I recently read this great article by Patio Patch (Laura from London, UK) about how to be an awards-free blog without seeming ungracious. She noted: “As an ingenue exploring the blogosphere I was surprised to see prominently placed ‘award free blog’ buttons. At the time I considered these to be rude presumptions of a confetti of accolades but hindsight has shown that this is a politely circumspect way of side-stepping the issue.”

I hadn’t, in fact, gotten any awards in a while, so I was thinking that, in my existence, it had become a moot point.

So naturally, at that point, I get an award from Dustbury, one Charles G. Hill, who, as the person who nominated him put it, “might cover social media, automobile tires, basketball, My Little Pony, print magazines, transportation in Oklahoma, women’s shoes, and Zooey Deschanel — all with enviable literary skill and brio.” I came across him initially because he knows more about Warner Brothers Loss Leader LPs than any sane person should.

The rules:
In a post on your blog, nominate 15 fellow bloggers for The Versatile Blogger Award. (Now this has become increasingly difficult, if only because of the aforementioned no awards policy. But I have a workaround.)
In the same post, add the Versatile Blogger Award. (Check)
In the same post, thank the blogger who nominated you in a post with a link back to their blog. (Thank you, CG.)
In the same post, share 7 completely random pieces of information about yourself. (See below)
In the same post, include this set of rules. (Check)
Inform each nominated blogger of their nomination by posting a comment on each of their blogs. (Or tweeting.) (Well, we’ll get to that.)

The seven random things aren’t all that difficult for me; they are usually strands of blogposts I could never finish.

1. I’ve totally changed my sense of my personal history and time, especially since I began blogging. I used to believe that I would go from one chapter to another in life. But now I see it as one long continuum, with things from my past often playing more significant roles in my present than I ever would have guessed.

2. On two different occasions, I dated for a time a woman who was at least a decade older than I was. Indeed, for the majority of my dating life, I’ve gone out with women in their 40s. That includes my wife, who’s younger than I.

3. The only trophy I ever won was for racquetball. The racquet broke off the trophy, but I’m still keeping it, in the office I’m writing this, actually.

4. The ONLY time I’ve EVER done the chicken dance was in Galveston, TX in 1995. It was at a work conference

5. My Twitter name, Ersie, is based on a stuffed monkey I no longer own.

6. We have drawers of random electronic and computer junk I should probably throw out, but haven’t, because I have the bizarre notion I might need them, in most cases because I never knew what they really did in the first place.

7. I can probably name more New York Giants (football) and New York Yankees (baseball) players from the 1960s than the 21st century.

And now for my designees for the award. Ready? (Drum roll, please.)

YOU. That is, if you don’t mind getting awards, if you like giving awards to others, by all means, consider yourself so dubbed by me. And if you WANT me to specifically call on you, then let me know, and I will. But if you’re award free, don’t let me ruin the streak.

5 Responses to “To Award, or Not To Award; That is the question.”

  • Gattina says:

    No, thank you I have been the best blog in the whole world several times and had to name 15 other best blogs of the world …. Want one ?

  • Reader Wil says:

    Hi Roger! Some time ago I sent in an entry about awards. As I had gotten more than 20 awards, I thought that it was a good idea to put them in a map and remove them from my blog. It is kind if some one thinks you worthy enough for receiving an award but at the same time you have to find seven or more bloggers whom you like to give an award and tell at the same time why he or she is chosen to receive it. I thought it was so timeconsuming that I couldn’t do my blogging properly and send in some hopefully interesting items. So instead of sending and receiving awards I put a bouquet of flowers in the sidebar with the message that my blog is awards free and that I am always grateful for any visit and comment.

  • Roger, I’m one who declines awards because I have too much work to do on the blog… I’m always behind on my primary duty, which is answering prompts. So I graciously accept your willingness to accept a DECLINE on receiving an award!! Ersie wouldn’t be short for Erstwhile, would it? Amy

  • Roger says:

    No, actually it’s a variation on ersatz.

  • LisaF says:

    I always wondered about the story behind the Twitter name! And everyone should do the chicken dance at least once in their life. Preferably before the onset of youtube.

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