Blog of the Year – 2012 … Four Stars (Gee) AND a new recipient!


Having received the Blog of the Year Award last week from Tyson at Head in a Vice , then a second from Sharla at CatnipOfLife, and yet another from Bette Stevens at 4WRITERSANDREADERS … and, as it turns out, one more from Sharla via her other blog, Awakenings  … I’m all the way up to four stars. I’m dizzy from all the attention.

Boy, this is really cool. I feel so appreciated. Wowie zowie! Thank you all my friends. I’m not sure I deserve it, but I really like it!

It was just yesterday that I realized I had to address this award right now. The year is almost over. I am not ready. I am never ready. Ethelred the Unready (my favorite of the ancient Kings of Britain) had nothing on me. I dare anyone to prove that he, she, they or it are any more unready than I am.

I cannot believe how quickly time is passing. The Christmas tree is up, though half the lights are still refusing to do the thing that lights are supposed to do … and while we have no snow on the ground (Thank you Lord!) , the weather reports are full of dire predictions, leading me to assume this will be a white Christmas — if they aren’t just making the whole thing up so that they have something to say.

The tree — which we keep in a box in the attic because we have four dogs and bringing a real tree into the house would indicate a level of insanity exceeding even this family’s quotient — went up on Monday afternoon while I was sitting around waiting for the radiologist to figure out how to make the x-ray machine take a picture of my lungs so that I could enter the holiday season reasonably certain that nothing alien was growing in there (it isn’t).

He never did get it that particular machine to work, so we had to walk across the road and through the ER at the other hospital to get a picture. That machine, though older and far less fancy, worked. As my reward for being such a patient patient and suggesting that if a reboot didn’t do the job, probably the machine was broken (I’m such a genius!), he let me watch the digital image of my lungs appear on the big screen.

Bright lights, bright nights

Bright lights, bright nights

It was very rewarding. There was nothing to see. When you are visiting your oncologist (what? you don’t have an oncologist? doesn’t everyone have an oncologist?) is exactly what you yearn with all your heart to see. Nothing is good. Nothing is delicious and boring and means that you have a moderately good chance of being around next year to see another picture of nothing.

Once upon a time, I had goals, aspirations, dreams and hopes. I was going to write a novel. Hollywood would buy it, I’d be an internationally renowned author. rich in honor and rolling in the big bucks. Kind of like Stephen King, but not in Bangor. I’ve always preferred the coastline of Maine‘s rocky shore. I wanted one of those houses that sort of hangs on the cliff and looks like it’s going to fall right off. These days, several catastrophes later, I think I’d prefer being a few hundred yards back from the cliff. I’ve seen too much television footage of houses falling into the ocean. I don’t think I need to become newsworthy because my house fell into the Atlantic. What good is renown and wealth if one is swimming with the fishes?

Today, my hopes and dreams are more compact and down to earth. I want to live another year … preferably many more. I want to have enough money to keep a roof over my head, food on the table, medication that will prevent my demise, and I want the same good things for everyone. There was a time when I would have assumed these were things everyone had, not something that needed to be wished for. Many things once taken for granted are now gifts to be treasured.

There is definitely something to be said about this virtual world of ours: it is a world of sharing, caring and preparing: Sharing around the world, Caring for others, Preparing for the future. Whatever endeavor you are engaged in at the present moment or seek in days to come, there is always someone willing to tell you his or her story which will in provide a beacon of light down a sometimes dark highway.

One way or the other, soon enough white flakes will fall and then, as in one of the old black and white movies of which my husband is so inordinately fond, the page of the calendar will flip over, the ancient Mayans will slink back into their tombs until their next resurrection and anyone who told his or her boss to screw off will be pounding the pavement (or these days, the keyboard) in search of green(er) pastures.

If I can’t digress, what is the fun of blogging? If I have to stick to the subject, built a logical case for whatever drivel I’m spouting and just be limited to saying stuff that make sense, what will I write about? My life doesn’t make sense. Does yours? If you have a life that is orderly, sensible, a life in which you can predict what each day will bring, then you are probably still very young, so you can still look forward to the craziness of the future. Life happens to everyone, sooner or later. And some of the craziness is fun! Some surprises are good.

Having given awards to pretty much every blog I read and enjoy, and excluding only those who actively refuse to accept awards, I feel inclined to say “back at you” to many of my friends and to let as many people as I can know that I appreciate them. You whose blogs I read, who inspire me, encourage me, and bring me joy and make my world a better place — who make the whole world better because you are in it — all of you deserve awards.

To every one of you who promote causes you believe it, continue to fight the good fights, try to right wrongs, attempt to enlighten, inform, amuse, and raise the consciousness of those who you are able to reach, all of you deserve this award. And, you’re going to get one, even if you have one, even if you have two or three or four. What you do about them is up to you, but know that I notice you, appreciate you, and am grateful you are part of my life.

The ‘rules’ for this award are simple and easy:

  1. Select the blog(s) you think deserve the ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award.
  2. Write a blog post and name/tell us about the blog(s) you have chosen – there’s no minimum or maximum number of blogs required – and ‘present’ them with their award.
  3. Please include a link back to this page Blog of the Year 2012 Award and include these ‘rules’ in your post (please don’t alter the rules or the badges!).
  4. Let the blog(s) you have chosen know that you have given them this award and share the ‘rules’ with them.
  5. You can now also join The Facebook group – click ‘like’ on this page ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award Facebook group and then you can share your blog with an even wider audience.
  6. As a winner of the award – please add a link back to the blog that presented you with the award – and then proudly display the award on your blog and sidebar … and start collecting stars.

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Because this is an award that you can “collect” and get many times, I’m going to give it back to people who I know have gotten it before.  I think I’ve given awards to all of you before, at one time or another. Some of you have been happy about it, some of you have ignored me. I’m not giving it to anyone who has pointedly told me to get lost. One clear rejection is enough for me.

The point of passing these around is not that you’re getting the Oscar of blog awards … or even that you’re getting another award or if the award thing delights or annoys you. It’s recognition from me, a fellow blogger, that you have made a difference in my world, changed my thinking, helped me learn, enabled me see differently through the camera’s lens, through words, via movies or books or ideas or any combination of these things.

You are important to me. You make me laugh, make me feel, make me think, teach me stuff. Some of you suggest ideas, movies, or books I might want to read, watch, or learn, technology, cameras and accessories I might want. Some of you champion causes important to me … and some of you are living lives I wish were mine. Many more of you are living lives a lot like mine and I empathize and sympathize with you. You make me feel less alone.

All of you have touched me. It may not matter a lot to you, but it makes a big difference to me.

For those of you are getting this award again and need one of the other versions with a different number of stars, I’m including (thank you again Sharla) all six of the award medallions at the bottom of this post.

Because I got another star today, I’m giving out one more of these to someone whose blog I really love … and you can tell how much I like his writing by how many times I reblog  his posts … like, uh, most of them I think.

Here you go — a star to:

Beasley Green: Write up my street … because he manages to make me laugh and think at the same time, which is not unlike chewing gum and walking at the same time (something which isn’t as easy to do as it might sound to the uninitiated). I know you’re busy, but please, write more!

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I’ve probably forgotten somebody, maybe more than one somebody. If I did, it’s an accident, I assure you … unless of course you are one of the people who have explicitly told me to not give them awards. I wanted to make sure all of you know that you are important and that I honor you.

Feel no obligation to do anything beyond your comfort zone. I ask only that you play nice and remember you really don’t have to do anything if you don’t want to.

May your holidays be bright, may all good things come to you and yours. May we all move into the New Year with joy and purpose, overcoming all the problems that assail us and coming out the other side.

Revel in the season! Be happy whatever it is you celebrate … and may you enjoy everything you can in any way that brings you peace and joy.

24 comments

  1. Wow, I have overjoyed at stopping by to says thanks for all the recognition. It has been an interesting experience on WordPress and it is nice to know some people are reading. I feel bad I have not yet bestowed awards. My real job is extremely busy and I have been working a lot of extra hours. I have some awards candidates, however, and will pass out the goodies before the new year. By the way, I love the Christmas scene above and may steal that picture when no one is looking.

    1. You are more than welcome to steal my pictures. I’ll even send you whatever you want if you let me know where to send it. Just give me the photo credit. The photo is free. I also have a project that has a very very tight deadline and I still have a lot to do, so I have to fit this stuff in between one thing and another. I do all my writing while I watch TV at night. Good I can still multi-task!

      I really love your writing. So … keep it up. These awards can really gang up on you … but on the other hand, it means people like your work and it’s hard to not be pleased by being appreciated.

      On Sun, Dec 16, 2012 at 12:11 AM, Serendipity

  2. Well, Miss Marilyn (good o;’ Southern title here), you just bestowed upon Awakenings her 6th STAR! That puts her atop the highest mountain, at the end of the rainbow, the shiznit, a blog of significance! It is interesting how the blog stats stack up…catnip has more than twice the followers but Awakenings has thousands upon thousands more hits! Guess the word gets out somehow, somewhere, to some (a heck of a lot) of the people!

    BTW You also have another STAR for Awakenings bestowed one upon you, which I feel you may have missed – http://awakenings2012.blogspot.com/search?q=blog+of+the+year

      1. I often wonder why on earth I entered the blogosphere with TWO blogs! Did not know what I was getting into at the time and they both serve different purposes.

    1. No, I didn’t know you gave me another star, but okay, I think I got it under control now. Thank you!!!! Updated blog, commented, thanked you, and I’m nearly dizzy with all this stuff going on. Wow, what a Christmas this one is turning out to be!! Not snowing yet, though.

  3. This means so much to me ! Makes my Christmas very bright.

    I don’t figure I’ll ever win many awards. I’m just sitting out here on the prairie … looking at the Stars.

    You – and your blog – are awesome – so it carries a lot of weight with me.

    Have a great Holiday Season !

    1. We enjoy your blog. We actually read what you write. I love some of the posters you create. You put a lot of effort into your site and your post about dental work was probably worth an award all by itself. I wish you would write more! You are good, really good. Anyway, I felt you deserve, so I gave it to you.

  4. Thank you, Marilyn, for giving me this award. I’m so glad that my words and photographs can have meaning to another. And as you know getting feedback from one’s audience is always a thrill.

  5. Congrats to all Blogger award recipients. You are always interesting, thoughtful and usually funny. A nice Trifecta!! My life makes sense when it is nonsense which makes no sense at all.

    1. Nobody’s life makes sense. It never did. After you reitre, you have more time to notice.

      On Sat, Dec 15, 2012 at 11:09 AM, Serendipity

    1. I often think of you :-) Especially as I find typos with every reading of my posts … they never end. I never find them all. I probably never will. I am doomed, buried in typos. Oh where are MY eagle eyes?

  6. Thank you (again!). At least I beat you this time :) I will update my image to the correct number of stars now. Oh, and congratulations, of course. You deserve it :)

    1. Well, now we both have two — no, now three — stars. Isn’t that nice? Kind of like playing one of those “pass the ball” games … hot potato?

        1. Got a new “Very Inspiring Blogger,” but I think I’ve pretty much gotten all the “Blog of the Year 2012″ stars I’m getting. And I’m feeling really good about it. Four is so much above anything I expected … it would be crass to ask for more, but I’m sure enough pleased to get them!! After I finish (soon, soon) my project … no breathing down my neck … I want to do a review of “The Seventh Seal.” I just haven’t had the time and that’s one of my favorites … and not one that everyone is going to pick I suspect. I can almost do lines with it in Swedish.

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