Blog of the Year 2012 Awards – my nominations

We all have blogs that we love to read and like many of us I keep the blogs I follow in Google Reader…about 150 of them. Fifty of them I classify as my “must reads” and on which I try to comment fairly regularly.

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I read about the Blog of the Year 2012 Award on The Thought Palette blog a few weeks ago and have been thinking about it ever since.  So before we leave 2012 too far behind, I’ve worked up my courage to nominate five of my favourite genealogy blogs from 2012. When I decided to choose from all those I love to read, whose writers offer me new ideas, great stories or images, themes, memes, learning opportunities or adventures, I felt like I was “defriending” my other genimates….rest assured I value each and every one of you.

.My choices for Blog of the Year 2012 Award are based on either a long-term feeling for each one, or for a particular post that brought me up short. They are:

Jennifer from On a Flesh & Bone Foundation. I’ve been reading Jennifer’s posts for a couple of years and never been disappointed in a single one. Each post is carefully crafted, well written, sometimes emotional and always evocative.

Catherine from Seeking Susan~Meeting Marie~Finding Family. Catherine has reduced me to tears more than once this year which I think ensures her position here. I also love her use of colloquial Australian expressions.

Kristin from Finding Eliza. Kristin’s posts are always inspiring as are her family photo collages, her life story, and that of her ancestors.

James Tanner’s Genealogy’s Star blog certainly ends up with lots of stars in my Google Reader as I flag posts to revisit for further thought.

Crissouli has several blogs but it’s her own poetry that so often captures my imagination as well as her commitment to County Clare research, a topic near to my heart.

Please grab the copy of this image from the linked page above, and proudly add it to your blog.

To all my geneablogging buddies, I value your posts and your inspiration every day…you’re all stars in my eyes! You’ve also given me a genea-community around the world so that it no longer feels isolating to be stuck away in Australia’s tropical north. THANK YOU ONE & ALL. You can see many of my favourite family history blogs on my  blog links page. If there are any you haven’t come across why not have a look.

18 thoughts on “Blog of the Year 2012 Awards – my nominations

    1. It was my absolute pleasure Jennifer, and thank you also for your support. It’s the collegiate support that I find most rewarding about blogging. Pauleen


  1. Great post ! I am familiar with the poetic and ubiquitous Crissouli and the wonderful Seeking Susan~Meeting Marie~Finding Family. I must check out the others. You are , I hope, in the nominations yourself for your energetic, powerful posts that reach across the seas! I so love this ‘blogging ‘ community.


  2. Good choices! And I know what you mean about nominations… but some stars shine more brightly in some areas than others.
    The worldwide genealogy community is wonderful.


    1. Thanks Rebelhand. Yes nominations are vexed and sometimes will vary depending on what perspective is on the award. In the end I went with my “gut instinct” for 2012. Absolutely 100% agree about our supportive community.


  3. Thankyou so much Pauleen for this recognition, your kind words and all the support you’ve given since I began blogging… I feel very humbled. Just not sure if I should pass it on, which I’d LOVE to do… and if so, should I link back to your website of the link you’ve provided? … am thinking that all the activities, of late, have sent my brain into meltdown… 😀


    1. You are most welcome Catherine. As to passing it on, that’s certainly within the guidelines and yes, linking back to the original site would be the way to go. I can relate to your mental meltdown. I’m trying to work out my priorities too and not progressing as well as I’d like ;-0


  4. Many thanks from the ” late Crissouli”….. of all the blogs to be late in reading, it has to be this one! 🙂 To say I was surprised when I read about my nomination on Catherine’s post when she linked back here is an understatement. I certainly am in good company. Thank you so much for including me, Pauleen.
    Angela, I can’t be totally ubiquitous as I wasn’t here when this was posted. 🙂
    Congratulations everyone…


    1. You can see how concerned I was -I don’t know how you keep across so many air-borne balls Ms Crissouli! It was indeed my pleasure. I’m sure Angela will be pleased you’re neither infallible nor ubiquitous….just a mere mortal like the rest of us 🙂


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