In my opinion, I subscribe to the best of the best of blogs. Not only do the writers entertain me with their posts, but they attract the best of the best of commenter[s]. Kim, the G is silent, a fellow blogger, shares my sentiment in a comment she left on Blurt’s “Irony, With Mustard and Kraut” stating, “I need to stop reading all the comments before commenting on my own. With each comment I feel my funny slip-sliding away. Bastards.”
I agree with Kim. One has to be quick to leave a comment on the best of the best of the blogs or risk being overshadowed by another best of the best of commeter[s]. Moreover, I admit I’m competitive, and I admit I think I am funny
looking. Funny thing about blogs, you realize A.) you’re not the only writer in the world, and B.) you’re not the funniest looking person in the world.
There was a time when talent was hard to fine, seemingly rare. For one to get noticed/discovered one needed to be in the right place at the right time. Nowadays, one just needs to audition for one of the many ‘talent’ driven television shows: American Idol, America’s Got Talent, So You Think You can Dance, The Voice, etc. Or, one just needs to upload a video to YouTube and promote the heck out of the video until it is viral. Nowadays, everyone is talented. Bummer.
While everyone and their 70+ yr old Grandma is oozing with talent, not everyone is paid for their talent. There in lies the challenge. Having talent is no longer enough to guarantee 15 minutes of fame or a steady paycheck. Now, one needs to be better than the millions (literally) who appear in YouTube videos, audition episodes of reality television or publish their own book.
For whatever reason, I equate a form of success (notoriety) with the nod of approval from the WordPress gods. I write and compete with over 300,000 bloggers, all of us trying to stand out from the crowd – if only for 15 minutes. Every post I write is my own personal audition with the WordPress judges. To date, my auditions have fallen flat. Thankfully, I am not berated for my lack of writing talent by a Simon Cowell-like blogging judge. Moreover, the lack of negative feedback from the WordPress judges helps keep my ego strong, as I continue to write with champagne wishes and caviar dreams.
Are all bloggers writing in hopes of being published? I don’t believe so. When I started blogging, I wrote to release the voices in my head. I was not writing for others; I was writing for me. Now? I still write for me (and the voices), but I also write in hopes of gaining followers and subscribers. My talent for sharing my thoughts with walls is great, but I also appreciate sharing thoughts with live humans.
Recently, I received a nod from two bloggers I follow and enjoy. Both Julie True Kingsley and Deborah-Bryan deemed me worthy enough to receive The Versatile Blogger award. Though there is no cash prize for this award, I am excited to receive the recognition. If nothing else, I know I have two readers who enjoy my writing enough to tell others. And, since they told two friends, perhaps those friends will tell two friends, who – in turn – will tell two friends, and so on and so on and so on. (Do you remember that shampoo commercial? If you are under 38 yrs of age, you probably don’t. Please be kind to those who do remember it.)
There comes a responsibility when awarded The Versatile Blogger. One is required to share his/her favorite bloggers with others, thereby awarding them with The Versatile Blogger award. Fulfilling my responsibility, I am going to share my picks with you. However, my award winners are winners, in part, because of their commenter[s]. Be advised, if you decide to follow these bloggers (which I highly recommend), you will feel a pressure to leave clever comments after their posts.
Interestingly enough, within the blogosphere, one need not worry about keeping up with the Jones, one need worry about keeping up with the commenter[s]. Good luck! And again, thank you Julie and Deborah for the recognition! Cheers!
The Good Greatsby: Creator of countless clever posts, as well as countless clever commenter[s]. For starters, why not take part his current Caption Contest, submission deadline is June 26th at 6:00 AM EST.
Blurt (aka Omawarisan): I have a talent for parallel parking. So, too, does Burt. In his post, “You Wouldn’t Know It From Reading This Blog But…“, you find out Blurt is also good at parallel parking. You also find that Blurt has several funny commenter[s].
Refrigerator Magnet (aka Spilled Ink Guy) may not attract the funniest of comments, but he is the provider of funny comments. Moreover, he photography talent is huge. Check out his version of “Worn“, and read how he created the picture. Fascinating.
Izzie and her “Whatever Factor” generates many comments. Her post titled, “I Want to Know Why” related to looking people in the eyes when speaking to them. The comments were interesting. Her post titled, “The Love Letter” is simply lovely regardless of the comments.
Two other specific posts I want to point out deal with the memory of losing a parent in two different ways. Deborah’s post, “Six hands for lifting” about her Mom’s battle with mental illness. Please, read the post. And Maineiac, dealing with the loss of her father, finally found the strength to write about it as she was “Struggling to Breathe“. Again, please read the post.
In addition to the above bloggers, I also recommend you take note of Havocandshine and New Mind Shack. Havocandshine’s writing is haunting. The way she creates her sentences and incorporates the pictures …. I don’t know. I wish I could express myself as beautifully as Havocandshine. In fact, I am unable to pull a specific post from Havocandshine, because all of her posts are so moving. Right now, she is in the midst of dealing with the recent death of her brother, and she is sharing her pain with us, in part to help herself heal.
Like Havocandshine, The New Mind Shack is an excellent story teller. Her sentence structure and format adds to the beauty and purity of the story. Of course, one may not see that in her post containing boob balls. However, read “T’ank You, T’ank You” and you’ll laugh yourself into agreement with me that GMom is real … in so many ways.
Once more, I extend thanks to Julie and Deborah. Also, I send special thanks to all the commenter[s] out there for keeping me on my toes and putting a smile on my face. I enjoy reading so many blogs – the fact that the comments are entertaining is a wonderful bonus. Basically bloggers – we rock!