Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Awards and Blog Etiquette

Ok, it's time to deal with some bloggy things.

I'm the first to admit I'm no expert on blogs and I don't know all the comings and goings about them; I'm learning as I go and hoping I don't say anything wrong or offend anyone along the way. For example, I'm still working on making blog friends. I'm told the best way is to comment on lots of blogs and then see who comments back on yours. I have made a few blog friends that way (including one who I'm going to meet in person next month!) and I have to say I've had fun getting to know them through commenting on each other's blogs. I wouldn't say I've commented on a huge number of blogs but I have commented on a few who have never returned comments on mine. I'm not sure what to think about this... Should I continue commenting in the hope that the blog owner will eventually acknowledge my existence (and my blog)? Should I just read the blog if I like it but not worry about commenting? Should I stop reading the blog? (I confess I've done that in a few cases...) I'm curious what other folks out there do with this dilemma.

Another area I'm not quite sure about is awards. Or maybe I should say "awards" since I don't think these are official blog awards; as best I can tell they're a game of some sort where people pass these "awards" around from one blog to another. (They kind of remind me of chain letters from way back when, or chain e-mails in the digital age.) A friend of mine gave me my first "award" back in July; I figured out the code to put it on my blog but I guess I've been lax in my award duties. So, to make up for lost time here are the rules for the first award I received from my friend, Sarah:
love ya award

This award is bestowed on to blogs that are exceedingly charming. These kind bloggers aim to find and be friends. They are not interested in self-aggrandizement. Our hope is that when the ribbons of these prizes are cut, even more friendships are propagated. Please give more attention to these writers. Deliver this award to six bloggers who must choose six more and include this cleverly-written text into the body of their award.

I'll pass this award onto my new blog friends. Congratulations! (I think...)
  1. Dr. Wifey
  3. Allison
  4. In the Dog House
  5. Sarah (yep, you get it back)
(I know that's only five, not six. Like I said, I'm still working on making blog friends!)

Now Sarah went and gave me another award:

over the top award

This one looks kind of fun so I'll run with it. The goal is to answer each question with only one word. Here it goes:
  1. Where is your cell phone? dresser
  2. Your hair? messy
  3. Your mother? librarian
  4. Your father? engineer
  5. Your favorite food? chocolate
  6. Your dream last night? forgotten
  7. Your favorite drink? strong [Not really, that just sounded too good to pass up.]
  8. Your dream/goal? job
  9. What room are you in? bonus
  10. Your hobby? blogging!
  11. Your fear? job
  12. Where do you want to be in 6 years? working
  13. Where were you last night? sleeping
  14. Something that you aren’t? programmer
  15. Muffins? yes!
  16. Wish list item? job
  17. Where did you grow up? California
  18. Last thing you did? breakfast
  19. What are you wearing? headband
  20. Your TV? big
  21. Your pets? sleeping
  22. Friends? close
  23. Your life? blessed
  24. Your mood? anticipating
  25. Missing someone? no
  26. Vehicle? 1991
  27. Something you’re not wearing? socks
  28. Your favorite store? Trader Joe's (should count as one word!)
  29. Your favorite color? green
  30. When was the last time you laughed? yesterday
  31. Last time you cried? Thursday
  32. Your best friend? husband
  33. One place that I go to over and over? school
  34. One person who emails me regularly? mom
  35. Favorite place to eat? restaurant
I'll pass this one on to the people listed above, or anyone else who'd like to put it on their blog and try it. Have fun!


  1. I read several blogs that I don't comment on and I still read blogs that I have commented on and never gotten a response or acknowledgement. And I have some people that read my blog that I don't keep in touch with as much as others. I think it comes down to time management and what you enjoy. It's your thing - do as you please! And thank you for the award. That is sweet. If I have time this week, I'll post it - if not, know that I appreciate it anyway and I'm glad we're blog buddies! =)

  2. i think if you want to get more blog readers, you definitely should comment on their blogs. a good way to pick up new blog readers and find new blogs to go to SITS http://www.thesitsgirls.com/
    i did it for a little while, but got a little overwhelmed. i found my little regular group of bloggers that i keep up with, and i must say they are the most awesome ones out there!

    i do read some that i don't comment on too.

    thanks for the bloggy award! i suppose they are sort of like chain letters LOL i'll save mine for when i finish up my blogging hiatus :)

  3. Sometimes I don't comment because I don't know if people want to know what I have to say. On yours specifically I haven't commented lately because I am not keeping up well with several people and I need to add you to my blog roll...when I am flying through my blog I tend to look at the roll and see who has updated...I have been meaning to update it and didn't yet.

  4. I read blogs and don't comment. THEN I comment on SOME and SOME just keep me informed on fabrics(since I sew) and so forth..Each one has a story that touches me and so I read....BUT I don't have as much time as I use to so I get WAY behind or sit up WAY too LATE at night LIKE I am NOW. HAHHAHAHA Sorry, I've been meaning to get over to your blog since you have been commenting. So yes if you do comment, I do read your blog or check you out ;) heh! I just have been real busy.

    NOW, there are a few I read religously because they are very good friends of mine and let me tell you, I have found OLD high school friends and have been reconnected with some great friendships. :) So hang in there. It will happen.


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