Monday, October 08, 2007

I'm a Schmoozer

I was pleasantly surprised this morning to find this waiting for me:

It's a schmoozing blogger award given to me by Jeni over at Downriver Drivel. I don't really consider myself a schmoozer. Actually, most of my readers have found me, and only on the rare occasion I find my comment section to be consistently underwhelming I grudgingly go out and "friend hunt." Yes folks, even physicists in cyberspace have a tough time being social. Anyway, the description for this particular award is as follows:

"Good schmoozers effortlessly weave their way in and out of the blogosphere, leaving friendly trails and smiles, happily making new friends along the way. They don’t limit their visits to only the rich and successful, but spend some time to say hello to new blogs as well. They are the ones who engage others in meaningful conversations, refusing to let it end at a mere hello - all the while fostering a sense of closeness and friendship."

Actually, the story I'm about to tell will make me sound like a schmoozer. But I assure you I'm not. Awhile back, dr. sardonicus had given me free advertising on his site, nicely including me in a list of blogs he thought others might should check out. dr. sardonicus is one of the few bloggers I sought out, after seeing his comments on more than one of the sites I regularly visit. Impressed simultaneously with his world view and extensive baseball knowledge, I started reading and commenting. It was through the aforementioned linkage that jeni found me and we started reading each other as well. I enjoy her blog because it has all my favorite elements: personal anecdotes, politics and sports.

Anyway, right around this same time, minnesotablue decided to start up her own little site. Some of you might recognize her screen name as a commenter here. What you might not have ever realized was that she is my grandma and I'm very proud of her for sitting down and putting some of her thoughts and experiences into words. I find her to be extremely enlightened and progressive and given that she naturally has had more life experience than me I think she has a little of interesting insights. I dearly wanted to share her new blog with you all when she started but she a little self conscious. She wanted to wait until she got a little steadier on her feet. Well I'm linking her here and now because she has gone out and done a little schmoozing herself and found a kindred spirit in Jeni. They seem to have hit it off quite well and not only am I happy Jeni found me, but I'm also a little proud of myself for being a blog matchmaker of sorts.

So thank you, Jeni for this award and for giving me something to blog about. Because otherwise I got nothing right now.


fermicat said...

"Schmoozer"? Nothing to blog about? Have I got the solution for you! You've been officially tagged. Looking forward to your response! :-)

Minnesotablue said...

Natalie: Thanks for your post. I am still a bit apprehensive about this "new world" of blogging but I find it to be a great experience. I still have a lot to learn. Thanks for supporting me and as always I continue to be in awe of you! Also am very happy to have hooked up with Jeni.

Beth said...

I think that sounds like a perfect award for you. You do leave a happy trail, which is nice. Now time to check out Grandma. Perhaps she'll cyber-adopt me since I no longer have any of my own.

Minnesotablue said...

Beth: I'll adopt you!

Jeni said...

See? Now someone tell me I was wrong in giving her this Schmoozer award!
It was your comments I think at Dave's blog that led me to yours and from that, reading your posts I found things there that were interesting, humorous at times, serious at others and just a good mix. Having your grandma find me - well that was really icing on the cake, ya know!
Schmoozing doesn't necessarily mean "pressing the flesh" kind of blogging but rather expressing opinions in a manner that entertains and educates the rest of us simultaneously and you my dear, do a heck of a good job at that!

dr sardonicus said...

Muchas gracias. I enjoy your writing a lot, and I'm glad that I was able to help you pick up a couple of new readers.

Scott said...

And thus you have proved that you deserve this award.