Home stretch for the coffeehouse
I just wanted to say a few things about the 2005 Weblog Awards, where the Blend is nominated as Best LGBT Blog. Voting wraps at 11:59 PM tonight.
Pam’s House Blend was originally just a spot for my personal ramblings when I launched it in July 2004. I don’t know when I finally received my first comment, but I was posting away for what seemed like the longest time, thinking no one was reading at all — not that it mattered. I just typed what went on in my noggin, whether it was about politics, my pets, my travels, and occasionally my grief.
Over time, many of you found the site, read what I had to say, and then came back and checked in regularly. Some of you even shared your thoughts; I really appreciate your presence here and for enthusiastically welcoming “Radical” Russ when I brought him onboard to post his kick-ass commentary on a regular basis. I enjoy your feedback and ideas — at least those of the sane ones among you — and hope that the Blend has provided an outlet for laughter (and occasional critical thinking, of course) about the world we live in.
I’m sure that this is how things started out for most of my fellow nominees. Despite different interests, and certainly different political perspectives, each drew an audience that found a voice they could identify with. Folks clearly enjoy stopping by to engage with the proprietor(s) of each blog.
My only regret about this awards process is that I have seen surprising negativity tossed around about this blog (or about “me” in the abstract, since they really don’t know me) by some of my fellow nominees (and their supporters) in the Best LGBT Blog category. That’s truly sad, particularly in this community. I’ve taken the time to surf and visit the other blogs nominated, and, IMHO, they are each quite deserving of consideration — and their fan bases — regardless of whether I agree with their worldview.
People should vote for any of the blogs because they enjoy reading the content and the perspective of the blogger(s). At least for me, it’s not about “beating” anyone to score points. The “points” that really count in the end are the visitors that find this little coffeehouse a welcoming place they want to return to time and again.
I want to thank all the readers and bloggers out there that support the Blend. Whether PHB wins or not, please email mail me if you posted an endorsement on your blog so that I can thank you with a link back with a shout-out after this is all through.