Blog Awards

This post ends my first year of blogging. Many of you have subscribed to my blog, and that makes my day! Several of you have blessed me with blog awards, my cup runneth over. Thank you so much for showing your support in these ways. I am honored to be the recipient of so many.

When I started blogging, I saw awards on other’s blogs and wondered about them. I saw notes on a few that were designated award-free, and wondered why they wouldn’t want to participate. 

Most of the awards require linking back to the person who bestowed the award, then passing it on to several other blogs. Many of them say fifteen. I’m finding it difficult to keep up with my blog, the many I follow, and also create award posts and all the links that go with them. After much thought and soul-searching, I’ve decided to make my blog award-free. 

Sharing awards is a wonderful way to introduce new blogs we’ve found, and spread the blogging love. In the future, I will provide a link in a post to new blogs I think may interest you. 

I would like to thank the following for recent awards. If you don’t know them, please pay them a visit. Each person has their own story to tell, from their part of the world. This is an exciting journey! 

Dianna at http://thesedaysofmine.com/
E
.C. at http://enjoyingcreating.wordpress.com
D
arlene at http://darlenefoster.wordpress.com
Connie at http://ahopefortoday.com
Kitty at http://kittyhere.wordpress.com
Arindam at http://arindammohapatra.wordpress.com/2012/02/03/awards-night/

Arindam’s link will take you to the best blog award show I’ve seen. Quite possibly, the only one I’ve seen. His personality shines through. 🙂

Thanks to http://sweetdaysundertheoaks.com/ for the use of her award-free button. I was smitten with that bird! 

37 thoughts on “Blog Awards

  1. It is always nice for a fellow blogger to mention me for an award. If I have time, I’ll play the game, but I don’t post the badges on my blog. I wouldn’t want to get a big head and think I’m ‘all that’ 🙂 There are so many great blogs I read, that I can’t single out a handful to pass awards to.

    I support your award-free choice and I like the bird badge, too! (Oh, and congrats on the awards. Even if they are unaccepted, they are deserved.)

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  2. First of all congrats on completing one year of blogging. That’s quite an achievement. It is one of the most difficult job to pass on the awards. But thank god I do not think there is any more award left in the blog world which I need to pass on; unless someone is going to create something new. 🙂 Your blog may be award free from now onward. But let me tell you, your blog is beyond these awards. So keep on doing the great work with your blog. Best wishes to you.
    Thanks a lot for saying these kind words about me & my blog. I really appreciate it. 🙂

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  3. Hoorah on your first year of blogging, Patti. You have done a fine job and made a wonderful connection with bloggers and readers.

    As for awards, I have accepted and turned down awards (have not posted one on my blog).

    Refusal is a time thing. Posting eats up your time, there is none left to read and comment on too many other blogs, aaaand take care of Twitter, FaceBook, LinkedIn, etc.

    Blessings – Maxi

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  4. Congrats on your first year, yay you!
    As far as the time thing for blog awards…the exact reason I stopped excepting…not that I wasn’t appreciative, but it’s all I can do to post, visit, comment, and reply…. Blogging could be a full time job!

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  5. Congrats on your one year anniversary!

    I’m not ready to let go of my blog awards yet, although I understand the reasons for not participating (time-consuming, decision-making, etc.).
    But it’s always nice to receive a gift, and I’ve met some of my best blogging buddies because of awards.
    Enjoy your day! I look forward to your next year of posts!
    .

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    1. Thanks, Dianna. It was a hard choice, it is nice to know someone appreciates our blogs, and to meet so many interesting bloggers. I’m just having a time crisis right now and am trying to find a way to manage it better.

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  6. Congratulations on your first anniversary…er blogaversary. Quite an achievement posting daily. Our paths crossed last summer exactly through such a blog award. Dianna awarded you and I came to visit. Thank you for answering back way back then.

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    1. Thanks, Georgette. I am grateful to have found so many wonderful blogs and the writers behind them. My world has been enlarged, and changed for the better. You, my dear, are a treasure.

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  7. congrats on 1 year!!! and many more!!!

    i, too, have considered going award free, but haven’t officially done so. i’ve been half in / half out w/ it. acknowledging an award, thanking the gifter, spilling a few factoids about myself, but then not awarding it further. i know that stops the chain, but it is a difficult thing to do when you follow 350 blogs…

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  8. First congratulations on your 1st year of blogging. Time will fly from here on out. Secondly the bird & the “Award Free Blog” badge is adorable. I too support you in making that choice. (It is a good option that had not occurred to me.)

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  9. Congratulations on your one year anniversary of blogging. So glad I met you here in blogsphere! Thank you for the mention, that was most kind. Your award free blog is a good idea too.

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    1. Thank you, Darlene. I’m also glad we met. Early on, I couldn’t imagine why anyone would not want awards, but now I understand. It is a great way to learn of other blogs, and have more followers find ours. I’m very grateful for them, it opened up the blogging world for me.

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  10. Congratulations on your one year anniversary and for the many awards you’ve received. Your reasons to go award-free make perfect sense. I always feel like I am receiving an award just by having people read and comment on my blog 🙂

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  11. It’s nice to be recognized but I understand that the nature of passing it on to more people makes these things bounce around and around forever. I just can’t do a post every time I get one, but I feel bad when someone gives me an award and I don’t do a post to highlight the selection.

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  12. I love the award free blog idea. I was thrilled when you gave me the Kreative Blogger award, but since then I see these awards going around and around to the same people, while other very good blogs get nothing. It’s more like a chain letter than something meaningful.

    I’ve gotten awards that I acknowledged but did not post. I think this weekend I’m changing over to a no awards form hand leave only the badges from the challenges.

    Good topic!

    Nancy

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    1. It is nice to receive the awards, Nancy, a good feeling that someone wants to share our blogs with others. I would give them to all the blogs I follow, but not everyone wants them. Judith at http://growingyoungereachday.wordpress.com
      has a nice idea of referring people to her blogroll to check out any they aren’t familiar with rather than linking to a few. I did that a couple of times. Thanks!

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  13. Well Patti that little Bluebird just looks great on your sunny yellow background. I know it is a tough decision, can’t tell you how I agonized over it but for me who can barely get a post up due to procrastination it was the right thing to do. I also wasn’t very good about following the rules 😉 Love your blog and I will be here reading!

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    1. Thank you. I do love that bluebird! I was slacking on the rules, too. I’m glad to have you as a faithful reader, and look forward to your posts. No procrastinating! 😉

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  14. Congratulations on your one year of blogging! ~applause~ I look forward to many more years of reading your blog. 🙂
    I understand your decision on awards, it’s much the same reasons as why I stopped too. I really like Pix’s award-free button that you chose. The bluebird is so pretty. 🙂

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