About two years ago, someone nominated me for an award. I have to admit that, although I had been blogging for a while, I didn’t understand the whole award thing. I wasn’t aware that you could declare your blog to be “award free” or that I could set up an Awards page or that I could accept the awards and have a relatively easy post to write. I didn’t know how often I would be looking for an easy post to write.
I’m not sure that I understand awards yet but I understand that the math of awards is self-defeating. Ultimately, a typical WordPress award would turn into an Ouroboros since people would have to start re-nominating previous recipients.
On the other hand, I do understand the sentiments expressed by the people who have recently nominated me for an award, and I think that I’ve failed them. You see, I told each one that I appreciated the award and that I would respond “soon.”
I really appreciate the award.
I am responding (sorta) but not officially. Not according to the rules. I’m not good with rules.
I don’t want to tag 10-15 of my fellow bloggers, but not for the reason you might think. At least two of the awards that I was nominated for were for the fact that I inspired someone. Wow. It’s going to take a while, or perhaps a Patriots quarterback to deflate my ego after reading that…twice. I love thinking that something I’ve written could inspire someone to do something. The problem I have is picking a small group of you to designate as inspiring me. You all inspire me!
I’m not going to list the names or provide the links, you all know who you are, but I am inspired each time I read new posts, comments, replies to comments and comments on other people’s blogs. You people are amazing!
I am inspired by the poets that I follow. I have a poetry post (not a poem) in my drafts folder, but I keep having to revise it as I follow more poets and as the poets that I follow stretch themselves to new heights (or lengths for those horizontal poets).
I am inspired by the photographers that I follow. I love photography. I include a lot of pictures in my writing and I know how hard it is to get really good photos. Some of the photographers I follow take some amazing pictures.
I am inspired by the authors that I follow. Those of you that have written books, are working on books or working on your next book – you make me shake my head in wonder. I don’t know how you do it. I have trouble containing these posts to 1,000 or fewer words, but the thought of writing 40,000, 50,000, 70,000 words that look like they all belong together – that makes my head hurt.
I am inspired by the bloggers that I follow. As I read the stuff that lands in my inbox each week, my thoughts vacillate between “I can’t believe how well people write” and “I see what at you did there, that is so cool.” I am inspired by people who speak with a voice that is spontaneous or humorous or nurturing or helpful or self-deprecating or curious or, well, you get the picture. By the way, the people who will soon pump out 26 alphabetically inspired posts in a single month – Oh My! You people
are nuts truly boggle my mind.
I am inspired by the inspirational blogs I follow. The people who write about God, religious topics, spiritual topics and the topics that are greater than us and that inspire me to become a better person.
I am inspired by the techniques that I see, the hooks that are used, the catch phrases, interesting titles and the literary devices that make these short bits of prose jump off the page. I am particularly inspired by the people who share information as to how to incorporate these techniques into my blog, my writing and my communication.
Lastly, well, not really but I’m going for an effect here, hang on. Lastly, I am inspired by the people in other countries (including Canada) who are helping me to better understand this planet that we live on. I follow people from almost every continent (Antarctica needs more bloggers). I’ve learned about more religions, customs, holidays, baked goods, laws, wars and lifestyles than I ever imagined existed.
Since a common task among the awards I was nominated for was to reveal seven things about myself, I think I complied (see, I told you I was going for an effect). If I can inspire you to do anything today, I would ask that you check out the latest post by the three people who nominated me for an award. If you do that, I’ll feel better about accepting an award that I couldn’t handle.
Christine Robinson – You can explore the many facets of Christine’s blog but I am always inspired by her sunset photos.
Sharukh Bamboat – Sharukh writes about India, travel in India and lately a lot of other things/ Sharukh has a few blogs, but I am linking you to his newest and I think his most personal one.
Oh to Go a Wandering – Rebecca says that she’s a girl with a passion for writing, dreaming of traveling the world.
To add a bit of last-minute drama to this entry, in between writing it and posting it, I was nominated for an award. This time, it’s one I can comply with. I’ve already exceeded my word limit , but look for my acceptance post in the near future.