The Wonderful Team Member Readership Award is really a nice one. I see the power of readership everyday when I’m writing. One day last week I mentioned a good book detailing the family customs and idiosyncrasies of Italian immigrants here in the mid west. The man who had written it had worked extensively on a series of these books for the various ethnic groups who’d settled in Indianapolis. While blog grazing I read a post by another blogger who was frustrated and trying to get a handle on what the everyday life of a newly immigrated ancestor would have been like. I mentioned the book in the comments (having just looked at it on Amazon.com I knew it wasnt out of print…they had 19 available). When I looked for it in my “cart” today, it was urging me to buy now…only one left!
Now, I don’t believe there was anything particularly inspiring about my review of the book ( it’s Indianapolis Italians by James J Divita http://www.amazon.com/Indianapolis-Italians-IN-Images-America/dp/0738540951/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1361474948&sr=8-1&keywords=james+divita if you’re interested I’m sure they’re printing more right now…and it is really a good slice of life as are all of Dr Divita’s works). But, I do believe that this “sell out” on Amazon does speak to the power of readership and sharing of information. It’s really kinda like responsible Freakanomics. If the writer had been a snoody jerk, I probably wouldn’t have read the entire post. If I hadn’t been moved to respond to the ranting cry for help, then 18 of those 19 copies would probably still be sitting on a warehouse shelf at Amazon collecting dust. And, if they were, then I probably wouldn’t have ever remembered to share Dr D and his works with all of you…so…
That’s what I think makes the Wonder Team Member Readership Award such a precious little badge to covet. It sort of let’s the recipient know that you’re heard, that what you have said to me has mattered, that I am glad to have a peer such as you read my stuff. It’s a pretty special little club.
Mine was gifted to me by Laura of http://branchandleaf.wordpress.com as I had mentioned yesterday. Thanks again Laura…I know you’ve been working like a dog lately, hopefully that will let up soon and you’ll be able to play genealogy a little more soon
The 3rd condition of acceptance, is to finish this sentence :
A great reader...keeps you on your toes, urges you to do more and to do it better, and sometimes gives you a swift kick in the pants when necessary
Lastly, I get to nominate the bloggers who I feel do their part for me as readers. They all make me want to be better at blogging, to write more often, and to be timely and relevant in what I post…Thank you to all of you!
Jose of http://newspaperproject2012.wordpress.com is a wealth of info and questions…I blame your info digging for half of the tangents I run off on
Judy of http://greatestgenerationlessons.wordpress.com whom as I mentioned yesterday uses the tag line that reads “this is the story of an ordinary family, trying to live an ordinary life during an extraordinary time frame and the lessons they learn through experience” I think she should change that to include “~and by their perseverance, the world gets to share in their story because they created Judy who gives them all a very real voice through time”
Heather of http://leavesfortrees.blogspot.com reads my posts and really thinks about them. Probably understands most of what I write better than I actually do When I see her pop up in the comment box, I know it will be meaningful and it’s probably something that’s going to cause me to work harder
So there you have the 2nd day of Awesomeness…Tomorrow I’ll do the Versatile Award~ it’s kinda fun too