Blogger recognition award


A few days ago Sue Vincent included me in her list for the blogger recognition award. I donโ€™t do the award thingy as a general rule but this is more like a way of saying thank you to the people who interact on our blogs and make the whole thing turn, swing, sing and inspire. So thank you, Sue, one of the inspirations Iโ€™ve found since Iโ€™ve been blogging. And I still canโ€™t quite get my head around the idea that we lived just around the corner from one another when we were teenagers and maybe queued up together at the same chippie on a Saturday night.


This is the to do list:


  1. Thank the blogger(s) who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  2. Write a post to show your award.
  3. Give a brief story of how your blog started.
  4. Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
  5. Select up to fifteen bloggers you want to give this award to.
  6. Comment (or pingback) on each blog to let them know that youโ€™ve nominated them and provide a link to the post youโ€™ve created.


The blog started when I got my first publisher in 2012 and realised I had to come out of my garret. It began as a vehicle for the soon-to-be-published book, and I quickly found I really enjoyed it, especially the possibility of using photos and other illustrations to make a piece of blatant promotion more appealing. The notion was a difficult one to accept, much too reminiscent of getting out on the floor and dancing. Somebody might be watching! Well, yeah, and someone might be reading your blog too, dumbwit. Thatโ€™s the point. But unlike dancing and hoping to catch the eye of someone you fancy, while possibly making an utter fool of yourself, blogging is really quite sedate, mannerly and generous-spirited. I took photos of the place where I lived, four-legged companions, and even plucked up the nerve to start writing and publishing poetry. Before I knew it, I was a fully paid up member of the blogosphere.


Giving advice is always fraught with hubris and ridicule. Who am I to advise anyone about anything except perhaps how to handle several pre-school age tots at once 24 hours a day 7 days a week, or what to expect from an adopted Galgo with a broken childhood liable to panic attacks in the presence of humans, or maybe what a load of my eye the whole mystique of the wine cult is. About blogging, all I can do is repeat what I have got out of it, the pleasure of having a place to toss out ideas for a novel, experiment with poetry and writing in all its forms, bore people other than family with snaps of the cat, and to vent about anything and everything. Itโ€™s a pleasure, like a scrapbook held up for the world (well, a few followers) to see and comment on. Just make it worth the read.

Donโ€™t forget to cherish the friendship blogging brings either. You will probably never meet the vast majority of people you exchange comments, congratulations and commiserations with, but it will feel as if you know them as well as family (and like them better than some). You can count on blogger friends. They will read your books even when your own kith and kin find a million other things they have to do instead. Theyโ€™ll encourage and help when youโ€™re not sure youโ€™ve got something right. They will put themselves out and give their time because thatโ€™s what friends do. Make sure you take their friendship for real.

This is a very short list of some of the people I would like to thank for just being themselves. Incidentally, they also have blogs worth a visit.


Merril, Kerfe,Willow, Candice, Claudia, Holly, clcouch (Robin), Mr Platypus, Damien, Liz, Ken, Lynn, Bojana, Paul, Colleen, Goff, Michael.ย  Some of you have private blogs, but you are (private) friends nonetheless.

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Jane Dougherty

I used to do lots of things I didn't much enjoy. Now I am officially a writer. It's what I always wanted to be.

81 thoughts on “Blogger recognition award”

  1. You deserve recognition and thanks, Jane. I started my blog to participate in NaPoWriMo, but I didn’t get into a regular routine of writing and posting until I started really following other bloggers. I think your poetry prompts were the first that I responded to and were the nudge I needed.

    1. I’m pleased you found the prompts useful. I know I did! I’ve decided to have another round of prompts starting in the new year. Not sure what form they’ll take, but there’ll be an image at least.

  2. They will read your books even when your own kith and kin find a million other things they have to do instead.
    Can’t agree more. My sis hasn’t read me for over a year and a half, meaning not a single stuff I had published, so thank YOU. It’s a pleasure to read you and I love our enchanges, your intellect, spirit and humor. Keep up the good work.

    1. I didn’t like to add a link to your blog since you’re exclusive ๐Ÿ™‚ but the intention was there. I’ve had limited success with kith and kin. A very elderly uncle read all my self-published books as did a cousin and at least two of my kids. The novelty wore off, I guess.

  3. Thank you, Jane, and I wish I had the words to tell you how much you and your kind clear firm voice have meant to me. Here is to many more years of being blog friends and I look forward to more of your writing, any genre!

    1. You know how much I enjoy your voice, and your insights into human nature. Often I read, smile or laugh but don’t leave a comment. It’s so hard to pick out a best bit ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. I’m so pleased for you, Jane. We haven’t known each other long, but I’ve enjoyed building a digital relationship with you, sharing a few laughs and the occasional rant. ๐Ÿ™‚ Your writing is inspiring and moving (we’re talking owls here ๐Ÿฆ‰ !) and I’m really honoured that you seem to like some of my stuff too. I think your comments about the friendship of blogging are bang on – although I’ve been blogging off and on for more than three years I’ve only recently started engaging with the WordPress community and it’s transformed my outlook. Keep up the good work!

    1. That’s what it’s all about. I have not far off 5000 ‘followers’ but only a handful that I actually communicate with. Doesn’t matter how long you’ve known someone, you either feel something in common or you don’t. Glad to know you Mr Platypus ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. It is weird… it isn’t as if Birstall was a big place back then… more fields than people, I think!. And now you are living in France… where I lived for so long too ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. It is so funny and marvelous that you and Sue lived so near one another! Thank you for your friendship, which definitely is real (especially since I discovered we’re the same person). ๐Ÿ˜‰ I learned so much from your prompts, and continue to learn from your posts–my musings today were a series of gogyokha. I think I first heard about that form from you.

    1. When Sue and I lived in Birstall there was still quite a strict divide between Protestant and Catholic English/Irish so we would have been unlikely to have ever spoken even if we’d been standing in the same queue at the chippy. Times have changed thank goodness.
      Being the same person does help when it comes to getting along ๐Ÿ™‚
      I’m glad you enjoyed those prompts. I’ve almost decided to start another series after the new year so be warned!

      1. Yay! The beginning of January is going to be crazy busy for me–I’ll have my page proofs to go through and we’re moving my mom to a new facility. I’m hoping that come February, I’ll have more time to read, write poetry. . .looking forward to your prompts! ๐Ÿ™‚

      2. And–interesting about the Protestant/Catholic divide. My husband’s first roommate in college –best man at our wedding and dear friend–lived around the corner from my husband when he was growing up, but he went to a Catholic school, and we went to public school.

      3. In the UK and Ireland the schools are all denominational, no separation of church and state. Sectarian animosities thrive when children are constantly made aware of ‘differences’ rather than similarities.

      4. Oh, it’s not really that–more on how much money they can or want to spend. And then you get school boards that might decide to ban books or something.

  7. You deserve this award so much.. congratulations Jane! It feels a HUGE honour to be included. I’m taking a bit of a rest from blogging over the Christmas break but I’ll also think more about this (very) unexpected opportunity. Thank you, and have a great Christmas!

    1. My pleasure, Liz. As I was just saying to Mr Platypus, it doesn’t matter how long you know people or how often you speak with them, you either get on or you don’t. That’s how friendships/human interactions work ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Hi Jane thank you so much but I have just done this award but thank you so much for thinking of me , I saw Sue had nominated you so I decided not to . Anyhoo I want to wish you and yours a very Happy Christmas and a healthy New Year ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ

    1. I wasn’t really doing it to pass it on, just wanted to say thanks to some of the people I’ve had the most contact with ๐Ÿ™‚
      I hope your Christmas is a good one. Ours looks as though it’s been cancelled by the SNCFโ€”no trains tomorrow or Christmas day ๐Ÿ˜ฆ Strike.

      1. Yup. We’ll check again tomorrow. They’ve changed the timetable twice already today. This morning they said there were trains. Early this evening they’d swapped back to the original 3 trains then took them off again. Playing silly buggers.

  9. An award for you, to say the least, is deserved. And you have awarded me by including me in you list. I enjoy your work and admire it for being both deft and strong. Yours is a voice to follow.


    1. Thank you Kerfe. Three got here, one finished work too late to catch the last of the three trains running yesterday and the other is working today. Shame they couldn’t all be here but we’ve enjoyed ourselves anyway. Hope your holiday is going well.

      1. Thanks Jane. It had its ups and downs, but we made it to 2020 in one piece. I think my daughter has my computer working well enough to get back to work anyway.

      2. Good to hear you’re up and running again. We survived by ignoring most of it. The world turns and we get to January 2nd whether we celebrated or not.

      3. So true. I’ve been having trouble sleeping and the kids next door didn’t help with their fireworks and running up and down the stairs shrieking. So I made it way past midnight.
        On the other hand it doesn’t feel like a new year to me yet.

  10. Well done, Jane! Congrats. Holly will take the challenge too. You both are famous poetesses too, with deep going thoughts.
    Have a great holiday season. Maybe you should send some hunters to FL? ๐Ÿ™‚ The weapons are much cheaper there, and you will get more silence.

      1. Congrats to the great weather. Enjoy the sun rays. Here its dark as always, but i will enlighten my heart. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Actually i am hunting my laywer forcing my actual law suit. She is a little bit anxious about all the officials, we have to ask some important things, similar to Gretchen with Dr. Faust about the religion. Lol Best wishes, Michael

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