Susan Speaks: Thinking Blogger awards and a Carnival!


Mondays are the slowest day in the entertainment business. But don’t tell that to Lil’ Duck Duck, who’s hosting a carnival of Family Life (#49, in fact!). Go check it out; you might recognize a familiar face and an outtake you may have missed.

Mondays aren’t slow around here, though. Even though it’s been a few days since this happened, I’m still in shock.

Robin, of Around the Island, was amazing enough to tag me with The Thinking Blogger Award . Not just for one post, but my entire body of work here on the blog. I am flattered and touched and pleased and thrilled — and proud. Any writer loves to hear that you make people think, and when I got the e-mail from Robin telling me to check her blog, I was in a funk. The timing was absolutely perfect.

In keeping with the rules of the Thinking Blogger Award — no one have a heart attack; I do occasionally follow the rules! — I get to pass this award on to five other nice people. So here they are…

To She at the Screaming Pages for this post about her recent India adventures. Like many a traveller before her, India (and the Philippines) this time had a life-altering effect on her. And I’m not talking about the food poisoning, but what came when she got home: she took a deep breath and stepped off the edge of the world, quitting her job. That, woman, takes guts.

My good friend Milan always makes me think, especially when he does his Thursday Thirteen posts. Here’s one that really illustrates how much effort he puts into them and how hard he stretches my brain. He may not post a 13 every week, but I’d sure argue that he’s a valued member of the 13 community.

Of course I have to nominate Erica. The woman, the blog, the whole ball of wax. She juggles being a mom, a blogger, an aspiring writer, and a full-time employee. She’s always up on the latest fads — screening them for me, I joke with her — and her enthusiasm shines on through even the rough spots. I’m proud to be her partner in the Debut a Debut contest, as well as the upcoming summer reading contest.

It may be really tacky of me, but I’d like to give the award back to Robin, for this post. If you’ll read the comment trail, you’ll see that my son has a friend whose behavior is similar to Robin’s daughter’s. This post gave me new insights into my son’s friend and while I may not be in a position to help my son’s friend, at least I have some insights that help me be a better guardian when he’s here playing.

I’m going to stop at four, not because I want to buck the rules but because now I’m going to start nominating all my friends who write book blogs — karen!, Antheras, Cheesygiraffe, CheriePie, Breeni, Ace and Hoser. And on. And on. You’ve seen me mention them all here before, you’ve seen them in my comment trail and as entrants in my various contests. These guys are my friends above and beyond blogging, even though I’ve yet to meet any of them face-to-face. They inspire me to new heights of writing and other fun ideas, and they are quick to stop me from doing something dumb or pointless. As much as all of you readers inspire me, these guys are my front lines. Check them out; I don’t doubt you’ll be nominating them for Thinking Blogger Awards.

Here are the rules, for you newly tagged folk…

How participation works:

If, and only if, you get tagged, write a post with links to 5 blogs that make you think. Link to this post so that people can easily find the exact origin of the meme.

Optional: Display the ‘Thinking Blogger Award’ with a link to the post that you wrote.

One last note… those of you who read me in a feed reader have noticed a bunch of posts lately. Most of them are old posts; I’m catching up on my labels and tags. Read, have fun, comment away. Just be sure to click through and check the posting dates!

Catch you guys in a bit…



  1. Karen

    April 9, 2007 10:34 am

    oh, the pressure!BR/BR/(yep, it’s me, A HREF=”” REL=”nofollow”karen!/A, from the other account)

  2. Mama Duck

    April 9, 2007 10:50 am

    Oh, Mondays are usually the busiest days here, I’d like to think that we are in the entertainment industry, as a former professional musician (now just playing for fun and with the little one) and sole entertainment for the demanding audience of one very busy toddler…. LOL! Thanks so much for the link, things are crazy around here but I wanted to stop in to say that and HAVE A GREAT MONDAY!! 😉

  3. Breeni

    April 9, 2007 11:21 am

    Congratulations! It’s an award well-deserved.

  4. Sparky Duck

    April 9, 2007 11:36 am

    I was wondering why I was having thoughts of 2005

  5. Robin

    April 9, 2007 1:49 pm

    Wow Susan, I’m really touched, and happy beyond belief to hear that someone might actually benefit from everything we’ve been going through lately with Maya. Thank you my friend.

  6. Dana

    April 9, 2007 6:02 pm

    Congrats!!!! BR/BR/Mondays are very busy here. There is never enough time to get everything done

  7. Lauren

    April 9, 2007 8:51 pm

    Congrats!!! You deserve it!

  8. Claire

    April 9, 2007 8:54 pm

    Congratulations!!!!BR/BR/I have been totally crap at commenting lately, so i am trying to catch up with everyone before this bloody internet provider bogs off on me again!

  9. Susan Helene Gottfried

    April 9, 2007 9:01 pm

    Thanks, everyone! I am really flattered by this and hope I can earn a few more!

  10. Rhian / Crowwoman

    April 9, 2007 9:22 pm

    Congratulations!!! Very much deserved!

  11. Amy Ruttan

    April 9, 2007 9:52 pm

    Congrats on the award.BR/BR/Very cool, I can’t believe so much has happened in a couple of days that I wasn’t checking.BR/BR/Yikes. Congrats again!

  12. scooper

    April 9, 2007 11:40 pm

    Congrats! How to live up to the title? Hmm? I wonder what will happen next.

  13. Susan Helene Gottfried

    April 10, 2007 7:42 am

    Scoop, do you know something?

  14. Tilly Greene

    April 10, 2007 9:53 am

    Congratulations! I’m going to have to check out your nominees out…especially the one who took a trip to India. I came away without the food poisoning but made a major life change as well. Weird how life happens like that.

  15. scooper

    April 10, 2007 12:13 pm

    Nah! I’m not a thinker. I think of myself as a blurter.

  16. she

    April 10, 2007 3:44 pm

    Susan – it’s hardly a surprise that you’d be nominated for your entire body of work – West of Mars is one of the most interesting and innovative blogs I read. BR/BR/Thanks so much for the tag. Hardest part was narrowing my own tags down to five – I failed miserably and chose 8.

  17. Susan Helene Gottfried

    April 10, 2007 4:24 pm

    Aww, She, that really makes me feel good. Thanks!

  18. Marcia

    April 14, 2007 1:06 am

    You wear your award quite well. Congrats!

  19. bCherie/b

    April 15, 2007 5:43 am

    I said this in the forum, but since I’m kind of behind on blog posts *blush* I’ll shout it out here too! Congrats chickie!! You deserve it!! *sm000ches* 🙂

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