Finding it was especially wonderful since I'm nearly certain that today is the first time Ritz ever left a comment, and because of following the link over to her blog, I stumbled across a whole nother group of bloggers.
One of the instructions that goes along with The Bella Award is linking to fifteen blogs. A bit intimidating since fifteen is such a big number
This one, from Kittywrinkle at Kitty's Bloggy Bits is the first award I ever got. I was such a tenderfoot in blogland at the time that I didn't even know she had given it to me which was a bit embarrassing. I learned I had received this award from Kitty when I announced that Utah Savage had given me my first award - The Love Ya Award.
So even though totally missing the award from Kitty a couple of months prior was embarrassing, I had the great pleasure of finding out I had two awards. Then next thing you know, I had another one, also from Utah Savage, The Sisterhood Award which is actually three awards in one.
A few weeks later, I was googling Menopausal Stoners which I do periodically to see if there are random mentions of the blog. Once I found a post copied in its entirety on some yahoo group about glass houses which was odd but cool since the person who posted it provided a link. A couple of things I've said about dating have wound up on a site of Russian Erotica which is odd since I was talking about Old Farts, but you never know about some people, and if they give me credit, what do I care? This particular Google search led me to India where Rajesh writes Love Never Fails from Chennai. He'd give me this Blogger's Choice Award.
I wondered if he'd found my blog because of a young woman with very deep feelings who also lives in India: Crowscious whose blog is called Crowsciousness. It's a cool kind of weird to find out that young people half way across the world are reading this blog enough to click the "follower" button, much less give it an award.
Most recently, Liberality gave me this award with the instructions that I toot my own horn. Note, I'm still tooting said horn because it's providing me with a delightful procrastination activity from writing the newsletter for my classroom and some End of the Year Reports about the kids. Also, this award was for being brilliant and it's nice to know somebody thinks I have something to contribute.
Like I said, these blogs (and Gail's Know Your Its) may not exactly meet the criteria in the rules for the Bella, but I've learned something about the world of blogging from all of them -- not the least of which is that by following the links on their blogs or in the comments of their blogs, I sometimes land in some very cool places, such as:
CPD at (parenthetical)
Fergie at Planet Sue
The Mom at Attentive Aphorist
Kulkuri at Yooper in Crackerland
Val at Matters of Integrity
Sharecropper at 23 Acres of Black Dirt
Suzi at Suzi Riot Rants from the Left
Jadedj at Banquet of Consequences Too
JDHays at This Tumbleweed Life
The Bella Rules:
1) Accept the award, post it on your blog together with the name of the person
who has granted the award, and his or her blog link.
2) Pass the award to 15 other blogs that you've newly discovered. Remember to contact the bloggers to let them know they have been chosen for this award.