I never quite understood the idea of being fashionably late.
Either you arrive on time or stay away. Making a grand entrance after everyone has already arrived seems, I don’t know, snobby. It says, “Now that the important person has arrived, let the party commence.” That’s just arrogant and very un-Buddhist-like.
No, you’ll never see me arrive fashionably late to anything. I’m the Early Girl.
Except when it comes to one thing. Accepting blog awards. I seem to have a problem with prompt and proper acknowledgement of these awards given with the kindest of intentions. Yup, when it comes to recognizing these awards I’m embarrassingly unfashionably late.
Why? I hope you know, because I spent a lot of time–time I could have spent writing acceptance posts–trying to answer this question and I’m still befuddled.
I have a few theories:
1. I’m incredibly humble–but people who say that usually aren’t.
2. I’m confused by the rules–a very likely possibility given my dizzy blondeness
3. I’m busy and these acceptance posts take a long time–oh, come on, who isn’t busy?
4. I’m too old a blogger for these awards–they should go to new bloggers who need the exposure and the confidence boost
5. I forgot–hey, is your memory what it used to be?
All that being said, in the past several months, three bloggers have bestowed upon me four blog awards (that I know of). It’s time that I acknowledge their kindness and generosity and attempt to fulfill my duties as the recipient of these various awards. Notice, I said “attempt.”
Thank you, Gerry, from Restawyle, for passing along to me the Inner Peace Award Award and Super Sweet Blogger Award.
Thank you, Jazzytower, from Thoughts and Entanglements, for giving me the Beautiful Blogger Award.
Thank you, Coach Muller, from Good Time Stories, for nominating me for the Best Moments Award.
Each award has different rules. Of course. But all require that I thank and link back to the giver of the award.
Now here’s where it gets hairy. Or fun, depending on your mood. Each award asks different things of the recipient.
Do you want to know a few secrets about me? If you read my memoir, you know I don’t have any secrets left to tell. If you read any of my prior award acceptance posts, what little I left out of the memoir, I reveal in this blog. I’ve been an open book, People. So ask me a question in the comments section and I’ll answer it.
Passing on theses awards is always problematic for me. Some of you have been with me from the start; some of you are new to my blog. I think these awards do the most good to bloggers who are just starting out. They lift you up and help you get noticed. But, then again, it’s always nice to be recognized by bloggers you admire, right? Even if you’ve been recognized before. So, what to do? What to do?
I don’t want to leave anyone out. You all deserve recognition. But, if everyone gets an award, the award loses its special appeal, doesn’t it?
Do you see my dilemma? Do you understand why I have been putting this off? It has nothing to do with humility or forgetfulness or business. I’m a wimp. I’m the mother who told her son not to worry about who wins or loses in a soccer game. “As long as you had fun, you’re a winner.” That’s what I told him. I’m surprised he never got beat up. I’m surprised I never got beat up.
So, who gets these various awards? It’s self-serve, People. If you don’t already have the award or really feel like you want a duplicate, go for it! Don’t be shy. Awards are good to display on your site!
If you have the good sense to follow my blog, you have the right to any one or all of these awards. (That didn’t sound too arrogant or un-Buddhist-like of me, did it?) Hey, I’m doing this for you, not for me…
If you take the award, you should know the rules that go with it. Heck, never follow my example! Click on each of the following award names to find the rules as they were presented to me.