I have, over recent months, received a number of awards which I am eternally grateful for and have so far reciprocated in full. I have just been nominated for another one and whilst I am so appreciative, it has got me thinking.
It’s human nature to enjoy praise and, if you are like me, to praise others for the many great things they do. I love to put a smile on somebody’s face and hopefully my poems do just that, (as well as tears here and there but that ‘dark stuff’ just has to come out). I am perfectly happy with peoples ‘likes’ and overjoyed if they leave a positive comment.
Awards are lovely but not necessary. Not only is this not why I blog in the first place but it also takes so much time to participate/reciprocate that most days, I literally just don’t have it in me.
Your probably thinking, “You ungrateful bastard!”, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. I am not as I truly do appreciate the fact that somebody thought of me and my stuff in such a way.
The problem I, and no doubt many other bloggers and writers, have is that I only have a certain amount of time each day whereby my health conditions and family life allow me to focus on my ‘work’. Some days I don’t even open my macbook as I simply have not the energy or drive to do so.
On the days when I do, it takes me a couple of hours to do my morning catch up with emails, twitter, fb, linkedin etc., and then I like to write a poem. There then follows another couple of hours worth of posting and publicising the poem on an ever increasing number of sites, groups, blogs etc.
By the time I’ve done all this, the only thing I am ready for is a snooze but at least I have the satisfaction of knowing that I have achieved something that, hopefully, somebody ‘out there’ will get some pleasure from.
I am rambling now so I will come to the point. From this point onwards, I will have to graciously decline any further award nominations. Please do not take offence at this as I have no control over it.
Please accept my heartfelt thanks for all your past and continued support.
(Keep smiling 😊)