351 in 365

Re-presenting Massachusetts Through the Lens.

The Kreativ Blogger Award

How do I feel about blog awards? I’ve gone from one extreme to the other. I mean, you’re reading a blog where the writer hears animals talk to her on fairly regular basis. It’s a chain letter, no one ever actually gets the award. It just goes on and on and on and on. But it’s a nice way to read and share blogs with others that otherwise wouldn’t have ever looked at them. No, these awards have silly rules attached to them, ugh. Wait, though, it feels good to be recognized. It isn’t so much about an award as it is about recognizing your peers and finding more reading material.

And so on. But I always land on the side where I remember that WordPress is a community. So, why not share the wealth?

A week or two ago, Kerry Leibowitz over at Lightscapes Nature Photography nominated five others and me for the Kreativ Blogger Award. He directed me to some fantastic bloggers in his post — I was in good company. I was also humbled because Kerry is extremely talented in his landscape photography skills. And he’s a gifted writer that can bring just about anything to life with his words. His blog is definitely on my regular reading list.

The award comes with a few responsibilities:

  1. The Kreativ Blogger image must be displayed on the blog. Check.
  2. The nominator must be acknowledged. Done.
  3. The recipient must state ten things about herself that her readers probably don’t know.
  4. The recipient must pass the award along by nominating at least six blogs to receive the award.

Responsibilities numero uno and dos are done. Onto numero three — 10 things about me, me, me:

  1. My first real job after school was teaching English to Spanish-speaking migrant women and their families.
  2. I now work in Advertising. Social Services just wasn’t my calling — the work was too emotional.
  3. I’m fluent in Spanish. I haven’t used it in a bit but it’s kind of like riding a bike.
  4. When I eat mixed-food meals, I need to have equal amounts of everything in each bite. If I’m eating shepherd’s pie and the potatoes run out, I’m done eating. And now you know I’m crazy.
  5. I don’t like elevators. When I was a kid, I got stuck in an unusual amount of them. I take the stairs as often as possible.
  6. Once, I saw Ozzy Osbourne at the Mobile gas station at the intersection of routes 2 and 2A in Concord. He was wearing purple glasses and seemed really out of it. So there’s your proof.
  7. I used to be deathly afraid of dogs on account of being attacked by a lovely Doberman Pinscher when I was four years old. I love dogs so much now, but I’m still cautious around Dobermans.
  8. is my favorite number. I like all of the symbolism.
  9. In high school, I was in the local paper like five times. I was wearing the same shirt pretty much every time.
  10. I love, love, LOVE riding my Harley-Davidson Forty-Eight. I get such a sense of freedom when I take off for my friend’s place in New Hampshire and nothing else seems to matter. Okay, that was a lie. I like to make up stories to see if people will believe them. But I usually tell on myself right away; I’m a terrible liar.

It was no simple task to narrow down the nominees for the Kreativ Blogger Award to a mere six bloggers; I read a lot and like a lot! To whittle down my morning/afternoon/evening reading into a six-fingered handful quite literally took me all day. Off and on, of course — distractions and such…I mean, it doesn’t take me all day to write a blog. To draft this list was not the stuff of nightmares but did I mention that it wasn’t easy? And now, time for the nominees. [Obligatory “drumroll, please” comment and then everyone pretends to think it’s funny that I said that.]

  1. Schitree by Helen McClory. Much like myself, she enjoys creative writing and photography — and she does it well! It’s great to get a glimpse of the other side of the pond with my morning coffee. Nice photos and interesting stories…you really can’t beat that combo.
  2. O’Brien’s Pix by Jason. I particularly like Jason’s photos of old, run-down buildings. I don’t always like black & white photographs but he does a good job of making me like them! He’s rediscovering photography and learning as he goes — a familiar story. Although, I’ll admit that he’s a bit more advanced than I. And, if that’s not enough, he’s a good conversationalist in the comments.
  3. My Little Corner of Rhode Island by Marie. It all started with the recipes and food photos and now I can’t help reading. She’s really into gardening, and her photos and accounts are just charming. I make it a point to check in on her a few times each week.
  4. mimo’s 365 — one photo a day by Mimo Khair. I can appreciate a good 365 project and Mimo’s nearly finished, so I’m cheering her on. Go, Mimo, go! I linked to her Web site here because her educational descriptions, professional-looking photos and anecdotes about her life appeal to me. She also has a blog where she posts slideshows every so often. But the first link is kind of like a blog, too.
  5. 50 Year Project by T.B.M. The top 100 movies, 192 countries, and 1,001 books is a huge goal — it’s a wonder that T.B.M. ever has any time to comment on other blogs. I think that deserves its own award.
  6. Marina Chetner | Be Inspired Through Travel. Marina’s photos always have a narrative, even without captions. She’s captured lots of photos of street art that are really cool. Makes me look at things a little differently.

30 responses to “The Kreativ Blogger Award

    • melfrommass January 10, 2012 at 10:45 am

      Thanks! Congrats to you as well, for your recent award nominations. I just re-read your post about the nominations. We both hate shopping; that’s pretty rare in a woman, we’re kindred spirits. Best to you and the Viking.

  1. philosophermouseofthehedge January 10, 2012 at 11:10 am

    Congrats. Interesting post (sometimes after a long periods of non-use, my Spanish is more like riding a trike…need training wheels for a while!)

    • melfrommass January 10, 2012 at 4:34 pm

      Training wheels, nice. My favorite part of it is when it clicks without my even knowing it. My girlfriend Tricia and I were over our friend RJ’s place for NYE and his mother called to wish him a happy new year. He said something like, “Mi amiga de mi trabajo y otros amigos estan aquí para la cena.” RJ’s mother was on videophone and I was pointing at Tricia because she was the friend from work that RJ was talking about. Tricia was batting my hand away, like, “Why the heck do you keep pointing at me?” And it took me a second to realize that he’s spoken in Spanish, not in English, so Tricia didn’t even know what he had said. I guess that’s when you know it’s coming back to you.

  2. Laura Lamere January 10, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    Mel – you are always interesting – and now you are award-winning! Congrats – I’m also enjoying the blogs you recommended!

  3. schietree January 10, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    Check out my post in response (to you and Seekraz)

  4. gardenfreshtomatoes January 10, 2012 at 2:24 pm

    Congrats, and thanks!
    I’m jealous of anyone who is fluent in a second language – 10 years of traveling to and from France, and I’m still abysmal…
    Look for my response by the weekend – one hopes. 🙂

  5. marinachetner January 10, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    Dear Mel – Congratulations on your award! And thank you for nominating my blog. I am so appreciative about what you wrote with regards to my work. It’s made my day 🙂 Thank you again and enjoy your award!

  6. obrienspix January 10, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    Thank you so much Mel. Just gave you a “shout out” in my latest post. Thanks again & have a great rest of the week.

  7. Paula Turner January 10, 2012 at 6:49 pm

    I was following some of the blogs you nominated and have begun following several others – I find that when people whose blog you follow point you in a direction it’s usually the right one to follow!

    I loved how you shared about having to eat equal amounts of “mixed foods”. I actually have to seperate out my mixed foods usually. I eat all of one food and then another. My mother claims it’s because I had to many allergies as a child she only fed me one food, then waited so I never learned to mix my food. Possibly!


    • melfrommass January 10, 2012 at 7:47 pm


      Interesting comments about food. If it’s mixed food — say, a stir-fry — then I have to have equal amounts of everything in each bite. But if it’s separates — say, steak and potatoes — then I can’t eat one thing until I’ve finished the other. I actually wrote about that, but the blog was getting lengthy, so that’s one of the bits that I took out. Awesome.

  8. Jill January 10, 2012 at 8:15 pm

    Congrats, Melissa, on the blog award! I think I might know what shirt you’re talking about too….maybe??

  9. TBM January 11, 2012 at 6:57 am

    Thanks so much for the nomination! So kind of you. It will take me a couple of days to get something up on my blog…I apologize for the delay.

    Ozzy huh…that’s pretty cool. Let me guess, was he wearing all black to complement his purple glasses?

    • melfrommass January 11, 2012 at 9:57 am

      Yes! He was wearing all black! He had two meatheads (bodyguards?) and a couple of admirers surrounding him. True story.

      And, no apologies necessary. It took me some time to throw some words up — life keeps us busy…

  10. kerryl29 January 13, 2012 at 3:17 pm

    A belated congrats on the award itself (which is obviously well-deserved) and your decision to pass it along.

    I used to be fluent in Spanish…four years of HS Spanish placed me out of the language requirement at the University of Michigan, but I’ve used it so little over the years that I’m extremely rusty. However, I had no problem rapidly translating what you wrote in response to an above comment, so perhaps there is something to the bike analogy.

  11. Sall January 31, 2012 at 6:41 pm

    Congratulations on this award–I wanted to thank you for clicking the “Like” button on my blog. I plan to subscribe to your challenge of “351 in 365.” I am new (months) to the blogging process, but find the “community” of photographers and writers the best part of the experience. Again thanks and see you soon, Sally

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