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Time to Celebrate!

It’s time to Celebrate the wonderful blogging community that we have here at wordpress. I’ve met some fantastic people that have tremendous talent, creativity and kind spirit. It has now been just over a year since I created Hoofbeats & Footprints. The reception that I’ve received over time has been nothing short of spectacular.

I’ve had the good fortune to have three of my posts freshpressed, and have been the recipient of many awards from fellow bloggers. When starting my blog, my intention was to begin sharing my stories and photos of my experiences on horseback and hiking. It’s evolved into a more creative venue where sharing my adventures and photography helps bring a smile to people’s faces.

I remember when I received my first follow from Lesley Carter from the Bucket List Publications. She’s world famous by now, I’m sure you know her, and her kind acceptance of my posts kept me encouraged to keep posting. I also remember looking at other people’s blogs with envy with the quantity of followers they had. 500, 800, 1000+.

I never thought my work would be worthy of such a following. But surprise, surprise in looking at my follow count this week Hoofbeats & Footprints now has in my stats 994 followers ! Of course, I just looked on my webpage and at the bottom it says 1,015 followers ! (I think perhaps the higher number are followers from other places like twitter and facebook. If anyone knows, let me know. )

So Celebration is in order. To celebrate the success of Hoofbeats & Footprints and to celebrate the success of you also as a fellow blogger. It is because of readers like you that take the time to read my blog that makes writing worthwhile.

With that, there are a few awards that I’ve received recently that shall be acknowledged today. Allow me to first thank Eunice at Nuts for Treasure for her generous Award giving this time of year. Because of her kindness I’ve received the Wonderful Team Member Readership Award, and the Liebster Award.

With my best efforts to share the wealth I’m sure someone may have been looked over. In the spirit of Eunice, if you would like one of these awards, please feel free to adopt the one of your choosing.


Wonderful Team Member Readership Award from Eunice at Nuts for Treasure

My nominees are:

Walking with a Smacked Pentax
Gain without Pain
Going with the Flow
Humbled Pie
Inside Out Cafe
Retiree Diary
Stephanie 2012


The Liebster Award from Eunice at Nuts for Treasure

My Nominees are:

Not Your Turn
Garden Walk Garden Talk
Flowery Prose
Maggie Moosetracks
The Wanderlust Gene
1001 Scribbles
Outdoor Guy Photography
Corinne at Soulsnet
Judy at Petit Chocolatier

Blog of the Year Award 3 star jpeg

A huge thank you is due to Rebecca at Clanmother. She generously extended the Blog of the Year Award  bringing me to three stars to fill my board. I believe Rebecca also extended the Seven Things About Me Award but I must confess as I was unable to locate it buried in my blog. Sorry Rebecca

Blog of the Year Award 4 star jpeg

Then Sylvia of Another Day in Paradise allowed me to pick up another star to become a Four-Star general from her awards post. Blog of the Year Award from Sylvia at Another Day in Paradise

My Nominees are:
Calee Photography
Kathryn Dawson
Mike’s Look at Life
Mabry Campbell Photography
Le Drake Noir
Marianne 365 Days
Eddie Two Hawks
Tim Timmis Photography
A Matter of Light
Ian Spagnolo Photography
Elena Elevon Traveling
Renee at Craves adventure
Feygirl at Serenity Spell
Bente Haarstad Photography
Phil..want another one??

Thank you so much for your following and look forward to sharing more exciting adventures in the New Year. Bella Remy

53 replies »

  1. Congratulations, my dear friend!!! You continue to inspire, challenge and welcome all who stop by for a visit. And one visit in never enough – it is so fun to come back for more fun and fellowship. Congratulations to all of those amazing bloggers who received you nomination! I am celebrating!!!

  2. 1st of all You DESERVE It – love your blog, writing flair and photography along with your friendship and support – You are such a SWEETIE!!! 2nd of all Thank You from the bottom of my heart for the Nomination – I am truly honored:) You motivate and inspire me every day as well as make me smile and brighten my day – love that! Have a Great One – Congrats:)

    • Renee, when I received these comments last night I was completely dumbfounded. Truly I have been humbled by the true kind generosity of fellow bloggers like yourself. Your words affirming my blog, photos, etc are just incredible and I can’t thank you enough. Hope to keep you smiling!

  3. Emily, thank you for nominating GWGT for the Liebster Award. I so much appreciate it. You deserve the awards and I pass along my congrats to you. Your photography is spectacular and I love your blog. I popped in here directly from Renee’s blog, seeing she also was nominated. Both blogs are a treat.

  4. Congratulations my dear friend! Well deserved because you are beyond sensational!!
    Thank you so much for putting me in the same honor as these wonderful blogs! I appreciate it 🙂

  5. Congratulations to you. dear Emily. All the awards are so well deserved. I love your blog, the wonderful photos and sharing, as well as your sense of humour and kindness. I look forward to more of your ‘fabulosity’ in the New Year. (I think I just invented a new word.) 😀

  6. My dear I’m absolutely delighted to pick up a Leibster Award – it was, in fact the first award that came my way but I was such an ignoramus i didn’t know what to do with it and I lost the link to the wonderful person who nominated me for it, so this is a wonderful opportunity to hunt her down and belatedly thank her.. Thank you, thank you, and many congratlations on another well-earned haul 🙂

  7. Congratulations, you really deserve all of it,
    really enjoy reading your posts and all your great shots,
    I love you sense of humour too… 🙂

    – and I’m really much honored
    that you mentioning “Le Drake Noir” above, thanks a lot… 🙂

  8. So well deserved! Neehhhh
    Your blog is AWESOME! We love what you write and your amazing & incredible photos! WOOF WOOF
    Maggie thanks you for the Liebster Award too! WOOF WOOF …She will be following up with her Q&A’s next week. 🙂 🙂

  9. Congratulations on your wonderful success! It’s well-deserved!

    Thank you so much for nominating Flowery Prose for a Liebster Award, I really appreciate it! 🙂

  10. A big congradulations on your huge success. The hard work put into “Hoof Beats” deserves recognition. This can be easily seen in the outstanding posts that you produce regularly. From the amazing photos to the absorbing articles it’s all here! you deserve it!!
    I like to also thank you for the award nomination. you are most kind……..

    • Wow Eddie ! I am truly humbled by your amazingly generous and kind comments/compliment. It brought a tear to my eye with such true heart. Thank you so very much for taking the time to share this and I will always treasure your words.
      Congratulations back to you for your award, it is very well deserved. Such beauty, and wisdom that you share is something my soul is always looking forward to.

  11. Congratulations on blogging for a year, great achievement and on all your awards. You have been freshly pressed 3 times, wow, I’ve never been. I don’t think they like me. It is all well deserved I’m sure.

    • In your case, I wouldn’t take it personal. I believe they like taking blogs that have few followers to get them noticed and more readers. You have what…over seven THOUSAND readers? I think that speaks volumes of the quality and beauty of your work. 🙂

  12. Hi Emily

    Thank you for your lovely nomination. I am honoured. You were one of the first bloggers to respond to me and you remain one of my most faithful followers and for that I am deeply grateful. How lovely it is that we can reach out the hand of friendship across the blogosphere. They talk about the world being a global village and it is blogging that has made me come to understand personally what that means. Your output is truly prolific. In the words of the film “I don’t know how she does it” but do it you do, and always with such spirit, enthusiasm and kindness. Keep sharing, Emily. We need you.

    With love

    • Hi Corinne,
      To answer your question, I’m not sure how I do it either. I’m afraid I’m going to run out of ideas soon though. 🙂 Your last comment is so endearing and brought a tear to my eye.
      You really spend so much time really thinking through your posts. From the life perspectives, the search for the truth in the meaning of life, your poems, and beautiful photos that you share. They are a true labor of love, and your blog shows the deep spirit you have for humanity.
      We can all be better people with having more friends like you. A truly global community that wants to appreciate and enjoy the world around us.

  13. A huge congratulations on reaching1000+ followers Emily. You deserve all the praise and awards you are receiving.
    Thanks for the honor of the award, as well as gracing my site with your presence. 😀

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