Tuesday, March 3, 2009

You've Got a Friend

The alternate title of this blog was "I WIN!!! I WIN!!! I WIN!!!" but I decided that wasn't really dignified, so I changed it. I was lucky to receive this lovely friend award from Lori, whose blog is saved in my favorites as Owed to Joy, but the current blog title is Owed to Something More Than My Constant Whining. I'm delighted, I'm honored, I am not worthy.


I love what this blog stands for: "These blogs are exceedingly charming. These kind bloggers aim to 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 kind writers."

Isn't that wonderful? I appreciate it especially because I love reading Lori's blog - she is funny and real. Along with me, the award also went to some of my favorite bloggers - heck, some of my favorite PEOPLE: Hallie from Wonderful World of Wieners, Kim-D from Lifeafter and Kimmy from Tales of a Blender Kimmy. What exquisite company I find myself in today!

I have been offered a couple of other awards previously, but I didn't really do anything with them. I was still feeling so...NEW, I guess? People have been blogging forever, and seem to have a really good grasp on how it all works. I'm still learning, and I know I have a long way to go. Yet, when I read what this award was about, I had to accept it. Finding friends through a blog is something I was very skeptical about initially, but I was totally wrong, and happy to admit it.

I've connected with people as demographically and geographically diverse as you could possible imagine through the blogosphere. People in other countries, other climates. other cultures. Only a very few very special people in my real flesh-and-blood life read my blog. I'm not hiding it, but I don't advertise it, either. This is a place where I am sometimes very vulnerable, and I'm not in a hurry for everyone to know all my secrets. The beauty of the friends I've made through the blog is that whole 'unconditional acceptance' thing. It's very comforting.

I love how, in the Blogosphere, somebody else always agrees with you - or at least understands why you feel that way. You might think you are the last pathetic human being on the planet who eats red meat, or watches the Bachelor, or is terrified of rodents, or wants to throttle their loving children. But you're not. You're not alone out here. I think that's why blogs and Facebook and other such places are so popular. Nobody really wants to be alone in this increasingly isolated world we live in. Here is where we can share our hopes and fears and embarassing moments.

I've seen people rally around someone in need, do amazingly thoughtful things for one another and put a powerful prayer chain into motion when necessary. It's nice here.I like it.

I'm supposed to award this to eight other bloggers, but how can I? I love you all, for different reasons! I'm going to try to figure out how to put one of those 'my favorite blogs' things up on my sidebar. When I do, check any of them out and you won't be disappointed. Or just read my commenters. They are often much smarter and funnier than I am - just imagine how great their blogs are!

Thanks, Lori. You made my day.

14 comments:

Wonderful World of Weiners said...

I feel a big old mushy group hug coming on. Oh and a hearty chorus of THAT'S WHAT FRIENDS ARE FOR (by Dionne of course!)

Love ya.
H

We'll toast over pizza tonight!!

Andrew Scott Turner said...

Coool!

I know an award-winning blogger!

Liz said...

Everything you said- so true and so well said!!

Lynn said...

I'd sing Cum bye yah to that !!! I also feel a huge group hug coming on after the song...

Laura ~Peach~ said...

Congratulations and I hope the pizza party goes well I wish we could all be there too :D
HUGS

Proud Mom said...

The thoughts you write here are so well phrased ... and I ditto all of it. Right down to the Bachelor viewing and throttling the kids.

BTW... did you see that b.s. change of heart crap that Jason pulled on Melissa? He needs therapy & stock in Kleenex! (you did watch last night, right?)

Anyways, bravo on the well-deserved praise! Keep it coming...

p.s. only 4.3 inches of the white stuff here yesterday.

Alice said...

Well you go blogger-girl! I feel the same way you do...I love that I can just be me on my blog and noone judges.

Well, not much anyway. :)

Just Joni said...

What an absolutely adorable award and you deserve it...I enjoy visiting your blog and reading your take on things. Blogging is fun and it just kind of makes the world seem a little bit smaller ~

My Metabolic Rate is Stuck said...

You have a way with words that I could never put on paper...let alone think of all that to say properly! BUT I"M SO GLAD YOU SAID IT...I feel so much the exact same way...Who would have, could have guessed that Blogging would be such a big and IMPORTANT part of our lives! THANKS For all you said and the way you said it! PERFECT! :)

Odette said...

YAY!!!! Congrats to you! :) :)

kim-d said...

Yes. What you said. And also? About The Bachelor? I.WAS.SO.INCREDIBLY.UPSET.!!!! Just ask Lori; we "watch" The Bachelor together via text. I vowed never to watch it again. That situation was awful, awful, awful and I cannot imagine what ABC was thinking, airing that. What a freakin' flake he is! And anybody who would "go back" with him or whatever? Well, then they deserve what they get. How could anyone trust that flake? Oh, I am just so flummoxed by the whole thing. **Deep, cleansing breath** I'm okay now.

Anyway, I heart you and I'm glad you're here and I'm here and we can be here together :)!

AirmanMom said...

congrats! Count me in on the big mushy group hug!
~AM

Merrily Down the Stream said...

congrats girlfriend!

Vegas Princess said...

Congrats! You are officially an award winning blogger. :)

I love your blog and am so happy Hallie brought us together.