You know when they say “everything happens for a reason”? I hate that. Especially when something happens and a reason immediately springs to mind. It happened to me the other day: an award nomination from A Pirate’s Haven and now I have to ‘fess up to a guilty secret because the rules for The Wonderful Team Member Readership Award are stringent – nominate, within one week (yes, that’s seven days!) fourteen blogs you appreciate. Here’s the rub: up on my bookmarks bar is a shameful catalogue of 23 other award nominations, all awaiting acceptance speeches.
When the first award came in on June 9, I’d just depleted my list of newly discovered blogs, so I put Francine’s generous thought aside till I could meet seven new bloggers I could recommend to you. The next day, Maggie at Fly Away Home kindly nominated my blog for the Sunshine Award, wasn’t that wonderful? But now it was seventeen new blogs I needed to find. By the end of the week I was totally frazzled: it had become 48 new blogs!
And so it began. I’d go to look at the other nominees (some delightful blogs which I gladly ‘followed’), but rather than actively chasing up new leads, these generous acknowledgements were instead numbered and bookmarked till goodness knows when I’d have time to go out and meet
dozens hundreds of new bloggers. In all honesty, I don’t know how I’ll ever find 231 new blogs to recommend to you – or make up (or answer) almost 200 things – scintillating or otherwise – about myself that I haven’t already revealed through my writing.
Like every one of you, I’m sometimes up against that real life vs. blogging time quotient, where real life must prevail, no matter how guilty we feel. I’m ashamed I let things get out of hand, and I’m sorry if I’ve broken chains. In my defence, I always explored the other nominated blogs, often joining them, as I said, and I did try, for months and months, to keep my Blogroll up to date.
Sadly, I can play no longer.
All I can do is to publicly thank my proposers, and promise that whenever I see any of you nominating others in the future, I will continue to explore your nominated blogs. It’s the best I can do. I’m sorry. I’m sorry because I am so grateful for the kindness I have received from complete strangers whose encouragement and support has often turned grey days into days of golden sunshine – and I’m sorry because I would like to have been able to give back to the blogosphere in equal measure.
I like introducing people to other people, especially at small, intimate gatherings, but the party’s turned into a bit of a rave, and you’ll just all have to introduce yourselves.
Here are my rules: Turn to the blogger on your right (that’s below you on the list), and introduce yourself, then delve a little deeper into their blog and introduce yourself to a couple of their friends … and don’t forget to pin the award to your sidebar.
Bless you all – thank for your support and encouragement, and for making me feel so welcome. I look forward to seeing more of your work, out there in the blogosphere ☺
The Awards Rules (as always) – thank/pingback to your proposer – write to advise your nominees – Pin the Award widget to your sidebar
Francine in Retirement – Seeing life through photography, Beautiful Blogger Award, Share 7 things about yourself, 7 nominees
Fly Away Home – Jersey shore girl living in Norway by way of Holland. Published a book about it! Sunshine Award, Answer 10 questions, 10 nominees
MindMindful - Exploring spirituality, Tell Me About Yourself Award, Share 7 things about yourself, 7 nominees
No Holds Barred - Memories of Mexico, Beautiful Blogger Award Share 7 things about yourself, 7 nominees
The Retiring Sort – Time to think and travel, to take photographs … Versatile Blogger Award, Share 7 things about yourself, 7 nominees
The Penniless Traveller - Lack of cash doesn’t keep this girl at home! Adventurous Blogger Award, Answer 7 questions, 12 nominees
Pink Banana Shoes - Eclectic – that’s what she is. Thought Provoking Blog Award, Share 7 things about yourself, 5 nominees
Canadian Travel Bugs - A Canadian in Shanghai, Super Sweet Award, Answer 5 questions, 13 nominees
A Global Garnish - Food from around the world. Very Inspiring Blogger. Rules not published
Living and Lovin - Beads and photographs, Beautiful Blogger Award, Share 7 things about yourself, 7 nominees
Travel. Garden. Eat – Tuscany or Minnesota – fabulous scenery, food and friendships, Reader Appreciation Award, Answer 9 questions 5 nominations
Writer’s Block Busters - How supportive is that? Super Sweet Blogging Award, Answer 5 questions 13 nominations
Me and My Pink Backpack – This girl’s been places! One Lovely Blog Award Share 7 things about yourself 15 nominations
Margaret Lynette Sharp – A writer’s ‘off’ time Sunshine Award Share 7 things about yourself 10 nominations
No Holds Barred - Memories of Mexico Sunshine Award Answer 10 questions 10 nominees
Another Day in Paradise - South Africa, Florida, the world … Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award Nominate 15 sistas
Living and Lovin – A glass artist who never leaves home without her camera Super Sweet Award Answer 5 questions 13 nominees
The Tosin Teatime – “What’s a little girl talk without a sip of tea?”, she asks Versatile Blogger Award Share 7 things about yourself 15 nominees
Finding Ann MacGregor - Making a new life for herself Versatile Blogger Award Share 7 things about yourself 15 nominees
But I’m Beautiful – Out there, doing her thing, writing about it! Versatile Blogger Award Share 7 things about yourself 7 nominees
Travel. Culture. Food – Practical, too One Lovely Blog Award Share 7 things about yourself 15 nominees
Crazy Train to Tinky Town – A young Englishwoman living in Turkey One Lovely Blog Award Share 7 things about yourself 15 nominees
Writing by the Numbers - A writer, a runner, a mother, a thinker Inspiring Blog Award Share 7 things about yourself, 7 nominees
The Pirate’s Haven - He writes, he travels, he collects copper, he makes jewellery. Wonderful Team Member Readership Award – 14 nominees in any number of posts within a 7 day period – Finish the sentence “A great reader is … “ I’d say a great reader is willing to follow your story to the end.
And thank you to Alan, Trompie’s Mom and Madhu, whose nominations arrived in my in-box over the weekend:
Ohm Sweet Ohm - The world from on top of a bridge – this man has a steady head, that’s for sure. The Tag Blogothon - Share 11 things about yourself, Answer 11 questions, Create 11 questions, 11 nominees
Scrapydo - Everything crafty, Super Sweet Blog Award, Answer 5 questions, 13 nominations
The Urge to Wander - Bitten late and hard by the travel bug, Madhu shares history, details and marvellous photographs of the world, The Booker Award, Your 5 favourite books, 5 nominees.
By the way, my number one favourite book of all time is The Atlas – any atlas – has been since I first dragged out Ma’s school atlas from the bottom shelf of the bookcase when I was a little girl. After that, War and Peace, I think, or Anna Karenina? Can’t choose. The Odyssey, definitely, anything by Patrick White (Voss, if you had a knife to my throat) … of recent reads, Wolf Hall, by Hilary Mantel, and a romping favourite from India (since everybody understandably – chooses Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children) Red Earth and Pouring Rain by Vikram Chandra (I’m sorry Vikram Seth, it’s phantasmagorical recounting of myth and history pips out A Suitable Boy!).