Very Inspiring Blogger Award


Fellow blogger Mannalexandra in Singapore, nominated me for The Very Inspiring Blogger Award*

I accept, and I am honored, thank you! 

veryinspiringblogawardI hardly read books or newspapers anymore. I don’t watch television regularly. But I spend much time looking and reading on Internet. There are numerous blogs, an immense amount of human beings who – like myself – can spend hours and days to let unfamiliar others know what is important to us, as if Facebook wasn’t enough.

When I grew up I had 20+ penpals all over the world. Most of my pocket money were used for stamps. It was a thrill coming home from school, seeing letters from Indonesia, Ireland, Portugal, USA or France waiting for me. Beautiful airmail envelopes and stamps, thin foils of handwritten paper with news and confidences –  sometimes folded in incomprehensible ways.  

I learned about distant places, exchanged gifts and photos, dreamt about traveling. It was a very positive experience in all ways. I never met any of my penpals, but still consider our relations as very important.

Blogging is similar to that experience, although there is a major difference. It is public. I have NO idea who is the receiver of my posts. Is it my neighbor, on the other side of my living room wall? My old friend from work? A retired journalist in Australia,  a professional blogger in England or the woman I talk to when I go swimming? Only when someone writes a comment or pushes the like-button I get a hint of who my readers are. If some of those find my blog inspiring, I’ m really happy! So thank you,  Mannalexandra for nominating me.

nina2rak copyMy list of inspiring blogs/ nominees

Vardagsbubbel – Swedish illustrator Kati Mets writes something short worth considering every weekday. Often accompanied by her own pictures. In Swedish.
Throbbings of noon tide  Interesting topics, good photos. And fun!
The Museum of Ridiculously Interesting Things is an online collection and discussion of art, objects, ideas and history which are ridiculously interesting.
Sketches and Jottings. . . looks inside the journals, diaries, sketchbooks and notepads of artists, writers, travelers.
Draw and shoot Canadian professional photographer. Delicate pictures, mostly nature.
Yi-Ching Lin Waking up new. Poet/photographer/musician, living in New York.

Empire of lights Graphic photography from Germany.
A remark you made  French blog with simple, yet dramatic photos. 
Insanity at its best  Exotic architecture, recipes, ideas and stories from Dubai, Pakistan, Japan.
Johan Steller Photography  Photography, dramatic land- and cityscapes.
lagottocattleya Chronicles, reviews and short essays, photography and dogs. In Swedish and English.

*The rules for accepting the award are as follows Display the award logo, link back to the person who nominated you, state 7 things about yourself, nominate 15 other bloggers for this award and link to them.

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Beautified photos of Swedish everyday life. Graphic designer making pictures mainly in Stockholm and Göteborg, Sweden. Grafisk designer som promenerar och fotograferar. Och gör världen vackrare.

20 thoughts on “Very Inspiring Blogger Award”

  1. Thank you so much! I would have thanked you earlier but I got caught up exploring the blogs you recommend here. You certainly have an eye for talent and I am ridiculously honoured to be numbered among them. Thank you so much Nina.


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  3. Grattis till mer än välförtjänt nominering, Nina! Och, Tack så väldigt mycket för att du tänkte på mig i det här sammanhanget! Jag är dock usel på att hänga på och riktigt fullfölja. Ändå är det faktiskt du som fick mig att gå med i utmaningarna från början.

    Jag smålog lite vemodigt hela vägen genom din text om brevvänner och resedrömmar. Precis så var det för mig. Och inte heller jag träffade någonsin mina brevvänner. Jag försökte spåra min Nya Zeeländska vän innan vi åkte dit förra julen, men jag fick tyvärr inget napp.Ändå gick jag till och med med i hennes gamla skolas vänförening – utan resultat. Det hade varit roligt att träffas och prata om hur livet blev.


    • Tack för vänliga ord. Jag kan verkligen tänka mig att du också hade brevvänner.

      Det är tidskrävande att leva upp till åtagandet, javisst. Jag har full förståelse för att alla inte kan ta sig den tiden. För mig passade det bra att skjuta upp genomförandet till julledigheten.

      De här nomineringarna är som kedjebrev – vilka jag sällan nappat på – men det skapar uppmärksamhet, nya kontakter och intressanta kopplingar. Det var också roligt att gå ur min egen form och skriva en lite längre text.


  4. This is a beautiful blog, which I found when you stopped by my Global Art Junkie site. It is especially interesting to me because I spent some of my very early childhood in Sollentuna (my father was on a medical fellowship in Stockholm) and the images I have from that time are still very strong in my memory. Your photography seems “familiar” to me and I enjoyed going through it. The biggest thing I remember about Sweden is the light against the darkness, something you express very well. Thank you!


    • Your comment made me happy, thank you.
      I admire the work you do on your Art Junkie sites – I have discovered several interesting artists there, and it is fun that we are using the same theme, On Demand.
      It’s interesting to hear that you spent part of your childhood in a suburb to Stockholm; Sollentuna is close to Solna, where I grew up. Did you ever go here after that? I never visited Canada, but it seems to me that there are many similarities to Sweden. You are very welcome back to again.


      • No, I never have gone back to Sweden, but it is on my bucket list. And you are correct about many similarities between Canada and Sweden – which I sometimes see in your photography, as well. I browse your site quite often, very enjoyable.


        • I’m happy you come back here from time to time! I find your blog very good; there is really interesting content. Several times I recommended it on my facebook-wall. I hope you get many visitors and followers from Sweden.


  5. Well you seem to have a similar journey to blogging as myself. Many penpals, facebook, ( website) and Blogging which I find a little addictive. As a self-confession Scandi lover, I will definitely be following along with you as you post about all things Swedish! Gorgeous photos!!!


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