Awards Part Three: The Shauny Award for Blogging Excellence and Seven Awards in One!

shaunyawardThis is the third & final award’s post of this series.  Yes, can you believe it?  Still more to come and I’m delighted to start off by introducing the lovely Mich from Lessons in French.

Mich writes beautifully with heartfelt and moving accounts of her journey towards fulfilling her four-year-long family’s dream to move from Africa to a new life in France. Hence the ‘Lessons in French’ (she is a teacher!)

Mich meets life’s challenges head-on and with a heart full of faith,  ‘longing for complete fluency’ in life as well as in the language.

When she nominated me for the Shauny Award for Blogging Excellence I was astounded and of course absolutely delighted. I adore surprises and this was a very unexpected surprise I can tell you. Mich, I am humbled and grateful beyond words that you considered me for such a heartfelt award.  Merci beaucoup, mon amie 🙂

There is some background to this award which I discovered by doing a quick Google search. It was created by Doctor Rex (Horty, as she likes to be called) in honour of Shaun Gibson over at prayingforoneday. The sentiment in which she created it is just beautiful and the only rules, if you can call them rules, are these:

Show Humanity, Show Love, Be Yourself, Don’t Be Others, Don’t Gossip, and Share This Award with 10 others.

Well, I hope I can live up to these ‘rules’, from the heart, although I’m breaking one ‘rule’ already as I couldn’t choose just 10 bloggers. Therefore, it is with great pleasure that I announce my 12 nominees for the Shauny Award for Blogging Excellence:

  1. Moggiepurrs – Paying it forward to Bev and her charming site ‘all about cats’
  2. Reflections and Nightmares – This one’s for you Irene.
  3. DonCharisma.org – Don’s awesome blog ‘Because anything is possible with Charisma’.
  4. e-Tinkerbell – Stefy lives in Rome and has taught English as a foreign language and literature to high school students for 20 years and her blog reaches out to these students.
  5. Chris The Story Reading Ape’s New (to me) Author’s Blog – Chris is an avid reader whose literature hero is Terry Pratchett.  He also offers and gives incredible support for authors everywhere.  Take a look at his blog and you will see what I’m talking about.
  6. Aspie Story – Darren, a ‘creative guy on the autistic spectrum’.  Lovely blog, fab photos!
  7. ranniyork – Raani is an author/writer with a blog packed full of life!
  8. Eye-Dancers – Mike’s blog, bringing together his love of sci-fi and fantasy together with his great talent as a writer.
  9. quirkybooks – Sandra’s excellent blog is inspirational to all those looking to change their lives in every way for the better.
  10. moodsaplenty – Steven’s art is out of this world and his writing isn’t half bad either.
  11. this man’s journey – Island Traveler, a wonderful man full of love for his family, friends and life.  The man ‘Behind the Mask is just a Man who Lives to Love and Be Loved’
  12. Screenkicker! – Mickey’s wonderfully entertaining blog all about ‘Sticking its boot into the world of movies’.   Great stuff.

Many congratulations to you all 🙂

This next award was given to me so generously by my long-standing blogging buddy Beverly from moggiepurrs. The Friends and Followers Award  is new award created by Nerissa’s Life to celebrate her 75,000th hit on her blog!  Wow, congratulations Nerissa, but I’m sure it’s even more than this by now!

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This award has a few simple rules: 

  1. Post the award on your blog
  2. Thank the person who nominated you and follow them by any means necessary
  3. Pass the award to a few friends who already follow you
  4. Let your nominees know they have been nominated

BUT, and it’s a very big BUT, I find it simply impossible to send this award on to just a few. Actually, this award is perfect because I have a dilemma; for one thing, I have been as careful as I can in making sure that I haven’t nominated anyone with ‘award free’ blogs, so apologies if by chance I missed that.

The other thing is this: I am so thankful to all who have recently signed up to follow my blog and who take the time to drop by and read a post here and there.  I’m sorry if I haven’t been able to get over to your blogs as yet, but trust me, I will just as soon as I can. After all, you are indeed ‘Friends & Followers’ and so I invite you to please accept this award from me given to you with a very grateful heart, and display it proudly on your blog.

Then there is this last final thing: Yeah, you know.  You know who I’m talking aboutMy band of brothers, my soul sisters, my partners in crime and, as my blogging friend Andra said to me recently, ‘my people’. This means YOU because I know you’re reading this right now!

My blog survives and thrives because of you, my shining stars who beam your light on most if not every blog post, showing up no matter what, reading, commenting, encouraging and goodness knows, if you only knew what this means to me…You know jolly well that I would be bombarding you with all these awards if they were your ‘thing’ because I love, love, love your blogs but instead I give you my humble ‘thank you so very much’.  That’s it. It sounds so inadequate but there it is.

Oh, and if you would like to, please take this Friends & Followers Award.  After all, surely it was created with you in mind? 

With all that said, it is now, at last, time for the grand finale.  Yes folks, the final award. Actually it is Seven Awards, for the simple reason that there are seven in one!  Well, you can’t say I didn’t warn you!

It’s a bit like watching a firework’s display, saving the biggest one for last!  Well, get ready for some noise because they are about to explode: 

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The Versatile Blogger Award

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the-most-creative-blogger-award2As if Bev hadn’t been generous enough, she nominated me for this magnificent display of Seven Awards (talk about bling!) and then I was incredibly surprised and delighted when lovely Raani of raaaniyork also nominated me for the same!  Raani is an author/writer whose blog is packed full of guest posts, interviews and book reviews as well wonderfully written stories about, among many other subjects, her cat, relationships, beauty and fashion and, well, just life!  Thank you so much Bev and Raani!

Here are the rules for the Seven Awards:

  1. Display the logo on your sidebar
  2. Link back to the person who nominated you
  3. State 7 things about yourself
  4. Nominate 15 (or so) bloggers for this award (18 for me)
  5. Notify the nominees of their nominations

I don’t want to bore you with any more facts about myself and I’ve run out of things to say so I’ll move right on to my nominations which is much more interesting.

These lovely bloggers are my 18 nominees for Seven Awards: 

  1. Reflections and Nightmares – Irene A Waters – Wonderful writer and photographer you are Irene
  2. Plain Talk and Ordinary Wisdom – Pat’s wonderful ‘Kitchen Table Stories to Inspire and Warm Your Heart’.
  3. Simply Ilka -‘Science with a smile’ Love your blog Ilka!
  4. Lessons in French – Love your blog Mich, and right back at ya!
  5. Lost In The Labyrinth – Some well deserved bling for you Maria!
  6. PRIORHOUSE blog – Love Y’s blog about ‘Photos, Art and a little bit of LIT!’
  7. It Goes On – Suze inspires others with her writing and photographs
  8. reading interrupted – Letizia, university professor, translator, editor, workshop coordinator (and lover of all dogs!)  She loves to read – anywhere!
  9. restlessjo – ‘Restless’ Jo has the travel bug and shares her travels on her blog,
  10. What’s (in) the picture? – Chris Breebaart’s beautiful photography blog
  11. Jots from a Small Apt. – Jot is a talented artist, photographer and writer. Witty too!
  12. Expatially Mexico – Life, Love, Patience as an expat in Mexico – love Kristin’s blog
  13. Donicia’s World – Donicia’s wonderful ‘Thoughts, Adventures, Photography. Bits & Pieces’
  14. Pilot Fish – Patricia’s ‘Guide Through a Sea of Change’
  15. Jo Robinson – Lovely Jo, an author and animal lover who ‘blogs about writing and books and things that happen’
  16. Espirational – Bob and Rogene Robbins, students of human nature positive living and authors.  Their daily messages never fail to inspire.
  17. Evelyne Holingue -‘Chronicles, Stories and Books’ – Evelyne, a French-American Writer
  18. Miss Lou Acquiring Lore – Lou loves to laugh, be challenged and enjoys long-winded conversations!

This, at last, brings me to the end of these award’s posts.  Once again, many congratulations to you all.  I also want to thank everyone so much for your lovely comments on my other award’s posts which I haven’t had a chance to reply to yet, but I will be doing so later on today.  As you can see, and as usual, I am running behind but you know me, I’ll get there in the end!

So I’ll see you soon and, finally, there is one more thing left for me to say…

Thanks for everything, I love you guys 🙂 

About Sherri Matthews

Sherri has been writing full time since 2011. Currently working on her memoir, 'Stranger in a White Dress', she has been published in a variety of national magazines, websites and three anthologies. Sherri raised her three, now adult children, in California for twenty years and today, lives in England’s West Country with her hubby, Aspie youngest, two cats, a grumpy bunny and a family of Chinese Button Quails. She keeps out of mischief blogging, gardening, walking by the sea and snapping endless photographs. Her garden robin muse vists regularly.
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115 Responses to Awards Part Three: The Shauny Award for Blogging Excellence and Seven Awards in One!

  1. Congratulations, yet again!

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  2. You’re unbelievable, Sherri! If there was an award for posting the most time consuming posts, I’d nominate you in a heart beat. Now I’m totally convinced you never sleep. Congratulations, well deserved! xo

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    • Sherri says:

      Ha Ha!! Oh Jill, as I said to Nav, what can I say?? Yes, very time consuming as I let these awards accumulate and I paid the price! Still, worth it all in the end! Thanks so much once again 🙂 An early night tonight 😉 xo

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    • I can’t believe you managed all this! I’m looking forward to taking some time in the near future to check out all your nominations. I like finding bloggers I don’t yet know; but I don’t like just trolling around doing the random search thing. I rely on recommendations from people I trust.

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      • Sherri says:

        Neither can I Tracy!!! It took me ages, I can assure you, but worth it in the end! I’m sure that when you do get the time to visit these other blogs you will not be disappointed 🙂

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  3. Congratulations, Sherri. You did a great job here. 🙂

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  4. bulldog says:

    We love you too Sherri, that’s why we’re here…. but once again congrats on all the awards, you deserve each and everyone… I love this blog and this post…

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  5. tieshka says:

    Congrats Sherri! You have received more awards than any other blogger that I follow. You must be loved or something? 🙂

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    • Sherri says:

      Ha Ha! Thanks Tieshka, I do really appreciate that people send them my way but what I really love is being able to send on the love and appreciation to others – just like I really appreciate you 🙂

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  6. Dr. Rex says:

    TY for the information posted about the award!!! Google, you said! Interesting. I can be googled?? LOL … Have a great day!!

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  7. prayingforoneday says:

    Doc you can be googled 😀
    Good post here and thank you for your kind words on the ..
    …”ME AWARD” LOL/..
    Doc (As I call Horty) created this Award for me and I was STUNNED…
    ..Where I am more stunned is every day I get 20 ping backs from people getting the “Shauny “me” Award”

    I am HUMBLED..

    More love, Less hate

    Shaun…

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  8. etinkerbell says:

    Congratulation Sherri and nsturally thanks a lot for my nomination 😉 I truly appreciated it. Cheers. Stefy

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  9. Pat says:

    Congratulations, Sherri, on your 3rd set of awards. Great job, my friend, you are well loved. I can see I’m not alone in the enjoyment of your photos and reading your stories. I’m so happy for you.

    And, thank you for the 7 Awards nomination. I don’t think I’ve ever seen seven awards in one like this before. It’s incredible. Like you, I’m so honored to be able to pass the love along.

    Thank you again, my friend. You’re the best! 🙂

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  10. Wow, Sherri. You DONE good/ Busy, Busy. Congrats again. 😀 😀

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  11. Aspie Story says:

    I see it has been showering awards for you Sherri! 🙂 You really deserve them all.
    I don’t know how you manage to write all these wonderful posts, reply to everyone with nice comments and STILL have time left to visit our blogs and read our posts. They should create a special ‘Sherri Award’ for you! 😉

    Today I was feeling a bit “meh” (I guess that’s the only right word for it, believe me I tried the thesaurus for better words…), but you made my day so much better! Thank you for the kind nomination and thinking of me.

    Lot’s of new blogs for me to start visiting. 🙂

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    • Sherri says:

      Ahh Darren, you are a sweetie and I am so very glad that this award cheered you up. You really do deserve it, you have a wonderful blog and I want others to know about it and you too 🙂
      ‘meh’ is sometimes the only word, but I hope that the ‘meh’s’ will now disappear 🙂
      Ha Ha, you know I don’t know how I do it either but I know one thing, I’m going to go into major blogging burnout by the end of the week at this rate LOL!
      Once again, many congratulations my friend 🙂

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  12. Raani York says:

    Dear Sherri. Thank you so much for the Award. I’m honored and flattered too. You can find my post with the Award and your link here:
    http://raaniyork.wordpress.com/2014/02/19/two-more-awards/

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  13. Sherri, Congratulations for your well deserved awards and thank you for your lovely nominations for me. I am honoured and humbled all in one. I really enjoy visiting your summerhouse and feel we are on a similar wavelength but with different life experiences. I love finding out about those experiences through your writing and photos and also hearing how your current world has an impact on you. I look forward to many more visits to your summerhouse and you to my world.
    Cheers Irene

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    • Sherri says:

      Thank you so much Irene, and it is my pleasure to send these awards your way, you are very deserving and congratulations to you once again! I love your visits over here, as I do mine over to you and yes, I feel the same way about sharing our life experiences with a very similar thread despite the very different lives we have lived. This is what makes the blogging community so incredible and I am so humbled to be a part of it. As we said before, here’s to sharing our journey through words and photos for a very long time to come! Cheers to you my friend 🙂

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  14. Brenda says:

    Congrats, Sherri!

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  15. Imelda says:

    And we love your blog. 🙂

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  17. yuktakher says:

    Congratulations Sherry. I enjoyed reading your blogs and nominated you for the Sunshine bloggers award. Click to accept the award. http://yuktakher.wordpress.com/2014/01/26/154/ Congratulations, once again.

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    • Sherri says:

      Thanks so much Yukta, lovely to see you here. I am very thankful for your award nomination, that is very kind of you 🙂 Thank you too for your follow, I do hope you enjoy what you find here at my summerhouse!

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  18. restlessjo says:

    Thanks a lot, Sherri. It looks like there’s a good day or two’s reading in here! So many blogs I don’t know so I guess I’ll have to hoof it about a bit. Congrats, and thanks for all the effort that’s gone into this. 🙂

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    • Sherri says:

      Many thanks and you are most welcome Jo! Yes, it was a fair bit of work but so worth it in the end. I love being able to send these awards on, that’s the best bit 🙂 You will certainly enjoy taking a look at all these wonderful blogs when you can 🙂

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  19. Mich-in-French says:

    Thank you Sherri – for the award – I am blessed and humbled by this inspirational community we belong to and of course you. Be blessed, you are a gentle light for us all – reminding us there is always hope and laughter in the midst of this crazy life.

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  20. Letizia says:

    Congratulations and thank you for including me in this lovely list of awards! Blogging awards are such a wonderful reminder of this great blogging community we have here. I’ll have a little extra kick in my step today!

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    • Sherri says:

      Ahh, that’s so good to hear Letizia, it is my pleasure, so glad to have sent these awards your way, you deserve them and many congratulations to you once again. Enjoy 🙂

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  21. Thanks so much, Sherri! I really appreciate the nomination, and congratulations on all of your well-deserved awards.:)

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  22. Steven says:

    Great Scotland Yard, Ms. P! The amount of awards you’re being given is stupendous! Congratulations again!!! Just goes to show it’s not just Jennifer and I who see you as some kind of magical wizard woman. I’m with Darren, too – how you manage to keep up with everyone is beyond me – I am weeks and weeks behind with some people!

    And, yet again, thank you! I am really quite touched you’ve passed so many of them onto lil’ ole me. I owe you at least three or four G&T’s now! 😉

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    • Sherri says:

      Ha Ha!! See, you make me laugh out loud JG!! Oh I love that ‘Great Scotland Yard, Ms P’!! And another wonderfully delicious word – ‘stupendous’! Now we can have stupendous shenanigans and escapades, lol 🙂
      Ahh, you are very sweet and kind and Darren too to say such lovely things. I wonder if I do deserve it though to be honest! I feel now that you expect me to perform some kind of real magic. Oh dear, there goes my halo and whoops, falling off the pedestal…oh, but I did that years ago so never mind, ha!
      Again though, in all stupendous seriousness, you do really deserve these awards and I’m so happy to have been able to share them with you. And a few G&T’s wouldn’t go amiss, I’ll admit. After all, it’s the weekend… 😉

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  23. Pat says:

    Sherri, question on a different note. What plugin did you use to capture the gravatars on your sidebar “Wonderful You”?

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  24. Bravo, Sherri! And thank you for thinking of me for the Seven Awards. I don’t deserve any specific recognition. My reward: my readers. But I appreciate your thought. See you soon on your blog for more lovely pics and words. Cheers!

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    • Sherri says:

      Thanks so much Evelyne and you are most welcome. I fully understand (although I think you do deserve recognition!)just know that I was thinking of you and I’m so glad to have met you here. I look forward very much to sharing our blogging journey in words and pictures. Have a great weekend 🙂

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  26. simplyilka says:

    Congratulation Sherri on all your Awards! You truly deserve them all and all the love and appreciation that comes with it! You write amazingly, and you are amazing! Thank you for the nomination. I am honored to accept these wonderful pack of great awards 🙂

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  27. Sherri, what with all these awards and replying to all your comments, you’ll never get that memoir done!

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  28. Congratulations! Awards are truly inspiring. They motivate us to continue pursuing what we love to do. Best wishes to you & your family.

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    • Sherri says:

      Thank you so much IT, and yes, they certainly do. Many congratulations to you once again too, and I hope you and your lovely family are having a wonderful weekend 🙂

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  29. TBM says:

    Great job and I admire your dedication to accepting and spreading the awards.

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  33. quirkybooks says:

    Congratulations on your awards, that is awesome. Thank you for nominating me for the Shauny Award Sherri. I welcome it with open arms and I am smiling about the kind words you used to nominate me. I am still catching up with my comments because of the technical problems I was having. I am behind with blog award nominations because I am on a break from nominating whilst I finish my book. I will officially accept them in a post, at the earliest, next month. Thank you so much my friend.

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    • Sherri says:

      It’s my turn to be catching up now Sandra, so only just getting to your lovely reply, thank you! You are more than welcome and so deserving of this award and don’t worry, I know you have a lot on your plate so no pressure, ok? I hope that things are going well for you with your book and I look forward to hearing more as and when! Take good care of yourself my friend..x

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      • quirkybooks says:

        Hi Sherri, I finished my last teaching session for this term on Monday 10th of March, so I should be able to focus more on my book from now on. I am still editing it and currently re-doing the Preface and Introduction. I had to do a lot of research as to what the difference is between these two. At the moment I intent to use some of the comment you left before at the front of the book, but I will have to be selective about which parts I use as I have limited space.

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        • Sherri says:

          You are one busy lady Sandra! Glad you are getting to the final edits now of your book, and I’m thrilled that you are using some of my comment, thank you so much! I’m really honoured to think that just a few of my words will be in your book, wow, that’s certainly a first for me! Still, I’m really looking forward to hearing the news that your book is ready, can’t wait!
          Hope your day is a good, production one 🙂 x

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          • quirkybooks says:

            Thanks Sherri. I have been having some problems with EE phone company so that has been filling a lot of my hours. I should be getting a replacement phone tomorrow, then I can spend Tuesday working on my book.

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