Friday, May 4, 2012

My Blog Writing Family

Just a quick note here on "Family Friday" to remind you all of the Liebster Blog award which recognizes "Worth Watching" bloggers.

I was lucky enough to be nominated by two great writer friends, Kelly Ann Williamson and Gerry Wilson. Thank you!

Monique Liddle and I were just discussing validation and whether being published is what all writers are really after. I think just being read is great! But that people read, appreciate, and respond to my work is even better.

Mostly, though, I'm just really, really glad to be part of a new writing family.

So thanks, #MNINB (Robert Lee Brewer) for bringing us all together. The #MNINB people have a Facebook page, too.

There's another group, #ShareTheLoveForAuthors by the World Literary Cafe (Search WLC on Facebook) that sends a bunch of people to my Facebook page. That's encouraging!

Also, thanks to #amwriting and Johanna Harness for her writing sprints and the great community being built at that web site.

Wow, this sounds like an acceptance speech. Self indulgence alert! Okay, here's the deal:

Liebster Award

The Liebster Blogger Rules are:
1. Thank the one who nominated you by linking back.
2. Nominate five blogs with less than 200 followers.
3. Let your nominees know by leaving a comment on their sites.
4. Add the award image to your site.

My nominees are:

Michelle Goes Global which is about everyone's younger sister who didn't get married and settle into suburban life but instead became Awesome Aunt Michelle who is traveling the world. Leave off questions about job, health insurance, and retirement savings, will ya? It's a live-vicariously thing.

I like Becca's Blog because the prose is readable. She writes like she's speaking directly to you over a cafe table or a bar top. She makes me think we are sharing some kind of secret together, just her and me.

I like The Rogue's Scribe for formatting. I'm also really impressed that she kept a journal. I'm so bad at daily writing that I used to do all of my journal entries the night before they were due. Using different colored pens for each, of course, so they would look like they'd been written on different days. That was fourth grade and I've never gotten any better at it.

I'm not sure how many followers C. Hope Clark has, but I like her because she's a Southern author, an unashamed unlike some Mississippians who shall remain nameless.

Jennifer Chow crosses cultures with Chinese sayings applied to Asian-American experiences. This post titled "Blessed are the Fools" talks about our experience with the MNINB April Platform Challenge. The title, the definition, and her summation -- that screen-to-screen communication only takes us so far -- are all so thick with meaning that I could spend hours teasing out the possibilities.

Thanks, fellow writers. We may not always have something to do, but at least I'm not the only one who always has something to say!


  1. Thank you so much for your kind words and the nomination!

  2. Thank you so much for the nod. :D

  3. Isn't MNINB community wonderful?! Congratulations, Kasie, on your Liebster award.

  4. Thanks, Kasie! This is such a wonderful community of writers!!

  5. Kasie -
    For some writers, they do want to be read. But a friend of mine writes a blog mainly for herself. Yes, she would like it if people would read her blog, but it's not necessary - according to her. But this same friend also has a first draft of her WIP. I discussed with her the MNINB challenge and all we had learned, and I recommended to her that she do the challenge (for however long it takes her. For ultimately, I think what she implied was, I'm afraid to be rejected so, I'll write for myself. But are there authors out there who write a book just for themselves, or are they afraid of rejection - or is there another reason altogether? It's hard to know.

    For me, I would like to be read, because I my goal for my website/blog is to build a community of people who have had such life-changing events that these struggles have changed the direction of their life's road. I am pleased that there will be guest bloggers soon. That lets me know that there are people who want to be part of that community and also want to help others. Solidarity is a powerful friend - and can help many get through tragedy. And solidarity among writers and their readers also is powerful for both. Solidarity can help both partners grow.

    Thanks for the post -


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