Sunday, June 7, 2009

Janice Brown Puckerbrush Blog Award for Excellence

I'm honored, shocked and humbled that someone thought of my blog for this award. A very big "Thank You!" goes out to GrannyPam at Granny's Genealogy who did just that.

This award was started by Terry Thornton at the Hill Country of Monroe County Mississippi blog. In his post about the award he writes:

"In honor of our absent friend, Janice Brown, whose delightful blog Cow Hampshire continues to inspire through all her archived articles, is my attempt to recognize a few writers and their blogs ---those I consider the best in the blogging world and whose work has influenced me the most. Janice told us all about the word "puckerbrush" in an article she posted August 27, 2007, at Cow Hampshire Blog. "

Janice's definition of the puckerbrush is as follows: "On any land allowed to go fallow and left untended, a wild assortment of wild plants grow – in some areas, this wild growth results in such a thicket of plants that it is almost impossible to push your way through the growth."

Terry stated further: "So it is with the growth of blogs --- so many that it is impossible to read them all. But in the puckerbrush eventually a few plants/trees become dominant and influence all who view them through the thick surrounding puckerbrush.And it is those outstanding blogs whose influence spreads beyond just the surrounding rabble of puckerbrush that I'm honoring."

Terry's challenge: "Henceforth these awards will be called the Janice Brown Puckerbrush Blog Award for Excellence. All blog authors are hereby challenged to name the ten blogs which have influenced their writing the most and list them as a tribute to Janice --- the Janice Brown Puckerbrush Blog Awards for Excellence.

I have chosen the blogs below because they have inspired me, influenced me, or helped me along the way during my "newbie blogger" time. Others shine through because they're entire purpose is to help others in learning, and still others work at bringing us all together. Most certainly many have been recognized already, but in the true spirit of the award, I choose the following:

Randy at Genea-Musings
Greta at Greta's Genealogy Bog
Lisa at Small-Leaved Shamrock
Elyse at Elyse's Genealogy Blog
Caroline at Family Stories
Michael at Genealogy Tip of the Day
Kevin Lett - Virginia Family Tree Genealogy
Les at Bits and Pieces
Lorine at Ask Olive Tree Genealogy
Ruby Coleman and Cheri Hopkins at The You Go Genealogy Girls


  1. I too award the Puckerbrush Award, congrats Cindy.

  2. Thanks so very much, Cindy, for including Small-leaved Shamrock among your favorites. I'm so glad that you are reading and that you have jumped into the blogging world yourself. I have also enjoyed reading your blog and look forward to many more good things to come from you!

    100 Years in America
    Small-leaved Shamrock
    A light that shines again
    Carnival of Irish Heritage & Culture

  3. Cindy, I am so honored to get this award from you and also honored by being included among these fellow awardees - a great list! Your blog is such an inspiration for us to read, so this means a lot.