Last Updated on: February 5th, 2018
Discovering new and interesting blogs is what giving and receiving blogging awards is all about. Todays post reveals 4 more awards that I have received, a total of 26 links to blogs you may want to visit, and a video that is awesome!
If anyone is counting (and I am!), these are my fourth, fifth, and sixth and seventh awards! I am the proud recipient of the WordPress Family Award, the Super Sweet Blogging Award, and the Best Moment Award. I have combined them all into one post, for simplicity’s sake. If you want to check out some new blogs, take a look at the blogs that I have nominated as well as the blogs of the people who have nominated me.
Read the whole post, too, so you can learn a few more things about me…if you want! I already told you a few things when I received The Liebster Award, The Very Inspiring Blogger Award, and The Shine On Award, but in case you missed those posts, you can read them now!
The awards I have been nominated for are The WordPress Family Award, The Super Sweet Blogging Award, The Best Moment Award, and The Unique Leaves Award. I am accepting these awards simultaneously in today’s post.
The WordPress Family Award
I have to thank Barb at My Un-Puzzled Heart (Barb’s blog is no longer active) for this award and The Unique Leaves Award. This award recognizes me as part of the WordPress family! I am touched by the outpouring of awards I have been getting lately, and think that it’s a great gesture when people share these. Unlike some people who think that they are “above” accepting such an award, I am honoured that others have included me in their participation.
There doesn’t seem to be any rules for this award, either, except to nominate ten people who have WordPress blogs and notify them of their nomination, so here is my list of ten bloggers on WordPress who will hopefully accept their award as graciously as I have accepted mine.
MY LIST OF NINE (I had to remove one due to the inactiveness of the blog):
The bloggers at Live to Write – Write to Live
Gary David Maxwell at Fool’s Blog
Jules’s blog that is a wordpress blog
a blog called Rethinking Life that is a wordpress blog
Charlotte Carrendar at Charlotte’s Web
Mike Bukach at Roam About Mike, whom I hope travels over here and likes it
A Frank Angle, who does not have this award posted on his page of many awards
Reflections of a Book Addict, who also does not have this award displayed anywhere
Oliana Kim at Whispering Insights
Okay, I know it says to list 10, but the above 9 blogs are blogs I just found using my WordPress Reader, and while it’s true they are users of this platform, I don’t know any of them…yet.
The people I do know, however, whom I hope will accept this award are those whom have commented on this blog recently and whom I have decided to recognize by nominating them for this award, and the two others for which I have been nominated.
The Super Sweet Blogging Award
For the Super Sweet Blogging Award, I have to thank Kamalika Jayathilaka from Rhymes Ablaze.
The Rules for the Super Sweet Blogging Award:
- Thank the Super Sweet Blogger that awarded you.
- Answer five Super Sweet questions.
- Include the Super Sweet Blogging Award image in your blog post.
- Nominate a baker’s dozen (13) other bloggers.
- Notify your nominees on their blog.
The Five Super Sweet Questions:
1. Cookies or cake?
2. Favourite sweet treat?
3. Sweet Nickname?
4. What is the sweetest thing anyone has ever done for you?
5. What is your sweetest memory?
My Answers to the Super Sweet Questions:
- Cookies, cakes, cupcakes, cheesecake, ice cream, and anything else! Ha!
- Chocolate. Definitely chocolate. This is my favourite of all sweets, and always will be!
- Luscious, or Luscious Lorraine. I got this nickname from one of the Cambly twins when I was about fifteen or sixteen years old. I think it was Donny, not Danny, who came up with this nickname. I think he spelled it Lushis, though…
- The sweetest thing anyone has done for me is write me a song. This is the first thing that came to my mind, even though others have done nice things for me over the years.Tied with this would have to be the actions of Mr. Guy Davis, who was a math teacher at the Adult Education Center where I completed my high school education. Mr. Davis got ahold of a textbook from one of the local high schools and put together lessons for me to do, as well as midterm and final exams, for a math class I needed as part of my program requirements for university entrance. He went out of his way to do this, and it was probably the most meaningful thing that a total stranger has ever done for me! He told me that he recognized a raw talent in me, and wanted me to have the opportunity to get into the program of my choice (which, ironically, was teaching!) and so he spent hours upon hours going the extra few miles for me. For this, I will never forget him.
- My sweetest memory would have to be the day I went to view the dogs at the Humane Society. My best friend had just gotten a puppy, and I wanted one, too. Hers was a Rotweiller, though, and I wanted a small dog. I called ahead and found out that they had a Terri-poo, and on my way to look at this dog, I saw a small little dog who had her paws up on the bars of the cage in which she was enclosed, who was whining constantly. She broke my heart, and I knew I had to have her! Even though I looked at the Terri-poo afterwards, I still wanted the little whining dog who made my heart melt. I ended up calling her Terri. 🙂 She was the best little dog a person could ask for! I had her for over ten years, then she got sick and I had to put her to rest. 🙁 She was awesome, though, and gave me many happy memories! 🙂
Here are my nominees: (I know that there are 14 and not 13 on my list, but I highly doubt that the award police are going to hunt me down, now, are they?)
Debra Maudlin at Mama Bear Musings who should be recognized as one of the first commenters on this blog
Vera Jackson at Everyone Is Welcome
Christy at Poetic Parfait
Michelle at Lessons In French
GreatPoetryMHF’s Weblog who should tell me her name, because I cannot recall it…
The guy with half a mind at HalfEatenMind
SLS Oborowsky at Author’s Thought
Jo Ann Plante at My Virtual Assistant Blog, who told me her story about Lupus in a guest post
The Girl from The Reporter and The Girl, who also should remind me of her name….
Cathy at Bagg Lady’s Buzz
Bette Stevens at 4writersandreaders
Debra Yearwood at Comm Before the Storm, who is part of my Bloggers Helping Bloggers group in LinkedIn
Aleshia at Aleshia’s Angle, who also guest posted for me a while ago…
Patrick McFadden at Indispensable Marketing who helped teach us what we need to know when switching from a wordpress blog to a DOT COM blog in this interview/post
The Unique Leaves Award
Thanks goes out to Barb (aka Bee), as aforementioned, at My Un-Puzzled Heart for The Unique Leaves Award. Even though she did not post the rules on her blog, I did a search the rules and found them on a few blogs.
Display the award logo in your blog,
Link back to the person who nominated you.
Tell us how unique you are and your blog.
What are your thoughts about being unique?
Nominate 10 others blogger for this award and link to them.
Notify those bloggers for the nomination.
How My Blog Is Unique, and My Thoughts About Being Unique:
My blog is unique because it is a compilation of my life’s experiences, both bad and good, and from my experiences, I teach others what I have learned. Since I am an avid reader and a writer who wants to publish several books, I have taken an interest in the publishing world. This has resulted in making connections with several writers and authors who have taught me many things about this industry.
I have conducted interviews, gotten advice, and have had guest posts written for Lorraine Reguly’s Life during the past few months. For a complete list of posts, you can visit my Post List page, and read the titles of the posts in the urls/links posted there. I added this page because sometimes it is easier to look up a post this way rather than by searching the archives.
I have a motto that demonstrates my thoughts about being unique: “Dare to be different”.
I think that if more people were to follow this motto, we would have less competition, be less jealous or envious of others, have less fear, and enjoy life more. Expressing ourselves is something we should be encouraged to do, in whatever way we feel most comfortable with, whether it be through music, writing, speaking, wearing certain colours or articles of clothing, whatever. Anything goes.
Happiness is tough to come by in this world, and if you can find peacefulness and contentment, and be happy in your own skin by expressing yourself in a unique way, then that’s absolutely wonderful! Daring to be different is a very good thing, in my opinion.
When I was fifteen, I had five earrings in my left ear and three in my right, and I wore eight different earrings. I was “cool”. I was different, and I liked being unique. None of my friends were like me. My favourite colour is black, too, but I never considered myself as “Goth”. It’s still my favourite colour, actually. (And yes, I know that black is technically not a colour…)
Being unique is what makes us interesting to one another. Even though we are human and have similarities and basic needs, and even look the same (basically), our minds are shaped by so many genetic and environmental factors that no two people are identical, not even identical twins! (Or triplets, or…you get the point…) Being different causes us to be fascinating.
Have you ever played the “sometimes I wish” game? It’s fun to imagine what life is like for other people! However, being happy with yourself is more important than wanting to be or pretending to be something you are not. Inner happiness and peace cannot be achieved by coveting what other people have, or what you perceive they have. It can only be found within yourself, and no one is exactly like you!
Be happy you are unique, be happy to be yourself. Dare to be different!
I do, and for the first time in my life, I am happier than I have been in a long time.
Of course, I am also doing the things I love now, in this chapter of my life.
Yes, my life, like a book, can be broken down into chapters.
I am done with the negative ones, I have had positive ones, and this year, in January, I embarked upon a new chapter, one which focuses on my “writing” career.
I have already written a non-fiction book, I have plans to write either an autobiography or a book of memoirs, I am starting to put an ebook together and, depending on how that goes, maybe a few more, and I have a mystery novel inside me that wants to be written.
I also want to write another nonfiction, historical book on the apartment building called Winston Hall that was located across the street from the house in which I grew up, which used to be the old army barracks at one point, housed workers for an industrial plant across the street, had a lobby that doubled as a ballroom, was equipped with a bowling alley and a concession stand that later became a convenience store (which my mother owned from 1982 to about 1995), and which my grandparents lived in from 1955 or so to about 1995 – I still have to check the exact dates). This building, Winston Hall, burned down in 1986 or 1987 (again, I have to check the exact dates).
So, as you can see, I have a lot on my plate!
My nominees for this award are the same as those listed for the Super Sweet Blogging Award.
The Best Moment Award
I have to thank Raani York for this award. Raani writes about a few things on her blog, but mainly she writes from the viewpoint of her two cats, Jake and Charlet. She is unique, and I love her for it!
Winners re-post this completely with their acceptance speech. This could be written or video-recorded.
Winners have the privilege of awarding the next awardees! The re-post should include a NEW set of people/blogs worthy of the award; and winners notify them of the great news. Also, don’t forget to thank the blogger who nominated you!
The source: What makes a good acceptance speech?
– Gratitude – Thank the people who helped you along the way.
– Humor – Keep us entertained and smiling.
– Inspiration – Make your story touch our lives.
Get an idea from the great acceptance speech, compiled in MomentMatters.com/speech.
Display the award’s logo on your blog/website, downloadable in MomentMatters.com/Award.
Thanks for being a part of this moment.
My Acceptance Speech:
Thank you very much for recognizing my blog by bestowing this award upon it! I am touched that you would consider me for such an award! To my readers, and to whomever lands on this site, I am grateful for your time, your comments, and your engagement with other bloggers in the blogosphere. We form a community of people who have learned what it takes to run a blog, providing you with entertainment and information that you need or want. Blogging is not easy, sometimes, and bloggers work hard to do their jobs properly! I think I can speak for all of us when I say that we hope to provide you with many more memorable moments in the future!
In doing a search for more information about this award, I came across a website I had never before heard of, which is Melissa Janda’s The Buzz on Writing, and watched a video she made. I absolutely loved it, and have included it here to share with you! Please watch and listen to it; it is amazing, and echoes so many of my feelings and sentiments!
Since there is no set number of people to nominate, I would like to nominate anyone who is on my above two lists of nominees who has not yet been nominated for this award and wants it!
How To Accept The Awards – Some Tips:
For those of you who may not know how to accept these awards, what you have to do is
1. download the images of the awards by right-clicking on each image and saving it to your computer, which you will then upload to your post when you click on the “add media” button
2. Copy the rules the same way, and paste them into your new post
3. Add links by highlighting the text you want your reader to click on, then use the “add link” icon to add the links to the blogs of your nominees (I think you all know how to do this step already)
4. When your post has been published, copy its url and go to the site of the first person on your list. Leave a comment for that person, saying “I have nominated you for a blogging award, which you can read about and accept here:” and then paste your url into the comment. BUT Before hitting “publish comment”, copy the entire comment (so that you don’t have to re-write the whole thing over and over) and then visit each of your other nominees and notify them by commenting on their sites simply by pasting your “copied” comment.
5. If you have a computer mouse that has a “wheel” on it, pushing down on the wheel will open each link in a new tab. What I do is open each of my nominees’ links in a new tab/window on my computer and then, once I have notified them of their award, I simply close the tab. When all tabs are closed, I know my work is done!
This saves tons of time, and is the method in which I accept all of my awards. Call me smart, call me efficient, call me whatever you want, but this is the easiest way that I have found to do this! I have to thank my ex-boyfriend who is also my “computer guy” for teaching me this trick! (I told you before that I am non-technical, and I wasn’t kidding. I was so happy when he taught me this!)
I hope these instructional tips help!
Note: you all have my permission to copy these “tips” and include them in your posts, too! They may help the other bloggers you nominate! (Just copy and paste this entire section!)
Discussion and Commenting
Now, I hope that instead of getting congratulated in the comment section (although you can congratulate me if you want), I can start a discussion instead that will run for a few days about YOUR THOUGHTS on getting these and other types of awards, and whether or not they are stupid or helpful or just a waste of time…or an honour…
Comments, anyone? Please add your thoughts! I’d love to hear them! 🙂
Don’t be shy, jump right in! And don’t be afraid to be the first one to comment, either. Someone has to be first… 🙂