Saturday, January 28, 2012

I Was a Middle-Aged Blog Award Slacker

Recently, some of my blogger friends have written about the various awards they have received – including my friend Helen at Whiskered Paintings, who was kind enough to pass the Kreativ Blogger Award on to me. One of the conditions for receiving this award is to write something about yourself and pass it on to other deserving bloggers.

Now I have a confession to make – I appreciate receiving the award, but I HATE writing about myself, which is why I haven’t passed on any awards I’ve received in the past. But since it’s a brand new year, I will attempt to change my errant ways by accepting the award and bestowing it to other worthy bloggers.

5 Things You May Not Know About Me:
  1.  I was born in Pennsylvania, but I spent my early childhood in the South. We moved back to PA when I was in elementary school, but sometimes in my dreams, I still speak with a Southern accent.
  2.  I have always known that I would be a crazy cat lady when I grew up. One of my first essays in elementary school was entitled “The Care and Feeding of the Domestic Housecat.”
  3.  I wanted to be a doctor when I was in high school, but I only got as far as freshman biology in college because I couldn't dissect a live frog.
  4.  I spent the next nine years working at a bank, where I was surprised to learn I had a natural ability for accounting.
  5. I went back to college in my late twenties and graduated when I was thirty. After graduating, I went to work for a public accounting firm and learned that, even though I may be good at accounting, I didn't necessarily enjoy doing it.
So now that we are done with the talent portion of our awards program, let’s move on to the presentation of our new winners. Here in no particular order are some blogs I really enjoy:

The Creative Cat - Written by Bernadette Kazmarski, this is a blog I read every single day. I met Bernadette at the very first Blogpaws conference, and through her blog, I’ve gotten to know the seven wonderful kitties who are her muse.

The Cynical Girl – What I can say about Laurie Ruettimann that hasn’t already been said? Yes, it’s an HR blog, but it’s so much more than that. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll have a wonderful time - and of course, you'll meet Laurie's cats too!

Okey’s Promise: Art for a Cause – This blog is written by Vicki Boatright (a.k.a. Artist Bztat). Vicki rescued her little cat Okey from the streets of Canton, and possibly from a life of abuse and neglect. She was inspired by Okey to do a public art project that addresses the connection between animal abuse, child abuse and domestic violence, and her blog continues to address these issues.

Be the Change for Animals Inspired by the Be the Change movement that began at the first BlogPaws conference, Kim Clune and Amy Burkert created this blog to focus on one animal-related cause each week. I loved this concept so much that I wrote a blog post about almost every cause of the week! Eventually, Kim and Amy asked me (and some other blogger buddies) to join the BtC4Animals team.

Your Daily CuteDorian Wagner searches the web to bring you the cutest pictures and videos every day. But it’s not just cute - Dorian has also used her blog as a platform to help find forever homes, raise funds and sound the alarm to help homeless kitties when necessary.  

So there you have it! If you have received this award, you are not obligated to pass it on. But if you choose to do so – write a brief post, tell us something about yourself we may not know, and then pass the award on to some blogs you really enjoy!


  1. Aw, congratulations on your Kreativ Blogger Award - well deserved!

  2. Congratulations on receiving the Kreativ Blogger Award. It's well-deserved.

    You may not like writing about yourself but I really enjoyed learning some new things about you. The thought of speaking in a southern drawl in your dreams is funny.

    And your realization that you can be good at something without enjoying it is both wise and a little sad.

    So glad you stepped out of your comfort zone to do this. :)

  3. well deserved Vicki, I learn something new everytime I come to your Blog. I have seen Mario win and pass on so many awards, but never even knew that was the ritual. I also have not been to the creative cat, checking it out today!!!
    Have a fun weekend.

  4. It was so nice to learn more about you. you so deserve every award you have ever been presentred! you do so much for the animal world in your blog, on Twitter, and in your own community. I am blessed to know you.

  5. Congrats on your awards. :)

    I enjoyed learning more about you. I especially enjoyed the fact about having a Southern accent in your dreams.

  6. Hi Y'all,

    Just hopped by to meet y'all, catch up on your happenings and say hello!

    Congratulations on your award!

    Y'all come by now,
    Hawk aka BrownDog

  7. Congratulations on the Award, well deserved! *apaws, apaws!*

  8. Concatulations!! W00t! W00t! WELL deserved!!
    And we LIKE hearing about our peeps & elarning more abotu them, so THANK you for jumping out of your "comfort zone" long enough to tell us!

  9. Congratulations on your award! I love that you always knew you'd be a Crazy Cat Lady.

  10. Vicki, congratulations to you and Bunny's Blog! I know how much that means to you.

    And thanks so much for including me in your five awardees! My problem with these awards is only choosing five, or however many, blogs--hard to narrow down and I want to go around explaining to the ones not on my list. For that reason, I haven't done any of the awards yet...let's see what I do in the next few day.

    Thanks again!

    1. Bernadette - I agree with you. I would rather have skip the stuff about myself and added 5 more blogs!

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