Unfortunately, I have no entries to post for you, yet. There’s still time if you want to place an entry before November 30th. Just click on the link for full details, and send your entry (500 word limit) in an attachment to me: firstname.lastname@example.org. Or go to my menu bar and look for Painting With Words Blog Event for more details.
Yesterday, I read some interesting comments on another blog which really made me think because they were specifically commenting on blog awards.
From what I gathered, the rule on receiving a blog award is to post the award to the awardee’s site, and then find 15 other blogs to nominate for the same award. This is a nice gesture because it inspires, and motivates others to keep up the good work, and carry on with their creativity. When I first started my blog, I received an award, and I admit, I was a little surprised, but, it felt good to know someone was actually reading what I wrote, and this inspired me to keep going.
It’s my guess, and I’ll attest to this myself, that some of you might think it’s great to receive an award from fellow bloggers because it symbolizes the dedication, and hard work which has gone into writing your blog. To keep up an active blog, make posts, and answer comments takes time, and planning. It also takes dedication, and heart because those who do this, and stick with it have a general interest in communicating with others, and the world around them. I think we should give all of ourselves an award for this!
As I write this post, it’s 4:30 PST. This is about the only time during my day that I have time to write alone, and uninterrupted. I’m okay with that (the coffee pot is almost ready) because I love to write, I love to communicate, and I’m sure all of you do too.
The comments I read the other day which centered around the insignificance, and incredibility of a blog award stuck with me. I want to stress here that to receive an award for my blog event, Painting With Words is not the main focus of this event. It’s a complimentary symbol of the hard work, and dedication to what you write, as a writer, blogger, communicator,or whatever you wish to call yourself, and this is very important.
My objective for this event is to share, and support one another, right here at the WordPress community with those who are of like mind, and who love to write. While I’m at it, here’s another point. I’m not looking for comments, nor am I the one who will decide the best overall entry. You are. I just keep record of everything, but it’s you, the readers who will vote through your comments, and decide which entry reveals to you, a Painting With Words.
Lastly, by comments, I don’t mean we should blast another person’s work with a blowtorch. We’re looking for helpful suggestions which may, or may not improve the writer’s skills in their descriptive story telling. Encouragement is always helpful, but the question is: Through the writer’s words, if you were standing in front of a window, looking out, do you see exactly what the writer portrays through his/her description of the scene before you?
That’s what I’d like those who comment to consider. Be supportive, but also be honest, and sincere. Encourage the writer to improve if there is something which doesn’t quite agree with you, or give them a full on “Good Job!” Let’s support each other, and while we’re at it, let’s get to know each other as well!
I’ll leave it on the table for you to decide; that is until next Tuesday. I’m not giving up. Here at WordPress we’re a community of writers, bloggers, and story tellers, and we can come together with helpful suggestions, and plenty of kudos for all which in turn will inspire us to keep going, and to keep communicating with the rest of the world, and with each other. 🙂
So– Are you ready to paint yet?