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The Thing About Awards

I’m not an awards-type person, but like having the chance to recommend addictive blogs.

These awards on WordPress seem strange because how can you win an award just because one person says so?

Still, this “Addictive Blog Award” is appealing.  I suppose if someone is addicted to your writing, it means that you’ve tapped into something good that resonates with and is recognized by someone who finds himself or herself wanting more.  This is a great compliment, I can’t deny it.

Coincidentally (or not if you believe there are no accidents), two bloggers sent me this specific award in back-to-back comments on my Iconicallyrare “About” page…

…And, it felt like the stars were somehow aligning, and I needed to respond, so here goes.

“Heaven’s Path” in Ireland…where the stars appear to line up with the path (courtesy Gagbay, Heaven of gagbay addicts)

To accept, I must post the awards on this page, tell who sent the awards, write about why I blog and then recommend others (up to 10) and notify them that they have been awarded.

“Thanks” for the award goes to GNOSTIC BENT who has been Freshly-Pressed early on in his blogging experience and continues to write features that will grab your attention immediately after the first sentence.

And another thank you for the award goes to  Dear Ms. Migraine who writes with abandon about the challenges she faces when her body’s refuses to cooperate with her own desire to be healthy and happy.

Why do I write here? The reason is a bit intense, but I’ll tell you why:

I write or I die.  It sounds dramatic but the thing is that writing is my voice…if I stifle my voice I can feel myself fade and wither and become part of some distant group of atoms that are absorbing into a world outside of myself, and becoming lost like bubbles popping and blending into a distant atmosphere.

When I write I become distinct, my fuse contacts its source, my charge is amped up to full capacity, my cerebral self feeds the core of my soul…and I feel like I more than exist, I more than survive–now I am alive.

And now for the most important part…recommending writing that is stellar and iconic, and yes, addictive.

The Addictive Blog Award goes to:

1. Higher Thinking Primate – Hands down the most diverse blogger I’ve read here.  I’ve never received a return like or a comment from Higher Thinking Primate and sometimes wonder if he or she is a man/woman/ or machine… but with quality like this, who cares?

2. Unbound Boxes Limping Gods – Cheryl Moore is pure genius.  I visit her stories and illustrations, and find it difficult to leave.  Once you open the door and view her creations, you will understand.

3. Making a Movable Feast – Some people write so clearly and use pictures so well that you feel like you lived their words.  Emily does this for me…An ode to Hemingway, and thank you, Emily.

4. The Monsieur – Classic information on men’s style with visuals that have a timeless sharp edge.

5. Parisian Gentleman – Kind enough to feature me as a guest blogger, this monumental online men’s magazine has had almost 4 million hits and is a (if not the) key reference on how to be a gentleman.  Motto: First learn the rules, then break them.

6. Through Healing Lens – Robyn Lee will bend your mind with her story of being a gorgeous woman with a bountiful life and the moment that everything turned on a dime, but didn’t change her indomitable spirit.  She tells how she persevered  through insurmountable challenges and is finally finding a place of peace.

7.Alexandra Nour – This person is hilarious and sometimes I need to laugh.

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32 Comments Post a comment
  1. Congratulations!
    Greetings from Belgium,

    September 22, 2012
  2. Thank you, Sonya for the award, which means a lot, and for also introducing me to some great new blogs. Cheryl

    September 22, 2012
  3. I love this article. We need more of your kind in this society. Keep on writing, thanks.
    Have a nice week end

    September 22, 2012
  4. Hello,
    Congratulations for your awards and thank you for your support with all your “Like”.
    Have a nice week-end!

    September 22, 2012
  5. Jonathan #

    I’m extremely honoured for the nomination! Thanks Sonya.

    Jonathan aka The Monsieur

    September 22, 2012
    • You’re welcome, Jonathan, and I received a “pingback” regarding your mentioning me on your site (thank you).

      I noticed you are Group Editor/ Digital Content for “The Rake in Brief”. Are you affiliated directly with The Rake magazine, or do you work independently, apart from the The Rake and report on their magazine content?

      Either way, your writing indicates you are a person of substantial knowledge and great style and I’m glad to follow your work.


      September 23, 2012
  6. congrats – checked a couple of your choices out and liked them – thanks

    September 22, 2012
  7. Sonya thank you so much for this lovely honor — and congratulations! Have been enjoying your blog immensely here ~ beautiful spirit!! ~ Sending warm thoughts your way!! ~Robyn Lee

    September 22, 2012
  8. Congratulations to you Sonya! I am happy to be reading your blog and thank you for reading mine. xoxo Melissa

    September 22, 2012
  9. The quote you inserted on why you write…wow…if every writer (if only in little tiny diaries around the world)…didn’t resonate with that explanation. That was powerful and genuine; thank you for sharing. I love that an Addictive Blog award exists. I have several that I can’t help clicking through. I opened all the blogs you mentioned and love each one. Thanks for the post and the referrals for other addictve blogs.

    September 22, 2012
  10. Kudos to you and I LOVE that Heaven’s Path picture! I’m not big on awards either, I can see their purpose but people just reading my blog is award enough for me.

    September 22, 2012
  11. So very remarkable this ability to ping about the planet and become immediately a part of someone else’s life…to see the world through another’s eyes. I believe the awards benefit rests with this serendipitous connecting of souls (besides the reward of acceptance and acknowledgement). So glad you introduced me to this variety of interesting bloggers. Thank you and congratulations, Nikki

    September 22, 2012
  12. Great post! I am fallen in love with it….. 🙂

    September 23, 2012
  13. Great post! And congrats for the awards 🙂

    September 23, 2012
  14. Le Clown #

    Iconiaclly Rare,
    I once enjoyed these awards, less their spammy nature. But the sentiments behind the recognition are sweet. Here’s one that you do not have to do anything for, the greatest award of them all, The Alan Smithee Blog award. And I nominate you for it, because I can.
    Le Clown

    September 23, 2012
    • And I excuse you from nominating me; just give the Alan Smithee to me and I grin and were done with a tip of my metaphorical anti-establishment hat. adore btw thanks ~Sonya

      September 23, 2012
      • Le Clown #

        This comment made me lawl. But you can’t tell anyone. Please.
        Le Clown

        September 23, 2012
  15. Sweetheart I love your quote about why you write. I too feel I will die if I don’t write. It is what I live for. Some days it’s the only reason I can make it. I love your writing, I will be sure to read it all of the time.

    September 23, 2012
  16. Congrats on your award and I am keen to check out the blogs you nominated – especially Higher Thinking Primate- intriguing!

    September 24, 2012
  17. Grats!

    September 24, 2012
  18. Butter&Yolk #

    Loved this!

    September 25, 2012
  19. very good…/ 😛

    September 25, 2012
  20. Accepting an award is not easy, for many reasons. Your acceptance ‘speech’ is RIGHT ON. Fun, unique, thoughful, and I love checking out the other bloggers you passed the award to. Thanks!

    September 26, 2012
  21. Congratualtions on the Awards. Beautyful photo of the starry sky! Love that it’s so expansive so many stars!

    September 26, 2012
  22. Great recommendations! And that pic is fantastic!

    September 26, 2012
  23. Congratulations! I’m checking out all your nominees now 🙂

    September 26, 2012
  24. congratulations well deserved!

    September 28, 2012
  25. Congratulations.

    October 5, 2012
  26. Congrats! 🙂

    October 5, 2012
  27. supernova #

    Congrats on the award, Sonya and thanks for this post, I really enjoyed it! Best wishes SN.

    November 17, 2012
  28. jalal michael sabbagh. #

    Wishing yo a wonderful new year.jalal

    December 29, 2012

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