What an incredible AOL-J week it has been for me! Last week, I received an email from Lisa at Wearin My Heart on my Sleeve informing me that a blip from my journal was being quoted on one of the Personal Finance pages here in AOL along with other journalers. Then, the J-Land Awards landed me a nomination for "Most Thought Provoking Journal." This one really touched my heart because I never expected to be nominated for any of the categories, least of all this particular category. I write about what is on my mind. As I say in my description at the top, I write about my mind cud. My intention isn't to be a provocateur. It's to ruminate and regurgitate on cyber paper whatever might be rumbling through my brain at the time. So, for those who nominated me and voted for me, I thank you very much. I am in excellent company so please check out the others as well.
But, wait! The excitement doesn't stop there. Somewhere, or another, I found out about the Technorati list and found my name on that too. I'm still scratching my head about that one because there really aren't that many journals that have me linked. Many of the people who read and comment here don't have me linked (which is cool, by the way.) Now, today I come home and there is an email saying that I am being highlighted on the Finance page again, along with two wonderful journalers. Carly of Ellipsis fame and Vivian of Nwanyiomas Journal fame, amongst other things. But, it's not just this little quip calling me hard-headed (oh how well they know me - lol). If you click on the "Fill the Piggy Bank" link it takes you to a full synopsis of what I wrote which I have a picture of at the top of this entry. I actually couldn't capture the whole story though. So, you'll have to click on the link to read the whole thing.
I feel a little arrogant sharing this here. I never really feel comfortable tooting my own horn. But, my motivation is two-fold. There are those who read my journal who aren't part of AOL and wouldn't find out otherwise and because I also want to share the secret of how to be highlighted or recognized if that's what you want. I shall reveal my secret: Stop trying. Take a sincere interest in other people and their journals/blogs. Leave comments that are meaningful to the entry. Write in your own journal about whatever it is that interests you and be consistent. Ah...but here is where I have been failing lately. I haven't been consistent in writing here. I have so many journals that I try to follow that I often neglect my own. I've even been questioned if something is wrong that I'm not writing about. The only thing wrong is that there isn't enough time in the day to do all that I want to do.
I believe in spreading the joy. There are so many fantastic people here in J-Land and some don't get nearly enough recognition for their contribution to this community and to me personally. As such, there's a new feature that I am adding to Robbie's Ruminations. I've been meaning to do this for a while now but wasn't sure how to implement it. I think I've finally figured it out. Many journalers have started a rotating list of links to other journals on their sidebar. What I've been wanting to do is a little different. I want to highlight specific entries that impacted me in some way. I thought of doing a pimping entry but never seemed to get it off the ground. As such, I am going to use my sidebar to link them. I'll pick five entries each week that have touched me in some kind of way. Maybe because of their humor, or topic, or photo. Eventually, I'll include an explanation as to what it is that prompted me to highlight a particular entry. Thanks to Bloglines and a new feature it has I think it will be possible to do without too much effort. In addition, I am working on something new and fresh for my Journallinks Journal. And, I plan on updating the links. There are many journals that I read that aren't contained there because I have them in Bloglines. If you don't know what I'm talking about when I say Journallinks Journal click on one of the topics in my sidebar. I keep links to all kinds of stuff in another journal.
Gotta go....Big Brother will be on soon and you don't want me to get "hard-headed."