I could not have been more surprised today when the 2008 Bloggie finalists were announced and I was actually among them. And really, really honored. And screaming. Don’t forget the screaming.
And then I looked at the others in my category and realized I am never going to win.
But that’s OK.
While I REALLY appreciate the accolades and the attention (Jesus, I think I done-broked Twitter tonight with all the congratulatory tweets), I never want to seem like that’s what it’s about for me. (But seriously, you can still go vote for me, I won’t mind).
Last weekend, we were at dinner with our best friends Jeff and Danielle and we started talking about the psychology of blogging – one of my most favorite topics to pontificate on and on about, of course. I continue to be fascinated with the ins and outs, the whys. But mainly – it’s an outlet for me. A place to document and remember.
But then we started talking about the Blogger’s Choice awards, and Danielle said something that got the hamster in my brain running overtime in his little wheel.
“I’m glad you are doing well but I didn’t vote because I don’t believe in that stuff. But it seems like you need it.”
Now, please don’t go flaming Danielle. She said it with the utmost love and respect and we are always honest with each other. Ever since, I have been thinking about what she said.
First, I wholeheartedly support her decision not to vote. As much as I like what I’ve got going on ’round here, I also know there are trillions of other blogs out there just as worthy. And that’s neither here nor there. Neil talked recently about how the beauty of blogging was the level playing field, the lack of cliques, and how many interesting people say interesting things every day. It’s so. fucking. true.
So, while I’m indebted for your votes, I also understand if it’s not your thing.
Mainly, I just like talking with you all.
And as for “needing” it? I am not sure if that’s how I would say it.
“Appreciating” it is probably much better.