It’s time to clear out some backblog, er, blacklung, a-HEM, backlog on the blog. I got nominated for two “awards” last week. Yeah, these kinds of awards are not AWARD awards, like Oscars or Emmys. These are “Gimmes”. Bloggers pass them around as a form of networking, which is fine as long as you realize it’s self-congratulatory. I do like reading people’s “award” acceptance posts because they list other blogs they like to read, and sometimes I end up liking those blogs too. I’m a big fan of anyone who is trying hard to put coherent sentences together. It’s a dying art. If you don’t think so, try comparing income statistics for those with degrees in English and those with an MBA or IT certification.
My real life is quite full at the moment with the training of our new guide-dog-puppy, the classes I must finish to renew my Radiologic Technologist license, and my on-call work at the Urgent Care clinic. You’ll have to forgive me for rushing through my answers, revealing personal data, recommending other blogs blah-blah-blah, so we can all get a good sleep and keep moving forward.
The Versatile Blogger nomination is appropriate, because versatile really means you can’t stick to one subject, and I can’t. I’m all over the map, as my regular readers know. My long-term strategy is to survive long enough to investigate all 15,000 topics I’m interested in. Kymlee (http://kymleemurphy.wordpress.com/) granted me this boon, for which I thank her here as I did at her own site. I’m supposed to reveal 7 things you probably don’t know about me. Nobody said they have to be important things. Some are. Some aren’t. You decide.
- I never get jealous.
- I am, however, sometimes envious. I’m working on it.
- I am not able to touch-type without looking at the keyboard.
- I am able to play guitar without looking at the fret board, which is much harder than typing. Hmmm…
- Though I love Broadway Musicals and show tunes from 1920-1976, and know many songs and shows by heart, I have zero appreciation for anything written since then. The appeal of Glee is therefore a total mystery to me.
- I hate shaving my chin whiskers. I have kept jobs I disliked solely because they had no problem with me having a goatee.
- Sometimes I believe in God, and sometimes I don’t. This is a contradiction with which I am comfortable, and with which I believe God (if existent) is also comfortable. It’s only other people that sometimes have problems with it, and it’s none of their business.
I’m also supposed to give shout-outs to other blogs I currently read. My perennial favorites are right there on my Blogroll, complete with mini-reviews. I subscribe to many others, and sometimes read additional ones. Here are some of my newer sources of delight:
The Brown Road Chronicles (http://brownroadchronicles.wordpress.com/). Steve and his family live in rural Michigan. Living rurally is different than living in cities, both physically and philosophically. This is a good place to explore that difference.
Anna at the Insanity Aquarium (http://insanityaquarium.wordpress.com/) writes great little short story gems replete with black humor and a neatly raised eyebrow.
Debbie Hampton at The Best Brain Possible (http://www.thebestbrainpossible.com/) is her own grand experiment. She tried to kill herself and failed, and now lives with less brain tissue than she had before. Having re-dedicated herself to living, she’s focused on all topics related to brain-building and full functionality.
Jaye (http://jgavinallan.wordpress.com/) is a Bru woman, part of a tribe of indigenous peoples in Southeast Asia who now number fewer than 130,000. She writes in a spirit voice from forests and jungles, but she walks with this consciousness through modern cities. She thinks she is an unsuccessful writer. I disagree.
How can you not love Momfog? (http://momfog.com/) I already liked reading her light, humorous articles on aspects of family life, and then her house burned down. In writing about how her community helped them rebuild, and how the experience validated their values and brought them comfort through the struggle, she also became someone I admire.
Day after day after day, Paul Johnson, aka The Good Greatsby (http://thegoodgreatsby.com/) cranks out the funny. He does this on top of having a family, some sort of job or other, and performing in plays in foreign festivals. He’s 10/10 on the quality scale 88.4% of the time, and not at all bad the rest. That is an amazing output. (I suspect he has hostages from the writing staff of The Simpsons in his basement.) Paul, why aren’t you out there making TV better for the rest of us?
Finally, Sara, who calls herself the Medieval Maiden (http://midaevalmaiden.wordpress.com/) has shown a great character arc as a blogger. She and I share a dream of trying to harness the force of legends and ancient wisdom in order to restore warmth to a cold, modern world.
Part one is done.
We move toward
a door ajar, a new award.
And though you know my poetry stinks,
I pray you, stay for “7 Links”.