Six LDS Writers and A Frog

Thursday, July 16, 2009

The Ribbit Award Nominations Are In--Come Vote!

by Julie Coulter Bellon


Last week someone in the comment trail asked me if my blog had anything to do with currying favor for the Niblet awards. I have to admit I didn’t know what the Niblet Awards were, so I educated myself by googling it. The Niblet awards are for outstanding blogs, and, oddly, the SixLDSWriters blog was not included in any of the nominations.


It got me thinking though, our blog deserves its own award with all of our amazing bloggers and so, I am pleased to announce the Ribbit Awards!


This past week has been a flurry of activity. My crack team of industry professionals have sifted through all the blog entries on the frog blog from 2008 and have chosen the top blogs in five categories. It was very hard for all of us to narrow down the nominations, they were all so amazing, of course, but we did and the result of our labors is below. It may be difficult to choose your favorite, the top blog deserving of a Ribbit Award, but I think you can do it. Pick the one that makes you laugh until you cry, or cry until you laugh, whichever category comes first. It's all in fun.

After all the voting is done we’ll announce the winners next week. You may vote in one category or all the categories if you so choose, but you only get one vote per category per person. Does that make sense?

If you do not feel comfortable voting in the comments section publicly, you can email me at juliecoulterbellon@gmail.com

I think this will be really fun and I included the title, month, and author as well as a possible link so you can find the entries (I stink at linking, so bear with me.) I guarantee you’ll smile as you read some of these again. (And I must apologize to Rob for calling him a mean little man. After reading his hilarious posts again, I remembered what's good about him.)

So, without further ado, may I present to you, the nominations for the Ribbit Awards for the SixLDSWriters blog 2008.


Best Interview of 2008


The Brands of Wrath--John Steinbeck Jan 2008 Robison Wells. You can read it here

Sariah S. Wilson—April 2008—Robison Wells. You can read it here

Enough for Forever An Interview with Edward Cullen May 2008 Robison Wells. You can read it here

The Great Debate June 2008 Robison Wells. You can read it here

My Endorsement by Robison Wells October 2008. You can read it here

Sarah Palin Speaks Robison Wells September 2008. You can read it here

Face Off Robison Wells September 2008. You can read it here


Most Helpful Writing Blog 2008


Don’t Bang Your Head—Jan 2008 Julie Coulter Bellon. You can read it here

March of the Cheerio Monsters—Feb. 2008 Stephanie Black. You can read it here


Critique Groups—Feb. 2008—Jeff Savage. You can read it here

Tapping In to Your Creative Self—March 2008 Julie Coulter Bellon. You can read it here

Does Your Novel Have MICE—March 2008 Jeff Savage. You can read it here

Three Peeves May 2008 Stephanie Black. You can read it here

Setting the Stage October 2008 Stephanie Black. You can read it here


Most Inspirational Blog 2008


Write the Best Book First—March 2008 Kerry Blair. You can read it here

I Believe April 2008 Jeff Savage. You can read it here

Happy Memorial Day May 2008 Kerry Blair. You can read it here

Hurrah for the USA July 2008 Kerry Blair. You can read it here

Let Us All Press On Scattering Sunshine September 2008 Kerry Blair. You can read it here

Why I Write—Jan 2008 Jeff Savage. You can read it here

Why I’m Not Afraid of Coyotes November 2008 Kerry Blair. You can read it here

Peace on Earth December 2008 Kerry Blair. You can read it here

Most Humorous Blog 2008

New Hampshire Predictions—Jan 2008 Robison Wells. You can read it here

Yes We Can July 2008 Robison Wells. You can read it here

Do Not Read If You Are Easily Offended July 2008 Jeff Savage. You can read it here

Columbus Day Blah October 2008 Robison Wells. You can read it here

Why I Love the Muppets Sariah Wilson October 2008. You can read it here

All Because Two People Fell in Love Oct 2008 Robison Wells. You can read it here

Rob the Galleria of Blogs December 2008 Robison Wells. You can read it here


Best Guest Blog 2008

Build a Better Book, March 2008 Jennie Hansen. You can read it here

Is It Jealousy or Are They Really That Annoying—May 2008 Crystal Liechty. You can read it here

The Heart Has its Reasons June 2008 Hilary Blair. You can read it here

Dreams Do Come True June 2008 Jeri Gilchrist. You can read it here

The Less Than Golden Road June 2008 Annette Lyon. You can read it here

10 Reasons Why Having a Baby is Easier Than Writing a Book Karlene Browning August 2008. You can read it here


Making the Best of It Anna Jones Buttimore August 2008. You can read it here

Happy Reading and Happy Voting!



10 Comments:

At 7/16/2009 3:26 PM, Blogger Julie Coulter Bellon said...

Okay, here are my picks:

Best Interview
Enough for Forever: An Interview with Edward Cullen

Most Helpful Writing Blog
Setting the Stage Stephanie Black

Most Inspirational
Why I'm Not Afraid of Coyotes Kerry Blair

Most Humorous
Columbus Day Blah Robison Wells

Best Guest Blog
The Heart Has Its Reason Hillary Blair

Tough choices, but fun to read. :)

 
At 7/16/2009 4:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Best Interview Enough for Forever An Interview with Edward Cullen

Most Helpful Writing Blog Don't Bang Your Head

Most Inspirational Blog Why I Write

Most Humorous All Because Two People Fell in Love

Guest Blog The Heart Has Its Reasons.


Meredith Dias

 
At 7/16/2009 4:37 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If I click on your links, I have to scroll down to see the article. I could still get them, but I had to scroll.

I pick the Edward Cullen interview because I'm old enough to know who Teen Wolf is. And it was really funny.

I liked the Mice article for writing blog.

Hurrah for the USA

Rob the Galleria of Blogs

Build a Better Book


A Frog Blog Fan

 
At 7/16/2009 5:13 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My heart has its reasons, too.

From the first moment I contacted Kerry with a fan e-letter for Sam Shade, a character in her NightShade mystery series, I’ve been enthralled with that writer. Without knowing me, Kerry offered to produce a child-sized crossword puzzle for a coloring/activity book I was creating for our local fire department. I had no idea that she’d taken her first dose of chemotherapy that same week.

It didn’t matter how badly Kerry felt, she still went that extra mile to help a complete stranger. And it wouldn’t be the last time she would extend her hand to me.

Kerry Blair’s “Heart” series was the first LDS fiction books I ever read. Frankly, I didn’t know there was such a thing. Imagine ... Mormon writers writing fiction, even mentioning scripture and church doctrine in their books. Incredible! I plowed through her stories craving more. Kerry’s books led me to Stephanie Black, which led me to ... basically cleaning out my friend’s bookshelf. I found a treasure trove of talented writers I never knew existed. Names I recognize now after reading this blog.

Over the course of the past year, I’ve leaned of Kerry’s incredible mentoring ability. With a few strokes of her keyboard you’re her forever sister and making plans for living in the after-here on the same cul-de-sac, most likely right next door, but in the meantime—write that book, or work through that problem. She’s easily everyone’s best friend.

Though her body may not cooperate, (MS is unpredictable and unforgiving,) I know her heart still cares. And I know I’m better for knowing her.

In my heart, Kerry Lynn Blair will always be my hero.

I vote for her Most Inspirational Blog, “Why I’m Not Afraid of Coyotes,” and for Best Guest Blog, “The Heart Has Its Reasons,” by Hilary Blair. (If Hil wins this category, she needs to share her crown with her mother.)

Deb Erfert

 
At 7/16/2009 6:01 PM, Blogger Taffy said...

I haven't had time to vote yet but I will!
I wanted to tell you I pimped this blog on my blog: http://taffyscandy.blogspot.com/2009/07/blogs-and-contests.html

 
At 7/16/2009 9:00 PM, Blogger L.T. Elliot said...

Best Interview of 2008:

“The Brands of Wrath”—Robison Wells

Most helpful Writing Blog:

“Setting the Stage” –Stephanie Black

Most Inspirational Blog:

“Why I’m not afraid of coyotes.” –Kerry Blair (anything by Kerry, really! I haven’t cried so hard in weeks. Thanks a lot, Kerry!)

Most Humorous Blog:

“Columbus Day Blah” –Robison Wells (although this was the hardest category to choose. Rob, you’re the most hilarious human being EVER!)

Best Guest Blog:

“Top 10 reasons why having a baby is easier than writing a book” –Karlene Browning

 
At 7/16/2009 9:49 PM, Blogger Julie Coulter Bellon said...

Taffy, thank you for your pimpin' efforts. You're awesome!

And thank you to everyone else for the votes. (Deb, you made me tear up. *sniffle*)

 
At 7/17/2009 3:38 PM, Blogger Kerry Blair said...

My Great Aunt Polly had both a soapbox and a corner. I had no idea how very like her I am until I followed the links in the "inspirational" category. I'm mortified -- but also grateful to Deb and others who love me despite myself.

Julie: Embarassment aside, what a truly fun idea! Thanks so much for reminding me of a few of my favorite things -- and putting them all together so conveniently. This is, indeed, a keeper!

Interview: Definitely the wildly popular "Enough for Forever." I will someday forgive Rob for "Brands of Wrath." Maybe.

Writing: "Don't Bang Your Head." I repeat that advice to myself daily.

Inspirational: "Why I Write." J. Savage Jeff Scott is my hero!

Humorous: "Why I Love Muppets." I DO love Muppets and will never, ever vote against them for anything!

Guest: Okay, I seriously loved ALL of these. We've had some really terrific guest bloggers!

Thanks for doing this! I'll send lovely jumping froggy "trophies" to the winners!

 
At 7/17/2009 8:17 PM, Blogger Karlene said...

Fun idea! My votes:

Best interview: The Brands of Wrath--John Steinbeck (Enough For Forever, a close second.)

Most Helpful Writing Blog 2008: Tapping In to Your Creative Self

Most Inspirational Blog 2008: Why I’m Not Afraid of Coyotes (Close Second: I Believe)

Most Humorous Blog 2008: Rob the Galleria of Blogs

Best Guest Blog 2008: 10 Reasons Why Having a Baby is Easier Than Writing a Book (Well, duh. Close second: The Heart Has its Reasons)

 
At 7/17/2009 9:25 PM, Blogger Sariah S. Wilson said...

Dearest Kerry, always being so sweet. You know as well as I that it's not nearly as funny as anything Rob's ever written. (In fact, it's pretty much only the clips themselves that are funny.)

I want to know where the categories where I could actually win are. Best Stephanie Meyer picture? Best historical information? Best complaining about childbirth/pregnancy? Best why homeowners' associations bite? I'm so the red-headed stepchild in the Ribbit Awards. LOL

 

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