7×7 Link Award!   14 comments

Many thanks to Art Epiphany for nominating me for the 7X7 Link Award! I am very new to WordPress and this is just another aspect of the site that makes me feel like I’ve made the right decision in starting up a blog here.
I’ve been blogging since 2003, but was using sites such as Xanga and MySpace to get my words out to people. I look back at what I was writing about nearly 9 years ago and see so many people who have come and gone, so many life changes and it makes me feel blessed that I took the time to document things. I am a very “out of sight, out of mind” kind of person and it’s very rewarding to see that, even though I feel like I’ve done nothing with my life, I’ve actually come through many things, bolder, stronger and better because of them.
Now, apparently, from what I’ve read up on the topic, all WordPress awards ask the nominees to actively participate in the process. There are different requests for each award. So I’m about to break down the ones I’ve been instructed to deliver for this particular event.
First things first, I have been asked to tell the world something about myself that no one knows. Oh, goodie! I love secrets! And I have so many which is good if this is a requirement for any other awards I may ever be honored to take part in.

What I would like to share then with you all is this: Last December, I was having some issues. I always have issues and that’s not the secret, nor is it a secret that I went to the ER and was then promptly admitted to the Psych Ward for a few days. Everyone that “knows” me knows this because part of my personality is to talk and share a lot with just about anyone who wants to sit and listen. I am very concerned, however, with bothering people so I make the stories entertaining and if you even so much as look at a text while I’m talking I close up and leave you be. Still, I’ve been fortunate to have a lot of people spend the time listening and therefore, many know about my stay in the hospital and what happened there. For the most part.
What they don’t know is that I never wanted to leave. I played by the rules and got out as fast as I could mainly because I had one friend worried to pieces about me and another friend who, now my partner, I was already head-over-heels for and felt so tangled up with that I was worried she would feel abandoned. She wouldn’t, I’ve later learned. She’s great with hospital stays and mental issues. But at the time, I was concerned. And then, there was my mother who didn’t even know I was in the hospital and was left to think that I merely disappeared like I am so known to do. Because of these three women, I did the talking that had to be talked and I got out in a handful of days.
But I wanted with all my heart to be lost there forever. It was mid December and I stood by the big window looking down on the streets of Trenton, my hometown, seeing the snow fall. Everyone around me was talking about either how they wished they were out there to enjoy it or glad they were inside because they were nearly if not entirely homeless and grateful for not being caught in the winter outdoors. But all that went through my mind was, “This is like heaven to me.” I was somewhere safe, somewhere relatively protected and allowed to be as crazy as I felt. And no one was demanding anything of me that I couldn’t handle.
A nurse calls your name and you go to a little window for your meds or to have your blood taken or to see a social worker. A woman pushing a cart shows up and hands you a tray with your predetermined meal served so that you have no choices, no stresses, no concerns. I didn’t have to worry about anyone being mad at me, because if they were it was clear that either they were crazy or I was so what did it matter. It was the first time in my sober life that I was actually happy. And it was the first time ever that I felt completely at home, before or since.
I’ve been trying to get help, going to the doctors as they will have me. But I am sincerely admitting this to you all, if I ever snap and lose it and get tossed in a hospital, don’t feel badly for me. It’s probably the best place for me. And, deep down, I really don’t think I’ll mind.

OK, second on my list of things that I need to do for the award process is list seven of my blogs for various reasons. Now, since I haven’t been on wordpress long, I questioned how to do this because of lack of material. But in my searching of how other folks have done it, I’ve seen a few who have pulled from other sites and resources so that is what I will probably do as well. Just the other day, I posted my Xanga link so in effect, I’ve kind of made the two one anyway. On Xanga, I am known as “postergirl”. Hopefully no one will mind. ๐Ÿ™‚

The categories are as follows:

Most Beautiful Piece: Go Eagles

Most Helpful Piece: 1812 Words On Writing

Most Popular Piece: It’s Not a Secret

Most Controversial Piece: The American Dream

Most Surprisingly Successful Piece: Letter to Myself

Most Underrated Piece: Broad Strokes

Most Pride Worthy Piece: What Today Means

The last step in this process is to nominate 7 bloggers who I feel deserve it.ย  Let me just say, my WordPress experience, even though brief, has been very rewarding.ย  Thank you to everyone who has posted something informative, intelligent, humorous and heartfelt.ย  I sincerely appreciate it.

And the nominees are:



The Gentleman’s Harvest

The Confused Graduate


Life With a Bean

Sweet Santuary


14 responses to “7×7 Link Award!

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  1. Hey, I am unable to understand this 7X7 link award?? i have seen it up at some blogger’s site but still unable to get, i hope you can explain me this better ๐Ÿ™‚

    Will appreciate your help.

    • The rules for the award as are such:

      Write a blog saying you’ve been nominated and by who, linking everyone to your nominators page. Then you need to share a secret about yourself that most people on here would not know. It can be from the most simple to the most personal. Then you need to select 7 pieces of your work to correspond to the following topics:

      Most Beautiful
      Most Helpful
      Most Popular
      Most Controversial
      Most Surprisingly Successful
      Most Underrated

      The idea behind what you can select for each is really up to you. The rules are vague, I think, so that you have the freedom to showcase some of your best work as an introduction to other bloggers and readers. All wordpress awards, from what I understand, have rules in place primarily to help you share more about yourself and to shine some light on some fellow bloggers to network and expand our community.

      After you link those 7 pieces in your post, nominate 7 people for the award. Try to make it folks who haven’t been nominated before, but if they have been, its not big deal. Link to their pages so your readers can easily check them out.

      That’s about it. Being nominated by someone and doing your post are all that’s needed. You win! ๐Ÿ™‚ WordPress is really helpful in just trying to find creative ways to bring people together and give you a format to share some of your work. No stress!!!

      If you need to know more, you can ask me or you can also check out the links to others who have “won”. Basically, have fun with it.

  2. I just wanted to say thank you for nominating me. I feel so honored. I love your blog it’s so honest and moving. Writing is a great way to express yourself. Take care!

  3. I can’t tell you how often I’ve wished for a psych ward vacation. Especially in the past year. I would’ve checked myself in but I’m afraid that would render me completely uninsurable & I need the insurance. Thanks for sharing. Glad to know someone else shares my idea of a peaceful haven from the world.

    • It is good to know you’re not alone! I was afraid at first that it was too personal of a share, but then I realized that’s exactly what I am doing here. Letting it all out! ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you for your comment and for reading. Means a lot!

  4. Wow! That’s quite a secret.
    Actually it does sound like an understandable choice.. I’ve had the same thoughts too sometimes… A place where there is no judging, no society etc…Thanks for sharing!
    You have a very fine blog here, it’s obvious by this award. : )
    Congratulations!! : )

    This award took me by surprise! Thank you for thinking my blog deserves this. I am very very flattered. Thank you! : )
    ‘n.. Merry Christmas!! : )

    PS : Plz give me some time to get a list of nominations up. Will try and do it as soon as I can tho.

    • Thank you for the compliment. ๐Ÿ™‚ And about the award, yes, I do think you deserve it, but don’t worry about rushing. I didn’t get any more info on it than I gave to you so I’m pretty sure it’s not something life or death. I look forward to seeing what you have to show though!

  5. Congratulations All ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Congratulations!

  7. Thank you so much! I am honored. I will get to work on this right away.

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