Ginny at the Flour Loft has nominated me for a Blogger reflections award which is very kind of her. Euan's comment was "Reflection or narcissism? Hmm?"
I can never manage to download images or buttons from the web so instead I put a photo of our eldest cats - Bix and Phoebe - drinking from the kitchen tap as there are "reflections" in it - how desperate is that?
The idea is that I now nominate blogs that make me reflect on life, that influence me in some way.
The problem is that I always nominate the same blogs - though I do spend time blog hopping, linking from one to another, there are very few blogs that I visit regularly.
What I value in a blog is honesty and a conversation - I like comments sections which elaborate on the topic. This is why I personally try to answer any comments on a posting, not by e-mail. I particularly like comments that debate, disagree and bring in a different angle. Some blogs seem to achieve this really well though, interestingly, they are not the sites which get the most people commenting.
Some blogs that I visit most days have already been nominated for the award - The ones that haven't are by Heather at Eieflud - a business blog which discusses perfume in a very interesting, emotive way and is honest about the frustrations of running a small business, Gigibird, where Lynne muses on life, ethics and how we live - she has a good small bunch of commenters who are prepared to be cheeky, and Love Honour and Disobey, a relatively new blog where Gina allows herself to be both grouchy and funny in public.
There are other blogs that also make me think, but too often I have just read a single posting and then hopped on somewhere else, unable to find my way back. This serendipity is partly what makes it all interesting.