My moment of glory

Yesterday, someone called Tracy Myers emailed to tell me that my blog has been selected as one of fifty personal memoir blogs that she rates among the best, at least for the moment.

Needless to say, I first checked the email out for spam. I should be more trustworthy perhaps but on the Internet we all know about those who play into our desire for recognition such that they flatter us mercilessly and offer all manner of reward just to get inside our computers in order to do untold damage there.

But it seems a genuine blog and I’ve since heard from others that it’s worth a visit, particularly if you’re interested in online memoir.

In honour of the occasion and to emphasize a point that I’ve been trying to make of late that autobiography also contains fictional elements, I shall post an image of myself:

The author without her head.

49 Comments on My moment of glory

  1. JeannetteLS
    September 14, 2011 at 12:06 am (7 years ago)

    Elisabeth, congratulations. But the link didn't work for me…

  2. The Elephant's Child
    September 14, 2011 at 12:14 am (7 years ago)

    'The author without her head.' Well without most of that oh so essential head. Congratulations.

  3. Maggie May
    September 14, 2011 at 1:27 am (7 years ago)

    COngratulations, and very deserved. I'd love to see your head! :))

  4. Elisabeth
    September 14, 2011 at 1:52 am (7 years ago)

    Thanks, Elephants Child. I must get back to your blog. I've been remiss about visiting but I'll get over to you soon.

  5. Leslie Morgan
    September 14, 2011 at 1:57 am (7 years ago)

    This news does not surprise me in the least, Lis! I am so pleased for you. And I HATE it when I go out without my head.

  6. JeannetteLS
    September 14, 2011 at 1:58 am (7 years ago)

    Yup, it works, thanks. You deserve that award, and then some.

  7. Anthony Duce
    September 14, 2011 at 1:59 am (7 years ago)

    Congratulations. The honor is so deserved.

  8. Antares Cryptos
    September 14, 2011 at 2:06 am (7 years ago)

    Congratulations on the recognition.

    Enjoy it.

  9. rosaria
    September 14, 2011 at 2:07 am (7 years ago)

    The author without a head? Now, you've done it, re-served yourself for your audience!

  10. Snowbrush
    September 14, 2011 at 2:09 am (7 years ago)

    Bummer about your head. I guess you must have blown your top since that sounds more plausible than your effort to pass your missing head off as a metaphor.

  11. Rob-bear
    September 14, 2011 at 2:56 am (7 years ago)

    Very good; well done! Congratulations.
    I wouldn't say that you're not a trusting person; I would suggest that your are simply prudent in your dealings with the internet.
    And I do recognize that you're trying to get ahead. The picture proves you're at least halfway there.

  12. Towanda
    September 14, 2011 at 3:39 am (7 years ago)

    That's so great that your blog was chosen as one of the top 50! I think perhaps it should be in the top 10.

  13. Art Durkee
    September 14, 2011 at 3:40 am (7 years ago)

    Awesome! Excellent!

    You certainly deserve the recognition. 🙂

  14. Christine
    September 14, 2011 at 4:22 am (7 years ago)


  15. Glenn Ingersoll
    September 14, 2011 at 4:25 am (7 years ago)

    Top 50? I couldn't name 50 blogs altogether.

    Oh and I see you are being modest – your blog appears at #4!

    Looks like it's a list worth browsing …

  16. The Unknowngnome
    September 14, 2011 at 5:06 am (7 years ago)

    Congratulations Elisabeth.

    Not only are you in the top 50 you're in the top 5!!!

    No more sixth in line for you eh?!!

  17. Windsmoke.
    September 14, 2011 at 6:16 am (7 years ago)

    Bonza, well done you deserve the recognition for your heartfelt writing :-).

  18. Kath Lockett
    September 14, 2011 at 7:07 am (7 years ago)

    Good onyer Elisabeth! Why couldn't we see a smile over such nice news? 🙂

  19. Dave King
    September 14, 2011 at 9:16 am (7 years ago)

    Congratulations. Well deserved – and will definitely pop over and have a look.

  20. Elisabeth
    September 14, 2011 at 9:52 am (7 years ago)

    You'll forgive me for not sending an individual thank you to all you lovely people for your kind and generous acknowledgements.

    Still, I'll give you a line each, and in order of arrival. As sixth in line, I'm sensitive to these things.

    I'm blushing a little for all the applause. It's not that I'm shy, but I come from the school that says 'do not get too bigheaded, you never know where it might lead'. Hence half the author's head.

    Elephant's child (again)
    Jeanette (again)
    Maggie May
    The Unknowngnome

    I'm most grateful.

  21. Jim Murdoch
    September 14, 2011 at 10:15 am (7 years ago)

    Yeah, I’m also wary about sites like this but, as you say, it looks genuine enough and the backlink will do you no harm. If it gets you one regular reader then it’s worthwhile. I see Jennifer Trinkle also made the Top 5 too.

  22. Zuzana
    September 14, 2011 at 11:15 am (7 years ago)

    Congratulations dear Elisabeth, well deserved.;) Lovely image, even with the head in the clouds.;)

  23. Shari Sunday
    September 14, 2011 at 11:26 am (7 years ago)

    Thank you for visiting my blog. I love Ruth. I'm glad I returned the visit since I am also interested in autobiography and readable writing. I like your picture. In fact you look familiar — almost.

  24. Isabel Doyle
    September 14, 2011 at 12:06 pm (7 years ago)

    Congratulations Elisabeth – heartening to see you get some recognition.

    When I was in Melbourne, I harboured this fantasy that I would send you a note suggesting coffee at Cafe Moravia or similar, but hesitated as I was unsure of the etiquette (and aware that you are very busy). As it turned out, I was quite tied up myself, but maybe next time …

  25. River
    September 14, 2011 at 12:23 pm (7 years ago)

    Without your head because you didn't want to dazzle us with your glittery tiara?


  26. susan t. landry
    September 14, 2011 at 12:40 pm (7 years ago)

    elisabeth, you deserve many accolades for your fine & thoughtful writing. of the blogs i try to keep up with, yours is certainly a model of the kind of serious, important writing that can be done and presented in this strange new world. your ability to be self-revealing w/o being narcissistic–to tap into a common and complex thread–is one of the many aspects of your writing that i admire.

    thank you so much,


  27. steven
    September 14, 2011 at 2:50 pm (7 years ago)

    without your eyes – which would tell so much and perhaps that's the point of the photograph. consciously or unconsciously! your unflinching honesty and transparancy has been inspirational for me. i have your courage but i don't let it have its way. more fool me! keep on writing please. steven

  28. The Weaver of Grass
    September 14, 2011 at 5:56 pm (7 years ago)

    Congratulations are in order, not sure whether your half a head is accidental or on purpose.

  29. Elizabeth
    September 14, 2011 at 7:52 pm (7 years ago)

    Congratulations, Elisabeth. And I suppose if the eyes are the windows to the soul, you've posted a picture of you, soul-less. 🙂

  30. Elisabeth
    September 15, 2011 at 5:01 am (7 years ago)

    Thanks Jim, I'm so honoured to be included alongside Jennifer . She's such a terrific writer. Thanks for introducing me to her.

    Ah the joys of the blogosphere. We meet such fantastic and fascinating people who write and communicate well.

  31. Elisabeth
    September 15, 2011 at 5:03 am (7 years ago)

    Thanks Kath. I'm sorry for the absence of smile. It was intended as a bit of tongue in cheek but I'm not as good as you at these things.

  32. Elisabeth
    September 15, 2011 at 5:04 am (7 years ago)

    Thanks, Zuzana, from one whose head is often in the clouds, or so my children might say. Preoccupied is another word for it, though hopefully not all the time.

  33. Elisabeth
    September 15, 2011 at 5:06 am (7 years ago)

    I wonder who my half head resembles, Shari. It's lovely to see you here and yes indeed, Ruth is a terrific person, a profound thinker and a gifted poet.

    Thanks, Shari.

  34. Elisabeth
    September 15, 2011 at 5:10 am (7 years ago)

    Cafe Moravia would be a terrific destination for coffee and a chat, Isabel. So please next time you're in Melbourne and have time drop me a line, email or whatever. I'm good most weekends, though the weekdays can be a bit harder. You'd be my first ever blogger friend whom I've met in the flesh as it were.

    I'm not averse to turning the virtual into the real, however risky it might seem. What if we disappoint one another?

    Thanks, Isabel.

  35. Elisabeth
    September 15, 2011 at 5:11 am (7 years ago)

    I try to keep my tiara out of the limelight as you suggest, River. Thanks.

  36. Elisabeth
    September 15, 2011 at 5:14 am (7 years ago)

    Thanks, susan. I do worry about the narcissistic label. It's always a problem when you write from the perspective of the ubiquitous 'I'.

    It's a great comfort, that I can reach beyond my own concerns and touch on some of yours and other people's.

    Thanks for reassuring me on that count, Susan, and for all your kind words.

  37. Elisabeth
    September 15, 2011 at 5:16 am (7 years ago)

    Ah Steven, I reckon your courage shows more and more in your posts. I sense a much deeper connection with your narrator self all the time.

    And thanks for your kind words to me here.

  38. Elisabeth
    September 15, 2011 at 5:17 am (7 years ago)

    Thanks, Pat. Yes, I deliberately left out my head. Perhaps so that the award would not go too much to it.

  39. Elisabeth
    September 15, 2011 at 5:20 am (7 years ago)

    I suppose I shut the shutters on my soul in this photo, Elizabeth, not wanting to be too coy.

    There's something about the way a little bit can go further than the lot sometimes. And I daren't take things, such as awards, too seriously, however chuffed I might be.

    Thanks, Elizabeth .

  40. vazambam
    September 15, 2011 at 6:14 am (7 years ago)

    Wonderful news, Elisabeth–and judging from your picture, what's even more wonderful is that you haven't let it go to your head! :>)

  41. Elisabeth
    September 15, 2011 at 10:35 am (7 years ago)

    It hasn't gone one bit to my head, Vassilis, and as much as I enjoy the odd accolade, my daughters keep my hubris in check.


  42. Rose
    September 15, 2011 at 7:59 pm (7 years ago)

    Congratulations you obviously deserve it 🙂 May there be many more awards for you!

  43. Kirk
    September 15, 2011 at 9:04 pm (7 years ago)


  44. Elisabeth
    September 16, 2011 at 9:18 am (7 years ago)

    Ah sweet Rose, thanks for your good wishes. It's lovely to see you her. Every time your name pops up I think of one of my daughters. And that's an additional treat, besides enjoying a visit from you.

  45. Elisabeth
    September 16, 2011 at 9:18 am (7 years ago)

    Short and sweet. Thanks, Kirk.

  46. Frances
    September 26, 2011 at 10:19 am (7 years ago)

    A wonderful achievement, Elisabeth,and well deserved. I am pleased to see you taking such pleasure in it.

  47. Elisabeth
    September 26, 2011 at 10:31 am (7 years ago)

    Thanks for your good and kind wishes, Frances. I appreciate the thought.

  48. Elisabeth
    September 27, 2011 at 12:40 pm (7 years ago)

    Thanks for the good wishes here, Frances. They surprise me given your criticisms of late, but then again there's so much potential for misunderstanding in this strange place called the blogosphere that anything's possible.


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