Mr. Pibb!!!! (More on Mr. Pibb and our 11-hour odyssey to fetch him in tomorrow’s post. We were gone all day yesterday doing the fetching, so I haven’t had a chance yet to put that post together with all the photos.)
Meanwhile, the 2010 Bloggies are open for nominations!
Suzanne, why, why, why, are you doing this to us? Did we not already do enough with that dratted SAM-e thing? Yes, yes, you did. I hate to ask you to do something else! (Especially so soon.) The Bloggies competition is the longest-running, most prestigious blog awards program on the internet. Winners, and even just finalists, receive a good amount of exposure. (The winner receives $20, by the way. The real “prize” is the opportunity for exposure to new readers.) Last year, I was a finalist in the Best-Kept Secret category. The reason I want/need to do this again is because the exposure of being a finalist will help me continue to grow this website and work full-time on it. This website is my dream. The difference between voting in the Bloggies and voting in the SAM-e contest is that you only have to vote once to nominate me in the Bloggies. (No daily voting! Do it and you’re done.)
Here is how it works:
Go to the 2010 Bloggies page. The page scrolls sideways instead of down. A blog may be nominated in any category you deem fit. In order to make a nomination, you must nominate at least three blogs, so put some of your other favorite blogs in mind and have the URLs handy.
The URL for this blog is: https://chickensintheroad.com
If you believe my blog is worthy of nomination, please help me by doing so! (If you don’t believe it’s worthy of nomination, or you are offended by my request, you are free to not do so.)
I want to take a moment to say why I’m here and why I do this. There are two reasons. One is because I’m trying to make a living as a writer. My work is offered freely and this website is supported by advertising. (Let me tell you, when you write about how to live a simple, frugal life spending little money, that really reels in the advertisers.) I’m just a girl on a farm with a dream to make my living from this website. I work hard! Two, well, two is best summed up in this comment that was left here yesterday on a post several days back:
“I just want you to know that I have been a loyal reader of your site for close to a year now. Recently some major tragedies have occurred. I’m 28. I left my verbally abusive husband, in Canada two weeks ago. I rejoined my family in California after a three and a half year miserable marriage. The day before yesterday he informed me via email without addressing me by name that HE has decided the marriage is over. He’s a cruel man, but I loved him.
Last month I lost my grandmother and she was my best friend. I was her caregiver up until she died of metastasized breast cancer. All that to say that during this heartbreaking time in my life, your website, your blog, brings me so much encouragement. Your simple life gives me hope. I want to move to some remote area, surround myself with animals and be just like you. Your blog is like a little life line and I’m so grateful to you for dedicating yourself to it. It’s your ministry. Thank you, thank you, thank you.”
Writing this blog is a passion to me. It’s not just about making a living. It’s about making a difference. My little difference in the world. I receive many comments, and emails, like the one above, that’s just the most recent one. Every single one of them mean so much to me. I want to be here, doing this, for you. For some time now I have devoted full-time to this website. (There’s a lot more to it than “just” writing the posts as a website of this extent requires a lot of behind-the-scenes work as well.) As I said, this website is my passion so it doesn’t feel like work. I often think of it like a ministry because I know that in various ways it is meaningful to people, and that’s important to me. On other other hand, I have to support my family with it or go put in an application at Target because I have to take care of my family. Voting to nominate me in the Bloggies will help me keep doing what I’m doing. Please help me if you believe this website is worthy.
You may vote once per email address. (In other words, you may vote more than once if you happen to have additional legitimate email addresses.) Your vote to nominate my blog will not be counted until you receive the validation email and return your confirmation.
Categories my blog may fit into include Best Photography Weblog, Best Food Weblog, Best Humorous Weblog, and Best Writing of a Weblog. You can nominate a blog in one or multiple categories. My best chance of actually winning one would be if my blog were nominated in multiple categories, and if you all combine your efforts by nominating me in the same categories, it will give me the best shot at making the finals.
Nominations opened January 1st and will close at 10 pm EST on January 12.
If you choose to help me with this, THANK YOU!!!
P.S. If you don’t get your confirmation email, you can email the Bloggies coordinator to confirm.