‘Tis the Season for Awards . . . I Think

One of my favorite bloggers, who I often call my “twin sister born to a different mother in a different country many years after me” aka Vicky, at Little Miss Vix very sweetly honored me with with the Liebster Blog award.

This award is supposed to be handed to “up-and-coming blogs with less than 200 followers.”

I’m not sure how up-and-coming I am, more like stalled and cruising.

Anyway, accepting this award puts me in the difficult enviable position of selecting five other recipients of the award. If I follow the rules of the award I should:

Thank the donor and link back to their blog. (Everyone must check out Vicky’s blog, she is a talented person who also offers weekly discoveries of things you will love ranging from books to music to everything that makes life enjoyable.)

Publicize your top five picks for the award and let them know by leaving a comment on their blog.

Post the award on your blog.
Encourage the people who receive it to list their five favorites.

Note the question marks. I seem to have run into a little stumbling block with this part of the task. I have many blogs that I love and follow. However, only a few people allow us to see how many subscribers they have.

I am one of the few. I can’t decide if my choice to show my number of followers is . . .

a) a pathetic attempt to gain readers who feel sorry for my pathetically low numbers

b) a declaration that I have a selective readership made up of only the coolest and most insightful readers

c) absolutely meaningless space filler

So, how am I supposed to choose my favorite up-and-comers? What is an up-and-comer anyway? If, like me, you have been blogging for almost over a year-and-a-half but still haven’t gotten 200 followers are you an up-and-comer or a give-it-up poser? If you are one of the truly talented lucky people who somehow manage to blog for a month and draw a thousand followers, are you an up-and-comer or a brilliant success story?

Actually, the question I’m really asking myself is how many followers are enough? I had a conversation on Facebook with Mark (aka The Idiot) the other day. Mark is one of my favorite bloggers, who has been blogging for a long time. He is approaching 2,000,000 hits on his blog (and if he does I could become famous). He and I discussed that, while he loves his blog and all his readers, sometimes it can feel like too much. Sometimes he yearns for the days of only a few followers with whom he could establish real relationships.

That’s the part of blogging I love. If I get too big will I lose that?

OK, enough philosophical meandering. In an attempt to be a worthy award recipient, I will now select 5 blogs that I think deserve more recognition than they may, in fact, be getting. I hope they accept this award and pass a little of the blogging love along.

#1 and #2.  The odd ramblings of a mind that does not quite fit and Ninja Cat Journals.  Perhaps this is cheating a little  bit as both blogs are written by the same blogger, who also happens to be related to me. But I am not choosing my brother Steve’s blogs because of blood. In a strange way I believe blogging has made Steve and I closer. We haven’t always agreed on things or seen the world the same way. We’ve had years of barely interacting with each other. But, since he started blogging I’ve learned a few things about my big brother, including the fact that he has an incredible talent for words. (I always thought I was the writer in the family). Whether he writes deep, philosophical posts and reflections on life in “The odd ramblings . . .” or laughs at himself and some of the quirks of society in “Ninja Cat Journals” he never fails to entertain. Plus, he often includes his own amazing photography.  Please check both blogs out, you won’t regret it.

#3 Robin Hawke. I just recently met Robin, I believe through the 100 Word Challenge for Grown Ups that I participate in weekly. As I was writing this post, Robin just posted her 100th Three Sentence Story. That is part of what is so amazing about Robin’s work. She writes short posts, but in each one she creates complete stories–or if not complete, stories that make you want to learn more. She is an amazing wordsmith and you will love every one of her posts.
#4 If I Were Brave. Another recent blogging buddy is Dory who blogs about her daily attempts at being brave. This doesn’t mean she jumps out of planes on a regular basis or anything, but that she sets challenges for herself of many different types. I admire her the courage and learn from even her simplest posts, like today’s post about eating Indian food called “Dory tries tandoori” (you’ve got to love that title).
#5 Little Red Henry. Last but not least on my list is my friend Heather. Heather and I met in person before we shared our blogs. She is the friend who inspired my silly little collage the other day, and we have decided to give each other assignments to help us break out of the things that hold us back. She may actually have a zillion followers, for all I know, but I include her here anyway. Why? Because I don’t think she is aware of how amazing she is as a person, an artist, a writer. Go visit her blog and just absorb her beautiful artwork. She is someone to add to your lists, I promise.
There you have it. I suppose I could replace the question marks in my list with check marks, but I don’t know if anyone will accept or pass the award along. I hope my readers visit these blogs (including Vicky’s). I’d love to hear what you think about each of them, so let me know in the comments below.

33 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. bornstoryteller
    Dec 04, 2011 @ 12:21:13

    congrats on the award. I’ve only been doing this since January (bornstoryteller) and late February (Tale Spinning), and just passed 100 on Born. That was a happy dance day. Waiting for that with TS.

    what are numbers, anyways. if we wrote for the numbers, our blogs would be very different, and we’d be spending all day just leaving comments on other blog pages. kinda like this. 🙂

    Reply

    • Lisa Wields Words
      Dec 04, 2011 @ 12:31:13

      Now I feel guilty Stuart, because I was going to include you but I thought you had tons and tons of followers. Everyone, check Stuart’s blog out!!!!!

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      • bornstoryteller
        Dec 04, 2011 @ 12:44:25

        oh..sorry..i wasn’t posting that for anything more for me…just, numbers happen when they happen, and trying to be supportive. I know the people who get large numbers leave a LOT of comments on blogs and twitter.
        btw..I’m like you: I have the # of followers on the blog sidebars…not the FB thing…that is something else

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        • Lisa Wields Words
          Dec 04, 2011 @ 12:46:48

          LOL, I thought I looked on yours. Maybe I saw the number of twitter followers or something instead of the number of blog followers. Number silliness all the way. I love your blog too, so you are the official 6th recipient!

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  2. Kathryn McCullough
    Dec 04, 2011 @ 12:24:14

    Thanks so much for this list of bloggers. I didn’t even know Steve had another blog. I agree that too many followers would make things less intimate. Can’t wait to check these out!
    Kathy

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    • Lisa Wields Words
      Dec 04, 2011 @ 12:30:17

      Kathy, I hope you know that the only reason you didn’t make the list is because I always give you awards. 😉 Besides, I figured you must have way more followers now.

      Reply

  3. Robin Hawke
    Dec 04, 2011 @ 12:57:58

    I’m honored! I’ll pick up the award as soon as I can, Robin

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  4. TheIdiotSpeaketh
    Dec 04, 2011 @ 13:59:00

    Thanks for the heads up on these other blogs! If they are as cool as Steve, I may have just found some more blogging buddies! And as far as your numbers…. you surely have a selective readership made up of only the coolest and most insightful readers. 🙂

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  5. Taochild
    Dec 04, 2011 @ 15:05:54

    AW shucks sis. I am not all that clear headed after a weekend of debauchery (and filled with blogging nuggets for both my blogs), so can’t say much more than that now 🙂 But many a post to follow I hope!

    P.S. Yep blogging had indeed filled in some of the gaps. 😉

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  6. Heather Henry
    Dec 04, 2011 @ 15:13:20

    Ah, Thank you so much Lisa. Your words are so kind and make me blush! 🙂
    I don’t think the numbers matter. I know I have to remind myself to do what I do, because I love it, not because I’m trying to increase my numbers. I am less creative, when I’m worried about what others are thinking.
    I look forward to checking out all of these other blogs. Thank you for sharing! Have a wonderful day!

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    • Lisa Wields Words
      Dec 04, 2011 @ 16:43:27

      I really don’t think much about numbers anymore, but since the award is kind of based on numbers it made me think about it again.

      Reply

  7. jfb57
    Dec 04, 2011 @ 17:22:48

    I love these awards because I always find some great blogs. Of course the down side is that ‘up & coming’ sounds like new but putting 200 followers can be a number for those of us who are not ‘new’!

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    • Lisa Wields Words
      Dec 04, 2011 @ 20:03:56

      That’s what I mean, it’s such a weird number. I mean, I really have been blogging for almost two years. Am I new?

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  8. Angel.DWMW
    Dec 04, 2011 @ 19:47:41

    Congratulations! Not only is the award an accomplishment, but so is the number of bloggers you have that are friends (not just friends that are bloggers). You give me hope that maybe my blog will gain a little popularity and maybe I will make some more new friends in time.

    Keep up the awesome work. I like your writing style and will certainly check the blogs you listed. Awesome job!

    Reply

    • Lisa Wields Words
      Dec 04, 2011 @ 20:02:25

      Thanks Angel. I think the secret to turning bloggers into friends is being honest and responding to all comments. It takes time, but I’ve really met some wonderful people here. So far I’ve only physically met one person (other than the ones I knew before they blogged) and I hope to meet more.

      Thanks for reading.

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  9. Emily Cannell
    Dec 04, 2011 @ 19:52:10

    Congrats Lisa! I can`t wait to check these out.

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  10. Sparks In Shadow
    Dec 04, 2011 @ 20:09:50

    Congratulation! As one of your subscribers, it’s wonderful to see you get this new award. You certainly deserve it for sharing so much of your journey, of yourself and what you’ve learned, with us.

    I’ve wondered, too, about the double-edged sword of multitudinous followers. But I think depending on what a blog’s focus is, the larger numbers spell a sweeter success that far outweighs the inability to nurture relationships. The way the world is now, that success can mark a very important division between a very difficult life and one that could include more comfort. I’d like to see what it’s like. (Wouldn’t we all? 🙂 )

    I’ve perused three of the five blogs you listed before, but I’ll look again and give a look to the other two. Congrats to you, Lisa!

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    • Lisa Wields Words
      Dec 04, 2011 @ 20:12:50

      Thanks Sparks. I’m not saying I would ever reject fame and glory and lots of followers, but I already find blogging overwhelmingly time consuming and sometimes exhausting. I don’t know if I’d be able to keep up. I have to start focusing on other things, which seems to be the biggest challenge for me (although I did start work on another project last week)

      Lisa

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  11. ifiwerebraveblog
    Dec 04, 2011 @ 20:57:32

    You are very kind. I will definitely check out these blogs. Now who to pass it on to? Hmmm….

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  12. LittleMissVix
    Dec 05, 2011 @ 06:39:57

    Congrats Lisa, well deserved! And thanks for the kind words. I think it’s quality not quantity right?!!

    Reply

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  15. Rose
    Dec 19, 2011 @ 17:07:15

    Congratulations! I sympathize completely with your comments about blogging already being time consuming and needing to maintain room for other things. And I have a teeny number of followers/commenters. I must say I think 200 is quite beyond “up and coming” among the blogs I read and have looked at. Finally, I thought your discussion of why you displayed your numbers was interesting. I displayed mine because I couldn’t figure out how to have a “subscribe” button without showing my number of followers. But I’ve kept it because I find the information really gives me context when happening upon someone’s blog. I’m more likely to comment to someone with apparently low readership. I emphasize encouragement, etc. And it changes the light I see their blog in. Maybe that sounds silly since I’m not a blogging goddess, but it’s what I do.

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    • Lisa Wields Words
      Dec 20, 2011 @ 10:36:25

      I tend to comment on blogs for encouragement as well. The numbers of followers have since become meaningless, since WordPress added Facebook and Twitter numbers to the count. I have way more Facebook friends than blog readers.

      By the way, to remove the number, there is a check box on the widget for asking people to sign up as a follower.

      Reply

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