Friday, March 20, 2009

Big Cyber Hug


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!

39 comments:

  1. Congratulations again on the Award!

    Nice interview!

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  2. Congrats! that photo is beautiful

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  3. Congratulations on your award Susie. You really deserve it. Your blog shares so much of yourself and your new culture with the rest of the world, it really is a blessing to read.
    I loved your interview.

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  4. Congratulations!
    I love your blog even though I don't comment much. Well deserved!

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  5. Congratulations Susie on your 2009 Weblog Award!!! I thought about you as I drove through Austin from Dallas on Sunday, the day before the final results were announced in Austin TX. Susie, you are truly an inspiration and also enlighten so many around the world! It's my privilege to be a lifelong friend. Tortillas in Saudi...Wow! Cecilia aka jetsetmom

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  6. congratulation!

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  7. Congratulations, Susie! You deserve these awards!

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  8. Yae!!!! Susie! I'm glad the award went to such a deserving blogger. You are fabulous!

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  9. Hiii Susie!!

    I was wondering who won the aware - and I had a feeling it was you!! Mabrook!!

    :-D

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  10. Congratulations, Susie! Great job! I do so enjoy all of your blogs!
    Love, Linda K

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  11. That's AWESOME!!! Well deserved - congratulations!! Hope you are well and happy.

    I always enjoy reading your adventures.

    Take Care
    tina

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  12. Congratulations!
    From - Dave

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  13. Thanks for your site. And congratulations.

    I'm inspired by the way your write about Saudi.

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  14. Thanks for your good wishes, one and all!

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  15. Did you hear the Arizona drum roll in your honor? Your blog is gaining wide readership as well as honors. I think its great how you've adapted by being creative - a tribute to women everywhere!
    Lee

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  16. Hey Susie!
    CONGRATULATIONS!!

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  17. Hi Susie,
    Congratulations to a well deserved award!!
    Love, Sabine

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  18. Congratulations Schmoozie!!! You did it again.
    I loved the interview... You were so open and knowledgable and fair in how you talked about the good things and bad things about living there. I'm so glad you brought up the plight of that poor 75 year old woman. So sad. The only thing we can do to fight such and injustice is to bring attention to it.

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  19. Congratulations. A well deserved award

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  20. i am so happy you won...i did go and vote for you :)
    and i do love your blog.
    have a wonderful weekend.
    erin

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  21. I am so glad to hear that you won this award......it certainly is WELL DESERVED! I appreciate these intimate views into your world. Umm Umar

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  22. Congratulations, Susie on this wonderful award!! It was with pleasure that we voted for you and I'm sooo glad that you are the winner and getting such great recognition for your wonderful blog! It's unlike any other that I visit! Happy, happy, happy I am for you! : ))
    Carol

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  23. Congratulations! Yours is a very deserving blog. My favourite post was the one on the Afghani girl at Burger King.

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  24. Hi,

    With so many millions of blogs, it must feel really great. Especially because it's a recognition of one's work.

    Take care,

    José

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  25. Congrats!

    -TheHalfBreed
    http://beliefcan.blogspot.com

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  26. Many congrats and felicitations. I found you via the awards, voted for you, and bask in your win. Well done, you certainly deserved it.

    I'm often touched and yet very conflicted by your blog -- as a woman, a feminist, a lapsed shanty-Irish Catholic, and a Jersey girl... in no particular order. You must love your husband very, very much. This I can understand completely.

    Keep on keepin' on.

    All the best, Iz.

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  27. Congratulations! I voted for you :) Indeed it was how I found you, checking out nominated blogs.

    Hoping all is well over there with you and yours, Amy

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  28. Congratulations! As a fellow Middle East blogger, I am proud of you!

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  29. Congrats! It really wasn't a difficult decision to pick you :)

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  30. congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  31. CONGRATULATIONS!!! SO WELL DESERVED!!! My sweet Susie you are in the company of your peers, never forget it.

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  32. Congrats on an Awesome Blog and your well-earned recognition. I just recently came across your blogsite and have found it fascinating, since I'm in similar fish-out-of-water conditions; although Dubai seems to be a well-maintained aquarium so-far. Keep up the great stories!

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  33. My sincere thanks to everybody - I love you all!!!

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  34. There is no mistake. You have an excellent blog--one of my favorites. Well-written, information, great photos. Just excellent.

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