When it comes to awards and nominations, I tend to feel like Michael Keaton stuffing his acceptance speech in his jacket when someone else’s name is called.
That is, I rarely win anything. I almost got a participation trophy once, but I forgot to show up.
However, my evening was made when I discovered that my blogging friend Gail Kaufman had nominated me for the Liebster Award. (Which my auto-correct just tried to change to “Lobster Award.”)
I love Gail’s blog — her appreciative eye for beauty is reflected in her clear, conversational prose. She can write about an everyday experience in a way that truly draws in the reader. She’s funny and engaging, and her blog is a pleasure to read.
There are some rules that come with the nomination.
One is that I have to keep this speech under 10 minutes, so the network can break for commercial.
The others are below:
- Give a link back to your nominator’s site or post.
- Post that Liebster logo with pride!
- Answer the 10 questions your nominator posed.
- Make 10 new questions for the people you nominate to answer.
- Nominate other bloggers! Be sure you notify them too.
Clearly, the aim with nominations is not to exclude others (unless they have rancid garlic breath and you just don’t have the heart to tell them). However, I think the point is to discover new blogs that you might not know about. The ones below are blogs I read constantly, but if you’re searching for even more inspiration, my blogroll on the right features a comprehensive list of all my favorite bloggers.
So for those not on the list below, please rest assured, it’s not because of your breath (which I’m sure is minty-fresh):
As a fellow humor writer, Paul keeps the flame of laughter burning. (Unless someone had Taco Bell for lunch; then open flames are ill-advised.)
I’m an ardent fan of the high-desert wilderness, and Alison’s photos capture it with spellbinding clarity.
Wendy’s posts always make me laugh. She can truly focus on the things that might go unnoticed — such as her recent post on a mismatched supermarket floor tile — and really bring out the hilarity. I love it.
Sandi is a prolific blogger who covers a wide variety of topics, and I always look forward to when a new post pops in my inbox. Funny, fresh and never a dull moment!
Funny, funny, funny. Plus, he makes a convincing argument that he should be the next James Bond.
OK, so I love watching movies, and the reviews on this blog are awesome. They’re now my go-to to get the scoop on the latest cinema.
Part of this process involves me answering questions. Luckily, I had someone to copy off of:
- Do you have a hero and, if so, who is it? My cat, for tolerating my existence.
- Are you a night owl or an early riser? I’m an early riser who stays up too late. Better pour some more coffee.
- Where do you do most of your writing? On my computer. Sometimes I use a quill pen and parchment, but only if I’m especially inspired.
- If you had to choose between fame or fortune, which would you rather have? Fortune. I’d love to be rich and famous, but I’m just fine with being rich and anonymous, too. Fewer people asking for money.
- Which holiday do you most look forward to? The one where the weather’s too poor for the relatives to visit.
- Do you have a favorite book on writing? If so, what is it? William Zinsser’s On Writing Well. (Which I used to call “On Writing Good,” before I read the book.)
- What’s the worst job you ever had? Actually, that sounds like an excellent prompt for a humor post.
- If you could live anywhere in the world right now, would you move from where you are? No; I’m not up for packing boxes.
- What do you search for when you’re looking for a new blog to read? Fart jokes. I look for wisdom and insight as well, but mainly, it’s the fart jokes I’m after.
- What brings an immediate smile to your face (aside from the fact that this is the last question)? See above.
At this point, I’m supposed to ask the nominees 10 new questions, but Gail’s were so good (and I’m so lazy), that I’m going to use the same ones:
- Do you have a hero and, if so, who is it?
- Are you a night owl or an early riser?
- Where do you do most of your writing?
- If you had to choose between fame OR fortune, which would you rather have?
- Which holiday do you most look forward to?
- Do you have a favorite book on writing? If so, what is it?
- What’s the worst job you ever had?
- If you could live anywhere in the world right now, would you move from where you are?
- What do you search for when you’re looking for a new blog to read?
- What brings an immediate smile to your face (aside from the fact that this is the last question)?
Thank you again, Gail — and here’s to discovering the new blogs out there!