Bloggers who think. August 29, 2008Posted by ourfriendben in wit and wisdom.
Tags: MacArthur awards, Thinking Blogger Award
Our friend Ben, Silence Dogood, and Richard Saunders have been hugely honored to receive a Thinking Blogger Award from one of our very favorite thinking bloggers, CeeCee of My Little Bit of Heaven (http://undertexasskies.blogspot.com/); see her post “A Very Nice Award” for more on this, and please hang around and check out her other posts while you’re over there. You’ll be so glad you did! Thank you, CeeCee! We’d also like to thank another of our favorite thinking bloggers, Nancy Ondra (her wonderful blog is Hayefield, http://hayefieldhouse.com/), who was kind enough to rescue us Luddites from our dismal swamp of techno-ignorance and put the award up on our site.
As far as we can determine, there are no “rules” attached to the Thinking Blogger Award. This is both a blessing (no limitations) and a curse (no limitations). We had a lively discussion about how to proceed. Here’s how it went:
Richard Saunders: Wow, I can’t believe we got a Thinking Blogger Award. What an honor! Old Ben Franklin would be proud.
Silence: Except for the part about us not being able to figure out how to put the award up on our site. You know if Ben were alive today he’d have invented the internet. He wouldn’t be sitting around wondering how to put stuff on his blog!
Our friend Ben: Thank God techno-ignorance doesn’t translate to stupidity, or we’d never have gotten a Thinking Blogger Award to begin with. Now, if we could just get a MacArthur Award…
Silence (groaning): Don’t start on that again. Talk about a one-track mind!
RS: As if. No doubt the nominators are all reading our blog and just trying to think of some way to contact you.
OFB, hastily changing the subject: So, who are we going to nominate for the award?
Silence: How many people can we nominate, anyway? CeeCee only nominated us.
RS: I don’t recall reading about any rules associated with the award, like “You must post this and award that.”
OFB: I don’t, either. What a relief! But [thinking] then what are we going to do? All our favorite blogs are written by people who think, and who typically have a great sense of humor about the stuff they’re thinking about. But we can’t just put down bazillion blogs as award winners.
Silence: Well, we definitely need to nominate Sean (aka Mad Man Bamboo). His blogs, Bamboo Geek (http://bamboogeek.blogspot.com/) and TrashWatch (http://trashwatch.blogspot.com/), keep an eye on environmental abuses and help alert the rest of us to what’s going on. If Sean doesn’t deserve a Thinking Blogger Award, I don’t know who does!
OFB, RS: Agreed.
OFB: And we need to pass the award to sjones71 (whatever his actual name is) at Compostings (note the clever pun in his blog’s title), http://compostings.wordpress.com/. His blog is amazing, and so are his comments on our blog.
RS: I’d say the same about Alan at Roberts Roost, “The story of a small scale eco-farm” (http://robertsroostecofarm.com/). Definitely a thinking blogger!
Silence: You’re right. And so is Kate of Kate smudges in earth, paint, and life (http://katesmudges.typepad.com/), and Curmudgeon and Wing Nut of Weed Whackin’ Wenches (www.weedwhackinwenches.blogspot.com/).
RS: And Benjamin of The Deep Middle (http://deepmiddle.blogspot.com/). And…
OFB: Hang on, hang on! What if there was some arcane reason why CeeCee only nominated one blog?
Silence, RS: Uh…
OFB: I think we’d better just stop here.
Silence: But what about—
OFB, interrupting: Maybe we should just open up the award.
OFB: Well, we have to just ask the folks we’ve already nominated to try to pick up the award from our site anyway, since we don’t have a clue how to actually put it up on their sites, right?
Silence, RS: Right.
OFB: And if some of our other favorite bloggers would like a Thinking Blogger Award, we figure they deserve it, since otherwise we wouldn’t be reading them, right?
Silence, RS: Right.
OFB: So why don’t we just say that those folks know who they are, and if they’d like to put the Thinking Blogger Award up on their sites, they’re welcome to?
RS: Well, okay.
OFB, RS: SILENCE…
Silence: Oh, all right.
OFB: So, all nominees, and those who should be nominees, feel free to put the Thinking Blogger Award up on your sites if you wish. And if not, know that we think you deserve it anyway! Thanks to all of you for making us think. And if any of you happen to be MacArthur Award nominators…
Silence, RS: Shut up, Ben!!!