Honoring "Wishing on a Falling Star"

Wishing on a Falling Star

Over the last month, there have been a great many blogging awards given out to and shared with other bloggers in the Blogging Circles I participate in. MTMD has received its fair share of these awards, and passed along a few of them as well. But there's one more that I'd like to award this month: The MTMD Blog Award of Excellence.

MTMD Blog Award of Excellence

This is an award I gave out on a monthly basis when I first started blogging back in 2006, but I had taken it out of circulation and put it on the shelf in a closet where it has just kind of been gathering dust. The reason why I stopped giving out this award is because blogging awards were becoming almost cliche. Everyone appreciates recognition for their work, but sometimes blogging awards were given out for the sake of giving out an award and compiling a link list and pointing to an individual blog, so the whole award thing kind of soured for me.

However, over the last month or so, there has been such a flurry of good will and praise and honor and excitement over the distribution of all kinds of awards--inspirational ones, creative ones, friendship ones, sense of humor ones, etc, etc, etc....that I have come to realize that recognition and awards, when they are sincere, are a very positive and good thing to perpetuate in the blogosphere.

So I've opened my closet, reached up to the top shelf, stretched all the way on my tip toes, and pulled out the award I created to honor not only the excellence of a blog, but the excellence of the blogger. And today, I bestow the MTMD Blog Award of Excellence on the Genie Princess herself, Mariuca from Wishing on a Falling Star.


I really don't believe there is a blogger out there with a bigger heart than Mariuca. Her blog is a breath of fresh air. Every post is a testament to the joy of living, to friendship, to sharing, to unselfishness. Yes, she does create and generate far too many cute memes for my taste, but that's okay because her memes are fun and help create circles and community in the blogosphere. And they work. It's rare when one of Mariuca's posts fails to generate at least a 100 comments.

What's interesting is that on the blog promotion site EntreCard, they've recently started the practice of the "Comment Rush" to bring a flurry of comments of 100 or more to blogs that usually don't get that kind of response to a post. Mariuca achieves over 100 comments per post effortlessly on her own.
I think one of the most special things about Wishing on a Falling Star is the way Mariuca has built up her readership. There has to be almost a billion links pointing to her blog. And when you take the time to comment on everyone's posts, to stop by and say hello and wish them luck on a Blog Explosion Battle of the Blogs or a Happy 4th of July, or to pass along a meme, and to drop on an EntreCard and all the things Mariuca does on a daily basis to touch base with other bloggers I think it's easy to understand why Mariuca is so popular.

Keeping up with one blog and developing it the way Mariuca has is hard enough. But she maintains two. Her other blog, Mariuca's Perfume Gallery is just as active and her post on Egyptian Gifts has a staggering 178 comments. You just don't get that kind of response if you're not doing something right as a blogger.

I am here to tell you that Mariuca is an outstanding blogger, an inspiration to me and hundreds of others, and I am quite proud to have received some awards from her during her recent awards gala. Sometimes it's not the award that matters, but rather it is who that'd doing the awarding. I can only hope to aspire to some of the blogging standards that Mariuca has set, and I hope that she will appreciate receiving the MTMD Blog Award of Excellence.

Congratulations Mariuca! You really deserve it!

Falling Stars by England Dan & John Ford Coley

Thanks for reading.


LadyJava said...

What a delightful post and award Matt and I love Mariuca! She really is the blogger to deserve this wonderful award!

Well done GP!!!

July 14, 2008 3:46 AM
Henson Ray said...

Great idea. And congrats to Mariuca for being this month's honoree.

July 14, 2008 8:36 AM
Mariuca said...

LOL!! So I didn't miss my surprise after all ha ha ha!!

OMG Matthew, this is the best award and review I've ever received since I started blogging! I am truly and deeply honored to receive this amazing award and ur kind words here made me oh so teary! This is truly an honor and from the bottom of my heart, I thank you so very much.

Thanks LJ and Henson! ;)

PS. The wait was definitely worth it, I'm totally surprised and in such a great way too!

July 14, 2008 11:53 AM
tashabud said...

Matthew: Didn't realize you're vacationing. Hope it's going great. The honor you gave Mariuca is totally awesome. I know exactly what she's feeling. It was like when I read the great review my novel by Eric S. You're just as awesome for genuinely honoring her the way you did.

Mariuca: Congratulations to you. I know that an award coming from MTMD is one to treasure, since his criteria is one of the highest.

July 14, 2008 3:46 PM
Shelia said...

Congratulations Mariuca! I've got to get over there and visit.

I can truly appreciate this award and your meaning behind it Matt. Most excellent!

July 14, 2008 4:01 PM
Roxiticus Desperate Housewives said...

What a sweet and well-deserved post about Mariuca!

Way to go Genie Princess!


July 14, 2008 8:05 PM
Roxy said...

P.S. -- Hope you had a great mini-vacation. Looking forward to reading all about it.

July 14, 2008 8:06 PM
Jules said...

Kudos to Matt for being so thoughtful and congrats to Mariuca!
I love reading such positive and thoughtful things such as this!

Have a blessed day!

July 15, 2008 7:55 AM
Mariuca said...

Hi everybody, thank you for all the kind words here! Matt u have some very nice readers and did I mention just how much I LOVE my award? :):):)

July 15, 2008 9:23 AM
Shawie said...

I certainly agree, it's very surprising to me how her posts got that tremendous amount of comments, I never read a blog that has that:)
Congrats, Mariuca:)

July 15, 2008 2:41 PM
Jackie said...

I fully agree with you Matt, it is always worthwhile visiting Mariuca's blogs so the award is well deserved.

Congrats to Mariuca.

July 16, 2008 6:38 AM
Emila Yusof said...

Wow! Great post, Matthew! You really described her well. She is the one and only blogger and close friend who really takes extra time to read and drop comments. Great award for a great blogger!

July 17, 2008 5:51 AM
Jean Chia aka Ms.Yummy~licious said...

Hi Matt! I came from Mariuca's. I love your idea of passing out the award on monthly basis to the deserving blog, it's really a great encouragement to others.

This time round, you've an excellent pick! I knew Marzie when i started blogging thru MBL. I would say I am so blessed to hv known her back then. I agreed with you on saying that she creates fun memes. She has helped me alot in my blogging and she's indeed a great friend!

I love your post! Well written and i am with you on every sentences you've just said! :) May our Mariuca continue to shine in our blogging community! :D

Take care, Matt & Have a great week!

We love ya, Mariuca!! :D

July 17, 2008 6:52 AM
Sushi said...

Hi, first time here at MTMD. Came here after reading Mariuca's post about your post about her :)
She so much deserves this award and what a great blogger she is! What a beautiful job you did! Congrats to both of you!
PS: I lived in Detroit with Mom & Dad for a while this year. I'll write about it in upcoming posts( I'm still a bit late in my story :)
Ok my e-mail is sushipooch@live.com and My Pooch Life(my blog) is : www.mypoochlife.blogspot.com

July 19, 2008 11:54 PM

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