Thursday, May 24, 2007

Thinking Blogger Award

Allie has very kindly tagged me for a Thinking Blogger Award!

The official rules for participation in the Thinking Blogger Awards meme are as follows:
1. If, and only if, you get tagged, write a post with links to 5 blogs that make you think
2. Link to this post so that people can easily find the exact origin of the meme
3. Optional: Proudly display the ‘Thinking Blogger Award’ with a link to the post that you wrote.

Yes, I'd have tagged Allie and Dani's Green House by the Sea back if I could! That one often gets me thinking. Actually most blogs I read, especially home ed blogs, make me think so it's going to be very hard to pick out five in particular. But I'll try!

Paula's blog, Aspie Home-Education, always makes me think. It's a mind-blowing compendium of thoughts, ideas, links, quotes, clips etc., mostly with an educational theme - mostly raging against the machine, like myself! I can't read and think and wonder and nod my head in agreement as fast as Paula posts the stuff. I don't know where she finds it all and am frequently amazed by some gem or other that she's found.

Jax and Tim at Making it up, of course, which has just celebrated its 4th blogday and I've really enjoyed reading the blog over the years. I think I love it most for its quirky variety. You never know quite what you might find there next! Also Jax writes sometimes about motherhood, events and decisions with a stark honesty that's often brought tears to my eyes or a big smile to my face.

Gah, I want to tag Tech but she's passworded..

Mother Damnable AKA Sharon, usually gets me thinking. Her posts often trigger a lot of questions in my mind - and in her comments box!

Mieke over at Dutchess Discloses has been making me think recently. She's been to Findhorn - high on my list of real life places to visit! I especially love her mantra: HOLD THE VISION; TRUST THE PROCESS; DO NOTHING.

And last but not least Tammy at Zen Pizza is right on my wavelength, this post on happiness being a perfect example. She writes with clarity and thoughtfulness and I'm dead impressed.

Interestingly, some of the blogs that make me think the most tend not to be the blogs I read very often! I think I often sit to visit my regular read blogs when I'm quite tired and don't want to be coaxed into complicated mental gymnastics at that time. I do enough of that on my own blog! I do love reading those kind of blogs when I've had loads of sleep and/or a decent shot of caffeine ;-) Otherwise I'm more often roaming around my regular read blogs that sometimes make me think but in a less drastic kind of way! They're often blogs run by people I know in real life, or people who are just deliciously blogging their day-to-day stuff. Blogs that are invariably thought-provoking tend to be posted to less often, maybe? I don't know, I might be generalising too much there.


Blogger Elaine said...

Well done Gill, your posts are always thought provoking which is good , but.... could you post earlier , say 4pm ish that way I can muse over the days post whilst sitting on the pier. You see at the mo I tend to read it late at night and combined with my caffiene intake this leads to my brain cells being active when they should be at rest.

10:29 pm, May 24, 2007  
Blogger Gill said...

Thanks Elaine :-)
And LOL! I'll try! I did get into an early morning posting habit a while back, but it seems to have degenerated into a late night one somehow now..

10:59 pm, May 24, 2007  
Blogger Ruth said...

Yep well done Gill. I think they need a Soap Opera Award one - then mine might get nominated LOL

1:33 pm, May 25, 2007  
Anonymous Clare said...

Glad you got tagged with the thinking blogger award - you know your posts make me think. I'm a very frustrated blogger at the moment as of course it's just at the time that my blog host is changing server (or something - don't understand these things really!) that I keep thinking of millions of things to post so am ending up leaving massively long comments all over the place to compensate!

1:37 pm, May 25, 2007  
Blogger 'EF' said...

LOL..I also tagged you Gill :)

And I agree with Elaine about the late night posting...I can remember more than one occasion when I have read your blog and then sat up thinking or commenting on it until wee hours. are giving me ideas...Soap Opera Blog...that's a cool idea..for blogs you absolutely cannot miss an episode of or you'll be trawling the archives for months to try and catch up :)

3:18 pm, May 25, 2007  
Blogger Gill said...

YES let's do it! I'll get one of the kids to design a graphic for it? Or are you doing it EF?

Clare I would have tagged you, but yes your blog was down! And EF I'd have tagged you too but I saw that Allie already had.

Yup, Ruth and Elaine, your blogs often do make me think but you're both definitely main contenders for the soap opera awards!

Soooo many blogs to tag.. so few options to tag them *sigh*!

4:39 pm, May 25, 2007  
Blogger Elaine said...

I am glad you like my soap opera blog. If I do, inadvertantly, in a moment of madness, blog something requiring thought , I atone for it very quickly .
I have always wanted to be thought of as 'eccentric' and starting my second half century within the 'normal' category has been something of a dissapointment to me.
But I shall make it, someday, somehow, I will be referred to as 'that mad woman'.

5:17 pm, May 25, 2007  
Blogger Gill said...

An admirable aspiration! And one that I share, as you know :-)
I've got to work on developing the mad old woman image (or not actually, according to Zara! ^^)

5:30 pm, May 25, 2007  
Blogger Tech said...

Elaine, you're definitely not normal dear ;-)

So mad old bat awards coming soon too? That is one that I definitely want and I don't care how I get it muhahahaha

5:36 pm, May 25, 2007  
Blogger Elaine said...

HI as you can see mayhem is the order of the day here. I so hope you will be adding to it . And if you don't make it tomoro I hope it's soon

9:29 pm, May 26, 2007  
Anonymous Kathy said...

Gill, can you please email me? I have a question.
Thanks Kathy

2:25 am, May 27, 2007  
Blogger Gill said...

Kathy, done :-)

Elaine, I replied to you too :-)

Tech, yes we definitely need a whole series of awards!

3:08 pm, May 27, 2007  

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