THANK YOU! Drum roll, please! Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls ... I WON the Bloggie Award in the Best Asian Blog category of the 2009 Weblog Awards, and it's all thanks to YOU! The Bloggie Awards started back in 2001 and were the first ever awards designed to recognize bloggers for their contributions and achievements on the world wide web. Each year there are major giants in the blogging world nominated for these honors. Familiar names like Google, Flickr, Twitter, The Huffington Post, Perez Hilton, and The Daily Kos were among those nominated this year in the 30 categories. There are no shiny trophies, no new cars, or no big cash prizes given. Recognition is all we get. But heck, for me, just being nominated was thrilling enough! So thank you again - I'm humbled and I still can't believe it. (BIG CYBER HUG for you!)
Please do check out the 2009 Weblog Awards website and take a look at some of the fine blogs that won in their categories. If nothing else, you MUST take a look at the winner of Weblog of the Year, Confessions of a Pioneer Woman. I don't know how she does it! I'm in some really awesome company there! In fact, when I look at some of those blogs, I feel really inferior, like they must have made a mistake or something!
The second exciting thing that happened this week is that I was interviewed by another great website called Women On The Road, a site that offers advice and resources for women who love to travel on their own. This useful website is chockful of tips for safe traveling, packing, accommodations, and travel book recommendations, among many other things. It was established by a woman named Leyla, who has backpacked and lived all over the world and who just can't seem to plant herself for very long in any one place. A seasoned journalist, Leyla shares on her website many of the past stories she has written about developing countries' problems and issues.
So please check out my interview at Women On The Road, and while you're there, see what other interesting articles Leyla has waiting in store for you!
And thank you to my friend and fellow blogger, Tara Umm Omar, over at Future Husbands and Wives of Saudis, who reprinted my Women on the Road interview on her website. If anyone out there is wondering about having a relationship with a Saudi, her blog is a must read!