Lovely Blog Award: My 15 Nominees

November 29, 2009 • Posted in Beth Finke, blindness, Blogroll, guide dogs, Uncategorized, writing, Writing for Children by

In October I got a message that my blog had been nominated for a “Lovely Blog” award. I figured the comment was spam. Not that I don’t think my Safe & Sound blog is lovely. It’s just that I’d never heard of a “Lovely Blog” award. And the nomination came from a lawyer. Not to be trusted, right?

Wrong. Turns out that both the lawyer guy, and the nomination, are legit. Matthew Stoloff is a civil rights attorney with an interest in disability discrimination law. He wants to change the way the public thinks about people with disabilities, and he nominated the Safe & Sound blog because he thinks it helps the cause.

In order to accept a “Lovely Blog” nomination, a blogger has to follow three rules:

  • Post the news of your nomination on your blog together with the name of the person who nominated you, plus the link to their blog.
  • Pass the nomination on to 15 other blogs you’ve discovered.
  • Contact your 15 bloggers to let them know they’ve been nominated for the award.

That requirement to nominate 15 other blogs really stumped me. There are so many good blogs out there, how do you decide? After two months of contemplation, I’ve finally managed to home in on my 15 Lovely Blogs. Here they are — along with their tag lines.

Blogs about Writing

The Empty Pen “The thrill of writing, the agony of editing”

Smells like happy “I don’t have all of the answers. Neither do you. As long as we
both can admit that, we can have some pretty fantastic conversations, don’t you think?”

Sandra the Future Journalist “The purpose of this blog is to share my experiences (both positive and negative) as a college student with a visual impairment.”

Teaching authors “ Six children’s book authors who also teach writing.”

Defective Yeti “Haphazardly Spellchecked Since 2002”


Bark “Bark is the magazine (and blog) of modern dog culture—it speaks to the serious dog enthusiast.”

Paws for Thought “A diary of a woman in Northern Ireland training and working with her first guide dog.”

Shandy Dog at Work “In 2003 Shandy was the inspiration for starting Sit Stay Read, a literacy organization here in Chicago that brings kids and dogs together for reading fun.”

Disability-related blogs

American Foundation for the Blind blogExpanding possibilities for people with vision loss”

Easter Seals and autism blog (In the spirit of full disclosure, I must admit: I am paid to moderate this blog, so of course I think it’s lovely!)

In the Center of the Roof “The day to day ramblings of a young woman who used to be able to see and now is blind. It sounds much more dramatic than it is.”

Matthew Stoloff’s blogI hope I can help change the way the public thinks about people with disabilities.”

Other blogs

Sloopin “A South Loop Blog”

Truthful Enthusiasm “Discussing Contemporary Issues through The Arts”

Reading with Scissors (Another disclosure: This is my husband Mike’s blog)

Congratulations, nominees. Happy blogging!

Jenny On November 29, 2009 at 5:45 pm

Thanks Beth that’s really cool! An award from an award winning journalist, who probably reads hundreds of good blogs means a lot!
Jen and O J

Matthew Stoloff On November 30, 2009 at 8:06 am

This is an outstanding list of blogs! I’ve already found a couple new favorites and will likely add a few others to my RSS feed reader. Thanks so much for sharing! Best to you and Hanni!

MaryEllen Schneider On November 30, 2009 at 11:06 am

You are the best, Beth! Thanks so much for the nomination. I can’t wait to put together my list of 15 faves.

bethfinke On December 1, 2009 at 8:06 pm

Well, shucks. Thanks! Of course I’m happy to skedaddle to the local pet store for an extra treat for Hanni, but hey — what about me?! Hmm. Maybe a nice glass of red wine? Cheers!

Marilee On December 2, 2009 at 6:37 pm

Congratulations on your nomination!!! I like YOUR list of nominations as well! What fun!

Esther Hershenhorn On December 2, 2009 at 10:55 pm

my fellow TeachingAuthors and I are both honored and grateful to be nominated along with such stellar bloggers.
Thank you, Beth Finke!
We’re smiling-smiling-smiling and eager to pay your Kindness forward.

bethfinke On December 4, 2009 at 8:31 pm

Love the sentiment of paying a kindness forward. Can’t wait to find out who your 15 faves are —

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