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Award-me-nots and marigolds

6 May

“The reward of a thing well done is having done it.”

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

As soon as you start exploring the WordPress world, you’re likely to stumble across one of the ubiquitous blogger awards. Think of a positive adjective and add the words ‘blogger award’ to it and you’ll almost certainly find it already exists. You’ll probably be nominated for it tomorrow.

From the obvious Very Inspiring Blogger, Beautiful Blogger, and Versatile Blogger awards, to the more obscure Liebster and Dragon’s Loyalty awards these ‘blogger to blogger’ awards are continuously circulating throughout the blogosphere.

And like an antibiotic resistant strain of bacteria that just won’t die, they seem to be multiplying. The more blogs you read the more blogger awards you’ll find.

I’ve been blogging for less than a year and even I’ve been nominated for one or two. And while I don’t want to sound ungrateful, well… anyone who has nominated me and is easily offended should stop reading here!

The way I see it, these awards are the blogging equivalent of chain letters. Remember those? Did you love receiving them and happily made your 10 or 100 copies and sent them on?


Neither did I.

I threw any chain letters I received in the bin. Even the ones that had been circulating since 1954 and were about to go in the Guinness Book of World Records unless I broke the chain.

When the chain letter turned into the chain email, my immediate response was to hit delete. Even if deleting the email would supposedly give me bad luck for seven years, make me financially insolvent and suck the joy out of my every waking moment.

When the chain email turned into the chain Facebook status update, I starting clicking ‘hide’ every time I saw yet another surgeon that wasn’t going to operate on poor little Amy unless they got 50,000 likes.

And when I started blogging and discovered blogger awards, I wasn’t hoodwinked by the flattery of being nominated. These awards are simply chain mail version 4.0.

Most of the awards ask you to nominate five or seven or, if you’re really unlucky, 15 other bloggers to spread the love (aka continue the chain). They also ask you to share the same number of facts about yourself. You get given a jpeg logo to place on your blog too. Something akin to this one:


The Fantabulous, Super-delicious, Really Ridiculously Good Looking, Umlauttastic, Hyperboleriffic, Peerless Blogger Award

So in keeping with the theme, here are my Top five reasons why you shouldn’t pass on a blogger award:

  1. Every blogger award politely ignored brings us one step closer to breaking the chain. Contrary to popular belief chain mail breakers are not destined to die in a horrid fiery death, but are showered with good will and good fortune wherever they go.
  2. You won’t have to spend hours crafting the perfect ‘seven facts about you’ that make you sound witty and wise and hip and unique.
  3. Less blogger award posts = more original content = more vibrant blogosphere = happier readers.
  4. You can use the time you would have spent crafting nominations for your favourite bloggers to interact with them on their blogs instead. Everyone loves a thoughtful comment; no one likes being given homework.
  5. When you catch an infectious disease, the polite thing to do is seek treatment, not deliberately try to infect other people.

Finally, to those who have nominated me for an award in the past: I do appreciate the thought and the good intentions, but chain mail awards just aren’t my cup of tea. Still friends? 🙂

What do you think? Harmless feel good fun or a scourge to be destroyed?

Greetings Earthlings

3 Apr

“My blog is a collection of answers people don’t want to hear to questions they didn’t ask.”

~ Sebastyne Young

With the flurry of new readers my freshly pressed post has generated, I thought I’d take a moment to pause and say, “Welcome aboard! Thanks so much for stopping by.”

I started this blog so that friends and family could be kept in the loop about my overseas adventures. When I lived in Mexico, once a week I wrote lengthy email describing the latest happenings. This trip I decided to join the 21st century and write a blog instead.

Over the last few months, every time someone who is not a direct relation has followed my blog or liked a post I’ve felt a small thrill of excitement. Someone who’s not obligated to read my posts is actually reading!

And now I find myself in the slightly odd position of having twice as many ‘strangers’ following than family members. It’s nice to have you all on board. Hopefully you’ll stick around for the ride.

In blatant disregard to every blogging guideline I’ve ever read, I don’t have a regular blogging schedule. I tend to blog whenever something happens that I think is worth recording or whenever inspiration hits me.

This can vary greatly, but when I find myself wandering around drafting blog posts in my head, I know it’s time to sit down in front of the computer.

Whether I’m writing about a travel companion who’s too frail to join me on this trip, my efforts to remain healthy in the face of rice and beans, or the crazy drivers of Tegucigalpa, my main aim here is to document my thoughts, feelings and reactions to living and working in Honduras.

Once I’m back home in Canberra doing my regular 9 to 5 I think re-reading my blog will be a nice, if slightly self-indulgent, way for me to re-live the memories.

Time is flying by. I only have three months left in Honduras before I start my South American backpacking trip with my BFF through Ecuador, Peru, Argentina and Brazil.

I get ridiculously over-excited when I receive comments, so don’t be shy. And if you write a post that you think I might be interested in reading, tell me about it!

I often find I don’t have the time to explore WordPress as much as I would like, so I’m always happy to be pointed in the direction of interesting posts.


Recommended reading

16 Sep

“The more you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”

~ Dr. Seuss

As soon as I found out my application had been allocated to Honduras I started googling madly and looking for Honduras-related reading materials. I was particularly interested in first-hand accounts of living and traveling in Honduras.

I came across several blogs, books, and magazine articles that gave me quite a good insight into what my Honduran experience might be like.

If you’re interested, you can check out my reading list page for details of the books and blogs I particularly enjoyed or recommend.

I’ll update the list as I discover more.

Hello world!

12 Sep

“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.”

~ St. Augustine

I wanted to set up this blog so my friends, family, complete strangers, and future AFS Volunteers could keep track of what I’m sure will be the adventure of a lifetime.

Assuming that wherever I end up has the internet, I hope you’ll check back often for new entries and photos, ask me questions, add comments and generally enjoy learning about my experiences in Honduras.

I’m starting things a little early though, as I don’t actually depart until February 2013. But like all things, practice makes perfect, so I figure if I start blogging about my preparations for the trip I’ll be a seasoned blogger come February.

Let the blogging begin!