Realize, I was retro-admitted as a charter member of the PRU. To support such a late nomination and subsequent acceptance, I offer this morning’s post, in all its belated glory. I will, however, redact the dates, lest you all know precisely how long this has been sitting in the draft folder. (Hangs head, clears throat, moves on.)
As always, links will open in another tab, so you can continue reading and commenting here before heading out to figure out why the places are important.
Act I is novel.
Deb was showing her appreciation for the bloggers who visit and who take the spotlight at Debbie Adams’ Art & Blog. She designed this award for all of us. M3 was one of the recipients. Thank you, sweet Deb.
Why do I haunt Deb’s place? She draws some of the most amazing pictures, takes care of some fabulous Wombies, has some really cute dogs post on her blog and spends a massive amount of time promoting others. In short, it is a great place to visit. You would be remiss not to check it out.
During the poll about What does your blog need?, Cat answered while the question was still a bit murky and seemed like I was asking what M3 needed. She was adamant what M3 needed was far more hugs. She designed the above for M3.
What is there at Cat’s which is a cannot-be-missed? Well, there’s art. Then, there’s poetry. Then, there is philosophy. Oh, and there is music (which is Cat’s true passion). Don’t forget there are videos scattered about. And there are more hugs than any other blog in the blogosphere.
Dolly (as in DollyciousIrony) from All About Lemon was busy showing the love to all of those who have been hanging out at her place. Now, I have been around AAL since the first month of M3 and have watched AAL grow by leaps and bounds.
What’s so special about lemons? The art game…for all of those with a creative bent and even basic knowledge in PhotoShop or GIMP. Toothsome…vixen web comic character patterned after the adorable Dolly. The music game…testing your skills at finding lyrics and songs within a theme. And loads of other fun-to-do things and great-to-meet people.
Val took the time to design a new award for some of her muses. I was in very good company for this award, which went to a very small group of bloggers who inspire her to challenge preconceived ideas of what should be and embrace the idea it is perfectly fine to share, even when the poignancy comes in what is left unsaid.
What will you find at the QBG ~ Tilted Tiara? It is a journey through many things we never think about the first time, much less give a second thought. Philosophical looks at a wide range of topics from marriage to politics, even when they are based on the same concepts. There is also a candid look at the way our pasts form us into the characters we play in real life. You will find jewels in the Tiara.
Before we go any further, I want to stop and merely say Thank you, and I am humbled by your constant support. Not just the four ladies above, who go so far to make M3 a great place to work. Each and every one of you reading this post. So many of you have been here since the very early going, and still are here some 500 posts later. You make coming to the screen everyday to face the comments (and the hatemail) worth it.
For Act II, we are going to move a more traditional direction.
Wendy, of Wendy’s Works, revealed seven secrets and passed the One Lovely Blog award to M3. This one is special because it is a first edition. Now, if you do not remember who Wendy is, ahem, shame on you.
What is at Wendy’s Works? Well, what she is working on should be a given, but Surprise! not so much. Instead, you will find she posts the Insecure Writer’s Support Group. She addresses a lot of the things all writers face, even when they may or may not be willing to admit them.
She is also responsible for another award to M3, the Beautiful Blogger Award, M3’s second.
While you are there, be sure to tell her how wonderful she looks in her new profile picture. The haircut is simply lovely.
Deb also was handing out other awards whilst I was busy posting psychologically stimulating, or mindnumbing as the case may be, A to Z posts in April and whilst I was doing (apparently) something else besides award shows in May. (Here is the procrastination part.) I have a few of those I need to acknowledge.
This award typically goes to blogs which, despite their eclectic nature, manage not to make readers run away escared of the roller coaster of topics. It helps M3 does not need a pharmacist’s license to hand out Dramamine when we take a roller coaster ride.
The Mrs. Sparkly’s Ten Commendment award goes to those who make at least ten comments on a blog. As some of you here can attest, I can make ten comments on a single post. (Just wait…I will call you all out by name.)
I will get to all of the particulars for this one in just a bit…we are almost there.
Val awarded M3 its 9th Versatile Blogger Award. This one is a secrets award as well. We may just have to forgo that in favor of something a bit more creative.
Please walk down the aisles carefully as the lights go back down for the third act. Please secure your beverages before you applaud.
Act III is not the denouement.
Enough hatemail is generated by any secret I reveal, so secrets will be completely forgotten. The 7 x 7 Award comes with specific rules. So, maybe you do get a secret…one. Since around 300 posts have joined the running for this award, you will notice a bit of difference from the last one.
Secret: I have come to realize I speak a foreign language…
Most beautiful piece: Solitude, Fairies and Mermaids was the culmination of inspiration from many different places: the blogosphere, social media, photographs and real life. Judging from some of the reactions to it, it exceeded my original choice for this designation.
Most helpful piece: Since MAD has joined the features list, this one was a bit harder to choose this time. I hit a nerve which the M3 Readers knew they could tackle and make a real difference with Stranger Next Door.
Most comical piece: All Friday Follies come with the standard Do not read this with liquid in your mouth or bladder. warning. Based on your feedback the funniest one to date has been the 10th edition… All Fake.
Most popular piece: The friendship theme to M3 has earned it quite a reputation. With more than 1,000 page views, it is still getting comments and shares. If it speaks to you, let me know. And then there were none.
Most controversial piece: I was not sure the last winner would be unseated. The irony is not lost on me it was unseated by another Saturday Evening Post, the 26th.
Most surprisingly successful piece: I posted a pet peeve of mine and never guessed how many others would go around the bend after me with Nurdles: It’s what’s for breakfast.
Most underrated piece: What You Heard Was Not What I Meant
The following blogs are offered their choice between the One Lovely Blog and the Beautiful Blogger awards. Choose the one you do not have. In the event you do not have either, take both:
Somkritya (Blogoversary in four days!)
The Creative Chaos and Versatile Blogger awards are passed
with or without rules. These blogs will give you a good array of interesting things to find. Pick one or both.
The 7 x 7 Award goes to some I am really interested in their choices for the seven posts. Yes, these need to follow the rules.
(Two Private Blogs I will email the award)
The Sparkly Comment (Yes, I am taking liberty with the name.) Award goes to some of my most faithful commenters. It also comes with no rules or hoop-jumping.
(You have to knock to get into the Gothic Realm.)
(No, not me, silly.)
Thank you for stopping by for the quarterly awards show. Extra thanks go to Arturo, for keeping an eye on the production. If by some chance you graced M3 with an award not listed here, please feel free to kick me in the inbox.
If you agree with my choices for the 7 x 7, let me know. As always, I welcome your comments, stars, love, likes and shares on all posts.
Hope you are starting a wonderful weekend!
Until next time,
(c) Ann Marie Dwyer 2012
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