I just wanted to point out some newer blogs I’ve been enjoying lately. Please give them a visit – they’re all great ones!
Suffragette Kitty – Louisa May Alcott has returned as a cat and is continuing her fight for women’s rights. Entertaining and informational posts on historical and present day women of note, Henry David Thoreau, and clean water for everyone. Another great thing about this blog is that I know the person behind the cat in real life! She was my editor at the first newspaper I worked at and is a great person and friend.
Licht Years – Breathtaking photography of the New England area with inspirational quotes and descriptions. I am in awe of Susan’s photos and the feelings that come across in them.
Writing Pieces of Me – Thoughts on writing and life during novel writing and revising. Arlene’s fun personality comes through in her posts and you’ll want to cheer her on as she finishes her novel.
Braith an’ Lithe – Life in the northwest highlands of Scotland. Funny and entertaining posts, especially when talking about things like learning new dance moves while sheep watch through the window.
Christina Lawrence – Book reviews, inspirational quotes, and observances from Great Britain.
Helenvalentina – Beautiful poetry expressing the elements of fire, water, air, and earth.
What do you look for in a blog? What makes it great?
I love Arlene’s blog. She’s been fun to get to know. Thanks for the other ideas to check out, Sheila! Hope you’re enjoying winter being over. I am giddy over that.
I’ve only recently discovered Arlene, but she’s already become a friend. And yes I’m so glad it’s warmed up a little! It’s still pretty cold here because the ocean keeps things cold but at least the trees are pink! I hope you’re enjoying the spring weather too and getting lots of biking in.
awwww, thank you Char!!! *blushing* 🙂
I think it is admirable to promote the blogs of others as you have done here. I do guest posts almost every Wednesday especially for newbies. It is payback to others remembering that others helped me get started too. Our network of talented artists is growing as a result.
I’ve been wanting to do this for a long time and I think I’ll do it every once in a while instead of the award posts. I don’t get around to doing the award posts quickly enough anyway. This way, whenever I run into a newer blog I really like I can add it to a drafted up list and then throw the lists out there a handful at a time. I’ll have to check out your Wednesday guest posts – thanks for letting me know about those!
Nice of you to showcase some blogs. They look wonderful. That statue on the other hand is a bit odd… 😉
On second thought, both statues are. 😉
Hahah! The odder the better! I’ve been wanting to do this for a long time, but I was thinking I’d send this out along with a blogroll of favorites like yours (of course). Then I realized that favorites list is going to take a very long time so figured might as well send this out first.
Blogrolls are tricky. Have fun. 😉
(And thank you for the bon mot. 🙂 )
It’s called ART, Carrie. 😉
Remember, I prefer concrete. That Life of Pi book threw me a bit, you know. 😉
I had the same thoughts on the Life of Pi. That first statue doesn’t leave too much up to the imagination though. Now that I’m looking at it some more, I kind of wish it would put some clothes on.
To me it looks like a woman on top and a…er, um…a hermaphrodite on the bottom…
I’m not even going to try to figure it out. 🙂
Sheila, I will be checking out some of your suggestions. However, I would like to know a bit more about the interesting statues. Yes, I do move to the beat of a different drummer… 🙂
The people who do that are my favorite kind. 🙂 The first picture is from The Field Gallery on Martha’s Vineyard. It’s one of my favorite places to bike to because there are always different statues outside. Here’s the link for the art gallery: http://www.fieldgallery.com/gallery_info.php and the picture at the end is from Cashel in Ireland. I love how statues like that can express so much.
How lovely, thank you very much – that’s such a nice boost after spending all Tuesday with norovirus and nearly all of yesterday in bed recovering and trying to rehydrate! I’ll check out the others on your list; I love when bloggers I enjoy recommend other blogs 🙂
Thank you for always being fun to visit! It’s great to be able to travel to Scotland this way and it’s been nice getting to know you through your site. I hope you get better soon so you can enjoy the nicer weather out there!
Yes – actually sunny today and saw the first swallows!
Yay! The birds are chirping here now and I might have to go play with them. Happy Spring!
Thanks so much for sharing – check these out! Have a Great One:)
Thanks Renee! They’re all interesting and a lot of fun. Happy almost weekend!
Thank you for the great recommendations. I’ll have to check them out when I get a chance. I really enjoy posts like this because I think readers are more likely to click on the links than they are with a blog roll. I’ve found most people don’t have time for checking out the widgets on a blog and clicking around. Well, at least not on my blog. 😉
I think I’ll do these posts every once in a while instead of the award posts that I don’t get around to doing. 🙂 Hope you enjoy them and happy almost weekend!
Thanks i will be sure to check them all out
Thank you for taking a look!
Thank you so much Sheila! This is so nice of you. I’m on my way to check out these other sites!
Your photography deserves as much pointing out as possible! Thank you for making me see familiar scenes with new eyes and for always being so wonderful to visit.
Sheila thank you SO much. I was surprised and honored to see you gave me a ‘shout out’ 🙂 I really appreciate it and can’t wait to check out the other blogs you recommended. This is a great idea and I think I will borrow it for my blog too … guess who’ll be on the top of my list? wink, wink 😉
Thank you for being fun to visit – and no strings attached! I hope you like the other ones, maybe especially that first one because of your love of cats and it’s a funny one too. I just wanted to introduce my friends to each other. 🙂
Thank you so much, Sheila, I feel honoured that you mentioned me on your blog. As I am sometimes struggling to find the time to blog, it is such a boost to know there are people really appreciating my posts.
I know what you mean about finding that time. I only post once a week and it still takes up a lot of time, but in the end it’s worth it because there are so many great people out there to meet. I also like it when people don’t post too often because then they’re easier to follow. 🙂 It’s been a lot of fun getting to know you through your site!
Great blog recommendations! And great photos too! I love that one from Ireland. They sure look like happy dancers.
Thank you! When I went through my photos, I was kind of surprised by how many I have of statues, but they’re good for expressing different things. Those happy dancers are very flexible too!
Haha, I was thinking the same thing!
This is great – am always happy to discover new, wonderful blogs!
I’m glad to hear that and I hope you like them! I think I’ll be doing this every once in a while because there are so many great ones.
I read Arlene’s blog, which is such a delight. I haven’t seen the others, so thank you for introducing them. It’s fun to find new blogs based on recommendations from trusted blogging pals. I’m more likely to click on a link through a blog I follow as opposed to searching for one myself.
It is fun getting to know people like you and Arlene through your sites. Let me know if you come down around here this summer and maybe we can even meet in real life! 🙂
I’m just checking them out now – what a lovely idea! 😀
Thanks Dianne – I hope you like them and that you’re having fun with those creatures!
Hahah – thank you and right back at you – happy almost summer!
great set of blogs.
I like the interactivity of blogs and bloggers.
No matter how great posts you upload, unless you are ready to talk to the customers, the stakeholders, the post remains an unsung song.
That’s true – the interaction is the best part. I’m so glad we’ve gotten to know each other and become friends this way.
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Hello Lovely Sheila,
My publicist was wondering why our blog received so many hits and from so many places then, we see that you highlighted us! Aren’t you the best?
I’d like to add, for all you followers to see, that YOU are an incredible person (they already know that you are a great writer!). My Publicist says that you and she often worked on tight deadlines in very cramped quarters with sources and word processors and other faulty equipment that had their good days and, more often, their bad days. If she recalls correctly, your starting salary may have qualified you for food stamps.
Through all that, YOU remained your calm and easy-going, cheerful self. She never once heard a complaint from you, maybe because she was so busy spewing them out herself. You are so pleasant to be with professionally and socially.
My publicist and I are going to check out the other blogs you mention. Many thank yous for helping us navigate the blogosphere, xox LMA
Thank you so much – that’s really nice of you – so now we agree that we’re both incredible! 🙂 Even with the crazy hours and low pay, that’s still one of my favorite jobs and that’s because of your publicist. She taught me so much and somehow made it all fun. I remember laughing with her often. Now I’m happy for the chance to visit and laugh with her again. Love and hugs to both of you!
Love all of these blogs. Thanks for sharing.
Hi Holly – I’m glad you liked them – thanks for taking a look!
Great recommendations, Sheila! I love Arlene’s blog. Have to check the others out. Hmm, I guess a genuine voice and a dash of humor draw me to most blogs. And white space. It’s really hard for me to read blogs that are just giant chunks of text.
Thanks Kourtney! That’s true about the genuine voice. The best ones make me feel as if I’ve gotten to know the person behind it. Shorter posts are always good too. 🙂