Blog lovin’!

I am honored to be one of the first recipients of the first Kathryn Ingrid Creativity Award, awarded to me by Desi from The Valentine 4. This award was given in response to her being honored with both the Liebster Blog Award  and the Versitile Blogger award. GO DESI! The idea is to honor bloggers and spread blog love, and those who are honored choose to honor blogs themselves. And the circle continues.

When Desi was honored with the Versatile Blogger award, her AWARDER, NAME and LINK, posed the following suggestion:

What I would like to suggest to each of you in response to this is that instead of doing the usual, you make a post one day soon that tells us what fed your drive to express yourself in a blog and your personal flexibility and versatility. Was it in your training to try to diversify and strengthen and deepen your skills and interests, were you born curious, or was it serendipitous? Is your family or educational background particularly creative, or were you the unique artistic one in the bunch? I’m interested in our sharing what shapes us as creative beings, and I think this VBA recognition is an appropriate time to take a breath and consider it.  (from Kathryn Ingrid)

Desi asks that we continue to consider these questions, as well as reveal any other fun facts about ourselves, and I am happy to oblige. Here we go!

My drive to express myself in a blog is multi-dimensional. I have always needed to create. I have always been an artist (at least in my head!) and I’ve always been a writer.  All the women in my family are creative with writing, music and art. My mother is a writer who is also about to join me on her own blogging journey. I’m actually trying to get all the women in my family, and my husband, to blog. It’s very therapeutic and makes me feel like I am staying fresh both professionally and personally. I think they would all benefit. But I digress.

As I’ve come out of a dark place in my life, blogging has felt like the natural way to express myself, which has become more important as my life has changed. And I actually CAN do this now – talk about life and such – so I figured I should go for it! I also have a desire to share my life with others, because I know other people have the same experiences and maybe they won’t feel so alone. And maybe I won’t either.

I need to be social, which is hard to do when you work from home. Adding to that mix is the fact that my husband and I share a car, so I can’t always get out and meet people. I really like the camaraderie between bloggers. Blogging communities are great places to “hang out!”

I think I am both personally and professionally flexible and versatile. My ability to relate to people from all walks of life; people who are young and old; men and women and somewhere in between. Maybe because of this, I have a lot of various marketable professional skills. Or maybe it’s because I have had so many different types of jobs and experiences that I can relate to many people. Who knows. Chicken and egg.

Some general things about me. I am an organization junky. I spend a lot of time doing it, and I am never really organized. If anyone wants to give me money for all the things I KNOW I NEED for organizing, I take donations. Along with the organizing is my obsessive list making. It’s not a problem, it’s a solution! I love to cook. I’m a very linear thinker when it comes to most things, and cooking is no exception. So, I’ve been challenging myself to try to create my own fusion-type dishes. I’m still working on that though – I think it’s for the New Year! Another goal I have for the New Year is finally making a creativity journal I’ve been contemplating for the last two years. I think it would make a fine addition to my blogging. I need to get on that! One last thing that I’m very excited to share is I have recently been ordained so I can perform wedding ceremonies. I decided to do this so I can carry on the tradition started by my Gram. As a town justice she performed many ceremonies, which was something she absolutely loved. She married my husband and I as well as many other members of our family and many, many close friends.

Now on to the blog love. I herby bestow the Kathryn Ingrid Creativity Award on the following bloggers, who I enjoy reading regularly:

So if you see your blog on this list, please pass along the love, and I would love for you to also take part in the “why I blog/a little about me” dialog! And to all you non-bloggers, check out these blogs (and others!) because they ROCK!

Happy blogging!

About Laine

Elaine GriffinElaine Griffin (a.k.a. Laine) is a freelance WordPress designer, content creator, and speaker. She brings her background as a sociologist, advocate, and educator, to her work and her writing, which has been featured on BlogHer and The SITS Girls. On The Laine List she spills her guts about life, motherhood, and balancing work and family. She also sprinkles in some fun recipe and cocktail posts. On Elaine Griffin Designs, she writes easy to follow tutorials about WordPress, social media, SEO, and blogging.
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  1. Thanks for posting! Cotewrites is a cool chick and This is not that blog made me laugh, I’m bookmarking both. You are quite cool yourself…

  2. I loved reading this post about why you blog, Laine, and then seeing a shout out about my site at the bottom was so sweet. Thank you! I, too, love the genuine social connections that blogging offers, not to mention all the creative outlets. Whenever I read comments from you, your perspective is always so genuine and thoughtful, and that is definitely one of the things I treasure most about blogging…I will now have to brainstorm my own answer to Desi’s question. ;) I’m sending you warm wishes for a very happy holiday this Thursday! :) -Jennifer

    • Thank you Jennifer! I really enjoy reading your blog. It’s such a great combination of interesting and light and interesting and thought provoking. And you are such an amazing writer. All of these things make it fun to read and easy to comment and make a connection! I look forward to reading your answer! Happy Thanksgiving! :)

  3. myalienbody says:

    Laine – there is such genuineness that comes through your words on your blog. I thoroughly enjoy reading about your life, the dark and the light, as well as how you strive to balance you as wife, daughter, mother, entrepreneur and all the other bazillion hats you wear throughout the day. I’m inspired by you to find that balance myself. Thank you, very much for mentioning me, I feel truly honored!

    • Thanks Melissa! I obviously love your blog too. I love your creativity in using various mediums to create amazing posts, even when you don’t want to post! I can’t wait to read more!

  4. Laine, I seem to have been having problems getting subscribed to your blog properly so that I actually get updates on it! But that apparently just proves that I am indeed a newbie to this whole blogging thing, doesn’t it. Ha! So I just wandered over here sideways instead to have a further look around and am enjoying it immensely. Not surprisingly, I loved reading this post and seeing some of your Blog Roots showing! So many artful and thoughtful interests and skills! I know I’ll be learning and enjoying in equal measures on every visit. I’m looking forward to meeting the other bloggers you’ve recommended, too.

    Long may you blog!


    • Kathryn, it really means a lot to me that you want to read my blog on a regular basis! I really admire your art and your writing, and I am enjoying that we might learn from each other! Thank you for letting me know you are having a hard time subscribing. I will go check the links to make sure they are working properly. In the meantime, maybe this link will work?
      Thanks again Kathryn! This is all such a pleasure!


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