New Award....and a New Design


When I first started my blog, I thought it would be an easy thing. I read quite a lot, and I have a lot of strong opinions regarding what I read, so it would be a piece of cake to maintain a book blog, right? Wrong! First, I realized that I couldn't write down everything I think about a book; I don't want to be rude or overly negative. Second, I actually don't read as much as a lot of other bloggers do. Third, blogging can sometimes be hard. Managing a hectic schedule leaves little time for reading, blogging and commenting, and you sometimes have to put in extra effort to regularly update your blog.

I passed my 100th post sometime back, and I didn't even notice it! Well, this is a belated celebration of me passing the century mark. This award is to all those prolific bloggers, who read voraciously, blog tirelessly and have made the blogging community such a vibrant place. This award is in recognition of their achievements and their enthusiasm. They are the people who keep me going!

There are a couple of rules for this award:

1. Every winner of the Prolific Blogger Award has to pass on this award to at least seven other deserving prolific bloggers. Spread some love!

2. Each Prolific Blogger must link to the blog from which he/she has received the award.

3. Every Prolific Blogger must link back to This Post, which explains the origins and motivation for the award.

4. Every Prolific Blogger must visit this post and add his/her name in the Mr. Linky, so that we all can get to know the other winners.

So, to get things going, I wanted to give this award to these really prolific bloggers who I visit very often. [Drumroll please]

J.Kaye's Book Blog
Alaine-Queen of Happy Endings
things mean a lot
Hey Lady! Whatcha Readin'?
Books 'N Border Collies
The Zen Leaf
The Eclectic Reader

And I have a new design for my blog. The winter season is upon us, and I wanted my blog to reflect that, and the approaching festive season. So, how do you like my blog's new look?

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126 Responses
  1. Amanda Says:

    Thank you for the ward, and I LOVE the new design! Especially the lightly falling snow. :D


  2. J. Kaye Says:

    First of all, wow! Love the winter scene. Your blog is absolutely beautiful. Second, thank you so much for this award! How exciting to get a new award!! :) I will pass on the love next Saturday. Thank you again...you made my day!!


  3. Aarti Says:

    I'm a fan of the winter scenery, Hazra! Gorgeous set-up :-)


  4. Nymeth Says:

    Awww, thank you so much for including me!! And I love the design - very festive :D

    PS: I was out of town this weekend, but I'll reply to your e-mail asap!


  5. 3m.michelle Says:

    I like your new design!


  6. trish Says:

    Thanks so much, Hazra! You totally made my day! And I know why you received the award in the first place. ;-)

    Love the new look, by the way! Makes me wish we got snow here. :D


  7. Teddyree Says:

    Love your blog design, the christmas theme header is just gorgeous! You're right, maintaining a blog, reading, commenting is a lot more challenging and time consuming than I thought it would be but its definitely rewarding. Thanks so much for thinking of me with the blog award :-)


  8. I absolutely LOVE the NEW look! Really cute! Award is darling too! Hope you're having a great weekend!

    x0xx Amy (Park-Avenue Princess)


  9. Jenn M. Says:

    First of all, Really cool award. I'm so glad to have recieved it from one of the 1st recipients. Second, I'm not sure what your blog design looked like before, but I'm liking what it looks like now! :)


  10. gahome2mom Says:

    I was award this special award. I appreciate it so much. I will try to get my post on this weekend. I may be delayed to a family death. My Uncle Morris passed away yesterday morning. He had cancer. I would appreciate prayers for his family and friends. Thanks.

    gahome2mom
    http://gahome2mom.blogspot.com


  11. Suko Says:

    So cute! Thanks! :)


  12. mel u Says:

    I an happy to be in such good company-I also love the design of the award


  13. This has been a very humbling experience. Thank you!


  14. Blanche Says:

    Thank You so very much!:)


  15. Mash1195 Says:

    Thank you so very much !!! I am looking at the names of all the experienced bloggers that I have been in awe of...and now me...it is humbling and exciting at the same time. Thank you again....BTW the new look is absolutely beautiful...love it !!!!
    CMash


  16. JaxPop Says:

    This is so cool. (Thanks Joylene.) After a quick check I see there are some terrific links here - certainly more click-worthy than mine. I'll have to work hard to keep up with this bunch!


  17. A big thank you to A.F. Stewart for bestowing this award upon my website! I've passed on the goodness and awarded 7 of my favourite bloggers a Mr. Linky!

    All the best,
    Christine


  18. careann Says:

    Many thanks to Joylene Butler and Katherine Neff Perry for sending the award my way, and to you as its creator. I'm honoured!

    Carol Garvin


  19. Leah Says:

    Look at all those links! Now I won't run out of leads for new and interesting blogs to visit. Thanks to Laura for the nomination and to Hazra for creating the award.


  20. judy Says:

    Hello. I got to your blog from Linda's blog, and I had to comment because although I've never visited before, my first thought when I arrived was, wow! This blog is beautiful!

    So there you have it. Good job!


  21. evbishop Says:

    This is a wonderful blog and I'm happy to find it. A lovely new online friend and fellow writer/blogger, Laura Best, gave me the Prolific Blogger Award (a flattering, fun surprise!) and it led me here--I'm excited.

    Can't comment on your old look, but I like the new one.

    Will back and poking around,
    Ev


  22. christi Says:

    Love the award. And, especially the badge! What a dreamy writing space - wish it were mine :)


  23. Becky Says:

    Hi,

    This is a nice idea. I just got tagged with it by Anna from QuillsandZebras.

    Becky


  24. Margay Says:

    Thanks so much to A. F. Stewart for the award! It was a nice surprise.
    Margay Leah Justice


  25. Terrific idea for an award. Thank you!


  26. What a great award! The list of links is invaluable. Thanks!


  27. drtombibey Says:

    Y'all are a bunch of cool young people. Thanks for including old Doc.

    Dr. B


  28. Thanks for starting this award.
    Best wishes
    Norm


  29. Thanks for designing this awesome award! I love it. :-)


  30. Old Kitty Says:

    Hi!

    I came over from Simon's blog Spellmaking - I still don't know what I'm doing but he said to link to this lovely blog to get the Prolific Blogger Award!

    LOL!

    So hello Advanced Booking!!! Nice to meet you

    Take care
    x


  31. Kea Says:

    Thanks kindly to Old Kitty at Ten Lives and Second Chances for passing on this award to me, among others!

    And thank YOU for designing this terrific award!


  32. Old Kitty sent me here too - hello!


  33. I feel so honored to be included in this! Thank you for beginning it!


  34. Thanks for doing this. Great idea.

    Becky


  35. Rebecca Fabian "paid it forward" and Twenty by Jenny benefited from your fabulous new award. I am a newcomer to your site, but I like the look of it(and love your portrait of the prolific blogger) and the infectious passion for books it passes along. Many thanks for creating this community, Hazra.


  36. raine Says:

    Thanks for creating the new award. Love it. :)
    Bernita was kind enough to share it with me. I'll be linking back!


  37. Demon Hunter Says:

    Awesome award. Deb/Writtenwyrrd gave it to me. :-D


  38. Sheila Deeth Says:

    Nice award. I got it from A.F. Stewart. And now I know what Mr Linky is. Thanks.


  39. Hi, I got the award from Rebecca Luella Miller for my Lina Lamont Fan Club blog....


  40. Sasha White Says:

    Thanks for creating this award. Blogging regularly deserves recognition.


  41. kristen Says:

    Thanks so much!!
    This is a lot of fun:)




  42. Preseli Mags Says:

    Great award! Thanks to you for creating it and to Chris for passing it on to me.



  43. Bob Says:

    We here at Art Scatter World Headquarters are humbled and honored (maybe even dazed and confused) to have this unexpected honor settle on our shoulders. Thanks for setting this up! We love the concept of paying it forward, and have done so. We also love the award illustration, which makes us think warm thoughts about "Goodnight, Moon," a picture book published the year Mr. Scatter was born.


  44. Aubrie Says:

    I love the picture of this award! I'm so honored to get it.

    :)


  45. Lola Sharp Says:

    This is my first time to your wonderful blog...I am here via SarahJayne, as she bestowed this delightful award upon me. (woot!)

    I think I'll stick around. :o)

    ~Lola


  46. Whooo, long list!

    The picture is awesome, I totally agree.


  47. Yvonne Says:

    I'm here because of Sarahjayne Smythe who bestowed the honor on me. The award means much to me because I've strived to be a prolific blogger which has helped me to become a better writer.
    Thank you.


  48. misssrobin Says:

    Thank you for the award. It will serve as motivation to write when I really don't want to.



  49. Hi there!

    Angie Lofthouse from Notes From the Writing Chair bestowed this beautiful award upon me, and now I have found you. What a deal, huh?

    Please forgive me for making a mistake on "Mr. Linky", would you? I checked to see if I was registered with him and he signed me in a second time--I didn't realize he would do that. (I'm SO embarrassed!)

    Anyways, nice "meeting" you.

    ~Cynde
    Cynde's Got The Write Stuff


  50. The Erin Says:

    Thanks for the award :D
    I feel so prolific!


  51. Dani G Says:

    They like me, they really like me!!


  52. Faith Pray Says:

    A blog all about books? This is great!
    Thank you for starting such a fun chain of appreciation!


  53. Lisa R Says:

    Wow! When I saw and recognized how many bloggers before me have received this award, I went back to double check that I had indeedy(southern roots showing up here) seen my name listed. As a very, very, new, inexperienced blogger I can only throw myself at the feet of such awesomeness.
    To paraphrase Wayne & Garth from Wayne's World, "I'm not worthy! I'm not worthy!"

    alterlisa AT yahoo DOT com
    http://lisaslovesbooksofcourse.blogspot.com/
    (\___/)
    (='.'=) Happy Easter from Bun!
    (")_(")


  54. sherri Says:

    Receivd my pba from Lady of the Arts and off to do my post and pay it forward now! thanks!


  55. sherri Says:

    Receivd my pba from Lady of the Arts and off to do my post and pay it forward now! thanks!


  56. sherri Says:

    Receivd my pba from Lady of the Arts and off to do my post and pay it forward now! thanks!


  57. sherri Says:

    Receivd my pba from Lady of the Arts and off to do my post and pay it forward now! thanks!


  58. Amanda J. Says:

    Thanks to Yat-Yee for passing the award on! :)


  59. Thanks, Amanda J, for the award.

    Hazra, now I'm following. You have a great blog going on here.


  60. Lydia Kang Says:

    thanks Amanda for the award!


  61. Kals Says:

    Thanks to Christy for passing this award to me! :)


  62. Patricia passed the Award onto me, and I was honoured to receive it from her.


  63. What a wonderful award. Thanks for inventing it! It was passed on to my from Rayna (Not enough hours!). Thanx :)


  64. Lady Jayne Says:

    Rayna passed it on to me as well. What a wonderful idea this is!

    *hugs*

    :)


  65. Glynis Says:

    The Alliterative Allomorph sent me the award. Dropping by to say hello, great idea.


  66. Wanda Says:

    Honored to receive the award from Rayna. Will be passing it forward. Very good idea.


  67. JustineDell Says:

    I love this award!!


  68. My Book Barn Says:

    I am so honored to have gotten this award from Sherrie at Sherries Books Blog! What an incredible list! I can't wait to check out all the blogs! Thanks!
    ~Angela



  69. Abri Says:

    This is my first blog award!! Love it, and am totally honored to have received it from Hallee the Homemaker!!

    :-)


  70. Love the award plus I found an awesome new blog to follow :)


  71. What a cool networking award! Thanks!


  72. bubbleboo Says:

    Wow, I was just given this award by Heather (Acting Balanced Mom) and I'm a little overwhelmed.

    For someone to go out of their way to tell you that you do good work is the best feeling!

    Thanks for making this award - I'm so pleased I found your site, and I can't wait to check out some of the other brilliant writers who have also received this award!


  73. I feel very blessed and special that bubbleboo from the Thought Bubble thought I was deserving of this award.


  74. Cherylann Says:

    If it is possible delete the first entry it was the wrong blogspot.


  75. Trac~ Says:

    Happy Monday! I was blessed with this award while away on vacation -from the lovely Petty over at Pen and Paper. Have a great day! :o)


  76. Angie Says:

    Thank you for starting this award! I have passes it to some really great blogs!


  77. OMG that is a lot of links on your McLinky. I am honored to be included and look forward to checking out these other blogs.

    Amazing. Thank you Cherylanne at http://cmramble.blogspot.com/
    for nominating me. She's #297 and 298. She has many blogs.

    Have your best day ever.


  78. Shannon Says:

    This was my first award-so excited!


  79. Hen Jen Says:

    I'm honored to be included on this list! Thank You!


  80. Silvia Says:

    Wow, it's my first blog prize ever, and you had a fantastic idea. It also comes from a dear friend, Cori. Thanks and I'm going to display my prize and pass the bliss.


  81. Blossom Says:

    Thank you, thank you. First I would like to thank my mother for caring for me for all those years...next without my kids I wouldn't have a reason to blog...and I will always be thankful to my dear husband whose patience is seemingly unending..
    Heehee...thank you :)
    7 is difficult to choose! But it was fun :)


  82. Thank you for creating such a wonderful way to discover new ideas and people. You're a smart one.


  83. Susan Says:

    Thanks bunches for the award and the McLinky! :)


  84. Michelloui Says:

    Clever award and great website--excellent idea on both!


  85. Hema P. Says:

    Thanks for thinking up such a fabulous award! As much as I enjoy blogging, it is always a good feeling to learn that others enjoy your blog too; especially in the case when they like it enough to give it an award! :)


  86. Ali Hicks Says:

    Interesting collection of blog recommendations, glad I stumbled upon your page!


  87. Star Child Says:

    Hello everyone!

    Thank you for my award. I have passed the love on!

    x


  88. Lion Rampant Says:

    What a great concept, thanks for the award.


  89. Juli Ryan Says:

    I love the badge for this award. It came to me from 'Cross the Pond. cheers


  90. Kimmy Says:

    I received my lovely award from Ryan at Scotlandhereandnow.com and I am truly honored.
    It was very kind of you to think of others and create an award so lovely with books in the background, love it!
    Have a great day, cheers!


  91. Thank you for your blog and for creating this award; I look forward to reading more of your blog.


  92. Thank you for creating this award.
    Mine came from Ayak at Turkish Delight...a blog not to be missed.


  93. I've just been awarded the Prolific Blogger award by Sandra :-) Thanks for thinking it up in the first place :-)


  94. Lis Says:

    Great design! And thank you to 'Cross the Pond for giving me this award! :)


  95. H Says:

    I've just been awarded the prolific writer award by English Wilderness! Wow. My first award. Thanks for the idea.


  96. Susan Fields Says:

    What a great idea to have all award recipients come back here and add their names to this list! Cool idea! And thanks to Hema P., Nicole Ducleroir, T.J. Carson, and Stina Lindenblatt for passing me this award!


  97. RBerenguel Says:

    Awarded by John@English wilderness (through make nothing online... John, does this agree with the rules? :P )


  98. Tracy Says:

    I have just had my first award . Thanks for that And what a brilliant idea. So hard to choose whom to pass on to tho bu I have done it


  99. Wenderina Says:

    I received the award from Pinklea...just when I was thinking how tired out my blogging was feeling. Thanks for the reinvigoration.



  100. mrwriteon Says:

    Classy award. Pinklea from Vancouver picked me, and I am honored


  101. Em Says:

    Great idea for an award! I just received it a few days ago! Cool graphic too, but I'm wondering why the blogger looks so worn and sad??


  102. confuzzledom Says:

    What a fabulous award! I was nominated by Pinklea and very proud I am too :-)


  103. Susan Says:

    I received this award a few weeks ago from Christina @ and Reading by Christina (http://crysteena73.blogspot.com/) and am just now getting the chance to pass it along to some fellow bloggers!

    I've been tied up posting my 93 Blogmania prizes and sponsors for over 2 weeks! You can check them all out here: http://crazycatladyslibrary.blogspot.com/p/blogmania-update-september-15th-and.html

    I am honored to receive this award!

    Hugs~
    Susan
    http://crazycatladyslibrary.blogspot.com/


  104. gaelikaa Says:

    I received this award from Chris (homethoughtsweekly.blogspot.com) back in March, but although it took me a while to collect it, I am very honoured to receive it! Thanks.

    gaelikaasdiary.blogspot.com


  105. Melissa Says:

    Jill at Frugal Plus bestowed this awesome award upon me. Thanks for starting it!


  106. Hope Ava Says:

    This is such a great idea...you are so right about how much work and time goes into writing a good blog...I'm not sure I deserve the award, but I certainly endeavor to!


  107. Nichol Says:

    Great idea! Thanks for creating this award!


  108. ~ Noelle Says:

    thanks for creating this award!


  109. Kristy Says:

    So flattered to have been given this award by Drama Mama at Scoop on Poop! I will be accepting it soon at my site and spreading the blog love. I love new and creative awards. Thanks!


  110. Jai Joshi Says:

    I was passed this award by Hema at Wading through Words. Thanks for starting it here!

    Jai


  111. Deanna Says:

    Thanks so much for creating this gorgeous award! My blog, The Life of a Working Writer Mommy, was granted The Prolific Blogger Award by Jai Joshi, of Jai Joshi's Tulsi Tree. Acceptance post coming soon!

    Thanks again!


  112. Petula Says:

    Wow, this started almost a year ago. How cool! Very nice. Thanks. :-)


  113. Laura Says:

    Hello, this is such a lovely award...so colorful and wonderful surprise to receive from my friend paige today...I already posted for today...so I will be publishing my prolific blogger award, the rules and the 10 (I'm a little bit of a rule breaker) recipients tomorrow!

    have a wonder-filled weekend :)


  114. Karen Says:

    Thanks so much for creating this fantastic award. It was passed on to me by my friend Laura.
    Cheers


  115. Sandy Says:

    Lots of blogs to visit. Rather a nice concept you started here. Sherri Stakes passed it on to me from "the mess that is my mind", great blog, great person!
    thank you both,
    Sandy Comstock
    www.TobyandMaxJewelry.blogspot.com


  116. Mary Bennett Says:

    I'm not ready for winter yet...........


  117. What a great concept to honor blogging buddies! Thank You for creating this award! I'm new to your blog so I'll be back to sit and read!

    As for winter I am ready! :)


  118. Thea Says:

    Wow, I'm number 399!!
    What a fantastic idea to link back to the original post. I've tried to find the origins of awards before and sometimes it gets too dificult. This is brilliant! :)


  119. I have just received the award you created! I ended up reading some of your more recent stuff and decided to follow along. I think I might just love it here.

    How cool to be able to come back here and say hiya, thanks for making an award that one day down the track I was given.


  120. I am so impressed to be #402 on this award list. Wow.


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