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Blogging for a purpose

Although I posted a recipe earlier, I was later honored to receive The Blogging for a Purpose award from Hetal, of Isha’s Kitchen, so I had to post about it and thank Hetal . Hetal, is a friend I have made recently but I believe it is a friendship that is growing steadily. Hetal is from India but now lives in Houston, Texas. She used to be a nutritionist but now is a “Domestic Goddess”, like most of us. Thank you Hetal very much.

So what is “Blogging with a Purpose?” I wondered? Where does it come from? I am a curious person and had to do some searching to see where it all started. Thanks to Google I found out that this is an award started back in April 2007 by Eric Novak who wanted to start a Christian award to recognise bloggers’ hard work and purpose, then was amused to receive his own award three months later! The very first few went to a few homeschoolers. Then they sent them on to their friends, who sent them on to their friends, and now the award has come from a foodie my way, and what other purpose do we foodies have? We all share the same love to cook and take care of our family, so that’s a good purpose for me.

Here are the original rules, as listed by Eric Novak in his site:

1. Awarded parties must nominate five people who have not received the award.

2. The blogs that receive the award must serve some purpose.

3. In their post about the award they need to link back to this entry.

4. Awarded parties must post the award banner on their site. The banner must remain linked to this site.

Now it’s my turn to pick five blogs I read that are examples of Blogging with a Purpose. That does not mean that the other blogs I read every day do not deserve this award but I had to choose only five, so I choose:

1.) Susan, from Food Blogga. Not only her blog is full of tasty recipes that I always want to try but she has made it her first priority to help other people with Osteoporosis.

2.) Lulu, of Mama’s Taverna, has made it her purpose to promote Greek Food and that’s more than enough for me.

3.) Val, of More than Burnt Toast. Yes, another food blog! I can’t help it, I’m obsessed with cooking, and this is yet another blog with the purpose of inspiring me to cook more. Yum!

4.) Peter, of Souvlaki for the Soul. Peter lives in Australia and cooks things that I haven’t even dreamt of, but it inspires me to expand my horizons and try new things. His pictures are perfect and every recipe looks beautiful!

5.) Swati, of Sugarcraft India. Swati is another friend from India and makes masterpieces made of sugar. You must check her blog, you will love it.

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19 Responses

  1. Hetal

    Congrats dear…wow,you have found out so much about this award..gr8!!

  2. Swati: Sugarcraft India

    Congrats Ivy on the award.. Am so thrilled seeing this ..You have made my day..Thanks a ton dear!!

  3. Lulu Barbarian

    You sure deserve this Ivy! Not so sure I do. 🙂

    I was reading your post wondering to myself, “What purpose has Ivy found for me?” And you discern absolutely correctly that I would like to promote authentic Greek food and teach people who are new to it.

    Thanks for pointing out to me that this is worthy purpose. I can hold my head high when I talk about my blog!

  4. Bellini Valli

    Thank you so much sis for this award. It means a lot to me coming from you:D

  5. Ivy

    Hi everybody, we all do the same thing more or less and you all deserve this as well as many others do as well. There are blogs I used to read but have found qualities in these people I do not like, so I just stopped visiting them. It’s as simple as that.

  6. Aparna

    Congratulations Ivy. You certainly deserve the award.

  7. Ivy

    Thank you very much Aparna.

  8. Tinker


    Congrats on the award and thanks for the comment… Don’t we all blog for a purpose, i.e. to make each other hungry? 🙂


  9. Ivy

    Hi Tinker and thanks for visiting. I think that’s the main reason 🙂

  10. Arfi Binsted

    Hi Ivy! I am really new to your blog but I am preparing myself to enter Skinny Gourmets (still find time to sit and write hehehe…) thanks for visiting my blog and congrats for the awards. I know Peter and surely he deserves the award 🙂

    Cheers from down under!

  11. Lore

    Congratulations on the award Ivy!

  12. Ivy

    Thanks Arfi for visiting and shall be looking forward for your entry.

  13. Ivy

    Thanks Lore and congrats on your new site.

  14. Anamika:The Sugarcrafter

    hi ivy ..long time…was busy so could not blog earlier….love your spirit or free expression and wonderful thoughts.. Congratulations for the award and also passing the awards to others..you certainly possess a beautiful heart !

  15. Ivy

    Hi Anamika it’s nice to have you back. Thanks for your kind words.

  16. Peter G

    Yia sou Ivy! Signomi for getting here late! I’ve just moved my blog over to another platform (and its taken forever).

    Seriously, I thank you for the award and the generosity you show with this. It means a lot and I think we all find our purpose(s) differently, sooner or later.


    I’ll be back soon…I promise. and again thank you!

  17. Ivy

    Hurry back Peter, we miss you…

  18. Noor

    I made the yum yum blog award just a few months to see where all she would end up and you would not believe the amazing food blogs she has ended up on. I have had so much fun seeing all of this and learning about more blogs and recipes along the way.

    You deserve it!

    Noor from Ya Salam Cooking

  19. Ivy

    Hi Noor. It seems that your award traveled all over the world and came here in Greece as well. Thanks for stopping by and for your kind words.