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:
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…”
WOW – high praise indeed. Thank you again, Marci.
Why do I read such a wide variety of blogs?