Friday, January 16, 2009

On Awards

Over the past year or so, several folks have been so kind to bestow blog awards while I've been decidedly ungracious about accepting them. My humble apologies. I always mean to get around to writing about it and following through with the passing on, yet time always seems to get away from me.

Christy, over at Farm Dreams, just gave me an award together with some very kind words, which were, in truth, much better than the award itself. Maybe that's what these blog awards are good for—giving us the opportunity and cause to say something nice about someone else. (Even if they do often feel more like chain letters, but that's the humbug in me talkin'.)

So, to put the humbug to rest and do my homework: here goes... I hope I didn't miss anyone, but if I did, thank you, thank you, thank you! I am grateful for your acknowledgment.

Pass this along to at least 3 blogs.

Crunchy Chicken

(not so) Urban Hennery
Sharon Astyk

For their ability to inspire and motivate so, so many readers to make this world a better place.

Lisa over at Zahn Zone passed this one along, and so did my friend Ren:

1. The winner can put the logo on her/his blog.
2. Link the person you received your award from.
3. Nominate at least 5 other blogs.
4. Put links of those blogs on yours.
5. Leave a message on the blogs you’ve nominated
6. Bonus points, list 5 random things about yourself that we might not pick up from your blog.

Crystal for her style and energy and orderly approach to urban homesteading and for jumping in with both feet.
Olivia for her amazing and enviable sense of self.
Dayna for her optimism, enthusiasm, and willingness to share all of herself.
Sarah for all that she does with littles and all.
Grow the Change I just found her blog, but I like her style, and anyone who can knit a bra deserves an award. (So does the person willing to wear it!)

From Kim at Achorn Farm Blog:

These are the rules to accept the award:
1. You have to pick 5 blogs that you consider deserving of this award for their creativity, design, interesting material, and also contribute to the blogging community, no matter what language.
2. Each award has to have the name of the author and a link to his/her blog to be visited by everyone.
3. Each award winner has to show the award and put the name and link to the blog that presented her/him with the award.
4.The award winner and one who has given the prize have to show the link of "Arte y Pico" blog so everyone will know the origin of this award.
5. To show these rules

Ren Ren has a couple blogs, but I linked you to her personal, creative space. She's amazing and inspiring and always follows her passion. She is creativity personified.
Madeline I know she's already received it, but she deserves it at least twice. I love her creativity, her photography, her honesty and zest for life, and her bee novel, which I hope one day to be honored to read.
Rue who probably already received this, too, but she's amazing, artistic, profound, and occasionally, just plain twisted. Plus, she wrote one of the best unschooling books around.
Laura a quietly amazing artist whose style is vibrant, feminist, celebratory and thoughtful all at once.
Tansy who makes beautiful homespun inspiration filled with love, sugar and spice, and everything nice.

And this one from one of my favorite bloggers Madeline, and sweet Jenny, my neighbor in West Virginia:

Whomever chooses to accept the award then needs to nominate ten other blogs. (Yes, this one's intimidating. Ten?!!)

The Matron of Husbandry Nita might be the most knowledgeable person I "know." She's gritty, practical, and a veritable wealth of information. I want to be her when I grow up.
Contrary Goddess CG pulls no punches and follows her ethical compass, straight and true. I admire who she is and what she stands for.
El someone I'd like to invite for dinner, share a good glass of wine and great conversation.
Jenny, who doesn't blog nearly enough but who is an amazing inspiration nonetheless and one of those soul-mates who lives just way too far away.
Chile Chews who always has something to think about.
Peak Oil Hausfrau practical and motivating.
Walter at Sugar Mountain Farm filled with great information and perspective, from farming to photography.
Women Not Dabbling in Normal the sum is better than its parts, or something like that. Good stuff. Check it out.
Choosing Voluntary Simplicity The title's a bit redundant, but it's a veritable clearinghouse of information.
The Automatic Earth a go-to blog for enjoyin' the ride to hell in a handbasket.

This one is from Gracie over at Urban/Prairie Living:

"With the Premio Dardos, recognize the values that each blogger shows each day in commitment to transmit cultural values, ethical, literary, personal, etc. that, in short, demonstrate their creativity by alive thinking that remains intact from their letters and words."

The rules for accepting the awards are:

1. Accept the award and post it on your blog along with a link to the person who has awarded you.
2. Pass the award on to 15 other blogs that are worthy of this acknowledgement. Remember to contact them to let them know they have been chosen for this award.

15 is a huge number of blogs to name, so I'm going to acknowledge several bloggers who have worked hard to make their dream a reality, to walk in step with their ideals, and to make the time to share some of that journey with us. Thank you for your commitment to sustainability and to reducing your impact on the earth. Some of you already received this, but you deserve it again. I haven't thanked you yet, so it still counts!

Wendy over at Home Is
Kim at Achorn Farm
Christy at Farm Dreams
Lisa at The Zahn Zone
Verde at Justice Desserts
Vicky at Perry Hill Farm
Heidi at Wisdom of the Trowel
Tara at Enough
Shasha at Seeking Simplicity
Jayedee at Life in the Lost World
Susan at Stepwise
Burbanmom at Going Green
Destabee at Kaleidascope Living
Tracy at Ramping Up the Garden
Robin at MommyMommyLand

Whew! I think that does it, and now I can sleep easy at night, knowing I haven't dropped the ball. ;)


Jenny said...

I guess you missed the one I passed on to you from my blog.

Danielle said...

Gracie, thank you so much for letting me know. I've added the wonderful award from you, and even though I named several of the same bloggers, I think it still counts. Of course, I'd add you to that list as well, but it looks bad to turn around and give the award back to the person who gave it to you. ;)

Chile said...

Thanks, Danielle. And I also appreciate that you left a comment on mine to let me know. (That's one step that more and more bloggers seem to be leaving out!)

You are not bah humbugging about it feeling like a chain letter. Awards are basically cyber-chain letters where you say something nice about others. I've gotten grumpy about them at times, too. And, I notoriously break the rules about passing them on. hehe

However, I do appreciate that you said such nice things about my blog! I hope to get caught up on reading yours now that the darn home inspection is done. Cleaning for that took away my surfing time.

Ren Allen said...

I'm really terrifically bad about a)passing them on
b)following the directions.

Thank you so much for the kudos. It means a lot.:)

Jenny said...

I'm glad you found the award :) I would have hated for you to miss out on it. I really like your blog, and your to-do list has given me many things to add to mine.

Rue said...

Thanks, Danielle. I'm terrible about passing these things on, but I do think they're a lovely excuse to say nice things to people.

No one's ever called me artistic before. (twisted, yes...) I grew up thinking I was quiet un-artistic, actually, and I still tend to think of myself that way.

Sarah said...

Oh, thank you so much, Danielle! That means so much coming from you. I agree that it's a shame we can't pass it 'back'.

I'll see if I can get around to passing it on... lol

Wendy said...


Thank you! What an honor! As I told Gracie, it's just humbling to be nominated for these awards, and while, like Chile, I often have trouble passing them on (not because I don't think anyone deserves, them, but because, often, the same blogs I read are the ones everyone else has nominated), I can not truly express how wonderful it feels to be nominated.

Thank you.



Teri said...

My son and I love your blog and it inspired us to get moving on our own, which has been brewing for some time. Quick technical question: how did you get the Cutest Blog on the Block link shifted to the bottom of your page, rather than having it stuck to your nav bar at the top? We've been fussing with it and would greatly appreciate guidance! Teri

Danielle said...

I officially absolve anyone from feeling any guilt over these awards and invite you to ignore it or fulfill it on your own terms.

So there!

Teri, if you did the html gadget on blogger like the directions said, simply cut anything after the un style tag. That will leave the background image info in place.

Then paste what you cut down in your footer html gadget. I may have deleted some coding that said absolute or something, which was trying to define where it would appear on the blog page.

Hope that makes sense.

Lisa Zahn said...

Thanks, Danielle. What a list of awards! I need to get on this and pass it on. There are so many more than 15 awesome blogs to choose from, but like you said 15 is so many to list, esp. w/out repeating others!

Country Girl said...

Thanks so much! Wow, you really did some cathching up in this post. So happy to see you blogging again!

Christy said...

Thanks for the award. Like you, I'm usually bad about passing them on. Especially if it is supposed to go to more than 5 blogs. I have a few I never passed on, but it is nice to be recognized.

Teri said...

Thank you so much!! That did the trick! Now I know who to go to for any future blogging questions;)

Thanks again!

Lewru said...

Oh, why thank you! Thank you! I'm hoping my inspiration is linked to the seasons and I get my writing groove on again soon. This helps! And I so love your blog. I sometimes live vicariously through it. :)

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much! This is my first ever award! I was actually talking to my husband about awards a week or so and saying how I had never gotten one and how I felt like such an outsider in the blogging world ( I know it's so high school of me) but I really think they are a great way of letting others know they are doing a great job! So thank you for giving me my first! I will be sure to pass it along.

Peak Oil Hausfrau said...

Thanks so much, Danielle! Practical and motivating - thanks for the kind words! I need to do some catching up too. One of these days....

Susan M.B. Sullivan said...

Dear Danielle,
Thanks so much! I really appreciate it and will be sure to pass it on. It makes me more excited to post today and to update my "steps taken" list. Happy MLK day to all.


laura said...

thank you danielle, i've never received a blog award before!! i will get to passing them out real soon!!

i have one question for you though...and it is a deep and burning one that has not been answered no matter where i look on the do you put a link in a comment??? i saw that you put one on madeline's blog comments and i got more excited than i'd like to admit. HELP!!

also, a little birdie told me that we might see you this weekend in columbia...

Freija and Beringian Fritillary said...

Thanks for the award. And btw, the wool bras are not hair-shirts! For goodness sake, it's not like I use sratchy brillo wool for them, it's is fine merino and angora wool for these bras.

Glad to meet you.

Danielle said...

I'm happy that so many of you are pleased with the recognition!

Laura, you just need to use the html code for a link—the whole a href yadda, yadda. I'm sure you can find it with a quick google search, or I can show you this weekend.

Freija, lol, I'm sure those bras are glorious and lovely. But to a person with incredibly sensitive skin who doesn't even wear a bra, I can't even begin to image putting on a wool one, even of the finest cashmere. I do love looking at them, though.