|The prestigious 7x7 Link Award|
" Where is your 7x7 ? "
'Huh? You mean my 4x4? My rusty old Jeep? Out in the yard ' I thought to myself. VERY rusty, too, ...but nothing a nice shiny Ford 2012 F150 4x4 couldn't fix. Oops...a little digression there.
"Pssst...you won the 7"x7" !
I thought it might have been just another crank comment except for the fact that the "Pssst" was from Red herself. That's Ann Marie Dwyer --to those that don't already recognize her as the prolific, quintessential blogger at M3.
It being just after New Years, and all, --which is getting awfully close to April Fool's Day if you hang around celebrating long enough, it immediately caused seven degrees of
Red is known to have a sense of humor.
Finally seeing a picture of the 7x7 with stars and fireworks on it. but no wheels or dollar signs, I was even more
Alert readers, you can understand my predicament! Not being any better informed, we shifted into default mode, put the pedal to the metal, palpitating and researching 7x7's, 49'ers , 7/7's and 1/7ths, just in case.
Heavy research. Big time stuff. Internet mayhem. Scrambling. Google and such.
Now everyone is aware of that help-you-escape-from-anything mode --4x4,-- find'em, grind'em, pure gas-sucking power. It allows you to muddle, dawdle, diddle, and doodle, wandering aimlessly through the deepest
Be it known that we're fearless (
Whoever said men can't ask directions was right, but we ask for information shamelessly if we have absolutely no other choice, it's dark outside, and nobody's looking. I digress.
We soon found out.
It turned out that Ann Marie Dwyer of M3 ( that would still be Red of Mommas MoneyMatters, ) had generously presented this award to Incoming Bytes at the end of December, a whole week ago,-- that being pretty close to being back in the good old days.
Back in those days, it turns out, I was still in the dark ages. The lights were out. I missed that all-important enlightening post in M3. No matter.
Hopefully, I was forgiven. Maybe.
I told you Red has a sense of humour.
I immediately discovered that with fame, lies certain responsibilities .
I found out I have to actually DO stuff, the most important of which
is to always thank the presenter prodigiously.
I therefore wish to officially thank Ann Marie Dwyer, a.k.a. Red, since it is humbling --and a great honor to be presented a prestigious award by a wonderful writer, prolific blogger, helpful mentor, and famous person, --even if she's on a well-deserved vacation.
Here's the whole list of other stuff in no specific stuffing order:
- Thank the nominator ( I did that already, but thanks again, Red! )
- Tell a Secret. Any real secret will do. Do you stick gum on your bedpost overnight? Do you keep Twinkies in your desk drawer? Got any sexy vices that are interesting?
- Post the 7x7 Link Award in a highly visible location like a Side-bar to enable bragging rights . Put it someplace where it can be admired!
- Share Seven (yes, SEVEN ) of your blog posts complete with links. *Hint: Links that actually work are helpful to your loyal readers.
- Nominate Seven NEW bloggers (Yes, SEVEN) that should receive this award. They should be bloggers that actually do good stuff.
- Advise all 7 new winners that they are winners and now have 49 MORE things to do. (Get that? 7x7 =49, I knew that research would pay big dividends...hm.....now if I can just find the 6 lucky numbers.....)
I'm guessing nobody knows this secret-- I often type
Seven Blog Posts: These are some favourites, for various undisclosed reasons....
- Most beautiful piece: The Age of Light
- Most helpful piece: The trouble With Word Mills: Writers Beware
- Most comical piece: The Ball and Chain Approach might Work for THEM too....
- Most popular piece: North America...Rent this Idea !
- Most controversial piece: EU Bans Canadian Seal Products but Condones Bullfights, Atrocities, and Hypocrisy
- Most Surprisingly Successful piece: Sometimes Life Becomes a Legend of Glory
- Most Underrated piece: Reinventing Energy: the Rossi E-Cat
Now, happily, I get to
The New 7x7 Link Awards go to:
- Mandy's Pages Amanda Dcosta may have been away on holidays, for a month, but her peaceful approach to life, her incredible faith and skilful blogging has much merit. Mandy's Pages has almost become a sanctuary to read, a place to reflect. The brilliant Eastern star is shining in the sky over Oman once more. Mandy's pages was previously recommended !
- Just Camping Out Jim Bessey's blog on camping, relaxing and enjoying the great outdoors induces both peace of mind, encourages pleasant memories of past camping trips, and stimulates future summer plans. Just Camping Out is full of interesting camping stuff. Check it out, you'll see why We like camping better!
- Glory's Garden Glory Lennon keeps gardens alive year around--out in the yard in the summer,-- and helps them grow in our minds in the winter. If Glory's not gardening, she's spinning novels or teaching crafts! Entertaining and highly recommended!
- Lala Musings Rachel Howells has a unique voice in her blog that keeps you coming back. Insightful, cutting, and at times, hilarious. A great read and Highly recommended!
- A Heep of Everything Alexandra Heep has an interesting way of analyzing everything, ---heaps of life. Alexandra also writes " A Heep of NASCAR. Both of these blogs were previously highly recommended !
- Freelancing and More Doreen Martel's fab blog site on the business of writing is a 'must read' for anyone in the business. If you're interested in learning the ropes about the intricacies of writing successfully, Doreen's advice is highly recommended ! By the way, while you're at it, check out Doreen's brand new web site http://noscamworkathome.biz/. You may be glad you did !
- Poetic Parfait Christy Birmingham's *new blog Poetic Parfait is looking at poetry and music with refreshing, open eyes and her unique insight. *A relatively new blog,-- with a promising new approach! ** By the way, watch for *Silver Drops* in the next few days! Hm...that sounds familiar, the poetic neck is on the line, and you'll see why! Tune in and help the new 7x7 Link Award winners enjoy their recommendations too! Thanks again, Red!
That's my story and I'm sticking to it.