It's been a busy Fall for me and I've been enjoying the transition from the summer here in southeastern Massachusetts. I got back from a trip last weekend and discovered, much to my surprise and delight, that my friend Pat Bertram, author of Bertram's Blog, had been nominated for a Kreativ Blogger award for her blog AND passed the nomination for that same award and recognition to this blog.
The award looks like this:
About six months ago, I recast this blog to focus primarily about writing and travel, with occasional forays into other areas such as personal technology and music. I still find it hard to make the time to post regularly, but I'll continue to post when I've got thoughts, pictures or other cool discoveries to share. So, to Pat Bertram and Bertram's Blog, thank you very much.
Now for the fun part -- passing on the nomination to three other deserving recipients. My stint in the blogosphere has included lots of interaction with both the community of fiction writers and with my many colleagues in the telecommunications industry. I blog on matters related to Voice over IP for the Dialogic Corporate Blog and like the split of keeping my business blogging mostly separate from this more personally focused blog.
So what do I like in a blog? I like people who are innovative and use their diverse backgrounds and expertise to comment on topics in multiple areas, bringing new insights from these connections.
With that in mind, I'd like to nominate the following blogs for the Kreativ Blogger award:
Fractals of Change - written by Tom Evslin - I've known Tom since we worked together on fax standards in the early Nineties and he's had a fascinating career and so-called retirement in the time since. After leaving his post as CEO of Voice over IP startup ITXC, Tom launched his blog. He comments on a broad range of topics ranging from the high tech world to public policy. Like me, he is also a writer and self-published a novel a couple of years ago. His is a fine blog that I enjoy even when his busy real life reduces the number of posts.
Communications - written by Brough Turner - I've known Brough over ten years and he has typically brought keen insight and a unique slant to whatever catches his eye. This past year, we've worked together at Dialogic, and it has been fun to be able to talk without the constraint of being competitors in the workplace. In his blog, he tracks topics such as the pace of broadband development throughout the world and the social implications as people from third world countries suddenly have tools that connect them with the rest of the world.
Coming full circle, the third blog I'd like to recognize is from a writer that I've gotten to know over the past two years from our online writing group on Gather.com. The blog is The Paper Tiger, by Other Lisa aka Lisa Brackmann. Lisa blogs about writing, her cats, life in Venice, California and, most of all, about her many visits to mainland China. Lisa is a fine writer and her first novel Rock Paper Tiger, set in China, is due out next spring. In her blog, we get a current view about what's happening in China for real people in places such as bars, restaurants, museums and so on. It's not political so much as chronicle. Lisa offers fascinating glimpses from a western perspective into an often hidden country.
So, I hope my readers will take a moment to check out these blogs and see if you like what you read. Please let me know what you think or if there are other blogs you think are a good fit for the creative blog criteria I outlined. Until the next time . . .