Wednesday, July 04, 2012

#99. or, Dude Write. So, here's the thing

  I've been doing this for about a little more than half a year now. The thing about bloggers is that a lot of them are women. That's not a bad thing at all. I've learned a bunch about being a better writer from some of those women. I've become friends with a handful of them and that's also a good thing. One of the other things that I've noticed is that there isn't a lot of Dudes writing blogs.

  Now don't get me wrong, they are out there. There are some damn good ones. It's just that dude bloggers are quite the minority in the blogosphere and therefore, finding them is a bit of a task.

  Three weeks back, a few of those awesome dude bloggers got together and started Dude Write. It's a blog where other dude bloggers link a post to each week to raise awareness and spread the word that we are out there. While only dudes are allowed to enter, anyone can go there to read these submissions and in the beginning of the week, vote on those posts for those they deem worthy of the coveted, Dude Write Man Card.

  Last night, after the dust had settled and the votes tabulated, turns out, top prize went to me?

i know....right?
  But that's not the half of it. If you are voted to receive the prestigious diamond Man Card, your post goes into the Dude Write Hall of fame. PLUS, (what? there's more?) the diamond Man Card affords you the option of voting on a chairman's choice from the following weeks lineup. It just so happens that my post was also chosen in that category as well.

because you can never have too many Man Cards!
  This is all pretty awesome stuff to be happening to me and I'm pretty pumped about it. In fact, right this instant, I'm imagining myself walking away from an explosion in slow motion without looking back to see what's going on. My black aviator shades on and the corner of my diamond Man Card visible out the top of my pocket. Awesome.......and Dudely!

  As much of an honour this is, I need to also mention the winners of the platinum and gold Man Cards as well. The Six-Fingered Monkey wrote a very entertaining post on the douchbaggery of the instagram app that seems to be ever so popular these days. And winning the gold Man Card, Change The Topic had a post that I loved about a cabin on the lake with a whole lot of memories. But that's not all! There were other Man Cards handed out and other stories to tell. I strongly suggest that you stop over at Dude Write and check out all of the posts. And if you know a dudely blogger who is not aware of this site, encourage him to take a look and enter a submission. Because, after all, it seems that everyone has a chance at that top prize.

 .............oh, in case you missed it (and i'm pretty certain you didn't. It's now my most viewed post!) here's the link to diamond Man Card winning post. Dear Middle Son. Thank you to everyone for voting for me. I can't begin to express my gratitude.

31 comments:

  1. Your post was so deserving. It was great to see a winner that wasn't about farts and beer (not that those aren't great) as dude bloggers have a serious side as well.

    Thanks for shouting out for Dude Write. See you Friday.

    WG

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    1. Thanks so much. I can be about the farts and beer as well. Sometimes though, other things cross my mind as well......besides naked women.

      Only fair that I pass some love on to the good fellows of Dude Write!

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  2. Congratulations!! You totally deserve it! Your stories have real heart to them! As do you.

    I am excited about Dude Write! The Lady in Red & I were talking about how one thing male writers often bring to the blogosphere is a sort of lack of ego. Maybe that's not the right way to put it. But they seem willing sometimes to probe deeper, reveal more of the ugly/human/real sides of life, and their humor has a sharpness to it not always present in the mommyblogs, etc.

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    1. Thank you Pish! :)

      I've been thinking about this a little bit before I replied to it. You may have a point about that. It's not an exclusive thing to male bloggers, although, it does seem to happen more there. Or maybe it's just that when you see a fellow doing it, it sticks out more because you don't see it all that often?. I seem to be drawn to women's posts that share that quality as well.

      All I've ever wanted to do here is tell about what's going on in my world. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't. I don't know where that post came from but it seemed to have something special. I don't know if that will ever happen again or why you guys find me interesting but I am happy you keep coming back. Thanks! :)

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  3. I was so happy for you when I saw that you had won. Not surprised...juat happy! Congratulations!

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    1. Thank you Kianwi, I was surprised enough for the both of us. :)

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  4. Congratulations! So does the man card cancel out the chick like effects from blogging too much? :)

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    1. Thank you Holly. I'm not a blogger for men, or a blogger for women, I'm the peoples blogger! ;) (just kidding!)

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    2. That HAS to be your new tag up top! The People's Blogger. So very perfect!

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  5. Congrats, Ken! The post was definitely worthy! Got my vote! Looks like I'm going to have to up my game, my cheesy comics just ain't getting it done! I can write too ya know!

    Your man cards go good with your wall of shame award!

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    1. Thanks Dan. I know that you can write, saving you a chair in the diamond club!

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  6. Way to go Ken! That was such an awesome post, and every bit deserving of this award! I'm smiling bigtime over this one, the blogging gods have spoken!! :-)

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    1. Thanks so much Josie. Not sure where it came from? I think i may have gotten lucky with that one!

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  7. You totally deserved this Ken. I LOVED your post! Congrats you dudely dude.

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    1. Thanks! Perhaps we can discuss this later, smoking cigars and sipping scotch in the diamond club?

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  8. Where I come from, people would assume a card like that meant you had a harem of females.

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    1. Maybe i should check the fine print? It may be one of the perks!

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  9. Thatpost was always going to win. It's very heartfelt and relatable.

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    1. Thank you Michael. There were so many other good posts though, i wasn't so sure.

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  10. Congratulations on the win! See I told you you were a Dude!!

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    1. I'm trying Heather! Thanks so much! :)

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  11. What can I say but you rock!! So deserving of that recognition. That post was so touching and so 'you' and so real.

    Couldn't believe it but as soon as the plane wheels touched down, I looked out and saw some Nicaraguan farmers on their tractors and thought of you! Made me smile. :)

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    1. Thank you Carrie, I'm so happy that you enjoyed it.

      That's a funny thing, what triggers certain thoughts. I know that if I had been there, That type of thing most certainly would have caught my attention.

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  12. It’s no wonder at all why your heartfelt words earned you the Diamond Man Card, Ken!

    It takes a real man to write such a touching post about his son, and not fear admitting that thinking loving thoughts about his son brings tears to his eyes.

    Congratulations, not just for winning an awesome, dudely writing award, but for being a fine man and a great dad! :D

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    1. Wow. That's such a nice thing to say. Thank you! :)

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  13. Just letting you know I gave you an award too.

    http://michaeldagostino.blogspot.com.au/2012/07/my-fourth-oscar.html

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    1. I saw you commented on it, but the comment seems to have disappeared, but rest assured I saw it in email form.

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  14. Ken:

    I'm your newest member. I just found your blog and I find it super refreshing to read posts that aren't from the female perspective. I started my blog just under a year ago and I've noticed just how few guys are out there blogging. I hope you'll stop by Chubby Chatterbox for a visit, and if you like what you see I invite you to join my blog. Take care, and I look forward to reading more of your posts.

    Chubby Chatterbox

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    1. Thank you for the follow. I will stop over and take a look.

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