I started this post four months ago, which makes it incredibly overdue, and if I thought I was slacking then, I’m not sure what to even call it at this point…
I was pleasantly surprised (and very humbled) a couple of
weeks months ago when Graham of Graham’s Crackers nominated me for a Very Inspiring Blogger Award (especially since my writing habits haven’t been all that inspiring of late – I’ve been slacking quite a bit in the past few months). Nonetheless, his doing so happened to help inspire me to get back on the horse again. Thanks, Graham! I needed that. As a recipient of the nomination, I will now nominate seven others, while also sharing seven random facts about myself. I’m going to do this all at once by linking to others’ whose posts themselves illustrate the random facts I intend to share about myself. I apologize in advance that this seems sort of circular. It is.
1. In Google reader, I have a handful of categories for the blogs I follow. “Agents and Advice,” for those moments when I think maybe I’ll publish something someday (current unread count: 162). Second is “Beginner Bloggers,” which might seem odd unless you’ve taken part in one of the “platform building campaigns” that Rachel of Rach Writes organizes a couple times a year. When I started this blog I stumbled across her campaign and decided to join. The blogs in this category represent what’s left of the other people in the Beginner Bloggers group I joined (current unread count: 3 – maybe that deserves its own posts one of these days). Next is “Creativity,” which I think I meant as a shot in the arm for those times I seem to have no idea what to write about (which is really almost always, so it’s a good thing it’s simply a figurative shot in the arm).
The two last categories are “Humor” and “Writers”. “Writers” is the category I use for almost every other blog I’ve come across that I wanted to stick with, unless the writing is always funny (or almost always, anyway), in which case, it goes in “Humor”. 2. I have two blogs in Humor, the wuc and listful thinking (though I’m sure there are plenty of other funny writers out there). Read on…
3. Check out this post on listful thinking – it’s funny and an all too accurate commentary on our relationship with technology.
4. Next, I may never have shared with the world how much I like pickles – or other pickled vegetables – but, it’s true. I’m a pushover – especially for pickled brussels sprouts. So, of course, I loved reading “In a pickle.”
5. Charlie Hale’s post, Juvenile Delinquency, reminds me why I started doing genealogical research.
6. Graham recently pointed out my fixation with writing about odd things, though he put it much more eloquently than that. The Tall Person, of Bassa’s Blog, does brilliantly with pictures what I can only attempt to do with words. Look at a few of his pictures, and you’ll see things that I doubt anyone could write about with any success. Check out this one, and this one, and this one – and then keep going back for more. On the other hand, if you were to take a picture of some of the things that I find perplexing or out of place, they probably wouldn’t seem very odd at all.
7. I’m constantly amazed at John-Bryan Hopkins, the force behind Foodimentary. Every day is National-some-kind-of-food day. Every day. He never misses a beat. I grew up in the midwest and will always have a soft spot for these things – thing 1, thing 2, thing 3. I am also particularly amused by the quotes by Yogi Berra and Dorothy Allison, on this page at Foodimentary.
Thank you to everyone I’ve linked to in this post – you all inspire me and I very much enjoy reading the thing you write about.