Monday, 5 April 2010

Blogging Eck!

Well, first of all, I should say thank you to Julie Phillips for awarding my blog a beautiful blogger award! And, as is custom when receiving such an award, I would like to thank my parents, my postman (despite all the rejections), the woodlouse that happens to be walking across my carpet at this very moment .... (pause) .... it's okay, I've just thrown him out of the window. He's now outside, where he should be. (At least, I think it's a 'he'.)

Award receivers are encouraged to pass on the award to 10 more bloggers, so here's my list:

  1. Mistakes Writers Make (And How To Put Them Write)
  2. The Writers Bureau Blog
  3. Article Antics
  4. From The Chair's Cupboard
  5. Working 2 Write
  6. It's Only Words
  7. Rob in Espana
  8. Writing Buddies
  9. Help, I Need A Publisher
  10. Heather Bestel

So, there you have it - my top ten blogs.

And if you don't have a blog, then why not consider writing one yourself? From a writing point of view, they have several benefits:

  • It's gets you into the habit of writing something regularly.
  • It helps you to develop your writing style.
  • It doesn't have to be long - just a few snippets of ideas or thoughts are all you need.
  • You can use it to paste examples of your published work, for editors to view.
  • You can share your successes with others.
  • You can get feedback and ideas from others.
Simply visit or to find out more about setting up your own blog.

Finally, a little competition is always a good thing, and The Writers Bureau have just launched their big annual Poetry and Short Story competition. First prize is £1,000, so it's certainly worth the effort!

For more information, visit

Good luck!


  1. Oh my goodness a double award! My confidence levels are soaring! Thank you very much Simon, I was chuffed when Julie awarded me yesterday, and now I have a double whammy!

  2. Thank you Simon, how very kind. I'd better go and write something :-)

  3. Hey Simon - great achievement, well deserved.

  4. You've awarded the award to several of the ones I did too, Simon! We have great taste and know good blogs when we see them!

    Thank you for awarding my other blog an award too! I shall post about it now - I should be writing though, oh help!

    Blogs are wonderful and my blog has helped me so much - several of my articles have been based on my blog postings - of which you nudged me to convert into articles! Ta muchly

    Julie xx

  5. Thanks for the useful blog, Simon. I am going to start following some of your 'ten'.

  6. Oh my. Really not sure I deserve such kind recognition because a/ I’ve only been blogging for a few weeks and b/ I’ve never heard of the Beautiful Blogger Awards. *Hangs head in shame* *Offers feeble thanks and scurries off to post a blog or two*