Today, I want to spread some joy around. Make a few people smile. Say some kind words about other bloggers. I mean, so many nice people have done such thoughtful things for me lately. In the past few months I have received blogging awards from several people. Most Inspiring Blogger was the latest one going viral around here and I got it from five different people! That is quite a compliment. I put off doing award posts because of all of the linking. It takes me hours to get it done. Each award requires you to link and award 15 bloggers! When you multiply that by five you get a weeks worth of blog posts and 75 links. These are the ingredients for procrastination if I ever saw any. If you haven’t noticed yet I am a Master’s Level procrastinator. I am surprised I haven’t gotten an award for that yet. Maybe next year, right?
I decided to make two new awards. These awards don’t come with any rules or questions or link requirements. Instead, what I want you to do with them is copy them to your computer and give them out carefully to people who are truly amazing. Give them to the people who help you and answer your questions. Give them to the bloggers who teach you how to make a button, explain what SEO is or who share your blog with their audience. Give them to the people who don’t take sides in petty internet squabbles, who blog with integrity, who are kind to you. Give them to the people who go out on a limb and blog about controversial topics with authenticity and grace. Give them to the people who have a unique voice and stand up for things they believe in (even, no especially, when what they say might not be popular). Give them to the blogger that you never agree with, but who you like anyway because they always disagree with you respectfully and never delete your comments just because they don’t share your views. Give them to the quiet blogger that doesn’t get the attention he or she deserves. Give them to the quirky people who make you laugh because they are so honest and so real in their writing.
Award bloggers just to spread some joy around. Do it to show them that you appreciate them. To make them smile. Let them decide what to do with the award. They can post it on their blog, keep it in an email, print it out and put it in their scrapbook. Tattoo it on their forehead. This is supposed to be a personal experience. Just a small moment where you can tell someone they are talented and doing an amazing job. After today I won’t be giving these out in a blog post. From now on they will just be given mono a mono.
I am giving this award to the people who have nominated me for awards recently. Thank you for giving me a reason to smile! You made my day. That little bit of validation kept me moving forward. I appreciate your generosity of spirit!
I am also giving it to a few more people. These are people who have helped me numerous times. They have answered my questions. Walked me through things. Promoted my goofy blog posts. Left amazing comments. Liked me twice on Facebook just so I would reach a milestone. Sent me books and get well cards. Listened to me cry when I let someone hurt my feelings …they have big hearts.
This award is for all of those people who blog so transparently and with such authenticity that they are truly one of a kind.
Today I am giving it to these bloggers:
That is all I am going to do today. Please, feel free to swipe these. I have made them out of bits and pieces of my art work. Surprise someone with them. Tell them you adore them and their work. Tell them they are awesome. Help me spread some joy! Thank you for writing. Thank you for reading! I am really proud to be involved with this fabulous blogging community. You make me smile everyday. I have so much gratitude for that!
The blogger who loves to get awards, but hates to write award posts.
*You can steal the photos by right clicking and saving them.