Candle Lighter Award: Candles in the Darkness Growing

I have seen the number of Candle Lighter awardees grow. People are, indeed, passing on my Candle Lighter Award. For those that haven’t seen the post for the award creation and description it is here https://believeanyway.wordpress.com/2011/12/18/creation-of-new-blog-award-the-candle-lighter-award/. It makes me happy to discover all kinds of positive, optimistic, faith filled, joyous blogs. It gives me HOPE. I am delighted to receive responses from people about their award.

I am seeking input, though. What do you think I should do if I have given the award to someone, but they have not responded (positively or negatively). I did say they were not required to do anything, but did ask them to please put the candle picture up. Some people have responded and said they don’t accept rewards. I totally understand that. Many people have responded with joy {some have put up the photo, and some have not}. But some people haven’t responded. In those cases, I do not know whether they don’t realize they have the award—in which case I should let them know again; or whether they just don’t want to be a part of it but don’t want to hurt my feelings….hmmm. Some people don’t know how to put badges and widgets on their blog—and some know how to do it but might be having a problem with mine….Suggestions??

Anyway—I no longer am sure how many people have received the award. I am rapidly falling behind on updating my list of awardees! That is in no way a complaint. I am astonished at how quickly people are passing the word. That is a dream come true :-). Thank you to everyone that passes the word. Thank you to to everyone that works hard at providing positive, life-affirming, optimistic, faith-filled, joyous blogs. You are each making such a difference. The world needs our joy!! Candles across the world…..


About Kate Kresse

I love to write, I love to talk, I love to uplift people when I can. I am a woman in love with life. I am a wife, mom, tutor, writer, and I am a perennial optimist. (OK not every single minute but you get the point! :-)
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17 Responses to Candle Lighter Award: Candles in the Darkness Growing

  1. dogear6 says:

    Hi Kate! I think you’d drive yourself nuts trying to track the awardees. At some point you’ll lose control anyhow (sounds like you’re nearly there). I’m pretty sure I’ve seen it given out to a blogger that has not left you a comment (soulblindministry – I think).

    I’ve had the same thing with handing out awards. Some people thanked me, but did nothing to pass it along. They’ve also never posted it. You can’t make people want to accept it, be happy with it, or pass it along.

    My suggestions is to let it go. It now has a life of its own. It was a fantastic idea and honestly, why it never occurred to us bloggers that we could start our own award is beyond me. Talk about thinking outside the box!

    You did good girl.

    Nancy

    • Kate Kresse says:

      Thanks, Nancy! Here was my concern: I handed it out to a number of my followers. If somehow one of them didn’t notice I gave them the award,it could be their feelings are hurt thinking I didn’t care about their blog….I know the odds of that are extremely small….Thanks so much for your kind words. It has taken on a life of its own….

      That amazes me and delights me. I am trying to picture the looks on people’s faces as they get and pass the award on….Love it!!

  2. dogear6 says:

    P.S. Do you know how to put in hyperlinks? That way I could click on the link and go to your December 18 post without having to look for it.

  3. You created a beautiful award, and I’m happy it’s lighting up the blogosphere! I wouldn’t worry about the people who haven’t responded. I bet there are a number of reasons, and I would just leave it be.

    For some, they may not even know that they are supposed to post about it! 🙂 I’d have faith that the good message was passed on, and take pride in knowing you helped make someone’s day.

    • Kate Kresse says:

      Thanks! I mostly wanted to know they know they got the award so they don’t think they were overlooked by me. I’m so happy it is spreading and that people are uplifted by the concept.

  4. Oh, it is spreading like fire. 😀
    I have to double-check before I nominate someone because someone else I’ve never heard of may have been there before me!
    Reminds me of a candle-lighting service. 🙂

    • Kate Kresse says:

      They can get it an infinite amount of times—award them regardless. We can let them know we award it to them even if someone already did. I was thinking of Easter Vigil service when I started it; and the quote that it is better to light a candle in the darkness than to curse the darkness. It IS spreading. It’s in the US, Canada, Europe, Asia, Africa; uncertain about Central and South America.

  5. frizztext says:

    good luck for your candle lighter network …

  6. Caroline says:

    Thanks for the award! I really like how there aren’t so many ‘rules’ about how many people to send the award to or describe yourself in so many words. I’ll post it soon and to a few people.

  7. hugmamma says:

    So glad you wrote this post. Your award has been simmering on the backburner of my brain ever since you notified me. But as others have mentioned above, lives can get very busy and Christmas always stretches the limits especially since my daughter had been home with us. She is always my priority, as you are most aware, being such a wonderful supporter of “hugmamma’s mind, body, and soul.”

    I’ve not been diligent about accepting other awards as well because it takes me quite some time to get all the technical stuff down. I’ve often had to rely on others’ help to transfer images and the like. So please excuse my negligence. I had planned to do it and that’s why I returned to remind myself of the details. One of my resolutions this year is to figure out how to technically “accept” awards in an expeditious manner. Wish me luck!

    And you must never second-guess yourself. You did a very gracious thing in creating a tangible way to recognize others’ value. And again as others above have indicated…you can move on, knowing you did your part and aren’t responsible for what we might think, not think, do, or not do.

    Love yourself…for those of us who are your friends and followers…love you dearly…hugmamma. 😉

    Now…let’s see what I can do to get my award over to my blog…again…wish me luck!

    • Kate Kresse says:

      i’m going to post something that might help over on your blog

    • Kate Kresse says:

      I compLETELY understand busy, family, and Christmas. Was in no way criticizing anyone. Was seeking advice as to whether some of the nonrespondents might be unaware they had been given the award AND feeling left out of the award giving. I especially did NOT want to create that feeling in anyone. That would be a horrible thing to do to anyone….thus I was pondering whether I should continue to re-award the non respondents or just assume they already know. Just want them to know. What they do about it is totally their decision and the timing, as always, is in God’s hands. hugs and love to you!!

  8. eof737 says:

    I’m glad I read this as I don’t put up awards pictures on my blog front page anymore. I used to and it got so messy and took longer to load. I did mention yours and others I received in my year end post and offered the awards to everyone which is what I do as I don’t feel comfortable leaving anyone out… So many have been generous with me. I have a page for partners and might add them there or consider a page for them… I definitely appreciated your award. Thanks again! 🙂
    Elizabeth

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