Wednesday, June 4, 2008

I Actually Won Something!

It appears that all the votes are in and have been tabulated - and Big Blue Barn West has won for Best Inspirational Blog on The Best of Blogs!

I am in a state of shock as I never win anything!

I know it is all because of you - my readers - who have been following my story and faithfully voted for me. I want to thank all of you for taking the time to follow the links every 24 hours and then vote.

I also want to thank all of those people who nominated me. I found out after the cause that Softinthehead was also in on the nomination with Stinking Billy. If anyone else nominated me - well - thank you everyone!

It was a fun three weeks watching the percentages going up and down and then just hanging in there. The only downside was someone named susie who claimed I was cheating by asking for votes and then stated that my story wasn't true. (found in the comment section under Best Inspirational Blog)

First of all - I'm sure Barack Obama and Hilary Clinton will be horrified to find out that they are cheating in their contest against each other by asking for support and votes. And secondly - susie - you can have my past any time you want it. I would gladly exchange it for anyone else's - even yours.

With that little bit of nastiness out of the way - I would like to again thank all of you for your support and readership and your votes. I have no idea what winning the Best of Blogs will bring, but it is the writing of the story and reading your comments and emails that count the most.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart!

43 comments:

softinthehead said...

Well done you - see - we have been telling you this all along, fantastic blog, amazing read - inspirational telling and baring of your soul. I am sooooo pleased for you!! :)

Leatherdykeuk said...

Hurrah! Well done.
I voted a few times :)

Mary said...

Congratualtions! Well deserved.

Carolyn said...

Yippeee! Congratulations Aims. You deserved every vote I faithfully clicked for you. Well done!!

I Beatrice said...

That's wonderful news, congratulations!

I'm sure there will be something splendid for you to display on your sidebar - not to mention the kind of kudos that will lead to an even wider circulation.

This is success indeed.

Lola said...

An award that is very well deserved, congratulations! And keep writing - the instalments keep me fidgeting, I so want to know how it 'ends', although, of course, your life story is still going on!

travelling, but not in love said...

Yay! Well done you!

I knew you'd do it though - your Blog is great.

And as much as the story is sometimes sad, uncomfortable, seemingly hopeless, there is always inspiration, courage and love running through everything you write.

OK enough of the sycophantics.

Well done. Love your work.

TBNIL x

Stinking Billy said...

aims, baby, you won because your story was the best and told by the best. Everything else is incidental and any accusation of unfairness because of votes canvassing, or whatever, is just a smoke screen to hide someone else's abject disappointment. Celebrate, girl!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations again, Aims. Margie

ChrisB said...

I'm so glad you won~ congratulations :)
nasty comments often means someone is jealous!

A Spot of T said...

Congrats chickie!!

Daryl said...

YES!!!!!


Feh to susie!

:-Daryl

Mima said...

Congratulations aims, if you hadn't told us about the competition, then I wouldn't have known about it, so couldn't have voted, so blah to her as you deserved every vote!

As ever in anticipation of the next instalment.

menopausaloldbag (MOB) said...

AIMS, well you know what I think 'cause I've said a few hundred times already! No one came close!

As for the troll aming nasty comments, that's all it was, a troll being nasty and spiteful and full of hatred. They love to spread that cancer as they are deeply unhappy people with a very unsound behavioural pathology. You won fair and square and the troll will never take that away from you. Don't wish for her past life for whatever happened to you, has made you who you are and a better person than the troll will ever be. She is still living a life of complete misery whoever she is.

Crystal Jigsaw said...

I really don't think you should be in a state of shock! You so deserve the award. Congratulations and very well done.

CJ xx

mutleythedog said...

I wasnt even nominated for anything and yes it does hurt actually.!!

Lane said...

Well done Aims!

Thoroughly well deserved!:-)

rosiero said...

I agree with all the above comments. YOU DESERVE IT. (Sorry for shouting! ;-)

family affairs said...

Congratulations on your win...I came second in the "best mommy blog" amazingly - I found those percentage things really stressful...v glad it's all over.

Valleys Mam said...

well done you ,keep writing
that sill woman susie wasit -jelously is so sad

lisa marie said...

Yippee! I'm so glad you won! I like to think my votes helped. :)

Dusty Spider said...

Oh well done aims! My heartiest congratulations to you. Flick xx

Frances said...

Well done you, aims, you are an inspiration to so many people.

Melanie said...

Hia Aims, congratulations! yes I read Susie's bitter comment and decided not to feed the troll. I have no idea what her life is, but you know it can't be all good if that is her attitude. All you can do is feel sorry for her that she feels she has to post things like that.

Move on hun- life's too short to waste. Just enjoy yourself and rest assured you won fair and square because the way you write is interesting, and keeps your reader's attention and them longing to know the next chapter.

No that wasn't an unsubtle hint LOL take your time- write when you're ready.

Breezy said...

Well done you! It's well deserved. Now I just have to catch up on your other posts

Mya said...

Felicitations Aims! Very well deserved. Keep up the good work.

Mya x

Nora said...

Good for you Aims, and don't let anybody rain on your party.

Biddie said...

YAY! You certainly deserve it! And wtf? with Susie? I would have voted, but I have been out of the loop.

Lehners in France said...

aims, well done you! I am sorry you added "the Suzie troll pond life" to your post. It has affected you and tainted the competition for you. Remember what MOB says, "she's moved on to someone else now." Aims my lovely friend you did it and we were and are all rooting for you. Love as always Debs x

Maggie May said...

Well done Aims. You deserve it! Pity there has got to be a Susie to ruin everything! Is it jealousy!!!!! And OUR Suzy (the one we know) is great so don't ret this nasty one muddled up with her! Phew!

Maggie May said...

GET that should be.

Mean Mom said...

Congratulations again! Sorry about Susie!

It's my birthday tomorrow (7th june). I'm having a virtual birthday party. Please call by if you can!

bichonpawz said...

You are so deserving of this, aims, and just ignore the comment by THAT person. ENJOY your award!!! I'm so glad you won and am proud to be a part of it. Congratulations!!! Now off you go to Celebrate!!!

Retiredandcrazy said...

No one deserves it more than you aims. Well done.

merry weather said...

Well done Aims! Good for you - You must spend a lot of time working on these posts - it must be nice to feel appreciated!

And it seems to be the norm that bloggers ask each other for votes - there's nothing wrong with that surely, otherwise we wouldn't know to vote for you!

dawn said...

Congratulations on your win. I did vote once; sorry I wasn't as attentive as I could have been. I have caught up on all the posts I missed reading before. Keep up the good work. Suzie is just a sore loser and likely hasn't read your whole story so is no judge on what is real or not.

family affairs said...

Thank you for your comments on my blog x

Amy said...

Wow! Congratulations! That's excellent. I'm so happy for you! You deserve it.

aims said...

Thank you all!

I am truly overwhelmed with everyone's support and encouragement!

dND said...

Congratulations, you deserve it Aims.

Deborah x

rilly super said...

it's nice enough to know people appreciate your efforts enough to nominate and vote but winning is terrific. You do have a point though; all this voting is very competive and american. Over here we just inherit blog awards from our ancestors in the same way we pass on the head of state.

CrazyCath said...

I know I am late - but I know (trust) you understand.
I cannot believe some one could be so nasty as to suggest you made this up. As we say about real life - you COULDN'T make it up. And it IS inspirational and the best inspirational blog ever!

Congrats on your award. You 100% deserve it.

Lehners in France said...

Aims, I've got another award for you. Debs x