My Acceptance Speech

DB award


Prelude –

Gosh. Um, gee … (shuffling feet, looking a bit embarrassed). I’m feeling a tad overwhelmed. Studiotj has nominated me for the Dedicated Blogger Award. Given that I have graciously accepted this kind nomination – thank you, tj (HUGE smile)-  he has asked nominees to write an acceptance speech in return.  I gotta warn you though, I have a tendency of putting my own spin on the way I follow through.

I’m a little worried about making the acceptance speech. You see, I’m not good at climbing stairs. There is a disturbing tendency to fall down them. The worst and most embarrassing time was when I fell down the stair thingy disembarking from an aeroplane. I ended up in a twisted, mangled mess on the tarmac to find a circle of concerned faces peering down at  me. Seriously! To add insult to embarrassment, I was then whisked into the terminal in one of those airport golf buggy things into the arms of my waiting family. But, it did not end there. Oh no! After due diligence of filling out mandated safety protocol Incident Reports, I was wheelchaired to the front of the terminal whilst my other half hoofed it to get the car. The children stayed to escort me through the teeming crowd to the front with the kind airport Incident Manager Person. So perhaps you can understand my fear of stairs in public places (shudder – throwback PTSD related mind image emerges…)

But I digress. (Collect self and re-focus…) I hope the e-stairs to the stage are not rickety or too steep. Being in the spotlight scares me too. Public speaking means I will be the Centre of Attention. (Gulp…) I am shy, get embarrassed easily and blush. And that just makes me even more embarrassed. SO therein lies my dilemma. How will I cope with this whole e-stage scenario? Well, I put myself into it so I guess I’ll find out.

Quite some time later – a lot of quite some time later – I’ve written the speech and practised it. This is about as ready as I will ever be. Gotta say though, I’m feeling nervous. Butterflies in the tummy are having a field day. My palms are sweaty. My mouth is dry. I guess no-one will know that as it’s on an e-stage, so here goes ….


THE Acceptance Speech –

Walk elegantly up stairs onto stage wearing killer red e-stilettos  (‘cos I can, that’s why!  Phew – made it without tripping or falling down the stairs!)

Wait while microscope – oops, Freudian slip – microphone is adjusted to the level of my mouth. (Avoid urge to blow in it and say “testing, testing…”) Take a sip of water to calm the nerves. Brandy would be better but that is not provided.

Blinded by the spotlight. Good. Can’t see the audience. Less nerve wracking.

(Clear throat… several times….)

Tj, fellow bloggers, followers, readers, WordPress Happiness Engineers, family and friends (Panic- have I left out anyone important?!)

Gee, it’s such a thrill! Can you imagine – I’m up here on the virtual stage giving my first ever e-speech. It’s kinda surreal if I may say so. I mean this whole blogging award stuff and all. I don’t mean that in a mean way (ooh, I SO wasn’t going to say that!  Clear throat, shuffle feet… )  I mean (ooooh, maybe it was brandy after all –  @#%$!!!)  – you know, it’s a bit, um, controversial and all. People have so many different opinions about them, you know what I’m saying? Anyway, I’m not going to get into that. I’ve gone and accepted it so that’s that. Done deal.

(Pregnant pause as I move from foot to foot trying to get comfortable. My feet are killing me! I shoulda worn something more sensible. What the heck was I thinking! Clearly I wasn’t. I can’t think straight. My feet hurt too much. And now my back is getting sore – %*&@#$*!!)

Ummm…. Something urgent’s just come up. Sorry! I just want to say – thanks a bunch!

Run off stage. Trip on the killer e-stilettos. Fall down stairs.


Boy, do I feel all kinds of a fool! I made such an idiot of myself. None of that went to plan. I don’t know why I even bothered to write the speech. None of it came out of my mouth. And as for those killer e-stilettos  – oooh, I do so like them! But I should never have worn them. I know what I’m like on stairs in flats let alone anything higher! And another thing, stairs are OUT of my life FOREVER! I am so never going to do this virtual stage e-speech thing ever again….I think I’ll just slink off to a corner now to lick my wounds and hang my head in shame. Sighhh… (hunched shoulders, single tear falling down cheek)


My nominations

I chose six bloggers to nominate for  the Dedicated Blogger Award.  Why six?  It seemed like a good number. Then I googled it, just to make sure it was. Here’s what I found. “The most important influence of the 6 is its loving and caring nature. Properly nicknamed the motherhood number, it is all about sacrificing, caring, healing, protecting and teaching others.” How cool is that! (Smiling!)

There is no onus on anyone to accept the award or its accompanying challenge (Biiiig Grin …)   I promise, I won’t be upset! Equally, what you choose to do once you  accept it – if you do –  is entirely in your hands. I know some blogs choose to be Award Free. I still choose to nominate as this is my way of saying I like your stuff!  And of letting my readers know that I do. It’s sort of like a Recommendation or a Big Hint to go and have a look. Some of them might just pop in and see what you’re about.

(Challenge Warning – once read, the challenge will self-destruct in 30 seconds. MWAHAHAAA !!!  Just kidding …really. Blame my newly acquired taste for reading HORROR STORIES!)

Having got that out of the way, here are my six –

Your Success Inspirer

You seem to be have a never-ending supply of support, encouragement and motivation for all comers.  Your challenge, should you choose to accept it, is to dance and sing and enjoy as you listen to this handpicked selection. Should you choose to invite your wife to join you that would be awesome.

Cafe Book Bean

A new acquaintance with whom I share a love of books and coffee. Your challenge, should you choose to accept it, is to try that salt and cardamon laced coffee I told you about. Then let us know what you think about it.

Josh Wren

Your wit, ready humour and positive outlook are as inspired as your Dude Food ranch balls. Your challenge, should you choose to accept it,  is to share another equally awesome Dude Food recipe – when you feel inspired or are in dire need to create nibbles to munch on with your mates.

Promptly Written

It’s all your fault – you introduced me to horror stories and prompts! I have learnt to tolerate  horror. Well, at least some of it. And I love writing to prompts! Your challenge, should you choose to  accept it, is to write a flash fiction NON horror story to this prompt –  Ghouls, Ghosts and Graveyards. If you want to add an extra edge limit it to 50 words!

Elizabeth Steel

The sharing of your knowledge and experience in the metaphysical arena deserves a wider audience. I promised I would return to read your blog when I was less time poor, and I will. Your challenge, should you choose to accept it is to take some time for yourself and  listen to this webcast  . I think you will like it.

Mara Eastern

I love the wit and humour of your ‘What I hated least about today’ posts – I hope you never, ever, ever  stop writing funny stuff!  And as for those gorgeous stick figures ! Your challenge, should you choose to accept it, is to post another one of your stick figure drawings.

Impromptu Promptlings

You provide unwavering support and inspirational Sandbox Challenges so we can dig and scrabble around the dark recesses and corners of our psyches with you.   Your challenge, should you decide to accept it, is to pull up a rock, grab a nice cuppa, sit a spell and listen to this selection tailor made just for you  as my  heartfelt Thankyou!

© Raili Tanska

Photograph by Barbara Mattio

53 thoughts on “My Acceptance Speech

  1. Oh my, Raili! What a challenge… non-horror… 50 words… (sits and contemplates) ..Okay, I accept this challenge! I am mulling over an idea in my head and may even write it tonight *beams* thank you! Much love ~Lori, the horror writer 😉

  2. Oh Raili! I am so flabbergasted at how much WORK you put into this post. OML! It was absolutely adorable to begin with, and your personalizations on top of that are so awesome! Plus no one deserved this award like you for going back through all those posts and putting the pictures back in! You’re incredibly amazing, woman!

    And I’m not just saying that because I LOVE The Piano Guys! (How did you know that, btw?) Everything you picked for me was so perfect. The video of the five of them playing that piano was totally unbelievable. And the Scottish fight song with bits of “Amazing Grace” at the first and “A Thousand Years” at the end. Well, I just can’t “Let It Go” because Amy and Fik-Shun danced that as their last dance together on So You Think You Can Dance and they won!!! I am so floored that you did that. And if you don’t mind I’m going to reblog that to IP.

    I’m honored that you would choose me to nominate and I thank you, but I humbly ask you to accept my apology for declining. I know how much these awards mean to folks, but I’ve declared IP an Award Free Blog. I do hope I haven’t offended you by bowing out. And I can never thank you enough for that beautiful little tribute. You are a doll! {{{Raili}}}

    1. Calen, please don’t feel that you have declined! You have not 🙂 If you look at my wording, your acceptance was to do exactly what you did. Listen and enjoy the music!! How did I know about the song choices. Truth be told, I didn’t. But intuition led me to choose them for you. I’m a bit flabbergasted myself at just how perfect they were for you. And thank you my friend, sincerely. I would be honoured if you reblog 🙂

  3. Reblogged this on Impromptu Promptlings and commented:
    This is without doubt one of the most adorable acceptance speeches for a Blog Award that I’ve ever seen. I can’t believe how much work Raili put into this and I just have to show her off. Talk about an imagination. And she so deserved it because she lost practically all the pictures on her blogs and had to go back through and reload them again. What a lot of work! Creative AND industrious! So please do take the time to go by her blog and finish reading her post. I guarantee you’ll enjoy it!!!

  4. Btw, thought you should know that with the gray printing on this dark green background you can barely make out what you’re writing if you’re reblogging the post. Can you change the print color or something.

    1. The print on my blog is in white on a green background. That’s the default colour although sometimes when WP does whatever they do, it changes the text colour to black. I don’t know how to change it.

    2. I asked about this through 201 and was told that the look of the reblog depends on the site to which it is reblogged. I think I got that right. Does that make sense to you ?

  5. This must be the first aaward acceptance post I have ever read that is fun! I loved it – it made me laugh.
    BTW. It’s ok to kick off your e-stilettos during a speech – nobody ever notices…

  6. Freudian slips and pregnant silences 😀 Love it! Your award is well deserved. I never heard of this one, but I love the concept and it fits you. I’m so much flattered that you nominated me! I stopped doing awards but this one is a real personalised challenge and I think I’ll try to accept it! Thank you and congrats again!

    1. Thank you Mara, I appreciate it 🙂 I have a strong preference for doing things like this my own way, without expectation or pressure on others to respond. I figured if I am going to nominate someone then they have a right to know why. It’s my way of showing appreciation in a more ‘formal’ way. Like tj said when I told him I would accept on my own terms “If someone gives me a toy don’t tell me how to play with it!”
      I honestly don’t know how long I will keep this up – if I ever get nominated again. It’s a lot of work, but this one was fun 🙂

      1. You did it just perfect. When I first saw the nomination, I thought I wouldn’t do it, but when I read the “rules” and found out it’s a personal challenge, I loved it.

      2. Whew, I’m so glad it worked. AND that you loved it is even better 🙂 BTW, I forgot to mention the stilettos and gorgeous hair-do. So you 🙂
        I know how controversial the whole award thing is. I don’t like the ‘rules’ that accompany them. It makes no sense to me to just nominate someone and not tell them why. For me it’s like a ‘hey thanks, I love your work and here’s why’ in a way that perhaps makes others curious to have a look too. And I had fun writing this one. That helps.

      3. Awe, yes, I got inspired to draw stilettos by your post, of course I wanted to draw myself falling when climbing the stairs, but then I thought it would be a bit too ambitious for my drawing “skills”.

        The awards are a controversial thing, I know. The original sentiment is great, and I still remember my excitement when I was nominated for my first award. But then it got a bit too much and I ran out of people to nominate meaningfully, so I stopped doing awards. That doesn’t mean that I’m not deeply humbled when I get nominated for one. Especially in such a personal manner as you did.

      4. I’m sure you would have managed a great drawing, you under-estimate yourself.
        I know exactly what you’re saying about the awards. For me it’s all very new (this was my second) but I am already seriously thinking about what I want to do about them in future should more come my way. I refuse to just pay ‘lip service’, so it means a lot of searching and thinking, including deciding about what to do with nominations. Or graciously and respectfully decline but accept the heartfelt intention.
        I’m glad this one hit the mark. It has been very warmly received 🙂

  7. You and your e-stilettos had me over here falling out laughing on the floor. The work you put into this was simply priceless. “WELL DONE!!!”, he says as he continues to marvel at those beautiful e-stilettos. They’re beautiful….

    1. I’ve just been over to yours to view the masterpiece. Your evening gown is particularly fetching 🙂 As for your cat’s attitude – well, what can I say? They are such selfish creatures. At least it was on stage with you – probably hogging the limelight 🙂 Seriously though, I am honoured that you have accepted the challenge and produced another one of your stunning works of art – thank you 🙂

  8. Reblogged this on studiotj and commented:
    You’ve got to check out this “acceptance speech” to one of my Dedicated Blogger nominations. A lot of thought was put into this and it is both awesome… and hilarious. Here goes…………..

  9. Yes this is so awesome! I had started passing by the award announcement posts,….. Then I found this work of art here. Fun and a good way to pass on award. Wish others did this and e speech sounds like fun to do. I give virtual gold star….. The applause.

  10. First, congrats on your nomination, and acceptance, and really amazing detail of your speech! Your imagination is wonderful! I loved that you ‘assigned’ each nomination you made with different, specific to them, instructions. Most excellent!!!


      1. I am – I take the escalator or elevator instead of stairs whenever I can. If not, I hobble down one step at a time hanging onto the railing like an old woman, lol 🙂

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