In 1979, the uplifting song, “We are Family,” became very popular. This song was performed by the four Sledge sisters’ group they called, Sister Sledge. They wanted the world to know they were proud of their family bond as they flew through life “like birds of a feather.” As I write this, the song makes rounds in my head.
I wasn’t a blogger at all when I began blogging, so naturally, I was quite nervous. I am supposed to put my private thoughts and experiences out there. What if I get ridiculed or criticized for putting my heart out there and bearing my soul? This thought resonated through me long after I pressed my first “publish” button.
Well, I am happy to say, I have not had that experience at all. If anything, I have found it to be a great joy. Through blogging at WordPress, I have found a family of friends. I have gotten to know them by reading their posts, and by the warm and loving comments they have left on mine. Some have even called me friend. And in many ways, we are family, we fly through the blogosphere like birds of a feather. I am especially touched because I have very little real family, and often feel cheated and left out of the community and togetherness of a family’s inner circle.
There are several bloggers that leave me feeling as if we have been forever friends. I have enjoyed getting to know my cyberspace brothers and sisters. I have shed tears, laughed and prayed for these family members, as I have journeyed through the pages of their lives. As it is with all healthy families, we may not always agree with one, but we try to support each other.
Two very lovely blog sisters have nominated me for the coolest award yet. It is the “I Am Part Of The WordPress Family Award.” What a beautiful looking award! I don’t think they will mind if I combine their two nominations into one. One sister is Joyce from http://especiallymade.wordpress.com/ She shares her heart on homeschooling a child with autism.
The other sister is Tami, http://lessonsbyheart.wordpress.com/ She shares how God brought her through life’s deepest moments. Please visit their blogs. You may find yourself laughing out loud while reading some of their funny posts. Or, you may needed to grab a box of tissues as you journey through their struggles.
Of course, when one is nominated for an award, there is a bit of work involved, and in that work I am as slow as a group of slugs climbing up a log. Here is where the work begins. But these rules are pretty easy.
1. Display the award logo on your blog.
2. Link back to the person who nominated you.
3. Nominate 10 others who have positively impacted your WordPress experience.
4. Don’t forget to let your WordPress family members know of your nomination.
5. Please pick 10 people that have accepted you as a friend, and spread the love!
Though there are many to chose from, I was only allowed to chose ten nominees. These particular bloggers have visited my blog often, and sometimes even left warm, encouraging or funny comments. I now extend my nomination to these well deserving WordPress family members who have so inspired and uplifted me. May your hearts be as blessed by this great award, as I have been by your visits.
******A message from Shaun, the creator of this award:******
This is an award for everyone who is part of the “WordPress Family” I started this award on the basis that the WordPress family has taken me in, and showed me love and a caring side only WordPress can. The way people take a second to be nice, to answer a question and not make things a competition amazes me here. I know I have been given many awards, but I wanted to leave my own legacy on here by creating my own award, as many have done before. This represents “Family” we never meet, but are there for us as family. It is my honour to start this award. Thank you, Shaun @ http://prayingforoneday.wordpress.com/
And my thanks you, Shaun, for coming up with such an inspiring, lovely and touching award!
According to www.chacha.com, “We Are Family” is a 1979 dance hit song by Sister Sledge, composed by Bernard Edwards and Nile Rodgers.
By ~ Elizabeth Yalian ©2013