The Blogger Recognition Award – A thank You to Bloggers Who Support So Generously

I received a lovely award from Sally Cronin yesterday called the Blogger Recognition Award. This originated with Stevie Turner, which migrated to Sally Cronin, and on to me.

I haven’t accepted awards on my blog for years now, but it was a thrill to be thought of in this way. Thank you for your kindness, Sally Cronin!

I decided to participate in this award because I think it’s fun for new readers to learn maybe some old things about me. It also gives me an opportunity to recognize a few of the shining stars that orbit around my neighborhood of the writing universe.

It’s a busy time of year. I don’t expect any participation. Just know, that I appreciate all you do for our writing community. If you choose to participate here are…


  • Thank the blogger(s) who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Write a post to show your award.
  • Give a brief story of how your blog started.
  • Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
  • Select up to fifteen bloggers you want to give this award to. (No response required).
  • Comment (or pingback) on each blog to let them know that you’ve nominated them and provide a link to the post you’ve created. (I didn’t do this).
My Florida garden

My blog started as a gardening blog in April of 2014. From there, my love of poetry and writing sent me on a journey of exploration and learning.

Fairy Swamp

In November of 2014, while on a morning walk near a swamp in Pensacola, Florida, I met my first nature elemental. At the time, I thought this tiny being was a fairy… eventually, I realized that what I saw that day was a rare gift into finding my own creativity and spiritual connection with the good neighbors. Through the years, I discovered the pagan path was where I had been headed my entire life.

In the midst of my own self-discovery, I rekindled my love for syllabic poetry, flash fiction, and writing creative non-fiction. Blogging has been very good to me. I’ve received much more than I feel I can ever give back.

My first piece of advice for new bloggers is to always read. Not just blog posts (although that’s nice) but continue to read and learn about your poetic or writing craft.

Next, remember to be kind. Selling books is much more about building connections with others. Don’t abuse your blogging neighbors’ generosity. If they extend an invitation for you to share your writing on their blog, attend to their reader’s comments… for they may become your readers too.

Here are a few bloggers/writers/authors/poets who’ve influenced my journey through the years:

Sally Cronin

Debby Gies

Deborah Bowman

Wendy Anne Darling

Annette Rochelle Aben

Robbie Cheadle

Jane Dougherty

Sue Vincent

H. R. R. Gorman

D. Wallace Peach

Charli Mills

Olga – Author/Translator

David Ellis

C. S. Boyack

Sue Dreamwalker

Thanks for all of your love and support throughout the years. I couldn’t have done it without you!


  1. Bless you, Colleen! That’s so kind…
    I’ve just posted my respose to two of these, so I won’t inflict another post on my readers, but it is very much appreciated.
    Congratulations x


  2. Congratulations, Colleen, and thanks so much! I’m also on Sally’s list and can’t fit all the bloggers I am grateful to and for in one post, but thanks for the poetry, the reviews, the tips, the inspiration, and the ongoing support. Enjoy the holiday season!


      1. Oh, no! I meant that book I read of yours earlier. It spoke about your Florida encounter with what you thought was a fairy at the time. This post talked about that, and it reminded me of your book! It was good.


        1. OH… LOL! That’s what started my whole adventure. It was a very spiritual encounter. Through my studies, I’ve learned much about the land spirits and the creatures that dwell within. What a privilege to see into that other world. The fey (good neighbors) do not have wings – they are move spirit-like (mist, smoke, etc.) It’s been an exciting journey. I’ve learned much about myself. Happy Winter Solstice. May the sun shine upon your lovely family. ❤


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