When I first started my blog just over two years ago, I would get terribly excited about awards. Someone was actually reading me? Someone actually thought I was worth recommending to others? I could not stop myself doing little happy dances all over the house (even the occasional major dance coreographies).
But then I realised that some of the bloggers I admired and nominated for awards were less happy about receiving them. Not that they didn’t appreciate the attention, but they already had a shelf groaning with awards, and didn’t really have time to respond.
I also discovered that I didn’t much like sharing personal things about myself, which is usually one of the requirements…
However, I am still a fan of awards, especially when:
a) they come from bloggers I hugely respect – as is the case here with Raven, a fantastic reviewer of all things crime fiction
b) they give me the opportunity to discover new blogs (yes, I know I’ll never get a chance to read all of them on a regular basis, but inspiration is great even in short, haphazard spurts!)
c) they give me the chance to spread a little love and starstruck admiration for writers, readers and reviewers even if I don’t always comment regularly on their blogs.
Here are 7 things you may not know about me:
1) I have never in my life worn purple, nor ever shall.
2) I once invited my classmates over for my birthday party in April (although my birthday wasn’t until two months later) without my parents knowing anything about it. Until everyone showed up on the doorstep.
3) My first published poem appeared in the school magazine when I was 8 or 9. It was about a bridge and a stream, but all copies of this masterpiece have been destroyed.
4) I don’t usually pretend to read books I haven’t read, but I do sometimes pretend to have seen films I haven’t seen. What can I say? I don’t get out much!
5) I skipped many classes in high school to play ping-pong.
6) My favourite three countries in the world are Brazil, Norway and Canada, despite the fact that I only spent 2 weeks in the first, had a few short business trips in the 2nd and have never visited the third.
7) I really, really can’t draw. Nor sing. And my botanical skills are second to all…
Here are my list of nominees. As always, there is no obligation to participate, but it’s my way of saying thank you to blogs which always make my day or my week. Apologies if by any chance you have been nominated already by others for the same award.
Books and Reviews - crime fiction, women’s representation and feminism
Books, Biscuits and Tea – crime, women’s fiction and YA
Shiteki na Usagi – a poetic rabbit and literary journal
JacquiWine’s Journal – Jacqui has only recently started her own blog, but her reviews are already legendary. Plus, she likes wine!
A Life in Books - book news, reviews and recommendations
7Saturdays - quirky, eclectic, poems, meditations, but always inspirational
Claudia Schoenfeld – artist and poet, co-founder of dVerse Poets, warm and imaginative
Brian Miller – tongue firmly in cheek, co-founder of dVerse Poets, a man to expand your mind and vocabulary
The Mocking Bird Sings - poems, prose and jazz
My Cup of Stars – uninhibited reviews, independent reading tastes
Bonespark – writing inspiration, prompts and reviews
Smithereens – French woman reading and blogging in English – charming, witty and wise
Stuck in a Book - Mostly books, some cake, and the occasional paean to cats
Zouxzoux – photography, prose, poetry and New Orleans come to life
IpsoFactoDotMe – supposedly comfort zone reading, but a very broad choice of literature
Here’s what you should do if you have been nominated :
Thank and link to the person who nominated you.
List the rules and display the award.
Share seven facts about yourself.
Nominate 15 other amazing blogs and comment on their posts to let them know they have been nominated.
Optional: display the award logo on your blog and follow the blogger who nominated you.