The Most Influential Blogger Award

Who won an award? Seriously?

You won an award?  Well, congratulations.  No, seriously.
Photo credit: Matt Pereira

My first blog award was such an important affirmation that somebody was actually reading something I posted. Within a few months, I began to feel like I was part of a community – the blogosphere. Another award or two came in and I soon found myself preoccupied with acknowledgements and questionnaires.

I stopped posting stories like ‘Look, I got an award!’ I am not one to hang certificates or wear lapel pins that announce accomplishments, although I posted the awards on my About page. I also did not know enough bloggers to pass the award forward to ten or fifteen people according to the rules of the awards. It began to feel like I was posting an electronic chain letter. Remember those? Now Facebook does stuff like ‘share this if you love your mother.’  So what, people do not love their mothers if they do not share a link?

most-influential-bloggerNevertheless, I like this award. I like the questions in the ‘Tell us something about yourself’ portion. I like Robin and her blog Witless Dating After Fifty who sent me this award. And I like some deserving writers out there, especially the newbies that are worthy of recognition. If you do not see your name on the list below it may be because I recognized you recently. Or if you just want another cool award, email me and I will add you along with some nice words. You know who you are.

Here is the questionnaire:

If you could create your own planet what would it look like?
I am quite fond of the planet we are on, although I would add more trees and fresh water, and perhaps a few more glaciated peaks with lots of waterfalls – big waterfalls!

If you could visit one nation you have never visited before, what nation would that be?
This is funny since I am embarking on a mission to accomplish exactly this – to visit lots of nations I have never visited. Instead, I will say my favorite nation so far is Chile because right now, if I were asked to choose one place to live it would be Chile. Or maybe Canada. Or Germany. Or Italy? Or…

Have you ever taken a long distance train trip?
Yes – in 1973 my fiancé and I reserved a Pullman sleeper compartment for a 48 hour trip from Chicago to Seattle.

What is something you would collectively change about humanity?
I would make bartering the only standard payment so that people would be rewarded for how hard they work at whatever skill they chose. I think I would also require term limits for every politician and appointee.

Huey LewisWhat is your favorite song?
I occasionally change my favorite song. After my divorce it was The Eagles’ Already Gone. I am in a wonderful relationship now, so my favorite song is Some Kind of Wonderful co-written by Gerry Goffin and Carole King and first released in 1961 by The Drifters. I prefer the versions by Huey Lewis and the News and Grand Funk Railroad, which are quite similar. And I love anything a cappella.

Chris Berman, ESPN Commentator Extraordinaire

Chris Berman, ESPN Commentator Extraordinaire

If you could meet one person who is still alive who would you choose to meet?
I would pick someone with whom I could talk sports for hours. That would have to be Chris Berman, one of ESPN’s original announcers. He still does “The Fastest Two Minutes in Football” during the Monday Night Football halftime show, with his iconic saying, ‘He – could – go – all – the – way!’

otterIf you could choose one symbol to represent you, what would that symbol be and why?
I would be represented by an animal – the river otter. They are adorable creatures who know how to play and have fun, have beautiful fur coats, and they are incredible swimmers. Throw in some fresh fish and life is good!

Blogs I wish to acknowledge in alphabetical order:

Aja’s Northwest Life  – Aja’s stories and photos make me to think about my home.

A Lifetime’s Exploration – Sarah Ryan makes me appreciate how much she has traveled at such a young age.

Cô Kerri – Kerri makes me think about her profession as a teacher who chose to teach English in Viet Nam. My mother was a teacher. Enough said.

I’ve Got Some ‘Spaining To Do – Nancy makes me to think about living in different cultural settings.

Gallivance – James and Terri have already won every conceivable award and I hope my blog will one day be as successful. I also mention them because they have been many places I hope to go, and they are damn good writers.

Honk If You’re Vegan – Celeste is a friend and she has influenced how I eat. I cannot imagine a greater influence in one’s life.

Tales From The Motherland – My list of influential bloggers would be incomplete without my friend, Dawn, who reminds me about parenting, the Pacific Northwest and lots of other stuff.

22 comments on “The Most Influential Blogger Award

  1. sarahryan85 says:

    Hi Mike, thanks for the honours! How are you enjoying Scotland? Looks like you have been doing lots of fun things since you arrived and a trip to Croatia to come too! Check out the Plitvice Lakes for me (I would love to go there).

  2. dfrantz1953 says:

    Great post! Explains how awards work for us newbies. I always can’t wait to read your post when it pops into my inbox! I’d probably fall off my chair if I ever get an award. Thanks for taking me places I want to go!!! We are in the planning stages of Holland. My mother was a girl during the Nazi occupation and am interviewing her for a book. I want to walk some of those places.

    • Mike Lince says:

      See – when you receive your first award (and you will) you will be all prepared. I think the awards are a great way to help fellow bloggers increase their visibility, which is a good thing.
      I love that you are interviewing your mother and working on a book to keep her story alive. I cannot wait until you have more to share. What a gift! You will definitely be in line for an award or three! My hat is off to you. – Mike

  3. nantubre says:

    Well, dang, I thought I was your favorite blogger! Lol, keep up the good work, Mike. I travel vicariously through you and I’m lovin’ it.

    • Mike Lince says:

      Ah Nan, I singled out bloggers who write about international travel for this award because of how they have influenced me. Just so you know, I love you, too. 🙂 – Mike

  4. quilterjo says:

    Congratulations Mike. I am from Canada so it was cool to say your second choice to live was Canada. Canada truly is a great place. But then you mentioned Germany. I am going to be so sad if I never get to Germany, especially to the rural areas of Germany. They look so beautiful — the flowers and all. But my heritage, at least half of it comes from Germany and I so want to get there. Thanks for all you and your wife share.

    • Mike Lince says:

      I saw more of Canada than just Vancouver and Victoria on a recent trip, and I could not help but be impressed by the beauty and vastness of Canada. Plus, Whistler may be the finest ski resort in the world, and I love it there! Canada is on our list to experience living there. I still have to see the eastern half. Thank you for sharing your comments. – Mike

  5. Congratulations Mike!! You certainly deserve all of the wonderful awards bestowed on you! The photo you chose for this post is awesome! I also like the otter photo and it cracks me up that you would choose this animal as a symbol to represent you. Mike, the otter – haha! And thank you so very much for nominating me for this award. It means a lot! I still can’t believe that I’ve actually influenced how you eat. Looking forward to hearing about Croatia! Celeste 🙂

    • Mike Lince says:

      Thank you, Celeste. I try to keep things light so it pleases me to know you enjoy my posts and my sense of humor. The otter has been a favorite symbol of a life lived well ever since I did a biology term paper on otters. They seem to love playfulness in everything they do. I think we can all take a lesson from them. Cheers! – Mike

  6. First, congratulations Mike on receiving the Most Influential Blogger Award. The accolade is well deserved. Also, thanks very much, for nominating us for the award, the link to our blog, and your kind words. We’re pleased, honored and flattered to be included in a favorite list of a blogger of your caliber. We’re on the road camping, and as you can imagine, wifi hasn’t really come to the boonies. We plan on being back in pocket in a few days, and will followup on your award. Thanks again, this was very kind of you. ~James & Terri @

  7. Hey Mike! I accepted your lovely award and gave you a nice little shout out! Here’s the link:

  8. reocochran says:

    This is an awesome post, Mike!Thank you for the honor of “doing me proud!” I always enjoy the way you tell your voyages, adventures and travels, with Florence’s photos, but this was a very original way of celebrating your nomination!Thanks, as always for your friendship, too.

  9. Well, I am very touched darlin’. For realsy. I will have to think of some clever answers, to those very interesting questions. It is always a pleasure to read your blog and follow your amazing adventures. Thanks for the honor. xo

  10. […] month or two I have had some really kind nods– kudos galore, I would say! Mike Lince over at Applecore honored me back in August (I know; I have been very slack, and I sincerely apologize to Mike) with […]

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