The BIG, Exciting, Fabulous Wana1011 BlogFest

Welcome to the WANA1011 Blogfest Awards!

First, you might not know what ‘wana1011’ stands for so let me clarify. A group of 100 writers took a blogging/branding online workshop with the social media Goddess herself, Kristen Lamb. The class is based on her book We Are Not Alone (wana) and we were the class from October (10) 20(11).  There is also a wana711 class and one that just started, wana112.  We are ALL in this together!  How about a group hug!

Why is this a party, you ask? Well, let me tell you. I, along with these great writers, Karen McFarland, Fabio Bueno, Louise Behiel, and Jansen Schmidt, have decided to spread the blog love collectively to our fellow wana1011 classmates. Since taking this amazing class, we have all seen such great success in our blogs and have made amazing connections in the exciting world of social media. In addition and because we all love and support each other, there have been some awards circulating.  The five of us got together, prompted by Karen (*high five*), and cooked up this blog fest so that we could pay-it-forward en masse and make sure every one of the wana1011 group had been given an award.

Without further adieu, let the Fabulous BlogFest Friday commence!

I have been honored with The Versatile blogger award from Diana Murdock, Lena Corazon, and Jessica O’Neal. Thank you so much!

I was also honored with the Liebster Blog award by Myndi Shafer. *HEART* Thank you and you know I adore you!

I could not be more thrilled and humbled because I admire each of these women and love reading their blogs. They inspire me. What they all have in common is that each of them is a ‘wana’ graduate.  See, I told you the wana-peeps were awesome!

Being recognized with these awards comes with a few instructions. First, you recognize, thank, and link back to the wonderful person who awarded you the blog. Then you get to share 7 random facts about yourself. (I know you’re all dying to learn weird stuff about me, right?) Then, the best part is that you have the fantastic opportunity to pay it forward and pass along your award to other bloggers you would like to recognize. Trust me … it will MAKE THEIR DAY!   And you get to put the award image on your own blog!  How cool, right?

But before I get to passing out my awards, here are 7 facts about me that you might not already know.

1. I’ve had to break into a hotel when I got home too late and the doors had been locked.

2. I’ve done a ballet act on a water ski (while skiing mind you) in a prom dress and tiara.

3. As a toddler, I fell onto an open tennis ball can and nearly sliced the end of my nose off and have the hairline scar to show for it.

4. I used to read my beloved Harry Potter books during church congregation meetings because they were far more interesting and taught me better values (at the time).

5. I want to go on Amazing Race with my dad because I know we’ll win the million.

6. I have never tried an illegal drug.

7. I took part in a water ski exhibition where we built a pyramid and skied down the Rhine River. (Very fun! But water was kind of gross.)

And now, I would like to award the Liebster Blog to:

Sharon K. Owen, who just published her first novel; Thicker than Water: Brands Crossing Series

Susan Bishchoff, author of the Talent Chronicles series and has such a cool blog. Check it out!

Roxanne St. Claire, who just self-published Space in his Heart a month ago.

And the Versatile Blogger to:

Teresa M. Owen – With a log line of ‘Putting dancing nuns to good use since 2007’, you KNOW you’re going to get witty, fun and fabulous with her blog.

YiShaun Yang, author of the AdoraPet children’s picture book series. Her blog is so cute and fun.

Thea Atkinson – Lots of great information on this blog about writing and books.

Stuart Jaffe – Who could resist a book titled, 10 Bits of My Brain?

But …

That’s not all, though. On behalf of the WANA1011 community, “the lucky hundred,” we’re awarding a special edition blog award. A unique accolade, bestowed just once, to a unique person.

Kristen Lamb, our instructor and leader by example, author of “Were Are Not Alone”,  Queen of Social Media, Patron Saint of Lost Bloggers, Beacon By The Online Sea, you’re awarded the first—and only—Goddess of Awesomeness Blog Award!

Since nothing could really express our gratitude to you, please accept this token of appreciation—from all of us WANA1011 fellows. It’s yours, and only yours.

Don’t forget to visit, Karen McFarlandFabio BuenoLouise Behiel, and Jansen Schmidt‘s blogs today to see who they bestowed their awards to.  It’s a BlogFest after all.  Let’s all celebrate together!!

Have a wonderful, festival kind of day!


About Ginger Calem

I never met a notebook I didn't want to buy. Pens speak to me. Sticky notes are dear to my heart. Some of my best friends are those clambering in my head trying to get onto the page. And when they have their stories told, and I release them to the world, I hope they'll be your friends too.

Posted on January 6, 2012, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 20 Comments.

  1. Wow!!!


    Thanks so much for awarding me the Liebster Award. I am humbled that you bestowed that on me. I don’t feel worthy but I’ll take it and brandish it with pride.

    I have to say that Kristen’s class was a life-changing event for me this year.

    Not only did I learn lots of important information about effectively building a social network platform, I connected with 100 great new friends. From the beginning, the support and love from this group has been incredible.

    I thank all my WANA buddies (1011, 711 and the new 1211s) for all your support and interest.

    My only question, Ginger: May I join you guys in passing out some of these awards?


    • Hi Sharon, I was thrilled to give the award to you. You are totally worthy! I especially loved linking to your book. 🙂 Of course you can join us in passing out the awards. That’s what the BlogFest is all about! Award-away my friend!

  2. Wow – you must be quite the water-skier. Do you have a video of that prom dress-ballet act? If so, you should TOTALLY put it on your blog. 😉

    Thanks to you guys for organizing this awesome blogfest! WANA rocks!

    • I’m sure we have some video of the ‘good ol’ days’ around here someplace. You’re right, that would be a kick to share it on the blog. I’ll have to hunt down the evidence. 🙂

  3. Alright Ginger!!! You did an amazing job promoting those awesome bloggers! And what an intro girl! Can I just say this is soo fun today! Thank you for the great support. It’s been a privilege to organize this fantastic event with you all! Happy Blogfest to you! 🙂

  4. Congrats Ginger! And I’d love to see you on Amazing Race 🙂

  5. what fun this has been. Great post Ginger. and I too would love to see the video of you water skiing in a prom dress.

  6. Ha! Loved your 7 facts, Ginger (especially number 4 – I hear ya!). So glad you were able to pass the awards on and thank you for the very kind words. **HUGS**

  7. Wow, you’re like a water ski olympic athlete! I didn’t know that. Those skills might help you win Amazing race someday. Please post the videos.
    LOL @ #4! It sounds like something I would do, too.
    I loved working with you in this blogfest, Ginger! Have a wonderful day!

  8. Love, love, LOVE the group hug! Both the picture and the wonderful post! What a fantastic party this is! And what an amazing list of things we didn’t know about you. I’m voting for video of your incredible skiing feats! Gosh, you guys have me so tickled that I’m spreading exclamation points all over the place!!!! Thanks so much, Ginger. You are an amazing blogger and definitely deserved those awards you’ve received. Thanks for helping to spread the love in such a festive way.

  9. Congrats on your fab awards Ginger – so deserving!! I LOVE the award to Kristen – ahhhmazing!! On behalf of all the WANA711s, I’d like to SECOND your fahhhbulous award to Kristen!!! 🙂

  10. Hi Ginger! Love the 7 random things! Water skiing in a prom dress and tiara? Really. I would love to have seen that. And my goodness, the Amazing Race? Go for it!

    You sound like an amazingly fun gal! My kind of friend.

    Sorry I was a little late getting to the party, but I’m here now and trying to participate heavily to make up for lost time.

    Patricia Rickrode
    w/a Jansen Schmidt

  11. Congratulations on your new blog awards – you deserve every bit of it!
    Fabulous facts about yourself, thank you for sharing them! We have # 6 in common 🙂

  12. Oh, I forgot to add that I’m giving away blog awards today as well (what a happy coincidence!). Swing by and pick up yours.

  13. That’s a nice list of blogs. There are even some I haven’t read yet, so I’ll have to check them out. I love the award for Kristen!

  14. Terrific choices for the blog awards! You and your Dad should totally go for The Amazing Race!

  15. Whooohooo! Congrats on the award! Who knew you were such a water ski fanatic? In a prom dress & tiara, no less! I love your list of seven random facts. If you ever do get on Amazing Race, I want to know! That award for Kristen is brilliant. You guys are so much fun.

  16. Thanks everyone for your comments. I promise to hunt down some prom dress skiing pics for you. haha! Giving away the awards were so much fun. I was honored to get them which made giving them extra sweet!

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