Illuminating Blogger Award Revisited

Only a week or so ago I posted that Julie of Anglers Rest blog had nominated Family History Across the Seas for an Illuminating Blogger Award, initiated by the FoodStories blog. Since then the Award has been circulating among many of my favourite blogs and I’ve been thrilled to receive further nominations from geneabloggers Prue at Becoming Prue, Helen at Helen V Smith’s Keyboard, Shauna from Diary of Australian Genealogist,  and Jennifer from Tracking Down the Family.

Each and every one of these nominations is precious – we spend so much time crafting our stories and taking a risk “putting them out there”, that it’s such a pleasure to know others enjoy them and find them helpful in some way.

I am obsessive about family history and have become equally obsessive about blogging. What I’ve gained from it is the wonderful camaraderie of an equally keen group of geneabloggers. In some ways I still can’t believe not only that people read my blog, but that I now have a community of virtual friends around the world who share my obsessions. I no longer feel isolated stuck away at the top of Australia. So to all my readers and to all those who nominated my blog, a huge THANK YOU

I listed six blogs for the Award last week but to keep it to that limit there were any number I couldn’t include but who I had mentioned previously in other recommendations. Luckily many of those have been nominated by other awardees, which simply shows how much value we all place on this community of geneabloggers. I’d also like to acknowledge Geniaus’s continuing support to new bloggers and to Carole Riley, who gave me so much encouragement when I started out a couple of years ago.

Like Geniaus I’ve decided not to add a further list today, but again do please look at my blog list which includes so many stars whose writing I love to read.  I do try to keep it up to date, but sometimes I forget as I have nearly 150 blogs on my Google Reader subscription.

By the way, you too can nominate a blog you love for the Award – just go to the website to find out the rules.


12 thoughts on “Illuminating Blogger Award Revisited

  1. congratulations again Pauleen, I can so relate with what you say about no longer feeling alone in your obsession. I think its a wonderful obsession 🙂


  2. The four blogs that came to mind initially (yours included) had already been voted for so I thought that I would share around as there are so many good blogs out there.

    Keep up the good work. I always enjoy your posts.


    1. Thanks Frances. It’s great that we can offer support to each other and get pleasure from each other’s posts. I could have gone on listing equally deserving blogs for ages.


  3. I can relate so much to what you say about family history and blogging being an obsession. I know not to go on about it too much to my family who are only vaguely interested, but it is great to know there is a network out there who share my enthusiams. I am an avid reader of my page views, comments received, followers, and inclusion on the Geneablogger Beat listing – they all mean a great deal to me, though I recognise that some postings are perhaps just for my own pleasure and may not have a wider itnterest. Long may this wonderful blogging world continue!


    1. Can’t say my family is madly interested either Susan so it is great we have such a supportive group. Yes, sometimes we should just post purely for our own pleasure -we need to write about what inspires us, whether it has wider application or not.


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