In Which I Cheat at the Blog Award Game

So, Vibrant at blabberwockying! has nominated me for a Sunshine Blogger award, and both Kathy at PsycheServices and izabolinha at The Turtle Way have nominated me for a Premio Dardos award.

As we say where I live: “Thanks, y’all!”

The way these awards work is like a game. The English translation of Premio Dardos is “Prize Darts” and I think it’s very descriptive. You throw your “darts” in the form of links at other bloggers; then they throw them at more bloggers, and so on. Blog awards are like a chain letter, minus the promises of true love if you forward it on and a gory death if you don’t. I am resistant to threats of gory death from anonymous letter writers. But a compliment from a fellow blogger is another story.

So: Thank you for thinking of me! I appreciate it, but I am going to cheat a little. The problem is, I don’t know enough bloggers who would be receptive to this and who also haven’t already received both awards to write posts for all of these. So, to those who named me for the prizes, I hope you will accept this big combined award post, which gives me an excuse to mention some friendly Blogging 101 classmates who may not write about things that would ordinarily come up on a nature blog. So this is one big, combined, all-purpose award post. I’ll call it the Bethany-Is-Lazy Award, and it’s a one-time thing that nobody is expected to pass on. It also gives me a chance to try out this pagination thing, because this post is gonna be long.

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Bethany Harvey

I’m a biologist, environmental educator, occasional firefighter and reluctant cubicle monkey living in North Carolina. I write literary short stories and SFF novels, and hope to someday figure out why it doesn’t work the other way around. You can find me yelling about politics on Twitter (@bethanyharvey) or about under-appreciated wildlife at OverlookedNature.com.

14 thoughts on “In Which I Cheat at the Blog Award Game”

  1. Well fancy that. I didn’t know we could paginate! It never occurred to me to paginate, and I do longer posts than that one. (Which I very much enjoyed, by the way, and agree with.) I’m not convinced about the pagination. You think you’re lazy? I’m so lazy that I don’t want to click a link for another page – I made the effort to get here, don’t make it harder for me. (This might explain my amazement when I check my diary at the end of the month, and my bike’s only left the garage once, instead of 15 times.)
    I think photos/drawings are a better way to break up lots of prose. And if, as in your case, the prose is interesting then it doesn’t feel like a slog to get to the end.
    I’m off now to look into paginating replies.

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    1. Ha. Yeah, I’m not sure about it either. I thought it might be like the read more tag and only work on the front page, but even if you go straight to the post the pagination tags still break it up. I think I prefer the “read more” method. One click and you see the whole post.

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    1. All you have to do to paginate a post is to put between the sections you want to turn into pages.
      I think I prefer the “read more” tag method. It only cuts off text on the front page; once you’re on the post itself, the whole thing is visible at once.

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  2. Thank you Bethany,
    Your Bethany-Is-Lazy-Award is awesome. And you were not lazy at all, I would say you were very efficient. And we got to know you a little better and leave with a good list of blogs to visit. I would say you nailed it perfectly. And now I am jealous 😉 because you did it so well and you even got to experiment with pagination (had no idea we could do this).

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    1. Thanks! Efficiency is just applied laziness, isn’t it? Most gain for least amount of effort? Well, I guess I ended up putting a lot of effort into it, but not as much as I would have for three separate posts.

      I stumbled across pagination the other day, looking for ways to break up my posts since they run long.

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    1. Thank you! I am also throwing in the towel on awards after this post. I just don’t know enough bloggers who haven’t already been swamped by them, and besides I’d like to keep the ratio of on-topic to off-topic posts a little higher.

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