Networking is not about hunting. It is about farming. It’s about cultivating relationships.
Dr. Ivan Misner
Networks – how many do you belong to? I have many, built over the years in response to what I was doing. My most recent network is because of my interest in blogging. A Blogging network isn’t just about who comes to my blog. It is also about which blogs I follow.
One of the ways bloggers build this network is by passing along Awards and Challenges. Not every blogger is interested in cultivating their relationship garden by taking part in these, which I understand. But I don’t mind them, even though I bend the rules a bit because I really don’t have an unending inventory of fellow bloggers to pass the Awards and Challenges on to!
THE VERSATILE BLOGGER AWARD
This was recently passed on to me by k8edid, a delightful Middle Aged Mumbling Madwoman. I only recently discovered her blog, but I already know we share many interests and ideas.
My list of Seven things about me – I’m going to cheat here and send you back to the post I did the first time I got this award: The Versatile Blogger Award. The only thing that has changed since I made that list is that I took my Christmas tree down in July… In that post I introduced you to Six Bone Marrow Transplant or Cancer Survivors, and I’ve added another one to that list.
SEVEN LINKS CHALLENGE
Amy nominated me for the Seven Links Challenge. See the world through Amy’s eyes at The World is a Book. I know you won’t want to leave her blog once you get there and start exploring, but it would be nice if you came back here for a few minutes.
The Seven Links Challenge has two rules. The first is that I must publish the links to seven of my own posts for the categories below. The second is to pass the Seven Links Challenge on to five to seven bloggers. (Or three, if you are up to your ass in alligators and that is about the best you can do for now…)
1. Most Beautiful Post: Christmas Peace – The Christmas Season, according to the marketing world, will arrive shortly after Thanksgiving. I don’t think, then, that I am too early in suggesting some ways to tone down the nonsense of the holiday!
2. Most Popular Post: Induction Cooking – Pots and Pans – This post got the most views, and there is not a single bit of humour in it…
3. Most Controversial: What Dressing Like a Slut says – There are times and places where looking like a hooker might be a bit dangerous, and these are usually places where you wouldn’t leave your car unlocked either…
4. Most Helpful: Grandma’s Doilies – turns out a lot of people wonder what to do with all those lacy bits that Grandma made with her own two hands.
5. Most Surprisingly Successful: Using a Barnes and Noble nook in Canada – it turns out there are a lot of us who were given a bit of misleading information about the connectivity of a nook once out of the USA.
6. Post That Didn’t Get the Attention It Deserved: Self-Indulgence - a cautionary tale about spending what you don’t have
7. Post I Am Most Proud Of: Actually, I am happy with each and every post I’ve written. But Self Control and Marshmallows was pretty good, and only 10 people ever read it.
Here are three bloggers who might be interested in taking up the Seven Links Challenge, but if not, I still want to tell you about them:
Before Morning Breaks – I just recently found Barb’s blog, and all I can say is that she sure has an interesting way of looking at life through the eyes of a person from Oregon.
Life and Art – Gillian is an artist living in Leeds. Her drawings and her observations about life make excellent reading.
Ramblings – Pegoleg is a witty, interesting, tell it like it is (or like you think it should be) kind of gal. Her blog is fun, as are the comments she leaves at other blogs.
I’m going to round out the topic of Networking by suggesting you read this Post called How to Attract Readers. It is a nice summary of ways to connect with people who might be interested in what you have to say.
Now it is your turn to talk about Networking: What is the most significant Award you have ever received?