Keeping the Blogosphere a Beautiful Place

Have you ever had one of those mornings when, for some reason, you wake up in a bad mood? Or you wake up in a good mood, but things soon go downhill faster than a kid on a water slide? And you find yourself able to get into an argument simply by looking in the mirror?

I was having one of those days as I clomped down the hall to the office, plopped in the chair, and turned on the computer. Maybe Facebook friends could cheer me up. They helped. Then I checked my blog and found this. Well, hell-o. Where did you come from? Was I being punked? I investigated. No, I wasn’t.


Well, talk about a mood changer. The blogger who sent this award my way can be found at And I send a Thank you back. It’s nice to know your words are being found and enjoyed by others.

Although we can’t be blind to some ugly stuff posted by individuals and groups if we go looking, I like the award’s fine print: Keeping the Blogosphere a Beautiful Place. It is a beautiful place to learn, share, explore, and write. And today, I’m paying the award forward.

In a previous post, I mentioned several blogs I like because they inspire me. I’m adding to that list, reposting those six, and sending a nomination their way:  –  An aspiring singer shares her experiences and voice. I find her journey fascinating and motivating.  –  Jim is a novelist based in Alaska and a super storyteller.  –  A down-to-earth, informative, and well-researched blog about midlife crisis. – Living with Izzy. Any past or present dog owner will relate.  –  This blogger is pursuing her bucket list and taking the reader with her. – The One Thing I Know for Sure.  Poetry and thoughts are shared with great heart and warmth.  –  Here is an energetic, humorous,, witty, and contemporary look at issues.  –  Posted here you’ll find good information for writers.

Confessions of a Book Addict  –  This blogger is an avid reader. A few months ago I won a book on her site: The Orchard of Lost Souls by Nadifa Mohamed set in 1980’s Somalia. Excellent.  –  This is a place to enjoy a saucy and irreverent look at life.  –  With tongue-in-cheek style, this blogger describes his expat adventures abroad.  –  I find the content thought-provoking.  – These posts are written with heart and compassion.  –  A Corner of My Mind. Here is a look at life, sometimes quirky, sometimes heartfelt, sometimes philosophical.

gwenniesgarden  –  Just plain refreshing!

I thank these bloggers for their inspiration, their unique styles and voices, and their contributions.

I’m also thankful for civility and the act of appreciating others, especially in today’s world.

I’ll tuck this random act of kindness from viktoryarch into a place in my head where I store good things, knowing goodness and kindness are alive, and the path they inspire is built one brick at a time.


If you want to send your appreciation to bloggers whose work inspires you, visit Inspiring Blogger Award at 

About cmwriter

I'm a writer ... of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. I blog about writing, short stories, poetry, books, plays, and thoughts on life. Love reading and travel and being with friends!
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17 Responses to Keeping the Blogosphere a Beautiful Place

  1. Lynne Spreen says:

    This is a great list, Carol! I can’t wait to explore the bloggers you identified. Thanks.

  2. cmwriter says:

    Hi Lynne – The bloggers on the list cover the gamut! Enjoy!

  3. Suddenly Jamie (@suddenlyjamie) says:

    Thanks so much for including Live to Write – Write to Live on your list of faves, Carol. 🙂

  4. cmwriter says:

    You’re welcome. Have a wonderful day!

  5. coastalmom says:

    Thank YOU for mentioning me! I was just having one of those mornings that you were referring to, till I read this!

  6. cmwriter says:

    My pleasure. I always appreciate your inspiration.

  7. Christina says:

    Thank you so much for including me in your list. You have made my day. 🙂

  8. SusanB says:

    I’m on my way to visit the blogs you have mentioned Carol because if you read ’em then they are worth a look 😉 Thanks heaps for the plug, much appreciate your support and congratulations to you a very inspiring blogger.

  9. viktoryarch says:

    I happy that you are happy.
    Truly you are an inspiring blogger, and never doubt that. Everyone has something valuable to say. Everyone has their one-kind experiences.

    • cmwriter says:

      Thank you for the validation. It’s appreciated. Inspiration is one of my goals whether I’m being humorous or serious. And thank you for the thoughts, ideas, and writings shared on your blog.

  10. Thank you for thinking of me Carol I really do appreciate it. I never dreamt I would connect with so many lovely people when I started my blog 🙂
    Best wishes

  11. Thanks for lifting me up too!

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