This weekend, I’ve been busy building on a virtual addition to my virtual mantel, and I can tell you that my virtual carpentry skills are just as abysmal as my actual ones. I must have hit my virtual thumb a half-dozen times already.
But I need more virtual space, because last week I was virtually presented with a virtual honor called the “Stylish Blogger Award” five times.
And once that virtual mantel is finished, these five SBAs will be proudly displayed right alongside my “Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest Most Congenial Eater” certificate; the trophy I received after finishing third in Barbershop Weekly’s “Best Celebrity Hair” voting (I was narrowly edged out by George Clooney and Dan Patrick,) and my fourth-place tiara from the 2009 Miss Wyoming Pageant thong competition (if those hemmerrhoids don’t flare up at the last minute, I’m easily sliding into the third spot).
Five SBA Awards presented to me by fellow bloggers in one week! I know what many of you are thinking:
1. Recreational drug use among bloggers is much higher than experts once thought.
2. Coupled with the fact that Snooki is a New York Times bestselling author, this proves that standards for American writing are at an all-time low.
3. Did he have to wire a $1000 to an offshore bank in Africa to claim his prize?
4. They must have meant “Slovenly Blogger Award.”
Regardless, I am honored. The five individuals who awarded me the SBA–Amy from Life in the Trenches, Christian at Adventures and Insights, Clay at EduClaytion, Marina at Marina Sleeps, and Renee (whose name is supposed to have one of those little accent mark things above the second-to-last “e,” but I don’t know how to insert those) at Lessons from Teachers and Twits–have kept regular tabs on the Species crew since I started this blog way back in six months ago, and they are some of the people who have led me to believe that writing could be more than a 4 AM to 6 AM hobby for me. I encourage you to visit their blogs. It is a diverse, insightful, creative group. I check out their sites every chance I get.
And I would be remiss if I didn’t mention Wendy at Herding Cats in Hammond River at this point. Wendy is truly Some Species Eat Their Young’s most loyal reader and commenter. There have been times that Wendy has actually commented on my posts before I have posted them. She is a sort of wise Canadian matriarch of the blogging community, introducing bloggers to one another and commenting on everyone’s work; I believe that every blogger in the blogosphere has three degrees of separation from Wendy. She presented me with an award similar to the SBA on her blog soon after I started posting, and I never responded. Wendy, you’re a gem. Thanks for everything.
But it isn’t all fun and games and thongs with the Stylish Blogger Award. As a recipient, I am required to:
1. Link back to the individuals who presented me with the award.
2. Name six other bloggers to receive the reward.
3. Tell seven interesting things about myself.
But I’m going to audible, and by audible I mean steal Kathy’s idea from Reinventing the Event Horizon after she received an SBA from, of all people, Wendy. Kathy modified the SBA rules. Instead of nominating six bloggers and telling seven things about herself, Kathy asked her readers to give themselves some love (in a virtual non-illegal sort of way) by sharing a link in the comments section to one of the favorite posts they’ve written and to highlight a post from a blogger that they follow and feel deserves recognition. Brilliant.
I couldn’t possibly narrow my list down to six fellow bloggers to present SBAs to anyway: I don’t like to pick favorites except when it comes to my children. And interesting things about myself? Nobody wants that.
So please, repost yourself and post another in the comments section.
Thanks again to Amy, Christian, Clay, Marina, Renee, and Wendy. I appreciate your thoughtfulness and kind words. When I get that mantel finished up, I’ll send you a virtual picture. I might even put on the tiara and thong.
Also, thanks to Kick Ass Wife. Without you, it would have been incredibly difficult to have four kids. And thanks to the Species Spawn themselves–Slim, Perpetual Motion, Hellcat, and Tax Credit #4. Without you guys, I would have had this post done three days ago.
Finally, thanks to everyone who follows the Species crew. There is almost certainly something better that you could do with five minutes of your day, but I’m thankful that you choose to blow those five minutes here.