Thursday, 20 May 2010

Badges And Buttons



From time to time, someone gives me an award. In fact, I've had four this month - thank you Elle and Anne-Marie and Mama Hen and Kel!

It's always nice to be recognised, and I'm always thankful when someone thinks of me, but I'm sure a lot of you will recognise that once you've had any particular award once or twice, it's gets harder to get around to passing them along. This has been troubling me for a while, because I'd hate anyone to think I wasn't grateful, and I do want to highlight my favourite bloggers from time to time.

So, inspired by my time in Girlguiding, I've decided to start giving out badges of my very own: Blog Inspiration badges. These are a little bit different to most blog awards, because they're themed, and I'll be coming up with new ones intermittently.

Recipients are under no obligations, but if you'd like to display the badge, please right-click to save a copy. And if you'd like to pass it along, you're very welcome to do that, too - just as long as you come back and tell me who you're nominating so I can check them out.


You all know how much I love to travel, so it makes sense that my first badge would be for Travel Inspiration: a badge for blogs which have inspired me to want to travel to a particular place. I'm giving out three to start off with; more another day.


Today's second badge is the Recipe Inspiration badge: for blogs which make me want to cook, even more than I always want to cook.
  • The first recipient of this badge is Chef E, whose Food ~ Wine ~ Fun blog consistently introduces me to new and exciting combinations of flavours, with inspiration from across the globe.

  • The Good Cook, whose gorgeous recipe for lemony baked donuts has permanently cured me of cravings for greasy deep-fried donuts - the baked ones are so much nicer.

  • And finally, Sala at Veggie Belly always has gorgeous recipes with stunning photos that make my mouth water.

Watch this space for new badges in future!

Since I was working on these, I thought I'd also address a related issue. A few people have asked me whether I have a "button" for my blog - I didn't, but now I do, so if you're someone who 'does' buttons and you'd like to feature mine, you're very welcome to use this code:

Rachel Cotterill<a href="http://blog.rachelcotterill.com" title="Rachel Cotterill"><img src="http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4013/4561639462_fe96b3ce6c_o.jpg" width="150" height="150" alt="Rachel Cotterill" /></a>


25 comments:

Midwestern Mama Holly said...

What a great idea !
Its always nice to know that what we are doing is being appreciated by others out there in cyberworld !

The Good Cook said...

Thank you so much! Now I am truly inspired.

Chef E said...

Well I would first like to thank my feet for carrying me around from market to market to find such wild ingredients, and my hands for always knowing what to reach for, and third my hubby Robert for funding my operation for which he also benefits- Thank you Rachel, it is nice to get noticed. You know how I feel about you, if you did not have your very own mum, well you would be instantly adopted by me!

I also have eaten vegetarian for seven whole days! Tonight soy chunk General Tso broccoli, and not so much sweet, more spicy!

I also bought this strange chilean fruit I am going to infuse, so yet another global ingredient will hit the blogsphere!

*bows as she is shoved off the stage, so the next recipient can talk* :)

ScoMan said...

This is a great idea. It highlights to the rest of your readers where they should look if they are interested in a particular theme.

Recipes may be something I come back and look at when I'm feeling a bit braver in the kitchen.

Debbie said...

Congrats on your awards! You've also chosen some very deserving recipients.

Everyday Kathy said...

What a nice idea Rachel!!! You've got me thinking... Also I went to Facebook to "Like" you as requested a post or two back but I din't see the button... maybe I already liked you before... while true I just don't remember doing it!.... Anyway please know you are LIKED over in my camp!

Kathy over at Everyday Bliss

Midday Escapades said...

Good for you and way to go in creating your own inspiration badges and your button!

Writing Without Periods! said...

This is a great idea. And fun.
Mary

Doreen said...

this is a great idea and so creative of you. I am enjoying the blogger world and seeing and reading everyone's wonderful blogs.

Tara said...

Sorry to hear about Friday Follow. I loved linking up.

I have been hosting Follow Me Fridays at Trendy Treehouse for a while now. I would love to have you join in.

http://thetrendytreehouse.blogspot.com/

Hope to see you there! Have a wonderful weekend!

WhiteSockGirl aka The Fabulous Bitch said...

Congrats on the awards that you received. You are certainly one of the nicest bloggers I know.

As for the badges,.. you have amazing pictures, you should do one of those.

Now you have me curious about the baked donuts because I love them but I can feel the pounds piling one just by looking at them. I need to bribe someone to try that recipe!

mrsjuliettelee said...

And to think I have met you. Bravo :)

Tabor said...

Nice idea and it will certainly keep you busy as well as creatively blogging. Now I have more blogs to check out as if I don't have enough!

smilla4blogs said...

A wonderful innovation and a great way to find fresh ideas interesting bloggers!

Kimberly said...

Good for you! I have not created a button yet, but I did create a meme on Mondays I will have my first meme entitled "Mia Monday" I hope you will join us!

The Blonde Duck said...

How cool! Congrats on your awards!

Kazzy said...

Congrats on the awards. Yours was one of the first blogs I subscribed to awhile back. You do good work! :)

Cook Clean Craft said...

I'm visiting from SITS. Great idea to share the love. Happy baking and have a great weekend!

julie said...

Nice awards! Thanks for introducing me to some new great blogs. I'm excited to check them out! I always love well done food photography so veggy belly sounds like it will be my first stop. But then again, a baked doughnut recipe would be nice too. And a blog that talks wine? Well, you had me at wine.

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog. Have a great weekend!

M said...

Neat awards.

Have fun baking today. I'm looking forward to seeing what you bake later today. Stopping by from SITS.

JDaniel4's Mom said...

What a great idea! I love that you are honoring those you love. Thanks for stopping by.

traveleatrepeat.com said...

Thank you! What a fun idea--this makes me even more sad to start an office job next week.

Joey @ Big Teeth and Clouds said...

Very cool idea! I'm with you, I don't want to seem like I take it lightly when people are thoughtful enough to give me an award. It does take quite a chunk of time to go around awarding them to others though!

jineen said...

stopping by from sits! happy tuesday!

Mhel said...

Nice badge! and congrats on your awards. I used to bump into Erin's blog. Good thing, you reminded me again.... Stopping by from SITS!!

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