Thursday, 15 October 2009
Bar humbug..... Awards tyranny or joy?
The weather is changing,oops that was yesterday on climate change!
But change is in the air, the leaves are turning those fabulous mixture of colours. The sun is shinning but it's getting cold first thing and at dusk.
The sun rises at this time of year, if I'm awake for them, are spectacular outside my bedroom window.
And it is also award season. Or possibly it's award season all the time, but I just deal with them when I've got several I haven't done anything with!! So because last time I had any awards it was just embarrassing, as I'd had them so long I couldn't remember who'd given me what!
This time I know (she said polishing her halo!)
I've been given them by three wonderful women who work hard at maintaining their blogs and what they stand for. I'm pleased to be able to call them my blog friends, and delighted that they think I'm one of their friends to award me.
Trouble is with awards is that they are a pleasure to get and a pain then to have to deal with. Each award has a slightly different citation, which are all really about saying how much we admire someone else's work/ attitude/compassion/ humour.
The rules then about finding 5or7or8or453 recipients then means that depending on the length of your blog roll it just becomes repetitive. And when we then have blogger mates in common the award can be given several times.
So the whole thing ends up being somewhat meaningless, cause lets face it if we didn't like someone's blog we wouldn't bother reading in the first place,unless of course we were Mrs Outraged of Chipping Sodbury who reads shocking blogs just to confirm her narrow view of the world, that it's a dangerous place!!!
Now please don't get me wrong I AM VERY PLEASED to have been given these awards and I'm not at all ungrateful.
But I do feel we have all somehow got hoodwinked into behaving in a certain way over them.
Whether I've just got cynical, and that is because I've been blogging a long time and have a coterie of blog friends, and therefore some security in what I write will be well received, as my friends share some of the same ideals I have.
However if I put myself back to how it felt to first get awards when I first started blogging then it felt very different, it was affirmation then of doing something new and challenging. I had no idea I could write and getting them was a colossal boost to my self esteem.
So maybe blog awards should only be given to new bloggers to encourage them, and us old hands should sit back and smile indulgently at the youngsters efforts!!!
That said, by not dealing with what someone has given you is also ungrateful. They may have given it because they are a huge fun of your writing, and not just because they've got to get rid of these bloody things somehow!!!
Below are my three awards and I would like to thank nitebyrd, angela r and lori, for their generosity in giving them to me.
I on the other hand am now refusing to hand them on, I don't want to name 435 people or even say if you read me then you deserve an award.
If you read me you do it because you like my stuff and be assured that I read you cause I think you are wonderful. As I by nature I'm not very tolerant of fools, so if your get read by me it's because I consider you to be no fool.
I know this is going to sound very bar humbug spoilsportish, but I'm fed up with the tyranny of awards. Either cause I get them, and have to deal with them. Or even worse when I don't get them and I hook into not being good enough. Neither place is one I want to be in if it's all the same to you.
But I mustn't be too churlish, so here are my awards and instead of you getting them I'll just dedicate the bunch of flowers to you all, cause I truly do think your fab and I'd be lost without you
The deliciously naughty nitebyrd deemed me worthy of this award.
The wonderfully artistic Angela Recada handed this one over to me
This award was givwn me by the wonderful Lori, and the condition of recieving it was to supply this list of one word answers
1.Where is your cell phone? pocket
2. Your hair? short
3. Your mother? dead
4. Your father? dead
5. Your favorite food? toast
6. Your dream last night? unknown
7. Your favorite drink? champagne
8. Your dream/goal? contentment
9. What room are you in? living
10. Your hobby? writing
11. Your fear? loneliness
12. Where do you want to be in 6 years? seaside
13. Where were you last night? here :)
14. Something that you aren't? mean
15. Muffins? ugh!
16. Wish list item? strength
17. Where did you grow up? Staffordshire
18. Last thing you did? sleep
19. What are you wearing? dressing gown
20. Your TV? Off
21. Your pets? Trix!
22. Friends? many
23. Your life? BLESSED
24. Your mood? curious
25. Missing someone? sons
26. Vehicle? MX5
27. Something you're not wearing? shoe
28. Your favorite store? Marks&Spencers
29. Your favorite color? green
30. When was the last time you laughed? yesterday
31. Last time you cried? monthago
32. Your best friend? eve
33. One place that I go to over and over? devon
34. One person who emails me regularly? gelipaulalindanickymax
35. Favorite place to eat? home