Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Thinking Bloggers

Mimi Lenox, the Queen of Memes herself and dating profile critique extraordinaire, cited yours truly and several other people as "thinking bloggers" through an award/meme started by one Ilker Yoldas. You can read about the rhyme and reason for his Thinking Blogger Award/Meme here.

Mimi said she is grateful to us for our sharing of our worlds. But words can't express just how grateful I am to her for dropping in on my world, such as it is. I didn't expect to have people visiting regularly when I started this site last year, because my blog is basically just my thoughts rendered in bits, bytes, and pixels. I offer nothing that would be of real help in your own lives: you won't find self-help material here, there are no tangible freebies, and my posts certainly won't make your bank account any fatter.

This site is merely my personal bit of virtual real estate where you'll find just my ramblings and such, and it's heartwarming to think that some of you care enough and are interested enough to spend a few minutes of your day (or night) here. People come and go just like the tides, which is okay by me. I wish everyone well. I am no comment whore (not really), but I appreciate each and every comment, whether from a blog buddy or from one who's just passing through (except spammers, whose comments I delete faster than a hooker shedding layers of clothing in the presence of a rich john). So thanks, both to the people who elect to remain unknown and to those of you who share your thoughts and reactions. Your comments make me smile (at the very least!).

I'm going to get the Thinking Blogger Award/Meme rules out of the way before I get to the nitty-gritty. Mimi said:
If you choose to carry this meme forward, remember to tag only those bloggers who stimulate your cortex....or something like that. Please make sure you pass the rules to the blogs you are tagging.

So here are the rules:

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

3. Optional: Proudly display the 'Thinking Blogger Award' with a link to the post that you wrote (here is an alternative silver version if gold doesn't fit your blog).

Here are the people who tickle or give my cerebral cortex a swift, hard kick in the ass (if it had one); I'm tagging them for this Thinking Award/Meme. Please note that there are more than five blogs that I visit regularly (oh, God, lots and lots more), written by people whose thoughts I find pleasurable to read and who make me think. Buuuut... I will be a good girl this time and try to follow the rules. So five it is (alphabetathetically speaking):

  • An Unreliable Witness. His posts both intimidate and enthrall me. Many of them bring me to places in my mind that I'd forgotten existed.
  • It's the Little Things. Marlayna's posts, like those about her heart-wrenching childhood experiences, make me think thoughts that start with "what if."
  • The Dragon. Kiyotoe's posts deal with stuff that we can all identify with, but even though the premise is the same, the individual blogger stories that can arise from it are deliciously varied. Because we're all the same -- but different.
  • Thwarting Complacency. Jeremy is in theater. He seems to be a sensitive soul, a person whose humor-laced posts engender only positive, hopeful, and uplifting thoughts in me. His writing lightens my spirit, even when he's complaining about something!
  • Witness Lane. Migs makes me think about life here in the Philippines from his perspective -- that of a young man with an undeniable talent who's trying to find and forge his own path. I somehow feel a kinship with him.
Perhaps some of these people don't really do memes, no problem. I'll still be a constant visitor, pondering thoughts that your posts give birth to (hi, H, my soul sis!). And either blessing or cursing you for it. Also, I would've tagged some others, but they'd already been tagged.


Anonymous said...

...they may be just bits, bytes and pixels - but you arrange then in just the right sequence to produce words worth reading. A wonderful thing that is better than 'self-help' nonsense or rubbish freebies. I could do with some more help with fattening my bank account though... ;)

Dan said...

I offer nothing that would be of real help in your own lives

Hey! I consider you a cyber friend and that's why I keep stopping in to see how you're doing. I don't get together with friends because they give me advice. I get together with them because I like being with them.

And I like seeing what you're up to all of the time!

Kiyotoe said...

Although I don't normally do memes unless it's a really good one,
to be tagged with this by the Lovely Lizza is quite the honor and compliment so how could I not oblige?

But not tonight ;)

p.s. - i'm very glad you bought this little piece of cyber real estate. Does that make us neighbors?

LH said...

...(except spammers, whose comments I delete faster than a hooker shedding layers of clothing in the presence of a rich john).

You kill me, Lizza!!

I always stop in when I can and I always enjoy your posts immensely. I have to admit, I started my blog with thought-provoking posts pouring from the vessels of my brain (and sometimes heart)...then as time became stretched - I had to make some breathing room. Wish I still had the time to share a little more.

Travis Cody said...

I stumbled over here when I saw your MM post. You captured me right away with the way your write.

I truly appreciate good writing and I'll be stopping in from time to time.

Michael C said...

Yours is a blog I certainly do enjoy routinely! I don't think i have ever been to any of the blogs you tagged, although that will change shortly.

Sidney said...

Congrats for your award! Well deserved!

Lizza said...

Penfold: So does mine. :-) Thank you for being so kind. I hope you're feeling better.

Dan: I appreciate the time you take to visit; I know you've been very busy and have lots of other readers to visit too. Your video rocked, cyberpal!

Kiyotoe: Yes, we're neighbors. Can I borrow a cup of sugar?

Laurz: I missed you when you disappeared, but I'm glad you're blogging again. You're a busy lady, but it's good to know that everything's going A-OK.

Travis: Thank you. I enjoy reading your posts too, especially your fiction, which I also found through MM.

Michael: Thanks! And I enjoy your blog regularly too. You're so creative and funny.

Lizza said...

Sidney: Thank you! :-)

H said...

Lizzzzaaaaa! you're already taken [ummm, you know what I mean] and so is Prom and now Unreliable! oh dear.


H said...

Oh And, the image of you deleting spam comments is... fascinating.

Odat said...'re such the humble one!!
You give me lots to think about whether you realize it or not my friend!

Lizza said...

H: Yep, my fingers fly all over the keyboard to hit 'delete' when a spam comment appears here. :-D I would've had you on the list, but Prometheus beat me to it.

Odat: Thank you. As always, you made me smile.

Sebastiane said...

Man, this is cool. Gotta start thinking about the blogs that made me think!


Migs Bassig said...

Shucks! This is too flattering! I hate memes (I am sorry, but I just have to use, as Jack Nicholson did, the word "hate" here)...but you know what? I think I just might bite on this one. Now you know how humongous my ego is.

Cheers! :)

Schmoop said...

Richly deserved Lizza. You always stimulate my gray matter when I stop by. Cheers!!

robkroese said...

I'd like to believe my blog makes people think. Unfortunately they're usually thinking, "That's 2 minutes I won't get back."

H said...

Witness Lane is even more exciting than Unreliable! what is it with this Witness thing, really?

Lizza, yet again, another amazing discovery. He's an absolute delight. it's like cocoa butter for the brain. Smooth, rich, delicious reading.

And I think he's an awful show-off too, for expressing his doubt at whether he can live by his pen.

Frank Sirianni said...

This comment is not automated, and is submitted for blog author's approval. Any similarity to that SPiced hAM delicacy that appears all to frequently is purely coincidental (What good is spam without mustard anyway?).
Congrats Lizza, your blog is always a treat to stop into.

Anonymous said...

Kyels: Yes, it's a good thing to do. :-)

Migs: Ego is such a bitch sometimes, is she not? :-) Cheers!

Matt: Thank you. But pleeeease don't tell me that your dangling bits are turning grey. :-D Have a fun and safe trip, my friend.

Diesel: Not this reader. She's grateful for the smiles and laughs she gets from your posts.

H: Haha, didn't make the Witness connection until you mentioned it. I'm so slow sometimes. Glad you're enjoying Migs' blog. Yep, he's such a lovable showoff sometimes. :-)

Frank: Fraaaaaaannkkkk! :-D
Thank you, it's so good to see you here again.

Thank you very much. I eat spam and I love mustard. But... the thought of the two of them together somehow makes me feel a bit apprehensive. :-)

CS said...

Don't sell yourself short, Lizza. People are here because they fidn value in what you have to offer, plain and simple.

Lizza said...

Thanks, CSL. That means a lot. I really appreciate it.

Tammie Jean said...

Hi Lizza! Your blog definitely does have something to offer - interesting thoughts, fun stories, slices of your life that you so willingly share in well-written entries!

I'll have to check out some of the other blogs you mention...

Lizza said...

Hi Tammie Jean! As does yours. Thank you very much!

Sony said...

Little behind in my reading and what a surprise to find myself listed amongst the blogs that make you think, Lizza!

Quite an honor. I think I might blush. Yep. There, I did.

And this might be the first timed I've been tagged for a meme too (or the first one I'm going to actually do something with).

Thanks again!! I will post my 5 very soon.

Lizza said...

Thank YOU, Jeremy. :-)

An Unreliable Witness said...

Better late than never, I suppose - but I have only just discovered this post and your nomination (I really should look at my referrals more often). Thank you for both your kind, undeserved words and for considering me a 'thinking blogger'. I am very honoured. And probably blushing.

And as H observed - what is it with this Witness thing? Eh?

Thanks again for reading.

Anonymous said...

Undeserved? Come now. :-)

Thank you for visiting. It feels like a god has come down from Olympus and graced this nondescript place with his presence.

Seriously, thank you for dropping by. And it's true that your writing both intimidate and enthrall me.

Anonymous said...

yoo... really like this thoughts :))