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Award Appreciation: We Thank Our Readers For…

By Vladimir Brezina and Johna Till Johnson

AwardsWe didn’t really know what to expect when we started blogging. We certainly had no idea that the best part of blogging—truly, the very best—would be discovering the vast audience of sympathetic readers out there, many of whom have wonderful blogs of their own that we now love and follow.

And we are very gratified to find that they like our blog in turn! We’re grateful and honored by the many awards that our readers  have bestowed on us. Over the last eight months or so, since our last acknowledgment of awards, those awards include…

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It’s Awards Time Again!

By Vladimir Brezina and Johna Till Johnson

It’s that season again! Every now and then there seems to be a wave of blogger awards, and a particularly big one appears to be cresting now…

Bloggers have different reactions to these awards. But whatever you may think, each award does represents a wish on the part of the donor to honor the recipient. So we feel truly honored to have received, in the past week or so, these four awards:

We thank all three bloggers very, very much for their appreciation of Wind Against Current!

And now it’s our turn to pass the awards on to blogs that we particularly enjoy and admire. Leaving aside blogs that we’ve already passed awards to in previous rounds of award-giving (here and here), we nominate these 16 blogs:

(To avoid multiplication of awards without end, we ask the recipients to pick just the one award that most appeals to them. Perhaps, if the awards are selected too, some will become truly sought after…)

We look forward to reading more beautiful and inspiring posts on these blogs in the future. Readers, do check them out!

One Year of Wind Against Current

By Vladimir Brezina and Johna Till Johnson

It’s hard to believe that a whole year has gone by since we published  our first post on May 9, 2011.

We have to credit Tugster with the idea. He’d asked us for a guest post about a kayaker’s-eye view on maritime traffic and life on the water. We still haven’t written that one (one day soon, Will, we promise!).

But we pondered the idea…  And meanwhile, Vlad kept taking photos, and Johna kept writing essays, until the idea of a blog was born.

Blogs are harder than they look, as anyone who writes on a regular basis knows well.

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Versatile Blogger Award, Take Two

By Vladimir Brezina and Johna Till Johnson

We are greatly honored to receive the Versatile Blogger Award again, this time from two fellow bloggers, Rola Yousef of A Thing of Beauty and Marge Springett of MJ Springett, Nature Photographer. Thank you both so much!

Amusingly enough, before Marge Springett nominated us, we were going to nominate her. But she got her blow in first…

The first time we received the Versatile Blogger Award, back in January, we wrote quite an elaborate post satisfying the various requirements of the award. So here we’ll go straight on to what we take to be the main purpose of the award: to draw the attention of a wider audience to those blogs that have drawn our attention. We pass the Versatile Blogger Award on to this fresh crop of blogs that we’ve come to admire and look forward to reading recently:

Most of these are photography blogs, delivering beautiful and creative photos to us each and every day!

The last two blogs are from Johna’s list of “health and fitness” blogs that she follows on a semi-regular basis.

Peter Attia is an MD and serious geek who has carefully documented his physiological and performance changes (he’s a distance swimmer) on a low-carb diet. (Check out the story of how he used calculus to compute the percentage of body-fat he’d have to decrease to in order to shrink his waist by a couple of inches… you can see the appeal!)

Skwigg is a cheerful, intrepid omnivore who chronicles her experiences with various fitness regimes, and isn’t above showing workout photos of herself with her cat. (Note: Skwigg actually does get some sponsorship for her site, so she’s a semi-pro blogger. But still quite versatile!)

Please let us know if you’d like to see more on health-and-fitness topics: we’re happy to oblige.

Enjoy the links, and Happy Spring!

Versatile Blogger Award

By Vladimir Brezina and Johna Till Johnson

We’ve received a Versatile Blogger Award! This award, which is passed on from blogger to blogger, honors “the quality of the writing, the uniqueness of the subjects covered, the level of love displayed in the words on the virtual page…(and)  the quality of the photographs and the level of love displayed in the taking of them.”

Composer in the Garden has passed the award to us, and we’re thrilled and honored by this recognition by a fellow blogger, particularly one whose own blog we follow and admire. And now we need to pass the award on in our turn…

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