Thursday, August 28, 2008

Vanity, thy name is The Hawg

I'm a happy The Hawg tonight.

Why? Maria over at Life's sweets and spices presented me with an award. That's right, Maria "hearts" my blog.

I won, I won, I won! Yay!

I am glad that she hearts my blog enough to honor me with an award. Thank you, Maria -- you made my day. I shall display this award with pride in my sidebar.

Of course, there are rules whenever one receives such an award, so I shall do my best to follow them. Here are the rules connected to the esteemed I Heart Your Blog award:

1. The winner can put the logo on his/her blog;
2. Link the person you received your award from;
3. Nominate at least 7 other blogs;
4. Put links of those blogs on yours; and
5. Leave a message on the blogs that you’ve nominated.

So which blogs out there do I truly heart? The last time I got one of these dandy awards, I felt guilty because I wanted to pass the award on to a slew of blogs but I could only choose a few. I'm faced with a similar problem this time around. I'll go ahead and pass this award on to 10 people who are better at blogging it up than I am, but I should mention that there are several folks that I'm overlooking. Yes, the rules say to pass the award on to at least seven people -- I did that, and kept thinking of other deserving folks. So, I'm giving this to 10 blogs that I love and, even at that, I'm leaving some people off the list.

That being the case, here are 10 blogs that I truly heart:

1. The Junk Drawer -- I've learned a number of things from Kathy over there, including the fact that breasts can cause computer malfunctions.

2. Delusions of Grandeur -- great design, quality content. A very good "stop and linger" blog.

3. Margie and Edna's Basement -- if you're not stopping by this one regularly, you really should. Gently amusing content and they always refer to me as "Mr. The Hawg" (that, folks, is a hoot).

4. Coastal Commentaries -- A daily stop and it's run by Lala, one of the nicest people around. She's brilliant, too -- she named me a Kick Ass Blogger a few weeks ago. So, Lala, it's my time to give out an award and I'm glad to do it because she's one of the best bloggers you'll find.

5. -- Don't let the title fool you -- this one is about a heck of a lot more than healthy living. Sure, that's in there, but you've got commentary on all manner of things over there. Visit it that blog and you may heart it, too.

6. Lyndonology -- Yes, I just heart those mixed bag, slice-of-life blogs. This is one of the better ones out there.

7. Freaky Frugalite -- Well written and a great design. What's not to heart?

8. News from NOLA -- Great news from what's happening in New Orleans. Always entertaining and Sara is as friendly as can be.

9. Hillbilly Willy -- This is one, conservative cat. He's funny as hell, too. Willy's blog gives me a chuckle more often that not.

10. Brazoscowgirl -- Here's one that I've hearted for a long time. Great design and some pretty keen political insight, to boot.

That's about it. Again, thank you Maria! I do appreciate it.

The Hawg takes to the airwaves!

Some of you may know that I make my living as the director of media relations for the Arkansas Realtors Association. Yes, I deal with the press, keep up with housing market stats, handle our monthly magazine and all kinds of writery things.

This Saturday, I start a stint as a regular guest on a weekly radio show. I'll appear monthly on the aptly-named The Real Estate Show, which is hosted by Jim Harris every Saturday from 8 to 9 a.m. on 103.7 FM ("The Buzz!") in Little Rock.

Harris mentions my appearance right here if you'd like more details. If you happen to be in central Arkansas and you're up at 8 a.m. on a Saturday, why not tune it? At that time of the morning, we're sure to get tens of listeners.


Rebecca @ Freaky Frugalite said...

Yowsa! An award! Here're some thankies from a Yankee!!!

Thanks much, Hawg. I heart your blog, too. And funny thing is, I used to be in radio, too! (A DJ and news director)

Hillbilly Willy said...

What's not to love!

10-4 - Witty and clever.


The Natural State Hawg said...

Dammit, Willy! I had to go and revise my list -- I always, always, always wind up leaving someone out and feeling terrible about it.

I have increased the number of recipients to 10 and I'm going to force myself to stick to that number.

So, welcome to the list, Willy. Figuring out who to send these things to is always a challenge.

The Natural State Hawg said...


Heh. I should have said, "Besides, she's OK for a Yankee..."

Heh, heh!

Lyndon said...

Thanks for the award Hawg!!

I never really ever win anything. (Heck I didn't even know I was in the running)

I think I'll have to have an acceptance speech (post) tomorrow :)

Sara said...

Cool! I love your blog too! Yay! I got an award. Will post on my site about it soon!

lala said...

awwww, you're so sweet.

Do you have a graphic program? Because I ran across something today that I think you'll like (if not, I do graphics so I can work something up for you)

BTW, I love your blog too, so come comment and buzz or digg me!

(ok, blantant promotion...I admit)

Thanks again...that is really nice...and I think I have a few places in mind...gotta love EntreCard for that. If not for them, I wouldn't have found you...

;-) said...

Thanks for the award!

I would have commented earlier, but I was watching the DNC and Barack Hussein Obama's speech. It was inspiring. It was motivating. I felt myself changing internally as I sat and took in his words. I even teared up when they played his background video.

I will never be the same.


Anyway, I appreciate the recognition. I do try to provide good information about health on my blog, especially since my father died of cancer. And I post stuff that interests me, that I want to learn more about.

Look for me to post my award this weekend.


The Natural State Hawg said...

lyndon -- that award was based solely on your new design. Seriously, however, it's because you run a great blog. I heart it.

Lala -- I do have a graphics program -- the wonderful The Gimp. What "thing that will interest me" do you have?

As for comments, I've left more than a few on your blog. And, I'll be glad to Digg your stories -- just send me a shout!

I tend to not submit things to Digg on my own as I'm afraid I'll write a description that's stupid or stick something in the wrong category.

And, I seriously do heart your blog. Hence the award. Enjoy it!

Yeah, Entrecard is great. Running around claiming you heart things is also fun...

Sara -- I look forward to reading it. Thanks for hearting my blog (see, that is fun).

Paul -- Rumor has it, you were wearing your Obama t-shirt while sitting in your living room floor and crying. You can admit it. Go ahead. Say it. You heart Obama.

Heh, heh.

I was honestly surprised to find a lot in addition to health articles on your blog. That's one of the reasons I heart it -- lots of stuff over there.

And, hey, I'm pulling for your Pirates. If they pull off the upset, I'm sure you'll be blogging about that within minutes of the end of the game.

Oh, and I don't mean to belittle the health aspect of your blog. That's solid and it's something you're passionate about. I haven't told you, but I've lost two relatives this year (an aunt and an uncle) to cancer. It might be cathartic for me to write about that, but it still depresses me to the core.

lala said...

Believe it or not...I stumbled (cause I am such a font HO) across a font called, kid you not, Arkansas...I have to tell you, I was shocked.

I will send you the zip file.

The Natural State Hawg said...



maria said...

you're welcome! and congratulations too. willy is right, what's not to love.


Hillbilly Willy said...

Willy wasn't trying to Pimp an award with his comments! Willy enjoys your blog.

However, Willy does appreciate the acknowledgment.

Willy may see you in a week or so at convention!

Good luck on the radio!

10-4 Willy

Kathy said...

Ah, thanks for the award! I'm glad we spotted each other from across the blogosphere room. I always knew my boobs would get me somewhere. Er... my boob stories.... Well, not my boobs...oh, nevermind.

Thanks again!

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