Exciting times, people!
I got nominated for the glorious ‘Bloggers Recognition Award” by GamersUnitedGG. The award ceremony takes place at a somewhat seedy venue called The Third Rail in Goodneighbor, Boston.
The place gives reason for worry. I must admit that I felt a bit uneasy going in there. Was it all fake? Was it a scheme by the Institute to get all writers in one place and, you know, erase them? Shame there was no pun-award.
The entrance was guarded by a rather mafioso-looking bouncer. His gun? Pointed directly at me.
Bouncer: Closed event. Turn around.
Me: I’m a reporter. I have an invitation. I write articles about current events and –
Bouncer: Oh, you’re just a blogger? Hah! Get your ass inside.
Stay calm. Stay calm.
The inside was way more welcoming. I was greeted by Ham, a well-dressed greeter. He usually works as a bouncer, but as an avid reader, he wanted to meet with the bloggers, so worked for free as a greeter for the night.
The Third Rail is a subway converted into a multi-function hangout. They have open mic-nights, karaoke, stand-up and concerts.
Not many had arrived when I got there. The pre-ceremony entertainment was provided by the stunning, charismatic singer Magnolia.
My initial thought was that they probably give these awards to anyone, but seeing the big names attending gave the awards credibility and my confidence a solid boost.
The locale quickly filled up with a range of different people from all corners of the blogosphere, writers as well as readers.
The award winners were presented in turn. The impressive ensemble consisted of:
- Athena – Ambigaming
- LightningEllen – Conquering The Gaming Backlog
- GamersUnitedGG blog – Gamersunitedggblog
- Nerdamania – Nerdamania
- Medigamer Matt – Medigamerblog
Mr. Wapojif – Professional Moron
- Dorkknightslair – Dorkknights Lair
- Youssefmaguid – ArchiGamer
- A Scottish Guy – A Scottish Guy’s Blog
- A Paradoxical Millennial – A Paradoxical Millennial
- Twogirlsgaming – Two Girls Gaming
Joe the Revelator – Masks of Monsters
Lemanshots – Fine Pictures and Digital Art
Nerdhutblog – Nerdhut
After a lot of cheering, crying and applauding it was my turn, the newcomer. The crowd was eerily silent. An almost paralyzing pressure came crashing down on me.
My acceptance speech went something like this:
Hello, everyone! What an audience.
(Utter silence, except one guy coughing incessantly)
I really don’t know what to say. Uhm… I can tell you a bit on how my blog started, I guess. It was a beautiful day and.. No, that would be an overstatement. I felt an inspiring moment unparalleled to anything… Hmm.. that’d be an overstatement as well. I wanted to be in the field and report on everyday events and it just evolved…
(Was losing the crowd here)
Let me start over. I think being called a blogger is not a worthy name for something that’s more than just a hobby, and might seem pointless..
Whoa, whoa! Terrible phrasing. Totally not what I meant. Blogging is one of the most honorable of professions and a valuable asset to society.
How about I give you a couple of my own tips for surviving as a blogger?
#1 Always carry writing equipment, be it pen and paper, coal and a napkin, or a smartphone.
#2 Political correctness is not a bloggers job. Leave that to the critics. Don’t be afraid to ruffle a few feathers.
A guy screaming from the crowd: That’s racist! Bird-hater! Boooo!
See? You don’t even have to make an effort to touch a nerve somewhere. Someone will get offended no matter what you do. Ok, that’s all I’ve got. Fuck you all! Sorry! Sorry. Got caught up in the moment. Went too far. Thank you. Thank you. Have a great night!
I was escorted down from the stage. A third tip would be, keep the speech short, and concise.
The awards were dealt out and the after-party was about to begin when some goons entered the scene. Nerdmania took charge and confronted the party-poopers.
They were representatives from the organizations “Department Against Free Thought” and “Factus Alternativus Regurgitation Team”.
Our celebration of the free, written word were “a nuisance to people of importance” apparently. These guys wanted to shut us down.
Lucky for us, the remedy for getting rid of bullies like that is simple.
Unable to handle the truth being exposed by all the bloggers, the sinister characters retreated, leaving behind a display of fireworks covering their escape.
And with that, the party was on.
An open bar is always risky, but when hosting an event for writers, the only right choice, obviously, is an open bar.
For my part, I’m not entirely sure who took that last photo. Enough said.
Looking forward to next time!
Well aware that this was just another form of a “chain-letter” done blogger-style, I partook in it. Felt no shame.
Even though I may have dragged you into the dreaded world of chain-letters, feel no obligation to comply with the “rules”. Even a like will do. For reference, here they are:
- Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
- Write a post to show your award.
- Give a brief story of how your blog started.
- Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
- Select 15 other bloggers for this award.
- Comment on each blog to let them know you nominated them and link to the post you created.