At this time of year, a blogger takes one of two directions — dashing off a funny post capturing the mood of an awards ceremony, or heading to St. Thomas, V.I. for a break. I am doing both. With thanks to ALL my readers, I particularly want to recognize certain individuals and introduce them in a roundup of my “Biggie” awards.
A Blogger’s Best Friend Forever Award
There is no doubt that a blogger’s BFF is an ace web developer. Mine is outstanding. In fact, when he sends me an email at 3:26am in response to my “Urgent” from the previous night, it blows me away. In general, I feel sorry for web developers. They get calls mid-afternoon Saturdays, and have to tend to every kind of errata. I’m breaking out the bubbly for ya, Louis!
Longtime Supporter and Advocate Award
It’s a tie. There’s someone with the very barest of digital footprints, but with an embracing hug that makes me feel like the Matterhorn. Thank you Alice Strauss. And thanks to a friend who has been with me through all the muck and always made me feel wonderful: Debi Lerner, my queen of texting in high heels, you leave me speechless.
Most Pointed Question Award
When I was asked by a doyenne of job search, “Why can’t you publish your own stuff on your blog?” it got me thinking.
Most Elusive Advice to Implement Award
When a fellow blogger who posts daily – even on weekends and holidays– said straight out: “Don’t over think it [a blog post].”
Most Persistent Prods That Keep Haunting Me
Another tie: the prods were when PG, a merchant banker, asked me, “What’s your business model?” and when a venture capitalist advised that in Silicon Valley, they test every idea with a prominent, well-placed button, to see how many click-throughs it garners. No matter that the button links to a page “under construction.” If there isn’t enough interest, there’s no need to invest.
Best Conference To Inform My Thinking
Hands down, SMX West, held in San Jose last March. If you have any interest in search marketing or the online ecosphere, you must go to one of the SMX conferences held around the world.
Best Talent Pool to Generate Ideas and Find Freelancers
A national organization to empower women in technology (plus those who are not techanistas, but want to get with what’s growing), I give my strongest endorsement to Webgrrls.
Best Red and Blue Markup Award
What is an editor worth that hands it back before the shadow of the obelisk gets too long? 600 Egyptian felucca boats and a tract of the fertile Nile delta. Renee, they are yours!
Best Community of Reciprocity Award
Catherine Morgan, who has no equal in terms of transition advice, setting up a business, and cleaning cobwebs from your past.
Nadir of My Professional Existence Over the Past Year, Award
Taking a job canvassing door-to-door for an environmental organization, and realizing in the first 4 hours that I couldn’t keep up with the younger, more spry staff.
Quote to Live By Award
Success is not final, failure is not fatal, it is the courage to continue that counts.
Best Place to Hatch a Launch (or Landing) Party
On the day when I either (1) land a job, or (2) seriously start monetizing this blog, I am going to hold a launch party at my local hair salon. Who wouldn’t enjoy a mashup of haircuts, headshots, comedy improv and cocktails … and the pleasure of one powerful networking party? Come on, Girls Night Out meets The Last Guy Comic Standing.
Best Way to A Blogger’s Heart
Tweet it, hit the like button, add your comments below, and share it to someone who might benefit. Rinse and repeat.
Best Visual After A Year Of Hard Work
The trend (in media) is to ditch content and go for the visual, so take a look.
Photo courtesy of Creative Commons 2.0, Judy van der Velden, and photoshopped by Arithemonkey
|Did you enjoy this post? subscribe now to get all of the posts|