An Awards Extravaganza, and . . . Breaking the Rules!

It’s always a great feeling when The Eye-Dancers receives a nomination for a blogging award.  Blogging awards offer us a wonderful way of spreading the goodwill that makes the WordPress community the special place it is.  And it is again with much appreciation and gratitude that I accept the nominations from several blogging friends.



Thanks to Anne at Tales Along the Way; Jennifer K. Marsh; and Janice at jemsbooks for nominating The Eye-Dancers for The Shauny Award for Blogging Excellence, The Sunshine Award, and The Inner Peace Award, respectively.  I was fortunate enough to have been nominated for these awards previously, but I wanted to thank all three of these wonderful bloggers!  If you haven’t had the pleasure of visiting their sites, I strongly urge you to do so!


Within the past few weeks, The Eye-Dancers has been nominated for three new awards. . . .

Thanks to Janice at jemsbooks for The Butterfly Light Award.  Janice has been a steadfast and ongoing supporter of The Eye-Dancers, and I can’t thank her enough.  I hope you’ll check out her great blog, and download her wonderful books!



Conditions For Accepting The Award

Here are the conditions for accepting the award :

1. You must write an acceptance post, making sure you link back to the blogger who awarded you and thank them. You MAY NOT lump this award in with a batch of other awards.  [Oops!  This is the first rule I am breaking in this post!]

2. You must individually name and re-award to a minimum of 1 and a maximum of 9999999 bloggers. You must let them know either personally with a comment on their blog OR a pingback (I’d suggest their about page) [Hmm, this is the second rule I am breaking . . .]

3. You must link back to Belinda’s blog either to OR

4. You must write a short paragraph (yes only one paragraph – damn this is easy) – Entitled either “How I’m Spreading Light” OR “How I’m A Positive Influence”

5. Display Belinda’s lovely “Butterfly Light Award” badge on your blog.


“How I’m A Positive Influence”

Honestly, this one was tough!  It feels a little egotistical to use such a heading.  But one thing I hope The Eye-Dancers site has done, and continues to do, is to encourage everyone to unleash the creative powers within, to let them out with a flourish.  Tell your story.  Sing your song.  Paint your picture.  Do what you love, and then share it with the world.  Only you can tell your story.



As for the blogs I nominate, please keep reading!


Thank you to Jennifer K. Marsh for The Imagine Award.  Jennifer has supported The Eye-Dancers for the long haul, and I very much appreciate it!  She has a wonderful blog (more on this in a minute), and is a very talented author.



The purpose of The Imagine Award is to highlight blogs which make special use of creativity and passion.

According to the rules, I must nominate 3-5 blogs for the award  [more on this later–more rule-breaking, I’m afraid!] as well as state 3-5 reasons why I like Jennifer’s blog . . .


Jennifer’s site is great.  There are many reasons for this.  Here are five . . .

1.  She has a deep appreciation for nature and the environment.  Her posts reflect this, her words portray this.  As a fellow nature lover myself, this is something I genuinely appreciate and admire about Jennifer and her blog.

2. Jennifer is a highly creative and imaginative person, and her posts have the ability to lift me up on wings, enabling me to fly high overhead, and enjoy the view.  She is a talented wordsmith and a dreamer of dreams.

3.  Jennifer has a wonderful sense of humor.  Regardless of what type of post she is writing, her humor shines through.

4.  She is very honest, open, and holds nothing back.  Jennifer will post on subjects that mean a great deal to her, and is not afraid of sharing her heart with her readers.  This, combined with her fantastic sense of humor, truly makes her blog a very personal and heartfelt reading experience.

5.  Jennifer exhibits a tremendous variety in her posts.  From one post to the next, she keeps things fresh and unpredictable.  And when it comes to creative writing, unpredictable is good!



So for these reasons and many more, I hope you will visit Jennifer’s blog!


And thanks so much  to Alisha Williams at Poemotherapi Shoppe for The Paragon of Fine Art Blogger Award nomination!  Alisha’s blog is a creative cornucopia of beautiful words and images.  She is a very talented and accomplished poet.  I am sure you will enjoy visiting her site as much as I do!



The Paragon of Fine Art Blogger Award celebrates bloggers who love art.

Rules for the acceptance of this award:

  • Along with the acceptance of the PFAB Award please post anything that would express your love for art, it may be in a form of a painting, a photograph, an illustration, a poem or essay, anything done for the love of art.
  • Choose 6 bloggers who should merit the said award.  [I think you know where I’m going with this by now!]
  • Notify the deserving bloggers of the award, let them know the rules.
  • Acknowledge the presenter of this award by linking back.
  • Pin the Ajay-inspired badge on your blog.


For this award, I wanted to write a few words on why art is important to me and, indeed, to the world.

It’s an age-old debate.  Does art reflect life?  Or does life reflect art?  To me, both aspects are true.

Art certainly reflects life.  Any artist–writer, painter, singer, etc.–brings their own experiences, their triumphs, failures, loves, and losses into their art, into the things they create.  This much is irrefutable.

But the reverse is also true, and it provides the more important aspect of this life/art, art/life duality.  Ray Bradbury was once interrogated by the police for walking around the streets of his neighborhood at night.  His crime?  Simply walking, thinking, being.  Out of this experience, he created “The Pedestrian,” a futuristic little tale that depicts a world where everyone remains indoors, hidden away from the world, existing within the confines of their walls, glued to their televisions and trapped in a virtual, artificial reality.  This is art.  Taking a personal experience and broadening it, crafting an imaginary tale that on one hand transports us to a faraway world, while on the other forces us to look at our own society, our own laws and mores, our own selves.



And by doing this, art shapes our lives.  It causes us to think about things we may not otherwise have considered, it causes us to see the old with a new pair of eyes, with a new point of view.


It’s always very difficult nominating just a few bloggers for each award.  There are so many wonderful blogs out there, selecting only five or ten or fifteen is virtually impossible.  And the truth is, it is all of you, everyone in the WordPress community, that makes The Eye-Dancers blog so much fun for me.

And so, I would like to share each award mentioned here–The Shauny Award, The Sunshine Award, The Inner Peace Award, The Butterfly Light Award, The Imagine Award, and The Paragon of Fine Arts Blogging Award–with each and every follower of The Eye-Dancers site.  I hope you’ll choose to accept at least one of these awards, and, perhaps, all of them!



Thanks so much for all of your ongoing support!  It means the world to me.  And thanks so much, as always, for reading!


46 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. kcg1974
    May 02, 2014 @ 14:18:43

    Congratulations on all of your achievements. Such a wonderful time for you. Enjoy!


  2. Sherri
    May 02, 2014 @ 14:49:53

    Many congratulations Mike on all your wonderful and richly deserved awards. Such lovely words for all those who nominated you, and of course I know Jenny Jen Jen well… 😉 From rule-breaker to another, I thank YOU, just ‘cos… have a great weekend 🙂


  3. teagan geneviene
    May 02, 2014 @ 15:02:27

    Well done Mike. You “break the rules” in a good way.


  4. readinpleasure
    May 02, 2014 @ 15:22:25

    Congratulations! 🙂


  5. Mary J. McCoy-Dressel
    May 02, 2014 @ 16:07:00

    You and your site definitely rock, Mike!


  6. kaytisweetlandrasmussen83
    May 02, 2014 @ 19:03:34

    Congratulations Eye-Dancers on several much-deserved awards! 



  7. jjspina
    May 02, 2014 @ 20:25:15

    Congratulations, Mike, on all your awards and thank you for your kind words. Thanks for the awards too. You certainly deserve all of them for your incredible blog. Best regards, my friend!


  8. evelyneholingue
    May 02, 2014 @ 23:20:27

    You deserve every one of them. Although I have preferred going for a no award policy, I have been very appreciative of the nominations as they are a great way to get to meet other writers/bloggers.
    Good for you!


  9. stormy1812
    May 03, 2014 @ 04:38:37

    Congratulations on all of your awards! They are certainly deserved. I don’t know if the nominations were really extended to my blog or not and I’m not so sure I’ll be accepting an awards at the moment as the blog as of late has been less than what I’d hoped for. The creativity is a bit drained and I certainly never was imaginative such as on this blog or many of the others I read. That said, as always I enjoy your words. I agree on the perspective on art. It really goes both ways and is virtually never-ending, which is a lot of what makes it so great – never gets old or stale; always some new perspective. Again – congrats! 🙂


  10. jenniferkmarsh
    May 03, 2014 @ 09:42:00

    Congratulations on all the awards, Mike 🙂 You very much deserve them. And thank you so much for your kind words about me/my blog! Very humbling and touching, thank you again. It’s lovely to know people out there enjoy and appreciate what you are doing, and who you are as a person 🙂


  11. stockdalewolfe
    May 04, 2014 @ 00:58:57

    A hearty congratulations on all your awards, old and new. You certainly deserve them! Have a great Sunday!


  12. Fashion Mayann
    May 04, 2014 @ 10:33:47

    Congrats for these beautiful awards and for accepting them in such a humble way !


  13. The Other Side of Ugly - Letters to Humanity
    May 05, 2014 @ 00:10:20

    Very well done Mike


  14. Dilip
    May 05, 2014 @ 15:16:18

    Well deserved Mike!


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  16. laurie27wsmith
    May 06, 2014 @ 03:27:43

    Congratulations Mike, well deserved.


  17. dannadesigns
    May 06, 2014 @ 04:02:21



  18. BeWithUs
    May 07, 2014 @ 15:32:20

    Congratulations, my friend!

    Cheers!! 😀


  19. Sam Han
    May 07, 2014 @ 21:05:58

    Congratulations Michael! 😀 😀 😀


  20. Holistic Wayfarer
    May 08, 2014 @ 16:06:23

    Appreciate the tie-in of art with R Bradbury and his prophecy come true. Congrats, Mike. Recognition well-deserved.


  21. Sue Dreamwalker
    May 14, 2014 @ 18:39:31

    Your list of awards is impressive.. 🙂 Congratulations… I know I have many in the side wings waiting… Wishing you well, enjoy your week


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