“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!