How to Encourage a Fledgling Blogger

Thanks to Irish blogger SteVe, (         I’ve been nominated for the Starlight Blogger Award. There are many Awards that people can be recommended for in the Blog World and I have paid little attention probably because I didn’t think I’d get one and because my blog is a pretty simple endeavor aimed at family and friends mostly and I haven’t been looking for awards or rewards. Having fun and throwing ideas out into internet space.

But I’d like to quote “SteVe” and agree that …” I think I get it now, and feel that if this person has liked my blog enough to tell other people about it then I should be grateful and forward on the goodwill. Because that’s what I think it actually is…goodwill”.

So thanks to Steve and sending some goodwill to the following award-winning blogs that I find fun and interesting.  A wide variety of topics and photographs and interesting take on books, travel and food.  A very talented lady in Vermont who writes about her garden and her chickens with a sense of humor and an absolutely wonderful way with words.  A very funny and determined woman and her stories of riding her bike in France and her summer excursions in the rugged, beautiful countryside of the west of Ireland. A grand story teller.  A very serious blog concerning the religious history of the West, focusing on Christianity and the internal weaknesses of its philosophical and theological foundations. A total challenge to everything we commonly think about as the essence of religious belief from a man with amazing intellectual grasp of his topic.   A wonderful mix of award-winning poetry and first class photography. A stretching and relaxing of the mind. Beautiful.  Straight-forward, fearless commentaries on social and gender issue as well as a variety of topics, from a committed and clear thinking young woman. Worth a visit.

This award is to highlight and promote inspiring bloggers.

In accepting this reward, I am to answer three questions forward to nominees by previous winners. The questions are:

  1. If I could change one thing in history what would it be and why?
  2. What is something I’ve always wanted to do but was too scared to?
  3. What subject did you like most in school(if any), and did that define your career in any way?       In keeping with the spirit of what was sent to me I will attempt an answer to these questions, as required. 
  4. 1. An impossible task, I believe, because the universe itself has brought me – and all of us – to this point in time. Any substantial change would completely disrupt the world as we know it. What single event would I change that might have resulted in a different state of affairs? How about the memories embedded in our brains, including the so-call old brain, or brain stem, were to be clearly present to our conscious minds, allowing us to see what makes us human and be able to see ourselves constantly emerging in an environment that we would always strive to keep pristine and positive, and realistic – that being mortal is not to be feared and we have the potential and obligation to shape our world for the betterment of others.
  5. 2. Always wanted to hang-glide, for hours on end if possible, but never trusted my knees to provide a positive landing. (my whole family has a history of arthritic knees and we have a laundry list of titanium joints to prove it. Even now, to see gulls or hawks or any kind of soaring bird, excites envy in me and a reincarnation hope to come back and glide a freely as they seem to do. Closest thing I ever came to was twistingout 70 mph on a motorcycle (or any speed for that matter), which I often describe as the greatest “Illusion of Freedom” I could have. Sort of a material-locked Zen thing I guess.
  6. 3. When I was 13 or so and still new to the high school experience, I really liked Ancient History. I know, perfect geek status for the times. Then I move on to Biology. Have a life-long love of things of nature and loved Bio 101 my first year in college. Then the pre-requisites of Chemistry and assorted scary topics drove me away. Since then I’ve become a classic academic wanderer, an adjunct professor of religion and psychology, and only settled on a career of psychotherapy when I was in my 50’s. I suspect that the majority of people who pick a major in college end up doing something quite un-related in terms of career work. Or maybe I’m simply justifying my own history.
  7.  That’s all folks!   May the Energy of the Universe be with you all.

Here are the rules for the Starlight Blogger Award: 1. Thank the giver and link their Blog to your post. 2. Answer the 3 questions given to you. 3. Please Pass the award on to 6 or more other Bloggers of your choice and let them know that they have been nominated by you. 4. Include the logo of the award in a post or on your Blog please never alter the logo and never change the rules.

Thanks again to Steve, (

Published by Richard D

Retired psychotherapist and Adjunct University prof. Remaking my path as I go and inviting any and all path-walkers to share meditation thoughts, personal art works, music interests and just plain fun observations of life's passing moments This path goes anywhere and everywhere, open to all possibilities. Hopefully a step beyond FB, Twtr, etc. An opportunity for family, friends, coworkers, friends we've yet to meet to come together in an effort of friendly enrichment. Walkers of all paths are welcome. Please join us. RDH.

3 thoughts on “How to Encourage a Fledgling Blogger

  1. Congratulations on being nominated . I am enjoying g your blogs. Esp on stress and relaxation. I look forward to future entries


    1. Thank you, Louise. Happy to be able to write things that folks can enjoy and/or benefit from. I’m having a good time doing it. Keep the comments, suggestions and questions coming.
      Peace. rdh


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