My dear daughter, whose blog at Jennieworld Today has just been nominated for the Kick Ass Blogger award, has followed up by nominating Just Williams for the same award. That was very kind of her and I am sure I don’t really deserve it but thanks anyway Jennie. It looks like a rather clever idea and a bit of fun as well.
Though the title sounds a touch basic, the idea is rather good. It is in fact a nice way to inform owners of your favourite blogs that you like what they do and it enables them to bring their blogs to the attention of still more viewers. Each recipient of a nomination is asked to link back to the person who nominated them, and to www.mammadawg.com the originator of the award. Then they choose five of their favourite blogs to nominate (informing each of them by a comment or an email) and then go the Kick Ass Blogger HQ to sign on to “Mr Linky”, thus joining the network of scores of bloggers who have followed up their nominations. There is also a graphic that can be added to your blog to say that you have won the award. The net result of all this is that each participating blog will (presumably) benefit from more visitors from actual bloggers and from search engines – which must be a good thing since there is little point in blogging if you don’t want to encourage visitors. Incidentally, this blog passed the 2,000 views landmark a couple of days ago, less than a month after the 1,000 was reached. Exchanging links with other blogs really works.
Now I have the none too easy task of picking just five blogs to nominate from the four dozen or so that I visit frequently. The main theme of this blog so far has been cycling and my most frequently visited blogs cover the same subject. I note that one of my favourites, CyclePig, has been nominated already and deservedly so. Also among my favourites are Copenhagen Cycling Culture, Copenhagen Cycle Chic and Amsterdamize but all of these blogs are widely read by leisure and utility cycling bloggers already, so I feel that my nominations should go to individual bloggers who may not yet be as widely read but who are making a useful contribution to the internet discussion of everyday cycling.
My five nominations are as follows:
Cyclemania which is always well written and interesting and high on my list for a frequent visit.
Cycling in 4×4 Country who is very committed to promoting cycling and environmental issues and while I don’t always agree entirely with her I do admire the effort she puts into her blogs which are always interesting.
Digital Dame is another dedicated cyclist and blogger with sound views on various issues. ie. we seem to agree quite a lot!
Old Bike Blog is a recent discovery with an attractive design and very interesting content including an ongoing restoration of an old bicycle, a brave project in my opinion.
Town Mouse is another favourite, not least because she has moved out of the big city to a remote rural location – something I did 20 years ago, so I (and many others I am sure) can relate to her story – and it is not exclusively about cycling either.
I hope that all my nominees will choose to join the Kick Ass Blogger network so that more non-cyclists will have opportunities to discover the sheer enjoyment and other benefits of cycling that they are missing.