02 February 2010

Excessively Diverting Blog Award winners

The aim of the Excessively Diverting Blog Award is to acknowledge writing excellence in the spirit of Jane Austen’s genius in amusing and delighting readers with her irony, humour, wit and talent for keen observation. Recipients will uphold the highest standards in the art of the sparkling banter, witty repartee, and gentle reprove. This award was created by the blogging team of Jane Austen Today to ack­now­­ledge superior writing over the Internet and promote Jane Austen’s brilliance.

Here are my nominees:

1. At My Soiree. This blog is indeed sophisticated, intelligent and interesting. One of the few bloggers who write as if their readers were educated and thoughtful.

2. Emm in London. Fabulous text and images from modern and historical London, arguably the most exciting city on earth.

3. Your Brisbane: Past and Present. The foto fanatic has found historical material about Brisbane that I would have thought was lost for all time. Super duper blog.

4. ThinkShop. A surprise and pleasure - long, thoughtful articles on history, politics and literature, just about my favourite mixture of disciplines.

5. Edwardian Promenade. Evangeline is covering topics that are becoming more and more interesting to my reading. And she covers them in depth.

6. The Textile Blog. The posts are long, detailed and a total pleasure to read. If I was putting my favourites in order, I would put this one near the top.

7. The Victorian Era. Great topics and lots of informative text and images. Despite my years studying renaissance and early modern history, the Victorian and Edwards blogs I have nominated have changed my focus entirely. What joy!

7. History and traditions of England. I couldn't leave out a blog that finds _my_ all-time favourite historical questions and writes them up beautifully. And the images are always spot on.

Recipients, please claim your award by copying the HTML code of the Excessively Diverting Blog Award badge, posting it on your blog, listing the name of the person who nominated you, and linking to their blog. Then nominate seven (7) other blogs that you feel meet or exceed the standards set forth. Nominees may place the Excessively Diverting badge in their side bar and enjoy the appreciation of their fellow blogger for recognition of their talent.


ChrisJ said...


I am honoured. Thank you.

Geerte said...

Thank you so much for the award! Your blog is delightful :)

Geerte from The Victorian Era

the foto fanatic said...

Golly - thanks for this thought. It's nice to hear that the blog is being enjoyed.

John Hopper said...

For once Helen, I am lost for words, which is a rare occurrence. Thank you for your appreciation of The Textile Blog. It can be hard work, but as long as it is appreciated by the likes of yourself, it is well worth it. Thank you again.

Wissy said...


I am a first time visitor to your blog. Very impressed!

I agree with your comments about Emm in London (i subscribe). I always await her bloggings (is that a word?).

french-treasures said...

Great idea to make awards for excellence - Your blog should be on the list!

P. M. Doolan said...


Thank you ever so much for this award and your kind words. You made my day!

Unknown said...

Lovely list-- I can't wait to visit all of these and btw I've recently discovered you and am enjoying your posts greatly-- keep up the good work:-)

Hels said...

Londongirl said...

I just wanted to say how much I enjoy reading your blog - I've commented a few times, and submitted several posts to Digg and Stumble.

I know you've come across mine, www.webhistoryofengland.com , and thanks for the comments you've left.


Hels said:

Thank you Londongirl and every other great blogger, thank you linesmen, thank you ball boys. I realise the award is just a bit of fun, but it DOES say well done to the people who have put hard labour into their blogs for little immediate reward.

p.s I don't do digg or stumble.. am I missing out on something important?

Mandy Southgate said...

Hi Hels, thank you sooo much for this award! You are a sweetiepie! I have been bad at passing on awards in the past but think it might be time to do something about recognising all of my blogging friends.