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Thursday, October 30, 2008

of awards and recognition

i've been blogging for awhile, but only food/craft blogging since February. at the time, i just needed an outlet to post all the things i made. i didn't think far ahead about readership, content, pictures blah blah blah. things have changed a bit. i'm more adventurous with my cooking, i've ventured into the baking world (i still hate the exact measuring aspect of it tho), i play with card stock and yarn more AND i discovered a love for taking pictures. all in under a year.

i asked myself last month why i even blog. why i even bother to chronicle the things i make? what is the point? i get modest traffic going thru, and the numbers spike if my picture gets published in foodgawker or tastespotting, but people don't really go beyond that specific post. i read other blogs that have high amounts of comments and i try to analyze what it is about their blog that entices people to comment. my answer: i don't know. my take: i don't care. maybe i'm too flippant and glib in my writing, maybe i'm not approachable (my nickname does give off that vibe...) or maybe it doesn't matter ...

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because i received two awards this week. and to answer my first question. i blog because it amuses me and more importantly, it amuses the people in my life. and i will quit blogging when it ceases to amuse me.

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the first award was given to me by Michelle of Sweet Sensations. Michelle came across my blog thru the Baking Gals. she's a fellow teammate in Round 4. so this particular award has a history which can be found by its originator. the rules can be found here. i am so honored to receive this! i give this award to the following five people who have creativity oozing out of them. i visit their blogs regularly, sometimes i leave comments, sometimes i'm too busy wiping the drool from my keyboard but always, i am inspired by what they create in whatever medium.

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1. Delightful Delicacies. Jen is a cyber-buddy. she can cook, craft, take pictures and she always seems to do it with the most sincere smile.

2. The Knitting Type. i actually know kirby, thru the Baltimore Broads. she is a whiz with the crochet hook and knitting needles. and she's hilarious.

3. Stampin' By The Sea. kimberly makes cards. she makes darn good cards. when i'm trying to play cardmaker, i go to her blog for inspiration.

4. Pink Penguin. ayumills (i'm assuming that's her name) is so talented with her sewing creations. i am in love with this bag and if i ever learn how to sew properly, i'd like to make it.

5. Ciao, Chessa! ok. i love her photography. there's quite a few of her pictures that completely make me want to run out, buy a DSLR and attempt to recreate some of the magic she's captured in her frames.

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The second award i received was from Jen of Delightful Delicacies. thank you so much for this award! i didn't see a clearcut set of rules and Jen gave out the award to 9 other bloggers. i'm going to keep it to four:

1. Trish's Blog. this woman is hilarious. her emails crack me up (which reminds me, i owe her one) and always brighten my day. further, i think she's about as neurotic and passionate about the most random things as i am. she's thought provoking, appreciative, self-depreciating and did i say, hilarious. and just so you know, she made me an Edward Cullen bookmark. don't hate.

2. Under Consideration. i seriously sweat this woman's pictures. Elizabeth is so talented. i enjoy her blog because it is simply classy, and gives off the friendly, warm vibe... like you could sit with her on a cold afternoon with a hot cup of cider and... talk.

3. Food Loves Writing. Shannalee is a fellow cookie-junkie. i think that any weight gain this season will be blamed on her. not only that, she hibernates in the winter and talks about her grandma! i thought i was the only one who did that.

4. Fat Free Brainwaves (...except that it's not all fat-free). i adore her culinary creations. and her style of writing seems so effortless. not only that, she takes pretty pictures too.

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and there you have it. bloggers who inspire me. bloggers who amaze me everyday with their words, images, and creations.

note: all images were from my day at the orchard.

Today's soundtrack: Tracy Chapman, Never Yours

"I've been a lot of things but never yours"


10 comments:

  1. thank you for the shout out! I often ask myself why I blog too. I was so reluctant to get into it but a friend convinced me and now, I'm not sure why I didn't start sooner.

    I'm glad that you blog here...this blog makes me hungry and like I said, I love your sense of humor and your creativity!

    I love it here....
    :)

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  2. Congratulations--you deserve it (and, for the record, I agree about writing what you like and not worrying about much else).

    And thanks also for the Excellent award. You're. too. kind. (!)

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  3. HeeeeeyyyyyyYY! You have initiated me into the world of blog awards... I've always heard of those, but never in my wildest did I think I'd get one! How sweet of you!

    Muaw-Muaw!!

    BTW, my husband's first impression of your blog title was that it was really original. I like the titles of all your blogs. They're way cooler than "trish's blog"... lots more character.

    And please stay amused! Half my day would be gone if it weren't for your blogs. I might have to do housework then. Ugh.

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  4. I'm grateful for what you said. I agree whole heartedly. I think I'm in the same place as you. no large masses of constant viewers, except when tastespotting and foodgawker aren't too picky. why should we care? then our blogging won't be genuine and isn't that the reason we blog? to be ourselves, take it or leave it?

    anyway, thank you so much for the award. I <3 your talent too, but you already knew that. :) good thing hub knows some spanish so I guess I'll have to wait until he comes home for the rules.

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  5. Thanks so much for choosing me for one of your awards!!! You made my day! You take such great pictures that I am totally impressed!

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  6. Well, I just ventured across your blog during the Daring Baker's Challenge. I, for one, think your blog is great. I look forward to visiting often. I enjoy your writing. I think it is clever and fresh. I can see why you have won awards. Very impressed.

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  7. Thank you for this award and your sweet comments Lan. I would love to have you over for some cider and talk anytime! I'm so glad you joined the world of blogging and have missed checking your site over the past weeks that I've been MIA.

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  8. Thank you for this award and your sweet comments Lan. I would love to have you over for some cider and talk anytime! I'm so glad you joined the world of blogging and have missed checking your site over the past weeks that I've been MIA.

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  9. Well, I just ventured across your blog during the Daring Baker's Challenge. I, for one, think your blog is great. I look forward to visiting often. I enjoy your writing. I think it is clever and fresh. I can see why you have won awards. Very impressed.

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