Blog Mastery Award and Paying It Forward

by on November 11, 2010

Oh the lusciousness of it all!

I feel rather like the goddess known as Katherine Hepburn who once said, “It’s always nice to get another Oscar.”

And this goddess was nominated Twice!

“…And I’d like to thank my dear friends Holly Fulford-Jeffrey and JoAnn Donahue for their luvverly compliment in nominating me for this prestigious award , and to the inspired and inspiring Belinda Cunningham for creating it in the first place…”

So, in the true spirit of Paying It Forward, I too get a chance to lavish glorious attention on the blogs  and their authors, that either make my day or make my business, or both.

Here are the nominees, in no particular order …

The kooky, brilliant, charismatic and utterly Real Diane Hochman ~ without whose mentorship, coaching, and initial kick-in-the-pants I would not be where I am today;

The WordPress goddess known as Kimberly Castleberry ~ my blog, and my life has been enriched beyond measure since we met;

The genius of Seth Godin ~ his nuggets of wisdom in my inbox each morning never, ever fail to get me thinking;

The Luminous Kellie Hosaka ~ first just a tribe mate, now a friend and inspiration;

The goddess of Online Network Marketing, Jackie Ulmer ~ the sponsor who became a friend, the ultimate example of how to do things Right online;

The wildly English domestic goddess known as Alison, author of the scrumptious Brocante Home, who singlehandedly revived my passion for vintage housekeeping and frilly aprons;

The Incomparable Sire at Wassup Blog ~ who in one visit taught me the value of answering replies and true conversation (note to Sire – need a bigger picture, dude);

and finally, the whole gloriously individual team over at the Home and Small Business network ~ my new home and happy place.

I may have forgotten someone that I’ll need to add later,and I do apologize if that’s the case,

but dahlings, you know how they time these acceptance speeches …

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Jackie Ulmer November 12, 2010 at 10:06 am

Wow! Thank you so much you Goddess! These are the kind of “awards” that are the real awards that matter. I attended Scott “UnMarketing” Stratten last night and he talked about the power in keeping your blog REAL, informative, and AWESOME.

And, to write when you have something of value to share, not because someone said you SHOULD post 2 times a week, etc.

EXPECT Success!

Jackie Ulmer
Jackie Ulmer´s last blog post ..How You Start an Online Business


Jacqueline Gates November 16, 2010 at 10:59 am

Now there’s a tip that goes against modern convention ~

And, to write when you have something of value to share, not because someone said you SHOULD post 2 times a week, etc.

I’ve struggled with the consistency requirements since some weeks I’m madly inspired, and other weeks really don’t have much to say, which is why my 31 Days to A Better Blog challenge was … well, such a challenge.

I think being Real and Awesome is a much better way to go!


Belinda Cunningham November 12, 2010 at 2:29 pm

Oh Jacqui you are gorgeous, love how you presented your nominees and well done on receiving your award. Look forward to visiting these blogs.



Belinda Cunningham November 12, 2010 at 2:30 pm

Oh Jaqui you are gorgeous and I love the way you have presented your nominees for the award. Well done on receiving yours as well. I look forward to visiting your nominees.
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Sophia@Rave Sticks November 12, 2010 at 2:32 pm

A lovely list of blogs to check out next.


Alison May November 16, 2010 at 4:18 am

Oh hells bells Jacqui I’m blushing! Thank you so much, will pay it forward the minute I get time… you are wonderful!x
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Jacqueline Gates November 16, 2010 at 10:43 am

Oh sweet bliss! What a luscious surprise to find you in my inbox this morning, Alison. I’m utterly delighted (and somewhat surprised) that you replied, considering all the goddess-worthy awards you’ve garnered.

I’ve been lurking round your blog from early days (the first post I read was when First Husband left) and while seldom commenting, always kept a little piece of your wisdom with me each time I returned.

But more than anything, I kept coming back to what I’d found as a Bright Sparkly example of absolute and Delicious Authenticity. Someone who wasn’t afraid to be Vintage and Modern, Mother and Poet, Champion and Coach all at the same time. And the way you write inspired me to explore all the evocative, picturesque, scrumptious words I used to dismiss as too ‘out there’.

It began with acknowledging my addiction to vintage aprons (and risking the raised eyebrows of family members when I actually Wore them in the kitchen!) and slowly seeped into every small detail of the running of my home. I discovered a passion for housekeeping – not the ‘make your house a pristine?you-can’t-sit-there/model home’ type of housekeeping, but the kind that by it’s very nature keeps all the mundane nasties routinely handled so that you are free to really Live.

Without ever knowing it, you gave me the courage to choose to be a goddess ~ and to embrace all the charm, eccentricities, and utterly indescribable magic that comes with wallowing in your own uniqueness.

And I cannot thank you enough.


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