I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought;
and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.
Being new to Book Blogger Appreciation Week, I wasn't quite sure what to expect with the nomination process for awards. Like hundreds of others, I registered my blog, submitted my nominations, and watched to see what would unfold.
The other evening I opened my email to find one from My Friend Amy, sharing the news that I was nominated for Best New Blog.
I woke up The Dean (who responded by mumbling something incoherent about winning the lottery and early retirement) and got to work culling through 419 posts to find five that would fit the category of Best New Blog.
And then I wasn't quite sure what to do next. (Well, OK, I did update my Facebook status. As the clock strikes midnight, usually the only people who want to hear from you at that hour are on Facebook or Twitter.)
Was it considered proper to announce that one had received a nomination? Or in bad taste? Was this like the Academy Awards (personally, it is a bigger deal to me) whereby the nominees are announced weeks in advance? Are there BBAW parties on awards night? If someone was also nominated in the same category and was a reader of said blog, how would that blogger feel? And vice versa?
I decided to follow other bloggers' leads and in doing so, I've been noticing over the past few days that people have been announcing their nominations. (And they're all great blogs, and all so well-deserved.) So, I'm following suit.
I've been nominated in two categories - the aforementioned Best New Blog and Best Writing. It sounds like a cliche, but I am speechless and truly honored to be even considered. Thank you to those who thought of me for these awards. I work hard on my blog, and am very appreciative to you for reading and for commenting.
As I wrote in my blogiversary post last week, I knew I would like this blogging thing of ours. I just had no idea how much I'd fall in love with it. How much it would sustain me.
So thank you, so very much. Regardless of what happens from here, I am filled with happiness, doubled by wonder.