Today I turned 42. My beard seems greyer than ever and I’m certain that my neck is making a clicking sound that wasn’t there yesterday. But, to make up for that, it seems that I’ve been nominated for Best Literary Weblog on the BlogNet Awards website!
I’m not sure who nominated me for this, or if they chose me themselves, but thank you whoever you are!
If you agree that Gary William Murning Online is the Best Literary Weblog, please drop by and vote for me!
© 2008 Gary William Murning
It’s been an interesting week in the blogosphere for me. My stats are steadily climbing and this week has seen me reach (with one day left) another weekly high. The comments I’m receiving are, as always, extremely helpful and encouraging (not to mention entertaining!)
This aside, as I mentioned in a previous post, I was interviewed this week by The Pakistani Spectator — a large, multi-author Pakistani blog that aims to “foster peace, progress and harmony with passion.” The interview was a fascinating and enjoyable experience. Nowhere near as daunting as I had expected (it was my first interview of this kind.) I replied to their questions and thought that would be that.
How wrong can you be?
I heard back from them fairly quickly asking me if I would be interested in writing for them. I considered this a huge compliment but I wasn’t quite sure how my work would fit in on a site where the articles were rather Pakistan-centric. I therefore asked a few questions before committing and got the answers I would have hoped for. I was assured I could write “with liberty” and so gladly accepted the kind invitation.
I’m now, officially, a writer for The Pakistani Spectator. In order to ease myself into it and test the water, my first piece was a repost of my Where the Buck Stops post from earlier in the week. So far, on The Pakistani Spectator, it’s had 3,838 views and is receiving very encouraging comments.
Time will of course tell, but I think it’s going to be an extremely interesting and educational experience.
At the time of writing, my blog is rated number two in the Top Blog Area Literature Section. Okay, so it’s just been reset and could be considered a bit of a fluke, but still I intend to grab the number one spot — however briefly!
Well it seems my highly entertaining and remarkably astute Antipodean friend, Archie, has chosen me to be a recipient of the Golden Primate Award For Blog Excellence. Apparently, in my hands words are lethal weapons — one of the best compliments I’ve ever been given. It rates up there with the time someone told me I had really nice teeth. That’s how good it is. It makes me want to brush all the more rigorously, so that I can be even more shiny, golden and generally excellent 😉
The award was created by Dorid — who I’ve only just discovered, thanks to Archie, and who is actually rather cool. Upon receiving the award, it is apparently customary to link back to its creator and choose more people to receive the award. The criteria are:
“It’s issued by bloggers to bloggers who show excellence and thoughtfulness in blogging, especially those who are not afraid to be related to a monkey.”
With this in mind, I’d like to share this privilege with…
Mike — a keen mind, a genuine guy and someone who even occasionally laughs at my jokes!
Will — okay, so he’s abandoned Yorkshire for the Canadian wilderness. That doesn’t make him a bad political commentator.
kallioppe — a fellow Idiosyncratican and a great writer on… well, what it’s like to be a writer trying to get a foothold!
Lottie — she’s a huge George Carlin fan. Do I really need to say more?
Encouraged by the interest being shown in my little (story of my life) idea for a blog ring/group, it occurred to me today that now might be a good time to come up with an explanation of how it will work.
I have to admit, it was a bit of a spur of the moment idea. “I’ll start a blog-ring!” I thought, the way one does. (You don’t? You do disappoint me.) I happened to mention it on the forum, testing the water, and I didn’t expect much of a reaction, to be honest, so the details… well, I wasn’t sure they would be a need for any.
So, applying myself to the task in between bouts of strenuous (but highly heroic) novel-writing, this is what I’ve come up with.
- I now have a name for the group. Idiosyncratica (inspired by something Archie said.) If you think it sucks like a Dyson, feel free to say.
- In order to foster a sense of unity, I’d like to propose that, say, once a month, we all write a post on the same subject. The subject will be suggested by one of the members the month before (we’ll take turns.) Links to other members’ posts will be included at the end of each post.
- Each member must also include links to all Idiosyncratica members in their sidebar. (See right.)
- Allegiance to the group must be… hmm? I’m getting a bit carried away? Oh, okay, we’ll leave it at that for now.
I haven’t got much further than this, I’m afraid — but, then, it isn’t just about what I want or think, is it? If you are an Idiosyncatica member, feel free to contribute your own thoughts/ideas.
I’m kind of counting on it. 😉
Okay, I did what I said I’d do and took off the whole weekend (thus far.) It’s true I did a little editing this morning, but that doesn’t count. (You really should stop pulling faces like that; the wind might change and then you’d have to stay that way. Forever.) It qualifies as a break for me, anyway, and, typically, I now feel as if I have a head chock-full of soggy cotton-wool.
Resting and I most certainly do not go together like ram-a-lam a-lamma-lamma ding-dong — and so I can’t wait for the new week to begin.
As some of you may already be aware, I’m considering starting a (for want of a better) “blog-ring” aimed at writers and readers of fiction. I haven’t really thought about the details much , yet, but the aims are, I suppose, mutual promotion, the building of a sense of community and… well, generally having a bit of a laugh. It’s a cold and lonely world for we literary types, and we really need to stick together 😉 (Not literally, of course; that would be a logistical nightmare.)
So, if you’re at all interested, please comment.
And finally, What can make Tabasco sauce taste like hot doughnut glaze?
Carrying on from here, few more of my favourite blogs…
- Rambling On. Lottie and her very precise Virtual Bitchslaps (and more!).
- Hayley’s Online Soapbox. A very refreshingly sceptical and investigative approach to the “paranormal.
- Andrew’s Tech Blog. Newly discovered. A wealth of techie info from a very nice guy whose brains I want to pick 🙂
- Richard Dawkins’s “In the News” Section. News stories with on science, atheism and religion.
- Wired Science. Science blog network from Wired.
- On the Road Again. My stand-up mate, John.
[Please be aware that not being included in the list does not necessarily mean your blog falls into the “badly written blogs that claim to speak with authority on subjects they quite clearly know nothing about” category.]