I’m well aware that my scattershot topical approach, my avoidance of narrow specialization, my complete lack of millions of share-happy friends, and my refusal to curse probably sabotage the chances of Midlife Crisis Crossover ever being seriously considered for the sort of major awards that have committees, budgets, perks, or multiple voters. I appreciate it, then, when another writer in the Internet trenches takes the time to send an encouraging gesture in my direction.
The Very Inspiring Blogger Award is one of many such gestures available to us. It’s not an official commendation with a nomination process or a governing body or a brick-and-mortar hall of fame that our family could visit on our next road trip. Quite the contrary, the VIBA is a pass-it-on pick-me-up that comes when least expected, means no harm, and provides opportunities for networking and paying forward to others.
Special thanks are owed to Tony Roberts at A Way With Words for this duly acceptable nomination. It’s especially noteworthy to me because Tony is one of only three other WordPress.com users from Indiana that I can recall encountering in MCC’s eleven months of existence. If I include WordPress.org, the head count expands to a whopping four. Truly we Hoosier bloggers are a mighty, tiny army. (If any other Hoosier bloggers are out there, that’d be nifty to know. I can’t even hear you breathing.)
All awards have rules, and the VIBA charter reads as follows:
1. Display the award logo on your blog.
2. Link back to the person who nominated you.
3. State 7 things about yourself.
4. Nominate 15 other bloggers for this award and link to them.
5. Notify those bloggers of the nomination and the award’s requirements.
#1 and #2 are done, then.
For longtime MCC readers who’ve already read through “100 Bullet Points”, and for hardcore MCC readers who remember that my first VIBA acceptance speech included bullet points #101-107, please update your MCC scorecards for bullet points #108-114:
108. The “DVD” part of the “TV/DVD” category is never touched upon because I’ve become convinced there’s not much audience interest in reading new reactions to old flicks or shows.
109. My son will be attending Purdue this fall.
110. I recently slashed my comics-buying budget by 25%, and may slash it even more by year’s end.
111. Watching my Bible study group break up last year was a bad kind of learning experience.
112. At lunchtime in school, the other kids would give me their unwanted butter pats, which I’d eat as-is.
113. A scandalous number of my “followers” technically don’t exist, but WordPress keeps counting them anyway against my will.
114. I’ve thus far resisted the idea to investigate today’s assortment of empowering self-publishing options because, among other things, it would paradoxically take time away from writing.
Listed below for a wealth of varied reasons are my VIBA nominees, none of which are duplicates from my first VIBA list, though some may have won VIBAs from other sources who were not me and therefore don’t count. If they’re not presently accepting this kind of award, I understand their decision and wish them traffic anyway. Everyone should go check these out multiple times, peek into their archives, and thoroughly enliven their day.
* Illuminating the Invisible
* Mimi’s Getting Fit
* Today I Watched a Movie
* Revelations on the Path
* 3 Chic Geeks
* 2 Dogs and the Cat
* Vampire Maman
* Yvonne Taylor
* Arty Old Bird
* Duck? Starfish? But…23
Here’s looking forward to more writing misadventures in the days ahead, including MCC’s upcoming one-year anniversary celebration at the end of the month. To those of you who actually exist, thanks for reading!