The Top 7 Blogs That Inspire Contest


by Wendy McCance

I love finding incredible blogs to promote.  Sure there is the “Special Offer” page where anyone can submit a link to their blog and get more visibility.  I felt that I needed to offer an opportunity to get even more traffic to your site, so I have come up with a special event.

First, let me explain what I mean by a blog that inspires.  Everyone has that favorite blog that they enjoy because it brightens their day, is full of great ideas or inspires them in one form or another.  These are the blogs that you should think about nominating.

How to Nominate Your Favorite  Blog That Inspires:

  1. Vote for your favorite blog by commenting in the comment section below.
  2. Only one vote per person (only your first vote will be counted).
  3. Please include the web address of the blog.
  4. Explain why you think the blog is worthy of winning this year’s award.
  5. A blog will not be counted as a vote if the information above is not filled in.

To make the cut, a blog must be nominated more than once.

Nominations must be received by May 15, 2013.

The Top 7 Blog Winners Will Receive:

  • Winners will be featured in a special article on the front page of Searching for the Happiness with a description of their blog and a link to their site.
  • Winners will be placed on a blogroll for 3 months to gain more exposure to their site.
  • Winners will also have the opportunity to do a guest post if they are interested.

Winners will be revealed on May 25, 2013.

HINT:  You might want to consider mentioning this contest to the followers on your blog.  Have them stop by at and vote for your blog.

Good Luck to Everyone!

Wendy McCance

Wendy McCance is a Michigan based freelance writer and social media consultant. Wendy has gained attention as the founder of the popular blog Searching for the Happiness which can be viewed in 6 local papers online, including the Oakland Press.The combination of writing skills and social media knowledge is what makes Wendy such a powerhouse to work with. Stay tuned for opportunities to advertise, guest post and as always, have your questions answered.

To contact Wendy McCance about a writing assignment, interview or speaking engagement, please email her at: [email protected]

93 thoughts on “The Top 7 Blogs That Inspire Contest

  1. Hi there would you mind stating which blog platform you’re using? I’m going to
    start my own blog soon but I’m having a difficult time choosing between BlogEngine/Wordpress/B2evolution and Drupal. The reason I ask is because your design seems different then most blogs and I’m
    looking for something unique.
    P.S Sorry for getting off-topic but I had to ask!

    • No problem, I’d be happy to pass the information along. I signed up with iPage for the dot com and then used WordPress for the theme. I am a big fan of WordPress and loved that I didn’t need to create my own template. Also, the amount of free plugins available can’t be beat. If you ever have any other questions, don’t hesitate to ask. I’d be happy to help where I can.

    • **Hi WENDY……Thought I would respond to this, I LOVE WORDPRESS!!!……Thanks to Wendy, my first *Little Blog that could* was one of the winners picked for my blog. I HAD SUCH overwhelming requests from many who wanted to follow my Recovery Posts and I didn’t have that option on my Simplesite Blog, so I set up a New Blog Home here at AND it has Opened Up a whole New World for me!!!, and of course Wendy helped!! I Vote you use WordPress!! Have a Great Day! Author, Catherine Townsend-Lyon :-)

  2. I nominate Zee & Zoeys Cat Chronicals by Deb Barnes -
    Not only is Zee & Zoey about a beautiful,happy family of cats (yes they are all fixed), but Deb is a cat advocate who spreads the word through her blog on big and small ways everyone can help cats everywhere.

  3. We are voting for Deb Barnes of Zee & Zoey ( Whether you are looking for something to lift your spirit, move you, tickle your funny bone or anything in between, you can find it on her blog! Her cats are marvelous and her posts insightful.
    Barbie the Mom at the Cat From hell

  4. I’d like to nominate Deb Barnes, who inspires so many through “Zee & Zoey’s Chronicle Connection” (url: Her passion and love for life, cats and all species shines through in her writing and in brilliant photography. And Deb’s tireless advocacy for cats, and continued efforts to educate and inform are truly an inspiration to all who are fortunate enough to read her blog.

    • Marg - you are such a treasure and you know how much I appreciate you taking care of the feral cats and giving them a loving and compassionate home to live in. Thank you so much for the nomination - it makes me happy to know that I can help inspire people with my words.

  5. I would love to nominate Deb Barnes from Zee & Zoey which can be found here:

    She is worthy of recognition because of her tireless advocacy, determination and insight into making the world a better place for all species. The wordcrafting and photographs are magical and she never fails to inspire. us, and others, to always do our best for our chosen cause.

    • Brian - it is because of people like your human that I am able to write with such compassion and conviction to help inspire others. Your human is so dedicated to helping animals and I am grateful to consider him one of my friends.

  6. I want to nominate Deb Barnes Blog-Zee & Zoey’s Chronicle Connection. This blog is not only enchanting, its informative. I have learned so much about kitties whether they have been her own, tame or shelters. Her blog on spay/neuter taught me and all my followers more about the importance of why you should have those kitties altered, I always look forward to the post on Zee and Zoey and the photos are fantastic. I even bought the book for a present for a friend who absolutely adores it., This blog is one of my favorites and I am sure if you visited it too you would also consider it one of yours.

  7. I would like to nominate Zee & Zoey’s Chronicle Connection.
    She writes very inspiring posts. She shares he life and love of cats with us plus so much more. Sometimes she has wonderful giveaways too. She responds to each persons comments which I feel is very special.

    Sue B

  8. I would like to nominate Zee & Zoey at :

    Deb Barnes who is the author of this blog; not only writes FROM the heart, she also writes about what is near and dear TO her heart… the cats who share her personal world, as well as the ferals and shelter cats who deserve to share their life with a loving and compassionate person(s) too. Her blog posts have brought to light the sober situation many of the shelter cats and ferals face today. Her blog also mixes it up a bit with humorous posts, pictures and video about the antics her clowder gets into every day. We hope Zee & Zoey are considered for this contest; I enjoy reading Deb’s blog posts….I know others will too

    • Thank you for the nomination, Laura, as well as your insight as to how you interpret my blog. It is so very important to me to try to help make the world a better place for cats, but I want to do it by making the situation as compelling as possible so that it inspires people to help. You are such a dear…

  9. I would like to nominate Deb Barnes, writer of Zee & Zoey’s Chronicle Connection.
    I not only connected with Deb through our mutual love for cats but also on a more personal level. I admire and love that Deb is guardian to EIGHT gorgeous kitties, writing about their daily adventures that are not only entertaining but also educational. I’ve learned, laughed and cried reading Deb’s blog…..Deb’s the total package : )

    • Toni - thank you so much for the nomination! I love that I can give you a laugh or smile through my blog, and yes, sometimes even a reason to cry. Life has it’s ups and downs and I find that true inspiration comes from the lessons learned from true experience.

  10. I would like to nominate Zee & Zoey which is written by Deb Barnes. Deb has written some of the most sensitive and thought provoking pieces on educating the public about the plight of feral cats, spay/neutering, along with many other posts that contain her observations about life AND cats. The link is . I encourage you to check it out to be inspired and I hope she is one of the winners!

    • I too would like to nominate Deb Barnes. Not only is her blog amazing, but I am blessed to observe her passion and dedication first-hand to so many wonderful causes and to our wonderful feline family of eight! Trust me when I say she is the real deal - she continues to teach and reveal so much in me that I never knew existed. The blog is

      • Dan, you above all have nurtured me when I needed it most so that I could believe in myself. As a result, I have now been able to find my inner strength and passion, which is to help animals and inspire others to do so as well. Thank you for being my partner in life. xoxox

  11. I nominate Gina Quarles @ after her auto accident, my wife could not do much while in a halo and a broken leg. She did what she could and wrote, set up a blog, while healing herself, she was healing others with her stories and words of inspiration. Her book will out this summer of her story of survival. I am very proud of my wife.

  12. There are so may great blogs out there that I cannot choose just one without hurting someone else’s feelings. I have my own blog at and don’t want to nominate myself, as this is a new blog (only a few months old), so I guess I will just say good luck to everyone nominated! I am entering a contest, too, however, and anyone interested in learning about this can read about it at
    Wendy, it has been a pleasure watching you evolve the last few months. You offer many great tips to your fellow bloggers, and I enjoy popping in here from time to time. I read about 200 blogs, and comment when I can. I have been to many on the list of nominees, too!
    Congratulations, everyone, for doing a great job blogging!

  13. Hope it’s not too late to vote for myself and my blog at SMART Living 365! My goal is to help others AND myself create a life of happiness, peace and meaning by sharing ideas and information that I discover along the way. And thanks to you Wendy for another great idea for helping others…you do an amazing job of searching for the happiness just by being yourself!

  14. I nominate Gina Quarles as my choice because of her open mindedness and distinctively clear insight, in depth knowledge, unbiased opinion and positive attitude.
    I believe that her ‘Actions and Words’ are the same. She seems to ‘live by examples’.

    • I would also like to vote for Catherine Lyon: A source of inspiration to all of those who have struggled with addictions, as well as a great writer.

  15. I nominate #BrokeMillenials by Erin Lowry. The URL is This blog is worthy of winning because it provides useful tricks for a wide variety of people to reduce their costs and live life to the fullest. While this sort of information could be conveyed in a dry format, the blog is engaging, enhanced with relevant pictures and leaves readers clicking the refresh button for more.

  16. I nominate Susan Cooper at Why? Because her wonderful storytelling via her blog is just like sitting down at the kitchen table with a good friend, a slice of cake and a cup of tea. Plus recipes for good home cooked food too. I always look forward to her new posts

  17. I’d like to nominate Randall St. Germain’s site called “Camino My Way” at I love his journey and the pictures and stories he tells along the way. I feel like I’m there with him every step of the way and magically transformed to a place in another part of the world.

    Randall was curious about the Camino De Santiago pilgrimage several years ago but didn’t know anything about it and talked about it with his mother. When his mother got ill and took a grave turn for the worse she told him to take the trip. He has done this pilgrimage walk in her honor and wrote a book about it “Camino De Santiago in 20 Days”.

    To some, around the world, this is a spiritual journey and the walk opens a space within presenting lessons they may have never learned. I have a friend who is preparing her personal journey on this pilgrimage and have shared this site with her. I hope you all will check it out.

  18. I would like to nominate Catherine Lyons blog. CatherinelyonAddictedToDimes Very Inspirational blog. Welcoming and abundant information and guidance and help for those suffering with Addictions. Outreach. I too read her book. and soo inspiring to all those coming ..reading..Hope..One feels welcome entering and sharing there..she has my Vote…Excellent!!!

  19. I would like to nominate #BrokeMillennials. Her blog is fresh, fun, and you can read the “real” dripping off of her posts! A fantastic blog if I say so!

  20. I second the nomination for MoggiePurrs by Beverly J. Harvey, Bev’s writing is fresh, crisp witty with a huge dose of humanity, I dare to say even those who are not cat lovers will find something to relate to on this immensely entertaining and truly inspirational blog!

  21. I would like to nominate: , She has also been nominated for the “2013 Very Inspiring Blogger Award” as well. Her April Blog post called, “PURE INSPIRATION” is a collection of “Quotes & Sayings” to inspire others who are in Recovery, who come to visit the blog. Her blog is a testament of her “Service” to others. She has given readers an Insight of the “NOT” so fun side of Gambling! The mission for the Blog is to help all who are in, or reaching out for HELP & HOPE to overcome addictions.

  22. Hmmm - I think I’ll nominate Wendy McCance’s blog right here at She’s provides insightful stories and resourceful information and is so generous in sharing it with everyone. She has worked so hard this year and you see her everywhere on the internet. She is getting the word out on how to find your happiness! :-)

    • Pat, you made my day. Thanks, that was a sweet thing to say. :) By the way, since I can’t be one of the winners, you still have your vote for another blog to vote for. Have a great weekend.

      • You’re welcome Wendy and you’re right about the nomoination. I got to thinking about it after I commented that perhaps you weren’t eligible. I have to think about it a little more and come back. :-)

  23. I nominate Susan Cooper’s blog. The URL is Susan’s blog is inspiring because she has worked hard since it’s beginning to make it grow. She reaches her readers by sharing her passion with food and wine, and also by sharing stories from her life that contain lessons all readers can relate to. Her blog’s growth is reflected in her newest addition, podcasts. Susan also tirelessly supports other bloggers.

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