This week I am playing catch-up and handing out awards that I have been stockpiling like a squirrel before a brutal winter.
In the process of my passing them on recently, a fellow blogger wished me luck building my social network when I passed the award on. I hadn’t even considered that that could be a goal or motivation for passing an award on. You see, the WordPress community has been so kind, supportive, and welcoming to me. I truly do hope that no one feels used or manipulated or overworked when I pass an award on. I am a truly sharing person with no hidden agenda.
I began my blog I was at a low point due to some health issues. I needed to get back to my true self. Thus, when someone gives me an award I consider it a kindness and a joy. From my viewpoint, the person giving the award is saying “here is a hug and an attagirl”. The person giving the award is providing a list of fellow travelers so that we can broaden our list of places we read. Not to build a ponzi-scheme network of blogs. Oh no, far from it. Instead, it is like reading a film review or book review. There is no way to explore the hundreds of thousands of blogs. But, I have found some wonderful blogs by looking at awards lists.
When I pass awards on, although I list the supposed “rules” for the awards, I decided long ago that what they do with the award is their business, not mine. My sole purpose in giving them the award is just to do something nice, with no strings attached. Perhaps I should explicitly say that. Perhaps I shouldn’t make lists of awardees, but gosh I love seeing lists on other people’s blogs, just like I love seeing a great book recommendation! Now sometimes people just put an award up and say everyone that wants it can take it. The part of me that wants to ensure that everyone feels included really likes that idea. So going forward, I will do that sometimes. But I know that some people feel glad and happy and loved when they get an award. I am not saying that their self-worth only comes from externals. I am saying that it feels nice when someone says they like what you wrote or photographed or whatever.
So, I guess what I am trying to say is that I am not trying to buy popularity or readership through giving awards. I am fully aware of how busy people are. My readers are a blessing to me. God is in charge of my readership and my students. I believe that God brings me the students and families that He wants me to help. I believe He finds a way to provide the readers, comment makers, and blogs that are best at this point for me. His paths lead me to some amazing bloggers. It is an honor to have my blog. I am blessed by all who read my posts and lifted by your prayers and kindness.
I realize this week is full of award giving. That happened because I procrastinated. I would spread out my posts about awards, but I don’t want to hurt the feelings of people who gave me awards by delaying on some and taking care of others.
I wish you each love, joy, and peace today.