You Say It’s Your Blog Day…

…happy Blog Day to yaaaaa…

Wow, is it Blog Day already? It seems like we were just celebrating Blueberry Month!

So some interesting things have been happening lately. I’ve gotten perilously close to finishing my next book (whatever shall I fret over then?), I’ve broken down and signed up for cable (more on this later) and my pal Tara over at The Brain nominated me for my first ever blogging award.

Color me flattered, is all I have to say about that. I only got into this blogging racket because my own brain demands that I distract it with art, writing, music or Morning Express whenever I’m not sleeping – and its demands must be met; leaving my brain to its own devices results in thoughts like “the hill’s not THAT steep. I’ll bet we can make the jump to the other side without plummeting to our doom,” or “Of COURSE an extended warranty is a good deal!”

But I digress. In accordance with the immutable rules of the Brillante Weblog award, before I can dust off some mantle space for my shiny placard of distinction, I must list seven OTHER blogs that I find captivating/wonderful/sufficiently awesome that my brain gives me two minutes of peace.

Spiffy, isn't it?

Spiffy, isn't it?

In the spirit of total disclosure, it should be noted that, because there’s always someone ready to spoil the fun, the Brillante Weblog award has been dismissed as a “hoax” by at least one site (I believe the term they used was “viral nuisance.”). This is because they have no friends interested in awarding them anything, and so they must, like Aesop’s fox, cry “sour grapes!” before retreating to their mother’s basement with a tray of pizza rolls and PBR.

How can something awarded in the spirit of camaraderie and fun be considered a nuisance, viral or otherwise? I, for one, am overflowing with happiness, if only because I am part magpie and love to have shiny things.

OK, moving on! The rules of the award are as follows:

1. The winner can (and should, really) put the logo on his/her blog (take THAT, Museum of Hoaxes).
2. The winner must link to the person from whom they received their award.
3. The winner must nominate at least 7 other blogs for an award.
4. The winner must place links to those blogs on their own blog.
5. The winner must leave a message on the blogs of the people they’ve nominated.

In addition, as I mentioned above, today is Blog Day! That’s right, we bloggers get our very own day, just like Postal Workers or clean-living punk rock enthusiasts. The celebration of Blog Day also requires listing blogs for the edification and enjoyment of others, along with a brief description – so to kill the two proverbial birds with one proverbial stone (using real stones gets you arrested, as I found out one cold day in the park. Fucking grackles, always ready to drop a dime), I have combined the two.

If you take a gander at the left-hand column, you’ll see my blogroll in the “Stuff You Should See” section. Just in case you’ve missed them, however, won’t you please check out:

The Brain

Saying “Tara is a hairstylist” is like saying “Robin Meade is a newscaster.” Sure, it’s accurate, but you miss out on all the nuances that color your interaction with her. One can never quite predict what one will find at her blog from day to day, but chances are it will be engaging, environmentally friendly, and entertaining.


I was introduced to Sra via a mutual friend, Sov (more on him below), and I consistently enjoy her witty, thoughtful and intelligently-constructed posts on everything from fitness to linguistics to incredibly poor service from heartless corporations.


Karen is hilarious, but also tough (anyone living in New Orleans these days has to be). She’s got a pleasantly snarky perspective that blends nicely with her personable and inviting style.


Sov and I have been friends for fifteen years, and I still have nice things to say about him, so there’s that. Like his blog, Sov is big on intelligent discourse, but not a fan of the willfully obtuse, arrogant, or fullscreen-DVD-viewing.


I only just discovered Sterky this year. She is, as stated in her blog’s header, an “Ex-Mormon Lesbian Rocking Utah.” With vitriol and world-weary optimism, she covers a range of topics political, sexual and occupational with panache.

1,000 Tiny Things I Hate

Meet Jon Brown. He’s from Northampton (the one in Britain, not the tiny speed-trap village in Ohio), he’s a comedy writer, and he is perhaps the most reliable chronicler of petty annoyances working the British blogosphere today.

Cede Nullis

Trovan is another relatively recent addition to my daily read list. He’s a pilot, a filmmaker, and father to a child who enjoys harming herself with seemingly innocuous toys. He’s got a lot going on, and shares it with style and charm.

Language Hat

Are you a word nerd? Does linguistics arouse in you the sort of passion more commonly reserved for T’ang Dynasty sculpture, illicit drugs, or sex in inappropriate places? Then check out Language Hat, a glittering citadel of linguistic enchantment shining in the hills above the plains of ignorance.

Seriously, kids, give ’em a visit. You’ll be glad you did! And so will they, one assumes, unless of course you visit and then don’t use a coaster or put your muddy shoes all over the carpet like an animal. Jeez – were you born in barn?

If you’d like to participate in Blog Day, check it out here.

If you’d like to participate in Frog Day, check it out here.

If you’d like to participate in Dog Day, you juuuust missed it. Darn! Oh, well, check it out here.

If you’d like to participate in Smog Day, well, you should’ve gone to the Olympics, Chester.

7 Responses

  1. I can’t believe that anyone would bother thinking that ANY blog award is a ‘real’ award. But they are fabulous ways to say thank you for the time that you take to write, and to introduce ourselves round so that we can all get to know each other. And that is plenty enough for me!

  2. Exactly! Hello, it’s all about the motivation behind it. The ironic thing is, by taking the time to nominate someone for this “fake” award, it becomes “real,” because it’s a genuine expression of thanks, support and friendship (or possibly fiendship).

    Whatever way one slices it, you’d better believe it’s real enough for me, too.

    And, seriously, five’ll get you ten that Mr. Museum of Hoaxes would love to get a little bloglove to help him through the lonely nights and crying jags associated with terminal hatin’.

    Pizza rolls, PBR, and recreational myth-debunking in Mom’s basement. Sounds like a cry for help to me!

  3. I’m honored to be nominated for your blog award. And I can’t wait to visit the Language Hat! Finally a place for me to take my unhealthy arousal from language!

  4. I was just given this award by a lovely reader of my blog, was momentarily thrilled, then momentarily discomfitted when I read the Museum of Hoaxes story and comments, and then, finally, pleased and happy again after reading your completely rational (and funny) take on the whole thing.

    Thanks for setting me free to accept my shiny fake award given to me with sincere intentions and pass along (sincerely!) to some other folks whose blogs I read regularly.

  5. Congrats on your award. It is much deserved.

    And thanks for the blog love. You know I need it. 🙂

  6. I feel like such a shit for having JUST read this, but I’ve been….well…preoccupied, which will probably come across as boring to the lovely people you sent to my temporarily dreary blog.

    But seriously….I’m totally honored.

    Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. @Karen: No thanks necessary – you deserve it, lady! No apologies necessary, either, as you have been a little, ahem, “busy” these past few days!!

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