Guatami awarded me this. I thank her.
The three reasons c.s. listed for awarding this are:
1. the ability to hook – there are writers who are capable of using the right words and arranging them in the right order in the right structure to generate in readers an addiction. has bestowed upon me this award
2. imagery skill – there are those who are so good at creating images with words that it makes you wonder if they already knew how to write when they were still in their mothersâ€™ wombs.
3. the â€˜wowâ€™ factor – then there are people who, through their words and stories, just simply â€˜wowâ€™ you. itâ€™s like the moment you start reading, you â€˜wowâ€™. halfway through your reading, you â€˜wowâ€™. at the end of the reading, you â€˜wowâ€™. as you think about what you have read, you just â€˜wowâ€™, â€˜wowâ€™ and â€˜wowâ€™.
1) Impact: Some people have that ability to get across what they want to say in a a forceful manner. Thet can do it with flourish and unintentionally.
2) Beauty: A few have the ability to create beauty in our minds with their sheer use of language. Their words have eloquence.
3) Hooking factor: Then there are those who keep you hooked for more. You want to go on reading their posts.
This is the first blogging award I have taken truly seriously. The above speaks for itself–especially love “flourish and unintentionally. I’m having a hard time adding to this list.
1) Thoughts: Some people express their thoughts with such eloquence and power they shake my thinking up. Or reinforce it.
2) Humor: Without humor we merely exist. I’m in awe of people who can continually make me laugh in blog posts as I find it difficult to impart my humor to paper
3) Passion: true passion incorporates elements of all the above. Passion can be for words, thoughts, causes and much more. Passion makes me want to keep reading. Passion keeps me awake all night. Passion leaves me wanting more. Passion is an essential element. Passion is beauty.
The easiest example is Robert Caro’s The Power Broker It’s easiest for me as it’s a long book that can’t be skimmed or read in a night I canceled all plans and spent the weekend reading it. That was 20something years ago and I still reread it and talk about it.
Strunk & White Elements of Style is a simple book on using words yet is one of the most passionate powerful books I have ever read, reread and still not completely absorbed.
Passion is power. Words are powerful. To use words and be able to make people react is what writing is all about. We forget that in blogging. We want people to react in comments. We go for the easy, the cute, the overtly funny. I can be Al Franken in drag like nobody else. But I don’t really want to be him, and frankly have come to disdain my earnest self. So I’m a renegade blogger who no longer cares about “blogging success” but improving my writing. Writing is the most important thing to me after family, friends and my new obsession with selling my apartment.
The seven bloggers I’m going to give this to will all want to kill me–however all have influenced me in ways big and small. I have watched them grow as writers, bloggers and people. Each uses words uniquely and often brilliantly. Each defines blogging to suit them, not to suit what people say blogging should be.
Yes I know I was going to give out The Courting’s in January. These are the people who were going to get them, and I might tell the exact reasons in a future post.