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.
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…
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.
Thank you Janet. I appreciate you including me in this.
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.
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
- Steven at Bitches Get Stitches.
- Dipika at Kismuth.
- Michelle at Vignetti.
- Marie at Presents of Mind.
- Amaya at Amaya Ellman.
- Diane at Diane Prokop: Books, Music and More.
- Ellison at The Book Bully.
- Ann Morgan at A Year of Reading the World.
- Claire at It’s Kind of a Long Story.
- Trish Saunders at Wee Book Blog.
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.