What a neat award. Thank you, Vikki, for thinking of me.
Update as of 1/11/13…I was given another one from Cayman Thorn.
When I think about blog awards, I always find myself reevaluating the purpose of why I’m here. The other day I was talking to a friend, and she told me she was quitting her blog. She was tired of constantly juggling her blog with her 3 children, a full-time job, and house/husband. She said she had no time for herself anymore.
I asked her why she started a blog in the first place. She said she needed that outlet. She lives in a remote town and doesn’t get out much. She thought her blog would be a great way to network and find a community of people with similar interests, common ground.
I tried to show her that the blog was her treat to herself. That without the blog her time would be sucked up by Things. Children. Housework. Life. That there would be no other way she could engage in adult conversation or air her frustrations, tension, joy.
Why is it that we put ourselves last? Not all of us, certainly, but damn enough. When I started my blog it was initially because I was informed that ‘Writers have blogs.’ It was the smart thing to do if you wanted your name out there. I did it out of necessity.
Funny thing is I started enjoying myself. I don’t usually talk about ‘Me’ with people. Even in family gatherings, I’m the one listening to everyone one else talking. So, the fact I am out in blogosphere, chatting, is strange. I feel like Sleeping Beauty waking up in Never Land.
I’m not a numbers person. I mean, I could rattle off my stats (once I actually hunt them down) and give you an overview of the impact of my blog. But I don’t think that info tells me or anyone else how much my blog really means.
The point is, for me, no matter what my stats might be, blogging has helped me grow as a writer as well as a person. Even if my numbers don’t go anywhere fast, I am getting a lot more out of blogging than simply introducing people to my writing. This is my playground, my workspace, my barstool, my comfy couch. This is where I take care of myself.
Thanks for blogging with me.
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Now on to sharing the award. Check out The Blog Of The Year Award Page for rules and info on how it all works. I always have a hard time picking and choosing award recipients because I follow blogs equally and for various reasons. Some I follow for the poetry and prose; some I follow for the savvy advice; some I follow for the camaraderie. So, I did what I usually do and made my choices based on a theme.
The theme for this award is:
4 blogs that make me laugh