On Blog Awards and Community Questions

Yesterday was a big day. I wrote a post that sparked a lot of interesting discussion and made me think more about the topic, which may lead to another post (although not today).

I spent the day with my family, driving to Springfield, MO partially on “business” (my husband had to pick up a repaired moving light for the theater) and partially for family time. After a three hour drive (one way) we went to the Discovery Museum and had a late lunch at a Japanese food restaurant. Not the worlds best Japanese food, but it was nice to get something different for a change. I again played with my camera, and here are some of the cool shots from the museum.

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Throughout the day, I realized how “addicted” (for lack of a better word) I have become to connecting with this blogging family. For some reason the wireless on my cell phone was not working all day, leaving me stranded with no knowledge of whether or not anyone had read or liked my post. HORRORS! I only discovered the interesting comments and conversations as we drove back home, but of course I could not reply until we actually got here. So I rushed to my computer as soon as we arrived, and responded to all the comments. Then I looked at the list of posts I had missed throughout the day and I realized how easy it is to get behind when you love to follow so many people.

I hop on over to Facebook for a bit (I spend much less time there these days) only to discover that a friend of mine who uses Blogspot had won two awards. She doesn’t make it on my subscription list, so I have to follow her through Facebook or just by visiting her page. I went over to see what was up only to discover that she had passed one of those awards onto me: The Lovely Blog Award.

As far as I can tell this one has no obligations, but it made me feel warm and fuzzy inside, and touched that someone really liked me and my work that much (she said amazingly kind words on the post where she gave me the award). So, of course I want to share the wealth, but I am surrounded by lovely bloggers and had no clue who to choose. So, I am going to be like the giant weenie mobile that once drove around America saying “spot the weenie mobile and you have the chance to win . . . ” (only in the US, I’m almost too embarrassed to write that).


Oscar Mayer Weiner Mobile




Anyway, I intend to pass award along as I read lovely blogs over the next few days. Whoever inspires me or reminds me of loveliness may be the recipient of this award. Picture me tooling around the internet superhighway ย in a cute purple Volkswagon Bug (not my real car, but I think it would be fun to use as an award car, and it is perfect for me) carrying special awards to hand out to deserving recipients.

Of course, the first post I read today was an announcement from Vixter, at Little Miss Everything who never fails to brighten my day with her sweet and intelligent reflections on life as a singleton in England. ย (For those of you who don’t know, I love all things British). She won an award yesterday too, and passed it onto me! This one is called The Versatile Blogger Award and does come with a list of rules. I, however, am choosing to ignore the rules. I will pass this award along as well, for those bloggers that consistently surprise me with the versatility of their posts.

Anyway, Vixter was also actually one of the first people I thought deserved The Lovely Blogger Award, so she is a double award winner on this day. Yay, Vix.

All of this led to me thinking about the blogging community. I’ve learned a lot both from and about people in this blogging world. But I always have questions that I want to ask, and more than I want to learn. I’d like to think that if I ever met any of you we would have a truly “lovely” (sorry the word is stuck in my head today discussion over lunch or tea, and some of you would turn out to be kindred spirits (if you haven’t already). Sometimes I ask those questions in my comments, but usually I feel like “if they wanted me to know that, they would already have blogged about it.”

So today, I would like for you, my kind readers to post a question or questions that you would like me to answer. They can be silly or serious? There are no restrictions? If I don’t feel comfortable answering one, I’ll let you know. If the answers are worthy of a post, look for those posts as they come. If the answer is simple, I may simply respond.

So there it is, dear community of blogging friends. Lisa is open for questions . . . and may surprise you with an award or two while she answers them. I’m looking forward to the search as I continue to read your wonderful blogs.

Thank you all for your kind words and support on this strange journey!

20 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. vixter2010
    Mar 26, 2011 @ 09:22:51

    The museum looks really cool and fun, glad you enjoyed your day!

    Thank you so much for the award and kind words, I almost teared up there ๐Ÿ™‚ Lots of hugs and kisses from Britain over to you Lisa! I wold def love a cup of tea and long gossip with you, maybe one day. Feel free to ask me any questions if you have any.

    Because of my singelton status I always like to hear stories about how people met their significant others so I’d love to hear how you met Nathan if you feel like sharing that ๐Ÿ™‚


  2. athursdayschild has a long way to go and much to be thankful for.
    Mar 26, 2011 @ 10:14:11

    The first question that popped into my mind was how do you have so much energy?


  3. TheIdiotSpeaketh
    Mar 26, 2011 @ 15:23:53

    Congrats on your well deserved award! My Question would be: In what way has your view of blogging changed (either positive or negative) since you first started blogging?


  4. nrhatch
    Mar 26, 2011 @ 15:59:52

    We went on a road trip yesterday too. I don’t have a phone that connects with the internet so I was “off line.”

    A delightful and refreshing change of pace from sitting computer-side. ๐Ÿ˜€

    No questions at the moment. Blog on!


  5. lifeintheboomerlane
    Mar 26, 2011 @ 19:53:38

    Sounds like a great day. Congrats on your blogging award. Funny, when I am home, I am obsessed with being online. When I’m away, I never think about it.


    • Lisa
      Mar 26, 2011 @ 19:55:39

      I think that is probably a healthier way to be. I think I just really liked my post yesterday, and was hoping for good feedback.


  6. Tori Nelson
    Mar 26, 2011 @ 21:44:29

    Lovely & Versatile! You go girl!
    I totally identify with the borderline blog obsession. If I start to notice I am getting too distracted by blogging I just take a day or two off for a refresher!


    • Lisa
      Mar 27, 2011 @ 08:55:48

      The only problem with that is I might then obsess about not posting, since I’ve been so good about posting since joining Post A Day. Perhaps a mini-break is in order though.


  7. sparksinshadow
    Mar 27, 2011 @ 00:54:54

    Except for the part about not being able to access your blog, and really wanting to, if seems like you had a delightful day at the museum. And your photos made me wish I’d been somewhere fun like that!

    Thanks for offering to answer questions. I’m new to your blog lately, but as an individual, I was wondering what sort of subjects, writing, etc. draws you to a blog again and again? In other words, what makes someone’s blog lovely to you?


  8. thepetalpusher
    Mar 27, 2011 @ 08:16:00

    Good Morning, Lisa. Blogging is all-consuming, isn’t it? I’ve been so busy with our Hawaiian musical for the past two weeks that I couldn’t keep up with all the reading. I feel badly when I don’t have time to comment but hope my cyber friends know I’m here–even if I’m just “window-looking.” There are so many different types of blogs with which I have subscribed and know that I can go to any of them for specific information–that’s what I love about blogging. When I can, I sit down and peruse the WP pages and stop by to meet someone new. Where else can you make friends with people from all over the world?
    ps.I too am an anglophile! I have a BA in British Literature and like to use a British accent occasionally in class, receiving laughter and Boos from my students. What IS it about the Brits that we find so appealing? That quirky sense of humor (or humour)? Their outlook on life? Don’t know.


    • Lisa
      Mar 27, 2011 @ 08:58:56

      Love the Brit Lit (I have a BA in that too). I think I feel guilty when I can’t keep up, or when I don’t check to see if people have replied to comments I’ve made. I need to find a healthier balance. At least when I was in the middle of the show I was distracted, but now I have fewer projects to distract me. I think I need to get organized and get creating.


  9. Kathryn McCullough
    Mar 27, 2011 @ 11:25:47

    I totally know what you mean about the blogging community. I too am addicted! For example, I tried to commit to not commenting or reading, so I could really focus on spending my birthday with Sara and my family, but that has spread to a three day celebration. So now, I feel behind and disconnected and nearly lost without it. Kind of drives Sara crazy.

    At any rate, you are indeed lovely, lovely, lovely! (And hope you come to Lexington!)


    • Lisa
      Mar 27, 2011 @ 11:56:55

      I’m sure we will at least be back to visit sometime. I hope you had a lovely birthday, despite the withdrawal from blogging.


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