Thursday, January 24, 2013
Celebrating Three Blog Things
Pour the champagne, because in the midst of celebrating Loretta Young this month, I am doing a little celebrating of my own. No, I'm not celebrating my birthday, though my birthday is in January. Instead, three different blog things have put me in the "making merry" mood.
First, next week will mark They Don't Make 'Em Like They Used To's 2nd anniversary. Though I've been blogging at one blog or another since early 2006, it was on February 1, 2011, that I decided to "marry" my loves of classic film and writing through a blog devoted solely to Hollywood's golden age. I've loved every single minute of writing this blog, and I have been blessed to have made some wonderful classic movie-lovin' friends through it. I look forward to another year of showing that Hollywood just "doesn't make 'em like they used to!"
The second thing I am celebrating is that I am now a member of the Classic Movie Blog Association. I am honored that my fellow classic movie bloggers counted my blog worthy of admission to their group. I am looking forward to joining in the events the Association puts on and to having the opportunity to get to know even more classic Hollywood appreciators.
Finally, I am celebrating that my dear friend, Monty, of All Good Things has awarded my blog the very prestigious "Blog of the Year" award. I don't always choose to receive these awards; in fact, in most of my blogging years, my blog has been "award and tag free." Oh, it's not that I don't appreciate being honored with an award---it's more that my readers' friendship and kind comments are award in and of itself. However, this award really meant a lot to me---it came at a time when I was discouraged and feeling like readership was so low that I might as well abandon the blog. Monty's award touched me at a time when I really needed it, and I am grateful. That he enjoys my blog enough to consider me one of "the blogs of the year," means more than I can say. So, with a humble heart, I accept the award, which I will be passing on soon, in its own post.
Of course, all celebrations have gifts and prizes, and They Don't Make 'Em Like They Used To's celebration is no different. I have a classic movie gift for the winner...and if there is more than one winner (depending on how many more), I will either have multiple prizes, or I will randomly choose which of the "winners" gets the prize. All y'all have to do is answer a question about my classic movie loves (taking a cue from Monty's most recent giveaway). There is one film which really began my love affair with classic films...one film which showed me that classic films were not just "antiquated black and white movies which ought to be forgotten"... and all you have to do to be eligible to win is tell me what film that is. I've mentioned it before, both at my blog and in comments I've left on others' blogs, so we'll see how attentive everyone is. You can leave your answer in the comments, or you can email me with your answer. The correct answer and winner(s) will be revealed on February 1st.
Thanks to all of you for giving me a reason to celebrate! Let's go drink the champagne!