Blog of the Year Award

Blog of the Year Award 1 star thumbnailA huge Thank You to Mary Ann at for honouring Art Rat Café  and many other fine blogs with this award. (And an apology for the length of this post as I didn’t want to break it into two parts – thank you for your patient scrolling).

I am sharing the following details as passed on by Mary Ann –

– The ‘rules’ for this award are simple:

  1. Select another blog or other blogs who 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. Include a link back to this page ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award at the Thought Palette and provide 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…
  7. There are stars to collect! Yes, 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!
  8. There are total of 6 stars to collect. At which time your “badge” will look like this: Blog of the Year Award 6 star jpeg

You can check out your favourite blogs, and even if someone else has already given them the award, you can still award them again and help them to reach the maximum 6 stars!

For more information check FAQ on The Thought Palette

rwbblogcartoon57260908From Clinock –  I personally think this should be titled ‘BLOG(S) OF THE YEAR’ as most will nominate more than one – I know I will. Remembering previous nominations I’ve made I know that some choose never to receive awards while others are unable to find the time in their busy lives to take on the requirements. As I’ve said before I nominate blogs I admire  to let others know of their existence. Whether the nominees accept or decline the award is not the important aspect of this process although it’s nice to pass on the love. For me this game of awards is fun and I have the ego and the time to play. I do like receiving awards and feel truly honoured when another blogger nominates me, and then my favorite part is passing this honour on to my blogging community. But I cannot nominate everyone and there’s the rub because I really want to —– I ❤ you all.

My personal criteria for nominating bloggers for this award are: consistent posting of content that adds to the community by evoking deep thought and feeling; laughter; awe and wonder; integrity, and explorations in any field of the creative arts.  My nominations are as follows:

1. Terry at mobius faith imaging is a brilliant photographer, poet, writer and music aficionado whose painterly photos and awesome digital transformations beautifully emphasize his creative passions and deeply spiritual view of life.

2. Mari at stars rain sun moon is a poet par excellence. Her writings are surreal, sensual, heart moving and burningly honest. Traveling through her work and unraveling her words is always a trans-formative experience.

3. Isabella at isabellart  is an amazing and talented 11 year old painter, fashion designer and poet. When I think of what most of us were doing at her age I cannot help but consider Isabella as a creative prodigy, but also a truly lovely, intelligent and modest person.

4. TC. at Contemplating the Human Direction explores our social, economic, political, spiritual and creative world  through brilliant writing and challenging ideas.

5. Carl at i know i made you smile brings daily laughter with his inimitable cartoons. His comments column is always as hilarious as his art as Carl’s cartoons elicit endless punny groaners and wit from his readers.

6. Cheryl at unbound boxes limping gods  writes fantasy stories that are composed with a quality of narrative writing only equaled by her superbly drawn illustrations. Visit Cheryl for a trip into a world of the imagination that will keep you coming back for more.

7. Hansi at Hansi’s Hallucinations is an often darkly humorous and politically incorrect read but brilliant in his approach. His wonderful drawings and writings evoke belly laughs and invite us to reach beyond socially acceptable norms.

8. Kathleen at The Chapel explores the creative and spiritual life through her beautiful paintings and writings. Her approach to living is inspirational and her love of her garden and community is always full of passion and heart.

9. Carl at Still Fugue says in his ‘About’: I love writing that comes straight to me as art. It’s not mechanical, technical, popish and not all about the plot and stories. It’s about transforming who I am during the present moment and in some way who I am for the rest of my time. His brilliant creative writings and poetry reveal intense struggles to understand and transform his life. I find Carl’s words inspirational and cathartic.

10. Ina at Ina transforms everyday experiences into simple yet profound poetry, and her words evoke deep feelings and images that peel the human heart to its essence. I am never the same after reading Ina’s magic.

11. Philippa at Seascapes Aus is an accomplished Australian painter and writes about art and life with the sensitivity she puts into her art. She has enormous understanding about the art of others and her comments are always discerning and unique.

12. Robert at Burgess Art  is an international and Australian fine artist and teacher. His art work is exceptional, and his writings and visuals about art, in galleries and in life, are thought provoking and often humorous.

13. Andy at patterns that connect  consistently offers us intellectual challenges around his own, always fascinating and unique, art explorations as well as brilliant and thoughtful critiques and descriptions of contemporary UK artist exhibitions. With scholarly writings and ideas Andy is the prince of creative cerebral cogitation.

14. Marina at Marina Kanavaki is a prolific and supremely talented artist, designer and musician. Her line and colour is sensitive, sensual and sure and her abstractions, that often verge on naturalism, are deeply inviting.

15. William at PictureS  is an inspiring and brilliant landscape artist and teacher and his posts contain clear, vast and informative written information about the art of painting. I have learned so much from this man.

16. Gary at Waking Spirals  offers profound daily quotes that he comments on in his deeply thoughtful writings. He contemplates questions about our shared humanity and paradoxical life situations. Gary is also a brilliant digital artist and complements his words with his art.

keep on truckin'Let’s keep on inspiring each other in any way possible – we have a good thing going in this blogging community and I, for one, sincerely appreciate all of your sharings and support. Awards are only one thing amongst many that make our communications special. Art Rat <3…

16 thoughts on “Blog of the Year Award

  1. Hi John, wonderful how you present this award, you deserve it very much! And thank you also for nominating me, I am truely honoured. Thank you very much for those prasing words! I accept and I shall try to make a posting tomorrow 🙂


    1. You are very welcome Cheryl and I have left an answer at that link, but I will say again here: thank you so much for your own generous nominations and words of praise. You are a creative master at what you do and richly deserve all recognition of your writing and art – to receive an award nomination from you is a great honour. Keep on truckin’ – John…


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