Thursday, November 22, 2007


Thank you Eric for that honour.

Eric says : Those people I've given this award to are encouraged to post it on their own blogs; list three things they believe are necessary for good, powerful writing; and then pass the award on to the five blogs they want to honour, who in turn pass it on to five others, etc etc. Let's send a roar through the blogosphere! The image above can be copied and pasted onto other blogs. Also, a small size of the award for sidebars can be found over at the writing circle site.

I don’t write my blog with literary ambitions, I just write a personal blog, nothing like a short story or a novel. It was very kind of Eric to award me this roaring lion; I hope I am a worthy recipient. The five blogs I will send this to are also personal bloggers, most of them expats. I always try to visit them regularly to keep up with events.

Good, powerful blog writing would involve:

  1. A catchy post title and/or an interesting, attention-grabbing first paragraph.
  2. Good descriptive writing which engages the reader.
  3. The ability to be non-offensive when using expressions of strong emotion or opinion.
  4. Extra – Remembering to use the spell-check function! ;-)

So, here are my five (OK, six then):


I have to begin with Christina, who was the first blogger I visited after having read an article about expat bloggers. She writes lovingly about her family and she writes a lot about recipes and cooking. I always enjoy visiting her blog.

Northwest Ladybug

It’s fascinating to read Carol’s blog. She writes mainly about her family with four children, and she has a very good sense of humour. I find myself laughing quite often.

Ham Life

Matthew is a very busy blogger. Ham is in south-west London, my part of the world for 17 years. His work takes him to interesting parts of the world and his travel writing is compelling. Otherwise I keep myself updated about what’s going on in my old habitat through Matthew’s writing about music, theatre, local politics, local education etc. Always a good read!

Green Haddock

Haddock is an English family man living in Germany. He writes about family life and much more. We can follow his daughter’s achievement on the football pitch and in the swimming pool for instance. I always try to keep up with events in the Haddock household.

The Canadian Swiss Blog

CanadianSwiss writes about life in general, travels, friends, OrangeX (visit to find out!) and what it is like living in Switzerland. I keep coming back for a read and always enjoy it.

An American Expat in Germany

Christina G lives in Regensburg with her German husband and baby Oliver. She is an advanced blogger who newly moved away from Blogger and started a site on her own. This caused some stir in the blogger community; go there to see why. Otherwise Christina writes about life as an expat in general, and of course little Oliver.

If you don’t know these people already, pay them a visit and see if you agree.


CanadianSwiss said...

Awwww. Thank you! But you forgot to mention that I sometimes have a writer's block ;) Good thing that OraneX is working this Saturday. I'll be catching up this weekend, I think. I still have the meme to do (not easy), too.

Haddock said...

Thanks....I'll have mine done in a few days :) Might have a problem thinking of 5 things though! :)

Christina G said...

Thanks! You're so sweet! I'll try to get mine up sometime next week. Right now I'm cookin' up a storm - I've got 25 mouths to feed tomorrow!

sognatrice said...

I'm subscribed to most of these, but now I have more to check out. Great roar :)

Eric Valentine said...

I can see you have been busy Swen my friend. Have a good weekend. :)

CanadianSwiss said...

Mine's up :)

swenglishexpat said...
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swenglishexpat said...

CS, Haddock and Christina, it'll be interesting to read your roars, and also to get introduced to other bloggers, like sognatrice for instance. Thanks again Eric for my award.

swenglishexpat said...

The deleted comment above was just my own comment with an editing mistake in it. I have never deleted any before and I thought for one second that I had managed to delete all comments to this post, but luckily not! :-0

matthew_in_ham said...

Thanks. Finally got around to passing mine on. Now only got 5 things left on my must-do-today list :-)

christina said...

Thank you so much! I'm going to try to get to this tomorrow. Real life is getting in the way!

Haddock said...

I've finally posted mine. Better late than never! :)