Edited and updated July 9, 2013:
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, so if I do not formally participate in the blogging awards bestowed by and between bloggers, please forgive me . . .
So many of you are incredibly graceful and eloquent in your award nominations and acceptances. I often benefit from those posts by enjoying introduction to yet another blog of interest. The extensive “rules” attached to some can be quite intimidating to accept let alone pass on to another blogger, yet when I have been lucky enough to receive your thoughtful awards, I also find myself wanting to share some of the blogs that give me joy, make me laugh, and leave me reflecting on life.
This blog is my creative outlet, it 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 usually is sitting in a disgruntled pile in the basement as I 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. I hope we are all understanding enough in this little blogosphere of ours to grant each other a little flexibility in how we respond to these well-intentioned recognitions.
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