I’d been out of the Blogosphere for awhile, taking time out to handle some other stuff in the real world. Imagine my surprise when I happened upon the fact that my blog won a “Brillante Weblog Premio” award!
I found out when I was browsing The Bandwagonist. Thanks for the nod!!!
So, being curious, I decided to do some digging into what this award was all about… who’s behind it, and what does it all mean?
My search led me to this; at the Museum of Hoaxes:
Surf around the web enough and you’ll notice a lot of sites that have announced they’re the recipients of a “Brillante Weblog Premio” award. (Google “Brillante Weblog” and you’ll see what I mean.) Just to clue in anyone who might be confused — this is not a real award. It’s a viral nuisance. The gimmick is that you receive this award from a friend. Accompanying the award are these rules: In this way, the award keeps circulating endlessly. There are real “Brillante Awards for Excellence” awarded by the National Society of Hispanic MBAs, but they’re not related in any way to the “Brillante Weblog Premio” award. (via Heart and Hands)
This information gave me pause, but then I thought about it some more:
- The “award” logo is virus free. You can’t get a virus from an image, as far as I can tell. The image isn’t “hot linked” to any malicious sites, as far as I can tell.
- I was granted the “award” by someone who’d read my blog and liked what they’d read.
- My nominator “won the award”, too. In a sense, my blog was “vetted” by a winner, who (in turn) was vetted by a winner…
- At its best, its just an opportunity for people to get familiar with other good blogs that they’ve never read before.
- At its worst, I get an opportunity to share some of my favourite blogs with some of my readers, all the while saluting the authors for their efforts.
Hmmm… I see only “wins” here! So, without further ado, here are my Brillante winners (in no particular order):
- Trini Carnival Diary. Find out all about Carnival in Trinidad & Tobago through the eyes of a seasoned masquerader.
- Pundit Kitchen. Political LOLcats… without the cats! If you know me, you know I like nothing more than a good laugh. Ever since this site launched a few months ago, they’ve been responsible for putting a wide grin on my face before I start my day!
- Trini Gourmet. Sweet Trinbago Cuisine! Sweet han’ fuh so! And I can vouch for it!
- Stuff White People Do. At first I thought this was a simple knockoff of the popular “Stuff White People Like” blog. Now I realise that its a whole lot more. Like the author of “SWPL”, the author of “SWPD” is also “white”.
- SHIMWORLD. Photoblog of Jan Shim, citizen of Brunei and of the world. He takes excellent wildlife shots, and his blog’s a portal to the Far East for me.
- One Day for the Watchman (1D4TW): Max of Open Anthology does it pop-culturally. And he saw that it was good. And I agree!
- Choonkooloonks. Karen Walrond’s put together an impressive photojournal and blog. When my own photoblog (insert shameless site promo here) grows up, I can only dream that it’ll look half as good as hers.
I tried to pick blogs that hadn’t been “awarded” anything before (AFAIK). Hard stuff. I like so many great blogs!
- Emily Postal. I like her quirkyness and her writing style.
- Creative Commess. A Trini lady ramblin about random stuff on a “vaps”.
- Airy Nothings… stumbled across her site whilst looking for Obama material. Just nice quips and comments about life and living in general.
- My World. Another Trini lady. She writes about very varied and interesting stuff, and I think her blog is fairly new too.
- ShiZZles! Done by some talented Trinidadian graphic artists (and musicians?). Very crafty short stories and even a webcomic!!!
So, there. I’ve taken something bad and turned it into something good. Congratulations to all the “winners”!
Please pass along to all your other friends, and nominate some of your blogs too.
Leave me some of your other favourite blogs in the comments for this post!
I want to thank everyone who’s read & visited my blog. It’s only a little over 4 months old, and I’ve averaged 1000 hits/month thus far. This month (September) was the first month that I’ve actually gotten 1000 hits before the month was up! That says something… and I want to thank you for all the constructive criticism, suggestions and dialogue.
Peace and Rice,
(ps: Please make sure you also check out my blogroll!!!)