I received my first ever blog award badge thingy! …Or the first that I know of, I guess. It is possible that somewhere out there a vast grouping of Russian cat-loving stick people have been waiting for my acceptance speech, but I haven’t yet caught on to it. ????? ??????? ??? ??????, Russian people. At any rate, many thanks to the lovely IfByYes for the acknowledgment. It is sincerely appreciated (and if you’re not reading her yet, get over there already! She is eloquent, and open, and has an uncanny habit of sometimes reading my mind. And the courtesy not to tell everyone about all the zombie stuff in there).
And, she happens to think this is…
I will admit to feeling somewhat inclined to fill this post with photos of various unidentified substances. …But I imagine that would somewhat detract from my worthiness to keep the badge.
So my badge comes with rules:
1) Thank the blogger who awarded it to you.
Really? Are there truly people out there who wouldn’t already have done that by this point? Clearly the substance in that blog is rather dense. Anyway, IfByYes, I extend to you a formal thank you, in compliance with rule number one of subsection two of the substance-related-badges act. Thank you, IfByYes. Thank you.
2) Sum up your blogging philosophy, motivation, and experience using five words.
Um… “Try not to misspell stuff?”
This seems to be asking an awful lot out of five words. It’s kind of like “sum up your existence with one haiku.” I will try, though. I suppose a more comprehensive answer might be:
Holy Crap People are Commenting on This Stuff Sometimes
3) Pass it on to 10 other blogs which you feel have real substance.
I freely acknowledge that the whole point of these things is to give a shout-out to people you think are worthy. Part of me hates having to do this kind of thing, though, because I’m always afraid of having a brain slip and leaving somebody out, or that person number eleven will be secretly crushed they didn’t make it. Plus, “real substance”? Rough. Okay, here goes…
Blogs with Substance:
Spokeit is often reflecting on and refining her goals, moods, and approach to life, which gives her substance in my book. And her dog is just about the cutest thing I’ve ever seen. I’m going to call that substance too. He is substantially cute.
This is mostly a very humourous mommy blog. …But every now and then she gets a little bit serious and shares something more personal too. Substance!
In amongst the amusing bits, Susan is introspective and reflective, and has a habit of sharing insights into her life that are disturbingly familiar. She’s also a mom, and has been recently faced with a newly-labeled case of depression. In addition, she left the second-ever comment here, and it involved coffee in her nasal passages. Girl’s got style.
This was definitely a blog with substance. A very candid look at a journey through one woman’s mental illness from her husband’s point of view. He was always very open about things. Fortunately, at last account, his wife was doing better and he was spending his time with her rather than blogging for others.
Do blogs that aren’t really personal-type blogs count for this kind of thing? There are a lot of observations here about what’s going on when it comes to depression, and resources for people fighting their way through it. And stuff like this that I found amusing. …I mean, substantial!
Um…By “Substance” You Meant “Humorous Stick People” Right?
I thought so.
Okay, so this damned list took me hours of agonizing because I like all of you so much but didn’t feel that “substantial” was quite the right word to sum some of you up, and then in the end I just ended up listing people so famous they have no need for my quaint little website badge. Because they have larger website badges, I presume. Badges so large they do not even fit on their site.
Also, for all of you that I’ve apparently arbitrarily decided are completely ethereal, I offer the following badges, which I feel apply to many people likely to read these words. Let me know if you would like to be considered for one, and I will engage in a long deliberation process and then gift it to you.