Well, kind of. I just received a blogging award. Kind of. I am not the biggest player on the internet, not even in the smaller world of nourishing bloggers, but the very lovely Kathy over at Mrs. Dull's Nourished Kitchen gave me The Liebster Award, see her post HERE. This award is a bit like a chain letter. Kathy gave it to five up and coming smaller bloggers and each of us will in turn give it to five others. It helps get the word out about great writing out there which has not yet seen its day in the sun. I have to tell you, and the world, I feel a little divided on what to do. Firstly, it is intended to be for bloggers with fewer than 200 regular followers. My page shows my Google connects at eighty-some-odd but my subscribers are over 300 so I might not be the best choice but it was not readily apparent. But I have only been blogging for a little over a year and only broke 100K total page views in March so I am going to run with the ball. So, here are my five winners in no particular order:
Hopeful Homesteader This blog is really new to me, but it is really new to everybody because she just started blogging this year. She is exploring sustainability and real food and is honest about not having all the answers, like when she discusses sourdough. Being a hobby bread baker myself, anyone who bakes bread for her family is okay with me. I also like people who are motivated to work hard out of love for their family, and she is. I can't wait to see where this goes. I heard about this blog when I asked my facebook fans for suggestions, so thanks to Susan!
Our Live Active Culture This blog is not always regularly updated but they have been meaning to get to it a little more often but it is still a fun read. It is co-written by a husband and wife team with two little girls who live in the suburbs and try to figure out how to do suburban homesteading with chickens and real food and lively children. They are humorous and entertaining and honest about what real life is like. The tone of each post is different because they are both writing and their individual temperaments thoughts pervade their writing making it a fun ride no matter who is at the wheel. I found out about them because they are our friends and neighbors.
My Treasured Gems This blog is written by a mother and is just about life. Whatever they are doing is what she is writing about: the good and the bad and the ugly. She is sweet and her joy radiates from the screen. She used to have another blog on which she discussed the loss of one her children shortly after birth and her profound hope in loss is amazing. I am drawn to her happy spirit and I found out about her because she married into an awesome family and her sisters-in-law are good friends with a family I have known all my adult life.
Not Less Than Everything She is smart, well read and incredibly magnanimous and it shows through in everything that she writes. Her blog started out with a focus on her conversion to the Catholic church and right now she is fleshing out what it will be now that she is confirmed. She is starting a Weston A Price journey and figuring out adulthood with marriage and family but that does not mean she is naive. I found out about her because she is married to the brother of my girlfriend. I actually blogged about cooking for her wedding, see HERE.
Dietel Days This blog is very new to me but the tone is so fantastic and upbeat that I loved it immediately! Her blog's primary focus is just discussing the antics of the two very young girls and their daily lives but recently one of her little girls had surgery and though she approached it reluctantly she discusses candidly their fears. She is motivated by a deep love for her children and that resonates with me. I found out about her because she followed my blog and I checked her out and liked what I saw.
So now I would like to open the floor for you all to tell me who your favorite up and coming bloggers are, in any genre or niche. I just want to know who you are reading, why and how you found them. You can even shamelessly plug yourself. Go ahead.