I have been meaning to write this post for many moons.
Unfortunately, it hasn’t been clear how to proceed. (It isn’t any clearer right now, but I figure if I start typing something might arise.)
Several wonderful inspiring bloggers in blog-land have gifted me with some blog awards in the last few years. The Kreativ Blogger Award, The Versatile Blogger Award, maybe some other blogging awards.
I always do what my mama taught and go thank them profusely. Not just because mama taught politeness: I am truly appreciated and delighted. It always is a nice honor when someone says they like your blog. You want to dive into the computer and hug ’em really hard and invite them over for tea.
Yet you find yourself replying, “Ladies & Gentlemen, dear readers, Sadly I must decline this award…”
(Here’s the part where it would be super-polite to name everyone who has given me an award. Unfortunately, there’s a small hitch. You know that memory problem? Where you forget things you’re not supposed to forget? Well, I’ve forgotten at least a third of the people who passed along the award. So it would be SUPER impolite to honor the bloggers whose names I do remember… You know who you are, don’t you? Let’s just dive through the computer and hug.)
For you non-bloggers, it’s time to back up a skip & jump and explain to you about blogging awards. We bloggers are astute folks. We peruse the web looking for blogs we like. Some brilliant creative & versatile blogger somewhere decided to make up an award. The rules usually proceed as follows:
1) You receive the award from another creative & versatile blogger. (Except the first one. She received it from her own creative and versatile mind.)
2) You thank the Missus or Mister who awarded you. You link back to the original blog.
3) You now must list 7-100 things about yourselves that others don’t know. Such as: I had mononucleosis when I was sixteen and kissed my boyfriend and he never got sick, so don’t you ever call it the “kissing disease” again. It is often very fascinating to read these little-known facts about your favorite blogger. In my case, you know everything about me already, right? Except for the mononucleosis episode. If anyone wants to know more, please ask, and I shall write a 1,000 word blog before breakfast tomorrow.
4) After you have revealed your secret stash of facts, you now must share your 7-100 favorite bloggers, complete with links. This is one of the real reasons that I don’t play this award game. How the heck are you going to choose “favorite” blog-hers and blog-hims? How can you choose between favorite children, favorite colors, favorite days of the week, favorite blogs? I have never, ever, been able to choose a “favorite” anything, let alone a favorite kind of ice cream.
You could still choose, of course, your latest favorite bloggers. But I am afraid all the non-chosen ones will be weeping into their coffee cups this morning, hiccuping, blowing nose, crying, “But she didn’t choose me, what’s wrong with me?”
It’s hard enough asking bloggers to do guest-blogs. Several bloggers have approached me in dreams whispering, “You don’t like me, do you? Why haven’t you asked me?” I try to explain that there is a dream-chooser who chooses guest blogs based on cosmic influences, but the dream bloggers don’t buy it.
5) After you have written your Award Acceptance Speech and linked to all the appropriate blogs, you place a small icon on the edge of your blog announcing your award to the world. Now folks come to your blog and oooohhhh and aaaahhhhhh appropriately because you have proof that you’re an awesome blogger and capable of winning awards.
Blogging awards are lovely vehicles for spreading news of wonderful on-line blogs. We discover new words to read, new photos to admire, new facts to file. They help make people feel good about their creativity. I’m not knockin’ them, honest.
Sometimes our tender hearts want us to accept a blogging award, yes, they do, sweet soft blogging hearts.
The first person who ever offered me a blogging award when I was still insecure & fumbling in the blogging world is still my best blogging friend in the Universe, double-dipped hug to you, my dearest! (If I could only remember who you are…)
It’s just that my creativity and versatility gets fitful when anyone wants to categorize it into a previous definition of creativity and versatility. It doesn’t want to be limited to 7-100 little known facts about yours truly. It doesn’t want to fit inside any rules, except the Societal Rules It Already Follows.
OK, I’ve admitted it. This blogger kinda likes to bust rules. It fiercely wants to be creative in its own way. There’s probably a ten-step program for this somewhere.
Therefore–ahem–big announcement–I won’t be accepting blogging awards for the current time. I may CREATE a blogging award, though, hmmmm….new creative possibility. Instead, if and when some lovely soul offers an award, say–The Humorous, Spiritual, Writing & Photography Blogger–I will kindly point toward this post (while weeping in my coffee, because, gosh darn it, doesn’t it sound like a wonderful award–a perfect award?) –and lean closer to the computer and deeply hug the bestower while contemplating what kind of tea to brew for both of us.
P.S. All of these photographs are “rejected” photographs from the January-February file. They’ve been sobbing for days because they weren’t included in previous blogs. Go figure! It’s impossible to please everyone, isn’t it?