365 Challenge: Day 270 – TRUTH (POLL/AWARD)

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TRUTH: an award [with prizes / giveaways] Jay’s giving out to a few bloggers in 2017 who deserve special recognition (please read all of today’s message — important — You can VOTE!)

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I have been blessed with a truly wonderful life. Though I may complain on occasion, there is very little, if anything, I should ever be upset about. I am grateful for all that I have and continue to receive. 2017 has been a remarkable year for many reasons, but the one I want to highlight today is the gift I received when I created the ThisIsMyTruthNow blog. When I began it just over a year ago, I never imagined I’d have over 3500 followers in the first year, but it happened. I also never understood how many amazing people exist in this world — I thank each and every one of you for being supporters, followers, comment-writers and friends. I want to give back a little this holiday season and the best way I could come up with was this post and subsequent poll.

I’ve created a 2017 ‘This Is My Truth Now’ award to publicly thank 12 amazing bloggers who have been a part of my life for a majority of this year. A few things to ensure everyone understands how this list was chosen:

  • The list is the top 12 people who have commented the most times on my blog in 2017. Most had over 200 comments since we first began chatting!
  • There are many more people I’ve met in the last few months who I am very close with; however, they didn’t make the list because we didn’t connect until later in 2017, meaning we haven’t had enough time or posts to have that many comments.
  • The list was generated by counting every comment people shared on one of my posts this year. I would have loved to include everyone, but I kept the rules clean –purely by manually counting the comments. (WordPress tools suck!) There will be more awards in future years.
  • Anyone who follows or reads my blog has an opportunity to vote to choose the winner from the list of 12 bloggers. You can share with your followers or on social media to anyone you’d like. Rules and prizes are listed below.
  • Nominee Definition: the blogger whose words and personality most embody everything my blog is about: inspiration, friendship, honesty, truth, gratitude, discovery, sharing, communicating, open-mindedness, love, commitment, equality, trust, and partnership.

RULES & AWARD

  • Pick up to 3 nominees you feel most embody the definition noted above — no voting for someone just because you like the person — although I’m sure we could say we love them all. Check out all the blogs to be sure you meet new friends and see how they meet the definition.
  • I’ve hidden the results so no one can see them until the end.
  • I will abstain from voting so you can choose who embodies this award.
  • Voters will have ten days from 12/7 thru 12/16.
  • Winners will be announced on 12/18.
    • 1st Place
      • $30 donation in their name to any charity they’d like
      • $30 Amazon gift card
      • Signed copy of my book, Watching Glass Shatter
    • 2nd Place
      • $20 donation in their name to any charity they’d like
      • $20 Amazon gift card
      • Signed copy of my book, Watching Glass Shatter
    • 3rd Place
      • $10 donation in their name to any charity they’d like
      • $10 Amazon gift card
      • Signed copy of my book, Watching Glass Shatter
  • Below is a link to each person’s main splash page (no specific order). If you don’t already follow them, you should. They’ve all been a blessing in my life for at least the last six months. Everyone is a winner to me. Thank you!

 

Roda @ Growing Self

Shalini @ Book Reviews by Shalini

Alex @ Coffee Loving Bookoholic

Rae @ Rae Longest & Powerful Women Readers

LA @ Waking up on the Wrong Side of 50

Nel @ Reactionary Tales

Claire @ BrizzleLass Books

Noriko @ Diary of a Bookfiend

Misty @ Misty’s Book Space

Kristin @ A Simply Enchanted Life

Patty @ Moohnshine’s Corner

Mischenko @ Read Rant Rock and Roll

 

 

About Me & the “365 Daily Challenge”

I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My debut novel, Watching Glass Shatter, can be purchased on Amazon @ http://mybook.to/WGS. I’ve always been a reader. And now I’m a daily blogger. I decided to start my own version of the “365 Daily Challenge” where since March 13, 2017, I’ve posted a characteristic either I currently embody or one I’d like to embody in the future. 365 days of reflection to discover who I am and what I want out of life.

The goal: Knowledge. Acceptance. Understanding. Optimization. Happiness. Help. For myself. For others. And if all else fails, humor. When I’m finished in one year, I hope to have more answers about the future and what I will do with the remainder of my life. All aspects to be considered. It’s not just about a career, hobbies, residence, activities, efforts, et al. It’s meant to be a comprehensive study and reflection from an ordinary man. Not a doctor. Not a therapist. Not a friend. Not an encyclopedia full of prior research. Just pure thought, a blogged journal with true honesty.

Join the fun and read a new post each day, or check out my book reviews, TV/Film reviews or favorite vacation spots. And feel free to like, rate, comment or take the poll for each post. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.

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86 thoughts on “365 Challenge: Day 270 – TRUTH (POLL/AWARD)

    Roda said:
    December 7, 2017 at 10:56 AM

    You are truly an amazing man! Filled with gratitude… honored to call you my friend!💚

    Liked by 5 people

    coffeelovingbookoholic said:
    December 7, 2017 at 10:56 AM

    OMG jay, are you serious??? i literally have tears in my eyes!! 🙂 thank you so much for mentioning me. it is a really huge honor and i feel so blessed to have been part of your journey and that you’re part of my daily life. your book touched me so much. your posts always come at the right time. i had so much fun talking to you this year and get to know you. your an amazing person and i am so happy, that i have met you through this community! thank you so much! 🙂 as a german would say now: *seufz* *schnief* 😀

    Liked by 5 people

      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      December 7, 2017 at 11:02 AM

      Oh, I’m German so that means a lot! 🙂 You are very welcome. It’s been a truly wonderful year chatting with you, too.

      Liked by 2 people

    The Cozy Pages said:
    December 7, 2017 at 11:20 AM

    Aww. This is an amazing idea Jay. And you’ve chosen some wonderful people, who I am thrilled to have also met recently. Will definitely explore some of the other blogs you mention. Continued success to you!

    Liked by 6 people

      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      December 7, 2017 at 1:03 PM

      Thank you, I appreciate it. They’re all great blogs… each has a great voice with a lot to say, always positive and searching for the great parts of life. (like most people I try to interact with!!!)

      Liked by 1 person

    mistysbookspace said:
    December 7, 2017 at 11:29 AM

    When I started reading this post I never expected for my name to pop up so when I saw it I literally teared up. Thank you so much for mentioning me Jay it means so much too. I am so glad that we were able to get to know each other this year and become friends. I love everything you do from your blog posts to you books it’s all amazing and it show a side of you. Thank you again for mentioning me!!

    Liked by 4 people

    theloyalbritwit said:
    December 7, 2017 at 11:58 AM

    What an awesome idea and celebration you are doing, Jay!!! ☺️🎉❤️ I look forward to checking over everyone’s blogs and voting.

    Liked by 2 people

    Kiersten said:
    December 7, 2017 at 12:13 PM

    Congrats on 3500 followers in your first year, as well as all the other amazing things you’ve accomplished! It’s well deserved.

    Liked by 2 people

      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      December 7, 2017 at 12:56 PM

      Thank you so much! I appreciate it. How are you doing? Been a rough week for you.

      Liked by 1 person

        Kiersten said:
        December 7, 2017 at 4:26 PM

        Yeah, it’s been a bit rough. I miss Nooch terribly. It’s so weird not seeing his little face every day! I am doing a bit better now, thank you for asking. Having to get up and go to work everyday forces me to think about other things.

        Liked by 1 person

        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        December 7, 2017 at 5:03 PM

        it’s a process, not an easy one. 😦 hugs

        Liked by 1 person

        Kiersten said:
        December 7, 2017 at 5:22 PM

        *hugs*

        Liked by 1 person

    Kristin said:
    December 7, 2017 at 1:08 PM

    You’re an amazing person, Jay. I look forward to getting to know you better in the new year. Can you believe we’re heading into 2018 already?

    Liked by 1 person

    theorangutanlibrarian said:
    December 7, 2017 at 1:19 PM

    Wow you’ve done amazingly well with your blog!! And I love this idea- I’ve voted and I wish everyone the best of luck!! 😀

    Liked by 1 person

    shalini said:
    December 7, 2017 at 1:36 PM

    Wow.. JAY
    Congratulations, my heartfelt happiness for you not for 3500 followers but for the 3500 goodwill you have, for the 3500 people you have touched with your words.
    It’s been an absolute pleasure to know you. You are kind and a great human being. Life is not about blogs but words. Your words touch us, make us go back to our life to think and to understand ourselves better.
    Your sense of humor has brought so much happiness to my broken heart, your friendship has brought so much peace to my soul. You may be far away yet oh so near. Words sometimes can’t always explain the complete feeling.
    Reading your book made me so happy not only because you are a wordsmith but you understand emotions and relationships.
    There are times when your positive vibes have boosted me up. And you know and understand my secrets.
    There are so many things my heart wants to say but my brain is flooded with so many emotions that the only response would be ‘tears’
    It is an honor to comment on your post and to be honored for that is unbelievable.
    And to be nominated for that is beyond any other feeling.
    Jay, my feelings overwhelm me now. So I am left with just a “thank you”
    I love the way you are, the complete you, and your words (be it brief or no brief… Pun intended hehe)
    Always and forever
    Your fan girl 💗💗

    Liked by 4 people

      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      December 7, 2017 at 5:07 PM

      I’m not even sure how to respond to something as beautiful as this message. I appreciate you. I feel honored to know you and I hope we can meet some day! xoxo

      Like

    shalini said:
    December 7, 2017 at 1:46 PM

    I have to tell everyone here that Jay was the first person who befriended me, who commented on my post, and who taught me how WordPress worked. He has always been there, in my moments of despair, initially circumspect but later with a comfort of a true friend. My heart will always wish him success(however he defines success as) till the day I am alive and beyond. There are few people who shine from within and Jay is one of them….

    Liked by 3 people

    wakinguponthewrongsideof50 said:
    December 7, 2017 at 2:45 PM

    Thank you so much for the nod!! Finally my big mouth comes in handy!!

    Liked by 1 person

    Rae Longest said:
    December 7, 2017 at 3:13 PM

    Thanks a kazillion for including me! I know I said I’m not reading blogs or blogging until New Year’s, but it’s all addictive. I can’t stay away!

    Liked by 1 person

    Noriko said:
    December 7, 2017 at 4:04 PM

    I’ve already told you how surprised (shocked) I was by reading this, but too humbled to comment until other nominees did, but.. I am truly blessed to have been chosen one of twelve bloggers along with such truly amazing people! I almost think I’m NOT even entitled to such an amazing award!
    As I told you, I just simply enjoyed reading your posts and chatting with you, Jay. It has been such an amazing ride since I got to know you and you are literally the first blogger who was willing to be e-friends with me. I cannot express how happy your friendship made me. Thanks to you, I have got to know amazing other bloggers, my circle of friends have expanded exponentially. I cannot thank you enough!
    On top of all that,THIS AWARD. What a great way to reflect on a year and appreciate what you (we) have done… you are truly an amazing person, Jay. I am truly, honestly, blessed to have met you! THANK YOU ❤

    Liked by 3 people

      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      December 7, 2017 at 5:05 PM

      You are welcome, deserving and dedicated. Congratulations! Thank YOU.

      Like

    BrizzleLass said:
    December 7, 2017 at 4:34 PM

    You are an incredibly generous person this is a lovely thing for you to be doing. I think the number of followers you have are a testament to your vibrant personality and how you’ve managed to create a unique blog in a sea of duplicates. I’ve voted for my personal favourites in that list and thank you for including me, I’m sure you cheated there, I can’t possibly have commented that many times! 😉

    Liked by 2 people

    Mischenko said:
    December 7, 2017 at 5:55 PM

    Wow, this is crazy amazing. First of all, this is such a wonderful idea and so generous. Congrats on all your followers.I just love this. Second, I can’t believe I’m on the list! This has truly been an amazing year and I’ve gotten so much from your posts. Your number of followers is no surprise because you have such an awesome blog with so much to say and now your new book… what a year! ❤

    Everyone on the list deserves to win, I love them all. I wish I could vote for everyone! Thank you for mentioning me and looking forward to 2018! ❤ 😉

    Liked by 3 people

    Christy B said:
    December 7, 2017 at 7:13 PM

    This is a wonderful way to thank those bloggers, James! I see many names I’m not familiar with so will check them out soon 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    anne leueen said:
    December 7, 2017 at 8:01 PM

    This is marvelous! What a great idea!

    Liked by 1 person

    Jessica Rachow said:
    December 7, 2017 at 8:16 PM

    This is great. Voted, and will be checking out some of the blogs I didn’t recognize. Congrats on all your success so far, and I have no doubt there is more to come. So glad we crossed paths – I truly look forward to reading your posts! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      December 7, 2017 at 10:09 PM

      Excellent – so many good people there. I’m glad we crossed paths, too. I’ll be in touch soon about what’s next for you and if there’s anything I can do!

      Liked by 1 person

    Patty Wilderman said:
    December 7, 2017 at 8:44 PM

    Man Jay you keep amazing me with your kindness. I am truly glad we became friends this year. I have had so much fun chatting with you and blessed you let me participate in your debut novel. Here’s to another fabulous year of friendship. ❤️💕😉

    Liked by 1 person

      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      December 7, 2017 at 10:09 PM

      Excellent, I’d love to have another great year together! 🙂

      Like

    Nel said:
    December 7, 2017 at 8:47 PM

    Oh James. You and your awesome awards 🙂 I’m kind of curious how many times I’ve actually commented cause man when we met we were going back and forth there pretty regularly for a while; paragraphs and paragraphs! You already know but I’ll say it for the benefit of your blog, I’m glad to have met you and glad to have helped you on your journey to becoming a published author. We have some really good conversations and of course I look forward to our continued friendship as well as your continued success. Cheers my friend 🙂
    Oh, P.S., most importantly, thank you of course 😀

    Liked by 1 person

      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      December 7, 2017 at 10:10 PM

      You are welcome – always. Thank you! 🙂 I think you were around 350 comments, but I stopped when I hit there as I knew it was way above!

      Like

    Patty said:
    December 7, 2017 at 8:56 PM

    Reblogged this on Moohnshine's Corner and commented:
    Woohoo! Check it out blogger friends. I am nominated for an award on my pal Jay. There are 12 amazing bloggers total to vote for. So hop on over to This Is My Truth Now and vote for your favorite bloggers. If you have a hard time picking one, don’t worry you can pick three. 🙂 (as long as one is me *hee hee* *wink wink* Love all of you. Now quite hanging around here and go check out it out. I am positive you will make new friends.

    Liked by 1 person

    By Hook Or By Book ~ Book Reviews, News, & Other Stuff said:
    December 7, 2017 at 9:39 PM

    What a wonderful idea Jay! It’s a great example why you have so many of us following you. You’re not only a gifted blogger and author, but you’re a kind and generous soul as well.😊

    Liked by 1 person

      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      December 7, 2017 at 10:14 PM

      Oh, Kim, thank you so much, that is very sweet of you. It makes me so happy to connect with everyone. I wish I had more time to chat all day long — but I suppose that wouldn’t be an easy path!

      Liked by 1 person

    RhapsodyBoheme said:
    December 7, 2017 at 9:57 PM

    Simply wonderful 💙

    Liked by 1 person

    N. N. Light said:
    December 7, 2017 at 10:11 PM

    What an amazing and thoughtful award, Jay! So thrilled about this and good luck to all the nominees. I voted! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    Didi Oviatt - Author said:
    December 7, 2017 at 11:14 PM

    Voted!! Jay this is SO awesome. It was hard to pick who to chose, as so many on your list is so supportive on my blog too!

    Good luck nominees!! You EACH deserve to be here! So exciting 😆

    Liked by 1 person

    alexraphael said:
    December 8, 2017 at 8:10 AM

    I don’t recognise any of the names you reference s I shall definitely be checking them out. A really nice post 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      December 8, 2017 at 8:22 AM

      Thank you for commenting. Yes, all 12 are very kind, friendly and intelligent bloggers, ranging from inspiration to book reviews, tips and good writing. Hope you find some new friends!

      Like

    mistysbookspace said:
    December 8, 2017 at 8:50 AM

    Reblogged this on mistysbookspace and commented:
    Hello bookworms!!

    Yesterday Jay shared this award on his blog that includes me as well as 11 other amazing bloggers that you can vote for. Head over to Jays blog This Is My Truth Now and vote. Don’t worry know how hard it is to pick just one so you can vote for 3 amazing bloggers. While you are voting be sure to follow everyone if you aren’t already. Thank you Jay for this you literally made my day when I saw that I was included. Also thanks to all of you because I wouldn’t be where I’m at without all of your support.

    Liked by 2 people

    dtills said:
    December 8, 2017 at 11:44 AM

    You are such a sweet guy Jay! To take the time to honor bloggers who have inspired you, I mean, it’s not like you have a ton of time on your hands these days! I have cast my votes and know that everyone on your list is deserving of the award 🙂 Can’t wait to see how it unfolds!

    Liked by 1 person

    Beware Of The Reader said:
    December 8, 2017 at 1:56 PM

    I love posts like these when you give back! You are a fantastic man Jay!

    Liked by 1 person

    By Hook Or By Book ~ Book Reviews, News, & Other Stuff said:
    December 8, 2017 at 2:06 PM

    Reblogged this on By Hook Or By Book and commented:
    Jay over at This is My Truth Now is giving out an award “to the blogger whose words and personality most embody everything my blog is about: inspiration, friendship, honesty, truth, gratitude, discovery, sharing, communicating, open-mindedness, love, commitment, equality, trust, and partnership”. He’s selected 12 finalists and we can vote! So please stop by and select your top 3 bloggers in the poll. And if you’re not following Jay yet, check,out his blog. He’s an amazing writer and his blog is one of my favorites.

    Liked by 1 person

    Elle said:
    December 8, 2017 at 11:40 PM

    Wow, manually counting comments must definitely have been tough! However, this really shows that you care a lot for them! 😃

    Liked by 1 person

    Weekly Wrap-Up said:
    December 9, 2017 at 11:22 PM

    […] A Simply Enchanted Life was nominated for an award by Jay@This is my Truth Now. I’m so honored and blessed to get to know Jay this year and it was such a nice surprise to see this nomination. Please be sure to click the link and go check out the other amazing nominees! There are a lot of great blogs to follow on there! https://thisismytruthnow.com/2017/12/07/365-challenge-day-270-truth-poll-award/ […]

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