2012 Blog of the Year Awards!!!

On December 9th 2011, I wrote my first post for Writing Between the Lines.  I’d been told for years to start a blog, because a writer needs a social media platform.  I kept putting it off.  I knew nothing about blogs or blogging.  I felt I had little to say, and why would strangers want to bother reading?  But I took the plunge, because that’s what authors are supposed to do.   It turns out to be one of the best investments I ever made!

Through blogging I discovered a new way to tell stories, using photographs from my life and travels.  I’ve read so many great blogs, learned so much, met so many people, made so many friends from all over the world.   Some of these friends have nominated me for the 2012 Blog of the Year Award.  They have helped me earn my six stars, and then some.  Before I pass this award along, I want to thank these folks for nominating me for this honor, and tell you about what makes these bloggers so outstanding.

Jueseppi B. of The Obamacrat.com is a passionate blogger who has accumulated well over a million views in the last year.  He is a passionate man who speaks out for justice, champions many causes, but also has a soft spot for poetry and fine cuisine.  He was one of my first followers, and I have been a follower of his since I took my first baby steps into the blogosphere.

Maggi Myklebust of Flyawayhomebook.com is the author of  a memoir Fly Away Home, which reads like a novel.  She has led such an interesting life as an American ex-pat in Norway.  Her blog is many things–read about the writing life, learn about adjusting to life in another country, and get to know a very lovely person.  When she nominated me for this award, she mentioned that I was the first person outside of her family to leave a comment on her blog.  I thought surely she had been writing her blog for years, as it was so well done.  What a fortunate day it was for me to have stumbled upon her.  I hope you will check out her blog, and buy her book!

Anotherdayinparadise is written by a woman who has traveled the world.  She plays piano, shares lovely photos from her travels, and has home bases in three continents.  Her family is large and adorable, and I love the peek into that side of her life too.   She was one of my first followers, and I have truly enjoyed following her blog this last year.  I think you will too.

Marsha Lee AKA The History Gal is a force of nature in the blogosphere.  A retired history teacher, she is interested in everything, and blogs about all her interests, from history to quilting to travel to the pros and cons of a timeshare in Hawaii.  I have learned a lot about the basics of blogging, such as watermarking photos, from her posts about the nuts and bolts of blogging.

Eunice at Living and Loving is another blogger with many interests.  She posts about travel, jewelry and beading, birdwatching, trucking, and photography.  She is a very interesting person, and she writes an interesting, well-rounded blog.

Len Williams-Carver at myownheart.me truly does write from the heart.  Like most people, she wrestles with questions about faith and family, life and death.  She also shares her writing, humorous posts that highlight human behavior, and her take on the world.

Ivonprefontaine of Teacher as Transformer is a teacher, a poet, and a gentle soul with an open mind and a big heart.

The London Flower Lover is a team of flower lovers who are all about flowers.  Poems, photographs, stories that celebrate everything floral.

FIRST OF ALL…to all of the bloggers listed above, I say “Backatcha!”  Just in case you haven’t collected all six stars, I am nominating you for the 2012 Blog of the Year Award.  AND NOW… I would like to pass on the 2012 Blog of the Year Award to the following bloggers…I hope you will take a moment to check out their outstanding blogs.

Nikki of imayfly.com is an excellent writer with a fresh voice, capable of eliciting laughter and invoking profound thought.
Scilla of Scillagrace is another writer of exceptional talent.  She loves history and photography, but whatever topic she addresses, she does so with a grace and wisdom that inspires.
Jamie of The Poet By Day is one of the most talented poets in the blogosphere, with a depth and wisdom to her words that is often breathtaking.
Sarah of sarahpotterwrites is a novelist, a talented musician, and a poet with a fresh voice and a sly sense of humor.  Her mastery of the haiku is a wonder.  Now she is organizing a novel-writing support group to help fellow writers their first draft from start to finish this winter.
Grace of Czech the Flip is a Filipino mom married to a Czech and living in the Czech Republic.  I really enjoy learning about the history and culture of the Czech Republic, as well as snatches of every day life in another country.  The bonus: watching her little boy Jakob growing up!
Lisa at Zebra Designs and Destinations has created a blog rich with color and full of zest.  An artist, a traveler, a photographer, and an observer!  Now go check out her latest post on the hatching of a nest of sea turtles!
Carol of Wanderings of an Elusive Mind is a wise and gentle woman who lives her life with a grace I can only aspire to.  I like to go with her on a morning walk.  She might give you a tour of the garden, or a peek at the birds that flock to her yard.
George Weaver of She Kept a Parrot is another gentlewoman who has a way with both words and a camera, and  a great eye for a story.
Sabrina of Sabrina Garie is a mom, sci-fi geek, and an author with a fresh new voice and a great sense of humor.  Check out her blog for an excerpt from her exciting new book, Fires of Justice.
Madhu of The Urge to Wander has a classy blog featuring stories of her travels, and amazing photographs of exotic and enchanting places.  She has been EVERYWHERE!  She gave me my first award, The Leibster Award, which was welcome encouragement for a newbie blogger.
Ailsa of Where’s My Backpack? inspires a global blogging community interested in travel and photography by offering a weekly travel-related theme to which bloggers throughout the world respond.  Many of my favorite posts were written in response to her prompts.
Jake of Jakesprinter is a great guy who also encourages and inspires the blogging community with a weekly challenge called Jake’s Sunday Post.
Frizztext of Flickr Comments is a musician, a photographer, and a storyteller.  He too challenges his readers to contribute stories to his blog–everything from A-Z, one letter at a time!
Island Traveler of this man’s journey is a man with a heart full of love.  He inspires the community to think about life and love and family through a weekly challenge posed to a global blogging community.
Kourtney of Kourtney Heinz’s Journal is a writer who writes, attends writing conferences, and is sharing, step by step, the process with readers the process of marketing a novel.
Pat of  A New Day writes of living life fully with Fibromyalgia.  Get inspired by her strong spirit, beautiful photographs, and observations of life.
Tess of How the Cookie Crumbles will give you an irreverent view of life after 65.  She is a talented writer who will treat you to some striking samples of Flash Fiction.
Lesley of Inspiration Import: Lesley Fletcher Art and Words–Spirit and Soul says it all in the title of her blog.
Cee of Cee’s Photography is a great photographer.  She poses another weekly challenge, the Fun Foto Challenge, which attracts many participants from all over the globe.
Elizabeth of Mirth and Motivation is an intelligent blog that features great photography, poetry, and insight on life.
Elisa of Fun and Fabulousness for great photos and a great perspective.
Cathryn Wellner of This Gives Me Hope, a blog which always inspires, entertains, and makes me smile.
Winners, if you don’t have time to pass this on, that’s okay.   If you’d like to thank and acknowledge the friends and followers who have enriched your life and the blogworld this last year, check out this link for official 2012 Blog of the Year rules.



  1. Jueseppi B. says:

    Now you have given me tons of new blogger talent to investigate!!! Thank you and congratulations!!

    1. Great! And thank YOU!

      1. Jueseppi B. says:


  2. Naomi, thank you so much for the wonderful comments on my blog, and congrats on your well deserved awards.

  3. Congratulations on your blogaversary, Naomi, and the accumulation on so many stars! Can’t stay, I’m off to investigate new blogs … 🙂

  4. adinparadise says:

    Congrats on your 1st Blogaversary, Naomi, and also on the well deserved stars. Thanks so much for the lovely write up you have given me. 🙂 I see that we have the same taste in bloggers, as I already follow many of the ones you’ve mentioned. I’ll visit the others when I have some free time, which isn’t right now. 😀 Happy New Year to you, and may you continue blogging ad infinitum. Hugs to you.

  5. scillagrace says:

    Seriously, only a year? You’ve been a busy woman! Thank you for your kind words and for your faithfulness…and for researching for me. I feel like I now have a book bag of hand-selected works to read! I give you a gold star made of twinkly lights and marzipan. 🙂

  6. Terri says:

    I am glad you are enjoying the blog writing!!

  7. Congratulations on your win. I am also a four star winner. I began my blog in April, 2012. I hope you will come visit my blog

  8. Jamie Dedes says:

    Congratulations! Well done …

    Naomi, thank you for the award and even more so for your kind supportive comment, and thanks for wonderful recommendations. I look forward to doing so exploring.

    Blogging offers so many rewards and not the least, new friends we’d never otherwise meet. It and the many bloggers are wonderful blessings.

    Be well and blog on …

  9. Renchick says:

    Congratulations!! And happy anniversary 🙂

  10. ferragudofan says:

    Congratulations and thanks for sharing the award – The Thought Palette

  11. Congratulations and very well done Naomi

  12. Amy says:

    Congratulations! Well deserved stars! Happy 2013, Naomi!

  13. OH CONGRATS!!!!!! I’m so happy for you!!!!

  14. Georgia says:

    Congratulations Naomi!

  15. Kourtney Heintz says:

    Congrats on receiving all six stars wow! I love your blog. Thanks so very much for nominating me too. 🙂

  16. megtraveling says:

    Congratulations on your stars!

  17. J. G. Burdette says:


  18. Carol says:

    Awww, thanks Naomi, for the award and for your very kind, generous words! To be in such great company is very much an honor!

  19. Thanks Naomi. It always makes me happy to be appreciated by someone who’s creativity, insight and generosity I have the utmost respect for. May you and yours have a wonderful New Year. I’ve been caught up in the ups and downs of life lately, but will come visit often in the new year.

    1. Best wishes to you and yours too, Sabrina. Here’s hoping your New Year will be filled with many more ups than downs, and great success with your writing.

  20. Thanks fort sharing it Naomi!
    I’ll take a look to these blogs now, it seems that there is a huge variety of things on them.

    Happy 2013!! Wish you the best.

    1. Dear Pablo,
      I am so pleased to introduce my friends to you and your work! They are in for a treat. And I wish you all the very best for the coming year!

  21. Oh, and I gifted it back to you although i believe you’ve collected all your stars.

    1. Thank you! There are still a couple of folks I would love to pass this on to!

  22. Congrats! You deserve it! Happy New Year!

    1. Thanks so much, and a Happy New Year to you too!

  23. Thanks for the lovely comment and Congratulations on your awards, they’re well deserved!

  24. That is so sweet of you, and thank you so much for the award 🙂 Will update my Blog of the Year post to include you. And, as a little extra, you’ve received a vote of my appreciation here http://sarahpotterwrites.wordpress.com/2012/12/31/pirates-appreciation-an-award-in-disguise/

  25. frizztext says:

    hi Naomi: your sentence “We had learned to spin straw into gold” – take that as a metaphor for story telling: creating oasis comments using some desert words = thank you for your blogging 2012!

  26. Naomi – You are like me = so many blogs that are too good to miss. Many thanks for your nomination (I think I have all my stars now!)
    There is no question that you are an amazing, honest story teller with so much to share with the world. Thanks for being you! Peace 2013 xx

  27. Jamie Dedes says:

    How busy you have been with this. Love Ivan’s blog too … most of the others are new to me.

  28. Madhu says:

    Congratulations on your many awards and on your blog anniversary Naomi! It has been a pleasure following you most of the way 🙂 Thank you so much for your kindness in passing on the stars 🙂

  29. eof737 says:

    Congratulations on your award and thank you for including my intelligent blog… love that description…. LOVE it!!! 🙂

    1. Definitely my pleasure!

  30. elisaruland says:

    I was enjoying your lists of blog award recipients, nodding when I noticed the many bloggers that I know and follow…..including myself!! Thank you for thinking of me, Naomi, I am thrilled. What a positive way to begin the new year, and a reminder that I’d better get back on the posting train or I’m going to lose all my passengers!!


    1. You deserve it, Elisa, with your very fine blog. I look forward to another year of enjoying it.

  31. tita buds says:

    Congratulations, Naomi! 🙂 It’s very well-deserved. I for one am glad you started blogging for you are one of those really talented writers who raise the bar for the rest of us. It’s always a pleasure to read your posts.

  32. Wow…I am so behind on my reading! You just provided me with enough material for a great Saturday night….I’ll be checking out each and every one of these blogs and probably subscribing! Thank you for this and a Woot! to you 🙂

    1. Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope you enjoy these folks as much as I do!

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