Friday, June 12, 2009

BlogLuxe Nomination Update

It seems there are a couple of common misconceptions that have surfaced in the past few days that I need to clear up. The first one is that is my blog. It isn't. It was started by earlier this year as a forum for survivors of domestic violence. And if VU "belongs" to anyone, it's them. It belongs to those survivors who contribute their stories in the hope that putting their most painful memories in writing will help someone else still trapped in the same circumstances.Violence UnSilenced They're the reason VU got the nomination in the first place, so this award isn't for me -- it's for them. I'm just the guy behind the curtain.

The second idea that seems to have surfaced in the last day or so is that VU is leading in the voting -- and leading big. I wish that were true, but actually, as of 7 AM this morning, VU was running second by about 650 votes -- which is still well ahead of the rest of the field, but nowhere close to the leader. I'm guessing that the reason for this misconception is that the category lists at BlogLuxe have been randomized so that the order is different every time you visit the page. This gives all of the entrants in each category a chance to be listed at the top where they'll be more easily seen. You only see eight blogs listed at a time, but there are 97 entries in the Most Inspiring category, so chances are that you won't see VU and the leader in the same "window". With that many entries, the easiest way to find any particular one is with your browser's search function. (Shortcut: type CTRL-F in IE or Firefox, I don't know about the others, but it's probably the same.)

Misconceptions aside, I would like to personally thank every single person who has voted, and especially those who continue to vote daily (you can vote once per day). Violence UnSilenced is about giving the survivors of domestic violence a voice, and by lending your support to this effort, you make that voice heard by a wider audience. Whether or not VU wins in the voting, that will still be true, and you'll be a big part of the reason. So I humbly thank you on behalf of all those who have provided the stories, and for those who will in the future. You guys rock!

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Maggie, Dammit said...

Everything always sounds so clear when you say it. I need to take lessons. :)

Thanks, as always. I haven't even been able to vote for VU with my Internet down (it seems to be temporarily back so I am frantically covering my bases here before it drops out again) but I have to thank everyone you have sent over because the site is getting a lot of attention and so in my mind it has already "won."

Thank you all so much. Thank you, Mojo. I seriously can't figure out how your chest is big enough to house your heart.

Lil said...

I always just figured you were an avid support of Maggie and her efforts. Violence Unsilenced is a brilliant idea and anything that garners it more attention is great. You've been absolutely a huge part of that. I've voted every day and hope that they give the runner ups some love, too.

Also, a question please. The different footers in your feed, do you allow anyone else to use those? I've currently got the one you have on your VU graphics page on my reader but as they say, variety is the spice of life. Do you have any plans of sharing the different feed footers? If so, I'd love to know about it so I can change mine up from time to time. Thank you! :-)

Femin Susan said...

Good idea...

Lil said...

Thank you very much for the link, Mojo. :-)