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Thursday, May 19, 2011

The Versatile Blogger:
An Award for Me?

by Carrie Boyko, CEB

Today I had a surprise package come wrapped up in the unlikely form of a blog comment. And not just any blog comment. This one included an award from a 'mom blogger.' Despite myself, I giggled. After all, I'm a mom. Just not in the same generation. My current 'kids' are furry. At least I can't say I'm a grandmother yet; that would really make me feel awkward. Now on with the acceptance speech.

Angela of Mommy Time Out found me only recently. I'm not sure how she located me, but one day she appeared on my site with a comment, and I was duly delighted to see her, as I always am with new visitors. She shared this award with me and instructed me to pay it forward by passing it along to 15 bloggers that I have recently come upon. Fifteen!

In addition I'm supposed to tell you 7 things about myself. Hmm... how much can I fudge on this? I guess honesty is the best policy, so we'll start there and pick carefully:

  1. I have 3 grown kids. My eldest is a defense and family attorney in Virginia. My middle son is an environmental scientist. My youngest is my only daughter, and is a senior in college.
  2. I have been happily married to my best friend for 33 years. Without him, well, I certainly would not be here telling you about him. I know; terrible joke!
  3. Although I have lived most of my life in Central Florida, I lived 11 years in Charlotte, North Carolina, where all of my children were born.
  4. After spending 10 years in HR and a successful entrepreneurial adventure, I did some freelance writing. I still have one book in print, although it is doubtful you will find it on a bookstore shelf.
  5. My family worried that I might have empty nest syndrome when our last kid left for college. Boy, did I show them!
  6. Tanner, Oliver and I enjoy trying new ways to stay active, and particularly enjoy biking, dog park visits and swimming together as diversions from the daily walk.
  7. I have little time for pleasure reading these days, but enjoy listening to audio books. My current favorites are the Michael Connelly novels about Mickey Haller, the Lincoln Lawyer of recent movie fame. As usual, the book is always better than the movie.
Many thanks to Angela for finding me and sharing this award. I only wish I knew what I did to impress her! Now, I'd like to bestow the same honor on some of my own newly discovered bloggers. In no particular order, here are some blogs I have recently found and enjoyed:
  1. April at A Mommy's Sweet Blog Design
  2. Richa at Find Me a Happy Pet
  3. Nicole from The Pomeranian Trainers
  4. Caren at Cat Chat
  5. Vet Wisdom Cafe
  6. Carly at Green Dog Love
  7. Sheryl Bastien of Timely Recipes
  8. Stacey of Little Boys are Made of Frogs and Snails and Puppy Dog Tails
  9. Boondocks the Wonder Dog
  10. Ann at Chronicles of Sage
  11. Sarge Speaks Out
  12. Free Hot Samples
  13. Pat Wahler at Critter Alley
  14. 24 Paws of Love
  15. Crystal at My Life with Flyball Dogs
I encourage you to visit these blogs. Each has a unique niche, something that made me think of the series I am working on at Blogpaws right now. If you're interested, you may wish to check it out: Niche Blogging Clarification. There will be a number of installments in this series, which began with an introduction a couple of weeks ago. The linked installment is the first meat of the series. I hope to see you there, and feel free to leave comments with questions or thoughts. 

© A. Boyko
Oliver and I Share a Moment
Congratulations to all of you on this award list, and thanks again to Angela. To the newest group of winners, I encourage you to reach out by email so we may become better acquainted. I'm at Happy tails!


Boondocks Love Shack Pack said...

My first blog award!! Thanks so much for sharing this with us!! I'll wear it with pride!


Scooter said...

Wow, thanks for the pawesome award! It will look great on my blog. I'll have to get Mom to help me get it set up and then I can post 7 things about me too. I liked your list alot. Thanks again for thinking of me!
Grr and Woof,
Sarge, COP

Richa said...

Thanks for the award Carrie!! chewie sends some wet kisses.!
i am lagging on all the hopping and reading too!! And I still havent set up the rummage sale for bethechangeforpets.. this weekend is going to be busy! and i just got the same award on my food blog as well:))

thanks again and have a wonderful day!
Find me a Happy Pet
Chewie on Facebook ,

Hobby And More Food Blog

Pat Wahler said...

Thank you so much for the award. We think you are a terrific blogger buddy!


Carly @GreenDogLove said...

Woo hoo! Thanks for mentioning us, Carrie!

Have a good weekend! :)

Pup Fan said...

Congrats on your award!

Cat and DOG Chat With Caren said...

thank you soooo much for mentioning Cat Chat! Cody and I are hugely flattered and we truly appreciate it! We no longer post awards on our blog because it was becoming too hard to make sure we credited everyone who had given us one (we are truly blessed to have wonderful friends like you!!!) Please know that we are grateful, it is wonderful to know that people read and appreciate us as much as we do you!!! xoxoxo

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