech with my sister and Neil (ok, I was the only one singing).
5. I moved to Canada 6 months after I met Neil.
6. I am usually not that cavalier about such decisions. I am a Taurus.
7. I have not lived in Australia for 15 years but I still have an accent (that those of you who will meet me in San Francisco will get to hear!!!).
So there you go! In terms of passing these awards on, I see so many people receiving these around the blogosphere that I thought I would take this opportunity to simply say thanks for your friendship to the authors of the following blogs (in no particular order):
Kablooey (my first blogger friend, I think!)
Natalie’s Killer Cuisine
The Chickenless Chick
Fresh Local and Best
Laptops and Stovetops
Jeroxie (Addictive and Consuming)
Hold the Beef
Cooking with the Whineaux
Sense and Serendipity
Chow and Chatter
Taste as you go
A Sweet Spoonful
Felice in the Kitchen
Thanks for reading, commenting, encouraging. I really appreciate you all!