Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Blog award!

Irene, from And then they start to sparkle, and Patti, from They don't make 'em like they used, to has generously awarded me the 7x7 link award. Thank you both! It's an honor. This award has the following rules which, as usual, I'm going to break. I've never been comfortable passing things on, and most of the people who I would award have already received this!

1. Tell everyone something no one else knows about.

2. Link to one of my posts that I personally think best fits the following categories: Most Beautiful Piece, Most Helpful Piece, Most Popular Piece, Most Controversial Piece, Most Surprisingly Successful Piece, Most Underrated Piece, and Most Pride-worthy Piece.

3.Pass this award on to seven other bloggers.

So, 1, something no one else knows about... um. How about... I have an alarm-clock phobia. I loathe, despite, and hate alarm clocks. My first alarm clock was in the 7th grade, and it was one of those old-fashioned, loud buzzy-clangy-sounding ones. It was so painful to be jarred awake by that cursed thing that it scarred me for life. I have never used an alarm clock since, unless I must get up at some unreasonable hour of the morning to go catch an airplane or something. And when I am forced to use one (I use the alarm on my cell phone nowadays as I don't even own an alarm clock), I will wake up just about every hour all night long in anticipation of it. I will usually be awake a full half hour before it actually goes off, unable to go back to sleep for fear it might actually awaken me. So yeah, I get very little sleep if I have to set an alarm. I have also never used a snooze button on an alarm clock in my life. I set the alarm for when I need to get up, and I get up. Period. There's no going back to sleep with the possibility of it actually going off looming in my head. And yes, I've tried music ones, etc. It doesn't matter whether it's loud and strident, my favorite music, radio, or the softest buzz (my favorite "alarm clock" was a pager (remember those?) set on vibrate on top of my dresser), I will wake up before it goes off every time. I should add, I have no trouble waking up on time. Maybe it's just years of habit, but the lighting, the cats' activities, etc. all trigger when it's time to get up on any normal day.


Most Beautiful Piece -- Writing-wise? Hah! So how about this one?

Most Helpful Piece -- Well, if a movie review helped someone either find a new movie they liked, or helped them avoid something bad, then there's something helpful here, but as they're all about the same style... I can't really say I've ever been very helpful! So I'd say simply consolidating a list of which movies I've reviewed onto one page (thanks to Patti) is probably more helpful than any single post.

Most Popular Piece -- Thanks again to Patti pointing out we do have Stats in blogger, I found the most popular post here by a landslide is this one on movie animals.

Most Controversial Piece
-- I don't think I've written any! Although, anytime anyone criticizes something popular, there will be dissenting views. That's a good thing. I was thinking perhaps when I criticized the new Star Trek movie, or Hemingway... but when I just checked those posts, there wasn't much dissent. Hm. Even when I said I didn't like some major famous classic movies I didn't really catch much flak. So, I guess I'm really not controversial.

Most Surprisingly Successful Piece
-- I guess the same one that's the most popular. Who knew how much people wanted to see pics of movie horses?? Maybe I should post some more? LOL!

Most Underrated Piece -- No idea. I have many many posts with no comments, but as I don't think the posts were anything special, I can't say any were underrated.

Most Pride-worthy Piece -- As my posts are simply representative of my passions, and not indicative of cool knowledge or anything more interesting than my own humble opinions... none. Although I've noticed that the posts I have the most excitement for when I'm composing them are usually the ones with no comments. What I love just isn't what everyone else loves. LOL! The writing I'm most proud of is my fiction, not my blog posts.

Thanks again for the award! Sorry this acceptance is so belated.


  1. I went back and read the posts you linked to, and I've got to say...your idea of beauty and mine are definitely the same!!

    About horses, my favorite "horse" movie is BLACK BEAUTY. And I can't watch it without tearing up!!!

    The stats aspect of the blogger dashboard is not something I will partake of on a regular basis. For one thing, I mostly just do my blog because I love doing it. If I started to track my stats, I would quickly become obsessed with trying to get more traffic. I think then it would be discouraging to not see growth. SO...that stats button won't see much use by me.

    One blogger said her most popular piece had over 18,000 hits! Wow, I haven't had 18,000 hits on all posts combined! So, checking stats regularly would just give me a huge inferiority complex!!

    1. Hee! I figured you might like that old WH post, if you hadn't seen it before.

      Aw, Black Beauty! I don't think I can watch a single horse movie with tearing up. Horses just hit me so emotionally.

      You know, when I checked the stats, I didn't actually look at how many hits things got, I just looked for what was at the top of the list. Now I might have to go back and look at numbers, out of curiosity. But like you, no, I wouldn't be concerned with that because I just write what I want. And I don't have enough followers to rate giant numbers.