The 30 Days of Kay(e)s has inspired me to do a week of Blogger Love.
I like to celebrate NICENESS. This has been true for some time, and the extremely high Niceness Coefficient (Trademark Pending) of Nathan Bransford’s blog sucked me in from the beginning, which is why I recently joined the Cult of Bransford (feel free to steal the corndog!). The recent self-immolation of an author (who I shall not discuss) reminds me that the quest for niceness is never-ending, but also that it’s a group phenomenon, something that needs to be positively reinforced.
I passed along blog awards to some well-loved bloggers a few weeks ago, but I want to recognize some more bloggers high in Niceness Coefficient with a week of intentional praise.
Go ahead, blush. I apologize if you feel crushed by the overwhelming expectation of goodness. It comes with the territory.
Lenny Lee (Lenny’s World): If there was a Jr. Bransford Niceness Competition, Lenny would win it hands down. This indomitable young man writes, blogs, and comments his way into your heart with the charm that only an 11 year old can possess. And he has great writing tips! If you haven’t had a little of his sunshine in your life, you are missing out.
Margo Berendsen (Writing at High Altitude): Margo’s blog is a combination of writer tips, community gathering place, and soulful sharing. What draws me in is her openness and honesty and her pure enjoyment in sharing the journey and success of other writers. I feel cozy when I visit her blog, like we’ve curled up on a worn leather couch with mugs of tea to chat. How does she do this over the internet with dozens of commenters? The magic of Niceness.
Matthew McNish (The Quintessentially Questionable Query Experiment): Matthew’s blog regularly provides a place for people to post their queries for critique, as well as share successful queries, which is niceness all by itself (especially in the awesomely constructive way he goes about it). But the thing I like most about Matthew is his honesty in sharing his struggles while at the same time providing consistently self-deferential and positive feedback through commenting. A person who is humble and finds the goodness in others? Niceness with a side of awesome. (p.s. He’s also in The Cult.)
I’ll be back on Wednesday to share more nice blogger-friends. Feel free to share bloggers you think have a high Niceness Coefficient in the comments!