What Does a Blog Award Look Like in a Guy Fawkes Mask?

My dog Honey has never given me an award for blogging.

She hasn’t created a nifty badge. She doesn’t ask me quirky questions. And she sure doesn’t tell other bloggers I’m groovy.

She’d much rather reward my tugging, treat-giving, and walking.

Luckily some folks in blogville like me. Or I might be stuck tugging, giving treats, and walking instead of frantically struggling to be clever, funny, and informative day after day.

Her Heart is Bigger Than a Mastiff’s

Blog of the Year Award 1 star thumbnailJodi Stone of Heart Like a Dog chose Something Wagging This Way Comes as a Blog of the Year (2012). Okay, it’s not 2012 anymore. But it is still January so I’m not going to beat myself up too much.

Thank you Jodi. I’m thrilled to find myself in such good company.

Of course, because bloggers are control freaks, there are rules. Here goes:

1)  Select the blog(s) you think deserve the ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award:

My Blog of the Year selection is Christie Zizo’s Life With Beagle. Christie began her blog in 2012 to chronicle her life with Lulu the rescued beagle.

The reason I chose Life with Beagle out of all the pet blogs that began in 2012 was because of a particularly helpful series she did documenting Lulu’s first experience with a Thundershirt. Some dogs are helped by Thundershirts; others are not.

I found it really useful to read and I’d recommend it to others thinking of using a Thundershirt for their dogs.

2)  Write a blog post and tell us about the blog(s) you have chosen – there’s no minimum or maximum number of blogs required – and ‘present’ them with their award.

3)  Please include a link back to this page and include these ‘rules’ in your post (please don’t alter the rules or the badges!)

4)  Let the blog(s) you have chosen know that you have given them this award and share the ‘rules’ with them.

5)  You can now also join our Facebook group – click ‘like’ on this page  and then you can share your blog with an even wider audience.

6)  As a winner of the award – please add a link back to the blog that presented you with the award – and then proudly display the award on your blog and sidebar … and start collecting stars.

Apparently, if you receive this award more than once, you can return to the award’s page and rack up stars. Sort of like a general.

Three Time’s the Charm

Peace, Love & Whiskers (isn’t that a wonderful name?) passed along three awards to me and twenty other bloggers. Two are awards I’ve received before so I’m only accepting the REALITY Blog Award.

Thank you for thinking I’m worthy of the recognition. You certainly put me in good company.

Once again, we have rules:

  • Visit and thank the blogger who nominated you.
  • Acknowledge that blogger on your blog and link back to them.
  • Answer the 5 simple questions. (see below)
  • Nominate up to 20 blogs for the award and notify each of them. (see below)
  • Display the award on your blog somewhere.

reality-blog-award1) If you could change one thing, what would you change?

I’d learn to be content even if I couldn’t change what I’d like to change.

2) If you could repeat an age, what would it be? any year?

I have no memory of second grade—friends, teachers, activities. I’m really curious about what I missed.

3) What is one thing that really scares you?

Disney World.

4) What is one dream you have not completed, and do you think you’ll be able to complete it?

I dream of having a surreal dream. When I remember my dreams, they’re about whatever I was doing or thinking about in my waking life. How dull.

5) If you could be someone else for one day, who would it be?

Why Honey, of course.

 I nominate  24 Paws of Love to receive this award. Why? Because the terms Real, Energizing, Amazing, Lovely, Inspiring, Touching, and Yippee all apply.

If you don’t already read 24 Paws of Love, you should. The six dogs who inspire the title, stretch the creativity and patience of their people. But they also return lots of laughter and love.

Anarchist Blog Award?

Anarchist demonstrator in Guy Fawkes mask.I really appreciate the kind words my little bloggy thing has inspired.

But I always feel a little bossed by the rules and regulations that accompany them.

Does anyone think it’s time for an Anarchist Blog Award?

An award that

  • has no rules
  • serves as the occasion to do whatever the recipient wants
    • write about some crazy subject unrelated to your blog
    • take a day off
    • write in a new voice
  • and doesn’t require passing on, links, or anything else

What do you think? Is it time for a little anarchy in blogville?

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  1. Oh yes a little anarchy is well up our street. Pawsome rules. We love our awards but when you are busy you can’t always oblige. We also say thank you and post a link and put them on our awards page but we can’t follow the rules as we will never get to do anything else. So nice one. Have a terrific Thursday.
    Best wishes Molly

  2. Congratulations. Well deserved awards. Glad my life doesn’t match my dreams 😉 I’m afraid mine are a little too way out to deal with in reality.

  3. Totally deserving of the awards and I’m up for an anarchy award, design the badge. 😉

    I love getting awards but like Molly says, “you can’t always oblige.” It’s tough keeping up with blogging things at times. :-)

    And yes, I’d like to be my dog.

  4. An-ar-chy! An-ar-chy! We’re in.
    The awards thing makes me nervous. I got a Leibster from 3 different folks and still haven’t complied…. It’s not so much that I mind doing a post about the “award” but I always feel funny about passing them on to other folks. You never know if they’ll be in to it or not. (And the Leibster expects me to pass it on to 11 other people. 11!? And am I supposed to do that times 3? 33 blogs? egad.) Still have to decide if I’m going to play along or not. If I do, I will be breaking the rules and not passing it along to 11 (or 33) other blogs.
    Having said all that – well deserved on your awards! (Not anti-award. Just feel funny when I’m the recipient of one…)

  5. *joins Jackie in chanting*

    I think I am the worst award recipient ever. I’d say I should win an award for being so sucky at receiving awards but then that is another award I’d have to avoid. So I won’t. It’s so thoughtful of people and I never quite know what to say. This doesn’t just apply to blog awards; I am even worse in real life! I once purposely went to the bathroom when I found out I was going to be presented with an award at a work awards banquet. My boyfriend at the time told them I had to leave for an emergency. Luckily that doesn’t happen very often!

    • One of the reasons I’ve tried to concentrate my blog awarding to new bloggers is that they haven’t been worn out by them yet and may appreciate the recognition. Or, since everyone I follow is reward-worthy, to folks I’ve never heard complaining about the demands. :)

      You were lucky to have a boyfriend to cover for you at your work awards banquet.

      When I graduated high school, I decided not to go to the awards presentation. My sister and I were headed out to the movies when my dad came running out of the house to stop us. I had been given an English scholarship in honor of a beloved substitute teacher who had been killed in a car accident. It would have been bad form not to show up.

      So I went running over in my jeans to accept my scholarships on stage. Ugh.

  6. Congratulations on your awards!

  7. We don’t do the award thing and I feel kind of bad, but we are so dull and boring that writing 7 or 10 things about ourselves would put our readers to sleep. :)

  8. I hope Pluto isn’t the reason you are scared of Disney World! I applaud you for receiving and actually accepting these awards. I am terrible about acknowledging these awards myself. I made the decision last year to thank the person via a comment on their blog post but not to pass it on. The reason being is that if I suddenly started acknowledging & passing on, I would feel terrible about not going back and doing the same with all the awards I previously missed.

    I am curious about how these awards originate. It would be a fun project to track down when they first started appearing in blogville and who started them.

  9. Love the answer to #3…We live less than an hour from disney and i’m afraid of “the Mouse” too LOL! Congrats on your awards, they are well-deserved…make sure Honey gets an extra treat for being your muse. I think an Anarchy Award could be great fun…Anyone can claim or award it to someone else at any time for any reason…so today I give it to you and you don’t have to do a darn thing 😀

  10. And we won’t even need a badge for the Anarchist Blog Award because we want total anarchy! I appreciate the thought behind the awards, but I dread reading posts about them, fearing my name will appear(but I can’t NOT read them in fear my name will appear). They just don’t fit the tone of my blog, plus it seems like the number of blogs you have to nominate has increased substantially in the last few months. Up to 20 blogs? Someone had too much fun thinking that up.

  11. I like the spirit of camaraderie behind blog awards but I, too, suck at following the rules. I have rules in all parts of my life but my blogs are rule-free (which is not really true but sometimes I’m delusional). I’ve appreciated each one I’ve received and yes, Pam, most of them were when I was first blogging or from bloggers I regularly read/commented on. The ones I treasure are those from bloggers with whom I feel a real kinship. I like your idea of sharing with newer bloggers as a means of encouragement as well as to share new blogs with them.

    I third Kristine and Jackie – Anarchy, Anarchy! I do like badges, though :). I also like office supplies and tack shops just because they’re cool….

  12. Wow! Thanks for that! I have only gotten one award so far (I think!) so this is exciting for me!

    Since this is now 2013, what do I do, do I keep passing it on?


  13. YES!

  14. I’m all about anarchy when it comes to the blog awards. It’s not that I don’t appreciate the recognition because I really do. I feel honored when someone selects me. I just hate the rules and feeling like it doesn’t serve our readers well. Do they really want to read how I won an award and now have to share something about myself (again)?

  15. I am all for the anarchist award! I know people mean well when they give the awards, but I’m not a big fan of giving them out on our blog. I don’t like singling some people out for awards and not giving it to others. I’m just a bad rule-follower in general!

  16. Congrats on your awards Pamela. Well deserved! So I’ll bite. What’s so scary about Disney (besides the price?)