Friday, March 12, 2010

Pass The Prolificus


Fellow prolific writer Missy Frye at The Incurable Disease of Writing has kindly bestowed upon me the Prolific Blogger Award. I am so flattered by this gesture, because we blog in completely different genres! Missy nonetheless took the time to recommend my blog to anyone interested in space exploration, and I would love to return the favor for any writers out there who enjoy tips about the craft.

Prolific Blogger Award
According to the definition being passed along:
- A Prolific Blogger is one who is intellectually productive... keeping up an active blog filled with enjoyable content.
- Each winner must pass on this award to seven other deserving prolific bloggers, and
link back to the blog post from which he/she has received the award.

Of course, I follow a great many bloggers who don't follow me – so I don't use this sort of tool for "web-ring-ing" returns, as it were. I just take the opportunity to spotlight great sites that I admire personally, so it's an honor to pass them on. Seven is a lot of reviews, however... so I have just chosen four favorites that I read consistently and that I think are truly "prolific."

Miles O’Brien
Longtime aviator and anchor, Miles O'Brien has spent the last 27 years reporting the news (17 of those as CNN's aerospace & science correspondent), and among his many professional accolades are the Rotary National Award for Space Achievement and the National Space Club Media Award. He has hosted his own blog for nearly a year now (where he finds time is a mystery to me!) and more recently began hosting TWIS, as we geeks refer to "This Week In Space," where he reports on anything and everything in the space industry, including his no-nonsense addresses to Congress. Worth watching. That is all.

Miles O'Brien
Miles O'Brien & Moonwalker Gene Cernan
at the Rotary Club of Houston

Pages, Pucks & Pantry
Long-time friend and first supporter of my flight simulation insanities, Mrs. L, writes about all that is fun and fascinating about scrapbooking, hockey and cooking. Pretty eclectic, eh? She occasionally stops the presses for interesting space news and amusing events in the Star Trek 'verse, so her blog has held my attention for many years. We credit her for helping me prepare my very first Thanksgiving Turkey, and keeping me up to date with releases like The Astronaut's Cookbook!

Newer but no less appreciated friend, space-enthusiast Amnon Govrin, describes his Spacepirations blog as "The pursuit of space and reaching for the stars, figuratively and literally." He documents his journey as a marathoning space-hopeful, and perhaps we'll all see him soon on the StarWalker Reality Show.

X PRIZE Foundation
The Launch Pad
The nonprofit X PRIZE Foundation sponsors the Google Lunar X Prize (among others), which in turn runs a wonderful blog about all things moony. Oft-updated and always topical, it’s a great place to keep up with exciting independent projects like SELENE, Odyssey Moon, Euroluna, STELLAR, Frednet, and other teams hoping to make space exploration more accessible (and even profitable?!).

Revel in thy prolificacy! For other great places to follow space news and commentary, see also the Official Seal of Awesomeness.


lisleman said...

thanks for listing those 4 blogs they appear to be good ones.
The blog award games are fun but I have no idea why people put the rules on them like they do. I've notice many bloggers state that they will not play along.

PillowNaut said...

LOL, I understand why. The "rules" are designed to forge backlinks (increases things like Google rank or engine-searchability)... but I also don't really wish to play that game indiscriminately -- just creates internet fluff. That is why chose 4 blogs out of the required 7, the idea being to showcase quality ones that are consistently updated :)

robert said...

Hey Heather...

Woot is teasing NASA about the Voyager Golden Record, when no one uses LPs any more. Pretty funny.

The theory behind the record (including instructions on how to build a player) may be an interesting topic.

Amnon I. Govrin said...

Thanks, Heather! Your timing is pretty funny, with me contemplating today about my short journey so far.
I am flattered and will write a post about this. Pillownaut is one of the inspirations for my blog, and I am humbled by the fact that I managed to reach people and interest them with my little corner of (cyber)space.

PillowNaut said...

You betcha! The beautiful part is when we can all inspire each other :)

Late-breaking news, and another case of FUNNY TIMING... Miles O'Brien actually gave Pillownaut Twitter a mention on Episode 10 of THIS WEEK IN SPACE! Two days after I blogged about him, LOL...
My 5 seconds of fame is in the last couple minutes of the broadcast.

PillowNaut said...

@Robert, that is hilarious! Must put that story on the blog front this coming week... what city are you in so I can cite you? :)

Ruth D. Hochman said...

Congrats!!!! Earth to Pillownaut! Long time no be in contact! Are you tracking? How goes things?! Hope all is well in your exploratory journeys!

Best always,


Laksen Sirimanne said...

Hi Heather,
Your blog is fantastic and even though I don't leave comments most of the time I am a frequent (daily) visitor. Thanks for the updates and the great blog posts. I keep coming back to read what you have written.

PillowNaut said...

@Ruthie! Great to cyber-see you, and ah, you know... still trying to BOLDLY GO, hahaha ;)

@Laksen, thanks! I see you're also promoting O'Brien's new show with updates -- good job! Glad to see this worthwhile broadcast is spreading :)

Amnon I. Govrin said...

Again, thanks, Heather. I continued the chain with my own post...


Norman Copeland said...

Hello pillownauts!!! Good luck to all the lookout posts!!!