It’s uncanny! Just the other day I was thinking, I haven’t seen any posts about bloggers receiving awards lately. Perhaps that’s a seasonal activity. When BAM – much to my surprise and delight, my dear friend Marci at Fuzzy Undertones nominated me for the Wonderful Team Member Readership Award.
This nomination is special to me because it’s an Award for Readership. I am a more active reader than writer, devoting more time to reading blogs and commenting than to publishing my own posts. Part of that is a conscious effort to support other bloggers. Although I’m a newbie blogger, I am an elder citizen of “my” world if not “the” world. I understand how important support and guidance are, especially in these times when public discourse can be so hurtful. If I can use my experience and skills to exhibit positive etiquette and supportive, meaningful comments in the blogging world, it’s a small legacy I take pride in.
At first, when I wrote that paragraph, I thought, “Well that sounds pretentious!” and I almost deleted it. Then I read Marci’s response when I thanked her for nominating me. Here’s what she wrote:
Oh, thank you Sammy! Cloggers…I love it! 🐱 You were first on my list of nominations for a reason…not only do you give me so much support and encouragement for my own blogging, I see you commenting on a lot of other blogs out there too, spreading the blove (blog love)! In fact, you’re responsible for introducing me to some of my favorite blogs – you’ve proven to be not only a great online resource, but a role-model for the type of reader and supporter that I’d like to be ❤
WOW – high praise indeed. Thank you again, Marci.
Why do I read such a wide variety of blogs?
I have an insatiable curiosity which is increasing as I age. I am fascinated that so many global bloggers willingly share your life experiences, your opinions, and your imagination with me. I feel every connection sending out ripples that expand my world and induce me to think more deeply about the people in it. Reading blogs is truly reading an anthology of humanity, and I am privileged to participate as well as bear witness.
This post is getting long enough, so I will save my “What traits do we desire in our readers?” for a new day.
Marci has already nominated several bloggers I would have nominated for this award. I recommend you explore each of those, especially you cat lovers! In addition, I’d like to nominate the following bloggers whose faithful reading means so much to me:
Lainey at Laineyrain
Lainey is one of my first, kindest and most supportive readers. She often links to bloggers I recommend and supports them, too.
Justine at Eclectic Odds ‘n Sods
What can I say about Justine? Always here; always upbeat; a little naughty; a reader I adore.
Celine at Celine JeanJean
Another regular reader who rarely stops at one (always meaningful) comment. Celine is all about connections, and will brighten your day.
Silvia at Silvia writes
Although I don’t hear from Silvia as often, she leaves such thoughtful comments that I know she does more than skim my posts. She truly thinks about what I’m saying and offers plenty of good insights.
Maggie at The Zombies Ate My Brains
Another reader whose opinions I appreciate; we don’t always see eye-to-eye, but we always learn from each other.
All my readers deserve to be mentioned, and I will continue showing my appreciation in my ongoing “shout-out” posts. And a PS to my favorite crone, Linda, I have a special surprise coming for you 🙂 Soon !
Oh, I almost forgot – for the above nominees, here are your acceptance rules. As always you can follow them, ignore the award entirely, or “bend” like I do. That’s the beauty of free speech.
The original rules of accepting this award are as follows:
1.The Nominee of the Wonderful Team Member Readership Award shall display the logo on his/her post/page and/or sidebar.
2.The Nominee shall nominate 14 readers they appreciate over a period of 7 days (1 week) – this can be done at any rate during the week. It can be ALL on one day or a few on one day and a few on another day, etc.
3.The Nominee shall name his or her Wonderful Team Member Readership Award nominees on a post or on posts during the 7 day (1 week) period.
4.The Nominee shall make these rules, or amended rules keeping to the spirit of the Wonderful Team Member Readership Award, known to each reader s/he nominates.
5.The Nominee must finish this sentence and post: “A great reader is…”
Comments on: "Wonderful Team Member Readership Award" (36)
Congratulations, Sammy! This is a perfect award for you. Your visits and supportive comments make the blogging world feel smaller and more personal 😀
Thank you, Elsie. I really appreciate you, and your comments are always so supportive.
Congrats on your award! I agree–there is so much good stuff out there, from all over the world. It can be tough to close the browser!
No kidding! Between garden and antiquity photos and travelogues, PLUS all the writers, I’m like a kid in a candy store! Thanks for visiting, Carrie. Plan to feature indie authors I’ve read in an upcoming blog and you and Seneca Scourge will get a shout out 🙂
Oh, you’re very kind. Thank you. (Bashful smile.)
Not a more deserving person can I think of to receive this award. Your support and kindness is unending it seems. You are what all good friends, sisters, crones, should be. Thank you for being you!
Thank you so much, Linda :-).
I am so grateful for our online relationship, Sammy. Thank you for the mention, and congratulations for being recognized. You deserve it. ❤
You bet, Maggie, and thank YOU for being my faithful reader!
This was such a lovely post…and when you wrote “reading blogs is truly reading an anthology of humanity…” that struck a chord. Because that’s exactly what blogs collectively are – an anthology of humanity! Perfect words. Thank you so much for being a pillar in my (and others’) blogging community – you are most deserving of this award. Warmest hugs! ❤ 😀
Thank you, Marci 🙂 the BLoving Connection continues (to a jazzy little tune).
Oh crickey I nearly missed this I am so behind on reading posts woohoo what lovely words I almost blushed! Grins and congrats to you of course you deserve it and more :-D. Big huggles and thank you sweet Sammy big smiles here xx
Well, Crikey right back at ya, sugar bear 🙂
Thank you, Sammy. I appreciate being valued as a reader. Hey, I appreciate your curiosity, because I so understand it. I can’t go on without knowing, and constantly find myself researching and searching terms and new things, constantly wondering: how can there be so much I don’t know? 🙂 Your blog has a honesty quality to it, a great openness, and that’s one of the many reasons I like being here.
Thank you, Silvia. I really appreciate your kind words, and have found a maturity in your blog and comments that always teach me something, especially because you can see things through foreign eyes in a way I can’t.
Congratulations! What a fantastic spin on the blogging awards…..I love it. Without regular, supportive and kind readers we’d feel like we’re just talking to the cat…lol.
Thanks for my nomination and the lovely words…you always make me feel great and give so much support to people. Big Hugs x
You are welcome, Lainey. You brighten many days for many bloggers with your presence!
Thank you so much Sammy! Really means a lot, especially coming from you since you are such a supportive commentator! I’d send the award right back at you (and I may just do that), your comments always make me smile and I love our little chats in the comments sections. So glad I can do the same for you 🙂
Dear Celine –
It’s Inconceivable we wouldn’t both win this award. LOL
Haha damn right!
I’m going to be a little late in passing the award on (real life is getting in the way of blogging – shocking) so watch this space!
Damn that real life!
No problem -don’t even “back-burner” this award. Who needs that hanging over your head. You’ll get many more opportunities to respond to awards. I’ve learned to take the pressure off by just letting some of them “go”.
Take care of yourself in your real life stresses !!
Congratulations on your award! I know from personal experience that it is well-deserved. I thank you for your kind comments on my fledgling blog and am looking forward to reading yours.
Thanks for visiting and your nice compliment. I was blog-surfing last night and can’t resist a wanna be cowgirl 😉 look forward to reading your posts.
Yes that’s true! I haven’t seen any either for quite some time. Lucky for me, I guess!!!!
A worthy award for a worthy individual! It couldn’t happen to a nicer person! Well done Sammy, so well deserved. You’ve always been so kind and generous in your support, and I just KNOW that you’re someone I would love to meet. Meeting you over the blogosphere is one of the joys in my life.
Oh Susan, thank you so much. Your posts are so thought-provoking and you have such an expertise in your areas of passion, I almost feel too simple and frivolous to be worthy of your praise. But I keep returning because you are a fount of wisdom.
Sammy, I feel the same way about your writings …
Congratulations on receiving this award, Sammy and may I say, well deserved! 🙂 You’re obviously a caring, supportive person and have so many friends around the Blogosphere. It was a pleasure meeting you during the AtoZ Challenge and I’m glad our relationship has continued beyond that. Cheers to you!
Thank you so much, Debbie! This has been such a rewarding enterprise for me, all because of bloggers like you.
BTW I haven’t forgotten about the award you gave me. I’m still musing about my post because your questions caused me quite a kerfuffle! In a good way! A bemuzin’ way 🙂 And you know by now I’ll do my own thing in my own time !
No worries, Sammy. 🙂 I always said participation was optional and doing one’s own thing is the best way, for sure.
Congratulations. You deserve to be awarded!
Thank you, Paula. You are an inspiration in so many ways. Prayers to your family.
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