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Basking in the Spotlight, and Paying it Forward

I haven't done one of these in a while.  I haven't earned one of these in a while!  Maybe I'm losing my touch?

I received this award this week from not one but TWO bloggers!  Both writers are absolutely amazing and I felt honored when they chose me.

First was Heather from My Husband Ate All My Ice Cream and Blogger Idol fame.  She is a fantastic writer, and does not let anyone dictate her actions.  She gets a boatload of respect from me because she writes what she wants to write about.  A recent post talked about her religious views.  I can speak first-hand that this topic is extremely controversial, and people often lose followers when your views are different.  She does it anyway.  She will not be swayed.  She is awesome.

Next was Mama Spaghetti from The Spaghetti Westerner.  She chose me as one of her five to write about for her Blogger Idol assignment.  I was the only male of the bunch, so I represented the penis population with pride.  Her humor is amazing, and I love every post she writes (even when they're reeking of mommy-blogger).  She keeps things fresh, keeps things funny, and will keep you smiling.

I have received recognition from good bloggers, and I have received recognition from great bloggers.  This is the latter, and I couldn't be happier.

And now, as the award suggests, I get to pay it forward.  I pick 5 bloggers to mention, tell you why I love them, and then you all go follow and adore them (and they pimp the shit out of me on twitter & their blogs, right???)

My 5 are:

Leeanna at Can We Have A New Witch?  Ours Melted.  Pick any three posts of hers at random and you will instantly be hooked.  She tells it like it is, snarks with the best of them, and is probably dancing around in her skivvies as we speak.  Her hubs is out of town, so she's going wild.

The Simple Dude at Simple Dude in a Complex World.  He writes entertaining material.  He writes books to help bloggers improve their game. (on sale now)  He's so damn awesome, he was picked by blogger as a Blog of Note.  He was my benchmark when I started blogging, and he needs to be on everyone's list of blogs to read.

TFV at The Frisky Virgin.  Why her?  She's a virgin and that's ok.  It goes against the norm of society for someone her age, but who the fuck cares?  She waves her hymen like a proud flag, proclaiming her awesomeness for all to see.  Oh, and she loves sports, which makes her cooler than Chilly Willy.

Jillsmo at Yeah. Good Times.  She's a mom of two, and doesn't let any bit of shit slow her down.  She sees the humor in everything, has become a 'go to' resource on the web for autistic children, and... wait for it... she's a reddit geek.  If you're not laughing within 45 seconds of reading her blog, there's something wrong with you.

Last but not least, we have Zombie at Zombies Everywhere.  He's the ultimate follower.  He comments on every post, was the first to jump into my advertising idea, and IT GETS BETTER!! has a great blog about everything zombie.  Humor, tattoos, survival guides and everything in between.  Variety is the spice of life, and his blog is very spicy, to say the least.

So there you are.  5 to follow if you're not already, plus the 2 that bestowed this award upon me.  All great bloggers, all great writers, all worthy of recognition.
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22 witty retorts:

Lady Estrogen said...

Pay it forwards are always good times... especially to Jill.
Will check out the others, fo'sho!

Heather Reese said...

You rock!

jillsmo said...

Wow! THANK YOU!!!! :)

Pickleope said...

Very cool. Congratulations and I'LLC have to check out the recommendations. Haven't steered me wrong yet.

This Guy said...

really awesome!

Drake Sigar said...

I've heard that last name a couple of times but haven't investigated... yet.

Bouncin' Barb said...

Congrats. It's a good feeling when you get awarded by great bloggers isn't it? You've picked some pretty great bloggers to pass it onto as well. Nice job!

klahanie said...

Hey, nice one, my friend. I'm really delighted to know that you got this very thoughtful and meaningful award.
I shall check out those who forwarded it to your good self and those you have forwarded it onto. If you recommend them, I just know they are going to be awesome.
Have a peaceful and positive weekend.
Gary :)

Annabelle said...

I can't wait to check these folks out.

Congrats to you too, btw.

Hope you're having a great weekend!

The Simple Dude said...

Great post - thanks for passing it along to me. I've seen a few of those blogs, but its always good to have more to check out.

I think it may be time to resurrect my Ass Kicking, Beer Drinking award.


in bed with married women said...

Going to visit them now. Because you said so.


Leeanna said...

Does this mean little ol' me gets an award and thus I have to go out and find 5 bloggers that I hate and so on and on and on??

Really Brandon, sweetie, thanks for the shout out. I just got three new minions so now I have to buy more costumes and laser death ray guns. Do you realize how expensive it is trying to take over the world?

The Angry Lurker said...


Thank, Q said...

Congrats on the award! And Jillsmo definitely deserves one. She cracks me up. She's TV sitcom-worthy.

The Reckmonster said...

Congrats Idahomie!! I'll have to check out the blogs you mentioned - but I know Jill IS hilarious!!

A Daft Scots Lass said...

You fuckin' rock!

Kenneth Tso said...

Way to promote the community!

Zombie said...

Great to see shout outs to all these fantastic bloggers! :)

Anonymous said...

Congrats on the awards...they are much deserved and congrats to the wonderful bloggers you shared them with! :)

Mama Spaghetti said...

Thank you, kind sir! You make me proud. Looking forward to checking out some of these awesome bloggers!

The Frisky Virgin said...

"TFV at The Frisky Virgin. Why her? She's a virgin and that's ok. It goes against the norm of society for someone her age, but who the fuck cares? She waves her hymen like a proud flag, proclaiming her awesomeness for all to see. Oh, and she loves sports, which makes her cooler than Chilly Willy."

Thank you for this--for the award and, more so, for your kind words. Can't tell you how much I appreciate them. I'm so sorry I didn't see this sooner.

Fair warning: Blogging hugs ahead.


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