Joanne Phillips

A Writers Journey



Very Inspiring Blogger Award

Yes, that’s me! Jim Wright, over at olbigjim very kindly nominated me for this prestigious award – thanks so much Jim! Jim is a wonderfully supportive author and blogger, always retweeting and sharing useful information, and his first novel, New Yesterdays (I just love that title!) was released last year.


So, what do I have to do now that I’ve been nominated? Here are the VIBA rules:

  • Display the award logo on your blog
  • Link back to the person who nominated you
  • State 7 things about yourself
  • Nominate 15 bloggers for this award and link to them
  • Notify those bloggers of the nomination and the award’s requirements.

Oh, easy-peasy. The first two are done, so now for seven things about me … OK, here are some facts you may or may not know:

  1. When I turned 30 I gave up a well-paid and very enjoyable job to go work as an air hostess with Easyjet.
  2. I lasted only 6 weeks with Easyjet – and 4 of those weeks were training!
  3. I REALLY don’t like the colour orange.
  4. When I got married in 2006, my husband chose ‘burnt orange’ as the colour for his waistcoat. And wore orange socks.
  5. I said nothing (because I love him) – he only found out about my orange-phobia a few months ago.
  6. I once shaved all my hair off, just on a whim.
  7. My brand new linen cabinet in my newly decorated office was supposed to be red, but it is actually a kind of reddy-orange. But I still like it 🙂
Me on a Milton Keynes roof (don't ask) with very little hair!
Me on a Milton Keynes roof (don’t ask) with very little hair!

There you go! Fascinating stuff, huh? Right, now for the 15 blogs I’d like to nominate for the award:

Estelle Wilkinson
Rebecca Bradley
Pete Denton
M. Louise Locke
Fiona Chapman
Be Not Afeard
Nikki Goodman
Paula Acton
Megan at Reading in the Sunshine
Lynsey James
Debbie Young
Nicky Wells
Karen Inglis
Emily Anne Shaffer
Vikki at The View Outside

Each of these blogs may well already have the award! But if not, you deserve it. Thanks again, Jim x

Blog Of The Year Award 2012

The lovely Vikki over at The View Outside has awarded me the Blog of the Year Award 2012. (Check out the Blog Of The Year for more information.) You can collect six gold stars with this award, each time you are nominated. Thanks so much for my first nomination, Vikki 🙂 I love a gold star.

Blog of the Year Award 1 star jpeg

Here are the ‘rules’ for this award:

1 Select the blog(s) you think deserve the ‘Blog of the Year 2012′ Award

2 Write a blog post and tell us about the blog(s) you have chosen — there’s no minimum or maximum number of blogs required — and ‘present’ them with their award.

3 Please include a link back to this page ‘Blog of the Year 2012′ Award — and include these ‘rules’ in your post (please don’t alter the rules or the badges!)

4 Let the blog(s) you have chosen know that you have given them this award and share the ‘rules’ with them.

5 You can now also join the Facebook group — click ‘like’ on the page above ‘Blog of the Year 2012′ Award Facebook group and then you can share your blog with an even wider audience.

6 As a winner of the award — please add a link back to the blog that presented you with the award — and then proudly display the award on your blog and sidebar … and start collecting stars…

So, who else fancies collecting some stars?

For the Blog of the Year 2012, I am nominating the following 4 blogs:

The View Outside I have to nominate Vikki right back because her blog is the one I look forward to reading most of all. Always interesting and honest, Vikki is an inspiration in both writing and blogging.

Off The Shelf Book Promotions Debbie Young’s blog is a fantastic resource for all things book promotion and marketing. I’ve learned so much from her – check out her personal blog too (link on site).

Lynsey James is a up-and-coming writer sharing her journey and excerpts from her work in progress, and I really look forward to her posts too.

Last but not least is Finding Time To Write, the excellent blog by Marina Sofia. Marina shares her thoughts on writing and her beautiful poetry. A very talented and supportive blogger.

I now graciously accept my award, exit the stage (not a dry eye in the house) and promptly trip over my feet and fall flat on my face 🙂

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