Kristen, who writes From Here to There and Back, nomintated me for a Thinking Blogger Award. In her post, she says Pinwheels helped “redefine the words special needs” for her. I think that’s about the nicest compliment anyone could give me. Thank you, Kristen.
I wrote a bit about the Thinking Blogger here, and so this time I’m going to do something different. Like others, I find it very hard to choose just a few (five, if you go by the suggestions) bloggers who make me think; every site on my blogroll has some unique, terrific aspect that I love and admire. Instead, I’m going to link to the five bloggers who inspired me to write Pinwheels:
1) Postcards from Holland; I began posting a bit at this group blog with the help of the site’s creator, Moreena. Despite her busy life, she answered all my hopeless, helpless questions, welcoming me into the blogosphere.
3) Just a little bit of something extra; Rebecca’s new site filled with gorgeous photos of Miss E. When I began, Rebecca was writing Always Chaos Around Here, and she had an encouraging word for every silly question I sent her.
4) Queen Serene; the lovely Queen K writes about her family and her life with truth and strength. When I was thinking about writing a blog of my own, and wondering if I could do it, her enthusiasm helped me begin.
5) This Woman’s Work; Dawn Friedman’s blog about writing, mothering, and writing about mothering. Dawn’s a longtime blogger, and her posts are funny, insightful, helpful and inspiring. She’s also part of my welcoming committee, and never once made me feel like the newbie that I am.
So often, the way we begin an endeavor has a great impact on how we feel about it long after that initial start. Thanks to these five women for helping me begin blogging with open hearts and kind words; thanks too to Kristen, for helping me remember it.