[Update: Gee, in re-reading this just-published post, it really comes off as somewhat narcissistic and egotistical . . . see, this is why I really need time to just work on my wordsmithing. Or, perhaps just stick to fine-tuning my little amateur photography hobby . . . ]
Awards . . . I do appreciate them, really I do. And I am grateful to those bloggers who have taken time to acknowledge my blog! But, I still have not found a way to increase the hours in the day beyond twenty-four, and therefore, going forward, I have decided to gracefully and apologetically decline those awards which have “rules” requiring a response and passing of the torch.
This blog is my creative outlet, still in its infancy. This blog is not my livelihood; I have a day job, a husband, two teenagers, and a house full of constantly-shedding four-legged companions, all of which require time and attention, as well! Selfishly, when I do make time to blog (often displacing things like finishing laundry which is sitting in a disgruntled pile in the basement as I currently type . . . ), I want it to be my time to unwind, reflect, dream, create (or to explore your reflections, dreams and creations!), because the other 23+ hours of the day are already spoken for.
If I find blogs I think fellow bloggers would enjoy, I hope you don’t mind if I do a little “shout out” periodically, in case there are others with kindred interests. If I find posts that interest me, make me laugh, make me cry, or challenge my way of thinking, I try to take the time to comment, just as I hope you do — thoughtful, sincere comments are often the best award one can receive.
And, if you happen to find a way to stretch the twenty-four hour day to something more, will you kindly let me know?! I already have plans for hour twenty-five . . .
Ciao! ~ Kat