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Getting inspired by an award

Sunday afternoon a tweet come across my screen that caught my eye:
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Of course, I got curious, clicked on the link, and read. I probably needed it more than she knew.

One of the scariest things about maintaining a blog is wondering if anyone still cares about what you write if you’ve been at it for a while. I’ve found the more often I think folks aren’t “listening,” the more likely I am to hide out (as mentioned in the post I actually wrote on Sunday before looking at Cynthia’s). Any time someone feels like sharing a link to my personal site, it lets me know someone still cares enough to read what I’ve got to say. It’s probably the best feeling in the world for a creative – when someone says they appreciate your efforts…

inspiringblogawardSee, she’s honored this blog and fourteen others with an Inspiring Blog Award. I got to meet her virtually via #bhamchat, a weekly Twitter chat focused on current events in Birmingham that I started a few years ago (with plans to finally re-start in early February 2013). I got to meet her via a tweet-up later that year and enjoy whenever I happen to run into her after I’ve decided to see what life’s like offline every once in a while.

What I relish most is her honesty and straight-forwardness – things one doesn’t often run into nowadays given our digital personalities.

Receiving the award comes with the following responsibilities, including:

  • Display the award image on your blog.
  • Link back to the person who nominated you.
  • State 7 things about yourself.
  • Nominate 15 other bloggers and link to their sites.
  • Notify the bloggers that they have been nominated and link to the post.

I am going to cheat a little on the listing of the seven things, since I created this list back in 2011 that’s pretty exhaustive. There’s also a similar list of truths I came up with back in 2010.

Now, for a list of blogs I find inspirational:

I hope you find some of these suggestions as inspirational as I do. Sometimes it’s through the words they share; sometimes it’s by merely clicking on the “publish” button and adding something else to the Internet to ponder…

Thanks again, Cynthia! I needed it.


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Zack Sylvan
Zack Sylvan

*takes a moment to breathe* I've seen these blog awards floating around lately since I pay pretty close attention to the SJW community. I'm practically a Jane. You especially know exactly where I'm coming from, but we don't have to go there. I digress.


My guess is that you knew 14 rockstar bloggers right off the top of your head, you got stuck on number 15, pulled up Facebook on your phone and saw that I was the last person to have bombarded your News Feed. Is that story made up or not? We'll never know.


My blog is actually about two years old, but I only recently began to devote attention to it and treat it as an extension of myself. The fact that you even know that my blog exists blows my mind. I'm a newbie, you're a pro. Whether the scenario in the previous paragraph took place or not, I can't thank you enough for making my week by including me in this wonderful post. You're truly an inspiration to me and you continue to amaze me with your vision and love for this city.


On that note, I will follow up with you sometime this week about meeting up soon for coffee. Many thanks, Andre!


Totally diggin' the Stop Censorship ribbon at the top right, btw. Nice touch.