7 X 7 Link Award - Thank you Caftan Woman!

Friday, June 1, 2012

Well I have to say that I am more than touched having been given the 7 X 7 Link Award by the one and only Caftan Woman. I really love everything about blogging and knowing that someone not only reads but thinks enough of my blog to want to share it with others and give it notice is very special for me.

Being the recipient I now have four duties to complete. 

My first duty is to thank the person that passed this onto me. Thank you so much Paddy! I am very grateful and will do my best to pass it on to seven other bloggers who will appreciate it as much as I do! xoxo

The second my duties is to share seven random facts about myself. I am usually good about spewing out random thoughts so this shouldn't be too difficult.

  • I love the Game Show Network! That means I do NOT like "GSN". Bring back the original Game Show Network with MatchGame!
  • I think it is wrong to judge people. However, if you're walking down the street and singing Justin Bieber songs, I'm telling now that I am judging you up and down.
  • My favourite season is winter. That's right I said it. I love SNOW! SNOW SNOW SNOW SNOW!! It is beautiful, comforting, and it turns busy streets into a peaceful and serene place. 
  • My favourite song of all time is "Somewhere Over The Rainbow" and I am very specific about how it is sung. So if you do it wrong, I'm coming after you.
  • I think that people who criticize blogging and Twitter are just upset because they have nothing interesting to say. 
  • I know for a fact that animals make better friends than humans.
  • Hey look! Cute puppies! ...Oh wait this is a computer and you can't see what I'm looking at. Oh well. Your loss.

My third duty is to look back at my blog posts and share them under the titles below. This was NOT easy.
  • Most Beautiful Piece:  I'm not good at calling my own posts beautiful, but I think that this piece is the most honest, and personal piece that I have ever written. I wrote it after the end of the Aspects of Oscar series at Koerner Hall. It is basically my relating to the series as a whole. Even after all the incredible experiences I have been blessed to be a part of in my life, this series was one of, if not the most important to me. 
  • Most Helpful: I'm not exactly sure if this post was helpful for anyone other than myself, but it means more to me than anyone can ever know. #OnlyFatPeople was a post that was incredibly difficult to write, but at the same time the words just fell out of my fingers and onto the screen. I can't really describe it, so you have to read it, but it touches on many difficult subjects about the state of bullying today. This post helped me personally, to grow stronger.
  • Most Popular: By far the post that has gotten the most views (with the exception of the Biggest Loser Walk-Out) is my post on Black History Month. I am very proud of that post. It was difficult to write. I got a lot of scrutiny on Twitter for that post because people didn't understand what I was saying. That was fine with me because it didn't change the fact that I believe I am speaking the truth.
  • Most Controversial: My most controversial post was definitely my post on Verve's Remix Wednesday disaster. As the daughter of someone who was involved in the original Verve Music, I'm supposed to maintain a certain amount of respect. Well I don't play nice when the legacy of someone I love and what that person represents is disrespected. Sorry, Verve...or whoever you are.
  • Most Surprisingly Successful: I was very surprised to learn that my most successful post was on the Biggest Loser Walk-Out that occurred earlier this year. I wrote the post the day the news came out and then it was weeks before the episode actually aired, so I think that when people googled, my post came up. I received unmatched views for that and even though it's not something I would generally write about, I really appreciate it. 
  • Most Underrated: I think my most underrated post was when I wrote about my experience at my first Sweet Honey In The Rock show. It was yet another experience that changed me for the better and brought me unmeasurable joy.
  • Most Pride Worthy: I am incredibly proud of this post from almost exactly a year ago, just after I attended an event called "Hope Rising" for the Stephen Lewis Foundation. My entire life was changed because of that event and not only did it make my desire to go to Africa that much stronger, but it changed the way I look at the world. Hope is rising indeed.

My fourth and final responsibility is to hand the award to seven other bloggers that I love and believe are definitely worth the read, and then notify them. On my blog you can see all the blogs I follow on the right side, but today these are the seven I think are extra special.

  • A Thousand Words - Christy and I met through World Vision when we were both selected to go to Malawi. Unfortunately I couldn't make the trip, but Christy did and it was actually her second trip to Africa. Her powerful posts brings messages of hope and really give you an insight to what it is like to make a difference in a child's life and experience all that the continent has to offer.
  • Chronicles of Naurnie - Because awesome shines bright on her blog. One of the nicest ladies and one of the most real and honest blogs you will read.
  • A Lot About Nothing - I'm quickly learning that I love reading blogs that don't necessarily have one solid thing they write about. Life blogs that have a different subject each post. This lovely lady has just that! 
  • Lisa Genova - The woman responsible for "Still Alice" and "Left Neglected" uses her blog literally as an online journal. She documents the journey of writing her novels on her blog as well as feedback from fans, day-to-day activities, and current affairs. She's absolutely wonderful and I can't wait for the arrival of her next book "Love Anthony".
  • Eyes Wide Open - Colin is another friend I have met through World Vision, and his blog is absolutely wonderful. He is a truly wonderful photographer and has captured incredible video from his and Christy's two trips to Africa that he shares on his blog. I'm sure you'll enjoy it. It doesn't get more real than that.
  • Jennsylvania - Jen Lancaster is one of the funniest people I have yet to meet. She started out on her blog a few years ago and has since become an incredibly successful writer of her continuous cycle of memoirs as well as a best selling novel. Whenever I need to laugh, relax, or read someone else's bitching for a change, I go straight to her. She says what is in my head and puts it out there. If you haven't read anything of hers, start by checking out her blog and I guarantee you will upgrade to her books quicker than you think.
  • Miss Tracey Nolan - My dear friend who got me to start my blog in the first place deserves all the credit and acknowledgement in the world. This woman is brilliant and she literally does it all. She's a mother, sister, daughter, friend, partner, comedian, photographer, and for all I know singer, lawyer, and race car driver! She does it all and every day puts smiles on the faces of those who are lucky enough to read her blog, work with her, be her friend or bump into her on the street. Thanks Tracey! By the way if you don't like what I write, blame her because as I said, she got me into this!

This was SO MUCH FUN! Thank you again so much Caftan Woman for giving this to me and allowing me the opportunity to explore my writing and the writing of those I admire once again. I'm very glad I got to do this!

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Caftan Woman said...

Celine, I'm so pleased you found the sometimes awkward fun in the reflective aspect to the 7X7 award. It's not easy judging your own work, but I think it is worthwhile.

I am overwhelmed by the superior writers you have now directed me to, and thank you for your list.

Keep on sharing!

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