About the blogger and awards


Mark Bialczak is a veteran journalist who has lived in the Syracuse area since 1983. In early 2013, he was set free to write about whatever he wants.

Contact Mark at markbialczak@gmail.com.

Check out his twice-weekly film blogs at http://www.syracusenewtimes.com.

He blogs weekly about his community at http://waer.org.

In June, 2013, Reedy Press published “The Syracuse Fan’s Survival Guide to the ACC,” co-written by Mark and veteran basketball beat writer Mike Waters. Click here to buy the book.

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In November, 2013, I was nominated for:

blog of the year

And, twice:

Versatile blogger

Two days before Christmas, I was nominated for my second star on the Blog of the Year Award:

Blog of Year two starts

Also two days before Christmas, I was nominated by award originator Don Charisma to be one of the first recipients of the Inventive Blogger Award. The logo includes a cool photo of a German bridge:

Inventive Blogger Award

Two days after Christmas, my friend Judy Berman nominated me for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award. This means a lot to me because Judy and I were friends in the real world before she and her husband — also my friend — Dave moved from Syracuse to Florida:

Very Inspiring Blogger

And then it became 2014. On the sixth day of January, Irene A Waters from Australia nominated me for The Lighthouse Award, given to blogs that shed light on a dark world. I think that’s very cool.

The Lighthouse Award

On Jan. 16, I was nominated by Mr. Don Charisma for The Sunshine Award. This I take as a special blessing during a Syracuse winter.


On Feb. 3, Don Charisma was back from a holiday in his native London. He wasted no time in sharing the fact that he’s been given the Dragon’s Loyalty Award five times. I was one of the lucky ones on his list of nominations. Now isn’t this a neat badge?

Dragon's Loyalty

On Feb. 15, my deep-thinking fellow Syracuse blogger Chris Malone bestowed the ABC Award. That would stand for Awesome Blog Content. I think it could also stand for Amazing Badge, Coolio. If I were a graphics type, I would start a cottage industry designing blog award badges for WordPressLand.

ABC Award

On Feb. 25, the night before my one-year anniversary with this blog on WordPress, Irene A Waters nominated me for the Shauny Award. The award was started out of love for a special lad, and it’s supposed to go to bloggers who spread the love with their work. Thank you, Irene, for thinking I fit that bill.

Shauny Award

On March 1, as I was coping with the lion that I so dearly wished was a lamb, simplyilka popped up on my comment section that she’d nominated me for The Seven Award.

I can’t be frozen about this one. The Seven Award bundles seven honors all into one award-aganza.

Here are the badges, top to bottom. Some I now own twice. I certainly don’t mind.

Sevens part one

Sevens part two

Right at the start of March Madness 2014, PeaceLoveGreatCountryMusic decided to nominate me for my second helping of the Dragon’s Loyalty Award.

And this one comes with a whole new badge, below.

Dragon's Loyalty

A few days after spring did not get sprung here in Syracuse, Jolene of Valley Girl Gone Country nominated me for the Liebster Award. It’s only supposed to go to bloggers with less than 200 followers. Jolene has more than 600 and she accepted it and nominated me. I have more than 300. I hope to grow up to be as successful as Jolene someday.

Liebster Award

On April 3, the opening day for my hometown Syracuse Chiefs Triple-A baseball team, my friend Angie from the Kentucky city known for bluegrass music, Owensboro, put her Angel Award badge up on her blog and said it was available for the taking. Her blog post was an acceptance for the Dragon’s Loyalty Award that I had nominated Angie for because of her smart and sassy ways. I proudly accept the award you originated this day, Angie.

Angel Award

On April 4, Amanda Lyle from Inside the Life of Moi nominated me for the Versatile Blogger Award. It’s No. 3 for me on that what, and I’ll take it because I still try to write about many different subjects. And on April 16, Shelly of MomzHappyHour gave me my stamp of versatility for the fourth time.

Versatile Blogger

On Feb. 1, 2015, I got back into the award acceptance swing by taking on the Premio Dardos badge offered by Doobster on his Mindful Digressions blog. It’s offered for creativity and artful writing. I had to take this award for the first time.

Premio Dardos

On Feb. 25, I was nominated for the Very Inspiring Blogger’s Award by the storyshucker himself, Stuart M. Perkins. And wow, did this inspire me. Perkins is one of the most down-home writers I’ve enountered on WordPress, a spreader of everyday yarns that roll from his blog in an intoxicating rhythm as they reinforce the foundations of life. Thank you, Stuart. I am honored. And the new badge is a keeper.

Very Inspiring

179 thoughts on “About the blogger and awards

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  3. Hello Mark,
    I just saw that you started following my blog. Thank you very much <3
    As promised (and if you are interested), you can received a postcard from me from somewhere in the world. Just click on the button on my home page : http://offtowanderland.com/
    Have a nice day

    Cheers from Sweden :)


    • Thanks for the link, Mrs. B. What a great story about the pitching success of this young Whitecap. I will follow Kevin when he makes the majors, so I can imagine what a proud auntie you are to have the Frank Tanana, the would-be Cy Young Award-winner of his league, as your nephew. Pass along my congratulations to Mr. B, Maria! :-)


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  6. i thank you for your like of some of my posts. I love the way you and Austin ( Romp) spar. he is so funny and i will endeavour to read / catch up on all of yours. Wow thats lots of awards for blogging. hope you built a trophy room.


  7. Mackeral!!! (Holy Mackeral) … Finally, I arrived at your blog, and it is a wild and wonderful blog. I have seen your name / face on different people’s blogs (comments), and this last blog … reocochran … talked about her pictures she has sent on to you, offering a direct link to your blog. Well, I am honored to visit, I’ll be back when I have a few more minutes than what I have now.


    • Please come back and visit, OSotT. If you come from Robin’s blog, you come from good stock and are surely welcome at my house always. And I am off to visit the clearing past the forest now. :-)


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  9. Really smart to keep track of all those awards, and congrats on winning all those! We over at the BoFN earned quite a few in our early days but didn’t keep track of them… it’s funny how over the years the awards have slowed down significantly as we’ve grown more established.


    • The established part is so true, Dave. Also, a lot of good bloggers have offered me award in the many months since I’ve added this last one here, and despite thanking them on their blogs, I’ve done nothing about it here or with a post … Too busy writing, or feeling too established, perhaps? Turn toward camera: Sorry blogging friends whom I’ve stood up this way. I am not worthy until I go back somehow and make amends. Perhaps it is time for me to change my label above to “Now Awards Free Blog,” Dave.


  10. Wow you have quite a collection of blogging awards here. I love some of the designs on the badges; they were a lot of fun to look at. Congrats on all of your awards as well, I’m sure that they were well deserved. :D


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