Thursday, 4 September 2008

Hooray, I'm a Brillante Weblogger!

A week or so ago I logged on to discover, to my amazement and delight, that I had been awarded a Brillante Weblog award by Mrs Almost Average. Thank you very much. Blogging can be a very lonely pursuit and it is always gratifying to receive feedback (especially as positive as a shiny award). I shall treasure it.

One of the 'conditions' of accepting the award is that I nominate 7 other bloggers to receive the same award. Being a relative newcomer I have not yet built up a lengthy blogroll. However these are a few blogs I read regularly, all of which are worthy of this honour:

You are:

bigdaddystevieb - Steve Broadway's the man to blame for my sporadic offerings, as it was his blog that inspired me to start my own. I love reading his views on a wide variety of topics, from football, to football, to football ..... (sorry Steve, I couldn't resist!) ..... to music, to cinema, to education et al. And then there are the captivating photographs that accompany each blog.

Diakonia - Ellen Loudon's refreshingly frank account of life as a newly ordained curate in inner city Liverpool. A follow on from an equally insightful earlier blog about life as a theology student. Plus music and video clips.

3191 A Year of Evenings - No words - just beautifully evocative photos. Another follow on, from (you guessed it) 3191 A Year of Mornings.

Shouting at the Radio - Susan Harwood's pithy one-liners never fail to elicit some form of response.

Stuff & Nonsense - Blue Hands doesn't blog as often as I would like to read her, but when she does her posts are unique expressions of her life and work.

embody - A few months ago I attended an 8-week Happiness for Life Course, run by Bruce Stanley, which gave me a greater understanding of what it means to be happy and how I can achieve this in my own life. This is his blog, packed with loads of interesting stuff. And if anyone would like to enrol on his next course, starting on 8 October, then this is where to look for further details. I would highly recommend it.

Musings from a Stonehead - The tagline (the trials and tribulations of a modern day crofter) make it sound heavy going, but it does him an injustice, as there are plenty of posts to lift the spirit. Observant Observer readers will recognise him as one of the smallholder featured in today's magazine.

I'm now off to notify you of your rewards after which you are free to pass it on to others.

The 'rules', should you chose to follow them, are:

1) Put the logo on your blog.
2) Add a link to the person who awarded you (ie me!).
3) Nominate at least 7 other blogs.
4) Add links to those blogs on yours.
5) Leave a message for your nominees on their blogs.

Thank you for your blogs and thanks again Mrs Almost Average.


  1. bless you, gareth, for mentioning me in your honour roll! This is now going to involve Deep Thought while I fail to come up with a new blog entry (there's often one being created in my head - they just never get onto screen) and debate with myself who to nominate...

  2. That is so kind!

    And I always look forward to your comments!

    Susan Harwood


  3. Thank you for passing it on so brilliantly. A deserved award winner with some great nominations. I look forward to making a few visits ;-D

  4. Duly humbled by your generous nomination! Very many thanks.
    Just a bit concerned about having to nominate seven “other” blogs – a) will this mean that, within say a year, there’ll hardly be anyone blogging who doesn’t have such an award and b) will it lead to league tables and the like?
    I’ve tried googling to find out more about “Brillante Weblog” stuff but all I seem to be able to find is reference to lots of other bloggers who’ve “received” the award.
    In the circumstances, I was thinking about making up my own version of the award – but can’t think of an appropriate name (bigdaddies? stevieBs??)!
    I apologise for my “football” references – but am slightly encouraged by the fact that references to “friends” outstrip footie comments 89-18!

  5. Thank you everyone. You are most kind.
    I sympathise Moira. Most of my musings never reach my blog either. Good thing too as if they did I'd never have time for anything else.
    I need to emulate Susan's art of succinctness(?). My comments are always longer than her blogs.
    I like Steve's proposal of creating his own award. But bigdadddies conjure up images of sweaty wrestlers!

  6. - but that's the point! I'd be awfully disappointed if they weren't!


  7. Love your links - especially the year of evenings. What a spectacular idea!

  8. Jen - I'm glad you like the Year of Evenings site. To be able to capture the beauty of the everyday is an enviable gift.

  9. Thanks for the mention. I don't do awards myself~—too many things, too little time—but the thought and the kind words are appreciated.

    Oh, and it is hard going here. But life's all the more enjoyable for it.