I love researching the pedigree of blog awards. It’s a grown-up, vntary version of the forced march our 6th grade Catechism class made through the book of Genesis. Just as following those Biblical “begats” back through the generations carried us to wholly unrecognizable worlds, tracking the progress of blog awards can lead to strange and mysterious places, not to mention unusual or quirky companions.
When Andi of AndiLit graced me with the Honest Scrap Award, I did what I often do. I worked my way backward: through Courtney at Everything in Between to In the Mainstream, and then on to Allison Writes, where the easy trail grew difficult. No matter. I’ve never been able to make myself keep going on and on down the path toward the origin of an award, partly for fear I might end up somewhere I don’t care to be, like Armed Females of America, and partly because I fear capture by blogs capable of killing my every spare minute of time. Stop by Neatorama and you’ll see what I mean.
Prowling and pawing around the Honest Scrap heap, one thing I did notice is that no one seems quite sure what the award means. As Andi put it, “The Honest Scrap Award is – well, I don’t know what it’s for…” That sentiment’s been echoed by innumerable bloggers who’ve received the award and it was my own first response to the honor. My second response was curiosity,particularly since scraps have been an important, if unexamined, part of my life since childhood. (more…)