Announcing The 2007 Performancing Blog Awards

The Blog Award 2007 Logo

Hey friends and not so friendly friends and their friends,

It is that time of the year when you get rewarded for being good. I know I know…I am not talking about the guy in the red dress who still uses the chimney to give you toys. I am talking about a company that has been a Santa Claus since I have known them.

For a long time now, blokes at Performancing have been the Santa Claus for Bloggers living up to their tagline – ‘Helping Bloggers Succeed’. I started blogging regularly again only because of the performancing plugin for firefox (now known as Scribefire) because of its ease of use.

 Now these guys have decided to give some more stuff for free and what better than Blog awards. The ‘2007 Performancing Blog Awards‘ are up for grabs. If you feel you have the blog that has it in her (or him so as not to offend any preferences) to be a winner, or if you came across a blog (like mine..just kidding…no I am NOT kidding…I am super serial!) who deserve to win then go ahead and nominate.

I know what you are thinking – ‘Here I am who don’t even write comments if I like or hate a post, now he wants me VOTE!!!’ Well for the ones who just thought that…I am sure the guys of Performancing must have made it a breeze because they know you exist. So give it a try and just so that its a little easier for you, check out the official categories that you can try to fit your favorite blog into: 

1. The Best Overall Blog
2. The Most Influential Blogger
3. The Best Blog Design
4. The Best Blog Typography
5. The Best Blog Name
6. The Best New Blog
7. The Best Blog Community
8. The Most Improved Blog of 2007
9. The Best Blogs You’ve Never Heard Of
10. The Best Blog Podcast
11. The Best Use of a Corporate Blog
12. The Best Video Blog
13. The Best Writing/Blogging Blog
14. The Best Science/Technology Blog
15. The Most Controversial Blog
16. The Best SEO Blog
17. The Best Celeb/Style Blog
18. The Best Business/Money Blogs
19. The Best Photo Blog
20. The Best Sports Blog
21. The Best Blog WebHost
22. The Best Family and Parenting Blog
23. The Best Political Blog
24. The Best Food/Health Blog
25. The Funniest Blog
26. The Best Travel Blog
27. The Best Education Blog
28. The Best Entertainment Blog (Music, TV, Movies)

So give why don’t you ‘DO the Right Thing’ and make make some poor sods happy for making the web a better place by writing stuff that you were not interested in and then making you read them because you are a friend or a friend of friends or the one I found peeping into my Orkut account! This is the link for the Blog awards 

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‘When you write, just write. Thinking comes later.’

Thinking to writeI heard this one in ‘Finding Forrester‘ (2000)’ when William Forrester (Sean Connery) tells his protégé – Jamal Wallace (Rob Brown) to write and not waste time thinking. William Forrester is a writer who writes one book that becomes a phenomenon. The debut book becomes widely popular with the author receiving rave reviews from critics and fans alike. But for some reason he stops writing and becomes a myth.
Jamal has a talent in writing and starts looking up at Forrester as a mentor. On one occasion Jamal finds himself not able to write a word. Forrester sees this and asks him to start typing. Jamal says he can’t think of anything to type. That is when Forrester goes on to demonstrate on his typewriter. Forrester says, “When you write, just write, Thinking comes later”.

This statement did make a lot of sense to me since this ideology has helped me write better especially when I am stuck (which is the case most of the times). At times you too might feel stuck, when you start working on some post or article. I have come to realize from experience that when you get into the rhythm of writing words starts to flow automatically. I used to face the dilemma of not knowing how to start a topic, even after I have figured out a topic to start writing on. But when I applied this simple formula of JUST WRITING and not THINKING, it worked.

Today I just start typing and create a first draft. The first draft is the skeleton. Your ideas take form in the first draft. You might feel that the first draft is pathetic. But that is why you call it the first draft. The skeleton was never supposed to look beautiful, unless you were some Cannibalistic tribe from the Amazon and liked to use them as ornament. Once you have the skeleton, you can then decide on the flesh. Give it a form, shape and some aesthetic value.

I hope all those budding writers who are still ‘Thinking‘ about how to start, should give ‘Writing’ a chance and then see the results. Best of luck my friends, HAPPY WRITING!