Once Upon a Time…there was a fair but middle-aged maiden and this is her quest for the meaning of the great Dragon’s Loyalty Award:
I haven’t been posting in the magical world, Blogosphere, a month yet and I’ve already come upon some wonderfully interesting people. Wasn’t sure if anyone would be interested in my blabberings about old books; but then, low-and-behold (yes, that’s how I talk and it fits with my theme here) that square white thingy in the corner of my screen had changed color!
The Vintage Book Fairy’s first visitor! It was a comment, sent from a raven-haired young lady in a far, far away land known as Little Orange World; YunitaGena from Indonesia — or, Yuna, to her bloggie friends:
wow, quite classy taste. nice
I learned more of Yuna, a bubbly young woman–who digs the color orange and taking excursions–trying to make it in her country, much like the young women in the States, with a grasp of English I admire and enjoy. She was recently granted the Dragon’s Loyalty Award and passed the honor along to me (and others). Thank you, Yuna!!!
I was extremely grateful for the kind gesture, but, I was also perplexed. Loyalty? For what, to whom? And, why a dragon? Yuna did not know either, so I decided to follow the trail of past recipients to look for the origin and meaning.
The Dragon’s Loyalty Award is a fairly new one to show up on WordPress; that’s fine, but the meaning is a bit uncertain, in my humble new-comer opinion. This is what my quest uncovered; you decide:
Let’s begin with Kindredspirit23 (March 8, 2013)
As for the wonderful pic of the “Dragon Loyalty Award” that needs some explaining. I enjoy starting my posts with a pic. I looked up awards on Google and enjoyed this one. So, I just wanted to clarify that I really didn’t mean for it to become a new award! However, let me give it fair credit as the pick came from: Parajunkee . Now, if it is legal and all to continue passing the picture, I love it. I would ask that you embed or give the credit mentioned above. There, I think we have covered the basis.
*credit to Parajunkee, check* But, was this the originator? No. It was passed on from Just Random Stuff –who has not posted since 2010–and I could not find any reference to the Dragon’s Loyalty Award. Alas, the hunt for the award’s originator will have to be filed as a cold case for now. However, I did find reference to its original meaning on Parajunkee’s blog, which interestingly is on Blogspot, not WordPress: (September 2009)
The Dragon’s Loyalty Award is an award for the loyal fan/commenter, whether the recipient is a fellow blogger or just a someone who follows and comments regularly.
Got it; loyal follower and/or commenter. Makes sense to me. You with me so far?
Now back to Scott at Kindredspirit23. He has an awesome blog and lots of fans; he was given two awards around the same time, so he decided to combine them in one post and used the dragon pic because…it was just a cool pic. As mentioned, he did not intend for it to become a new award, but it took flight anyway — without its original meaning of Loyalty.
Instead, under new WordPress usage, the Dragon’s Loyalty Award was morphed from the combination of these two fine WP awards:
So, at the end of my quest, that’s what we’re left with: one award with two meanings (huh, like the Constitution). Regardless, the WP Kingdom Rules that should be followed are the same:
Display the Award Certificate on your website 🙂
Announce your win with a post and link to whoever presented your award 🙂
Present 15 awards to deserving bloggers (I won’t hit fifteen right away)
Drop them a comment to tip them off after you’ve linked them in the post 🙂
Post 7 interesting things about yourself. 🙂
I have decided to honor the original intent of the Dragon’s Loyalty Award for two reasons: 1) I have not been around long enough to deserve the combined award; and, 2) on the same day, I was also given a second award(!) that I will address in a separate post.
Seven (loyal) things about me!
1. I am a tea-aholic; introduced to me–many moons ago–by my grandmother over a game of Crazy Eights. Usually hot in the winter, iced in the summer – all day long!
2. Love the game of baseball. Unless the Yankees are playing, I will root for the underdog – even the Red Sox (shh, don’t tell my boys!).
3. I have voted in every election since I was eligible.
4. Family first, everything else follows.
5. I hope I show as much loyalty as does my Springer Spaniel.
6. I prefer my PC (although I’ve finally graduated to a laptop), my telephone (that’s a land-line, to you youngsters), and I still use AOL.
7. Pepperidge Farm Milano cookies will always remain my favorite, but I will no longer eat them.
And…here are my choices of loyal subjects, er blogs, (so far) for the Dragon’s Loyalty Award. While I am including those bloggers that have been with me from the beginning of this wonderful adventure and/or those that have been kind enough to follow, comment and reblog – you, dear recipient, may treat this as you wish. Thank you, again Yuna – Colleen 🙂
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