Blog of the Year 2012 Award – it’s award time!


Get ready to finely hone those acceptance speeches – and dig out your glad rags and party clothes – because it’s Award time! And today seems a very fitting day to do this as today, 24th October, is United Nations Day.

We were fed up with awards that require a huge amount of effort, marketing and cajoling friends to vote for you – so we thought we would set up our own simple Blog Award over on our sister site The Thought Palette – and then being a bit cheeky we decided to bestow the award upon this Algarve Blog site – so that we can then hop over here and hand out the award to all of the fantastic expat, international and traveller blogs that we have enjoyed over the last year.

So here it is – the Blog of the Year 2012 Award

The ‘rules’ for the award are simple:

1 Select the blog(s) you think deserve the ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award

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2 Write a blog post and tell us about the blog(s) you have chosen – there’s no minimum or maximum number of blogs required – and ‘present’ them with their award.

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3 Please include a link back to this page ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Awardhttp://thethoughtpalette.co.uk/our-awards/blog-of-the-year-2012-award/  and include these ‘rules’ in your post (please don’t alter the rules or the badges!)

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4 Let the blog(s) you have chosen know that you have given them this award and share the ‘rules’ with them

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5 You can now also join our Facebook page – click the link here ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/groups/BlogoftheYear/ and then you can share your blog with an even wider audience

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6 As a winner of the award – please add a link back to the blog that presented you with the award – and then proudly display the award on your blog and sidebar … and start collecting stars…

Yes – that’s right – there are stars to collect!
… more about those in a moment!
But first … drum roll please … here are the blogs I have chosen to receive the 2012 Award…

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I have chosen the blogs that have educated, informed and entertained me this year…

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Julie Dawn Fox for her wonderful Portugal blog, her friendship and support
Restless Jo for writing thoughtful and well illustrated posts
Meg Travels helps you to travel the world from your armchair
My Sardinian Life humour, fun and a different spin on expat life
Moving to Portugal the inspiration for this blog with real life experiences of life here on the Algarve and lots of very helpful advice
The Hand Family in Portugal for brilliant personal blog writing about family life on the Algarve, great friendship and great cookies!

Holiday Inn Algarve blog lots of advice and events to follow
East of Malaga colourful writing, great photos and the originator of the fab CBBH monthly Photo Challenge
Sami’s Colourful World for interesting and funny posts about life in Australia
Seashell by the Seashore beautifully illustrated writing and photographs
What about your saucepans? writing from the Dominican Republic
HapiDayz real life in South Africa
Francine in retirement – great photography and writing
Expatlogue comparing expat life in Canada
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So to all the wonderful blogs I have listed above – here it is – your very own ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award:

With one very shiny star!
Because unlike other awards which you can only add to your blog once – this award is different!
You begin with the ‘1 star’ award – and every time you are given the award by another blog – you can add another star!
There are a total of 6 stars to collect.

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Which means that you can check out your favourite blogs – and even if they have already been given the award by someone else – you can still bestow it on them again and help them to reach the maximum 6 stars!

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You can find out more about the ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award by clicking this banner:

And that just leaves me time to congratulate everyone that has been given the award – and to encourage you all to join in – you don’t even have to wait to be nominated to give the award to others.
And to Thank you again for your wonderful blogs and friendship.

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34 Responses to Blog of the Year 2012 Award – it’s award time!

  1. restlessjo says:

    Hecky thump! You busy bee you! Here I am gliding lazily around in blogland when this pops up in my Comments. Many thanks Aly. I will shift my lazy self and get to it. (soon)

    • ferragudofan says:

      hecky thump?!??! that’s like ‘woops a daisy’ in Love Actually – an awesomely funny phrase I haven’t heard for years!
      as they say on the telly – ‘you’re worth it’ – I love your blog! xx

  2. I’m going to steal ‘hecky thump’ I like it!

    Thank you kindly for this award – it’s nice to see a new award in blogland. Thanks again!

  3. Marianne says:

    OOHHH how exciting to be one of the first recipients of this award! I am honoured, and thank you so much for considering East of Málaga for your Blog of the Year for 2012 :)

  4. sami veloso says:

    Thanks for the lovely award Alyson, I feel honoured! Will share my good and pass it on soon.

  5. megtraveling says:

    This is a wonderful award! Thank you so much Alyson – it’s exciting to be part of such a fine group :)

  6. Thank you so much for such high praise, not to mention your own much valued support and friendship.

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  8. expatlogue says:

    Thanks so much Alyson – I’m flattered to be among those considered for this award’s maiden bequeathing! I’ll have to go and have a squizz at the other recipients blogs too, there’re one or two I’m unfamiliar with…

    • ferragudofan says:

      you’re welcome – it did feel like a maiden voyage launching – very exciting!
      glad there are some new blogs there for you too – one of the best things about an award for me is all the new blogs I can discover!

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  11. Cynthia says:

    Wow, thanks Alyson, I am so excited to be part of this especially when I look at the other blogs nominated.

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  13. Congrats on the blog award! I found your site through MEG TRAVELING – who’s blog I’ve been following for some time now and tyour sif PERFECT as I plan to head over to Portugal next year and will need some inspiration!

  14. Sapna says:

    Congrats on the award! :)

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  16. Lovely idea, especially as it doesn’t require lots of work, just posting up some brilliant blogs! Thank you :)

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