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

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  9. Hi Mark!
    I seen your little name taking a peek at my blog! Glad you came by. I enjoy your blog. Of course, I’m not as professional writer like yourself, I’m a hot mess, but I love to share *HOPE* with others in Recovery and who suffer from Mental Health issues. I just let the words fall from my Heart to the keyboard and then hit “POST”!
    I can tell you enjoy where you live! God Bless, Author Catherine Lyon :-) :-)

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  13. It is quite interesting to see what it is that makes an award winning blog. Being new to this medium I have been working on finding my feet in this new E-world and looking at the content and style of blogs such as yours has been more than just a tad helpful it’s been down right useful to say the least. Audience and awards aside I have been truly enjoying this and have E-met some VERY interesting characters along the way. I’ve had a quick look around and will take some more time to read some of your current pieces but I have to say I really like your style both with content and feel. Look forward to reading you.

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    • Thank you for your kind comments. I hope you find some things you like here. I tend to jump around a bit, writing about the things that interest me in this life of ours. I will be following you, too, hoping to learn about your world. Welcome to the WordPress community, an interesting place to be.

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  14. Thanks – I too have a somewhat eclectic content – side effect of always wanting to know about different things as they come to my attention. Be seeing you :)

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  18. Mark, a blogger mentioned your post on your brother making her cry….Robin , I think and I was not able to find it and would like to read it. Could you send me the link, please?

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    • Thank you for noticing the new look, Rachel. I fiddled with it all day yesterday.

      I discovered that to get who I wanted in the top of my ‘who comes up on my reader’ I had to get the blogs I wanted on notifications, click to unfollow, and then click again to follow anew.

      Tricky, WordPress!

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  19. Hey Mark! I see that you have a whole cabinet of AWARD. Well done you! May I add another? I am nominating you for the Versatile Blogger Award because I very much enjoy reading your blogs & feel like you very much deserve it. It’s clear to see, just how hard you work at your blog. To accept this award, please click on the link -> http://insidethelifeofmoi.wordpress.com/2014/04/04/versatile-blogger-award/ …Oh and congrats! :-) Keep up the great blog!

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  23. Hey Mark, I love your blog and have nominated you for the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award. (We’re not sexist in the blogosphere and my nominatio came from a man!) I hope this is something you would like to participate in but of course, I understand if this is something that is not of interest to you, or if you do not have enough time to participate. If you are interested, please follow the link below.

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