This morning I awoke to a pleasant surprise. Lisa Taylor of Writer’s Block Party, a blogger I have never heard of, gave me an award called “The Inspiring Blog Award” for my post titled “Mother Nature’s Son.” Skeptical (and expecting spam), I visited Writer’s Block Party and found a blog that is dedicated to writing and authors. It’s full of book reviews, author interviews and guest posts. A very good blog and one that I am now happy to have found and will read daily.
So, it got me thinking. This isn’t the first blogging award handed out by fellow bloggers that I have gotten. In the past, I ignored such things, because they required that you hand out the award to other bloggers. Given time, all bloggers would have all the awards – it’s just math. But that’s not really what’s going on here, is it? No, I got these awards because somebody liked what I did and wanted to recognize me for it.
Back in early January, Shannon Pruitt of My New Favorite Day awarded me the Versatile Blogger Award. At the time, she enjoyed my blog, but since then, my blog focus has changed and Shannon no longer visits. Oh well, we all move on.
Then, there was this: Tag! I’m it. A lot. Three bloggers tagged me in the same week, challenging me to answer 11 questions and then ask 11 of my own questions of 11 other bloggers. As you can see, I answered all 33 questions but then put my 11 questions to all of the participants of Yeah Write for that week. I don’t think any of them answered my questions.
Speaking of Yeah Write, I did win the Lurker’s Favorite once. It was Yeah Write #41, and Q choose “That’s What Dreams Are Made Of” as his favorite – which was really cool because he usually chose posts about food.
Insert Lurker’s Favorite Badge that I lost here.
Let’s see. What else?
Oh! Cameron Garriepy’s Story Circle! I was chosen by Jessie the Jester Queen to follow up her beginning to a story called Dumpster Diving. Two other writers followed up with parts 3 and 4 and what we got in the end is one heck of a good story!
I have also been asked to guest post for a few people. Kelly of Naked Girl in a Dress, and also my partner in crime at Studio30 Plus, asked me to guest post for her back at the beginning of January. My post, “But I Love Him Anyway,” got a lot of responses and we had some good discussion from it.
At this time, I’m in the negotiation phase with David Wiley from Scholarly Scribe to either guest post or collaborate on a story (maybe both!)
I know this post seems like I’m just patting myself on the back (and I kind of am), but it’s also a shout out to all the people who gave me these awards and recognize my work as something they enjoy. As a writer, I crave acceptance of my work and these wonderful people have provided that validation.