Liebster Blog Award

What a surprise to find that my blog has been nominated for a Liebster Award!

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Thank you to Maggie Madly Writing who has nominated my blog! Check out her blog at http://maasmith.com/

I did a bit of research and it seems there are a few different versions of the Liebster award out there. Here are the rules as they have been passed on to me:

Once tagged, if you want to participate, create a post in which you will share the instructions, link back to the blog who nominated you, and nominate your own set of 3-5 nominees, keeping in mind the goal of the award!  Then be sure to let them know on their blog that you have nominated them.

The concept is for bloggers to nominate other blogs they enjoy. The idea is to nominate newer blogs with the goal of bringing them to light. There are no judges and no winners, it is more of a way for bloggers to recognize other blogs they want to share with others.

Here are my nominations:

Cricket Muse – A writer’s journey as a reader.
http://cricketmuse.wordpress.com/

Rebecca McKeown – Ramblings of a modern-day bard
http://rebeccamckeownwrites.com/

The Living Notebook – creativity : art : philosophy : productivity : writing
http://thelivingnotebook.com/

A Writer’s Touch – writing blog of essayist, editor, and novelist-to-be Nichole Eck
http://awriterstouch.wordpress.com/

I hope you will check out these blogs and that you will enjoy them as much as I do! Thanks again to Maggie Madly Writing! It’s an honor!

Pinterest for Writers… and Readers.. and Bloggers…

I joined Pinterest about two years ago, shortly after my now husband and I got engaged. It was all I kept hearing about from friends: the recipes, the crafts, the wedding ideas! If you’re not on Pinterest, I’m sure you’ve heard about it, but it does have a practical purpose in that all your ideas and webpages you want to save can be organized all in one place.

I got dozens of wedding shower, ceremony and reception ideas from Pinterest, and yes, it is as addicting as everyone said it would be! Now that my wedding planning days are over, I still pin recipes and photos of home decor that is downright enviable. But Pinterest isn’t just for weddings and crafts anymore.

It seems, at least to me, that the possibilities with Pinterest are endless!

Here are a few ways I’ve been using Pinterest.

As a Writer

  • Writing Inspiration – I’ve always wanted an office with bulletin board to pin things that would inspire me. Since I still don’t have an office, I created a virtual pinboard on Pinterest for Writing Inspiration. I collect literary quotes and anything that inspires my muse.
  • Storyboarding – In November, when I was starting a new project for NaNoWriMo, I created a virtual pinboard. I mostly just pinned photos that inspired my characters, but there is no limit to the ideas you could pin: images of settings for your novel, the houses your characters might live in and pictures of their hometowns… and anything else related to your work-in-progress!

Fiction gives us the second chance...As a Reader

  • What I’m Reading – I pin pictures of books I’m reading to share with others.
  • Bookish Things – I have a love of all things books. I dedicated a whole board to photos of reading nooks, ideas for my future library and other nerdy book-related things.

As a Blogger

  • I pin my blog posts to Pinterest. I don’t have a specific board dedicated to my blog, I just pin to whichever board is appropriate. Because Pinterest is visual, the trick is to have a picture in each post that you can pin.

I have lots of boards that aren’t related to writing, reading, or my blog. I use Pinterest for recipes and entertaining ideas, feel-good stories and quotes, and with the new advent of secret board I use it to pin gift ideas as well.

Are you a writer, reader or blogger on Pinterest? If so, I’d love to follow you to see what you’re pinning! Feel free to follow me, short0ne22.

Happy Pinning!