No more blog awards from me (probably with a few exceptions). I would risk excluding someone who shouldn't be excluded and that would not be good.
If I were awarding this blog award, this would be why:
Thank you for being such an important part of my life. Sometimes I blog an hour a day. Sometimes I don't blog. But either way I know that I receive astute and funny and thoughtful and perceptive posts and comments and connections from people I care about. I have learned so much about the world and countries and lifestyles and I have learned that in the deepest and simplest way, we are all on the same path.
To write and be read means a lot to me. Because of my blog I have learned and am learning to be a writer. And not just that. I use my camera. I notice things. I share. My blog is like having my own newspaper column. I have a structure and a reason and a means for feedback and support. All precious.
Honest to god, the comments I receive give me a dopamine rush. As good as chocolate.
I rhyme here on my blog:
I'm not a bump on a log
Or stuck in a fog
Or a cranberry bog.
I think now I'll jog
With my dog.
I have found some actual true real wonderful talented friends from the blogs. It's not a fluke. I don't have a baseball team of close friends in life but I have good friends. And a surprising number have come from introductions here.
So please, if you will: take this attractive insightful not-a-blog-award award and post it up somewhere or maybe hold it to your heart from me. I am thankful for you.