Fifteen blogs for inspiration!

very inspiring blogger

Recently Julie Stock nominated me for a Very Inspiring Blogger Award. Thank you Julie, I am totally delighted to accept. Julie blogs at ‘My Writing Life’ Julie writes about her journey towards being a published author and offering help to others who are in the same position.

It is only a short while ago that I posted an acceptance for the same award from Geoff Le Pard. In that post I promised I would do some exploring to seek out other inspiring bloggers to add to our growing community. Since then I have also created a page listing awards for which I have been nominated and those whom I have nominated. I’m sure a quick look at that page will suggest many worthwhile bloggers to follow.

Here are the rules of the award:

  • Thank and link to the person who nominated you.
  • List the rules and display the award.
  • Share seven facts about yourself.
  • Nominate 15 other amazing blogs and comment on their posts to let them know they have been nominated.
  • Optional: follow the blogger who nominated you, if you don’t already do so.

Map with Indigenous Australian place names

The seven facts I am sharing with you in this post are seven locations in which I have lived that are named using a word from the languages of Aboriginal peoples of Australia. Although I have lived in more than 20 homes for varying lengths of time, only seven locations have Aboriginal names.

  1. Yuleba: “the place of water lilies”, about 420km west of Brisbane: birth until about 10 months.
  2. Kallangur: “a goodly or satisfactory place”, about 20km north of Brisbane: 10 months until 61/2 years. I started school at Kallangur walking the approximately 2 miles (3.3km) to and from school with my older brother and sister.
  3. Wooloowin: “fish”, a suburb of Brisbane: 1970 – 72 (teacher training).
  4. Duaringa: “a meeting place on the swamp oaks”, about 116km west of Rockhampton: second year of teaching.
  5. Koolyanobbing: “large hard rocks”, approximately halfway between Perth and Kalgoorlie (i.e. in ‘the middle of nowhere’): about 18 months during 1977/78.
  6. Wagga Wagga: “the place of many crows”, approximately 450km south-west of Sydney: 1979 (university).
  7. Jindalee: “bare hills”, a suburb of Brisbane: 1997-2004 (though have lived in adjoining suburbs since 1981).

In this post I am nominating fifteen blogs that I have not before nominated for an award. If I have nominated you previously, you are still on my list of wonderful blogs to follow (see page).

It is up to each nominee whether they wish to participate by accepting the award and/or paying the compliment forward. The purpose of my nomination is simply to share with others how valuable I consider the blog to be.


Julieanne To Read To Write To Be

teacher versus mum

Irene Waters Reflections and Nightmares

Linda Petersen Raising 5 Kids with Disabilities and Staying Sane Blog

Geoff Le Pard TanGental

Carrie Gelson There’s a Book for That

Matt Renwick Reading by Example

Michael Michalko Imagineer7’s Weblog

A.J. Juliani Teach Different

Three Teachers Talk

Sarah Brentyn Are you kidding me?!

Shelley Wilson Live Every Day with Intention

Ross Morrison McGill @TeacherToolkit

Jean Cogdell jean’s writing

Tara Smith A Teaching Life

I hope you find time to visit some of those blogs. There is much to inspire!

Thank you

Thank you for reading. I value your feedback. Please share your thoughts on any aspect of this post.

18 thoughts on “Fifteen blogs for inspiration!

  1. TanGental

    Norah, I had to come here and say an official thank you. I’m really touched that anyone thinks my little efforts worthy of such accolades. And I’m with Anne; the aboriginal names are fantastic. As a ten year old my uncle and aunt emigrated to Australia and moved to Wagga Wagga – my uncle was a bus driver or prison officer or something then and I loved writing to him to be able to write such a great name on the envelope. Almost but not quite as good as when I had a friend in Piddle Trenthide in Dorset – I was at the age when that appealed even more. .

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    1. Norah Post author

      Your comment has left me with a smile. Piddle Trenthide! What ever does that name mean? Place names can be very amusing, can’t they?
      It’s amazing that your uncle and aunt emigrated to Wagga Wagga. I wonder if I would have met them. (I’m not really serious. It’s just like people saying, “Oh, you’re from England. Do you know x? He lives in X.’
      And by the way, you are very deserving of the award. Your blog is always an entertaining and/or educational read! 🙂


      1. TanGental

        Well it’s on the river Piddle. But what Trenthide means heaven knows. Some names were changed by the over sensitive Victorians – Tolpuddle famous for its martyrs for instance is nearby. There’s a Piddleton. Names generally can cause all sorts of mirth and problems. If you remember ask me about the names of the Germans who were in the law firm mine merged with in 2000. Quite unbelievable and almost impossible to introduce to an English speaking client and keep a straight face.

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  2. Sarah Brentyn

    Thanks, Norah. 🙂 I appreciate the nomination and look forward to reading the other blogs you’ve “tagged”.

    I love the map and Aboriginal names of places you’ve lived. So interesting to read the meanings of them and where they are located.

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  3. Annecdotist

    What a great response to that blogging-award staple “share seven interesting things about yourself”. I always thought most original Australian place names had a lovely rhythm and it’s good to think of their meanings alongside.
    You’ve done a great job in identifying 15 new blog nominations – hope to find the time to follow up a few of the unknowns.

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    1. Norah Post author

      Thank you, Anne. I was rather pleased to find that I had lived in 7 places named with Indigenous Australian words. Perfect for that post, I thought. One more or less and it would not have worked.
      I’m sure you’ll find one or two blogs of interest 🙂


  4. Bec

    A great post Nor – the meanings for the places with Aboriginal names in which you have lived is just lovely. And as always you have compiled a great list of blogs to follow. Thank you !

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  5. woodbeez48

    A lovely, interesting post, Norah. You have had a nomadic life 🙂 Thanks for the mention of my blog as well and thanks for taking part. Looking forward to Monday Blogs 🙂

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    1. Norah Post author

      Thank you, Julie! My life hasn’t been particularly nomadic. I have lived in the same more-or-less area now since 1981!!! We do like it here and have no intentions of moving anytime soon. I’m actually a bit of a stay-at-home girl.
      I agree about Monday Blogs – it’s always fun catching up there! 🙂

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  6. shelleywilson72

    Thank you so much for the nomination Norah, you have amazing bloggers on your list so I am honoured to be amongst them. The blogging community is a big one, but they are also the most entertaining, inspiring and dedicated. I look forward to going through your list and meeting new friends x



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