When commencing blogging, most of us hope that someone other than spam bots will connect. Comments are welcome confirmations and blossoming friendships are the confectionary of such virtual communication.
Whilst annonymity has also spawned ill-manners and foul-mouthed rants, as an ingenue exploring the blogosphere I was surprised to see prominently placed ‘award free blog’ buttons. At the time I considered these to be rude presumptions of a confetti of accolades but hindsight has shown that this is a politely circumspect way of side-stepping the issue.
The Blog award is more or less a circulating system of back, reciprocal and forward links. In hushed tones it can be called a chain letter but for most of us is recognition from an appreciative reader – who themselves have been nominated, and by the rules of acceptance, are passing the courtesy on.
“I wish to thank all those who recently awarded my patiopatch. I especially appreciate being advised that if I’d really rather not enjoin, then be pleased just to accept some good wishes. In the name of friendship I decline the honours but willingly commend my kind nominators:
- Janet @ Planticru Notes: an encyclopoedic and photogenic gardener from Scotland
- Donna @ Garden’s Eye View: seeds, flowers galore and a muse in every post from USA
- Helene @ Graphicality: a creative, urban foxy gardener in East London
Aside from linkbacks, etiquette requires that acceptance is conditional on forward linking to other bloggers – from 5 to 15 depending on the award. Each in turn are encouraged to promulgate the format. Although I’m declining the awards, I would like to take this opportunity to cheer on a trio of chaps who I think are all male (!) and have an interestingly different, garden blogging style:
- Trevor Hunt vegetable gardener & recent returnee to Blighty – Digging for Victory
- Thomas Rainer landscape gardener in the USA – Grounded Design
- Chris Crowder in the Lake District gardens at Levens Hall – Garden Thinnings
No man is an island nor woman an enclave and we bloggers can easily make chain linked connections, with just a few simple courtesies:-
1. I sincerely appreciate the time others take to visit my blog and reciprocate regularly though not in a tit for tat modality
2. It’s a pleasure to highlight blogs I enjoy, especially where I can find relevance in a post
3. Most images are my own but where apposite linkback (not hotlink) is given to the copyrightful owner
4. I consider that blogging is about passing on information too and posts are often accompanied by Notes, Reference and Useful links
Today I’ll be joining in with, and cheerfully checking on at least five of, the collected ‘C posts’ over at ABC Wednesday
And last but certainly not least, with Celsius dropping to zero, here is a blogger who warms the cockles of my heart – my eldest daughter Catherine