Monday, August 13, 2007

The Thoughtful Blogger Award

I come back from a weekend break (to find my inner karma, locate all chakra points and generally tidy up the house) to find that I have been awarded a thoughtful blogger award by one Richard Madeley who manages to fit in blogging alongside his very hectic schedule of starring in his own daily chatshow alongside his wife, Judy. Obviously I feel hugely honoured and a rather dreary Monday morning now feels so much brighter.

I now have to nominate six blogs of my own for the thoughtful blogger award so I am going to nominate the last six bloggers who posted comments on my blog - thank you very much for visiting.

They are:

Lee, Susan, Anne, Jan, Dick, Susaganlique and Crime Fiction Reader.


Blogger Anne S said...

Clare: I'm honoured to receive a thoughtful blogger award.

Your blog is one of the first I visit every day.

Does this mean we honoured bloggers have to nominate our own?

Mon Aug 13, 10:59:00 am  
Blogger Lee said...

Hi Clare, though you know how I feel about these awards, I too am honoured.

I think I'm supposed to know about Richard's chatshow but don't. Can you please explain it to me?

Mon Aug 13, 11:41:00 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Egad! Then you obviously aren't aware that THE biggest influence on a book's sale's in the UK is the Richard and Judy book club. A book mentioned on there gets a trillion percent uplift in sales before the final credits role (this is only a mild exaggeration). Truth be told, many who work in publishing consider it the only sure-fire reliable way to boost a book's sales. It beats hype, advertising, reviews, even word-of-mouth sometimes. Marketing execs have been known to assassinate each other with sharpened pencils in order to get their book featured.

Not sure quite how this helps you directly, but to have even this passing connection to Richard & Judy can be seen as a very good omen.

Mon Aug 13, 01:17:00 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, as Nick says a good answer... apparently the woman who chooses the books (neither Richard or Judy, apparently) is responsible for making about ten authors millionaires.

All the bookshops make special features of the books and they all inevitably end up on the best sellers lists.

It is comparable in influence to the Oprah Winfrey show. Some of the books chosen for the spring reading club are pretty good - some of them quite literary - the summer read is somewhat lighter.

It's all good stuff, though - gets people reading good books.

And yes, really great to get Richard's attention. Of course I'm absolutely positive this blog really is by him...:-).

Quite a fond tribute to them both though, I think.

Mon Aug 13, 02:03:00 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And Anne S - yes I think you are invited to nominate six of your own...

Mon Aug 13, 02:05:00 pm  
Blogger Lee said...

Oh, that Richard, of Richard & Judy, which I have heard of but never heard. I had a look at the blog but thought it rather - ahem - exuberant to be taken seriously. Dear me, I suppose I've lost my chance to make a million. But since anyone can read my stuff for free, there wasn't much chance of that anyway, was there?

Mon Aug 13, 02:39:00 pm  
Blogger Susanna said...

Congratulations Clare!!

I do love to read your blog. I found you through Marly and I have had my mind opened to so much through so many wonderful writers and thinkers.

thank you for nominating me. That was a big suprise. What a great way to get going on a Monday! I will have to go back and update my morning musings...must run now, have to be the working girl today.

Mon Aug 13, 03:26:00 pm  
Blogger Jeremy said...

Well done Clare. That must have been a very pleasant surprise.

I found a snail which may meet with your approval at a ceramics fair the other day. I've posted it if you're interested.

Mon Aug 13, 08:59:00 pm  
Blogger Uncle Dick Madeley said...

It was an honour to nominate you Clare, but what do you mean 'absolutely positive'. You mean you're not sure? Didn't I give you the secret wink last night? And didn't you notice how I did the thing with my hands to make me look like a snail?

Lee, 'rather - ahem - exuberant'. I don't know what you mean by 'ahem'. Of course I'm exuberant. I have greater levels of energy than the common folk. I have so many juices that move me in deep and meaningful ways. People tell me that I'm just a great communicator and I can't stop giving. If that's what you mean by 'ahem', then I forgive you.

Tue Aug 14, 12:55:00 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks! Will do the honours when back on board, full time!

Wed Aug 15, 10:40:00 pm  

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