WordPress reminded me this morning that I’ve been toiling over a hot blog for two years now.
Well, some posts heat up our WordPress world here more than others, obviously. That’s the nature of this give, where I sit here on my recliner in the Little Bitty I share with my dear wife Karen in the Syracuse city neighborhood of Eastwood and spill thoughts about life as they take shape in the form of words and sentences and paragraphs and photographs and now YouTube videos.
Thanks for taking it all in, whenever you may have taken a look-see at the markbialczak.com spectacle.
Sometimes I get things right, apparently, because, just yesterday came a notification from the storyshucker, Stuart M. Perkins, nominating me for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award.
If you’ve yet to read Mr. Perkins’ work, please click the link above and take in his inspired manner of sharing wit and wisdom. Stuart looks at life with an easy eye and then relates the wonderful things he sees in tales so comfortable you hardly realize the moral of the story until you’re shaking your head in agreement and wishing you’d been there and done just that.
For instance, in accepting his nomination from Rebecca Daley, Stuart writes, “Many of us who blog on WordPress joke that ‘awards’ in this world are more like a game of tag. That’s true! But no one tags randomly and I consider a nomination for an award of any kind to be a great compliment. We write to be read. We spit out our thoughts and imagine that everyone, or no one, is reading them. But how can we know whether anyone is reading them? Well, now I know that Rebecca Daley is reading them because she recognized me in one of the only methods available to us here on WordPress. For that I thank her and am happy to follow the ‘rules’ in appreciation!”
I don’t want to even try to say it better than that. So thank you so much, Stuart, for inspiring me with your stories and nominating my blog for this award. Onward …
Here are the rules for the award:
• Thank and link to the person who nominated you.
• List the rules and display the award.
• Share seven facts about yourself.
• Nominate 15 other blogs you enjoy, then comment on their posts to let them know that you have nominated them.
Here are seven facts about me, most definitely listed more in chronology rather than significance. And because I like to be helpful, which you’ll see in No. 7 (but if you jump ahead, please come back now, you hear?) they will all double as a glossary of sorts to help any newcomers navigate my blog.
1. My very first blog post did not have any pictures. I started this blog because I was laid off after 29-plus years working at the big daily here in Syracuse.
2. My second post included my first photograph, taken with my iPhone 4. It was from the George Strait farewell tour, outside of Buffalo, N.Y. My trusty iPhones and iPads have become my staple of photography here since. This picture is quite lousy. I have improved in increments, depending upon the lighting and circumstances.
3. I still love going to concerts and writing about the music. And my concert photography with my iPhone 6 has gotten way better. (See category Music.)
4. I also still love going to sports events with my dear wife Karen and writing about it. (See category Sports.)
5. I can’t help but write about our beloved rescue mutt, Ellie B aka Dogamous Pyle. That dogs has so many dang adventures … (See tag Ellie B aka Dogamous Pyle.)
6. I adore the way my dear wife Karen makes me a better person, and how my daughter Elisabeth and her terrific boyfriend George and Karen’s son Daryl have formed a fantastic family of adults. (See category Life.)
7. I am a really good listener, and I like to help solve problems. (See category Free Advice.)
Now, my 15 nominations for Very Inspiring Blogger. I am attempting to avoid repeating those I nominated in the past year or more than one in the past. Some of you may have declared yourselves as No Award zones. If that’s the case, I have no expectations that you’ll accept the award, but I’d like you to know that your blog work impresses me nevertheless.
Please check these Fab 15 out. All inspire me in a unique way.
I call Sandra my lil sis, and she says we are part of the East-West Bialdez family. Her photography and skillfull prose are eye-opening, beautiful and fun.
Doobster and I both are graduates of the University of Maryland, he some years before I. He pulls no punches with his plentiful opinions, always delivered in a grammatically appropriate and yet entertaining manner. Go Terps Go.
Liz is a food blogger of the first order, serving up fine drink and dinner recipes, but so much more that that. You get servings of common sense life between courses, and her comment section is one of the best, too.
Angie Mc delivers a blog that promises to bring hope, order and sense to life’s chaos. Who doesn’t want that these days? And Angie McFly — my name for this special woman who also is a runner — has started a second blog, in which she reblogs posts that strike her fancy. And that’s cool, too.
Colleen’s sense of positive living is contagious. And her Swamp Fairy series is a delight.
Barbara reports about the cool and beautiful things in life down Richmond, Va., way, in an engaging and elegant style that’s still conversational and chatty.
Scott writes about life with his three young sons in a humorous and loving style that captures the glory and irony of it all. God bless his wife, too.
Apple Pie (I shorten the name for convenience sake and because I like the sound of it better) comments about music and more out of the Nashville scene.
Christy is a poet of note, yet she expands the vision here to comment about life and times and authors and more. She also writes a sister blog about inspiring women that’s a great read.
Sadie is full of interesting ideas, and the novel she’s writing on her side blog has me in its grips, too.
Michelle keeps a cool head and makes a damn great playlist while raising her teens, trying to run on a really bum knee and holding down a career that has her driving and flying through a half-dozen states. I bow to her every post.
Heather B. writes with her own special wit from the other side of the big pond, and I don’t even mind the extra letters she sticks into certain words.
MVG writes about adventures much closer to my home turf. And I appreciate that she gives me a pass for not knowing anything about her beloved Herkimer, event though it’s less than an hour from Syracuse and a straight shot across the New York State Thruway.
The Babe is interesting, writing about her teaching career presiding over special ed kids, art, dating on the second nine of life, whatever she wants to write about.
Ermine is a humorist who also calls Syracuse home. Her latest string is about failing out of clown school. Enough said.
Please have fun clicking all of these fine folks’ blogs. You’re going to find comments from me there, and I expect you’ll be moved to leave some choice words of your own.
Have a good day.