Now then, over the last year or so I’ve been given a number of awards. The first couple or so I ignored because I couldn’t figure out how to get the awards on my own blog site. The next few I’ve put up but never carried out the instructions that come with them.
Bloggers, generally, consider this cheating but there is something of a ‘chain-mail’ feel to these awards and I don’t like it. Normally, you are required to give a certain number of facts about yourself (that’s ok) and then nominate 7, 10, 15 or whatever, Blogs for the same award. That’s where, for me, it all feels a bit cheap. I would more readily award blogs because I want to than because someone has told me I have to.
I do get left with a little bit of guilt though, when I post the awards on my blog. I’m pleased someone likes my blog enough to nominate me but I just don’t want to ‘fake’ it and make an awful lot more blogs. I could just ignore the whole blog award thing but, the blogging community is just that -a community – you can make some real good friends here who value you and your writing without it all becoming ‘stalker’-like. I don’t think I’m likely to propositioned by any of my blogging friends nor is my wife in danger of getting a “Dear John” letter telling her I’ve run off with a clown from Canada I met online (Hi Eric, by the way, if you happen to be reading this).
So, this is to make up for that in some small way. Today I will respond to the nice award given to me by a blogger called Rinth here. But, I’m not going to follow the rules exactly. Instead I’m going to do things a little differently but a little more real. I’m not even going to notify the bloggers I’m about to mention – they should end up reading this for themselves and I hope this will be a nice surprise for them when they do. Because that will be the point – they read my blog.
I’m going to give a list of bloggers who actually keep in touch with mine, comment, and generally support my blog. These bloggers actually write blogs I enjoy too and I’ll tell you a little about them. Basically, they are people I feel I am friends with, in some small way, and and I would like you to read their posts too and see what you think. I think that is a much better tribute to them than some random “nominate 150 more blogs” process. At the same time, the need to “tell us a little more about yourself” that comes with these awards will happen by the fact I’m going to tell you why I like these blogs. You should learn a thing or two about me if you read carefully.
Here goes then with my nominees for the Inspiring blogger Award (you’ll have to click on the link to Rinth’s to find out the ‘official rules’ for receiving this!):
Ruby writes several blogs and this one is actually a collaboration with other authors. However, I know it is one that Ruby is particularly promoting at the moment and I leave it up to her to leave a comment guiding you to her other blogs if she so wishes. Ruby and I have become good friends over time and I think she is a brave woman dealing with a host of issues in her life.
When I was a teenager I had a pretty crappy time of it all and effectively ‘re-invented’ myself in 1986. I can sympathise with much of the kind of issues Ruby discusses in her blogs but I also enjoy her humour and honesty about herself. These are things that resonate deeply with me.
A very nice chap and very funny too who writes on a number of things and has a huge fanbase yet never fails to make you feel at home. I love the way he combines criticism of things with wonderful wit and I also think that he is quite an incredible man.
Earlier this year I discovered I have ADHD which came as a surprise to no one except me as well as my son. Le Clown also has the same situation except that his has been much more difficult to deal with than mine. As a father, I feel so much anger on his behalf for the things he has had forced upon his parenting, but very proud to be associated with him in some small way.
Marina is a lovely blogger who regular comments on mine and I do appreciate her interest. I read her blog – or more accurately LOOK – because I think she does amazing artworks.
When I did my first music degree, I also studied Art history for a couple of my degree modules. I love art but, alas, I’m rubbish at it myself! Instead, I studied all the major artists and found myself loving modern art more than anything else. Marina’s work mixes between the obscure and the very traditional, all with a wonderful flair. Check out her work and even buy some!
This young lady professes her faith in God in a delightfully refreshing way on her blog. She’s just as nice in her comments too and seems to genuinely enjoy life and appreciate the blessings that come her way. That said, she’s incredibly accident-prone and I don’t half worry about her sometimes! Still, she’s a delight and I always feel refreshed after reading her blog. I like being refreshed because, for me, the glass is inevitably half-full and never half-empty. What’s the point of believing in any kind of deity if that just leads you to condemn all around you and makes you generally pretty miserable. Apple Junkie seems, to me, to have the same kind of positive outlook on life that I do. It’s nice to see!
Then there is Rinth’s blog itself. She is a young lady from Bangladesh living in Sweden and I love that fact we get to discuss, debate, argue about different aspects of Bangladeshi life in various countries. I don’t get to her blog as often as I would like but we regularly comment on each other’s posts and I appreciate her contribution as well as her own unique outlook on life. We’re both ex-pats in many ways and I am always fascinated to learn of the very different perspectives of others. I’m always trying to discover something new or learn something I didn’t know before. Rinth helps me with that.
A lovely woman from Estonia and married to a Bangladeshi man. She has just left Bangladesh after living some time here and gone back to Estonia with her family. I really enjoy reading the blogs of others who, like me, have discovered both the joys and the challenges of living in Bangladesh. On top of that, she is a lovely lady and we’ve had many discussions in the last year which I have truly enjoyed. I look forward to more. As a married parent, I can sympathise with much that she writes about and it is also nice to talk with a fellow European who understands what Bangla life is like.
Well, that’s it.
If your blog didn’t get mentioned here it doesn’t mean that I don’t like it or appreciate your company. I just particularly wanted to give credit to these blogs and say thank you for their support and friendship. Maybe I’ll do this post again in a year or two and have a whole load of different blogs then. Who knows? We’ll wait and see…