Last Wednesday, a story on the front page of The Wall Street Journal and a lead story on the Today Show were about a newspaper columnist. What made this writer so remarkable was not that she is an 85 year old woman from North Dakota nor that she wrote an article reviewing a newly opened Olive Garden in her hometown. What made her remarkable was that her post went viral (“I didn’t really know what that meant,” she confessed on the Today Show) because of all the negative reaction to her Olive Garden review from blogs such as Gawker, The Huffington Post and others, mocking her review of a chain restaurant.
The writer, Marilyn Hagerty, remains unruffled by the negativity directed at her post from blogs. “We all have different ideas of what we want to do with our time, don’t we?” she reasons rationally.
The world of blogging can be a cold, cruel place with vicious attacks heaped on others, often cloaked in anonymity. People can harshly criticize in comments or on their own blog. Before I started The Wonder of Tech, I was warned by my loved ones that I would need a thick skin to deal with the diatribes that would be directed at me in the comments to my blog.
That hasn’t happened.
Instead, my readers have been supportive, inquisitive, helpful and all around awesome. Disagreements have been respectful, intelligent and thoughtful. The feedback I have received has been inspirational and I thank you very much for your continuing support of The Wonder of Tech.
But mine isn’t the only blog that tries to stay positive.
I have been honored in receiving The Sunshine Award, awarded to “bloggers who positively and creatively inspire others in the blogosphere.” I have received this honor from Adrienne Smith and Bill Dorman, with honorable mentions from Praveen Rajarao and Ruth Zive. I was truly honored to receive this award from people who give positive, creative inspiration with every post. Thank you, Adrienne and Bill, for giving me this award.
In case you haven’t checked out Adrienne and Bill’s blogs yet, you’re in for a treat. Adrienne and Bill are the Queen and King of blogging, mastering the art of engaging with their readers. They’re blogging royalty, royalty as in Princess Kate and Prince Harry, gracious and fun!
As an award winner, there are a few rules I need to follow:
- Thank the person who gave this award and write a post about it.
- Answer the questions below.
- Pass on the award to 10 fabulous bloggers, link their blogs, and let them know you awarded them.
For this award I have chosen bloggers who put a smile on my face whenever I read their blogs. Other blogs enrich and enlighten me in various ways, but these are the ones who consistently lift my spirits with their positive posts. I am not supposed to nominate those who have already received the award, but I’m a rebel and won’t let anyone take my Sunshine away.
Congratulations to these fellow bloggers to whom I give the Sunshine Award (in alphabetical order by first name):
Ashvini Kumar Saxena – Ashvini’s blog, Thoughts on Entrepreneurship, Leadership and Motivation, is not only positive in its writing style, but also in its message. Ashvini advises businesses by offering his words of wisdom on how to succeed by honoring valued employees and treating customers fairly. Ashvini is also an accomplished author, having published a Kindle ebook and releasing his latest ebook this week. Great news! He is offering his latest ebook free for a limited time here: 30 Key Guidelines for Practical Entrepreneurship.
Barbara Klein – Barbara’s blog, Late Bloomers, is filled with beauty. Barbara, a native of Switzerland, retains the wonder of a first time visitor to Europe as she shares with us the sites and experiences of amazing places she visits. Her words and stunning photographs impart images on our senses to help us feel as if we are joining a friend on an incredible adventure.
Carol Biederman – I chose Carol’s blog, Let’s Get Deals Today! for the Sunshine Award not because she wrote a fantastic guest post about Geocaching here at The Wonder of Tech and not because she is a dear friend. Her blog always teaches me something, whether it’s a new website or a deal at Target. I always learn from her posts and often save money in the process, putting a smile on my face every time! She’s been blogging for a while but just launched her new site yesterday. Please pay her a visit and give her a warm welcome!
Deeone Higgs – Deeone is a man who has been through challenges in life, but has used these challenges as a foundation for his positive view of the world. Deeone’s blog, Releasing Me Today, is filled with inspiration and motivation sure to life your spirits and your heart.
Harleena Singh – If Harleena’s blog, Aha-Now!, doesn’t put a smile on your face, her beautiful picture will. Harleena’s blog is filled with positive advice on family matters. Her tribute to her father, My Father, My Pride, was an especially moving and inspirational piece about a distinguished gentleman.
Hajra Khatoon – Don’t let the title fool you, Hajra Kvetches! isn’t a rant-filled blog on the annoyances of life. Instead, Hajra inspires us with her perspective on the world using her wit and her words.
Janet Callaway – Janet’s blog, The Natural Networker, is filled with information and inspiration. Janet is the master of quotes, gathering insightful words from others and compiling them into articles that will make you look at life a little differently. Janet’s posts are also instructional, helping you to make the most of your life in a positive way.
Jens Berget – Jens has recently embarked on an exciting journey, starting his new business. His blog, Sly Marketing, has advice on blogging, marketing, tech and life. And pizza, but as Jens will tell you, pizza IS life. His upbeat approach to any topic always brightens my day.
Mike Maynard – Mike writes on a variety of topics, frugal living, investing, Farmville, psychology, politics and, my personal favorite, photography. His blog, Mike 10613′s Blog, is always informative and entertaining. He will also take requests so if you have a question on any of these topics, ask and Mike will try to help you out!
Stan Faryna – Stan’s blog, The Unofficial Blog of Stan Faryna, is filled not just with articles, but with multi-media experiences. Stan indulges us with podcasts, videos and music to enhance the words he writes. Stan never “phones it in”, but always writes passionately on the topic at hand. His passion is infectious and positive, making any day a bit brighter.
Congratulations to all of my Sunshine Award winners! Thank you for brightening my days.
Now to the questions…
Favorite Color – Turquoise. The color of tropical seas has both an energetic and a calming effect on me.
Favorite Animal – My dog, Astro. He is a Cavachon, half Bichon and half Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. He has a wonderful disposition and is friendly to everyone. He deserves his own Sunshine Award!
Favorite Number – 16. It’s a square, and the square of a square. Very cool (plus it’s my birthday day).
Favorite Drink – I’ve recently discovered Godiva Chocolate Coffee, a Christmas present from my father-in-law.
Facebook or Twitter – I’m a big fan of Twitter, but Facebook has allowed me to reconnect with friends from my past I wouldn’t have been able to find otherwise. So I have to vote Facebook.
Your Passion – My family. I have been truly blessed with three amazing daughters and a husband who goes beyond my dreams.
Giving or getting presents – ‘Tis more blessed to give than to receive.
Favorite Day – Friday. Fridays have the comfort of routine with the promise of the unexpected.
Favorite Flowers – Hydrangea. These flowers are beautiful and come in a rainbow of colors.
Do you appreciate blogs with a positive message? Do you enjoy uplifting and inspirational articles? Have you checked out any of the winning blogs? Let us know in the Comments section below!
* Rainbow image by Roy
** Sunset image by Garry
** Hydrangea image by Robyn Jay