In January of 2008 as my way of paying it forward, I started the New Blog Of The Week (NBOTW) series.

Here it is, seven months, twenty nine blogs later. As I look through the list, I am amazed at the talent displayed by these great authors who willingly share from their hearts, with stories of their lives and lessons life has taught them.

For those new to Blogging Without A Blog (BWAB), the New Blog Of The Week (NBOTW) series posts every Tuesday, and for a one week period the blog is showcased in my sidebar.

Today is a recap of all of the NBOTWs and their authors. Some are still going strong, whereas others are either on hiatus and/or busy living their lives.

To all of the NBOTW authors, wherever blogging has taken you, I wish you all of life’s best.

Here they are, in the order in which they were showcased:

  1. Natasha’s World by Natasha
  2. NezSez by Nez
  3. David by David Lano
  4. Three Weddings by Debbie Yost
  5. Bizlift Blog by Sterling Okura
  6. In My Heels by JEMi
  7. Admnistrative Arts by Jodith
  8. The Growing Life by Clay Collins
  9. Plain Talk – Ordinary Wisdom by Pat
  10. Creative Journey Cafe by Mark Penta
  11. Yes To Me by Akemi Gaines
  12. Kitchen Table Medicineby Dr. Nicole Sundene
  13. Success Soul by Shilpan
  14. Between Us Girls by Lori
  15. Golden Zen by Harmony and Ginger
  16. Life’s Little Inspirations by Wendi
  17. Be by David
  18. Happy Dogs Make Happy Humans by Kaye Swafford and Krystal
  19. On Simplicity by Sara
  20. Work Happy Now by Karl Staib
  21. Forced Green by Linda
  22. Abundance Blog by Marelisa
  23. MomGrind by Vered
  24. The Jungle Of Life by Lance
  25. Dr. by Dr. Cason
  26. Urban Pather’s Lair by Urban Panther
  27. Urbane Panther’s Den by Urbane Lion
  28. Rajaie Talks by Rajaie
  29. Tender Loving Elder Careby Linda Abbit

For all of the readers of BWAB, do you see names of favorite bloggers?

If you haven’t visited these blogs, click on the links, visit others and make new friends.

Do you know someone you would like to nominate? Would YOU like to become a NBOTW? It’s easy, just leave a comment or fill out the contact form (in the header). All nominations will be considered. The prerequisite is:

1) The blog should be less than four months old
2) The blog must contain value based content

Next Tuesday I’ll resume showcasing new blogs.

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  1. What a fine list of blogs, Barbara.

    I see a few I visit regularly- and others worth checking out.

    Thank you for sharing these sites with us.

    Both blog readers and bloggers can discover and connect with each other right here- almost like a big, fun get together in a welcoming home by the side of the information superhighway! 🙂

  2. I’ll have to check out some of these blogs I haven’t heard of. Though, I am pouting now that I never made NBOTW. And I’m over 4 months old, so I’m too late. Passe. Over the hill. Unwanted. Dejected. A has-been.

    Not that I have issues or anything…

    🙂 Kelly

  3. RobinNo Gravatar says:

    Good to see so many people are starting quality blogs.

    Robin’s last blog post..Letting Creativity Just Slip In

  4. J.D. MeierNo Gravatar says:

    I love the variety and I love the way you showcase.

    I know there’s a bazillion blogs out there, but I like the fact you hand-picked these. Like I said before, you’re a great tour guide.

  5. Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Scott,

    Yes, this is a list of great blogs.

    What a nice compliment, “in a welcoming home by the side of the information superhighway!” I like that! Thank you!

    Hi Kelly,

    Please don’t despair. Having recently celebrated your one year blogging anniversary, you get the title of “Senior Blogger”. Not that you’re old, but you’ve been blogging for a long time, and others could learn so much from you. Really, I don’t mean you’re old. I mean you’ve been around. Oh my, that didn’t come out right either. I better quit while I’m ahead…or have I just made matters worse? 😆

    Hi Robin,

    Yes, check these out. The blog authors are producing great stuff, enjoyable reads.

  6. Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

    Hi J.D.

    Thank you for your kind words.

  7. Linda AbbitNo Gravatar says:

    I’m looking forward to checking out some of the blogs I haven’t heard of before. Thanks for creating such a supportive online community! And I’m very honored to have made the list!

    Linda Abbit’s last blog post..TV Watching and Our Aging Parents – Part 2

  8. Dr. CasonNo Gravatar says:

    Aaaaawwww now my second mention today from a respected blogger.

    I have to say I was positively thrilled at the nomination. For a new blogger getting your name out there is tough and I really appreciate the shout out! I’ve had some really great people come over and visit!

    Thank you Barbara for your generosity!

  9. Thanks for mentioning my blog Barbara. It was (is) such a nice honor to have you feature my Creative Journey Cafe. You do a great job over here!

  10. LanceNo Gravatar says:

    Barbara, this is a wonderful service you provide, helping out those bloggers who are new at this.

    You have quite a list, and several I follow. And that all started because of the community you’ve created here.

    As well, I’m honored to have been included in this list super individuals!

    Your blog says at the top “It’s MY blog, but it’s all about YOU” – this is so true! I see you as selflessly making your blog be about helping others – and that makes you awesome in my book (er, blog…)!

  11. I’m a senior?!

    Barbara, what are you trying to do to me? Don’t you know I’m a sensitive lass who’s already experiencing traumatic hair decisions and aging issues? I can’t cope with being an ‘old’ blogger as well.

    🙂 Kelly

  12. Writer DadNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Barbara,

    I’m usually not much of a mentioner, but I do happen to know of a fantastic new blog that is under four months old and has some pithy value based content. I don’t want to give it away, but it rhymes with Lighter Rad Not Mom.

    Have a great day.

    Writer Dad’s last blog post..Here is a Macbook, Go Make Your Million.

  13. LindaNo Gravatar says:

    Do you know that many people drink their morning coffee to your blog? It is always fresh and interesting.

    You have done such a wonderful job in exposing blogs such as mine during their infancy. Two thumbs up to you! 🙂 It is truly an honor to be on the LIST and look forward to seeing many more.

  14. Hi Barbara,
    You are doing such a great job with this NBOTW series. I am honored to have been chosen — Yes to Me is now six months old (senior in blog time, I guess) and going ever stronger!

    Akemi – Yes to Me’s last blog post..Paving The Way For Online Entrepreneurs: Darren Rowse

  15. I recognize most of these blogs (I guess I would recognize all of them if my memory was better). But until I saw this list, I didn’t realize how many there were. You’ve been doing this for a long time, haven’t you? It’s always interesting to see what you come up with for the NBOTW each week.

  16. HI Barbara,
    I’ve enjoyed your series a lot, and just now see that I missed quite a few in the beginning before I discovered your blog.

    Thank you for creating such a nice community and for your faithful and supportive comments on my blog.

  17. VeredNo Gravatar says:

    Thanks for the link love. 🙂

    A couple of new blogs that you should consider:

    Writer Dad
    Profound, and writes well.

    Dot H.
    She has archives from 2003, but she really got back into blogging just recently.

  18. I’m still so excited to be on this list! The best part of being a NBOTW wasn’t so much the exposure, it was discovering the community here.

    I think it’ll be interesting to see how we all grow. I have a feeling it won’t be competitive; a boost for one is a benefit for all.

    Thanks, Barbara!

  19. I read some of the blogs you have cited. Yes indeed.

    I am under the impression the following blog is quite new, but I don’t know exactly how long it has been around. My recent visits have left me thoroughly impressed, though. In the event it is less than 4 months old, I recommend it for consideration.

  20. I also agree with Vered, Writer Dad is an awesome blog! One of my favorites.

  21. RitaNo Gravatar says:

    Well, you’ve done it again! Given me even MORE places to check out! I think you need to starta new category for “inherited blogs” – lol

    Thanks for the list. For the few that I’ve been here for, I have liked all- but one. An excellent batting average, one might say!


  22. JayNo Gravatar says:

    I didn’t make the NBOTW list either *Pout* and it’s at least partly my fault. Even if I’d been good enough (doubtful) I didn’t go live until I’d created a considerable number of archives so my blog wouldn’t show empty on first visit. And I thought that was a good idea. *Sigh*

    So, how many of those NBOTWs are still going, then?

  23. Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Linda Abbit,

    You’re welcome. I think you’ll find some blogs you’ll really enjoy on the list.

    Hi Dr. Cason,

    You’re welcome. I agree. One of the biggest challenges for new bloggers is getting found. Too often, bloggers give up because they feel they’re talking to the wall.

    Hi Mark,

    You’re welcome & thank you for your kind words. I see your blog is still going strong. I love the artist aspect you’re adding.

    Hi Lance,

    Thank you! Yes, this blog is about helping others. It’s tough being a new blogger, so whatever I can do, I do.

    Hi Kelly,

    Oh no, you’re back. 😆 I read about those hair and aging issues (on your blog), so how about “You’re a seasoned blogger? ( I was going to say mature, but….)

    Hi Writer Dad,

    I bet that’s the same one I’ve been visiting that rhymes with “Fighter Lad” that’s already on my list. 🙂

    Hi Linda,

    Thank you.

    We must be all drinking coffee (or tea) together as I read the comments over coffee, too.

    Hi Akemi,

    Thank you! Can you believe it’s already six months? Keep up the great work.

    Hi Hunter,

    Just think, you would have been the first one, had you not started when you did. Isn’t your one year anniversary coming up real soon?

    Hi Ann,

    You’re welcome. I enjoy visiting your blog and checking in on your progress. Your posts always inspire me to share (a comment).

    Hi Vered,

    You’re welcome.

    Looks like another vote for WD (shhhhhh! He might be listening). I’ll check out the other one, too. Thank you!

    Hi Sara,

    The BWAB community is great, isn’t it? And yes, it will be interesting to watch you all grow. That’s why I follow all NBOTWers in my reader.

    Hi Bamboo,

    Thank you for the thumbs up on another nomination. I’ll check it out.

    Another vote for WD. 🙂

    Hi Rita,

    Just stick with me, I’ll help you find LOTS of great reading material.

    I wonder if you’re the first to inherit a blog. Hmmmm! Now you have me thinking. 🙂

  24. MarelisaNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Barbara: I think NBOW is an excellent series, and I’m very happy to have been one of the blogs you featured. I would like to second Vered and Bamboo on nominating Writer Dad at

    @Kelly: Stop it, you’re not old. Maybe having kids is what makes you feel old, because I’m older than you and Vered (by a little bit) and I don’t feel old at all (quite the contrary).

    Marelisa’s last blog post..The Elasticity of Time (Part 3)

  25. Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Jay,

    You’re not giving yourself enough credit. You’ve got a great blog, and you are posting consistently. I’m guessing you’re enjoying blogging. 🙂

    Most all of the NBOTW blogs are still active (to a degree). Some are updated sporadically, but as far as I know, none of the authors have totally quit.

    Hi Marelisa,

    Thank you. ANOTHER vote for WD. If weren’t not careful, he’s going to get a BIG head.

  26. Wendi KellyNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Barbara!
    I am just getting back from a week away on vacation and am all rested up and getting ready to launch Life’s Little Inspiration into its new home! I’m
    sure I would have never even gotten there without the support and recommendations that you and others gave me in those first few months. I CAN’T thank you enough. As I look over that amazing list, I am so honored to be in a list of blogs that almost all are in my feedreader. I must say girl….you sure know how to pick them!
    Thank you from the bottom of my heart!
    LLI will be in our new home by the end of the week, make sure you come and check it out!

  27. Quite a number I visit already, and looking forward to checking out the ones I am unfamiliar with. For me, it’s been four months and still going strong. I have been able to fulfill my passion for writing with the added bonus of making some fantastic new friends. Thanks, Barbara, for helping bring us all together!

    Urban Panther’s last blog post..Don’t tell me I can’t

  28. Yay 🙂 I’m here!

    You know what’s funny Barb? I was actually on a quest this afternoon to find some new blogs to read. There are some blogs here that I haven’t seen yet so it turns out that this was a great first stop!

    I’ll keep my eye out for good new ones to give you heads up about 🙂

  29. HarmonyNo Gravatar says:


    Thanks so much for the work you do to find these great blogs and present them to your readers. I was fortunate enough to make it on the list and am so grateful for the friends I made in the blogosphere because of it!
    You are an inspiration and a influence. THANK YOU

  30. Cath LawsonNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Barbara – I love your NBOTW. This list has reminded me that I found many of my favourite blogs through you. Thanks for bringing us awesome stuff to read each week.

  31. Urbane LionNo Gravatar says:

    Thanks for the showcase Barbara. As a newcomer to the blogsphere, this type of recognition is a nice motivating tap in the back. Perhaps blogs that are at least 1 year old could be showcased once a month to salute old foggies like Kelly@SHE-POWER who have stuck in there for the long haul! Congrats to Kelly and all new bloggers.

    Urbane Lion’s last blog post..Mea Culpa, Mea Culpa, Mea maxima culpa

  32. Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Wendi,

    You’re welcome. I remember you talking about your new theme. It’s getting close, isn’t it? I’ll be over to check it out as well as continue reading your great writings

    Hi Urban Panther,

    You’re welcome. Month four, can you believe? Time flies when we’re having fun, doesn’t it?

    Hi Smiling JEMi,

    It’s great to see you again, plus I noticed you have a new post I need to read. Please, check out the new bloggers that have been added. They’re great reads.

    Hi Harmony,

    You’re welcome. I appreciate your kind words and hope to be reading more of your work soon.

    Hi Catherine,

    You’re welcome! I know you’ve been here since the beginning. Can you believe the list is already up to 29? It’s so hard picking a favorite, we have to read them all. 🙂

    Hi Urbane Lion,

    You’re welcome.

    Old foggies? Those could be fighting words.

    Come on all you seasoned bloggers, let’s gang up on the Lion. 😆

  33. Karl StaibNo Gravatar says:

    I was lucky to be chosen by Barbara for her NBOTW. I’ve met so many great people and formed friendships that has helped push my blog to a new level.

    I don’t have a blog to recommend, but whoever gets picked will surely be happy.

  34. Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Karl,

    Thank you for your kind words. It makes me happy to hear the friendships you formed helped to push your blog to the next level.

  35. Alex FayleNo Gravatar says:

    I look forward to checking out these blogs. Given your support for my sister’s blog (the Urban Panther), I’m certain the rest will be of equally high quality.


    Alex Fayle’s last blog post..Commitment to Growth: Tina Su Interview

  36. Barbara, still more than 3 months until my 1 year anniversary. 🙂

    Hunter Nuttall’s last blog post..Mister Rogers Addresses The U.S. Senate

  37. Sunil PathakNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Barbara
    the list is indeed an excelent resource for new and old blogger (and blog readers) i have found some really great blogs in NBOTW and expecting more great blogs in future

    btw is it possible for your to honour my blog with NBTOW title its hardly 2 month old
    about the value i think my blog do have valueable content

    but other can answer this batter then me 🙂

    Sunil Pathak’s last blog post..Does Your Blog Visitors Really Read Your Blog?

  38. What a great list! A few I already read and now more than I need to try out – now just need to find the time to add a few more to the reading list!

    Keep up the good work – I love the exposure to new blogs!

  39. Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Alex,

    I believe you’ll find some interesting reading in the blogs that are listed. A few haven’t been updated for awhile, but there’s good stuff in their archives.

    Hi Hunter,

    3 months? Seems like you’ve been around a lot longer than that. Must be cause you were like Scott and commented before you got your blog.

    Hi Sunil,

    Yours is another blog I’ve been watching, and you’re providing some real value based content. Keep doing what you’re doing and the title of NBOTW can be yours, too. 🙂

    Hi Theresa,

    Time! I have that problem, too. So many great blogs to read, but not enough time. You can definitely find some great reads in this list. Enjoy!

  40. Al at 7PNo Gravatar says:

    Little late to the game, but I also would like to give a shout-out to Writer Dad.

    Also, Pun Intended (Bamboo Forest’s blog) is still under 4 mo. old. And it’s always easy with Ribeezie 🙂 .

    Someday Syndrome (Alex Faye) is a re-launch, so that can be included.

    Ari at “Our Best Version” is writing some very thought-provoking posts also. I’m sure there are other great new blogs I should be mentioning now as well.

    Al at 7P’s last blog post..The Hero with a Thousand Jobs

  41. Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Al,

    🙂 You’ve listed three of the blogs I’m following. The fourth, I’ll check out. Thank you!

  42. Alex FayleNo Gravatar says:

    Thanks for the shout-out!

  43. Barbara, I meant I’m 3 months away from my 1 year anniversary…I’ve been blogging for 9 months.

    Hunter Nuttall’s last blog post..Mister Rogers Addresses The U.S. Senate

  44. Debbie YostNo Gravatar says:

    Thanks for the linky love! Sorry I’m so late in dropping by. I do appreciate it, I’ve just been dealing with some things around here so had to turn the computer off for a couple days. No blogging at all!!! Yes, I survived, but glad to be back.

  45. JodithNo Gravatar says:

    Seriously, Barbara, you’re killing me here.

    Every time I read your blog, I end up with more blogs added to my RSS feed!

    *tears hair and runs around crazily*

    Thanks, again, btw, for featuring Administrative Arts on your blog!

  46. Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Jodith,

    You’re welcome!

    It’s great to see you commenting again. Stick with me and I’ll give you lots of reading material. There’s great bloggers in that list.

  47. Pat RNo Gravatar says:

    Barbara – thank you so much for putting together such a great list of bloggers and giving them exposure to the blogging community. I’m honored to be counted on that list and appreciate all who stop by.

    I’ve been on a bit of a sabbatical as I’ve needed to concentrate on my new job along with putting in a number of hours overtime. It’s quite a switch going to work full-time versus being at home full-time working on bringing in income. I still haven’t quite learned how to connect them both without feeling like Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde between the two worlds.

    I value the friendships I’ve gained from this blogging community and have come to know and enjoy the reading of some of those you’ve honored here. I look forward to checking out some of the others you’ve listed on NBOTW.

    My blog is still alive and well – just not as current as I’d like for now. I hope those that stop by will take time to check out the archives and I appreciate my readers being patient. I’ll get some more posts out there in the months to come.

    May you be blessed – blessed – blessed for giving so much to others. Thank you for being my friend and being patient.

  48. Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Pat,

    You’re welcome, and thank you for your kind words.

    I was hoping you would show up. Although I’ve missed your writings, I understand how it’s more important to live life. Like all NBOTWs I have you in my reader so as soon as you’ve updated with a new post, I’ll be there.

  49. Pat RNo Gravatar says:

    Thank you Barbara – it’s nice to know my readers are out there and haven’t given up on me and happy to see when I’ve written a new post.

    Although I haven’t had much time to read all of those I’ve signed up for I know when you’ve written your latest post. I’m happy to see how your blog has grown in popularity.