Of Awards, Acceptance,Apprehension

Statutory Rambling Warning : Proceed at your own peril. Author not responsible for your wasted time.

I started blogging on December 15, 2015.  In these three and half months of blogging, I have been nominated by few fellow bloggers for a  handful of awards. Till now I had shied away from accepting any awards.  Let me come clean why.  I am very superstitious. I did not want to jinx my odds of winning the Nobel Prize for literature by accepting any awardsNoblePrize Literature at the start of my writing career. As my fellow believers in luck and destiny will understand, when you gamble always go for the big fish. So why waste my luck accepting the small blogging awards?  This year, anyway, luck has not been smiling on me as far as winning anything. All my $1 and $2 investments in Megamillion and Powerball lottery are going to waste.  I have nothing to show for my efforts. Now that I have confessed to my reason for not accepting any blogging awards, let me go into a little more detail.

When at the beginning of my blogging career I started being nominated for a few awards, I thought people must be joking or it was just the euphoria and camaraderie shown by my fellow blogmates of Blogging 101 class to help out one of their fellow bloggers. So much to having confidence in one’s own ability. I owe it to my friends Head and Heart blabbing(Hira)Nerdsakhi,timelesswheel and paulpablo24 for their encouragement. Few of the awards from this time was Blogger Recognition Award, LovelyblogawardVersatile Blogger Award, Creative Blogger Award and One Lovely Blog Award.  All these awards came with an escape clause that I am free to accept the award or not.  Please do not get me wrong, I liked the awards. Who in their right minds will not like being recognized by their peers but something hold me back from accepting the awards. Though I thanked all my friends individually, I did not take part in fulfilling the requirements of accepting the awards. Maybe I was apprehensive about writing my “acceptance speech” or about answering the questions that were an inherent part of these awards.  I was just hoping that once Blogging 101 class was over and as time passed by, no more awards would be forthcoming. Alas! I was wrong. It slowed down for sure but still showed up from time to time.

Recently I was nominated for a few awards like the Versatile Blogger Award, Creative Blogger Award and One Lovely Blog Award by timelesswheel,palfitness and The World Beyond Sight. Again, I acknowledged my friends individually but hold myself back from formally accepting the awards. Then at the beginning of the week I was nominated for the Liebster Award by Mysticalwriter. I realized that I can no longer hide behind my ambition LiebsterAwardof winning the Nobel Prize and need to come clean.  I wrote a long comment to Mysticalwriter and waited with baited breath for the response. For a few days there was nothing and I was apprehensive that I was going to get a scathing response. Then yesterday I got back a positive comment. That and a blogpost from acookingpotandtwistedtales today about Keeping It Real made me write this post and explain my reluctance or apprehension about accepting awards.  I will be borrowing from my comments to Mysticalwriter going forward in this post.

Thanks to all my friends for nominating me for all these award. I am indebted to you but now I am panicked. I have a fear of awards. Is “Awardophobia” a word? Does not seem so as I see the red squiggly line below the word. So I have to either invent it or break it up in two to Award Phobia.
I love the anonymity of the blogosphere. Allows me to hide my pot bellied, BMI fatmanandcomputerchallenged, receding hairline, wrinkled face, toothless grin self very nicely behind my words. Now you are trying to strip away that security by nominating me for all these awards. So let’s make a deal ( Am I sounding like Trump, oh dear!). I will visit all the bloggers you nominated ( no intention of visiting my own blog) and befriend them. I hope I am not shooting myself on my foot. Also I will try to answer the questions you asked to the best of my ability. Hope that will relieve me of writing the dreaded acceptance speech. So here goes.

1. What would you do if you got $50000?
>>> Pay my due taxes and the remainder to my kids’ college fund. Buys brownie points with the govt and my better half.
2. What is it that makes you unique?(Any three things)
>>> Oh dear. This is a tough one. Is anything under the sun unique any more. So with the risk of repeating here they are:
i) I am not a female.
ii) I am not a teenager
iii) I do not know what I am
3. What is your favourite colour? why?
>>> Yellow. Because I am a coward to accept the award.
4.What is your favourite number? Why?
>>> Number 9. That’s a secret.
5.Can you leave your country if you’ll get better future promises in any other country and settle down there.
>>> Already did. What a redundant question.
6.Arranged or Love marriage- preference?
>>> At this age do I have choice? Give me a break.
7.Success or Family- more important?
>>> family success.
8.Pet lover or hater?
>>> This one is easy. Why all the questions could not be like this? Definitely pet lover. Been one all my life.
9. What is your favorite thing to do?
>>> Except blogging ?
10.Your favorite place to go to?
>>> Bed.
11. Sports? Yes or No? Who & What?FootballGladiators
>>>Yes. Gladiator. Russel Crowe.
Wait, that’s a movie.
So the modern age gladiators – NFL. No brainer. They all lose their brains sometime
or other after all those concussions anyway.
12. Advice for new bloggers
>>> Stay away. Seriously. Get a life.
13. How did you start your blog?
>>> Pushed by my better half who must already be resenting her push by now.
14. Five facts about yourself.
>>> Already answered three of them in #2 above. I have to ask my better half for the other two responses. She being the better half must know it better than me. At least she thinks so.

Phew! Done at last.  Never written such a long post, except may be for my high school essays.  That’s why I keep to writing poems. Now that I have come clean, I hope my dear readers (if you have the patience to read this far), you will not judge me harshly. I hope I made the grades. No “D” and “F” please.

Off to tax preparation before I have to confront the worse half!


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Disclaimer: If I forgot to mention any names or awards, it is due to my old age. I am not to be blamed.


			

Anniversary coming up

Anniversaries can come in many different forms.

 

My anniversary is coming up. No, no, not that one. That one is private. This one is the one month anniversary of starting my blog. One month anniversary? Anniversary is supposed to be a yearly event. In today’s world of instant gratification, waiting one year to celebrate an anniversary is too long. By that time attention may drift to something else. Anniversary means need to celebrate some accomplishment. What are the accomplishments of last one month (it’s not yet, two more days to go, but that is another story)? Well, started my blog, joined Blogging University Class 101, completed eight assignments, learnt a lot about blogging and still learning, posted fort five blogs. Whew! But best of all, made so many new friends in the parallel universe of the internet and the way they had opened their hearts to complete strangers by sharing their writing, it’s amazing. Continue reading “Anniversary coming up”

Blogging 101: Today’s Assignment

A comic take on homework assignment for Blogging 101 course.

Assignment 2: Title and Tag line

The assignment looked very simple.  I thought I will breeze through it.  Little did I know, after leaving my homework days so deep in my past, that I would spend next few hours trying to perfect my tag line. I am happy that I was happy with my title, otherwise who knows how many more hours I would have spent trying to “perfect” my “title”.  Looking at the blog posts from my fellow blogmates ( can I copyright “blogmates”), I am sure that I would have spent several more hours.  But what a wonderful few hours those were.  So many friends in the cloud came up with valuable suggestions.  I also got the inspiration for a poem (Strange World of Internet) that I posted in my blog.  Learning, having fun, meeting new friends, albeit virtually, what more can any one ask for.  Now back to the real world till next assignment. So far so good.