I have been nominated for The Liebster Award by Donna L Sadd and The Versatile Blogger award by Rosie Scribblah. However, I note that Rosie has nominated me not only for my versatility but because I am “a bit bonkers.” Hmmmm. Fair comment. But it got me thinking are Blogging Awards a bit bonkers anyway?
I’m a relative newbie to blogging, but as I began viewing other blogs I noticed awards pinned to side bars. Wow, I thought, what a great honour. Then I saw in the comments list bloggers eagerly informing the recipient of their award nomination. Ah ha, I thought, awards for bloggers, by bloggers. How lovely. However, I also noted comments like “Thank you, but I don’t accept awards” or notices in effect saying “Push off and take your award nomination with you”. So is accepting an award a crass thing to do I wondered. Do only desperate, needy bloggers accept, copy and paste an award image to their blog? Well, if you scroll down to the foot of this blog you’ll see The Sunshine Award proudly displayed. Yes, proudly. That’s because I was nominated by Winloseordraw and A Number of Things, two bloggers I highly regard. And Rosie says she chose her 15 nominees out of 90 blogs. Now that’s humbling. And it’s precisely that warm fuzzy feeling that keeps me blogging.
However, as I found when I took the Sunshine Award, there is a bit of work involved, and perhaps that is why people decline. Maybe the “pass it on” part reminds people of poisoned chain-letters; “if you don’t pass this on you will DIE” kind of thing. And there are rules, and not everyone wants to be pressurised into following rules. So I was delighted to discover Alex Autin, a recent nominee of the Versatile Blogger Award, who very wittily adapted the rules.
Here are the standard ones:
- Thank the person who gave you this award. That’s common courtesy.
- Include a link to their blog. That’s also common courtesy
- Next, select 15 blogs/bloggers that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly.
- Nominate those 15 bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award.
- Finally, tell the person who nominated you 15 things about yourself
As Alex points out promoting and supporting fellow bloggers is a great thing but 15 is a big number. And readers may die of boredom as you rattle off 15 self-promotional facts. So she reduced it to three. Three facts, three blogs and an entertaining post to boot.
So, here is my creative and bit bonkers award acceptance….
Thank you Donna for the Liebster Award and all your support and kind comments. Donna is the creator of Lucci the No Smoochie Poochie. You can find out all about Donna and Lucci here. She also enjoyed the dubious pleasure of being “elfed”.
Thank you Rosie for the Versatile Blogger award. I am a huge fan of Rosie’s and love her blog. I’ve dubbed her sketching style as “The Martini Style” because she can sketch anytime, anyplace, anywhere. And the end results are brilliant.
Instead of 15 dullard facts I will reveal my fantasy to you all……..
I want to spend the rest of my days Horseboating. Basically, this is living on a canal barge pulled by a huge, feather footed horse. The Horseboating Society will explain all.
My horse would look like this and I would name him Horrix
The narrowboat would look like this.
With herbs and flowers
And I would dress like this
I would turn the boat into a floating art gallery and sell my drawings of elves or exchange them for hay and carrots for Horrix the Horse.
The Liebster Award is about spreading love and stuff to blogs. We’re not into rules remember but if you want them heres how Donna described them. My nominations for this Award goes to This is Lemonade. A blog started at the beginning of 2012 full of beautiful things, recipies, and charm.
My nomination for the Versatile Blogger Award goes to Vieveandlynsker. They are sisters who draw, paint, knit and have a liking for elves. Wait a minute…their blog is only one month old. Why, I’ll nominate them for the Liebster too.
So Blogging Awards; a little time-consuming once accepted, but there’s nothing to stop you from doing it your own way. And you are championing and generally “bigging up” your fellow blogger. Which, let’s face it, is what blogging is all about.
Hey, a Ziggy Shortcrust post with no drawings or elves. How bonkers is that?!