Back in September, Shanon Hilton named me for a Liebster Award. Thanks Shanon! I had never heard of a Liebster Award, but soon found out that in the blogging world it is a way to recognize blogs that you like. Copying from Shanon’s blog here’s what it’s about:
The Liebster is awarded to spotlight up and coming bloggers who currently have less than 200 followers. ‘Liebster’ is a German word meaning dear, sweet, kind, nice, good, beloved, lovely, kindly, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, and welcome. What a gift to be awarded with such kindness! Now for the rules:
1. Thank the giver and link back to the blogger who gave it to you.
2. Reveal your top 5 picks and let them know by leaving a comment on their blog.
3. Copy and paste the award on your blog.
4. Have faith that your followers will spread the love to other bloggers.
5. And most of all – have fun!
Shanon has the blog http://www.foodfarmhealth.ca/. She has a small child with multiple food allergies and is a gardener. As you can imagine, food is a big deal in her household. I know that some of you out there have food issues and will find her blog and the links there interesting. Okay, now I have to choose five blogs to pass on the Liebster Award to. That’s why I haven’t responded until now. I don’t get around in the blog world much and I’ve been kind of busy this fall, but my cover crops are in now, so I have time to think about it. This does sound something like a chain letter and to those that I name here, it’s okay with me if you don’t pass it on. That said, there are readers out there who would like to know about you anyway, so my picks are:
1. Dan and Margo Royer-Miller and their Circle of the Sun blog. Dan and Margo spent years studying GROW BIOINTENSIVE Mini-farming at Ecology Action and Golden Rule Farm in California. Now they are in Ohio going it on their own.
2. Justin Cutter and Nick Runckle converted a truck into a traveling garden education center and have been touring the country powered by used veggie oil. You can follow them at www.compassgreenproject.org.
3. Every community needs a blog talking about local food and Richmond, VA has the Richmond Food Collective. You will enjoy what they write about, but beware, the pictures will make you hungry.
4. Contrary to what some of us might think, there’s more to life than food. When I was contemplating having a blog, my friend Vicki Welsh gave a talk to our quilt group about starting a blog. That was a great help to me–I literally took notes. Field Trips in Fiber is Vicki’s blog about adventures in quilting, hand dyed fabric, and fiber art. I’m bending the “rules” a bit here because I see Vicki has more than 200 followers, but take a look and have some fun.
5. I have some cotton that I have grown in 2011 and before. I’m ready to learn how to spin it and came across http://www.newenglandsimpleliving.com/spinningcottonhandspindle.htm which led me to the blog at www.newenglandsimpleliving.blogspot.com. I appreciate the cotton spinning tutorial. Have a look around her site. There are some interesting things there.
I looked at many of my favorite websites to include, but they didn’t have blogs with them. I’m still getting used to communicating across the world on the internet. I prefer communicating face to face, but I’m open to learning new tricks. I have to admit, of these five blogs, except for the last one, I either know the people who write these blogs personally or we have mutual friends. My husband, who only follows my blog and that’s because he proofreads it, thinks that maybe I should get out more among the bloggers.
I only joined Facebook when I was ready to start a blog because I knew that people liked to spread the word with Facebook. Daughter Betsy sat at my side and helped me through that experience. Don’t bother trying to friend me on Facebook, but you are welcome to sign on as a fan of Homeplace Earth, LLC. Musician Tim Barry, one of the members of the Homeplace Earth Gang (those in our garden plan video), has over 5,000 Facebook fans! Tim has given me some pointers and some of his fans are Homeplace Earth fans, also. Gardening is the equalizer that brings so many different people together. One of the great things about teaching at the community college all those years is that I met so many diverse and wonderful people. Now I’m spending time meeting a larger community across the web. I enjoy your comments and ideas–it shows me that someone is listening.
There are many great blogs out there. I made my picks from those that I know, that have great pictures, and that are current. Being old-school, books are still tops on my list for getting information, but blogs are a great way for people to connect and exchange ideas. I hope you enjoy my top five picks. In my next post in two weeks (November 29, 2011) I’ll give you an update on the solar food dryers. See you then and enjoy your Thanksgiving!