Playing Favorites

I think of blogs as the Internet version of reality TV only better.

You have all sorts of possible scenarios as the basis for the blogs and you have hundreds of thousands of cast members, contestants or participants all sharing their particular “slice of life.”  Some are informative, some are poetic, some are humorous, some are visually stunning, some are boat-rocker.  And some are the commercials.

We get to choose which ones we’re willing to spend time looking at.  Which ones entertain us?  Just like reality TV, some are 100% disgustingly moronic and you would never be caught dead reading them, yet others love them!  And some are so well-loved they become national favorites.

(Luckily, unlike reality TVwe can blog away to our heart’s content whether anyone else likes it or not!)

No matter what the reality of the blog is, there is always a common denominator that each one must include:  words and/or pictures that pull you in, get you to “watch,” and usually let you vote, “like” and even comment (can’t do that on TV reality shows!)

You can discover these hidden gems by surfing the Internet or surfing the WordPress topics bar.  But the best way to find great blogs is by “Word of Keyboard.” This is when a blogger writes about or recommends the wonderful blogs that they enjoy.  And often there is an award involved.

Thank you so much, Amy, for sending the One Lovely Blog Award my way!  I think your Afternoon Popcorn Snack is exceptional.  Just the other day I marveled at your Watermelon and Fresh Basil Margarita recipe.  I don’t drink margaritas but I’ve got to try this because it sounds so so good!  And thank you for the wonderful recommendations for other great blogs to check out—that is a prize in itself.

The terms of the One Lovely Blog award are the usual:

*thank the person who nominated you and link back to them in your post
*share 7 things about yourself
*nominate 15 or so bloggers you admire
*contact your chosen bloggers to let them know

Okay, here are my seven things:

1.  I know the true identity of Coffee Man.  (Check back on Wednesday when I reveal that.) 2.  I fantasize about being a female vocalist in a band yet I rarely sing in front of anyone.     3.  I think Daniel Craig is giving Sean Connery a run for his money for being the best 007.

Daniel Craig on a yacht in Venice during a bre...

Daniel Craig on a yacht in Venice during a break in filming Casino Royale. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

4.  I listen to an AM Oldies station in the car because I know the words to those songs and  yes, I do sing them.  Out loud.                                                                                                 5.  I am a founding member of a sorority my college friends and I made up in our freshman year.  (Phi Gamma Tau only it was spelled Fi Gamma Tau and the motto was “Anything for a Fi”) There were five members.                                                                                       6.  I love garlic and I advise that anyone around me can protect themselves by simply eating lots of garlic also.                                                                                                         7. I make up games and get other people to play them with me.

BONUS #8.  Half the time I am completely baffled about how to control the formatting on this thing. (Well, that’s no secret, is it?)

And the One Lovely Blog Award (interpret “lovely” any way you like)  goes to:

An Unrefined VeganIllustrated BitesA Real Food Lover,  Inspiring Healthy Living, Seed to SaladTimor-Leste ImagesCalliope’s TabletThe Daily Bubble Tea,  VeggiewitchJade Aestas,  Homemade DelishCaptain Decibel,  Go Guilty PleasuresAlaskan Dreams, Icky Yucky MuckyBy the Sea

It’s Gonna Be a Bright, Bright Sunshinin’ Day

I think blogging takes a lot of guts!

On the one hand you are the writer, editor, sometimes the photographer, the graphic designer, the marketing director and, of course, the publisher of your own work.  So exciting!  On the other hand, you start out with a blank space that says, “Add New Post” and you are the one that is going to express a viewpoint, tell a joke, reveal your innermost thoughts or even—(what nerve!)—suggest what other people should do, say, eat, cook, etc.

At some point you have to press “Publish” and from there you have no idea who you are actually communicating to.  Is someone out there?  Are they listening?  Are they interested?  And why do you need them to be interested anyway?

Well there’s a little thing that make makes a communication complete called “Acknowledgement.”  It’s all well and good to write what you want to say and put it out there.  But when someone graciously takes the time to comment, “like,” or otherwise respond–B I N G O!  A communication happened!

Isn’t it great when that happens?!

Today Big Sis and Little Sis over at My Sister’s Pantry sent me a wonderful acknowledgment by nominating me for The Sunshine Award.  I recently “met” these two ladies and love what they’re doing.  They are two sisters who live several hundred miles away from each other and they have found co-writing their blog as an activity they can do together.  I love that!  And I thoroughly enjoy their wonderful recipes and cooking ideas.

Thank you Big Sis and Little Sis for the acknowledgement!  And now I’m excited to pass the “Sunshine” along on this beautiful and sunny May Day.

The Sunshine Award is awarded to “bloggers who positively and creatively inspire others in the blogosphere.”  Awardees are asked to:

1. Thank the person who nominated them for the award and post a blog about it.

2. Answer a few get-to-know-you-better questions about themselves.

3. Nominate ten other bloggers for the award and link to their blogs and let them know about their award.

In the spirit of letting you know more about me, here are my answers to the questions:

Favorite Color: Red
Favorite Animal(s): Otters, foxes, centaurs, whales, ants, unicorns, turtles, picas
Favorite Number: 27 (You guessed it!  I was born on the 27th.)
Favorite Drink: Pellegrino sparkling water with lime
Facebook or Twitter: Facebook (Well actually, I still like to write regular snail-mail letters on  fun stationery.)
Your Passion: Scientology                                                                                              Giving or getting presents: Who doesn’t love both of these?  Yes – I love both of these!  Favorite Day: My wedding anniversary and any day I can spend with my wonderful husband.

It was not so easy picking ten from all the bloggers I love and read!  Without further adieu, I hereby nominate The Sunshine Award to:

I hope you’ll check all these blogs out.  Sharing an award like this is a great way to discover new bloggers and expand your circle of friends (the best part).

You Know You’re Hardcore if . . .

You know you’re hardcore if . . .

You write a new post for your blog first thing in the morning and you haven’t even had your coffee yet.

You spend your time blogging about something that you no longer have time to do because you’re too busy blogging.

Your blog-writing style starts showing up in say, reports you write at work.

You sit and chuckle over and over again at some funny phrase you wrote in your blog that only you understand to be funny and no one else will probably ever even break a slight grin about . . . and that’s okay with you.

You can masterfully turn any conversation into an opportunity to tell the other person all about your blog and give them the address, then you marvel at how easy this is to do compared to anything that would actually earn you money.

You’re always dreaming up new posts for your blog–no, really dreaming them in your sleep.

Your best advice to anyone you talk to is, “Start a blog!”

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What’s your definition of hardcore?

A blogger blogs . . . about blogging

“If you’re going to go off on a tangent, go all the way I always say.

I just started blogging in December.  . . . . ”

Today’s new post is a new page, “Blogging about Blogging” which I had so much fun writing and had a big win at the end!  You can read it by going to the banner at the top of this site and find the page title on the black line and click on the page title.

Do you have a blog? Or have you been thinking about starting one?