Blogger friend Rayna M. Iyer at Coffee Rings Everywhere was kind enough to bestow not one, but two awards on my blog this month. I think most of my followers already know and love Rayna, her photos, and her wonderful posts, but if you haven't been there, I urge you to visit her often.
The first award was the "From Me to You (Picasso) Award" which Rayna passed on to several bloggers "who touch the heart with the visual images they create." I'm going to wait until Wednesday to pass on this award so I can keep today's post from growing into a monster. The first rule of blogging is not to drive our readers crazy with posts that ramble on forever.
The second award was the Sunshine Award. Rayna declared that all of her followers are her sunshine. I feel the same about everyone who drops by this blog, especially those who leave comments. You know who you are.
One of the hardest parts about receiving awards is deciding who to pass them on to when your Google Reader, and even your blogrolls, are packed with wonderful blogs hosted by interesting and clever men and women who deserve all the support we can give them. Rayna and others before her sent the award to twelve blogging friends. I'm going to trim it down a bit, in spite of my inclination to make the list even longer. I've selected the following five bloggers to receive the Sunshine Award:
Helen Ginger at Straight From Hel -- Helen provides a lot of helpful information to writers, mixed with good advice and moral support.
Elspeth Antonelli at It's a Mystery -- Elspeth inspires me and makes me laugh, an irrestible combination.
Terry Odell at Terry's Place -- Whether she's writing about writing or her cross-country move from semi-tropical Florida to a snowy Colorado spring, Terry's posts are always entertaining. And she graciously hosts guest bloggers, too.
Amy Kathleen Ryan at Amy's Blog -- Amy is a Colorado YA author and is just returning to blogger world after a long hiatus. I'm sending her a little sunshine to encourage her and to draw more attention to her new release for older teens, Zen and Xander.
Barbara Scully at From My Kitchen Table -- Barbara writes from Ireland, and I like to imagine an Irish lilt as I read her posts.
As I see it, the primary reason for the award process is to introduce more blogs to your readers, encourage new bloggers, show your appreciation for the blogs your enjoy, and advertise the fact that others think your blog is pretty special. However, I attach no obligations when I send awards on to others.