Thank You, But Joining Award Free Blogs…

A joyful spirit is evidence of a grateful heart (Drawing by Diane Mottl)A couple weeks ago I was doing backflips of happiness, having been nominated by three fellow bloggers for two blogging awards: The Liebster Award and the Versatile Blogger Award. When I first started blogging, I remember seeing these colorful badges of honor affixed to blogs and thinking, “Wow, maybe someday…”

Now the day has come, but I have mixed feelings about it.

On the one-hand, I am deeply honored to be included in such a supportive blogging community that acknowledges one another. The Versatile Blogger Award is to honor those bloggers who bring something special to your life whether every day or only now and then. The Liebster Award is traditionally awarded to honor new blogs which motivate and inspire.

But then I read what I needed to do to accept the awards. For the Versatile Blogger Award I needed to write a blog post listing seven things about myself, then nominate fifteen other bloggers. Gulp! Fifteen? To accept the Liebster Award, I would have to nominate five other blogs and answers eleven questions.

What do I do? I know, listen to the little voice inside. Oh, wait a minute. There are two voices vying for attention:

Voice #1: “Quit over-thinking it. Everyone likes to be acknowledged. Think of how good it felt when you were nominated. Plus it’s a great way to connect with other bloggers.”

Voice #2: “But it feels a bit too much like a chain-letter, which a lot of people find annoying.”

Voice #1: “If you don’t participate, you’ll insult the people who nominated you. Their gesture was kind and supportive. Can’t you just lighten up and join in?”

Voice #2: “Let me just dig around the internet. Whew….okay…I’m not the only one who is struggling with this. And here’s a great solution. Author J.W. Alden politely explained why he was uncomfortable and made his website an . His attitude of “Your comments are awesome enough” is also how I like to connect and show appreciation to other bloggers.”

Voice #1: “Okay, so we’ll pass on our gratitude for the awards, but be honest about being uncomfortable having to nominate so many other blogs since it feels too much like a chain-letter.”

Voice #2: “Agreed. And we will keep showing our appreciation of other blogs through comments and tweets — “

Voice #1:  ” — since that is awesome enough.”


versatile-bloggerThank you, Norah Colvin and Christina Z,  for the Versatile Blogger Award. I met Norah and Christina through my participation in Twitter’s #MondayBlogs. Norah caught my attention with posts like , and As an avid life-long reader with fond memories of reading to my nephews, I connected with Norah’s passion for literacy education.

The first post of Christina’s I read, was  . I remember being in awe (okay, it was tinged with envy) that her draft manuscript was awarded a scholarship to the conference. Christina’s “homeless to Yale grad” background intrigued me as does her goal to publish her memoir in order to draw attention to the issue of teenage homelessness.

liebsterawardThank you, Lisa Reiter, for the Liebster Award. I also met Lisa through #MondayBlogs (yes, my Mondays involve more social networking than actual writing). She first caught my attention with her post . Lisa’s background as a psychologist turned writer jumped out at me (given our similarities), but it is her goal of passing on a message of hope by writing her cancer survivor story that garnered my respect.

“Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” — Marcel Proust

“Saying thank you is more than good manners. It is good spirituality.” — Alfred Painter

“Appreciation is a wonderful thing. It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.”–Voltaire

“We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.” — Albert Schweitzer

“Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others.” — Cicero

“Make it a habit to tell people thank you. To express your appreciation, sincerely and without the expectation of anything in return. Truly appreciate those around you, and you’ll soon find many others around you. Truly appreciate life, and you’ll find that you have more of it.” — Ralph Marston

“Silent gratitude isn’t much use to anyone.” — G.B. Stern

“A grateful mind is a great mind which eventually attracts to itself great things.” — Plato

Permission to use Award Free Blog badge on website was provided by the creator, J.W. Alden, from the blog

17 Responses to “Thank You, But Joining Award Free Blogs…”

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  1. says:

    Like the idea of the award-free blog badge, wonder if I can grab that AND the others!

    • The creator of the Award Free Blog badge (J.W. Alden) seems very open to sharing it. If you click on his badge in my post, it will take you to the Author Alden website. A number of people (myself included) have left a comment on his website asking for permission to use his badge (linking it back to his site). He replied and gave me permission, so I imagine he would do the same for you if you ask.

  2. says:

    Well done, Diane! I love how you took the very best of what was offered — the deserved recognition for your excellent thought-provoking writing AND recognizing the outstanding writing of others!

    Next time I’m caught between a rock and a hard place I’m calling you! 😉

  3. says:

    Well thought out blog and thought provoking comments.

  4. Loreen says:

    very deep felt congratulations to you , Diane xoxoxo

  5. says:

    Congratulations Diane, on your awards and for being recognized by two engaging, rock-solid bloggers–Lisa Reiter and Norah Colvin. It’s best to be honest and share both your gratitude and hesitations. I respect that you want to be an award-free blog and I think J.W. Alden’s solution is a graceful one. Love the gratitude quotes!

  6. says:

    Hi Diane
    As ever, you take a refreshing and considered look at things. I can’t disagree at all with your sentiment here (and I’ve got three more of these things waiting in the wings vying for my attention!) but would like to add that perhaps one other purpose of them – the one I most embrace – is the push and shove the blog-hop process gave me to read a bit deeper into a few blogs that I’d perhaps not made enough time for before (yours included). Whether we need to constantly search for new writers, their perspectives and add to an endless blogroll probably has it questions and limits – but I hope some of my readers found their way to yours because I nominated you.
    Warm wishes, Lisa xx

    • That is a good point, Lisa. My participation in #MondayBlogs and #wwwblogs (Women Writers Wednesdays) has given me a “push and shove” to read deeper into a few more blogs too. But the whole social networking / connecting with other writers versus actual time writing is a balancing act (one that I don’t do too well with, when I’m in writer procrastination mode – sigh). Warm wishes to you too, Lisa.

  7. says:

    You definitely deserve the awards, but I can totally understand your struggle whether to accept them or not. Keep up your great story telling is all I want to add!

  8. says:

    Congratulations Diane! I know how you feel about accepting awards that have conditions.. but you do an excellent job keeping your message consistent while establishing your “brand” and deserve recognition for that. jan