Blog awards serve a noble purpose as a networking tool to help bloggers find readers and readers find bloggers. When I received the Illuminating Blogger Award some months ago, I was shocked. After all, I’m just a small blogger with a readership that could fit in my living room. Still, it really was humbling to think SOMEBODY out there likes me, they really really like me (thank-you, Sally Fields).
The other half of receiving the award is passing it on to other bloggers. Frankly, I loved receiving the award. I just didn’t like finding 5 or 15 others to give it to. Terrible, I know. So what did I do? I Googled “opinions on Blog Awards” to find how other bloggers handle such matters. That’s when I discovered that some people have made a conscious decision to be award-free.
That’s easy enough. I’ll be “Award-Free.” Done. Of course, such an announcement is rather presumptuous, I suppose, suggesting I’m far too busy to be bothered with all those awards that no doubt would come flooding in. Nevertheless, I located an “Award-Free Blog” image and slapped it in the right-hand column at the top of the page where everyone who stumbled upon my blog would see it.
I thought it was working too because it’s been a long time since anyone has tried to pay me a compliment. But this weekend Debi Austin of Who Knew and Jacqi Stevens of A Family Tapestry, two of my favorite bloggers, awarded me the Wonderful Team Member Readership Award, which is a thank-you to loyal followers who offer thoughtful comments on their blogs.
Recalling the saying “be careful what you wish for,” now I have to face the harsh truth that my blogging friends weren’t just being respectful of my wishes – they just didn’t see it. How funny.
But you know what – I’m making an exception by accepting this one because it recognizes my loyalty and kindness as a READER of blogs while not expecting any creativity or ability to inspire. As the originator of the award said, “As bloggers we are also readers. That is a part of blogging as listening is a part of speaking.”
So here are the rules:
1. Thank the nominator and link back to their site as well.
I don’t know how anyone can read Who Knew and A Family Tapestry and NOT comment. Their stories and pictures make me want to be in their family. So Debi and Jacqi, I humbly accept this virtual “blunt object and will use it as a weapon against self-doubt” (thank-you, Anne Hathaway).
2. Display the award logo on your blog.
3. Nominate no more than fourteen readers of your blog you appreciate and leave a comment on their blogs to let them know about the award.
14?? I’m on my way to let these writers know how much I appreciate their comments:
- Dana of The Daily Dose
- Colleen of Leaves and Branches
- Kathy at Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy: The Online Diary of a Central Oregon Grandmother
- Sally at Sally’s Scribbles
- Sue at CollectIn Texas Gal
- M at QRSTUV
What surprises and gratifies me most is that most of these loyal readers are not family history bloggers, yet they come back time after time to read and comment about the stories of my family.
4. Finish this sentence: A great reader is …
one who extends the conversation by connecting to the emotion or the point of the story.
This award also would go to Jana at Jana’s Genealogy and Family History Blog if she hadn’t already received it and to my sister if she had a blog.