Dedicated Blogger Award

Barbara Mattio, of Idealisticrebel, has nominated We Hold These Truths/Blackbutterfly7 for the Dedicated Blogger Award 2016.  In creating and nominating the award, she wrote:

“Blogging, some say, is losing ground on the Internet.  Many people are now using Twitter or Snapchat or Instagram to convey their thoughts, leaving the more ‘old-fashioned’ blog behind.

But there are those who understand that, sometimes, a long form is best.  Who know that it takes time, and craft, and WORDS as well as images to convey a thought, and to start a conversation.

This Award is dedicated to those bloggers who consistently provide wisdom, inspiration, kindness, gentleness and truth to the world through their blogs.

This is a my “thank you” to you.  Please, pass it on!”


There are no rules, but I suggest that the award be posted on the blog. If the theme does not have borders for posting the award, then consider a page (not post) for awards and putting it on the menu of your blog.

Here’s a hearty thank you and heartfelt appreciation to Barbara for this award. It also gives me great pleasure to pay this forward to other bloggers who provide wisdom, inspiration, kindness, gentleness and truth to the world through their blogs.

As always, I’m afraid of leaving someone out who deserves the award, but have decided on the following blogs below.  Some of the bloggers have jobs, or have had things happen in their life, but they continue to blog, giving us all inspiration.  Some blog about their personal experiences and struggles and overcoming.  Their writings cause me to feel that they are like family.

This is not to say that there are not other bloggers who I adore, but they have already been nominated by other recipients.  That’s the great thing about our Word Press family.


Good Time Stories

Black and Write

Teacher as Transformer

From Struggle to Strength

Dear Kitty1

Kira Moores Closet



Posted on 01/30/2016, in Awards and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 36 Comments.

  1. You deserve this award!

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  2. Xena, You are a superstar especially in the blogging world. Congratulations!! Onda/ Gronda

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  3. NavyDad0007

    Congrats!!!!! (((HUGS))))

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  4. Congrats!! Well deserved! Hugs…

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  5. (((((Applause !!!!)))))

    Well deserved…….of this there is no doubt………

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    • Racer,
      Thank you so much, and thanks for being here. We go a long way back, don’t we? Your support is an encouragement to me. I appreciate you so much.


      • I believe you’re right…..well….if 2012 is a “long way back” I guess in this internet age, it is. Believe me, I appreciate all you’ve done for me, your support and advice. I can’t imagine what it takes to do what you do……..but I for one……love you and what you do.


        • Hey Racer!
          Thanks so much for your kind words. They are a blessing. May they return to you 7-fold.

          So many of the people we knew from 2012 are no longer on the internet, or at least, not on the blogs. I miss BlushedBrown, who would probably still be here if lightning had not struck her electricity and fried her computer.


  6. Thank you Xena for the nomination. I am truly honored

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    • And congratulations on your being nominated. You deserve it for sure.

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      • Eric,
        Thank you so much. As I just posted to Shyloh, it’s always a humbling experience to be nominated by our peers.

        The best to you and your blog. Your sharing encourages others. It takes lots of courage to open your life up to others as you have done. Blessings.

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        • You’re welcome Xena. You are absolutely right it is a very humbling experience being nominated. I used to think that I wasn’t worthy and I didn’t really want to participate in the past when nominated but I have come to realize the importance of allowing others to show their appreciation and also allowing myself to accept it. Thank you as always for all your support and encouragement. Have a blessed day.

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  7. yahtzeebutterfly

    Congratulations, Xena! I appreciate the time that you put into creating your informative posts. You certainly deserve this Dedicated Blogger Award!

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  8. Congratulations with your award, dear Xena! And thanks for nominating my blog, which will blog about this later 🙂

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  9. Well I have nothing to say cept……………. I am not surprised………………You deserve it………… And you have the best blog on the internet……….

    I LOVE YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!! And all the commenters here. They are also the best!!!!!

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    • Shyloh.
      It is always humbling when nominated for awards from my peers. Thanks so much for your kind comment.

      We love you too. You are awesome. (((((Hugs))))


  10. Kudos to you…dedicated, creative, most influential, versatile, humanitarian, peaceful, inspiring, real neat, lovely, and so much more blogger award winner!!! Congratulations… and thanks for the nomination. You are THE WIND BENEATH MY WINGS! I’m dedicating this song to you:

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    • Roach,
      You brought happy tears to my eyes. All I do is blog and the recognition is very humbling. With what I’ve endured with harassment and actions by harassers to have this blog suspended after I refused to delete or abandon it back in 2012, well, the awards and kind words are special blessings. I’ve met so many great people, such as yourself. We have a little family here in addition to the larger Word Press Community.

      I am oh so grateful to you all.

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  11. And to God be the glory! Nothing means a thing in this world without a mighty love.

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  12. Congrats! You are certainly dedicated! And I could not agree more with what Barbara had to say about blogging. I love reading thoughtful long-form pieces…I hope they do not get replaced by 140-character tweets!

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  13. I want to thank you so much for the nomination my friend, it means a great deal to me that I was thought of. Thanks again. 🙂


  14. Congratulations!

    I have nominated your blog for the Brotherhood of the World Award.

    More about this nomination is at


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