Cherished Blogfest 2017

Cherished Badge17If you’re wondering when we are going to open the sign-up list for the Cherished Blogfest, you’re not alone. Several people have been asking. The good news is that we are preparing for this popular blogging event, but we are going to change the date. The 2017 edition of the Cherished Blogfest will take place in mid-October. The list will be active from Friday, October 13th through Sunday, October 15th.

There are two important reasons for changing to the date: First, a lot of people who wanted to participate last year, told us that they were away on vacation the last week of July. Second, several of the blogfest organizers are also co-hosting the “We Are the World” blogfest (WATWB, and since WATWB runs on the last Friday of every month, there would be a potential conflict, as well as a possible co-host-overload situation.

Beginning next week, we will be re-blogging some previous Cherished Blogfest entries. This will continue through early October, when we will publish the information about the 2017 blogfest.

By the way, if you’re interested in spreading a good story, I urge you to consider joining the WATWB. It’s easy, it’s fun and I think it’s important. If you want more information, take a look here.

The Cherished Blogfest is Underway

The official list opens at 12:01 AM (GMT) on Friday, July 29, 2016.

We promised it would be easy:

Once you’ve written you post, click here to add it to the list.

Enter the Title of your post

Enter the URL of you post

Enter your email and your name (people won’t see your email)

That’s it!

Sign and Sign (up) Again?

The Cherished Blogfest kicks off in two weeks. Perhaps you’re thinking of joining us. Perhaps, you’ve already signed-up. And, perhaps, you’re wondering why we’re going to ask you to sign-up again in two weeks.Well, we learned a few lessons when we ran this blogfest last year, and there are a few good reasons for getting you to sign-up now, and a bunch of good reasons to have you sign-up again.

The first list is the people who are participating, and the blog on which they reside. This is important for several reasons:

We want to visit your blog in advance. Yes, partly to see if you are a greedy spam-bot, but also to help us better understand the nature of the group

We want to be able to highlight the bloggers who participated “last year” when next year’s blogfest comes around.

We want to be able to send you a reminder or two prior to the 29th.

OK, that makes sense, but why the second list?

The Cherished Blogfest proved to be more popular than we expected last year. This year is showing a similar level of interest (there are over 50 people signed-up already) and we want to be able to read and share the cherished posts. We also realize that some of you will post more than one cherished item.

For example, a friend of mine is writing one for herself, one for one of her cats, and one for one of her fictional characters (pretty cool, wouldn’t you say?) Last year, I published one for me, and I published one written by my brother, who doesn’t (yet) have a blog.

In addition, some of you normally publish more than once during any given 3-day period. So if we don’t get around to reading your post on the day you publish it, we might not see the right post. We will poke around, of course, but we want to be able to send people to your cherished post, from the Linky List.

When you do post your cherished story, you can expect a visit from at least one and likely a few of the co-hosts. Last year, each of the co-hosts visited almost every post. Entering each post on that second list will ensure that we (and the other participants) see your post(s).

The goal of the Cherished Blogfest is to share our stories, feelings and emotions about the things that are special to us. The goal of the co-hosts is to make this as easy as possible and to help introduce people to your blog, through your posts. If you’ve already signed-up, welcome aboard. If you’re still thinking about it, we hope you will join us (you can follow the link below). If you’re still trying to figure out what to write about (welcome to my world) you still have two weeks.
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Click here to enter your link and see who is participating…

Are you ready for Cherished Blogfest?

Hi CB Fans!  I’m Kate.
I’ve been asking myself, “What object do I cherish the most?
What object has the most memories attached?
What is my most useful object  no, irreplaceable object?
If I could only take one thing (not including loved ones) with me in a pinch,
what would I take if the place were on fire?”  Let’s pretend I’m Superwoman…
nah, that won’t do because (I’m sure comic fans will know) Superwoman wound
back into time so she didn’t have to decide, you, know, in THE pinch.

Anywho, I’ve found my cherished object!

um-hmmm, like i own a money. you guys are easy!

um-hmmm, like i own a money. you guys are easy!

cherished-badge16Paint or sketch (if you are an artist),
photograph, and ‘splain your cherished object.
(Wow, a painter can get away with
less than 500 words… show don’t tell!)
We’ll be captivated!
Read what others say about theirs.
Plus, this year I’m going to be a bloggy-reader-gal
(aka co-host) and visit participant’s pages!

Make Dan AntionDamyanti BiswasPeter Nena,
Cheryl Pennington, Mary Giese, Sharukh Bamboat,
and me busy, reading until the wee hours!

Don’t say I didn’t warn you; you’ve had enough time.
In seventeen days tell the world about your favorite object and the story behind it.
I double-dog-dare you…

When the Cherished Blogfest goes live on the 29th,
enter your blog post entry into the Linky List.  July 29th, 30th or 31st 2016!
Pass the word!
#CBF16 (for you twits on twitter) or #cherishedblogfest!

(Thanks to wikipedia for the Monet.)

Adore, Treasure, Cherish

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Verb; past tense: Cherished

Protect and care for (someone) lovingly; “He cared for me beyond measure and cherished me in his heart.”

Synonyms: Adore, hold dear, love, dote on, be devoteed to, revere, esteem, admire

Hold something dear; “I cherish the letters she wrote.”

Synonyms: Treasure, prize, value highly, hold dear

Keep a hope or ambition in one’s mind; “They cherished dreams of glory.”

Synonyms: Harbor, possess, hold on to, cling to, keep in one’s mind, foster, nurture.


Hello Cherished Blogfest-ers!

You may have had the meaning of “cherish” in your mind, but I thought I’d give you the full meaning, a few synonyms and a little encouragement for your post.

Are you finding it difficult to come up with a cherished item or idea for this year’s blogfest?

For some of you, the item has already been chosen and a rough draft of the post has been formulated in your mind. For others, the final chosen object/idea hasn’t come to fruition. It could be that you have many cherished objects and don’t know which one to pick. It could be that you want to write about a given cherished object, but don’t know where to start. Perhaps you believe your chosen object will point you out as materialistic (I cherish my shoes!) or that your idea for a post won’t meet your own high standards of perfection.

Are you a “Charlie Brown,” frustrated by the fact that you can never kick the football (cherished object) from Lucy’s hands?

Relax, people, this is supposed to be fun.

Fun, fun, fun!

The Cherished Blogfest is a little less than three weeks out. You have plenty of time to choose your object and write a story. For right now, relax, put your feet up, and keep reading.

Your cherished object can be anything you choose. Anything. If you want to talk about your Imelda-like collection of shoes, go ahead. If the football bobble head sitting on your desk at work has a special meaning, go for it. If the bar down the street is your cherished Friday night retreat for fish and a beer, tell us about it. If you prefer to write about a person, like your mom or best friend or a special pet, just do it. Think outside the box. Is the time you spend on meditation or prayer or reading each day a cherished time? Whatever you pick, whatever idea you come up with, cherish your choice.

I could keep throwing out suggestions, but you probably get the point. I hope I have given you some inspiration.

There are so many wonderful and exciting reasons to join us for the Cherished Blogfest on July 29-30-31, 2016, that you can’t really say, “I’ve got nothing.” You do have something and the Blogfest co-hosts of Dan AntionDamyanti BiswasPeter NenaCheryl Pennington and Kate Powell, as well as myself, encourage, urge and support you in your Cherished Blogfest stories. We are all very excited to engage with you and read what comes from an awesome group of bloggers.

As for me, I’ve chosen my cherished object, taken a few photos and started a tiny bit of research. Do you want to know what object I’ve chosen?

Here’s a hint…

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Thanks for reading and participating in the 2016 Cherished Blogfest. I can’t wait to see what happens the last weekend of July!

Countdown!Cherished Blogfest

cherished-badge16Are you excited? We are!

If you’ve already signed up for the blogfest, welcome! We can’t wait to meet you and read your Cherished posts. In a life that is so often fraught with tension, disappointment and despair, it is a healing thing to take time out to think about those things which mean the most to us-our most cherished objects, moments, memories….

The countdown is on until July 29th when we go live with our Cherished Blogfest event! This blogfest will give everyone a chance to share their most cherished object and to meet other talented people, enriching everyone who posts’ creative experience. This 3 day blogfest is an invitation to share, explore and broaden your circle of friends in the writing community. We also hope you will share the date, invite others you think will enjoy the event and get your pencils sharpened, your typing fingers limbered up and your imaginations stimulated. July 29th is just around the corner!

And if you’re at all like me, it may be hard to narrow it down to any single cherished object. We look forward to seeing you here!

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So much to cherish……😉

Confessions of the Cherished Blogfest Experience

Do you believe in miracles? Well, I’m not talking about the miracles that we read in religious books, but some unexpected events that completely change the course of your life. My name is Sharukh Bamboat and I’m one of the co-hosts of the Cherished Blogfest 2016. This will be the second time I’ll be co-hosting this blogfest along with Dan Antion, Damyanti Biswas, Mary Giese, Peter Nena, Cheryl Pennington and Kate Powell.

As many of you already know, I usually write on India Destinations where I showcase some of the destinations, food, and festivals in India. However, before I started writing my travel blog, I was a professional content writer and I still earn my living as a freelance content writer. I usually get very little time to write for myself which is why I usually don’t write 3-4 times a week like most bloggers do and I have no regrets because I don’t want to write just for the sake of writing.

Last year when the concept of co-hosting the blogfest was mentioned to me, I was excited, nervous and skeptical. It was a new ground for me. I’m not a very social person. I am shy, reserved and usually invisible online. However, I liked the idea and I readily jumped in to support my co-hosts. While we were still in the preparation mode, we were surprised at the positive response that we received and more than 100 bloggers joined in to participate in the blogfest. For me, it was nothing less than hosting a movie award night. I was paranoid and super excited because I usually don’t interact with so many people and now I had to do it because I was one of the co-hosts.

I wrote my Cherished Blogfest post and got busy reading what others had written. It was a great experience because everybody was sharing about moments and things that have stayed in their minds and hearts forever. Some posts were good, some were highly emotional and touching and some were straight to the point, but every blog post had something unique about it. As a writer, it was a great experience to know and understand how human beings are attached to things, incidents and memories.

However, more than reading the blog posts, it was the social experience that I enjoyed the most. If you are a reserved and shy person like me, this is the perfect opportunity for you to open your heart and meet people who are just like you. For me, the Cherished Blogfest was a giant leap forward into the world of social interaction. I made blog friends who have stayed with me till date and I got the opportunity to share my thoughts and views and in exchange learn new things from them and understand their perspective of life. It was a fruitful and enriching experience that certainly changed the way I blog now, it has also impacted me as a human being because I now interact with more bloggers who have their own knowledgebase and experiences to share.

If you missed out being the part of the Cherished Blogfest last year you can become a part of it this year. All you need to do is sign up and place the Cherished Blogfest badge on your blog’s sidebar and help us spread the word on the social media. You may use the hashtag #CBF16.

Join us on the 29th, 30th and 31st of July, 2016 and write your 500-word story of one of your cherished objects on your blog. If you want more information about the blogfest, click on the “Cherished Blogfest” menu option. If you want to sign-up now, Click the link below.

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