AWARD NOMINATIONS…AND ABOUT AWARDS.
I am grateful and honored by the nominations for these awards. For reasons I shall explain here…I have decided to thank and honor those that nominated me but not participate in the award process for the three that I’ve not had time to participate in and for future nominations… remain an award free blog. For me…the ‘reward’ (the share and share alike) is the ‘award’!
Gratitude and reciprocation…is vital to the success of any blogger. I am truly grateful for those that follow my journey…and take the time to comment or ‘like’ on a post.
I started blogging at the suggestion of my granddaughter, Jamie. I was moving from Arizona to Kentucky and my children and grandchildren had a going away party for me.
We were saying our goodbyes and my granddaughter said…Grandma…maybe you should start a blog so that we can see what you’re doing there in Kentucky! I didn’t give it much thought, and then…I gave it some serious thought! I got moved, settled in…started blogging! My intent was the same as it is today. I know things such as this evolve over time, as we do, but I have stayed true to the original intent of my blog. I wanted to share my passion for the comforts of home, cooking and baking and include some of our experiences in our new home in the South.
I have found that there are some curious things about this whole blogging experience! My goal is not to have a certain number of followers. For me… it is not a popularity contest but it is about adding value to someone’s day. Even the process of doing a post has added value to MY day! My hope has always been that those who follow…will enjoy the journey with me! I love having my family and friends follow my new journey here in my new home, Kentucky. I have found value and inspiration in the blogs that I have chosen to follow along the way.
About the popularity thing…my purpose is not to be the most popular gal on the blog! It is, however, wonderful to get the message ‘someone liked your post’ and to be liked! Remember Sally Field…and ‘you really do like me’?
I believe there is a common courtesy in blogging that we should all adopt and adhere to. I also think we can be picky! I ‘visit’ the bloggers that take the time to read one of my posts and give me a ‘like’ or a comment. GIVE and RECEIVE…where there is like mind and moral value.
I have received some gracious awards…some I have participated in and some…I have declined, for reasons mentioned in this post. Thank you, sincerely, to those that nominated me for these awards.
The Beautiful Blogger Award, nominated by http://faithrises.com/
The Super Sweet Blogger Award , nominated by http://faithrises.com/
The Very Inspiring Blogger Award, nominated by morningmeadowcottage.wordpress.com
The Sunshine Award, nominated by http://plantbaseddietadventures.com/
The Liebster Blog Award, nominated by http://helpwithyourlife.wordpress.com/
Please take a journey to these lovely blogs mentioned.
About acceptance of awards and participation…
At first…I was quite surprised at the response (or lack thereof) that I got from some of the bloggers that I nominated when I participated in the award process. I thought it was very neat to be nominated…but I don’t think all bloggers share the same excitement or gratitude…so….I have retraced my steps and confirm, for myself, the why’s and the wherefore’s of my blog.
The ‘awards’ are tokens of appreciation by another blogger. They are a nice way to say ‘I enjoy and appreciate your blog’. That is a pretty cool thing but aren’t we always doing that anyway….by taking the time to read someone’s post and comment or ‘like’ their post? I think we can get stretched thin with some of the ‘awards’ that are circulating and perhaps that is why I had such limited response. In some cases there was not even a thank you given or mention of the nomination…and this takes time and effort, time away from the little amount of precious time one has just to do their blog! I understand!
About followers and following…
I watch the bloggers that ‘follow’ me. I sometimes wonder (with some) why are they following my blog if they don’t ever ‘like’ a post or comment? That is an indication to me that some bloggers just want to add ‘numbers’. That’s part of the game…follow and maybe they’ll follow me! I have a different goal. I enjoy this blogging journey. I truly do. It brings out my creative expression. It makes me feel connected to my friends and family when they tell me how much they love it too! If I have a small number of followers that truly enjoy my whacky sense of humor, style of writing and expression, enjoy having a glimpse of the South and maybe even the recipes that I share…I am blessed…so blessed!
For my fellow bloggers that leave comments and do ‘follow’ my journey…thank you!
I appreciate you and your kind comments! We all have our own goals with our blogs. I believe we should stick to what motivates and inspires us… in others and in ourselves! I am being very selective about the bloggers that I follow. I truly hope that my followers were and are just as picky! It is a form of fellowship that I enjoy!
I have some goals about my blog and the experience thereof and will continue to move in that direction. That being said…I have chosen to continue to help build up others in their endeavors to find a bogging community and continue to visit and follow their blogs. I will continue to offer genuine response to their posts that I have enjoyed and…
KEEP ON BLOGGIN’!
Wishing you the joys of sharing,
a day that is blessed simply…
and a day that is simply blessed!