When I was fifteen, chain letters were all the rage in Dubai.
I remember reading my first one. A crisp envelope, with my name scrawled on the front, and a thin piece of paper, so fine, you could see through it; with a terse message that I was chosen from millions, to spread the ever important message, and then a dire warning that should I not send out the letter as per instructions to five complete strangers, I was leaving myself open to fate so tragic, Romeo and Juliet would seem like chumps.
Today, a new chain letter is going around; simply known as a ‘blogger award.’ The awards have many names, and are given out with the simple rule, pay it forward. To an unsuspecting newbie blogger, these awards may seem a smidge …dare I say it….chain letter esque….sure there is no promise of a tragic fate for non compliance, however there is the implied ungratefulness. And worse yet, these awards seem to reek with the stench of HR-ness: meaningless self recognition awards, dolled out to the masses, a shoddy substitute for the lack of a formal Oscar styled blogger award show with real prizes (think trip to Vegas.)
Ahh you silly newbies, how dare you over analyze any form of recognition....afterall 'A Win, is a Win, Is A Win.'
Yesterday I won A Premio Dartz award.
According to my giver Deb. S. of Media by S. Trunk….. Premio Dardos means “prize darts” in Spanish. It is given for recognition of cultural, ethical, literary, and personal values transmitted in the form of creative and original writing. I was amongst 15 other grand winners (suspiciously at the end of the list…but a win is a win, is a win)
Thank you Lady Deb… after all I’ve been a slack blogger for the past year, peppering in words when it suits me, lurking and commenting if the mood hits, I haven’t been exactly churning out substance….
Thus the recognition is humbling! Deb, the kind recognition you’ve given me is a blogger’s greatest incentive…..a new mind to enchant.
To that end, I will take creative license (think Chinese whispers) to change up the rules.
I nominate my favourite 3 blogs, A few Oldies but Goodies:
Jdid: For your lovely patwa, reading your blogs at work make me laugh so hard, that even with my closed office door, people enquire a few hours later if I am okay.
Leon: Your thoughts on stuff, teaches me about the most random and interesting stuff out there.
Simple Enigma: last but certainly not least my funny girl SE, her dating stories make me feel less alone in the jungle of daters, her Friday thoughts give me pause, to reflect and think about going beyond myself….
Go forth Winners, and Spread the Joy!