As I near the six-month anniversary of my first blog post, I have received my first blog award nominations. These come to me thanks to HoaiPhai, who has his own blog. (If you go check it out, you’ll find some cool photography and thoughtful posts. Plus, he spells ‘checks’ as ‘cheques’!)

The Versatile Blogger awardLiebster Blog award

Since I am easily confused, I’m not entirely sure what I am supposed to do to earn these awards. As far as I can tell, the combined requirements for these two awards look something like this:

  1. Thank the person nominating my blog.
  2. Link back to that person’s blog.
  3. Nominate five other blogs for the award. (I’ve also seen fifteen blogs for this number.)
  4. Notify the nominees.
  5. Tell the person nominating my blog seven things about myself.

I happily took care of the first two of these in the first paragraph. I’ll get to the fifth shortly. It’s the third and fourth steps I have an issue with. It’s not that I wouldn’t be willing to acknowledge five (or fifteen) blogs. It’s that I don’t want to “obligate” them to do the required steps. (For an eloquent discussion on this very subject, check out this post by Hippie Cahier.)

Call me a rebel if you will, but I’m going to skip the passing along of nominations. If that disqualifies me for the Liebster Blog and The Versatile Blogger awards, so be it. Instead, I’m going to (re)point you to my “blogroll” on the right for a list of some of my favorite blogs. Any and all of those would be on my award nomination list. I encourage you to go check them out.

I’m still going to list seven things about myself just for fun:

  1. At this moment I have 3 guitars, a piano, a keyboard and a conga drum in my house. Six musical instruments and I’m playing none of them.
  2. When I was in high school, my girlfriend and I drank two pints of blackberry brandy and got so sick that I have not been able to drink hard alcohol ever since.
  3. I was so shy as a little kid that any time someone rang the doorbell, I’d run and hide.
  4. I often torment my wife by singing the theme songs from “The Brady Bunch”, “Beverly Hillbillies” or “Gilligan’s Island.” (She complains that the songs get stuck in her head, though I don’t understand why that’s a problem.)
  5. In nearly every improv class I go to, I will at some point pull out a gun. (Fortunately, it rarely gets used.)
  6. Once (and only once) in my life I woke from a nightmare so intense I understood why a person might wake up screaming. (I didn’t actually scream, though.)
  7. I have an extensive collection of beach glass, as well as bottles of sand from beaches along the coast from Cannon Beach, OR to Carmel, CA.

I foresee a time when I create my own blog award to give out, but if I do, it will be something I award outright without any action required of the recipient.

What do you think? Am I just being a fuddy-duddy?

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4 thoughts on “My no-longer-non-award-winning blog

  • 03-08-2012 at 3:12 am

    I want to write something pithy and fascinating yet nothing worthwhile will drown out “Here’s the story…of a lovely lady…” in my head. Darn you. 😉

    These are great random facts. I knew I liked you!

    • 03-08-2012 at 12:14 pm

      Oh no! I’ve infected you! For what it’s worth, I found your comment very worthwhile. Thank you!

  • 03-09-2012 at 2:55 am

    Hippie’s awarding me with one award and her fabulous post got me to do what I had been thinking about for a long time… to refuse to be obligated to pass these awards on to others “just because”.

    My wife and I have been watching “Married with Children” episodes from a boxed set I bought “her” for Christmas and I’ve been driving her nuts by singing the theme of Al Bundy’s favourite TV show, “Psycho Dad”.

    For the record, I don’t always spell “check” C-H-E-Q-U-E, it depends on the context, as illustrated in the following sentence… “The Czech hockey player had $2,000 deducted from his pay cheque because he illegally cross-checked another player.”

    • 03-09-2012 at 11:29 am

      Oh good, I hope you weren’t offended or anything that I didn’t turn around and pass them on. I’m pretty new to this blogging thing and hadn’t really given the award pass-along much thought until I read Hippie’s post and then received the awards from you.

      I laughed at reading about you singing that song to your wife. I guess I’m not the only one who messes with his wife’s head. For me, I guess, it’s one of the ways I show affection.

      I actually like the ‘cheque’ spelling. It’s a cooler-looking word. I hadn’t thought about the other forms of ‘check’. Thanks for the example!


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