Thursday, 2 September 2010

September Inspiration & Social Media Link-Up



This month I need to start by thanking Yenta Mary of Food Floozie and Joanna of Mommy in Suburbia for kindly passing awards in my direction. Thanks, ladies, I really appreciate it.

Joanna also tagged me with some questions - this post could get rather long if I tried to answer all of them, but the first question was about anonymity (or not), and I don't think I've really talked about that before. Of course, you can tell that I blog under my real name - I didn't really know there was an alternative, when I started out, but I'm glad I did it this way. I know too many people who've been stung by writing what they thought were anonymous posts, and later being "found out" by family/friends/colleagues. I think that having my name in big letters at the top of the page reminds me that I'm accountable for everything I say here, which can only help to keep me honest and fair. How about you? If you blog "anonymously" how hard would it be to figure out, if I knew you in real life?

And now for a couple of blog inspiration badges:

Rachel at Me, Myself & Pie is experimenting with a variety of different recipes, and takes beautiful pictures of her results. Reading her blog always makes me hungry!
On the boundary between installation art and handicrafts, my friend Kirsty blogs at A Night of a Thousand Cranes and is busy preparing for her first origami installation. She's also done some other great origami events along the way - a truly inspiring read.


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.

If you missed previous months' recommendations, you can find them all in one place.

Now let's do a quick social media exchange. I love to keep in touch with my favourite blogs on Facebook and Twitter - if you use either, please add your links here, and take a look through the list to make some new friends:



17 comments:

Writing Without Periods! said...

I love Me, Myself and Pie. How cute is that?
Mary

Rachel said...

Well I've always been pretty honest about who I am. My blog is my website too and the window to my business. It's a good reminder to never post anything that I wouldn't want my clients to read ha ha!
http://suburbanyogini.com

lakeviewer said...

Congratulations on your awards. Writing as yourself saves a lot of hassles.

Sam Liu said...

Congratulations on your awards! When I started blogging, I too did not realise that there was an alternative to writing under own's name, but I think doing so give's one's blog a more personal touch. And, as you rightly say, it instills a sense of accountability :)

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Yes, I think you're right to blog under your real name. I called myself "Welshcakes Limoncello" when I started but only because I didn't know what I was doing! But my real name is on the blog, too. Nice badges.

smilla4blogs said...

You've brought up an interesting subject. I find your generation (I could be your mum) is far more comfortable with your identity online. You are brilliant at networking and you understand what the future will demand of you and how to seek out the tools you will need. You have also come to terms with the fact that all that personal information is "out there" anyway. I only know a handful of bloggers my age, and none of us has our name at the top of the page. Bear with us as we trail behind trying to come to terms with a new sense of privacy....and learn some valuable lessons from you!

Joanna said...

Thank you so much for mentioning me! You're such a sweetie pie!

Here's to a great September!

Mama Hen said...

Hey Rachel! Congratulations on your awards! I hope you are doing great!

Mama Hen

Ashley Stone said...

cute idea! I'm now following you on FB and twitter. : ) I just sent you an email last night btw! xoxo

ladyfi said...

I don't use my real name, but one that is close... And people can find me on Facebook so I'm not really anonymous! ;-)

Crystal Escobar said...

I like what you said about being accountable for everything you say. Being anonymous would be nice at times, but for the most part, I don't really want my blog to be about venting :)
I'm a fan of yours on facebook now. I sure love your blog!

Buckeroomama said...

Even though I don't use my real name, I blog assuming that many who read know who I am IRL (many do, as a matter of fact!). :)

Alice Braga said...

I love your badges and that you're authentically you.

Diane said...

Just wanted to drop in and say hello! Hello! I've missed everyone terribly and am happy to be back in Blogland :) Glad to see you're still here (lots of my favorites have fallen by the wayside, it seems :( That's what I get for going away!)

cornflakegirl74 said...

Congrats on your awards, Rachel!

I thought the same thing when I first started blogging in October... I wasn't sure that I wanted to use my real name, but as someone else put it: it does provide a personal touch and I love that I can speak openly about blogging, which I don't think I'd be able to do if I had started doing it anonymously.

I follow you on Facebook--will find you on Twitter now :)

Kirsty said...

aww thanks for my award! looking forward to showing off my cranes to you! x

christine said...

I'm with you - if you're ashamed of what you write, should you be writing it, under any name? In this world of easy traceability (yukky language, sorry!) being upfront with your name simply makes good sense.

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