Addictive Blog Award: Meet the Nominees
People are addicted to all sorts of things, but I never thought a blog would be one of them. Then I was nominated for the Addictive Blog Award by the intelligent and lovely Rainshadow Noba at Notes from the Backseat. It is quite an honor and I would like to thank her for thinking of Gnostic Bent. Being recognized by your peers is always flattering.
I started this blog just over three months ago because I lacked inspiration and needed to “jump start” my writing. For years, I wrote nothing because I was teaching college English and reading terrible papers on a far-too-regular basis. All the grammatical errors, plagiarism and “text message spelling” drained my creativity and effectively killed my muse. This is my attempt to get her back. And so far, it seems to be working.
These past three months of blogging have been extremely exciting, to say the least. Aside from being the most productive writing period in my life, blogging has also reaped all kinds of unexpected rewards. The most significant are my readers and fellow bloggers. WordPress is an amazing community of talented and supportive people. I have developed online friendships with all sorts of bloggers from around the world and feel more connected than ever. And my readers—including those who don’t blog on the site—are so thoughtful, interesting and loyal. I do my best to respond to all of their comments not because I’m afraid of losing them, but because they deserve a reply and honestly, I like chatting with them. Thanks for all your support, dear readers!
In the beginning of Gnostic Bent, I doubted whether anyone would bother reading my work. Then I got another unexpected reward: my post “10 things that suck about being a guy” made it to Freshly Pressed! What came next was a flood of views and comments to rival the Great Flood. I spent an entire weekend responding to compliments and criticism and watched as my views rose with supersonic speed. This still stands as my most successful post with almost 14,000 views and more than 450 likes in only a few months. Of course, now I doubt myself every time my posts aren’t Freshly Pressed, but I suppose that’s to be expected.
Now it’s time for me to fulfill my Addictive Blog responsibilities. Here are the rules for the award:
- Write a post and start by thanking the person who nominated you. Be sure you link to them, too.
- Share a little something about why you blog (i.e. your blogging journey).
- Paste the Addictive Blog Award on your front page.
- Nominate ten blogs that you are addicted to, link to them in your post and then let each of them know—when you do, be sure to give them the link to the post you just wrote!
Although I normally bounce through the blogosphere, randomly reading different posts on a variety of different topics, I find myself visiting these ten blogs the most. When I’m away from them, I break out in cold sweats, experience shortness of breath and even succumb to mild hallucinations. They’re just so addictive, baby. I need more…
Congratulations to you all!
Posted on September 21, 2012, in Perspectives, Writing and tagged Addictive Blog Award, awards, Blog, Blog award, blogging, Gnostic Bent, personal, perspectives, WordPress, writing. Bookmark the permalink. 29 Comments.