Oops. One More TIp...

I'd like to append yesterday's post with one more valuable tip:

Hartman.jpg"What is your major malfunction, numbnuts? Didn't Mommy and Daddy show you how to pay attention to yer friends' blogs when you were a child? "

Yeah, um, make sure to keep up with your favorite blogs, because if you don't, you'll do stupid stuff like totally miss the fact that just a few days ago they also nominated you for the same writing award, and you went ahead and posted without acknowledging them and now you feel like a dope. Sorry Secret Agent Mama! I'm sure everyone who reads this blog also reads her blog, so she needs no introduction. All I have to say is she's crazy talented with both the "pen" and the camera and I'm proud to call her a friend. Pretty soon, I'll be calling her a co-conspirator as well, as we're cooking up a very cool cross-blog post of epic proportions. Stay tuned!

I'm Going to Pass Out...

Awardsroar_award.jpg ... an award. A very cool one given to me by Andrea at Mommy’s Martini, an extremely diggable blog. Her life is hectic. I don’t blame her for naming her blog after a stiff drink. But she keeps it fun. Fun like your third martini. Who else would invite her dog to guest post? Well, I probably would. But that’s why I like her.

Oh, and how can I not love this:

"Jim of The Busy Dad Blog. It's true: I love a blog by a dad. Especially one who will spend untold days building his son a gorgeous sandbox and then blog about it with good-humor when his son moves right on past all that effort to play in the loose dirt in the backyard. And who will write an entire Iron Chef episode starring photos of his son. Seriously."

But this award comes with a catch. I have to share some practical writing tips with my fellow bloggers. Me? I’m just a newb. I'm too green to take the podium to “advise” people who have probably been doing this far longer than I have. So, I’ve borrowed a page from Geico’s playbook and enlisted the help of some celebrities to share my tips with you.

Awards%20PostSoylent.jpg “The Blogging Scene is Peeeooople!”
The “blogosphere” or even the internet in general ain’t nothin but a bunch of people when you boil it down (and make green wafers out of it). There’s no blogging rulebook (and if there is--oops, I threw it away with my pre-approved BlogHer credit card offer). Maybe I’m just lazy, but basically it comes down to this: act like you would in real life because the consequences are the same. If you act like an ass, you will get treated like one. If you are thoughtful and considerate, people will respond in kind. I had this cheesy poster of two beagles in my room when I was a kid that read, “If you want a friend, be a friend.” It doesn’t get much easier than that, my friends.

Awards%20Posteminem.jpg “If you had... one entry, or one opportunity, one meme... Would you post it, or just let it slip, yo...”
View each post as if it were your only one. Would you be happy with it if everyone who visited your site would just see that one post? Would you trust that post to represent your blog and, by extension, you? If not, then re-work it. Or scrap it. You should see my posting junkyard. It’s pretty immense. Because if you don’t love it, what’s the point really?

Awards%20PostWilliamHung.jpg "You know, I have no professional training of posting and commenting."
Bend it like Hung, man. Don’t be overly critical of yourself. Don’t stress if you can’t spell, suck at grammar, can’t make clever sentence transitions or can’t end a post with a bang. If you love what you do, that’s all that matters. Dream big (look for the “Life with BusyDad” reality show on VH1 next fall) and flash a big goofy smile every step of the way.

Now for the fun part. Because it's the end of the day Friday and I really want to get a post up to take advantage of Blog Hopper traffic (call me a stats whore!), I am choosing only one female and one male blogger. I am actually very happy that these two bloggers were previously overlooked because I seriously envy their writing ability and would love nothing more than to tell them that right now. 

Mr. Lady at Whiskey In My Sippy Cup: I seriously used to sit there for a good twenty minutes writing and rewriting my comments when I first discovered her blog. Nothing I wrote seemed to add anything of worth to her posts, and I sure as hell didn't want to seem like a dork to her.  She is the queen of subtle badassedness. BUT, she is one of the nicest and funniest bloggers anywhere once you gather the courage to say hi.

Xbox4NappyRash:  Xbox is a riot. Sarcasm and dry wit at its best. I don't comment as much as I should on his blog because, again, I often can't add anything to his post besides "hahaha!" His mini tangential rants within his posts are killer. As much as I would love to write like that, I know I can't. It's a gift.

I'm having a lot of trouble ending this blog post with something punchy, so I'll revert to 4th grade composition 101. In conclusion, I am honored to have received this award and I hope you visit the blogs I nominated.   


Gratitude Long Overdue

In my short time as a blogger, one thing that has simply blown me away is the fact that people whom I have never met stop by regularly to enjoy the stories that I write. What started out as a diversion to kill time during my 4 hours a day on the Los Angeles Metro System has evolved into an endeavor that matters. It matters if I go a few days without posting an entry. It matters when people leave a kind word or forward my tales to others. It matters when the latest Fury antic makes someone LOL 2,000 miles away. I knew it mattered when I discovered that I had 14 subscribers two weeks after launching my blog and I told d wife in jubilation “I don’t even know 14 parents!” For someone who gets excited over 14 RSS feeds, you know how much it means to me when the folks who visit my blog give me a pat on the back. I’d like to take this opportunity to say a long overdue thank you to a few bloggers who have given me awards in the past month (my first ones ever!).
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