As I sat in my office the other day, I glanced at the terracotta pot, the one that stays outside all summer and that I bring to work each September, and saw the first fuzzy leaves of Gloxinia, a plant that has called this pot home for several years.
It’s a funny thing, this Gloxinia. At the end of the growing season, after all of the leaves and stems have withered away, I put it in an out of the way place. When I remember, I give it some water – and then, thanks to its inner timepiece, it begins to emerge from its winter dormancy – and I am always in awe. While I go about my life and career, this plant is doing its own thing – dormant and alive, right under my nose, and when I least expect it, Gloxinia reminds me that it’s still here.
The same can be said about this blog – or rather, the readers of this blog. As I go about my life and career, putting words and photos to “paper,” I sometimes forget that there is an audience. When I started this blog, it was an exercise for me. But once “Publish” is clicked and comment notifications appear, I say to myself, “Oh, yeah. While I’m sitting by the computer by myself, there are all of these people out there reading and responding and reacting.”
That was how I felt recently when two separate bloggers, in a matter of days, both nominated Nitty Gritty Dirt Man to receive the Versatile Blogger Award, an honor which I had already received a few short weeks ago — which brings me to my dilemma. I know there are certain rules nominees must follow, such as revealing 7 secrets about themselves. I did this the first time around, and I think I would be hard pressed to come up with another 14 secrets.
So, what is the proper protocol? Do I step down like a Miss America who cannot fulfill her duties?
After careful consideration, I thought I would do this my way . . .
First, I would like to acknowledge my nominators by saying, “This bud’s for you.”
The Lost Art of Hitchhiking is a blog I discovered after mine was listed on “Freshly Pressed” — or rather Shawn and Suzanne, the voices behind the Hitchhiking, found me, and I’m glad they did. Because of their site, a whole new blog world opened up, encouraging me to explore blogs that strayed from the garden path. Pop on over, and you will see a site devoted to travel and photography and enjoying life to its fullest.
A few days later, Astrid of Astrid’s Garden Design nominated me. Her site is a wonderland of inspiration and advice as she takes readers on a tour of garden design. Her style is practical and easy to understand — and the results are impressive. Enjoy this treat.
This double nomination also means that I can nominate some more blogs that I enjoy. Some are new discoveries, some are old friends, and all are very much worth a click.
At this point, I should probably reveal those 14 secrets — seven for each nomination. But I won’t. Believe me, I’m not that interesting. Besides, my Gloxinia taught me well. There are some things better left underground — only to be revealed when my inner timepiece says so.