The Laughing Horse Blog Awards 2019This year, The Awards Committee, have struggled to determine the overall winner. In fact, they are still in conference mode as I write this blogpost.
However, they have just passed me a "highly commended" memorandum listing five nominated bloggers who have failed by a whisker to make the final cut.
Blogging is a highly individualised pastime. As in real life, every one is different and so it is perfectly natural that each blog will be different from the next. This core factor makes The Awards Committee's task all the more problematic. They are not comparing like with like.
The five "Highly Commended" Blogs listed on the parchment in front of me are "A Yorkshire Memoir" by Tasker Dunham, "Sparrow Tree Journal" by Jennifer Barlow, "Diary of a Nobody" by JayCee from the Isle of Man, "North Stoke" by Thelma from Normanby in North Yorkshire and "Eagleton Notes" by Graham Barry Edwards on The Isle of Lewis. A huge "Well Done!" to all of them.
You will notice that none of the five "Highly Commended" bloggers have been overall winners in the past. Those who have been "blogger of the year" should not feel slighted by this news. It is just Awards Committee policy. Please refer to page 127, paragraph 11b.
This year's five highly commended bloggers are now entitled to copy and then paste the coveted 2019 widget into their blogs completely free of charge! Sidebar presence is recommended:-
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The overall winner will be announced later today. Watch this space. I understand that secret arrangements may already be underway to deliver the "overall winner" widget to the winner's home territory for presentation.
You really know how to keep your readers on edge! Fun!ReplyDelete
You can read mr like a book Red!Delete
I would like to see a copy of that policy manual, please! It would only be fair :)ReplyDelete
Go to The Awards Committee website to download a PDF version.Delete
Thank you Sir Pudding! Also, the beautiful card arrived today and it made me smile. The timing was very good...I needed a boost. 😊ReplyDelete
I am sorry that the card did not arrive before Christmas! It was posted ten days before Christmas. I guess that the CIA needed to investigate the contents.Delete
I'm here playing the roulette wheel, having won on Baccarat...and my excitement is beyond the limits waiting for you to announce the results.ReplyDelete
After I finish with roulette, once again, I'm going to frolic in one of the fountains emulating Anita Ekberg's exploits in "La Dolce Vita"!
My oh my! For a woman who prefers a quiet, solitary lifestyle with two furry friends - you certainly do know how to let your hair down! In the end - what really happened in Vegas will of course stay in Vegas. My lips are sealed.Delete
I am most humbled at my award, will cry on the stage, well perhaps more locally as befits living out in the sticks. Thank you. Also may I add love your blog and many others, where would we be without them?ReplyDelete
I csn hardly remember what life was like before blogging. Glad you appreciate your "highly commended" honour. It is of course the equivalent of being nominated for an Oscar.Delete
I had planned to go out today, but I've decided to wait in until the final Award has been announced, and I know who the very lucky winner is. You do keep us on tenterhooks YP, and it's no good for the blood pressure!ReplyDelete
If you had a blog - no doubt describing saucy happenings on the Spanish Costas - you yourself might be in line for a Laughing Horse award CG! Then your life would be more or less complete.Delete
My goodness. I am very honoured to have been highly commended, especially as I am so new to blogging. I shall use my widget with pride. 😊ReplyDelete
The Awards Committee enjoy the open, playful nature of your blog JayCee and the Naughty Elf phase this December was a stroke of genius! Think of the award as another 63rd birthday gift to add to the new ironing board and hair curlers that Peregrine gave you.Delete
There seem to be a good scattering of nominees from the white rose county YP? I am sure this is purely coincidental and no dray horses were hurt in the production of the Laughing Horse awards?ReplyDelete
Sorry North Cider. You were a Johnny-Come-Lately in The Awards Committee's eyes so that is probably why you didn't earn a "highly commended" this year. Your insinuation that there is bias towards Yorkshire bloggers has been referred to the legal team.Delete
No insinuation YP. Do any members of the legal team come from Yorkshire?Delete
Funny you should mention that. Co-incidentally all employees of Arkwright, Thwaites and Scarborough hail from this glorious county.Delete
Jennifer, Graham and Tasker are all very good writers whose blogs I really enjoy, the other two on the highly recommended list Imdon't think I have ever visited, but that can of course be remedied easily.ReplyDelete
If I were to write up a list of blogs for an award, I would have Tasker Dunham's blog # 1 in my personal category 'Newly Discovered in 2019'.
I like Old Tasker's blog too and the whisper from the committee is that if he blogged more frequently he would have been in with a shout of the ultimate crown that you wore with such graciousness in 2014.Delete
Thank you Meike. Tasker has other demands and hasn't the energy to be one of those prolific and admirable bloggers who post every day, or even every week. Switching on his computer for the first time today at 16:45 this afternoon, he almost overlooked this post because YP posted twice today. Tasker will also respond below.Delete
Oh, the drama! Congrats to all the "highly commended" winners. Do they get to make a speech?ReplyDelete
I remember your speech in 2016 Steve and how choked with emotion you were but no the rules state categorically that no speeches are required from "Highly Commended" winners.Delete
Congratulations to all the worthy winners.ReplyDelete
Your magnanimity is magnificent.Delete
So is your spelling.Delete
Every year I hold my breath waiting for the big announcement, which works well this year with all the smokeReplyDelete
Happy new year, Mr pudding
Your blog was discussed for several minutes within The Awards Committee but unfortunately you did not pass "the frequency of posting" test Kylie. Happy New Year...when surely those bloody fires will finally be doused!Delete
I was once much more prolific but awards are not based on past performance 😊Delete
I need to add a few blogs to my daily reading.ReplyDelete
And thank you for your public service, Mr. P!
Thanks for putting an "l" in your seventeenth word.Delete
You are welcome.Delete
Well! Gosh! Highly commended! Thank you. What a delightful surprise, especially after all the mockery and abuse YP posts in my blog comments. I will add the 2019 widget to my sidebar with pride.ReplyDelete
PS - the title changed to "A Yorkshire Memoir" a couple of months ago.Delete
I am heartbroken that you mistake my collegiate friendship for "Mockery and abuse". I will try harder to make dull and predictable comments in 2020.Delete
I'm not sure but I think this is my third honourable mention over the years. Thank you. One was, I seem to recall, as the Best (only) Hebridean Blogger, and the other was because I blogged in two countries. It all seems so long ago.ReplyDelete
You have won so many plaudits over the years that it is hardly surprising you cannot remember them all Graham.Delete
Happy New Year to all my blogging friends! May all of you live your dreams in 2020!ReplyDelete
And best wishes to you and Big Bear in 2020...Happy New Year Donna!Delete
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