The Blogger Recognition Award

…aka How It All Began…

I’m thrilled to have been nominated for The Blogger Recognition Award by carllbatnag at The Pine-Scented Chronicles – thank you!

The Award Rules

1. Thank the blogger/s who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
2. Write a post to show your award.
3. Give a brief story of how your blog started.
4. Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
5. Select 15 other bloggers you want to give this award to.
6. Comment (or pingback) on each blog and let them know you have nominated them and provide the link to the post you created.

3. Give a brief story of how your blog started…

Once upon a time, there was a lovely young woman of noble birth, Lady FF, who fell in love with the King’s favourite son, and he loved her right back because did I mention she was gorgeous? She looked a bit like this…

…and her Prince looked a bit like this, when he was playing tennis, which he did a lot when he wasn’t telling Lady FF about how her eyes were like bright stars lighting up the vast void of his personal heaven…

The King looked a bit like this…

(…and, whisper it not, there were moments when Lady FF wondered if the more mature man might not be more her style. But the King was already married whereas the Prince wasn’t, so that helped with the decision.) The King’s wife looked a bit like this…

Now, Lady FF was never one to judge by appearances, which was a pity because any fool could have seen that the Queen had some kind of major personality disorder. The Queen was deeply jealous of Lady FF because of the love the Prince bore for her, plus because Lady FF was considerably better looking than she and frankly had better dress sense.

One day, the Prince went off to the forest to hunt. (Fear not! He didn’t actually kill anything – he simply hunted for pretty creatures, snapped them and posted the pics to his Instagram account. Pictures like this…)

When evening fell and he had not returned, Lady FF was worried so she set off bravely – did I mention she was terribly brave? – following the tracks of his horse’s hooves deep into the darkest depths of the deepest dell. (She’d been experimenting with alliteration recently.) There she came upon an ancient cottage. She knocked on the door and was astonished when who should open it but the Queen herself!

“Where is my Prince?” Lady FF demanded. She could be peremptory when required.

“Buried deep in cavern halls
Without his racquet or his balls.”

(Balls like this!)

(Seriously, people, your minds…!)

“But why?” Lady FF whined. She could be whiny too, but in an irresistibly attractive way.

“To keep him from your clutching hands.
You ne’er shall be Princess of these lands.”

“Ne’er?”

“Ne’er!”

Lady FF dropped to her knees, clasped her hands and looked beseechingly at the cruel Queen.

“Is there nothing I can do or say to make you change your mind, oh fair and gentle Queen?” (Flattery ne’er goes amiss in these circumstances.)

The Queen cackled gleefully.

“Listen close and I shall tell
The only way to break my spell.
The Royal Castle has a room
In which is piled your awful doom.
Three thousand books all bound in blue
You must read them all, it’s true.
And when you finish every one
You may then wed my loving son.
But proof I need of all you do
So every book you must review!”

And so Lady FF began a book blog, and dreamt each night of the time to come when she and her Prince would live happily ever after…

* * * * *

4. Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers…

a) Have fun! That’s what it’s all about. Do as much or as little as you like and don’t compare your blog to other people’s – they’re they and you’re you. And when it all starts to feel like work, take a break, bake a cake, sail on a lake, or run off with a sheik – the blog (and your followers) will still be there when you and your enthusiasm return.

b) If you want people to come to your blog and chat, go to their blogs and chat. Quid pro quo, as that great philosopher and linguist Donald J. Trump would say.

Bonus advice…

c) Never mention Donald J. Trump.

* * * * *

(Gratuitous Darcy pic…)

5. Select 15 other bloggers you want to give this award to.

OK, I don’t usually do this, but there don’t seem to have been so many awards and tags going around lately, so I’m going to spread the love this time. Here’s my fifteen – all bloggers who richly deserve an award for the fun they add to the blogosphere. I shall be deeply offended if you don’t accept the award and link your post back to me. In fact, I’m already plotting my revenge…

Cathy @ Between the Lines
Karissa @ Karissa Reads Books
MarinaSofia @ Finding Time to Write
Jennifer @ Tar Heel Reader
Margaret @ Books Please
Kelly @ Kelly’s Thoughts and Ramblings
Rose @ Rose Reads Novels
Katrina @ Pining for the West
Anne @ I’ve Read This
Jane @ Just Reading a Book
L. Marie @ El Space
Debbie @ Musings by an ND Domer’s Mom
Madame Bibi @ Madame Bibi Lophile Recommends
Eva @ Novel Delights
Stargazer

Have a great Wednesday! 😀

62 thoughts on “The Blogger Recognition Award

  1. Best story ever! Hurry up and finish the 3000 books Lady F, so you can get to your handsome Prince (or the King, because by then that nasty old Queen might have ran off with a rat)…
    Thank you! I’m delighted to accept and will happily give this a crack 😀

  2. So good to have a face to put to the name, (Lady) FF, 😀 and I did enjoy your story, I’d prefer an impossible books task to an impossible spinning task any day.

    • Haha – and such a pretty face too! The joys of fake news! 😉 Glad you enjoyed it and I do so agree… or all those ones that involve housecleaning while everyone else gets to go to the parties… 😀

  3. I’ve wondered what inspired you to write your blog – I should have known you’re really a fictional character, how wonderful! Thank you for the award – I’ll settle down to write something after celebrating our wedding anniversary next week.

    • Hahaha – the great thing about being fictional is that you never have to get old or go grey! 😉 Oh, happy anniversary! So you got to marry your Prince then? 😀 I look forward to your post…

    • Well, you’d better, or revenge will be heading your way and just remember how many horror stories I’ve been reading! 😈 Haha – thank you, glad you enjoyed it! 😀

  4. Ah, so now we know the truth about your blog origin, FictionFan! I’ve always wondered if it wasn’t something like that. I just know that if anyone could read that many books, it’d be you. I just wonder if the Queen told you at the time that one of those books was a Herman Melville book… 😉 I like your advice to new bloggers, too. Oh, and you’ve chosen some excellent blogs to highlight here – several of my must-visits are among them. Congratulations on a well-deserved award!

    • Hahahaha! Yes, that nasty old Queen has thrown in a few surprises – she thought she’d beat me with Lolita too, but the thought of my Prince bore me bravely through! Thanks, Margot – glad you enjoyed the post! 😀

  5. LOL!!! 😂 🤣 😃 😄 😅 So that’s how it all started! That queen will either come to a bad end or she’ll become a celebrated librarian. How kind of you to help her out with reviews. Oh wait. You don’t have a choice

    Thank you for the nomination. Um, well, it’s like this, see, I um well, you see . . .

    Oh just go ahead and take revenge, because I may or may not do a post right now. But I’m thanking you here! And looking at you beseechingly. And am slipping you several bars of good Swiss chocolate.

  6. I see you’ve read enough books by now that you can write a riveting tale of your own — well done, Lady FF! Here’s hoping the Queen has been roasted in her own oven by the time you complete your 3000th book review and the King isn’t so old and dilapidated that he resists your charms.

    I’m honored at being included in your nomination, and I promise to try to comply. Of course, NO WAY can I top your story!

    • Haha – thanks, Debbie! Glad you enjoyed it! 😀 Yes, I do think that the King may have the edge over the Prince if I can just get rid of that pesky Queen. Poisoned apples, possibly! Isn’t that pic of Rafa and his wife lovely, though? I hate her… 😉

      Hurrah! I look forward to your post! 😀

  7. I haven’t done anything like this in ages, but I’m afraid not to accept your award and follow through. Considering some of the revenge-filled stories you’ve shared with us lately, you might gotten some awful ideas I’d rather not know about! 😱 So… do you not get to marry your prince until that dreaded TBR has reached zero?

    • Hahaha – you’re a wise woman! After these last two Tuesday Terrors, I think I’m an expert on revenge! Though I usually go more for the denial of chocolate cake than actual surgery! Nope, and at the rate I read it’ll be 2099 before I finish. Fortunately, in fairy tale world my Prince and I won’t age a day… 😉

      Spotted your link coming through – will be over to visit soon! 😀

  8. Haha, I didn’t realise you were really a lady, Ff. Good to know. I’m sure it hasn’t been all bad. If the queen really wanted to torture you, she could have just subjected you to review every book narrated in third person present tense with a bit of magical realism thrown in for good measure. She must quite like you really, so I’m sure there is hope for you and the prince.

    • Hahahaha! I’m so glad you’re not one of the Queen’s advisors! Arghhh!! The good thing is that. being locked in a cavern, my Prince will have no option but to wait for me… 😉

  9. Congratulations on being awarded this BRA (!) but I always feel the best award comes with positive interaction between bloggers — not (whisper it! sorry) a kind of pyramid scheme which, though thankfully not one where money changes hands, a little moral guilt settles on those who can’t manage the requisite number of bloggers to nominate in turn.

    But here’s my personal blogger recognition affidavit for you: BIG IF, or Blogger I’m Glad I’ve Found!

    • Aw, thank you! 😀 Hahaha – I do agree with you about the pyramid awards which is why I don’t usually nominate people but I always enjoy doing posts for them. And since for some reason it’s seemed kinda quiet around the blogosphere recently so I thought I’d go for it for once and try to get this one circulating. The bad news is I have another one to do soon, and your name is already on the list for it… 😉

      Haha! My Prince and I wanted to keep our relationship secret but I decided it was only fair to share the story with my dear blog friends. And he’s locked in a cavern so his opinion doesn’t count.. 😉

    • Thank you! Glad you enjoyed it! 😀 Hahaha – well, my Prince seems to prefer the youthful dark-haired look for some strange reason so I had to make the ultimate sacrifice… 😉

  10. Haha, that is such an amazing and funny story! 🤣 Have you considered writing satirical, modern fairy tales? And congrats with the award of course, that is so well-deserved!! Now, about this revenge, you were mentioning??! 😉

    • Haha – thank you! Glad you enjoyed it! 😀 I fear my writing skills only run to occasional blog posts jazzed up with pictures of pretty people and porcupines! 😉 Well, I don’t want you to be too worried but you should bear in mind the number of horror stories I’ve been reading recently – I have a whole selection of revenges to choose from… if required… 😈😱😋

  11. Um I love this origin story! You are so creative, I love it. And that you’re following your own advice and having fun-double the points!

    Thank you for tagging me-would you be terribly offended if I didn’t continue on the thread? I just don’t have time with all the giller books coming out right now, I’m struggling to make my way through the shortlist. Plus, I have Ducks Newburyport glaring at me on my shelf, which I really must get to…are you going to read it?

    • Haha – thanks! Glad you enjoyed it! 😀

      Deeply offended! I shall aim my intercontinental ballistic peashooter in your general direction and splat you with a bushel of mushy peas just when you least expect it! Bwahahahaa!!! 😉 No, I seem to have left myself no room for contemporary fiction between now and the end of the year with all these crazy challenges. But I’ve heard good things about it so I hope you enjoy it – and I might get back into a more sensible reading pattern next year and be tempted by it then…

  12. Eek, I haven’t done anything like this for years, and how can I live up to your fantastic tale?! I’ll give it a go – sometime. Thanks – I think.

  13. Brilliant FF – I had no idea you were of such noble origins 😀 Thank you very much for including me, how lovely of you! Life is a bit hectic at the moment so it may take me a while to do my post but I will try…

    • Haha – thank you, glad you enjoyed it! 😀 Well, we Royals like to stay out of the limelight if we can – those paparazzi can be so annoying! Looking forward to your post when/if you get around to it… 😀

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