Plus, most of these awards are, well, “cute”. And the Pounds Off Playoff is the male, macho, manly weight loss blog*. (*with added testosterone!)
So I've never responded to a blog award. But at the same time, I want to uphold the bloggers social contract. My seven year old has figured out the best way to score in soccer is to stand by the goal and wait for the ball to come to you. We’re educating him about the responsibilities of playing defense, too. Blogging is the same way – it’s bad form for you to just have people link to you without reciprocating. (True, you aren’t obligated to reciprocate any specific blogger, but if you never reciprocate, that’s bad form. That’s why I try to comment on other blogs as much as I can.)
So...I’ve decided to do one blog award post and respond to all the awards that are making the rounds at once. I’m going to spread the link love liberally. And then, I’m done. Here goes.
Following the Geneva Convention protocols for blog awards, I will:
1. Thank the person who gave me the award.
2. Answer some kind of question or produce some kind of list.
3. Identify one, or six, or ten, or whatever new blogs to pass the award onto.
1. Thanking those who have given me awards
I’m pretty sure these are the bloggers who have given me awards. If not, they’re really cool blogs you should check out anyway. And if I’ve missed any, my apologies.
Clyde at The Clydesdale Project
My original blogging buddy. He has a great story, he bikes a lot, he supports so many others, he involves his son in his exercise journey, he has the corner on the market of Andre the Giant pictures, and his blog is just a really good read.
Patrick at Responsibility 199
The hardest working blogger in show business. Patrick is constantly commenting, finding new blogs, and drilling holes in his old belt because of all the pounds he is shedding.
Dr. Fatty at Dr. Fatty Finds Fitness
A great, prolific writer. Insightful and with a level headed perspective. Probably the biggest sports fan among my readers, her only flaw is rooting for the Cowboys. I think I know her first name, but think she likes keeping the surgical mask up, apparently to avoid spreading germs.
Tish at Incremental Improvements
What a great name she has chosen for her blog, as Tish is one of the steadiest bloggers out there. No drama. No crazy proclamations or self-loathing. Just a straightforward commitment to improving her health, with some great bike ride stories along the way.
Rae is Canadian and certainly reinforces the stereotype of the fun loving, friendly Canuck. She is one of the most positive, supportive commenters out there, and the tunes on her site are uplifting.
Becky at My Walk from Flab to Fab
I learned of Becky’s blog when she give me the A Blog with Substance award. I’m looking forward to following it and learning what the new fabulous unmentionables are! ;-)
A big THANK YOU to all!
2. Answer some questions
These questions will look familiar to those of you who read a lot of blogs:
Sum up your blog in five words.
Find what works & do it!
What would you change about your life?
Not much. I have a great life. My wife Shannon is the greatest. We are so lucky to have healthy, thriving children. It’s not that I have done everything right, but the good far outweighs the bad.
One thing I would do over is stopping playing baseball. I was absorbed in baseball through my age 18 season, then stopped. As a kid, I would happily practice baseball every day. It kept me active, and I was pretty good at it, too. I finally righted that wrong this past spring, joining a softball team.
What are ten things people don’t know about you?
1. Have been to 24 major league ballparks.
2. Majored in applied euphonium in college. Turns out there's no application for euphonium.
3. The West Wing was and is my favorite TV show.
4. I love data in a totally unnatural way.
5. My wife and I went to a minor league hockey game for our first date.
6. Once ran into Mr. Rogers and Itzhak Perlman within a five minute timeframe.
7. I spent four summers sleeping outside, by choice, and I never have since. (it was on a lakeside dock with many close college aged friends I worked with)
8. I think all laws would be best made if the lawmakers could have temporary amnesia as to whether they were rich/poor, white/of color, healthy/handicapped, etc.
9. My dad is certified to teach three languages, and regrettably I didn’t get that gene.
10. Shannon and I attended Jim Abbot’s no-hitter in Yankee Stadium (a complete fluke, but very, very cool)
10 blogs to pass the award on to
Since I’m making up for several awards, let’s make it a dozen.
Christina at Making Healthy the Norm
An inspiring mom/college student who has pushed herself and achieved amazing health milestones. She is honest, without all the over the top stuff that people usually do to show their honesty. (She’s probably won before, but I can’t find it, so tag, you’re it! ;-)
Kathleen at Write-Sizing
W-S is unlike most of the other blogs here. The posts are concise, so I can read every one, no problem. I love that. Kathleen’s a mom of teens, so there’s a lot of parenting stories, but also great insights about how we see people who are thin vs. overweight (see her 9/24 post).
Michele at Ruminations and Uncovering
This is a great blog. Michele has won a few awards – deservedly so – but not A Blog with Substance. I’ve always heard Minneapolis is extremely bike friendly. Michele demonstrates how.
Lori at All About Me
Another Washingtonian, Lori started in January in a Biggest Loser contest at work, and just passed 70 pounds lost! A nice, balanced style. Really a great blog that few are onto.
Like me, he’s inspired by grandma’s healthy habits and biking as exercise of choice. Unlike me, he logged 500 miles in three months.
Father Dennis at This is the Day the Lord Has Made
Here’s the one I’m confident is a new blog with no awards. Father Dennis is my mother-in-law’s priest in Idaho and he has taken a leave to get his health under control. He’s 360 pounds and in his 60s, so it’s an urgent situation. He is taking it all with great humor. Get on now and support his journey!
This guy has a daily post where he poses with a NY tabloid, "proof of life" style. I think that’s hilarious. He won his first award last week. Well, add A Blog with Substance to your virtual trophy case, Heavy Man.
Shannon at Superwoman Spirit
Grappling with parenting, weight, and family illness, she keeps a positive vibe going. This blog has a great tone, and I’m guessing she’ll get through the tough times stronger than ever.
Sam at Slimmin’ Sam
Sam was an active blogger when I was starting. Then, he announced he was giving it up. He returned a few weeks ago. Sam seems like a good guy who really needs to lose for his health and family. Let’s get behind him.
Another blogging mom. She's figuring the blogging out. And she’s already lost 100 pounds, so she knows the weight loss part.
Maggie at I’m Losing It
An avid picture taker, Maggie effectively uses pictures to document the big journey she is embarking on.
Janelle at Awake for the Dance
A really thoughtful blog. Janelle has a lot to say, and it will make you think.
Thanks again for these awards. Let’s give some love to these new awardees.
And I have to give a special award to my wife Shannon, the My Spouse Spent More Time on This Post Than He Ever Should Have, Yet I Was Cool With It, For Now Anyway Award. Honey, now you have to pass it on to 10 other blog spouses...