Finding Joy in Writing: Blog Awards

Do you give/receive blog awards?

I suppose once you have a zillion followers, blog awards could feel anticlimactic. And since each award requires a response of some kind—often a time-consuming response—it could theoretically get to be a drag to have too many rewards to respond to.

sunshineawardBut I happen to think blog awards are a lot of fun.

  • They tend to ask personal questions that let me get to know the blogger a little better.
  • They point me to other writers I may not have discovered.
  • They give me a venue (if I’m the award-ee) for showing off some of my friends’ blogs.
  • The also give me a nudge in the self-esteem department—a jolt of knowing that someone actually reads this stuff and likes it enough to give me an award!

So…I want to thank Kerri Cuevas for giving me the lovely Sunshine Award and pass this award on to some other great writers who share their thoughts online.

Rules for the Sunshine Award

  1. Thank the person who nominated you
  2. Write a blog post about it with the answers to the questions (below)
  3. Nominate 10 other bloggers and let them know

My Answers (or: Random Stuff About Me)

  • Favorite Color: Green! all shades except possibly the weird shade of split pea soup (even though I adore split pea soup, especially with carrots and potatoes and onions and such)
  • Favorite Animal: Depends on the day. Currently–orcas. And dragons, but that goes without saying
  • Favorite Number: 4
  • Favorite Non-Alcoholic Drink: Coffee
  • Facebook or Twitter: You have to choose? I like them both, but for different situations/types of communication
  • My Passions: Crocheting, writing, gardening, writing, hiking, and writing. Did I mention writing? <grin>
  • Getting or Giving Presents: Giving
  • Favorite Pattern: I’m more a solids gal, myself…
  • Favorite Flower: Gerber daisies

Sunshine Award-ees!

Check out these awesome blogs for great writing tips, tales, and camaraderie.

  1. Julie Musil
  2. Jill Kemerer
  3. Laura Deal
  4. erica and christy
  5. Your Muse Is Calling
  6. KT Hanna
  7. Scribbler’s Cove
  8. Writing, Reading, and Life
  9. TL Conway
  10. KM Weiland

What about you? Do you participate in awards? Why or why not?

And another question: I fear sometimes that awards can be “clique-ey”—the better known a site, the more likely people are to give it an award, which then draws more people to the site. (That’s not the question…) Do you ever feel left out of the whole award thing? Do you wish you’d get on the award radar?

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  1. says

    I’m terrible at passing on awards, mainly because something always seems to come up when I get one, but I love to receive them and I like reading the answers on peoples blogs when they get them. For instance, I don’t think I knew you could crochet :-)

    • says

      Hi Sarah–I didn’t know Kerri (the writer who gave me the reward) crocheted, either! I think these are a nice way to get to know bloggers a bit more personally. But yeah, passing them on can be hard!

  2. says

    Aw, thank you hon!

    I’m actually terrible with awards. It’s not that I don’t appreciate them, but I tend to get excited and then something else comes up and I forget I’m supposed to pass it on. By the time I remember, so much time has passed that I feel ashamed to pass it on.

    Dragons! 😀 I love dragons too. I will endeavour to build this into my rotation this week 😀 Thank you again! I love your blog!

    • says

      How funny–everyone is discovering their awards before I manage to notify them :). I understand COMPLETELY about the struggle to pass them on. I usually take forever to respond to these (but only took ~2 weeks this time, LOL).

      Thanks for the blog love–I love yours, too!

  3. says

    Just when you decide to take a vacation, you win the damn Sunshine Award, LOL.

    Seriously, though, I am honored to be on this list! I can’t wait to check out the others and pass on the award.

    • says

      Hee-hee–it was all part of my evil plan to get you to write more blog posts :). Love your blog!

  4. says

    Oh, thanks Cheryl! What a pretty award! Congrats to you, and thank you SO much for passing it on!

    I love getting awards! But I don’t always accept or pass them on. Naughty, I know! It’s a time thing for me. Plus, I found myself passing them on to the same bloggers over and over, and realized I need to spend more time reading other blogs. Which became another time thing. It’s always time, isn’t it?? Ha!

    Thanks again, Cheryl, I appreciate it!

  5. says

    Wow! Thank you so much. I don’t generally re-post awards but I’m always super appreciative of them. Thanks for making my day!

  6. says

    Cheryl, you are so sweet! Congratulations on your wonderful award, and thanks so much for sharing it with us. I agree with you–it’s so fun to get to know our fellow bloggers this way!

  7. says

    Wow, thanks, Cheryl! You certainly deserve the Sunshine Award and I’m honored to receive it from you! I don’t know how you keep up with everything you do. I find myself in sympathy with Jill here, lacking time to pursue it all. But it’s still lovely to receive an award!

  8. says

    I just received my first blog award and it was so uplifting! Congrats to you!

  9. says

    I know what you mean about Awards. Part of me loves them and another part feels pressure to pass them on and answer all the questions etc. However, I agree that it’s a great way to get to know random facts about other bloggers. I’ve always hated green as it was my school uniform!