Last year, I started the “Wooden Spoon Awards” as an alternative to Love Our Lurkers Day(s). While I appreciate the sentiment behind LOL-Day, I have a different take on non-participation, to the degree that many of you know I tried VERY HARD to go private with this blog, only to have my sincere efforts thwarted by Blogger glitches that didn’t allow several key participants, who were invited in, to accept the invitation. So lurkers reading this are doing so only by the grace of Blogger’s technical incompetence.
Lurkers remind me of little kids who go to someone’s house for dinner, eat, play, and have fun, but who need their parents to remind them to acknowledge the hosts of whatever home they are in. “Say ‘hello/goodbye/thank you’ to the nice people, Junior.”.
My belief is that ‘lurkers’ have all year to participate, and do so in correspondence to the posts actually meant to prompt a reaction. It doesn’t have to be praise or agreement…..just pertinent and relatively civil commentary. Colorful is fine. OFF-colorful is fine too. Witty is even better. There are plenty of topics posted here on Collected Submissions….from many arenas and perspectives, and to not have ANY of it be enough for a reaction…..and yet still be enough to warrant more visiting, bewilders me.
But rather than dwell on those who need a special day to be cajoled to do what others do pretty consistently, let’s now focus on those gracious folks and reward them personally for their loyalty, participation, thoughts, wishes, thanks, wit, humor, and to be very blunt: FRIENDSHIP! Many a time, I have considered just shutting it all down, and I know others have done it and others are considering it. Sometimes just the right comment at the right time can change that whole mood. So to say, 'it's just a comment. How important is it?' doesn't fit with how I view them. So without further ado, I present the winners of the 2019 WOODEN SPOON AWARD:
Merry, Dan, Mr. Bill, archedone, Joe, Sissy Snow, QBuzz, Glen(more), ZM, Crimson Kid, Tomy, Domnhall II, Downunder Don, Lurker48, Lea, Fondles, Hermione, Julie, smuccatelli, Hortic, Franco, Observer, justaguy, Cagedlion, lawyer, Jhackov, Red, bobmski, ….of course, my spank-buddy Nickki, and my very special Monster, Ana…….. and yes, even Jack, (who should maybe get a special mention for also having the most posts deleted LOL)
(I tried to be very thorough in compiling this list but I apologize if I left anyone out who has posted more than just once. If I did, send me a note and I'll add you right away.)
My sincerest congratulations to everyone mentioned on winning a “Spooner”! And thank you all so much for participating and making Collected Submissions more than just a blog, but a place friends can go without judgement to have a kinky…..or even a regular…..conversation.
And now you may all celebrate and put those wooden spoons to good use!