*pause for dissention*
No, really. I am. I've been lax about acknowledging all these wonderful awards some kind and caring individuals have bestowed on me out of
How am I supposed to choose which of the many talented bloggers I've had the pleasure of reading to award such honors when all of them are so deserving? Am I to single out just one or two and shun the rest?
Well, that didn't sit well with me, so I devised a plan.
But before I tell you what it is, let me thank a few people who've brightened my days with awards:
Christina gave me the Breakout Blogger award when I was a young, fledgling upstart (like 2 weeks ago). It was my first award, and so totally unexpected that at first I thought it was a mistake. How funny, I thought. There's another Avery around.
Yep, that's me. Quick as a whip.
It still retains a prominent display on my blog mantle (all of 2 weeks later). Especially coming from someone as eloquent and no-nonsense as the Lady Christina. Quite a compliment, let me tell you!
Flanking it on the right, we have the award given me by my favorite vivacious "Brit" living it up in the French countryside, Mya--the You Make Me Smile award. I make Mya smile? Obviously she hasn't read her own blog, or she'd totally be awarding that one to herself. This post alone had me
Finally, we have the two awards bestowed on me by the venerable Jo Beaufoix--the Bodacious Blog award, and the I Made Someone Laugh So Much Their Head Fell Off award. The latter is one she made herself. (Cute, ain't it?) This girl has mad skillz far surpassing my own in every concievable way, and yet I found myself inspired by her ingenuity.
Which leads me to my aforementioned plan.
I made my own award, too!
Jo, I hope you don't think I'm trying to steal your thunder. In fact, you're the first recipient of my award. Because you're not a typical blogger, and this ain't no typical award. It's the I Guess Your Blog's Not THAT Bad award (complete with an original Avery Gray self-portrait.)
Why in the world would I want to give this award to someone I actually like? Allow me to explain.
When I get an award, I get superhappypumped. I copy and paste it, or get the HTML code, and add it to my impressively long list of honor. Then, once I've hit the save button, and it becomes indelibly etched in the posterity of The Blog, reality sets in.
I made someone smile.
My blog is bodacious.
I decapitated someone with my rapier wit!
I didn't mean to do that!! Yet, there's the proof, right there. Staring me accusingly in the face. You did this, and you will do it again!
And then the pressure sets in. What if they come to expect it? I mean, "A" material EVERY DAY? That's not even possible. Sometimes I'm scraping the dregs, people. Some days you're gonna wish for "C-". I promise you.
And what if I decide one day to expose my more serious side, blog about social reform, or the environment, or the reason so many frat boys are flooding toy aisles looking for Aqua Dots. Will there be a huge black hole where my loyal readers used to be?
For this reason, I've decided to spare my favorite bloggers the anguish. The beauty of my award? No pressure!
Come on! Wouldn't you rather live up to "not that bad" than "so freaking hysterical I went into labor and I'm not even pregnant"? I know I would!
So, for the lucky recipients of this prize, you may choose from one of two sizes:
Well, you could use the huge one, too, if you really wanted to. I'm not picky. As a matter of fact, feel free to add your own embellishments. Give me devil horns, a moustache, boogers...whatever you want. Just copy the image and paste it into your picture editor. (Or Paint, if nothing else.) Save it and add to your blog. Easy as pie!
So, without further ado, here are the first ever recipients of the "I Guess Your Blog's Not THAT Bad" award. Drumroll, please...
Uh, congratulations, I think!