Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Awards and a Call for Opinions

Hope you all had a great Memorial Day Weekend (or not for my non-US friends). I didn't get to visit any gravesides (they're on the other side of the country), but we had fun swimming and doing a barbecue with friends.

So I am honored to have received a couple of awards. I'm always tickled pink when someone thinks of me.

Laurel at Laurel's Leaves gave me the Sweet Blogger award. If you haven't seen her blog, I highly recommend it. I learn so much from her.

I wanted to pass it on to Bethany Elizabeth at Ink-Splattered. Her posts are always so upbeat. I always leave her blog feeling lifted.

And the other person I wanted to pass it on to is Kasie West. She shares all her useless advice. Seriously hilarious. And a lot of really good stuff like what she's learned about agents. Go check both these blogs out!

I was also given the Sunshine Blog Award by Lynn at Place to Create. She has so much heart in her posts. You can't help feeling like you just visited your best friend when you stop by.

I wanted to pass this on to Lola Sharp at Sharp Pen/Dull Sword. Her blog is helpful and full of uplifting thoughts like the 5 random things she loves (including cupcakes!).

Also to Sandy Shin who obviously has great taste in books since she just reviewed one of my favorites, and who is not only a talented writer, but an artist, AND in the process of working toward Med School (definitely capitalized)

And also to Reb at Reb's Photos. Okay, okay, she's my sister, but she has some great photos of the southern Utah area, and she is one of the sunniest people I know.

As for these awards, I'm with Laurel. These are low stress awards. Pass them on or don't. But just wanted to share some of the sites I like to visit. And thank you again to Lynn and Laurel for thinking of me. :)

So, I'm slowly crawling towards the 101-follower mark (woo hoo!), and of course who needs any better excuse for a contest? I'm still in the planning stages, and I'd love to hear from all of you what you most like to win in these contests. Obviously I won't be giving away a car, or whatever, but I'd love to hear your ideas. And do you prefer the sign-up and be done? Or do you prefer that some effort be involved . . . i.e. writing? :)


Courtney Barr - The Southern Princess said...


I won't be much help here - I am always happy to win anything. lol I do like Books & GiftCards - but I mean candy, bookmarks, etc = anything is always a good prize!

As for the type of entry - again not much help. You know from visiting the Kingdom that I try to do all types of entry work for my followers. It is all fun! You do get more entries with just the basic form/sign up than writing but it really boils down to how you want to judge the writing and your own time schedule.

Anyway - we will love ANYTHING you do!!! Promise. ;o)

Have a great week!

Visit My Kingdom Anytime

Cheryl Kohan said...

Well, I just became your 89th follower...always happy to do my part :-).

I don't enter very many contests although it's fun to read about them. I'm always happy for the winners!

Jaydee Morgan said...

Congrats on your awards and good luck with your upcoming contest idea.

I'm terrible at these so I pick simple things and a simple way of entering. Thing is, being it's your blog, you get to pick what you want. Have fun :)

Joanne said...

Congrats on all your Awards, and your fellow nominees! A nice way to begin the week. And kudos to you on your Follower count, too! Enjoy!

Jessie Oliveros said...

I made my last contest way to complicated to enter and all of two people entered. SO, I figure the easier it is to enter, the more people will. I'm crawling close to the 100 (101?) mark, too.

Kasie West said...

Thanks for the award! :) And I'm with Jessie, simple contests are best. I personally love to win books (I know, shocking).

Creepy Query Girl said...

Congrats on your awards and to the winners and on all your followers! Can't wait to see what kind of contest you come up with!

Anonymous said...

Congrats on the awards, and thank you so much for awarding me one. It's got me smiling and smiling. :)

Woo hoo! Congrats on creeping toward the 101 mark. Personally, I tend to enter the simple contests because the others make me think, "Oh, cool, I'll return to that later when I have time to write/do the challenge," but then, having a bad memory, I always forget later. However, I'd say go with what you like. It's your contest -- it should be fun fun fun for you, too. :)

Kelley Vitollo said...

90th follower here. LOL. Congrats on the awards!

Talli Roland said...

Yay for your awards and congrats on all the followers! I am all for low-maintenance contests. And gift certificates always work!

A Pen In Neverland: Angela Peña Dahle said...

I'd say books, book certificates or a critique is always fun. Congrats on the awards. When writing is involved I love it because it gives me a chance to use my imagination and see what else(i.e. brilliance) is out there. Have fun!


Raquel Byrnes said...

Congratulations to everyone. What a way to start off June!

Lindsay said...

Yay, congrats on the awards.
I'm for simple contests too, but I'll enjoy anything you decide to go with. :)

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

Congratulations on the awards!

I put a little thank you to you shout out on my blog today. Sorry it took me so long to publically thank you for the goodies you sent me. :)

I hope you had a lovely weekend.

NaTahsha Ford said...

thanks for visiting my blog. I'm so glad to know that I'm not the only one who kept my writing a secret. :) Love your blog.

Vicki Rocho said...

I personally like easy contests. I think everyone is pretty busy so I don't want to make things too difficult. If there is some writing element, I love it when it's something funny, and when we get a chance to see (and maybe even vote) on the entries. There are so many creative people on the blogosphere, I really enjoy seeing the variety they come up with.

Gail said...

Contests that involve writing other than a comment or a blog/Twitter shout-out, become cumbersome and I tend to skip them. Now prizes? Book gift cards are always great- Amazon, Borders, Barnes/Noble and of course CHOCOLATE!!!!!

Bethany Elizabeth said...

Congrats on the awards, and thank you so much for passing one on to me! And contests are amazingly fun, no matter what. :) Who doesn't want to win stuff?

Bridge Marie said...

I saw your comment on my blog, thanks for following!

I like it over here, nice awards! I'll have to check them out.

Rebecca said...

Congrats! and thank you for the award and kind words!!!!! Even if I am just your sister, it means a lot!

Lola Sharp said...

CONGRATS on your well deserved awards! :)

And, THANK YOU for passing one on to me! I'm sorry I am just now getting to it, but I really am honored and grateful. (I've just been very busy)

Have a wonderful weekend! :)