The Art of Gratitude in the Blogging Community

If there were one word to best describe the blogging community, it would have to be “SUPPORTIVE.” In the short time I’ve been blogging, I’ve been bowled over time and time again by the extreme kindness, generosity, and unwavering support of fellow bloggers.

And now I’ve been knocked over once again–this time with awards from several writers whom I enjoy and respect immensely. Each brings brightness and creativity to the web, and makes blogging not only uplifting, but infinitely fascinating.

Kreativ Blogger awardDeborah Batterman at The Things She Thinks About has nominated me for the Kreativ Blogger Award. Deborah is not only a talented blogger, but the author of a wonderful collection of short stories, entitled, Shoes, Hair, Nails. She is perhaps the most generous author/blogger/social media whiz I’ve met–continually creating exceptional content for her own site and also sharing relevant, entertaining and just plain cool stuff with us via Facebook, Twitter and SheWrites. I have no idea where she finds the time to do all this, but it’s definitely worth seeing what Deborah is up to. Click on the links above or follow her on Twitter: @DEBatterman.

Candle lighter awardMelissa at Play 101 has nominated me for the Candle Lighter Award.

“The Candle Lighter Award is an award for a post or blog that is positive and brings light into the world.

The Candle Lighter Award belongs to those who believe, who always survive the day and who never stop dreaming, who do not quit but keep trying.”

It is a tremendous honor to receive this from Melissa because she exemplifies this award. Melissa is an extraordinary writer (former journalist, news anchor, all around smarty pants—in the best sense). She writes about life and children, and always leaves you wanting more. Not only is her blog filled with thoughtful content, but the comments she leaves on other blogs makes you yearn to write (and think) as eloquently as she does.

Hug Award GraphicArindam at Being Arindam has nominated me for the HUG Award (Hope Unites Globally). Arindam is a blogger who lives in India and shares his universal views on love and life through his words and pictures. His posts are always heart-felt, adding a glimmer of insight and hope about the broader world. I’m honored to receive this award from him.

The HUG Award© is for people with an expectant desire for the world, for which they: Hope for Love; Hope for Freedom; Hope for Peace; Hope for Equality; Hope for Unity; Hope for Joy and Happiness; Hope for Compassion and Mercy; Hope for Faith; Hope for Wholeness and Wellness; Hope for Prosperity; Hope for Ecological Preservation; Hope for Oneness.

“People do not have to give up or compromise their own religious, spiritual, or political beliefs to qualify for the Hope Unites Globally HUG Award©. They qualify for the HUG Award© when, without bias or prejudice, they use their resources and gifts to make the world a better place for everyone.” (see this link for all the information regarding this award: HUG).

The Kreativ Blogger Award asks that I share seven things about myself with you that you don’t already know. This link tells about as much as anybody could ever possibly want to know about me: A Bazillion Things That Make Me Happy and Grateful (click on it if you’re interested).

The best part of receiving these awards is nominating others and paying it forward–sending a virtual hug and a high-five to fellow bloggers. Please check out their blogs and see why I’m thrilled to be nominating each of them.


Tracey Baptiste at Knitting with Pencils

Kay Bess at Sometimes Life…doesn’t turn out like you planned.

Brenda Moquez at Passionate Pursuits

Jessica Winters Mireles at Allegro non Tanto


Amber Dusick at Crappy Pictures

Harper Faulkner at All Write

Cindy Brown at Everyday Underwear


Sifting the Grain

Nancy MacMillan at Blog of a Vet’s Wife

Tina Barbour at Bringing Along OCD

30 thoughts on “The Art of Gratitude in the Blogging Community

  1. Please forgive the delay in expressing my thanks to you for the nomination for Candle Lighter Award! I am so honored! It really made my day :-)

    Best of everything to you.


    • Lisa,
      Congratulations on receiving the Kreativ Blogger Award!! I checked out your blog yesterday after seeing your nomination from Cindy. I love your writing style, and I will definitely be back to see what you are up to. Keep up the great work!

  2. Becky — I’m stunned. :) What amazing things you said about me, I am so honored. Your blog deserves these awards. Congratulations! Your posts are well thought out, full of intrigue and illumination, and stay with me long after I’ve viewed Jeffrey’s photos and read your stories. What an inspiration you are. A wonderful mother, a cancer fighting magnate (I still can’t believe how much money you’ve determinedly raised to help find a cure) and a true friend.

  3. Big congratulations, Becky! I agree with what’s been said: you are so very deserving – as a writer and as an individual. Thank you for sharing such powerful stories with your special voice of global inclusivity, reflection, and heart!

    • Tele, you are the perfect example of why blogging is so interesting and gratifying. I never would have met you if it were not for blogging. I’m so appreciative of your kind words and the insight you always bring to the conversation. Thank you!

  4. Congrats on the award and surviving the work on the ebook (well, at the very least coming through to the other side). Becky, thanks much for thinking about me and bestowing the honor and for also including me with the others on this list. I’ll be visiting their sites to see whose company I am keeping. As a writer ever tittering the uncertainty fence of ‘do I know what I am doing, yes, no, yes, no’ my heart and writer’ soul send you hugs from San Francisco and thank you again.

    • Thanks, Brenda. It gives me great pleasure to recommend your writing to others. It’s always filled with passion and insight. And yes, these little acknowledgments can sometimes help us get over that uncertainty fence, sending a big “YES, you know what you are doing,” which is exactly what so many of us say about your blog and your way with words.

  5. Oh, Becky — Is it possible for a writer to be left speechless? You have singlehandedly made my day. You’ve also told me a thing or two about awards I did not know existed and the people you believe deserve them. I was about to write that gratitude is a two-way street but I’m beginning to see it as a growing circle. In this vast, endless sea known as Cyberspace, it has to be more than mere serendipity that beings kindred spirits together. Deep, heartfelt thanks. . .

    • Deborah, I’m so happy to make your day, as you have often for me and so many others. I mean what I say about your kindness, generosity and your way of bringing people together. “Gratitude as a growing circle…” now that’s a delightful way to look at it. Yes, indeed!

  6. Becky, you so deserve all of the accolades you receive, not just because you are a wonderful writer and blogger, but because you are truly a kind and caring soul.I always look forward to reading your posts–they are so interesting and original! Congratulations on all of your success, and for helping me achieve mine! I so appreciate the nomination! Thanks for always being on my side.

    • Jessica, there you go again, knocking my socks off with your kinds words of support. As you know we are all in this wonderful, crazy writing life together. I’m so glad we can navigate and celebrate along the way together.

  7. Congratulations on getting so many kudos from your fellow bloggers, and thanks for nominating me for the candle lighter award. The post you linked from me was a particularly tough/special one. I’ll be sure to pay it forward!

  8. Becky, Congraulations on your awards! Your blog is written with a great deal of compassiona dn optimism, and I always look forward to your next post.

    And thank you again for nominating me. I am grateful.

  9. A big congrats to you Becky, on getting so many awards. And thanks a lot for theses kind words, which you said about me and my blog. These words really mean a lot. :) And I will completely agree with you on what ever you said about Melissa leaving comments on other blog. You & Melissa are true inspirations for everyone. :)

    • Thanks, Arindam. The best part of these awards is thanking and pointing out those who have nominated me, and “paying it forward,” acknowledging others who regularly bring something interesting to the web for all of us to enjoy. This community is nothing but supportive (as I mentioned), so I’m thrilled to be able to send a big shout out to all those I have mentioned.

  10. Congratulations on such well-earned acclaim and thanks for sharing so many inspiring blog links – I have a wonderful evening of checking them out ahead of me to look forward to!

    • Thanks, Kate. And you are welcome for the links. I can’t say enough about these bloggers. Each has a beautiful gift. Thanks for swinging by my blog. I look forward to getting to know you and checking out yours

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