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The Astounding Blogger of the Year Award

2 Jan

January 2, 2013

Over the course of 2012, it has been the honor of the Editors and Staff of Mr. Blog’s Tepid Ride to receive a great many awards and nominations for a variety of blogging awards, some of which you see published below. And we are especially grateful to have been nominated more than once for each of these awards. I am now a multiple Versatile Blogger Award-winning blogger, as well as a multiply Inspiring Blogger and even a double Blogger of the Year.


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And so forth and so on, yadda yadda yadda. These are all pretty harmless, if somewhat silly. There is no real award, there are just people who make up “awards” and give them to their friends who make up awards and give them to their friends who gave them awards in the first place. Let’s say what they really are- ploys to drive up traffic, since each comes with a silly set of rules requiring the “winners” to answer 5 to 10 silly questions about themselves (“When did you first begin blogging?” “Which flowers bloom in your imagination?”) and then pass the “award” on to 10 or 12 other bloggers, who pass it on the 10 or 12 more, etc  etc etc.

It is the blogging version of a chain letter.

But they are really no big deal and they make people happy and if someone wants me to be the Motivation Blogger Award winner, than far be it from me to complain. But to foist this on 10 other unsuspecting bloggers and make them slough it off to another 10, each of whom has to answer a set of ridiculous questions is not something I want to be a part of. There is enough unwanted spam in the world.

So it is in this spirit, or perhaps in direct contraction of it, that I announce that Mr. Blog’s Tepid Ride at bmj2k.com, Your Daily Dose of the Absurdities of This Absurd World, has both created and awarded to itself as the first recipient, the Astounding Blogger of the Year Award.

Thank you, thank you, please be seated. I am humbled by your applause, and your standing ovation? Well deserved, I admit.

What makes this award special is that every time you are nominated, you are entitled to another Whitman Mayo. As you can see, I have been nominated nine times. And even better, I have twice been decorated with the Golden Crown Whitman Mayo. Truly, none have been so honored since the dawn of time.

This award represents the pinnacle of the blogging arts.

As a condition of the award, the winner of the Astounding Blogger Award promises not to foist it upon any other person or site.

However, that shouldn’t stop you.

Pick five sites that you feel deserve this made-up award and post a link to this very page so that they may claim their award and proudly display it on their site. But there’s a catch! Each “winner” must answer the questions below and post them on their site.

1- How does Cthulhu affect your everyday life?

2- Who would win in a fight- Kirk or Picard?

3- Which flowers bloom in your imagination?

4- You see that thing last night? What’s up with that?

5- Do you really want to live in world where men wear meggings?

That’s it. Simple, right? So go on out and pick five sites that you feel embody the history and the majesty of the Astounding Blogger Award and give them the honor of this prestigious decoration.

As for me, I’m off to write my acceptance speech for Cattle Rustler Blogger of the Year.

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Whitman Mayo:

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Gold Crown Mayo:

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The Versatile Blogger Award Goes Slumming.

8 Apr

NEW April 8, 2011

It has been this blog’s great honor to receive The Versatile Blogger Award. It is possibly the greatest award in its history, a proud history, which dates back to my great-grandfather’s colonial pamphlet Zebediah Blog’s Persnickety Ride in 1786.

First of all, I would like to thank the one whose vision, foresight, and taste gave me this great honor, The Batty Broad of http://abattybroad.wordpress.com/

In her own words: “Ladies and Gentleman – I present to you the master of multi-tasking, the oracle of organizing, the empress of efficiency, the battiest of broads….THE BATTY BROAD!  (the crowd goes wild, applause, applause, applause).”

And now, in keeping with the tradition and history of The Versatile Blogger Award, I present

Seven Things About Mr. Blog.

1- “Mr. Blog” is actually the non de plume of six Laotian faith healers who make up the Editors and Staff of Mr. Blog’s Tepid Ride.

2- Despite several restraining orders, Mr. Blog inches ever closer to his dream of meeting Conrad Bain.

3- No less a personage than Bruce Vilanch has gotten a chuckle from this blog. And that’s true: Click here, please.

4- This blog began in 2006 on MySpace. That explains why none of you have heard of it. By then everyone had moved to Facebook.

5- The only blogs to get hate mail were those about the TV show Scrappers. Seriously, those letters were both vehement and illiterate.

6- This blog has often been confused for an official American Chopper blog. Many comments are addressed specifically to some of the guys on that show. I have gotten exactly one pro-Paul Sr. comment.

7- This blog boasts both a drunk (Mr. Know-It-All) and the undead (the Tepid Zombie) among its contributors.


And now, I pass the torch to seven others who keep the values and honor the tradition of Mr. Blog’s Tepid Ride.

Jim, of the Relic Radio Network. Classic Old Time Radio, a fantastic message board community, and more.

JRD Skinner of Flash Pulp fame. Great fiction, and stuff you may have missed along the way but shouldn’t have.

Thomas Stazyk of TESazyk.com. The wonderful writing of a man who knows how things should be written, all based on and around things in his life.

Mac of BIOnighT. Consummate modern electronic music site.

Matt Cowan of Vintage Horror. Great essays and insights on the greats of classic and modern horror.

Super Mike Monge. Great art. He does it all.

Marc Barnhill and The Sorely Missed. As he aptly puts it, and he should know, “From the imaginary intersection of a Coney Island side street and a Carolina dirt road” comes touching and evocative music that is sure to touch you where you live.

OK, so technically they are not all bloggers. So what? They are great sites, check them out!

So in conclusion, I would like to accept this award on behalf of The Editors and Staff of Mr. Blog’s Tepid Ride, and, in the immortal words of Sally Field, “Well, look at all these wiggy birds around here.”

Wait a minute, that’s from Gidget. That’s not what I meant to say at all. Wasn’t there some quote from The Academy Awards, something about a dyspeptic polar bear? Ah, what the Hell.

Sheesh, Giget. “A hot dog makes her lose control,” my ass it does. Oh wait, that’s The Pattty Duke Show.

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