… my mother who made all this possible. She always said I should be a writer and be published (you know what moms can be like). Now, I realize this blog isn’t what she had in mind, but life can be a bugger sometimes.
Awards have always meant so very little to me. They always seemed to come with backlash. I mean, really, why should I face expulsion from high school simply because my superlative was “the most likely to die of an overdose while studying transfinite numbers”? Then I was awarded the “youngest master optician” award and what do you know, I got old. In seminary, someone dubbed me the most likely to change the world, and they’ve been blaming me ever since.
So then, when Sam at Crying in the Night awarded me the Bella Award, why should I be so touched? Is it because the Bella Award graphic reminds me of my grandmother’s couch? Maybe. Could it be that I have a weakness for Ponzi schemes? That certainly could be since the Bella Award rules say:
1) Accept the award, post it on your blog together with the name of the person who has granted the award, and his or her blog link.
2) Pass the award to 15 other blogs that you’ve newly discovered. Remember to contact the bloggers to let them know they have been chosen for this award.
At least I don’t have to look for the backlash – it’s right in the rules – I have to do some work for this award, unlike many others have done. I mean do the math, if 15 bloggers give 15 others this award that’s 225 recipients. If they all did what they were supposed to do, then 3,375 would receive the next level of awards, and they would give it to another 50,625. Anyway, by the time this little scheme hits the seventh level, over 183,000,000 bloggers would have received it. Now that’s a pyramid scheme that would be worth its weight in delicate little teacups, unless people don’t follow through. I have a sneaking suspicion that’s the case.
But, somewhere there sits a deranged Bella saying, “Bwahahaha! Soon I’ll rule the bloggosphere,” as she will be the recipient of more hits than votes for Obama. So, in my constant battle with my ego and ethics, I have to consider all the ramifications of continuing this little scheme. Will I do it? Damn right, I will. My hat is off to Bella – what an idea. I just have to pick bloggers who have more scruples than I do so they stop this little coup before it can reach fruition.
I know I should do that, but in my old age I’ve become too much of a sucker for an award – okay, I’m starved for attention. So keep an eye out, readers (both of you), for Andy bestowing the Bella Award on fifteen unsuspecting bloggers. That will be added to this post in the next couple of days.
And lastly, I’d like to thank Sam at Crying in the Night for bestowing this honor on little ol’ me. It says a lot – mainly that decent blogs must be hard to find. Anyway, thanks Sam – you’re a gem and I like your blog very much. (So much, I may steal some of your stuff.) Oh excuse me, that just slipped out.
Well, the recipients are (in no particular order):
The Trevor Project – The blog of the national helpline for at risk LGBTQ young people. This one speaks to what is closest to my heart – saving lives.
Recognizing Opportunities – Jenna’s Church Within A Church New Church Starts blog – a fully inclusive Methodist movement
Willohroots – wonderful lucidity from Willis
Vanessa Leigh’s Ubuntu
The D Line – Gennee’s blog
FEM-MEN-IST – Courage with hands and feet
This Terrestrial Ball – the blog of my dear friend Keltic
Genocide for Jesus – Emproph’s blog
Angry African – pulling us back to reality
Disclosing New Worlds – a lectionary blog site
Brain Clutter – Shawn’s thoughts
Janny Wright’s “Then Sings My Soul”
Nonviolence 4 Equality – the name says it all
The Agenda – Empire State Pride Agenda blog
The Almond Branch – Stacey in Schenectady