Take Part in Blog Tags #2: Blog of the Year Award 2012

As I’ve mentioned in an earlier post, taking part in blog tags is a great way to reach a new audience. It’s also a terrific confidence booster to be tagged,  especially when the tag has a grand title such as “Blog of the Year 2012”. This post provides another example of how blog tags work.

I was very pleased when just before Christmas, my Off The Shelf Book Promotions blog was tagged with this award by best-selling, independently-published novelist, Joanne Phillips, whose second novel The Family Trap will be out next month. This is how she described my blog in her post about the award:

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.

Under the rules of this tag (which I’ve given in full at the foot of this post), recipients must nominate at least one other blog for the award.


Another clue’s in the coffee (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I read a LOT of blogs in 2012, most but not all of them  about self-published writers and indie authors. Many blogs have boosted my energy and enthusiasm for my own work promoting books and authors and also for  my personal writing projects. Three especially stand out for me.

First is the one that I’ve recommended more than any other to anyone interested in self-publishing – or self-printing, as this particular blogger prefers to call it. And that’s a clue for those of you who, like me, are avid followers of Catherine Ryan Howard. In the Catherine, Caffeinated blog, she shares her extensive first-hand experience and a huge amount of invaluable advice about being a self-published author. It’s slick, funny, honest, warm and very, very readable. Proof of her expertise is that she is now able to write full-time, and very few writers, even those traditionally published, are able to do that. If you’re already familiar with Catherine Ryan Howard’s work, you may suspect, as I do, that she won’t want to post the award logo on her blog, as it’s not, er, pink – and she’s a stickler for a consistent, corporate look to a blog. But she really does deserve it.

The second blog I’m nominating is that of Joanne Phillips – yes, the same Joanne Phillips who gave the award to me. (Apologies if it seems as if we’re running a mutual admiration society!) Like Catherine, Joanne is a generous sharer of her self-publishing experiences. In the course of 2012, her blog recorded her transformation from aspiring author to best-seller. Updating her blog with all her ups and downs, several times a week, must have taken an enormous amount of time and effort. It will be inspirational to anyone who is starting 2013 with similar ambitions, because it’s proof that they can be achieved.

Police Box

Who can this be? (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A much smaller, newer, less ambitious blog completes my trio of nominations. This one is totally different from Catherine and Joanne’s. It’s a modest slip of a blog that pares the format down to the bare bones. No sidebars, no badges, no links, no images: just words. A Policeman’s Lot is a simple collection of diary-style posts by a former policeman, recording the early days of his career in the post-war years. Published posthumously by his daughter as a tribute, it’s a fascinating snapshot of a pre-digital age, when an old-fashioned navy-blue police box served not as a time machine for Doctor Who but as the closest thing the bobby on the beat had to a mobile phone. I find this blog enormously refreshing – like a palate cleanser between courses of more complex, sophisticated blogs. A Policeman’s Lot is a reminder that at the end of the day, the universal currency of the blog is simply the written word. And to me that currency is more precious than gold.

Happy New Year and Happy Blogging in 2013!

The Rules of the Blog of the Year Award

The ‘rules’ for the Blog of the Year Award are simple:

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 http://thethoughtpalette.co.uk/our-awards/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 our Facebook group – click ‘like’ on this page ‘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… Yes – that’s right – there are stars to collect! Unlike other awards which you can only add to your blog once – this award is different! When you begin you will receive the ‘1 star’ award – and every time you are given the award by another blog – you can add another star! There are a total of 6 stars to collect. Which means that you can check out your favourite blogs – and even if they have already been given the award by someone else – you can still bestow it on them again and help them to reach the maximum 6 stars!


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