The WordPress Family Award

Joleene Naylor has nominated me for the WordPress Family Award.  Thanks, Joleene!  😀



  1. Display the award logo on your blog.
  2. Link back to the person who nominated you.
  3. Nominate 10 others you see as having an impact on your WordPress experience and family.
  4. Let your 10 Family members know you have awarded them.
  5. That is it. Just please pick 10 people that have taken you as  a friend, and spread the love.

Well, I started this blog on Thanksgiving Day back in 2010 because I needed a blog that was separate from the one I co-administer with Stephannie Beman (and co-author with Joleene Naylor and Janet Syas Nitsick) dedicated to supporting other self-published authors.  Now, that blog was started back in January 2010, so it’s older than this one.

So my real introduction to WordPress stemmed to January 2010.  I was on Blogger at the time, and Stephannie told me that WordPress more user friendly and suggested we combine forces to create a blog dedicated to sharing our research and experience in self-publishing.  We asked Joleene if she’d like to join, and she did.  From there we had a couple of authors who contributed on a regular basis but then got too busy to stay on.  Today Janet is the other author who contributes to the blog.

I met Stephannie back in 2008 on LiveJournal.  I got into LiveJournal because of Melanie Nilles.  Melanie also introduced me to MySpace which is where I met Joleene (and I don’t remember when I met Joleene or even how).  I remember Stephannie was the one who found me on LiveJournal.  (I met Melanie in college; we were suite mates in the same dorm.)

So what I’ve learned along the way is that friendships are developed slowly and usually in places you least expect it.  I’ve met a lot of people through WordPress (and in other avenues) through the years, but in the WordPress world, I’d say Stephannie Beman, Joleene Naylor, Lauralynn Elliot, and Rose Gordon stand out as the ones I’ve had a “WordPress” relationship with.  Lauralynn, Rose, and I met through the self-published author’s WordPress blog.  I know I met Lauralynn before Rose (so maybe in 2010?).  Correct me if I’m wrong on any of this, Lauralynn.   I met Rose in 2011.  I remember when I met her because I picked up one of her books before I realized she wrote it, and it was a new release at the time (so all I have to do is check the date on that book to remember).

Now, I didn’t meet one author in particular through WordPress, and honestly, I don’t remember how long I’ve known her, but she does have a WordPress blog so I’ll mention her along with the other authors who’ve made my WordPress experience a fun one.  Her name is Paula Freda.  I know we met through my website contact form, but I don’t remember when I met her.  I want to say 2009, but I’m not definite on that.

Janet is my author friend in real life (we met back in 2008 and live in the same small town).  Melanie and I go further back to 1994 in college.  I guess if anyone should take credit to where I am today, it would be Melanie because she inspired me to go beyond simply writing stories in my notebook.  Because of her, I discovered the wonderful world of self-publishing.

So another lesson I’ve learned is that one thing leads to another, and you can never tell what steps you’re taking today or who you’re meeting today who will lead you down a path full of amazing rewards.  The best things in life often come in the simple and small things we can take for granted.

With the exception of Joleene who nominated me for this award, I’m going to pass along the award to the above people I mentioned (in alphabetical order):

1.  Stephannie Beman

2.  Lauralynn Elliot

3.  Dorothy Paula Freda

4. Rose Gordon

5.  Melanie Nilles

6.  Janet Syas Nitsick

(6 out of 10 isn’t too bad, right?)  😀

About Ruth Ann Nordin

Ruth Ann Nordin mainly writes historical western romances and Regencies. From time to time, she branches out to other genres, but her first love is historical romance. She lives in Omaha, Nebraska with her husband and a couple of children. To find out more about her books, go to
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8 Responses to The WordPress Family Award

  1. Aw, thanks, Ruth. 🙂 I’ll have to see who I want to give the award to now. 🙂

    I think I met Rose through you…I think…. LOL

    • I think it was because of the forum on SPAL that we briefly went on that we really met Rose. I think she commented a couple of times on the blog, but that was so long ago, I don’t even remember those. I do remember talking to her on that forum, though, because she posed an interesting question about authors starting out really big in sales and then suddenly dropping. I had searched for that topic to see if I could find something about it but came up with nothing. I never did find the author that reported that on her blog, but the conversation on the forum stuck with me.

      When did we meet? I guess it had to be in 2010 because that is when SPAL was born. Man, these things happen and you don’t notice because they come on so casually. I’m really glad I know you! 😀

  2. Judy DV says:

    Ruth, thanks for sharing all of that. I don’t use my WordPress blog much, maybe now I will.
    I also want to thank you as you are an encourager. You helped give me the push to start my own business and believed in me. Thanks.

    • Thanks, Judy. 😀 You’ve also been a huge source of encouragement to me, too. You’ve given me a boost when I really needed it a couple times in the past. You probably weren’t aware of when those times were, but you’d say something that helped me keep going and reminded me to stay true to my vision for my books as I was writing them. Sometimes it only takes one comment to make everything better. 😀

  3. 6 out of 10 seems pretty good to me 😉

    I always think it’s so interesting how one place, or one person can lead to another and another and another and sometimes your whole life can be changed by it and you don;t even notice. (this is one of those things I spend too much time paying attention to, LOL!)

    • I know. I don’t even remember how we met. I just know it was on MySpace, and leaving MySpace was hard because I had met people like you there and didn’t want to lose those connections. I look back and am amazed at how long ago all that was when I met you and everyone else. It doesn’t seem like it’s been that long. (And now I sound just like my mom used to when she gave me “the talk” before I left for college. LOL)

  4. dorothypaula says:

    Dear Ruth, Thank you for nominating me for the WordPress Award. I’ve placed the logo on my WordPress blog. Completing the other required as I write this. And, by the way, you definitely deserve to win! 🙂

    • Hi Paula! I’m very grateful I met you. 😀 You’ve been so encouraging and have mentored me through a lot. I look forward to seeing your blog post! 😀

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