Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Loose Ends -- Thanks and Liebster Award!

There are a few loose ends I would like to address following the A-to-Z Blogathon:

First of all, let me offer a heart-felt "THANK YOU!!!"  to all who visited, commented, and became a follower of my blog during the A-to-Z Challenge!  I will post a more detailed follow-up for the May 7th Feedback Post Day, but I wanted to be sure to let you know how much it meant to me to have your support during that month of insanity and deadlines, lol!

Also, back on S-Day, Lisa Vooght ("Li") at Flash Fiction awarded me a Liebster Blog Award.

During the Challenge, I thanked her in the comments, but I didn't interrupt the A-to-Z flow to do it properly in a dedicated post.  So I'm doing it now:   

Thank you very much for the Award, Li!

I've done some searching, and while its origins are spotty, evidently this is a blogging award that has been around for quite a while, and is passed on to "new and upcoming" bloggers (those who have less than 200 followers), in order to give them more exposure.

Well, I'm not really blogging to win awards, but I definitely appreciate the recognition, and I gladly accept -- in big part because the "Rules" of the award are that I have to nominate five other deserving blogs, and I'm very happy to pass some recognition on, too.

I have met so many wonderful fellow writers and bloggers, and I would like to nominate each and every one of you, but in keeping with the spirit of the award, I'm limiting it to those who don't already have the award, have less than 200 followers, and have been consistent visitors and commenters on my blog since I've met them (several of whom I've met during this A-to-Z).

So with these guidelines in mind, I would like to nominate:

--> Jessica at A Sort of Mental Squint 

--> Susan at I Think Therefore I Am  (OK she currently has 203 followers, but she doesn't already have this award, and if I'd passed on the award back on S-Day when I'd gotten it, she might have still been under the limit).

--> Nicole at Write Me A World

--> Guilie at Quiet Laughter

You each have something unique and awesome to offer the blogosphere, and I'm very happy to help spread the word!


Susan Flett Swiderski said...

Congratulations on receiving the award. You definitely deserve it, and I hope it generates some more interest in your blog. I appreciate you wanting to share it with me, but I already received it some time ago. (I hide... I mean, post... awards down at the very bottom of my blog, kinda like sticking plaques and trophies in the basement ...) Even if it were copacetic for me to accept it again, which I don't think it is, I don't think I could top the post I did for it last time. (If you wanta see it, look at my tags and click on liebster award.) Again, thank you. I really do appreciate it, but I reckon I should only accept it one time.

Gina said...

Chris, first of all, congratulations on receiving the award yourself!. You truly deserve it. I love your blog, I enjoyed your theme for the challenge, and I value with all my heart your nomination. I'd love to accept it but I can't since the rules state that one blog can't be awarded the prize twice. I will, however, thank you in a dedicated manner on my blog (wait for it next week) as I should have and I will continue to follow you in the future. I'll also visit the other blogs you so kindly nominated.

Best of luck and thanks again!

The Golden Eagle said...

Congratulations on the award! :) You have an excellent blog.

Cherie Larkins said...

Congrats on your award! And also for finishing the A-Z Challenge. It does feel good to know it's over and you've done it. :D I know I'm glad it's over...hehehe.

Thanks for the follow and for commenting on my blog, too. I'm glad to have found your blog through the challenge because you had some really good (and informative) posts here. I know I learned a lot. :)

Nicole said...

Thanks for the shout out, Chris! It was great to connect with you during the A-Z, and congrats on your own award.

.jessica. said...

Congrats on the award, Chris, and thank you for passing it along to me! :) You can't see it, but I'm all blushy, heh. I'm so thrilled to have met you through A to Z. (And I'm already wondering how many posts we're going to have in common next year - great minds and all that!) ;)

Chris Fries said...

@Susan: Well, I guess I get a big FAIL for my research, huh? I never saw the badge when I looked down on your blog, lol! Oh well -- it's the thought behind the nomination, right? And that still totally applies! I really love the work you do on your blog!

@Gina: You know, for a wannabe writer who's supposedly supposed to know the importance of research, I'm pretty much choking, aren't I? LOL! I never saw the badge on your blog either. But thank you so much for your kind words and your support, and my thoughts behind my nomination of your blog still apply 100%, even if you already have the award! I learned about a ton of excellent horror suggestions -- it's wonderful to see that genre represented with taste and intelligence and not just shock and schlock. You do great work!

@Eagle: Thank you very much! I really appreciate you saying that.

@Cherie: Thank you! You're right -- it's great to be done with the A-to-Z, but I am very glad for all the people I've met through it, such as yourself!

@Nicole: Thanks and you're more than welcome Nicole! You have a fabulous blog! I really enjoyed all the wonderful books you mentioned -- I've learned a lot of new YA and fantasy suggestions, as well as sharing the joy of seeing some of my own old favorites!

@Jes: Well, thank you! And you definitely deserve the award. I really connected with your thoughts and insights into your writing -- I think we share a lot of the same opinions, so it's great to have gottent to know you. You do awesome work!

Guilie said...

Chris, thank you so much for passing the award on to me--I really do appreciate it. Alas, I already received it last year (I think I deleted the sticker, so of course you couldn't know). If you have another worthy candidate for the award please do pass it on; otherwise I'll gladly accept it (again) if only, like you, to pass it on to other bloggers I've discovered :) Do let me know, ok?

Thank you!

Chris Fries said...

@Guilie: You're welcome, and even though I accidentally re-nominated you (and Susan and Gina), I'd like to stick with my first choices.

Even if you already have the award, I still want to recognize each of you and your blogs.

Nancy Thompson said...

Congrats on the award, Chris! It's great to have friends who recognize your awesomeness!

Milo James Fowler said...

Congratulations, Chris -- both on the award and on surviving AtoZ!

Chris Fries said...

@Nancy: Thank you very much!

@Milo: Thank you, Sir -- I appreciate it!

Charmaine Clancy said...

Some good links there, will check them out :)
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