The Bug Geek

Insects. Doing Science. Other awesome, geeky stuff.

Bloggy love.

I received an award this morning from one of my regular readers, Christie.  I was tickled.  *hee*

There is a catch, though…I am now to let others know that they’ve influenced/entertained/inspired/taught/amused me by passing the award on to other bloggers. 

I’m pretty new to the blogging scene, at least in an organized, thoughtful way.  There have been many, many blogs that I’ve really enjoyed following this year, be it for the content, writing style, photography, voice…or a little of everything.  They are the ones that inspired me to give this blogging thing a try, and/or continue to inspire me to spread my wings and reach new blogging heights.

It was very difficult for me to pick these…I have a loooong list of reads and they wouldn’t be ON my lists* if I didn’t love them; I would like to give them all awards.  I decided to narrow it down to those which meet at least one of the  following criteria: a) has been  influential in my own blogging and/or b)  is one of the newest additions to my blogroll that I’m looking forward to exploring further.  In addition, candidates’ blogs must contain some some natural history/science /geeky content (it’s a THEME!!!).  But still, a little o’ this and a little o’ that.  

So, without further ado (and in alphabetical order) my nominees are *drumroll please*:

Beetles in the Bush – I felt like I’d hit the jackpot when I found Ted and his blog. It opened a door to a world of really spectacular bug/invertebrate/nature-blogging for me. His knowledge of and passion for his six-legged subjects oozes out of every carefully crafted word and gorgeous photograph. I enjoy, and learn from, each and every post.

Biodiversity In Focus – Morgan Jackson is, like me, a Canadian graduate student. He is also a bug geek. And he takes very lovely pictures. That’s 3 x WIN in my books. I’m looking forward to watching his blog develop.

Bug Girl’s Blog – of course I love Bug Girl’s Blog. How can you not? Brainy, irreverent, relevant, aware. A great mix of politics, funnies, and science. Oh, and BUGS.

Crunchy Turtle – Rachel is one of my best on-line friends and her blog is the one I’ve followed the longest.  She is honest, funny and interesting.  Her appreciation of the natural world is one of our shared interests/experiences, although there are many others.  She is one of the big reasons I decided to try blogging, and I am thankful. XO Rachel! 

FemaleScienceProfessor – provides her readers with an honest and thoughtful glimpse at academic life, touching on a dizzying array of important subjects of interest to profs and students alike. Where DOES she find the time?

I Love Insects – a new find for me, and full of buggy geekly goodies…I’m looking forward to her next post.

MObugs – well-written and well-researched snapshots of arthropod diversity, accompanied with lovely photos. It’s like speed-dating for bugs; I meet someone new and interesting every time I read.

Myrmecos Blog – if I should happen to die and have the option to be reincarnated as a macro photographer, I’d ask to be Alex Wild. His photographs are beyond top-notch, and the science/natural history accompanying them takes them to the next level (if that’s even possible).

Ruffly Speaking – this is not a nature/science/academic blog…but it’s definitely a geek blog.  A DOG geek blog.  It’s a SMART dog blog, and the only one I read regularly.  Even if didn’t have gorgeous photographs of ridiculously beautiful dogs (not to mention 9 puppies right now-omg the cute) Joanna’s writing is intelligent, funny and relevant.  Posts on breeding, training, diet, behaviour, etc. etc. (the canine behaviour posts are my favourite, wonderfully insightful!)   A great read for dog-lovers.

xenogere – there is something about Jason’s writing that is very special…I can’t put my finger on it…it seems unfiltered, and as though it comes from a very personal space.   It’s extremely engaging, whatever it is.  Combine that with beautiful photographs, sweeping narratives and interesting natural history, and I’m hooked.

Thank you to all those mentioned (and all the others on my blogroll, really*) for your beautiful work.  Here’s your award:

(Just save and post on your blog, if blog bling is your thing).

Now, if you’d like to pass it on to 10 other bloggers and let them know how much YOU appreciate them, write a similar post, including links to the 10 nominees, then leave a comment on their blog telling them about the award.

Happy reading!


* just ’cause you’re not on my blogroll here, doesn’t mean you’re not on my reader…my roll is more a collection of my natural history/nature/science-type faves.   My reader-list bloggers…I love you too (you know who you are!)

16 responses to “Bloggy love.

  1. Ted C. MacRae February 8, 2010 at 7:54 PM

    I’m honored TGIQ. I remember stumbling upon your blog when you were a disenchanted public servant – it was such a bizarrely endearing glimpse at someone in another world that, somehow for some reason, I identified with. I almost felt like a voyeur going back through your previous posts.

    It’s been fun watching the transformation, and I’m tickled you credit me for playing some small part.

    • The Geek In Question February 8, 2010 at 8:15 PM

      Ah, yes, the “good old days”. I just did a quick trip down memory lane…it was immediately apparent that I swear considerably less now than I used to. A sign of progress, perhaps? Your blog felt like a silver lining (the what COULD be) behind my dark, ominous cloud of Life In A Cubicle 4EVR.

  2. christie February 8, 2010 at 9:11 PM

    OOOh MOBugs! I live in Missouri, we are always finding all kinds of strange looking characters hanging around that we would like to learn more about. This blog should be helpful. I can’t wait to explore these blogs.

  3. MObugs41 February 8, 2010 at 9:34 PM

    Thank you so very much for the “shout out”. Writing this blog has become a labor of love for me, and knowing that others are finding it useful, entertaining, educational, or just like looking at the pictures makes it all worthwhile. I am disappointed in myself for not knowing about your blog before now :o(
    Now that this has been rectified I will be a frequent visitor and can’t wait to see what treasures lurk within it’s boundaries.
    Thanks again!

    Shelly (MObugs)

  4. MObugs41 February 8, 2010 at 9:36 PM

    Christie, come on over and visit, I look forward to hearing from you. If there are certain insects that make their appearance and you are curious about who they are, feel free to email me and I will find out for you.

  5. Morgan Jackson February 9, 2010 at 12:06 AM

    Wow! To be included in such strong company is a real honour! Also being new to the blogosphere, I am greatly appreciative of your readership and now this! I have really enjoyed reading your geekery these last few weeks and am very much looking forward to your future tales! Thanks again, and happy geeking!

    • The Geek In Question February 9, 2010 at 7:48 AM

      It’s nice to have some strong grad student voices out here…it’s something I was looking for early on in my blog-read-searches, and something I found very little of. You’re a very welcome addition. Cheers!

  6. Rachel February 9, 2010 at 9:22 AM

    Awe , C, that was so sweet! We’ve been through a lot together and I am so glad I get to stalk your blog now! I love that your finding your voice, and a following! Thanks for the sweet, kind words. MUCH love! XOXO

  7. Bug Girl February 9, 2010 at 11:14 AM

    Awwww. Thanks!!! *blush*

  8. jason February 10, 2010 at 7:48 AM

    You are far too generous. I’m humbled and honored to be included with these other great bloggers. It’s one of the greatest gifts in life to know that my passion for nature can engage, educate or enamor others. Thank you!

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