I am having a tough time with schedules, lately. And my schedule today has been too tight to allow me to spend the two hours or more necessary to properly do the awards. So the Grand Finale is going to have to wait. And it will be worth waiting for. The blogs I'm going to finish up with are as good as the ones I've mentioned so far.
As for awards. I think, perhaps, that I'm not going to get involved with getting and giving awards anymore. I think, instead, I am going to display a blogroll, which will change from time to time, and this blogroll will be my method of paying homage to those blogs I would otherwise be tempted to slap with awards. And, perhaps, once in a while, I may devote a post to a blog or two that I might find particularly to my liking during the recent past.
There is a school of thought that says the awards are just chain letters who's real purpose is to build traffic into people's blogs. I would rather build my traffic by word of mouth. If I'm good enough, if my blog is honest and straightforward enough, if the stories I write are of enough quality, people will come here to read what I have to say. That is MY award, and reward.
Of course, if someone were to give me an award, I would certainly acknowledge such a gift on my blog. I'm just not going to pass it on. So Monday, the Grand Finale Day, will be the last time I do something like that. It is too much like Sophie's Choice for my liking. I don't like the idea that people could be offened by an assumed rank they didn't achieve, by not being included in the list, etc. That, most of all, bothers me about Awards. The people left off the list.
I don't ever want to leave ANYONE off my list.
As I have said before. I love you all.