The wonder of blogging awards
I can’t imagine going to a real life friend and telling her, hey I am giving you the honesty of the year award!! Even though I want to give her one. Hugs and kisses we do give, and at times we send cards…but usually the cards are sent on occasions. Blogging awards are bereft of occasion. They arrive suddenly, and are heart-warming because they come from people whom we have never met.
Both Vishesh and Reema gave me the Honest Blogger Award. Thank you both. One thing I need to say though…the kind of a blog that I have, it’s easy to be honest. The reason I started this blog was because I wanted to be honest, something one cannot always be if one is writing for mainstream media. Honestly giving one’s opinions on issues is easy I think…don’t many of us start blogs to do that? There is no threat perception involved here unless one writes absolutely outrageous posts.
There is another kind of honesty involved in writing a blog – selection of topics. Writing what you feel strongly about gives the blog a certain honesty and I think I have that.
However, when I give this Honest Blogger award to someone I want to choose someone far more worthy of it than I…because as mentioned earlier it is not all that difficult to be honest about one’s opinions or even to write about what one feels strongly about. Honestly about one’s personal life is something else…in fact I know I am quite incapable of being transparent about my personal life and that is why I have never even attempted a personal blog. I am not saying that only those whom I am awarding write honestly… it’s just that these bloggers I’ve chosen are exceedingly and astonishingly transparent about themselves. They have personal blogs and they don’t have just one-off bare-all type of post but have several posts which reveal themselves.
The awardees are Gabriel (he is number one because his blog has been of help to others with similar problems), Christine for her confessions, Paul for his candid look at himself and his life, Brian for sharing his secret life. The names that sprang to mind first were those of international bloggers…all of them happen to be Americans (except Gabriel who is Canadian). I think the fact that their society is more open and accepting could be the reason why they are more open about their private lives. So no judgments about why we in India are more guarded. But there are Indian bloggers who deserve this award…and they are – Mad Momma, for opening up her children’s world, Kriss, for being who is, Suda, for his personal revelations, and Nikhil for his utter frankness about himself.
The second award, the Blogging Friendship Award has come from Reema. I award this friendship award to each and every regular commentator on this blog and also to all those on my blogroll. Yes to commentators without blogs too…why not? They are friends made through my blog. Thanks for being there, thanks for reading, thanks for commenting and thanks for being a friend.