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Sorry Goblin Queen, I’m keeping this award.

“When I have been listened to and when I have been heard, I am able to re-perceive my world in a new way and to go on. It is astonishing how elements that seem insoluble become soluble when someone listens, how confusions that seem irremediable turn into relatively clear flowing streams when one is heard. I have deeply appreciated the times that I have experienced this sensitive, empathic, concentrated listening.”
– Carl R. Rogers, Experiences in Communication

I started blogging to have an avenue to be heard on issues and ideas that get pushed aside during the insanity of regular off-line life, and when people show their appreciation of my efforts — I’m honored.  It seems silly, like such a grandiose word or emotion for what is, in essence, a simple kudos… but I stick with my word choice nonetheless.  I’m honored.

And recently, I’ve received two blogger awards… one of which I’ve been ridiculously lax in giving thanks for.

Now, I’m going to go through the rules in a bit, and pass the awards on in another post, but I did want to talk about them a little bit first.  Cuz that’s how I roll.

When I first saw these awards around, I Bing’d them (it’s a thing), and searched WordPress forums and FAQs and there’s a lot of dispute as to whether or not to accept them, etc.

The big reason to not participate is that these awards aren’t started by WordPress, or regulated, or anything.  There’s no omni-log of everyone who wins, or specific qualifications.  You could start one, I could start one.  Alf could start one.

But just because they aren’t certified by the Goblin King Queen of the Internet, doesn’t make them any less real.  I’ve won a lot of “real” awards and trophies in my day, but the only one I keep with me is a tiny handwritten “best big sister ever” note with an official finger-print stamp.  It wasn’t created by a foundation, school, or government– but it’s real to me.

They’re still tokens of appreciation from someone who listens to you, likes you, and is part of your community– which, in my own humble opinion, is pretty awesome.

That said, I still intend to change the rules anytime one comes my way (and I hope more do because I love winning things, yayyyyy!), because the sheer number of rules makes it hard for me to make time to accept them with the care, thought, and gratitude they deserve.

I love you, Internet Friend!

38 comments

    1. 😀 Oh, I’m glad. Laughter makes you live longer! (Was it the Alf picture? I hope so, because as I added words to the most pompous picture of him I could find, I was thinking, “I hope someone gets a chuckle out of this 10 minutes of alf-photo-editing, else I’ve officially lost it.”)

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  1. I like your style. I felt the same way when I received my first blog award. I googled mine (it’s another thing) and felt much the same as you. Also rules were made to be broken. 😉

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    1. Google is an infinitely better word, and Bing marketing is so bad that it embarrasses me, ha… but I do like the search results better. Rules were definitely made to be broken, huzzah for us!

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  2. yup…at first i thought it’d be such a waste of time but i realized what it meant.. that people actually like my posts and think they’re award-worthy… so i just gotta grab the opportunity to also thank the bloggers w/c i like ^^ awesome, i love this post

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  3. I’ll give a postback (a blog reacharound?) at some point, but as far as an actual award, as is? Yeah, I feel the same way. I probably won’t be quite so official about it. 🙂 I’m still very new and I haven’t really established myself enough to start handing out awards. I do love your blog though; you’re totally a favorite. I always read yours on the Reader when I am not trolling Freshly Pressed.

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    1. 🙂 Aww, thanks. And yep, no worries on whatever you choose to do with the award… there doesn’t seem to be any real protocol on how to accept these things, or if even to acknowledge them, so it’s all good. 😀

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  4. I’ve really been enjoying your blog since I started reading you. Anyone who knows how to use a Gordon Shumway image to good effect is alright in my book.

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      1. Of course! My brain is full of pop culture trivia and esoterica. For example, I will forever remember that the cockroaches from Melmac (at their starting size) look just like Earth roaches except for their blue eyes.

        They must have eaten some blue food coloring…

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  6. I can understand why people pass on these awards, but I think these types of grassroots signs of appreciation promote what I see as the purpose of blogging: creating communities. They generate organic links, and direct new readers to you and your readers to others. Besides, it’s nice to be appreciated. Congratulations on your most recent award, by the way!

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  7. I’m so happy you linked to this post. Because I recently respectfully declined a nomination because the rules and questions were really long and I didn’t have the time to do the “rules” justice.

    I felt bad and a little guilty. But now I just feel relief. Thank you.

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    1. 🙂 Eh, rules are meant to be broken. 😀 I figure it’s the the thought that counts, and as such, I can change up the rules to make it easier on me whenever I want… so long as I stick to the heart of the award, that is. Thank you for popping by to read!

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