One person did not pass this blogpost along and died a week later…

August 16, 2012 § 14 Comments

When I was a girl, I was terrified of receiving a chain letter.

For two reasons:

One, I grew up sensitive, impressionable, gullible and anxious in quite a Christian home and it was all very frightening sometimes. If thunder was perceived to be the four vengeful horsemen of the apocalypse, then you can imagine what a chain letter was to me with their ominous superstitions and threats of bad luck. I didn’t ever want to get one and if I did I would rip that jiggery-pokery voodoo right up!

Secondly. Oh sad secondly, I didn’t have ten friends to pass a letter on to. There is nothing more frightening than hocus-pocus to a girl than the embarrassment of not having ten friends to forward a chain letter on to. I think.

In short, while I don’t believe in witchcraft (or, maybe even, God) anymore, I raise a skeptic’s eyebrow to anything that whiffs of a chain letter, including most mailing lists and anything at all spammy, bombardery or unsolicited.

Which is awkward because a very nice movie-blogger called Janet at Popcorn Dinner nominated me for a Liebster Blog Award this week.

I wasn’t quite sure what this is exactly but, on first appearances, it certainly seemed a bit spammy. And when I wandered over to Janet’s blog to check it out some more, my eyes immediately honed in on the Rules:

1. Each person must post eleven things about themselves
2. Answer the eleven questions the person giving the award has set for you
3. Create eleven questions for the people you will be giving the award to
4. Choose eleven people to award and send them a link to your post
5. Go to their page and tell them
6. No tag backs

I’m also not sure what a tag back is but more importantly, when was it raised from ten to eleven friends?! Not having ten friends to forward a chain-letter to was bad enough but eleven but but but…

But. Wait.

Wait, Deborah.

Somebody you don’t know is sending you a message that… yeah, honestly, seems kinda spammy because the word Liebster is funny and it’s not a real award and you don’t get a trophy or anything… But when you break it down, someone you don’t know is saying “Hey you, yeah you, with your little blog of not-very-many followers – I read your stuff and I like what you’re doing. How about telling some folks you dig the same thing?”

That’s not scary. That’s not voodoo. That’s not unwelcome. That’s… nice.

So.

Thank you Janet. I appreciate you including me in this.

So.

Now what?

Do I leave it at that or do I metaphorically rip the letter right up? To break the chain or to pass it on?

I shall not be swayed by superstition dammit! But I am a sucker for the sentiment behind this, and us godfearin folk tend to want to repay a kindness.

So.

I’m going to answer and pose my questions in a follow-up post but, for now, I hereby hex… I mean ‘nominate’… the following talented, interesting, diverse and admirable bloggers that I’ve followed for long and not-so-long times

Some of these folks are dear old friends; others I’ve had the pleasure of slowly getting to know through the book-blogging community; and others still will have no idea who I am as I appreciate them quietly from afar.

I’m especially wondering if I’ll hear from Marie at Presents of Mind. Her blog is so fascinating as she traverses and grapples with the paradox of being a person with Avoidance Personality Disorder who also aspires to be a published author. Her writing is wonderful and I’m both impressed and intrigued by her. I hope she succeeds in her journey.

Probably some of you will be skeptical like me and that’s okay. It’s not my intention to pressure you into doing anything you don’t want to, totally feel free to say thanks but no thanks, not for me (you will not die if you don’t do this… I think!). All I wanted was to say “Hey you, yeah you. I read you. I like what you have to say and I like you too. If I could give you a trophy and a cash-prize I would. But this is what I got.”

My praise and my thanks.

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§ 14 Responses to One person did not pass this blogpost along and died a week later…

  • G-LO says:

    Hey there Deborah!

    Thanks for linking back to our little blog about this whole Liebster thing. You’re right. It is kind of chain letter-esque, but it’s also as you said: Nice! Thankfully, my past nominations came from bloggers that I enjoy and respect, so I happily played along, cause you know, it’s nice to be noticed.

    Loved your response to the Liebster by the way.

    Cheers!
    G-LO

  • dianeprokop says:

    Thanks, Deborah – it’s an honor to make your list. I’ve been considering giving up my blog. Would anybody even realize it was gone, I ask? Do I make a difference? Who cares? You do – yay!

  • […] have asked some folks to do the thing I’m about to […]

  • weebookblog says:

    Hi Deborah,
    I never thought I’d be so glad to get a chain letter. I’ll need a few days to figure out what to say but like Diane, I was ready to give up the energy it takes to keep a blog going in isolation.
    Facebook (which I’m now off) jitters were resurfacing (you know – the too much information kind). I don’t need thousands of strangers zipping past me. No indeedy. I can stand in the main street of any city and get that (well, maybe not Dunedin).
    Thanks for choosing me for your chain blog Deborah. You wonder about finding eleven friends? Oh the agony…weebookblog IS the… eleventh friend.
    (Knew I should have gone for bigbookblog)

    • Oh Trish, please don’t give up.

      I love your writing. I loved the image of Mother Theresa taking the Myer Briggs test, and the Eye of God piece.

      I wrote to Diane tonight lamenting my laziness about commenting on blogs when it’s so easy to just press Like. I don’t know why I’m so hesitant to tell people when I like something they wrote. I wonder if they feel like I’m just trying to have my own blog noticed so, like I say, many people I read and admire quietly from afar.

      I certainly hope you’ll continue writing even if you feel like blogging is not for you.

      My questions for you are now up on a post called Eleven x 3.

      A lot of the people I picked are writers so I left my questions purposefully vague and open to act as a sort of prompt.

      Look forward to hearing what you have to say.
      Deborah.

  • I think that you overcame a shy person’s (for you sound like me to me, a basically shy person) fear of contact with strangers and handled the situation very well. And congratulations on the award!

  • […] the post I wrote about my blog award ambivalence, I linked to the people I read and like and deserve some praise and attention. I didn’t have […]

  • Hi Deborah

    Thanks so much for including A Year of Reading the World in your nominations – I really appreciate it. And congratulations on your blog.

    Sadly, with 196 books to find, read and write about this year I’m a bit stretched for time, which means I can’t write extra posts for awards. But I am very honoured to have been chosen by you.

    Keep up the good work.

    All the best

    Ann

  • […] dear friend, deb, over at first we read, then we write nominated me for a liebster blog award. as i read her post, about how it wasn’t a real award and how it was basically a chain letter […]

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