Three weeks to go and this last one was a whirlwind of school activities for the kids and overtime at work. However, a new rhythm is building and I’ll be discussing goal adjustments with my fabulous ROWbro, Kerry, soon.
When I set out to do ROW80, I decided to use it as a stress test in order to see what I was capable of managing given my life schedule. Of course, life up’d the stakes and my carefully constructed schedule fell to dust. I do not count this as a loss, because, now I have clarity into what can and cannot be accomplished. The future will, hopefully, see a more relaxed and efficient Gene.
I have two things for you today: The Update and some Blog Awards.
I was able to write 3023 words this week which met my goal. While waiting to pick up my older daughter from volleyball practice I managed to read another 35 pages of Roz Rozelle’s Description & Setting. This book just gets better and better. My younger daughter has decided to be my new treadmill partner and we are starting on that tomorrow. The other goals are still on hold but I am looking at ways to get back to them if possible. I’m also on course to take Kristen Lamb’s Blogging class that starts in October.
Over the course of the last week I received two blog awards. The first was the Versatile Blogger, given to me by Amanda Rudd. This is my second of these. The other is the Liebster Award from Marie Andrews, a new-found ROW80 friend.
After receiving the awards, I had several conversations with a few of my blogger buds and gained some interesting insights. Some bloggers see awards as a type of chain letter. Others meet them with a “nice, but one more thing on my plate I don’t have time to deal with” choice. Some are excited to be given an award, others, well, not so much.
As I considered the words of my friends, I came to a realize that the value of the award was based on point-of-view. Given that our goal is to build author platform for our work, how do the awards help?
Let’s consider the points of value that come with being given and displaying awards.
1) While the award may be of little personal value to a veteran author/blogger, our blogs are not for us, but for our readers. If we are truly building platform then not all of our visitors are author/bloggers, some are readers. Displaying our awards adds a sense of “expertise” to our site and posts for our non-blogging guests. You know, the ones that we want to buy, read and enjoy our books.
2) Not all bloggers are veterans. In fact, blogging does not come easily to everyone. It took me four attempts over the course of six years to finally start the blog you are reading. In honesty, if it wasn’t for Kristen Lamb, Jami Gold and my wife, I wouldn’t be here now.
Blog awards are a simple and effective way to offer our support and appreciation of those we visit and read. It can make all the difference in another bloggers world. When Sonia G. Medeiros gave me my first Versatile Blogger award, it let me know, much to my surprise, that at least one person out there enjoyed my writing. It gave me the boost I needed to keep going.
The rules that are attached to each award are what make them appear to be chain letters. I do not think that we should allow ourselves to remain trapped in, or trap others into, having to comply with these rules in order to receive an award. If we are going to show appreciation, then show it. No strings attached. Hey, I love your work. You deserve this. Great job.
And here are the awards.
The Versatile Blogger Award. Versatile means being capable of handling multiple subjects and tasks. There are three bloggers that I read consistently that do not have this award and I offer it to them now out of appreciation for the versatility, and my enjoyment, of their excellent work.
3) Jess Witkins
The Liebster Award. Liebster is the German word for friend. There are a few bloggers that have offered me incredible support over the past months through their comments, direct messages, by chatting on Twitter and whom I think of friends, even though we have never met in person. To each of the following, “Thank You for your friendship.”
3) Lynn Kelley
If any of you need help figuring out how to display the award on your site feel free to email, DM or ask me in the comments. I’d be happy to assist you.
My thanks to everyone that visits, reads, comments and subscribes to my site. You are all precious to me and I think the world of each of you 🙂