Bloggies? What in the world are bloggies? The Eleventh Annual Weblog Awards — 2011 Bloggies — recognizes outstanding blogs in 22 categories, including travel.
How are blogs chosen? Starting in early January, readers nominate their favorite blogs for the Bloggies. Then, 200 randomly selected voters receive an invitation to choose the finalists from a list of the most-nominated weblogs in ten random categories. February 1, finalists are announced and the public is invited to vote for their favorite blogs before voting closes on February 20. Okay, that’s how it works; but, why should our baby boomer readers care?
Well, first of all, My Itchy Travel Feet is a finalist in the travel category. Alan and I are thrilled. However, this isn’t a please vote for us post. Instead, I’m encouraging our baby boomer readers to take a look at the finalists in whichever category interests them. Why? Because it’s a way for boomers to discover quality reading on the internet.
Just look at the finalists in the travel category. You’ll find excellent photography at Gary Arndt’s blog, Everything Everywhere. Looking for fun vacation information? Be sure to read The Vacation Gals, written by Jennifer Miner, Beth Blair and Kara Williams. Are you a fan of literary articles about world travel? Then be sure to click on Barbara Weibel’s blog, Hole in the Donut. Travel journalist, Kristin Luna shares her travel experiences at Camels & Chocolates. And then there’s My Itchy Travel Feet, with our emphasis on active travel for baby boomers.
I’ve made visiting the Bloggie awards site part of my nightly iPad reading. Each evening I check out all of the blogs from one or two categories. Let me tell you, creativity is alive and well. For instance, at Kerry Dexter’s Music Road, I’m learning about folk music. I especially enjoy her series on road trip music in the United States. When it’s time to take the grandkids to a movie, I’ll be consulting family movie and TV reviews at Jane Boursaw’s Reel Life With Jane. Did I mention creativity? At the New Zealand blog, Frugal Kiwi, by Melanie McMinn, I’ve found creative ideas that also save me money. Be sure to check out her felting. Amazing. And baby boomers looking for a good read should not miss the humorous yet poignant writing at The Fabulous Geezer Sisters. No wonder Ruth Pennaker is included in the Best Writing category. And a visit to Pioneer Women shows just what one woman gone country can do with photography and writing while sharing her life on the ranch. There’s a reason Ree Drummond has garnered bloggie nominations in 6 categories.
So here’s your baby boomer homework for this weekend. Visit the 2011 Bloggies site. Check out some of the blogs, perhaps you’ll subscribe to a couple of favorites. Then come back here and post your favorites in the comments section. And, if you decide that one or two are worth your baby boomer vote, go for it.