The Middle Ages has just had a windfall of love and honour as Gae Polisner awarded us a Versatile Blogger award last Monday. Then Lori Landau added to our blush factor.
One of the provisos with the Versatile Blogger is that you’re supposed to pay-it-forward to 15 other bloggers you respect and admire, and so on and so on. Well, it’s a lot of work for the awardee, let me tell you, and what’s more, you’re not really supposed to pay it back, so there goes our chance to honour two of our faves (*waves at Gae and Lori*). Soooo, rather than name our favourite blogs or obligate anyone to do all this work, we decided to take this chance to honour our most avid community members WHO ALSO BLOG. These are our regular commenters, those peeps who come here almost every day and weigh in on all things deep and light, but who also have these other forums where you can chat and get to know them better. This is a list with which you cannot go wrong: these are honest, interesting, and compassionate souls.
If we’ve left anyone off, we’re sooooooorrrrrrrry. We love you too! And, of course, this won’t be the last time we do this, so we can make it up to you…
So, here goes in no particular order:
Gae Polisner for her truly funny and witty comments here, and for her thoughtful observations on her blog on the art of writing, getting published, and swimming the cold East Coast waters IN THE WINTER!! And for the way she loves us (*blushes again*).
Lori Landau for her stunningly beautiful contributions here, and for her nurturing, illuminating meditations on her blog about connecting with your truest and deepest self.
Twins Holly and Kelly for visiting us every day with their bear-hugs of positive energy, but who also reflect on all things near to their hearts (like studying, nursing, and… well, Colin) on their own blog.
Kate, our StubbleJumpin’Gal, who was our first follower and has been here through thick and thin, offering her deeply centred calm and her amazing wry wit—her blog is a treasure-trove of the same.
Dawn who has changed before our very eyes by sheer force of her amazing spirit, and who rarely blogs, but when she does, it’s worth the wait (especially the “Thank God for Delete” post).
Hollye Dexter who hasn’t been by as much as she used to, but she’s got sooooo much to talk about and does so with compassion that will take your breath away.
Lyndsie who has also rarely if ever missed a day to weigh in and who writes straight from the heart and with sweet honesty.
Madge who has one of the most grounded senses of self we’ve ever read, both here and at her place, and who reminds us it does get better the more we learn.
Molly with her 5 kids and hectic life, who joins us here to commiserate and celebrate and who also shares her ideas, troubles, and triumphs on her blog with bright and singular honesty.
Lisa Golden is the political dynamo with the sharp wit of a nightclub comedian and the loving heart of gold of a…wait, that might not very sound nice, but take it from us, she’d like it :-)
Erin who joins us on a regular basis with quiet intelligence and interesting takes on things and who shares all that on her own blog, along with her beautiful writing.
Hart Johnson, aka Tami, aka Alyse,aka the Watery Tart, who has sass and heart in equal measure and who’s not afraid to speak straight, but who also oozes compassion and good sense (and she likes to get naked).
Kelly from NJ with her sweet, gentle observations and her enthusiastic support for all things TMA, and for the stunning photos on her blog.
Of course this list doesn’t include those amazing regulars who warm our hearts and make us think, but who aren’t bloggers (or who’ve just gotten started) like Shalaka and Jo and Becki and DKO and Mary-Jo and Rigel and Sharon and Karen and Anne and Steph and Linda and Annette (garedican) and on and on and, OH MY GOD, just love you guys!
Thanks all. If you want the Versatile Blogger badge, feel free to grab it: y’all deserve it!