In the wee hours of Sunday morning, I received a message from Mr. V., blogger at The Accidental Kansan. “Diana, as a thank you for the wonderful and informative posts about life here in Kansas, I’ve nominated you for the Readers Appreciation Award,” he wrote.
The Reader Appreciation Award is an opportunity to recognize blogs that influence us. Nominees are asked to do four things:
- Add a picture of the award to my blog.
- Link to the blogger(s) who nominated me.
- Nominate other bloggers for the award.
- Say 7 things about myself.
I follow and stumble into lots of amazing blogs. I love the internet because it allows all of us to tell the stories of our communities and ourselves. The internet is as limitless as our own personal histories. I feel so fortunate that my lifeline corresponds with the internet!
Here is my list of seven blogs that I love. Maybe you will, too!
- Cheryl Unruh’s Flyover People. I like to tell the story of Kansas’ history; Cheryl tells the story of today’s living, breathing Kansas. She finds something amazing in every small town, restaurant and festival.
- Laurie Pieper’s A Taste of Morning. Laurie runs a B&B in Manhattan, Kansas. She’s a brilliant photographer and her blog is packed with gorgeous photos of the Flint Hills and the sumptuous food that she prepares.
- Veronica’s Cornucopia. Veronica lives in Wichita, Kansas. Her blog is a fabulous mixture of food, fun, and humanity. If you live for Pinterest, she will give you a lot to pin.
- Veronica’s Garden. Rachel and Veronica blog from the Flint Hills of Kansas. Their posts are sometimes literary, sometimes historical, sometimes artsy, and sometimes personal. They’ll become your friends in no time.
- The High Plains Museum. The blog run by the High Plains Museum tells the story of Sherman County, Kansas, by drawing from its collection of historical artifacts. This blog deserves attention for making this little piece of Kansas accessible to everyone.
- The Civil War and Northwest Wisconsin. This is a fabulous example of how a blog can focus on a niche topic and do it really well. A must for Civil War buffs.
- Bear River Nova Scotia. I’ve never been to Nova Scotia, but this blog brings to life the town of Bear River. It’s fascinating and a great example of how even little communities have big histories.
And now, seven things about me:
- When I left Kansas in 1994, I never thought I would return. Six years later, I moved to Emporia, Kansas, to be closer to my then-fiance-now-husband. I discovered for the first time that Kansas was so much bigger than I remembered it being.
- Our first Kansas adventure took us to Monument Rocks. All alone out there by this magnificent natural landmark, I had my first inkling of what it must have been like to travel across the prairie 150 years earlier.
- My husband and I are a home for wayward rodents. Since we adopted our first two guinea pigs through the Buck Fund in 2004, we’ve been the proud parents of eight guinea pigs and one hamster, all of whom were adopted, rescued, or otherwise rehomed with us because they had nowhere else to go.
- I’m afraid of heights and not fond of swimming in the ocean. Kansas really is the ideal location for me.
- The best part of my experience as a student at the University of Southern California was being exposed to so many different people from so many different backgrounds. I really learned to appreciate diversity – both in people and in thinking.
- I am a huge reader. I’ve usually got multiple books going at any one time – an audiobook on my mp3 player, a physical book, and an ebook. I’m a huge fan of the Kansas library system and heavily promote the ebook and mp3 audiobook resources available from the state library.
- I’m fascinated by natural history, geology, and the weather and love books detailing human error and natural disaster.
Thank you, Mr. V., for thinking of me for this award. I feel appreciated!