Best Blogging Buddies Award and Other Sap Like That

Okay, I’m going to get sick.  I just wrote a huuuuuge post and then Internet Explorer shut down before I could post it…I’m not the better for it, let me tell ya!

I’ll try and remember it…Ok, I don’t have a hope in hell of remembering it but I’ll try and wing it anyway.  I warn you, this might get a little bit soppy, mushy, warm and fuzzy, all that kind of crap.  Why?

Because I got an award!!!

Melissa from Such Simple Pleasures bestowed this amazing award upon my most grateful self.  She also said something really nice about me that touched me and made me cry.  Yes, it really made it through this heart of stone…told ya it was amazing!

So in the post I lost, I expressed a fair amount of insecurities I have about blogging in general.  Thinking on it, I am really glad I lost that stupid post.  I sometimes feel/felt that I was a bit out of place in the blogosphere.  I don’t really have a place yet…I don’t have a funny or useful blog and everyone seems to have a huge circle of blogger buddies.  It can be intimidating to break into the comments between people who know each other a while.   I know that I love reading people’s blogs and commenting and with that comes a certain fondness for the blogger.  I find myself beginning to warm to them, admiring them, respecting their opinions, really like them and in general become their stalker fan.

There are lots of bloggers I feel this way about.  I will never become close to most of them but it doesn’t stop me feeling like I know them from what I read on their blogs if that makes sense.  It always amazes me when somebody…acknowledges me.  What I mean is, even though I notice them, I never think that they might notice me or remember me.  So, when somebody I like acts like they might like me back…well, I feel all nice and happy and warm.  That doesn’t last long, don’t worry, I have a rep to protect, dig it?

So what I’m trying to say is, there are lots of bloggers who are really, genuinely nice, who welcome wierdos like me into their fold, or at least tolerate their presence.  Even if the wierdos aren’t popular…or particularly friendly for that matter.  I started blogging at the end of September so I don’t know if I was just lucky to find lots of nice bloggers early on or if the blogging world actually is overloaded with such happy sappy heads but either way, I’m very grateful to have met you all.

I have to give this award out and in my head, I want to give it to everyone that was nice to me and made me feel welcome.  In my world (the one with no friends) it means an awful lot to me and I thank you.  Out loud, I’m just going to give it to a couple of girl bloggers.  I don’t really think the boys would appreciate the cute award quite so much!

Firstly, I hand it straight back to Melissa.  Even if somebody else had passed this award on to me, I would still have given it to Melissa, no hesitation.  I love how honest she is in her posts (even when they get her into trouble 😉 ).  I admire the way she gives so much of herself to the reader, yet still has so much more to say and manages to be fun too!  I started to visit Melissa’s blog after I saw a couple of her comments on other people’s blogs and had to read more.  She’s frank, emotional, sensitive and humorous, how can you not think she’s a top bird?

Next up are two hot mommas that I met very early along the way and two that I really admire. 

Antibarbie is probably the first person I started visiting regularly.  I cannot for the life of me remember where I found her but I’m glad I did.  I adore the fact that she is always her own person and is comfortable in that role.  She comes across as the kind of person that would run to a friend’s rescue but tell that friend out straight if they were in the wrong.  She’s a majorly talented writer, I sometimes feel like all of her creative writing is written especially for me because it is exactly the kind of thing I love to read and she has that sarcastic wit thing going on so you can’t go wrong really!   I doubt that she knows it but I think very highly of this lady.

I found Cardiogirl on antibarbie’s blog.  Cardiogirl is fun and a great host, she looks after everyone who visits her blog.  She makes me laugh and I love the way she writes her posts.  People can’t help liking her because she is so friendly and fun.  But that isn’t why I love her.  It is the vulnerability and insecurities that draw me to her.  I love the quirky witty comments she leaves every single person that comments on her page but I’m more fond of what is left when the fun is over.  The real “deep down” Cardiogirl, the one that you’re only allowed to see glimpses of sometimes and then it’s back to business.  That’s the one who I want to pass this award on to…because that’s who I visit every day for.

My next two are relatively new bloggers in my world and I’m more than a little shy at doing this in case they think I’m wierd and run away forever.  Antibarbie and Cardiogirl already know I’m wierd…

Firstly I want to pass the award on to Blue Sleepy.  I first noticed Bluesleepy on Cardiogirl’s blog and then on other blogs and finally plucked up the courage to comment on her page.  To me, Blue Sleepy is a lady and I don’t quite measure up so I was more than pleasantly surprised that she too made me feel welcome.  I can’t even cook (that’s exactly what I thought).  Some people you just like…instantly.  This girl is one of them.  I can’t explain it exactly but there are some people that should be known by everyone.  Again bluesleepy makes that list.  I think she’s a sweetie pie.

Finally I’d like to pass this on to Guilty Secret.    I love her blog.  It’s one of the most personal and open blogs I have ever read.  And guilty herself is a darlin’.  I found her on Cardiogirl’s blog too, funny how one blog leads to another.  Sometimes her comments are really verbose and intelligent while others, they are sort of…dreamy and happy.  Again, I’m not so great at explaining which is frustrating.  Guilty’s words are very compelling and she basically allows her readers to completely delve into her mind and really get to know her.  She makes you want to know more and root for her at the same time.  Sometimes the best blogs are the ones that let you in if you get me.   She’s also good at replying to her comments 😉  And she’s very patient with me even when I ask her awkward questions.

I just want to say that there are other people I want to give it to but I have to stop somewhere and in some cases, I don’t know them as well yet.  But I honestly want to get to know them better.  I know I’m going to look at my blogroll and feeder after this and go, ah crap but feck it, it’s done now.  I’m not going to tell any of the people mentioned about this post.  If they see it, they see it, if they don’t, they weren’t meant to.  Either way, I’m grateful for the many sound heads in the bloglands.   Don’t get too excited, I could hate you all tomorrow 😉 


14 Responses so far »

  1. 1

    antibarbie said,

    Of course saw this post. I see all! (Kind of like Santa Claus only without the scruffy beard and red underpants.)

    Thanks for the award! I appreciate it and those really sappy (but nice) sentiments about my disturbingly weird personality. If nothing else, I can proudly proclaim that my dysfunction is amusing to someone. 😉

    I have one piece of advice for you. I know you are trying to find a place to fit in, your niche, so to speak. I know they place some emphasis on that in blogging groups and the like but you don’t need no stinking niche. Just write what you want to write, when you want to write it. If you write from the heart, you’ve already got one up on a lot of the bloggers out there.

    I enjoy reading what you write. I don’t always comment but I am reading. 🙂 I really have to get around to handing out more awards. I’ve been so darn lazy lately. *grumbles*

  2. 2

    clairec23 said,

    The I see all bit is quite creepy, *waves hands around to Twilight Zone music*

    I’m not going to say anything else because I promised myself I wouldn’t get any sappier today. I think I’ve ruined my reputation enough for one day 😉

  3. 3

    bluesleepy said,

    Awwww!!!! You have totally made my day with your really kind words. I am glad that you come to visit my page, and I like your comments. I haven’t gotten into the whole “responding to the comments” thing that you and CG do, though I love the interaction. Like last night (for me) when we were practically talking live through your comments! You are ALWAYS welcome over at my site! Trust me, you more than measure up. I only simulate a lady on the internet! 😀

    I agree with Anti-Barbie’s advice too. Some days I wish I had the wit of CG, her ability to take a mundane situation and make it hilarious, but then I realize that I’m me. And that’s all that I am. Also I’ve been writing almost 8 years now, long before blogs really got off the ground. I have no real niche either; I just write what spills out of my fingertips.

    Again, thanks, hon. You have really brightened my day.

  4. 4

    bluesleepy said,

    PS — Your third paragraph after the badge sums up pretty well how I feel too. 😉

  5. 5

    Elle said,

    Claire —

    I’m with you. I have been blogging for about a month, after somehow surfing myself into Suzi’s “I’ll Tell You What It Shwas” blog, and getting severely hooked. I was so tickled by the whole reading stuff and being able to relate and comment process that I went totally overboard and I am sure Suzi thinks I am some crazed Internet stalker. I found Cardiogirl on her blog as well, and you by way of the VIP lounge. Congrats on the award, and just stop the sappy talk. You after all, have given us spicy Irish updates to our bland Yankee vocab like toerag, feck and arse (okay, an oldie but still a goodie.) Those contributions are not made by sappy individuals. Yay for you, and very lovely to have you in the blogosphere.

  6. 6

    melbs1969 said,

    ok, see…i’m old enough to be yo’ momma! so, no act here…chica. i think you’re great. you’re real and you’re wonderful. and…i mean it! so, you get all act-ish on me…i’ll pull down my pant and point to the spot on my rosy, red rear end, that you can kiss!

  7. 7

    antibarbie said,

    Hey Claire,

    I have a surprise to send you! I just need an email addy 😉

  8. 8

    clairec23 said,

    Bluesleepy – I thought that *almost* realtime commenting was a lot of fun 🙂 Thank you and antibarbie for that advice…I sort of feel like a bit of a blog faker sometimes!

    Elle – you are so freaking right. I even made myself throw up a little with that post 😉 So let’s cut the fecking bolloxology: all you toerags can kiss my arse…:) Which ties in nicely with Mel’s comment!

    Mel – I didn’t mean it that way! Please say póg mo thóin next time, I beg of ya 😉 It means kiss my arse in Irish btw 🙂

    Antibarbie – I sent you an email to give you my email…so yeah 🙂

  9. 9

    Susan said,

    If that’s sap my dear, the world could use a bit more, so lay it on! I was feeling a bit blue when I signed on (must be the NaNoWriMo imminent end) but you’ve cheered me up again.

    Love it! Keep writing!


  10. 10

    clairec23 said,

    Thanks Susan 🙂 I’m sad it’s over too. I’ve been saying all week that I didn’t know what I would do when it was over because I’m so used to getting stuck in now. I’m going to miss my story too 😉

  11. 11

    Aw Claire thank you so much! I am so behind on my blog reading I only just got around to thanking you for this. You are a lovely lady and I’m very glad we’ve come to be friends. Thank you so much for your kind words about me and my blog 🙂

  12. 12

    clairec23 said,

    Can’t believe you called me a lady lol You’re welcome and I meant it, even if I didn’t articulate it very well.

  13. 13

    cardiogirl said,

    Oh claire, I have been in such a strange funk, a weird plastic bubble and I actually found this post through looking at someone’s google search that got them to my site. How convoluted is that?

    Thank you so much! I haven’t been running around the blogosphere lately and when I did peek out into this big, bad world, look what nice welcome I found!

    Thank you so much, claire. You are a standard fixture among my Cardio peeps!

  14. 14

    clairec23 said,

    That’s a very odd way to find it. Makes me think that maybe you were meant to find it when you were feeling down 😉 Ah, now Cardiogirl, the VIP lounge is the place to be these days 🙂

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