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Favorite Blogs – Around the world Edition 2020

Hello Everyone,

 

Thank you to all who followed the rules and shared your favorite blogs in this around-the-world edition of my fav blog list. I have done this since the beginning of my blogging journey and hope to continue doing it whenever I get time to highlight some of the amazing talents we have here. These bloggers have put in their creative energy to create some  wonderful blogs whether in lifestyle, photography, poetry or combination of many. I will list the nominees and the nominators below, sharing their own words (some of them are my personal favs as well!) followed by a few of my favorites both old and new (in no particular order)! I wanted to showcase how connected we all are from around the globe in this journey, especially during these times where many are feeling isolated. You definitely did not disappoint in your nominations…between the nominees and nominators we have covered the world!

 

Of course, this is not the complete list of all the blogs I love but just a snapshot…please visit them, check out my previous lists and show some love for one another! ❤ Stay tuned for fav blogs under my recommendation category.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fav Blogger: Erika Kind
Blogging from: Liechenstein

“I also want to nominate my dear friend and fellow blogger Erika Kind from Liechtenstein. Her blog is called Share Your Light and serves as inspiration by sharing parts of her own journey as well as insights into spirituality. Her site can be found at https://wp.me/p4APKf-aaC” – Maria Teresa aka Ladysag77

 

Nominator: Maria Teresa aka Ladysag77
Blogging from: United States

My name is Maria Teresa aka Ladysag77. I currently live in Dallas, TX in the US. My blog is called Emotional Musings where I write about my own soul’s journey to salvation through processing my own emotions and those around me from the perspective of the intuitive empath that I am. I focus on both my past and the spiritual awakening I have expierienced. My blog can be found at https://www.emotionalmusings.com “

I personally love Maria’s blog and all the positive energy she shares! – Neha

 

Fav Blogger: Val Boyko
Blogging from: USA

“There are so many blogs that I love but I will focus on these two. https://findyourmiddleground.com/ where Val Boyko shares her calming wisdom and I always leave feeling better. ” – Ali Grimshaw

Fav Blogger: dVerse Poets Pub
Blogging from: Around the world!

“The second is, https://dversepoets.com/ a place for poetry writers to find supportive online community and inspiring prompts to write from. Their goal is to celebrate; poets, verse & the difference it can make in the world.” – Ali Grimshaw

Nominator: Ali Grimshaw
Blogging from: USA

“My blog is https://flashlightbatteries.blog/ a place where emergency lighting is provided through poetry to get us through the dark times in life. I blog from the great state of Oregon, USA.”

Ali writes powerful poetry that touches your heart – Neha

 

Fav Blogger: Brevity’s Nonfiction Blog
Blogging from: Around the world!

“One blog I love reading their post:
Brevity nonfiction blog
https://brevity.wordpress.com I particularly love the way the authors of the blog including guest authors narrate their stories and experiences when it comes to their life and writing.
It resonates hope for me.” – Esther Ikott

Nominator: Esther Ikott
Blogging from: Nigeria

“Country I’m in; Nigeria

My blog: Echoes of Words
https://estherikott.wordpress.com:” 

 

Esther shares some beautiful poetry and short stories in her blog! – Neha

 

Fav Blogger: Agrishaw
Blogging from: USA

“I follow a number of blogs.One of them is Creative Living. It is run by Agrishaw, I am not aware of where she lives but I love her blog as she expresses what she feels and the feelings are mutual.” – Rishika Jain

https://agrishaw.wordpress.com

Fav Blogger: Merril Smith
Blogging from: United States

“I would also like to nominate Merril Smith. Her blog is called “Yesterday and Today: Merril’s historical musings”. Her poetry is beautiful and inspirational.” – Rishika Jain

https://merrildsmith.wordpress.com

 

Nominator: Rishika Jain
Blogging from: India

“I am Rishika Jain and and I am currently living in Delhi, India. My blog is called “The Ethereal Unicorn” on which I try to motivate people through poetry. I haven’t posted many poems till now because I recently made it and I also have school work. Although, I try to write daily. My blog can found at https://theetherealunicorn.wordpress.com. “

Rishika’s positive attitude and creativity shines through her poetry and blog posts! – Neha

 

Fav Blogger: Mark
Blogging from: USA

https://markbialczak.com/about/
“Mark provides perspectives on every day living from the east coast in the US. I return to his blog because he is a thoughtful writer and a kind person who is relatable and positive. He writes about a variety of topics. I feel lucky to call Mark a friend of mine.” – Sandra

 

Fav Blogger: Christopher
Blogging from: USA

https://milfordstreet.wordpress.com/about/
“Christopher regularly posts photographs from where he lives in New Hampshire, USA. Every day appears to be an adventure on Milford Street where Christopher posts pictures from the woods where he lives, historic places, and daily encounters with wildlife and nature that I would have otherwise missed. This blog satisfies my need to roam and experience other places from the comfort of home.” – Sandra

Nominator: Sandra
Blogging from: USA

https://squareonenotes.com/about/
Speaking of home, I post daily from California. In 2020 I resolved to take one picture each day for two reasons: to improve my photography skills and to contribute more regularly on WordPress. Follow my progress if you’re interested!

I am loving all the photography on Sandra’s Blog! – Neha

 

Fav Blogger: Priya
Blogging from: India

“The first blog I want to nominate is of Priya from India. She writes lovely poems, articles, short stories, etc. Her blog is ‘When an introvert speaks’ and her blog link is
https://whenanintrovertspeaks.home.blog/ ” – Manoj

Fav Blogger: Priyanshu Mehta
Blogging from: India

“The second blog I want to nominate is of Priyanshu Mehta from India. She writes beautiful poems and free verses. Her blog is ‘From the notebook’ and her blog link is
https://priyanshumehta.wordpress.com/ “

-Manoj

 

Fav Blogger: Vee
Blogging from: Canada

“The third blog I want to nominate is of Vee from Canada. She writes on various topics. The best thing I like about her she writes from her heart. Her straightforwardness can be seen in her blog. Her blog is ‘Millennial life crisis’ and her blog link is
https://millenniallifecrisis.org/”

–Manoj

Fav Blogger: Vonita
Blogging from: Australia

“The fourth blog I want to nominate is of Vonita from Australia. She writes beautiful poems. I like her poems very much. Her blog is ‘Poems and petals’ and her blog link is
https://movingtowardsthelight.com/”

–Manoj

Nominator: Manoj Mehra
Blogging from: India

My name is Manoj Mehra. I am from India. My blog is ‘Believe Strong’. I write blogs on various topics like life, people, relationships, emotions, blogging, etc. Here it is the blog link
https://believestrong.wordpress.com

Manoj shares wonderful short stories, poems and thoughts on various topics that make you think and take pause to consider his words. – Neha

 

Alright that was all the people who shared their favorite blogs- Again Thank you all for sharing!

Here are a few of my favorites. As for my location, I currently live in Denver, Colorado, USA.  Remember to visit and share your love with all the nominators and their fav blogs!

 

Neha’s (forgottenmeadows) List of Favorites from around the world ( Remember this is just a snap not the whole list!) :

 

 

Fav Blogger: Marie
Blogging from: France

Raw and heartfelt poetry and posts! Visit at https://mahshiandmarshmallow.wordpress.com/

Fav Blogger: Devika
Blogging from: India

Amazing poet, check out her poetry at: https://myvaliantsoulsblog.wordpress.com/

Fav Blogger: Sylvester
Blogging from: USA

Always uplifting and beautiful posts by another fav poet and friend, check it out here: https://syl65.wordpress.com/

Fav Blogger: Holly
Blogging from: USA (not certain of location but certainly worth a visit to her blog!)

Amazing imagery in each of her poems…go check out this gifted writer: https://houseofheartweb.wordpress.com/

Fav Blogger: Piyush
Blogging from: India

Gifted poet, check him out at:  https://theperceptionssquare.com/

Fav Blogger: H.J. Ruiz
Blogging from: USA

 

Always a treat to visit H.J and his fabulous bird photography: https://avian101.wordpress.com/

Fav Blogger: Trini
Blogging from: Norway

A beautiful spirit and a talented writer who gives hope in her beautiful poems: https://pathsofthespirit.wordpress.com/

Fav Blogger: Sue
Blogging from: England

A talented artist,writer, photographer and an amazing prompt host at wordpress, please visit this generous soul at: https://scvincent.com/

Fav Blogger: Michael
Blogging from: Russia (originally from Zimbabwe)

An incredible writer and one of my first friends at wordpress, check him out! https://originaldante.com/?fbclid=IwAR0u_EhyyyIM1JYj1MeutCvZ8l5YxRtN0Lhu2BzQkZPSVtfW6JCFsCEPsXI


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Best Blogging Tips – Shared by Bloggers!

Hello Everyone,

A little while ago I had done a post asking you all to share your best blogging tips…it was back in March before Covid 19 frenzy started and I realized I hadn’t done a post with all the wonderful tips shared by fellow bloggers… Remember take everything with a grain of salt, these are just a few tips that have worked for us, use what applies to you and if it doesn’t that’s okay too! The most important thing as cliched as it may be is ” you do you” so without further delay here they are in the order I got them starting with my own haha! Continue sharing more in comments let’s be interactive with this post and share some positive energy with each other!

 

Personally, I feel authenticity in connecting with fellow bloggers has really helped me grow. Reading the works of others and leaving a thoughtful comment goes a long way and makes the writer/photographer want to engage with your blog instead of simply stating ” Check out my blog” without any other comment. It is actually one of things that can turn someone off towards you, as it may come across as you having no interest in that person’s blog apart from marketing your own and that does not allow for an authentic connection. We all want our works to be read but we need to put an effort to connect and genuinely read someone else’s work instead of using it as a promotional tool…promotion will happen organically if the connection is made.

– Neha, forgottenmeadows.wordpress.com

 

When it comes to blogging or sharing one’s writing, we’re donning vulnerability. I’d say these three things:

1. Find your niche. (This is to also say, “Know your audience.)

2. Be authentic. If this is what you want, be ready to share yourself, your true self. Your readers, if they’re anything like me, want to connect with you. They want to relate in some way to/with what you share.

3. Read others and connect with them.

•Bonus: Have fun. Always have fun.

These things have worked for me. This is my thirteenth year on WordPress and I’ve had several blogs on here, I’ve settled on my current one. Good luck new bloggers!

– Tre, https://acorneredgurl.com/

 

Keep it short, or at least as succinct as possible.

– Carol, https://chopkins2x3.wordpress.com/

 

I can’t tell you how much reading the works of others has helped my writings and given me wonderful seeds of inspiration for my own poems. I have also found that writing comments has given me great seeds of inspiration from my own comments – How Cool Is That!!!

– Chuck (The Reluctant Poet), https://thereluctantpoetweb.wordpress.com/

 

I’d say:

– Stay true to yourself
– Write from within
– Interact with others, go and find your tribe
– Be ready to disagree
– Share the love!

– Marie, https://mahshiandmarshmallow.wordpress.com/

 

Relax and enjoy the process of blogging.

Check your sentence structure and spelling to be sure it is readable.

Don’t worry about follower count, your audience will build as you consistently write.

– Rebecca, https://becswindmill.wordpress.com/

 

I don’t have a huge number of followers and the next few sentences will probably explain why. 1. If you are an unphotogenic old f*** like me trade your gravatar for a picture of a beautiful swan, or something. Make pictures – lots of pretty pictures and keep the written content short and relevant (like I do THAT!). Try to make your readers happy, but avoid attempting to become an ‘Influencer’ – it may happen, but there’s an awful lot already out there. Only follow blogs that genuinely interest you, so you can make your responses meaningful. I think that’s all I have to add…

– Frederick, https://frederick-anderson-stories.org/

 

I like your point that our fellow writer can help us to improve our blogging skills. Because every writer has its own blogging journey and its great to share your experiences to make it more interesting and knowledgeable. Less follower is much better then buying fake followers. If we keep up the good work it will surly make a good return.

– Dirk Voltz (website not public or I could not view it in comment)

 

https://thelifestyleleader.wordpress.com/2020/04/07/to-blog-or-not-to-blog/

-Dolly (https://thelifestyleleader.wordpress.com/2020/04/07/to-blog-or-not-to-blog/)

 


2 More Days left to nominate your fav blog!!!

Please click for details in this link and nominate in original post! Nominations open until April 29! Comments will be closed here. Please share original link and spread the word so we get to read some great blogs during these hard times, from around the world. Remember to follow the rules listed and hope to see some great new blogs! Thank you to all who have participated so far!

 

Thank you!

 

Neha


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Favorite Blog Nominations Around The World – Now Open! Nominate your favorites today!

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Hello Everyone,

As we are all home for the most part, I thought it would be nice to read some good blogs during these difficult times as we wait for things to return to normal again. I have done these before but this one will be with a little twist. Here are rules:

1.) List your favorite blog/blogs (there is no limit) and include their url.
2.) Write a line or two as to why you like the blog. How do they uplift you or make your feel that you keep going back to them?
3.) Nominators List your own blog name and url
4.) list the country you are in currently and do the same for the blogs you nominate if you know where they are.
5.) Please include all of the above in your comment to be considered.

* keep it positive, any rude or derogatory comment will be taken down.

I will also include some of my old and new favorites in the list.This will show us how connected we are even with the distance between us. We are in this together and I hope humanity will come across stronger on the other side. Nominations are open until April 29, 2020. I will post the entire list including the nominees and the nominators in a separate post once it is closed. Have fun and hope to see all of you from around the world!

 


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Share Your Best Blogging Tips

Hello Everyone,

It has been 6 wonderful years here on wordpress and I would not have had such a great journey without your support and encouragement…In lieu of this appreciation I would like to reach out to my fellow bloggers and ask you to share your best tips in blogging with the new bloggers out there…Please leave your tip or thoughts in the comment section and I will then go through them and compile a list in another post linking the blog address of the writers who share their tips. Comments will be open until March 15, 2020 so I hope you share what has worked for you in your journey. Please keep your tips professional and positive any rude or hateful comments will be removed.

Poetry copyright Neha 2020

I will start with one tip that has helped me…

Personally, I feel authenticity in connecting with fellow bloggers has really helped me grow. Reading the works of others and leaving a thoughtful comment goes a long way and makes the writer/photographer want to engage with your blog instead of simply stating ” Check out my blog” without any other comment. It is actually one of things that can turn someone off towards you, as it may come across as you having no interest in that person’s blog apart from marketing your own and that does not allow for an authentic connection. We all want our works to be read but we need to put an effort to connect and genuinely read someone else’s work instead of using it as a promotional tool…promotion will happen organically if the connection is made.


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Favorite Fall Blogs

 

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Hello Everyone,

Thank you to all who shared their nominations for my favorite fall blog list. I love to see the generosity this community has for one another… one of the many reasons I do these posts. This time I have decided to feature mostly new (ish) blogs that I have recently discovered for my recommendation list. As you know with the vast talent out there this is just a snapshot of the blogs I like or the nominators like, you can check out my previous lists to find more fabulous blogs and stay tuned for future lists for more!

So without much further adieu ( in no particular order) here are the list of favorites as shared by the generous bunch of nominators followed by my own recommendations:

 

Favorite Blog: ” My favorite blogger is Vee. She writes with her heart and about her personal life. I find her blog very real so I want to nominate her. Her blog is
https://millenniallifecrisis.org/” – Manoj

Nominator: Manoj Mehra ( https://believestrong.wordpress.com)

 

Favorite Blog:”My favorite blog for the surreal poetry and brilliant writing has always been Devika’a Mathur ” My valiant soul”

https://myvaliantsoulsblog.wordpress.com/” – Megha

Nominator: Megha ( https://meghasworldsite.wordpress.com/)

 

Favorite Blog: “One of my very favorite blogs is https://whenwomeninspire.com/about/ from Christy Birmingham. She is a very dear friend, an inspiration and strive to empower women and make a difference in the world. Her blog covers a variety of topics and issues.” – Syl

Nominator: Syl ( http://syl65.wordpress.com)

 

Favorite Blog: “My favorite blogger is Ste J. His blog address is: https://bookmust.wordpress.com/. He blogs about the many, many books that he reads and also about his life and things that capture his interest. It is a fun and informative blog.” – Cody

Nominator: Cody McCullough ( https://bookmust.wordpress.com/)

 

Favorite Blog: ” Please let me nominate this beautiful blog of Resa McConaghy at https://artgowns.com. It is beautiful and so much work goes into it. She”s an amazing and gifted designer! Resa’s Art Gowns.” – Holly

Nominator: Holly ( https://houseofheartweb.wordpress.com/)

 

Please note many of the nominators on the above list are my personal favorites so please do visit them as well!

My New Fall Favorites

New and Old Blogs that I have discovered recently which caught my interest and might catch yours too! I have not read all of their posts but have enjoyed the posts I have read and would love to share this list with you! Please note as per above they are in no particular order

I will just state the main category for each blog and I hope you all pay them a visit!

Poetry

 

Photography

 

That’s the wrap for this round, do visit, like and share!


Final Day to Nominate your favorite blog!

Hello Everybody,

Today is the last day to nominate your favorite blog if you haven’t already done so for my fall blog recommendations. You can learn more and nominate on the original post here.  I will be closing comments on that post by tomorrow morning so get in your nominations today, I will be posting by list of my fav fall blog list next week so stay tuned!

Have a wonderful day!

 

Neha

 

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5 More Days left to nominate Your Favorite Blog!

Hey Everyone,

Just want to remind everyone that there is only 5 more days to nominate your favorite Blog for my Fall Recommendation list. The last day to nominate is Sept 30,2019 I will have my own list but would love to add your recommended blogs as well. Please follow this link to the original post to share your nominations.

Comments on this ‘reminder post’ will be closed, please add your recs to the original post. Also check out previous recommendations!

Have a great Day!

Neha

 

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Best Blogs – Spring 2019 Edition!

 

Hello Everyone,

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Spring Blog Nominations, I appreciate you taking the time to mention your favorite blogs! This is what I love most about this community…  how generous people are to give a shout out to fellow bloggers and artists, and build this strong network that we have. Without much further adieu, below are your favorite blogs followed by a few of my favorites! Do Check out the nominators and their recommended blogs, I believe all of the nominators are some of my personal favorites, also do check out my previous blog recommendations and stay tuned for future ones!

 

**Please note they are in no specific order, just based in the same order as nominations in my comments. My personal recs are listed at the end. 🙂 They are all equally great in my eyes!

 

Best Spring Blog Recommendations:

 

Nominator: Carol Hopkins (https://chopkins2x3.wordpress.com/

In Carol’s words about her nominees:

” I would like to nominate Blindzanygirl ( https://wordpress.com/read/feeds/54761276)because her poetry is amazing and wonderful. I would also like to nominate Celenia Delsol’s blog, A New Normal (https://celeniadelsol.com) . Celenia writes from the heart about grief, sorrow, and moving forward. She is gutsy, honest, and forthright while being compassionate and empathetic. Both these women write blog posts I do my best not to miss for they hit the mark every time and leave me with insights I may not have thought of prior to reading their stuff. Check them out!”

 

Nominator: Dorinda Duclos (https://dorindaduclos.com/)

In Dorinda’s words about her nominees:

“I’d love to nominate Cindy Knoke’s blog. Her photography literally takes your breath away and her commentary with the photos is always so wonderful to read! Cindy’s blog is https://cindyknoke.com and mine is https://dorindaduclos.com

I’d also like to nominate Walt Page, affectionately known as The Tennessee Poet. His poetry speaks from the heart and draws on Walt’s own life experiences. He is a joy to read. Walt’s link is https://waltswritingsonlife.wordpress.com/ “

 

 

Nominator: Michelle Marie (https://tellmeaboutit.co/)

In Michelle’s words about her nominee: 

“…I would like to nominate Paul Militau’s blog at https://photopaulm.com His photography is amazing and he’s a long time friend of mine. I love how he shows us his world though his camera lens.”

 

 

Nominator: Cynical Wordsmith ( https://cynicalwordsmith.wordpress.com/)

In his words about his nominee:

“I’d like to nominate lucid-being.com. I find the abstract photography very interesting and the use of colors very thoughtful
I’d also like to nominate unbolt.me. The poetry I find moving and I rather enjoy their open source poetry projects. “

 

 

Nominator: Syl ( https://syl65.wordpress.com/)

In his words about his nominees:

” I would like to nominate Annette https://annetterochelleaben.wordpress.com/ . Her angel messages, haikus and poetry are filled with inspiration, perspective and a dose of humor. I get a spiritual boost through her blog!
Also I would like to nominate Erika https://erikakind.me/ (Share Your Light). Her blog is truly inspiring, with her Daily Kind Quotes, Just A Thought post, music posts and very insightful Monday posts. Self development , coming into the awareness of who you are, is the message she delivers through her blog.”

 

 

Nominator: Marie ( https://mahshiandmarshmallow.wordpress.com/

In her words about her nominees:

” I’d like to share Trizia blog (https://justme553068953.wordpress.com/) – she is a beautiful warrior and following her journey is like holding a key to brighter days.
I’d like to share Kim’s blog too (http://myinnerchick.com/) – she is my best of best. No filter with her. She is RAW and this is what makes the difference in this world.” 

 

 

Below are some of my personal recommendations, some new some old but all great. I absolutely love how these blogs use their talent and creativity to keep you coming back for more. I have listed them in order of their main category with links to their blogs, many of them are versatile and post other things as well! Please note due to my personal time constraints I have not been able to write about each of them but know that they all are wonderful blogs I highly recommend and feel you should check out!

 

Photography:

https://tinylessonsblog.com/

https://dahlstroms.com/

https://carvaricci.wordpress.com/

https://dirttherapy.wordpress.com/

https://shbphoto.wordpress.com/

https://atdoru.wordpress.com/

 

Poetry and Literature:

https://mahshiandmarshmallow.wordpress.com/

https://cynicalwordsmith.wordpress.com/

https://theblightersrock.wordpress.com/

https://ontheland.blog/

https://aquileana.wordpress.com/

https://janedougherty.wordpress.com/

https://mysticdreams.home.blog/

https://syl65.wordpress.com/

https://dorindaduclos.com/

 

Lifestyle:

https://cookwithkathy.wordpress.com/

https://chopkins2x3.wordpress.com/

https://tellmeaboutit.co/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Don’t forget to nominate your fav blog for Spring Blog Recs – Only 7 days left to nominate

Details on this post! https://forgottenmeadows.wordpress.com/2019/04/22/spring-blog-nominations-for-best-blogs-now-open/

 

Comments on this post are closed, please comment with your nomination on original post above. Remember Nominations will close after May 29!! Hope to share some great blogs!

 

Love

 

Neha