Kreativ Blogger Award Winner- Who me?

Last week, the talented nominated me for a Kreativ Blogger award. I was taken aback to be mentioned in such high company; thank you Ruth.

If you know me, then you know I’m not one to toot my own horn, but I could not resist the opportunity to nominate other terrific bloggers I admire and respect. If it wasn’t for their guidance and encouragement there is no way I would have ventured down this freelance writing path. As per the rules, I have to limit my selections to six, which has proven to be difficult. As an added bonus, the award requires you to share ten things about yourself that others would not know, so hopefully I’ll learn something new about these fine people. My six nominees—go visit their sites!

Lori Widmer- Words on the Page

Lori is one of those rare people you feel so fortunate to meet. Her willingness to share and help is endless. I reached out to her a year ago for a profile feature on my blog. She did not hesitate a second, even though I had just started out and she really did not “know” me. Anytime I have a question she responds immediately with great guidance. Recently, she started a writing forum with Anne Wayman called About Writing Squared, which epitomizes what Lori, is all about; giving.

Sean Platt- The Digital Writer

Sean is one of those guys that just blows you away. Aside from the fact that he is pumping out great books weekly with his coauthor David Wright over at Collective Inkwell, he also provides epic content to help writers on his blog. If you want to know what it means to be a writer in today’s world, then Sean is your guy. His generosity with other writers is unbelievable. Sign up for his feed and you receive numerous titles for free. At times, I felt like I was stalking him with all my questions, but he always provided an encouraging word and sage advice. One last little thing, if you want to know about self-publishing, then you must check out the Self Publishing Podcast with Sean, David and Johnny B. Truant. I know it’s not about blogging, but it is terrific material I highly recommend.

Cathy Miller- Simply Stated Business

If a blog title ever fit the author, then Cathy’s is spot on. Her clarity for the business world shines on her blog. She takes her experience and explains in ways that make perfect sense. I find myself nodding my head in agreement as I read her posts. Cathy is a genuine person who is quick to lend a hand.

Emily Suess- Suess’s Pieces

Emily is a champion for writers everywhere. She gives solid advice and points out when others are trying to snow you. She hosts a writer’s week in September that show cases writers and builds awareness for the business. Her blog is a must read for writers.

Anne Wayman- About Freelance Writing

Like that famous advertisement, when Anne speaks I listen. She knows the business of freelance writing and provides worthy guidance on her blog. Anne’s approachable style makes you feel like you’re talking to an old friend even if you just met. As I mentioned earlier, her and Lori started the writer’s forum About Writing Squared. I’m an active member and recommend the forum as a great place for support and learning.

Linda Formichelli- The Renegade Writer

I would be amiss if I didn’t mention Linda. Her site has so much great information. I spent weeks going through the archives reading every post. You can literally start a career with Linda’s advice. She takes time to interact with her readers and answer questions. Linda’s resume is impressive, but she remains humble and down to earth. I attended an online beginning writer class from Linda and Carol Tice. I credit that course for convincing me to pursue writing. A year later I still refer to notes and check past posts for guidance.

I’m cheating a little here, but I don’t believe there is a rules committee. Check out these blogs:

Samar Owais

John Soares

Kelly James-Enger

Okay, I’ll stop now. Leave a comment with other great bloggers you know. I almost forgot, here are 10 things that you may not know about me.

I played professional golf for about 7 years. (Never made it to the show)

I’m a huge Motley Crue fan. (Seen them live over a dozen times)

My favorite movies are Caddy Shack and National Lampoon’s Vacation

I have had seven major surgeries.

I cannot swim, not even doggy paddle.

My last name is also street name here in town.

My first car was a 1975 Dodge Dart. (Man, I miss that car)

I’m a certified Reading Specialist. (Whatever that means)

The first book I “loved” was the Enormous Egg by Oliver Butterworth.

My middle name is Wade. (Take a guess at my first)


24 thoughts on “Kreativ Blogger Award Winner- Who me?

  1. Congratulations, Wade! A well-deserved award. :)

    Thanks for the shout-out and the kind words. You’ve been a godsend of a friend to me, too. I appreciate you!

    • Here you go:

      I can whistle really loudly.

      My first “sale” in freelancing was 1st prize in the Pittsburgh Press Sunday Magazine Bad Writing Contest.

      My favorite book is Light in August by William Faulkner.

      I can diagnose cars pretty well.

      I can remember exactly how to get to someplace I’ve been before, even if it’s just once. For example, I can tell you the exact left we need to make to go to the pousada (hotel) in Arraial do Cabo, Brazil. :)

      My first car was a 1970 Chevelle Malibu – a 305 engine and it hauled butt!

      I laugh at the worst jokes on the planet.

      I own over 50 pairs of shoes.

      I was blessed with an Irish/Scots background and perfectly straight teeth.

      I can remember phone numbers and numbers in sequence almost perfectly. My best friend in 1st grade? I can still call her house without looking up the number.
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  2. Thanks so much for the shout-out, Wade. I’m honored. You have listed many of my fav’s as well.

    Like you, I hesitate to list anyone because I know I’ll miss someone. When I 1st started my business, I came across what I call my very own Holy Trinity. You have two of them – Anne Wayman and Lori Widmer. Rounding out the Trinity is Jenn Mattern of All Freelance Writing. Jenn’s breadth of knowledge and generosity in spirit is amazing.

    I later found Sharon Hurley Hall who fits right in with that generous spirit and a ton of knowledge. I love how the early adapter fits Sharon to a tee. She never found an app she wouldn’t try out. :-D

    John Soares makes me want to be a better writer. :-) I’m humbled by his intelligence-and he’s such a a nice guy, too!

    I know I am going to forget someone. Another fav of mine is Brandi Ann Uyemura. Brandi’s post are always uplifting and inspiring. In fact Inspiring Bee is one of her blogs.

    Congratulations on your nomination. You are a welcomed addition to our blogging world!

    P.S. I know why you don’t swim. With all the surgeries, you’d probably spring a leak. :-) Thanks again, Wade.
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    • Oops-screwed up Jenn’s link All Freelance Writing
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  3. Great list, John, and Cathy’s and Lori’s additions are on mine too. One of my other favorites is Dana Prince, but her writer’s blog seems to be defunct, sadly.

    “She never found an app she wouldn’t try out. ” – I’m putting that on my tombstone, Cathy. :)
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    • I hope that’s not for a very long time, Sharon. :-)
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  4. Hey Wade, thanks!

    And you’re never stalking, just asking. Always feel free to do that!

    • Thanks for stopping by Sean. The latest installment of Yesterday’s Gone hitting the net today? I appreciate your friendship and all you bring to writers.

      • Sean’s on my list, too. I first “met” him at Creative Copy Challenge, but soon came to respect the great work he does. :-)
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  5. Yay! I know almost all of the six you have listed – great choices! But the best part of the blog is definitely the 10 things we didn’t know. So interesting Wade! Is your first name Finnegan? Or is that the street name? Professional golf!!! Did you ever play against anyone famous? Love getting to know everyone through this list!
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    • No, the last name is Finnegan. I need some more guesses before I reveal the truth. I’ve played with a few guys that are on the tour, but you probably wouldn’t know them unless you’re really into golf. I hope others share a list. I really like to get to know people outside of their profession.

    • This is fun, Ruth-thanks for the inspiration! :-)
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  6. Congratulations, Wade! (Or whatever your name really is. Could you at least give us a hint – your first initial, perhaps?)

    Great choices for your top six, and I like a lot of the other bloggers you managed to sneak in, too. You mentioned a couple new-to-me blogs I’ll need to check out, too.

    • Okay Paula, it starts with R. It’s really not that interesting. My advice to young parents, whatever you put down on Kindergarten registration your kid will be known as forever.

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