Sunday, May 29, 2011

Blog of the Week : 05/29 - 06/04 2011

The Blog of the Week for the week of May 29th to June 4th, 2011 is 'Librarian Mom'; a personal blog from the mind of Lisa who writes mostly about being a new mom. I've always been impressed with personal bloggers who are freely able to share themselves to the world. It takes a certain something in a person to be able to let themselves be open like that and I fully respect it.What's best is what you can learn from such people as they share their experiences with us. In Lisa's case, she posts tales of being a new mother and there can't ever be enough information and advice on such a thing. Better still is the fact that Lisa's background is in research and within her blog she also responds to news and updates related to her new journey. It really is a delightful corner of the web and like every blog featured in this community, it's well worth the visit. At this point, you probably know what I'm going to say: go visit. :)

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Choice Awards Prep

In preparation for the 2011 Newfoundland Labrador Blogger's Choice Awards, I am attempting to achieve many things, and with time winding down before my intended (unannounced) start date for the awards quickly approaching, the pressure to keep working is intensifying. Of course, it's more excitement than stress I should point out. I'm just ecstatic to get this thing on the go! In the meantime, I should cool my jets for a moment and take a break from the tinkering to fill you in on what I've been working on.

As posted in the Bloggers Choice Awards section, 50 blogs  have now been shortlisted. I will be finalizing the list of 30 (3 per category) as soon as possible. There are still some promotional and information items I'll have to take care of when the finalists are selected and time is running out. The thing is, it's rather difficult finalizing the list with so many awesome blogs to choose from.

Categorical Update
The most work I have to take care of before the dust settles within the awards, is finishing off the category pages that I've been working on. For those who don't know, I've been developing stand alone pages for the 10 categories we have within the BlogRoll here, each with a dedicated list of all the blogs found in that category. The intention is for a better browsing experience.

And just because I'm excited; if you'd like a sneak peak of what these pages are going to look like, check out a rough version of the Politics / Commentary one I've started. Keep in mind that this is not anywhere final, but it will give you an idea of where I'm going.

What's best about these stand alone pages is that it provides an opportunity to further promote the choice bloggers this year and beyond. Each category's page will have promotional items (badges, rss feeds, etc) for winner's blog for the entire year... and who knows where each page will go from there. With each category essentially now having it's own 'blog', the possibilities are endless really... 

I should perhaps remain focused on the awards though. I have to remember that time is short and I am easily distracted... and with that, back at it!

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Blog of the Week : 05/22 - 05/28 2011

The Blog of the Week for the week of May 22nd to the 28th, 2011 is 'Colin Peddle Photography'. If there's one thing we have an abundance of here within our community, it's Photography blogs and each one is filled with a wealth of delighful images to paruse. Colin's space is no different. With his self professed desire to get 'the shots that stand up to the test of time' Colin is well equipped from his location in Torbay, Newfoundland to deliver some beautiful images, and deliver he has. As I scroll through the posts filled with wedding pictures, portaits and pics from a variety of events, what I personally notice most is Colin's ability to wonderfully capture the moments he has set his sights on. There's no doubt there's talent there and with that, there's really nothing else I can say. After all, pictures are mean't to be seen... so go see. :)

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Just a teaser...

In just a few short weeks, 30 carefully selected blogs from our beloved Newfoundland Labrador BlogRoll (of nearly 300 blogs) will be unveiled and for two weeks following, the people (visitors to this site) will vote on their favorites.

Voting will be simple. Each of the 10 categories will have a post with it's 3 selections displayed. All one will have to do is post a reply to that thread with their choice. It's as simple as that AND I am allowing one vote PER DAY. The way I see it, if someone is dedicated enough to vote more than once, I have to give kudos for that.

You may be wondering what is to gain from all this (besides you know, the fun of it all). Well, the winner of each category will gain a tonne of free promotion, for a full year, within this site and the network it extends into. I wish I could announce grand prizes of extreme extravagance, but these gifts of free promotion should not be undervalued I suppose. That's what any blogger wants right; traffic?

Well, hopefully the winners will enjoy what I have in store for them... but yeah, you'll have to wait on that. :)

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Blog of the Week : 05/15 - 05/21 2011

The Blog of the Week for the week of May 15th to the 21st, 2011 is 'Desktop Gourmet'; a foodie blog from Karen who professes that she isn't a chef but instead 'just a girl who loves to eat and experiment with ingredients'. I don't know if it was because I was hungry this morning when checking for blogs, but this one really jumped out at me. It could have been the delicious pictures I was seeing or perhaps the delightful little articles posted with them, but either way this blog is definitely worth checking out. I mean, who doesn't like food right? Well if you do, especially experimenting with it, then do check out Karen's blog... but perhaps not when hungry because it'll just be a tease. Go check it out!

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Most New Blogs Ever!

Not since the initial stages of this Blogroll 5 years ago, have I added so many blogs in one update. It was rather exciting for me to come to the realization today that I had collected so many. Most of these newbies are coming from my recent hardcore dive into Twitter, and it wasn't until I started adding them that I discovered I had come across such a large number. It truly is a lovely thing to realize.

With that, I think you all have some visiting to do! Tell them the NL BlogRoll sent ya. :)

Blood and Cupcakes NL Stuff
Just a Foodie Sin John's
Etching Postcards atlantic whispers
Murray Premises Hotel Remix 86
VeroZero Zone Root Cellers Rock
Never Eat a Dinosaur Daily Hundred
Displaced Townie Girl Dreams in Code
oh lauren marie. My Tech Cloud
East Coast Foodie this is ordinary
the little world Wicks on Flicks
Scratching the Surface Hello Geri
Academicist The Adam Walsh World
Just 2 Crafty ShelCor
Below the Spruce Catt's Craftiness
I grew up near Empire Avenue
On The Rock Photography

See, that's a lot of new blogs!

Sunday, May 08, 2011

Blog of the Week : 05/08 - 05/14 2011

The Blog of the Week for the week of May 8th to the 14th, 2011 is 'Readily A Parent'. This personal space from the mind of Dara Squires provides a delightful insight into being a mother, a parent (and really just a person), from her point of view. It's perhaps no coincidence that I chose this blog today considering it's Mother's Day but, don't get me wrong, it's one that's been on my list to feature for a while now. The blog  has been around for quite some time and anyone who has followed it, followed her on her journey as she grew as a parent. From the look of the network of friends proudly displayed on her site, many have joined her on that journey. Perhaps it's about time you did too? Get visitin'! Click the pic.

Sunday, May 01, 2011

Blog of the Week : 05/01 - 05/07 2011

The Blog of the Week for the week of May 1st to the 7th, 2011 is 'Rock Solid Politics'. In keeping with the political motif as of late (as my way of reminding everyone to go vote tomorrow) this blog from Brad Cabana fits the bill nicely. Brad is a Political Scientist (and a retired captain I'd like to mention) living in Newfoundland and his blog is a reflection of that position in life with his frequent and informative posts. The blog has been listed within our community here for over a year now, and from his list of followers it seems to be a favorite beyond just me. It truly is 'Rock Solid' and well worth the visit... so get goin'!