Thank you, ScienceGirl!
I do have to say though, that I am increasingly unsure of what to do with these things. I hate to sound in any way ungrateful, because it's always a warm and fuzzy moment when a fellow blogger thinks of me for an award.
So what's my problem?
Well, there are just so many of them that come around... and they all want you to pass on the award to 5, or 7, or 9, other bloggers... so do you continue to award them to your genuine favourites, or do you think "well, I didn't include so-and-so last time, so she can have one this time"? Doesn't that just devalue the whole concept?
So, I am going to bend the rules a little bit, and pass on this award to one blogger, and one blogger only.
I found her blog through a carnival, when I was excited to find a fellow virology geek and promptly clicked through to the original post. Then I read some more posts... and some more... and then the entire archives... and discovered not only a fantastic blog and an awesome blogger, but a fabulous community of commenters that I promptly joined. And who followed me home to my own blog.
That one click was the start of my journey through the looking glass and into the community to which I now belong. I'm going to repeat something I said in a recent comment thread, in case any of you missed it:
"I just want to say how much I value the little community that's built up on this blog. When I first started to read blogs, I always preferred the ones where the commenters seemed to know each other, and talked amongst themselves, not just to the blogger. We seem to be getting there! Thank you all, and keep up the good work ;)"So thank you, Mad Hatter, for introducing me to the original group of commenters who still drop in here and elsewhere!
And now, the cunning plan... Dude, I miss your blog! It makes me so sad to see it languishing at the bottom of my "most recent posts first" blog roll. And I am not the only one! So please, if you possibly can, pull off the dust cloths and polish the cups and saucers, it's time to restart the tea party!
If you agree, and you want Mad Hatter to start blogging again, leave her a comment on this thread... an avalanche of begging, pleading comments can only help! I see some of you have already started - good work!