The new ‘kids on the block’


No, not those New Kids on the Block! I will explain about the title and

my feelings of giving “new followers and commenters” nominations for

the recognition that they have discovered me, as I have found them “new”

and interesting, too! Every time I have been awarded nominations, I have

accepted them with some variations of ability to post the logo of the award

and giving the blogs that I nominated a choice of awards, ways to accept

them and basically breaking a few rules along the way! I usually like to

pass out award ‘gifts’ of nominations to those who are either faithful and

close friends or the newest ones in the many followers I have. I appreciate

the ones who stick around and comment! This creates a wonderful bond and

dialogue, getting to know each other and feeling like longterm friends, too.

I also appreciate all the ones who push the “like” button, understanding how

I cannot possibly comment on over four hundred blogs that I follow, so why

would I expect all of you to do that?

I received the grandest award nominations of all this past couple of weeks!

I am enthralled with the honor and magnitude of these Blog of the Year 2013

awards! I also am filled with some trepidation and the humble perception

that I should not even accept these awesome awards!

I would like to acknowledge these 2 gifters to me, those who nominated me for

these awards: Here she is “M” who is a Nepali business woman who married a

Nepalese high school sweetheart and you can find her fun, light hearted posts


or you may like to have her specific post that gave me this honored and valuable

nomination at:

“M” gave me the gift of “Best Personal Blog” as a way to group me. She did a

great job of explaining her reasoning for the different people she chose for

“Blog of the Year 2013” nominations.

The second person, on the same date of December 2nd, awarded me with a special

nomination, since she and I have been friends it feels like over a year,

“Be With Us” is always a cheerful presence in many of my comments’ sections:

or the specific post she awards this nomination may be helpful to those who

may “pick this up” there as a gift from me for the holidays is:

I liked her idea of saving the last dance with friends on a cold, winter’s night!

This is going to be the crazy and hopefully, humorous way I going to award my

newest followers and also, give a big nod to my longtime friends who have kept

me company and joined in dialogues with me, over this year and a half of


Here are 10 Newcomers to my blog who I would like to extend a Hearty and

Heartfelt “Welcome to the Neighborhood!” You have stumbled or knowingly

joined a wonderful group of my friends that continue to learn on our

own personal growth journeys, while building relationships and comraderie.

1.Shanna Koenigsdorf Ward’s “Curls and Carrots” blog,

2. hakariconstant who writes poetry and gives wonderful, lengthy comments, too,

3. I love this “byline!” A girl after my own heart! “One gal getting more out of

life by spending less,”

4. A country singer follower and a humorous man with homespun philosophy

thrown into the mix,

5. The lost Kerry man who has a byline of, “On an adventure this side

of Tir Na N’Og,”

6. Andy has been giving me some funny comments and his posts are varied

from deep to young thoughts, too. He is a “wandering poet” who has come

to stay, I think!

7. A wide variety of subjects, including a recent look at a world market

can be found with some philosophy and kindness, like his tribute to

Nelson Mandela can be found at:

8. Ann who writes about “The Year of Living Non-Judgmentally,”

8. A friend who due to our busy lives, has recently rekindled our

friendship by honoring me and including me in her Sisterhood Award

on her blog. You will see her as Kay BeeBee but her blog is,

9. It seems like I should have given Celeste an award somewhere along

the way, but I don’t think I have!

10. You have seen many times Mike Lince’s valued comments on my posts.

If you followed him over to his blog, you would hear of his wife, Florence

Lince, who is his wife and traveling companion. The beautiful photographs

on his posts are almost all Florence’s! There may have been once in awhile

one he posted from a different source to enhance his articles. I would like

to recommend your checking out Florence’s Reflections blog,

I am facing a deadline of publishing and I am going to have to tell all

of the above ten that you deserve these nominations for Blog of the Year,


I sincerely want to “break the rules” and tell you, if you are honest,

if you have posted a comment or I have posted a comment on your blog,

if we have followed each other and I have presented you an award in the]

past, I will not check up on you at all on our history of friendship



For me, this is my gift to all of you. It is the only satisfactory way

I could in all good conscience, accept my two outstanding nominations

for this valued and noteworthy award.

If you get in trouble for accepting my holiday, season of Peace and

Love nomination that could be figuratively placed, wrapped underneath

my Christmas tree, let the blame fall upon my shoulders.

Please let me spread the Joy around, without any troubles brewing!


28 responses »

  1. Thanks for the nomination! πŸ™‚ I have been on wordpress since July, but I am new to your blog as you said in the nice comment you left me!

    I still feel new to blogging in general, and am still figuring out things about blogging on wordpress, like the awards system and online social etiquette… still haven’t figured out how to access the setting to post blogs in categories other than “uncategorized”, as it doesn’t show up on the page when I am working on blogs… I see other people’s blogs posted in other categories when I read them, so I guess I am not as tech-savvy as I used to think I was! lol

    • Thank you for reading my posts and contributing to my stories with your poetry and faith- oriented additions. I am, overall, a non-secular writer embracing all faiths but at Christmas it is okay to add Christian thoughts to my posts. I appreciate followers who tolerate this aspect of my thinking. I had a father who asked this awesome question, “How big is your God?” I hope your God will accept my followers who believe in Allah, who are Jewish and celebrate Hanukkah, who are Hindi and Native American, ….

      • That’s a very loaded implied question! πŸ™‚ I will try to answer, though I am not sure how to respond
        in such a way that will not seem like I am preaching and risk up stirring up heated debate cause stirred up feelings that cannot be addressed easily in ways that are not abrasively taken, and without having to basically preach a sermon, when personally I am not on the greatest terms with God myself at the moment on my side, and am only rebuilding my relationship with him bit by bit at the moment.

        I am not afraid to be honest though, and I’m not going to cop out. I will let Jesus speak for Himself, and not try to speak for Him. Personally I would want God to accept people more loosely, but I am not God, and it’s not my call to make, so if anyone’s angered, please don’t take it out on the mail man, I am only sharing what the Bible has quoted Jesus as saying, and though it’s often difficult for me, ultimately in the end I defer to scripture as God’s divine word that is more dependable then my merely human speculations about how God ought to do things. Just because I believe the scriptures below are true though, it doesn’t mean I like them. To quote Mark Twain “”It ain’t those parts of the Bible that I can’t understand that bother me, it is the parts that I do understand.”

        “Jesus said to him, β€œI am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
        – John 14:6 ESV

  2. Reblogged this on hakariconstant and commented:
    Thanks for the nomination! πŸ™‚ Robin is an awesome blogger and friendly encourager, and we have enjoyable conversations, so if anyone is looking for a thoughtful, friendly blogger, I recommend her! I don’t know how to do anything with awards on here, and for some reason some settings in my account don’t work correctly (like my blog view counter, and access to blogging in categories other than “uncategorized” when working on a post), so if there was a Friendly Blogger award and I knew how to access it to give it, I would be giving it to Robin πŸ™‚

    • Thank you very much for this wonderful acknowledgement, my dear “new” friend! I think it is awesome to be given a “Friendly Blogger” award by someone who barely knows me yet! But I will embrace this and appreciate it greatly. Believe me, I may take the award “rules” lightly, but I appreciate the gifts of nominations very much. I used to post the picture of the award, thanks to my youngest daughter, but then she moved out, took her laptop and I am saving money by turning the Wi-Fi off and waiting to get a computer next year! I go to the library and I could ask a library aide for help but I bumble along! Take care and have a wonderful rest of the week! Robin

      • Thanks, you too! I recently got a new computer myself, though I am still using my old one for a lot of things, so that my new one doesn’t somehow start having some of the problems with it that I have with this old one lol Modern laptops are amazing though, I hope you find one that works great for you! πŸ™‚

    • I am so glad that you take the time to “try them out!” I am facing over 700 emails and taking the “chicken’s way out of this” by going straight to my comments and trying to stay abreast in my reading! Thanks, Tracy and feel free to feel “gifted” by my giving you a Blog of the Year 2013 nomination, that is included in anyone who has been there for me. I am being a little over-zealous in my “gifting” this holiday season, may get the “axe” falling on me for this generosity! Smiles, Robin

      • Never!! You can never be too generous!! 700 emails! Oh my!!!! You need a secretary!!!! I feel gifted just knowing you and sharing in your life through your blogs!!

      • I am so thankful for our communication and what we have shared, Tracy! I am very grateful for your sweet thoughts about my regular writing and thank you for those kudos!

    • Ha Ha! I realize you think you won’t date, but you never know kerryman! I think you may someday have someone become part of your life. Sharing time does not mean you have to contemplate marriage or being serious… Dating can be just dinner out with a friend. (At least that is the way I am living these days!)
      I started this as a “lark” and thought everyone would like the silly dating escapades last year, then I added the byline “relationships reveal our hearts.” It encompasses a lot of our relationships, like the story about the woman in her nineties, still stringing pearls. She is an inspiration to me, so I hoped she would be one to others, and on it goes…

  3. You are the sweetest blogger ever, and on behalf of me and my wife, thank you for the recognitions. LAH
    That is not Laugh Out Loud misspelled. That is Love And Hugs. I just made it up. πŸ™‚ – Mike

    • I will take the Love and Hugs and run with it! Thanks, Mike! I appreciate these words that you give me, you are always there to say them, too.
      I hope you enjoyed my “over-gifting” to one and all bloggers! I felt like Santa Claus, but hope that this doesn’t backfire and get me thrown off wordpress for breaking every rule in the book!
      Smiles and hugs to you both! Robin

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    • Evil Squirrel! So sorry, I found this comment, even though I follow you and comment on your blog, in my “approve and reply” area of wordpress! This was a lovely and humorous take, shotgun Blog of the Year nomination to all of my followers! Glad you don’t mind accepting it! You are on my newest post, working on it right now! Sunshine Award Nomination coming right up! Smiles, Robin

  5. Thank you Robin for the mention. I really appreciate the shout out and the mention of my photos on Mike’s blog.

    Keep writing the good words and have a wonderful and festive Holiday Season!

    Hugs from Croatia!

    • I will hope you have a wonderful holiday season over there, amongst your new friends, along with all the ones you make here on wordpress and your “real” family and friends, too.

    • You have been there for a long time with me, so hope you will feel my “blanket” gift to all my friends on wordpress, is enough to know I am nominating you back for Blog of the Year 2013! If this last part of my post is confusing, I meant anyone who has been reading, I have read their blog or any other way of being connected, feel free to feel like my Holiday gift to you is a award nomination back! Hugs and smiles, Robin

      • Aww..that’s very sweet of you, my friend for the lovely nomination!

        Thank you for being with us as well in this lovely year!

        Cheers!! πŸ˜€

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