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Let me say this right from the start: I very much dislike what the word community has become.  It’s too touchy-feely for the hermit I am and I rarely find the need to belong to a “community.”  Alternately, I’m a social creature simply due to the nature of my species, so there’s a tiny bit of me that likes and needs to belong to something.

When I started blogging I discovered it was quite satisfying to belong to the many (millions?) people who take to the page and write, despite the fact that I’m unknown and invisible to most of them.  But there are those fabulous people, many whom are bloggers, who actually read my blog, and many magnificent writers and photographers whose blogs I follow.  There’s a connection there and it feels good.  So what can I call this instead of the blogging “community?”

Because the word community rubs me the wrong way I took to my trusty Thesaurus to find a synonym, a word I could use that didn’t make me feel like I was a blind follower or someone less than completely independent physically, mentally, and psychologically.  I am independent in all of those areas, because in case you didn’t know, I’m totally awesome.

I liked the word confederation, but that sounds too Civil War-y.  Then there was clique, but that was just way too uppity.  How about affiliation?  I belong to the blogging affiliation?  That doesn’t sound right.  I decided on collective.  I am a member of the blogging collective.  Yes, that sounds right.

Where am I going with all of this verbiage?  I’ve been nominated for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award by the author of La Audacia de Aquiles, an excellent member of the blogging collective.  It’s a very sparkly award and I accept it with great humility.  It’s these moments I’m happy to be a part of something (a collective) and to be recognized.

Thank you, from the bottom of my heart.  And being part of the blogging collective I’m paying it forward to some bloggy friends of mine, as well as some people whose blogs I read even though they don’t even know I exist.  Because they all deserve it.  Check them out and let me know what you think.  And let them know what you think.

Miniscule Moments of Inspiration
Cindy Ricksgers
Lorna’s Voice
Uncle Spike’s Adventures
She Walks Softly
Drinking Tips for Teens
Tongue In Cheek
Butterfly Mind
15 Minute Lunch

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Yesterday Kathy, author of Lake Superior Spirit, wrote a post that kind of struck a chord with me.  She talks about being a people pleaser and being too sensitive, especially when it comes to blogging. 

There’s something inside every blogger that wants to get some kind of recognition.  Don’t deny it.  We all sneak peeks at our stats and count comments now and again, if not every ten minutes.  Face it, if we didn’t want to get noticed our blogs would be diaries, journals, or to-do lists in a spiral notebook hidden in a locked drawer for no one to see.  We’re on the internet for crying out loud.  In one way or another we want to make a splash (or simply a kerplunk) in cyberspace.

Yet, when we are noticed we are subjected to the criticism of others.  We can’t be too surprised if some of that criticism is negative.  Again, this is the internet.  There is a universe full of people who don’t get what you’re saying, or are chronically contrary, or are just plain crazy with narcissism thinking your blog should be exactly as she/he wants it to be for her own benefit.

Kathy’s post expresses her angst in a light-hearted way regarding the conflicting comments she gets on her blog.  She also recognizes that she can’t please everyone even though every fiber of her being wants to. 

So, in response to the comments she has received: “post more pictures,” “post more writing,” “post more nature,” “post more spiritual,” “post more serious,” “post more funny,” etc., I say to Kathy “I like you, just as you are.”  Be as versatile as you want on your own blog because guess what?  It’s your blog!   With that I present to her The Versatile Blogger Award.

 

Some of you know this honor was recently bestowed upon me by the lovely Lorna of Lorna’s Voice.  I’m spreading the love to Kathy because she is indeed a versatile blogger. 

Congratulations, Kathy! 

As for the rest of you, check out Kathy’s blog at Lake Superior Spirit.  And don’t expect a rigid format over there ~ versatility is Kathy’s shining virtue!

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Remember that scene in A Christmas Story where the dad wins the prize for solving the crossword puzzle? When asked about the tacky leg lamp he proclaimed to his neighbor, “it’s a major award!”

It’s a major award! (credit: remycarreiro.com)

Today I feel as proud as Ralphie’s dad, but I have something a little prettier to show for it.

But wait, there’s more! Another award came with the first one!

The Versatile Blogger award and the My Beautiful Lipstick award.  These two honors were bestowed upon me by none other than Lorna of Lorna’s Voice.  The Versatile Blogger is kind of self explanatory, but the My Beautiful Lipstick award?  Lorna has taken the libery to give it this definition:  “This award is one you would give to someone if you could go up to them and give them a great big kiss just because.”

Lorna said I have (or not) some responsibilities associated with these honors.  For now I’m going to put those responsibilities on the shelf, but will return to them when my head stops spinning from all the excitement.

In the meantime I think you should check out Lorna’s Voice.  She’s funny and a blast to read.  You might even consider following her blog so you never miss a post!  And thank you Lorna, for getting my weekend off to a great start!

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