Today’s Zero to Hero assignment: publish a post based on your own, personalized take on today’s Daily Prompt.
And here it is: Daily Prompt: Blogger of Repute
Today’s assignment: write a post that builds on one of the comments you left yesterday. Don’t forget to link to the other blog!
Well this assignment is serendipitous. I made quite a few comments yesterday, triggered by a very nice American pastor called Scott who chose to offer my blog the Liebster Award. He did this by adding a comment my Daily Prompt: Fast Forward post, and replied to that comment accepting the award and the challenge that went with it. The challenge is to answer ten questions he set me, and nominate ten more bloggers, setting them ten questions of my own. So my first comment of the day was “Thank you Scott – happy to accept the nomination and the challenge – I’m gearing up to do the tasks now – it will certainly keep me busy today”.
The first thing I did was follow the link Scott had kindly added in his comment. This brought me to his own response to the Liebster Award. As you can see from how I introduced this story, I was fascinated that an American Pastor had paid attention to my blog. Born, raised, and living in Holy Catholic Ireland, I have only characters in television shows and movies to reference for this almost exotic creature. Before this, the images that would spring to mind when American Pastor was mentioned were Reverend Harry Powell in Night of the Hunter, Shepard in Firefly and Reverend Timothy Lovejoy in The Simpsons. A diverse line-up to be sure. So I read his ten answers to the ten questions he had been set with great interest. From what he says, he is what we Irish would say is “a lovely man”, a loving dad, very articulate and well worth reading. Scott is clearly a man of great faith too, so I was very taken with the idea that he would be interested in my completely faithless ramblings – clearly he is also very open-minded.
Then I set myself to answering Scott’s questions – which got me talking about myself in a way that I couldn’t when I tried the Day 1: Introduce yourself assignment.
After that I set these ten questions:
I also gave an instruction to link back to my post so that the pingbacks would show in the Discussion section and all nominees would be able to read each other’s responses.
The next step was to find ten blogs that met the LA criteria, I had to like them, they had to have less than 200 followers, and I should be a follower. I raked through all the blogs I had followed over the last few days and alas, dear reader, I could not figure out how many followers they had. So I resorted to The Reader, and searched for the Zero to Hero tag. Sure enough I found a ream of brand new blogs that have not yet had time to accumulate a large following. I decided I would choose blogs from people who lived in a very different place to mine and find out what, if anything, I might have in common with them. This would double as and more than fulfil my Day 11: Leave three comments assignment.
So the gist of the next ten comments I made is this:
“Hi – I like your introduction. While you are preparing your main posts, you might like to accept a Liebster Award, which is also a kind of writing challenge, so I’ve added you to my list of nominations. If you want to see more, check this post of mine:https://itsdd2.wordpress.com/2014/01/12/the-leibster-award/
To my delight, within an hour, one of my nominees, from South Africa, replied and in very short order, had answered the questions, posted the response and nominated another ten. I found a site about a country I had never heard of (Siargao) and that nominee has promised to respond. Two others who responded both have very similar interests to mine. Reading their posts makes me feel as though they are talking directly to me. Suddenly the blogosphere has become a real place instead of a concept. They have also nominated their ten, so now there are thirty blogs of interest to me. I’ll be checking back every day to see
So, if I could go back in time and write that first comment of the day again, it would read “Thank you Scott – happy to accept the nomination and the challenge – I’m gearing up to do the tasks now – it will certainly keep me busy for some time to come”.
Here are the replies I have received from my nominees so far, if more reply, I will add them here:
When you were five years old, who was your hero? What do you think of that person today?
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I didn’t have to think of who the year of my 5-year old world was for a second. Arkle – the greatest steeplechaser of all time, holding the all-time Timeform record of 212 to this day. My father was a great racing fan and every Saturday I sat with him, first listening to the racing on the radio and finally, when we got our first TV set, I had the job of holding the “rabbit’s ears” in place while following the adventures of Arkle and his contemporaries. At five years old I could quote his lineage and his career history. I could tell you the odds set against him, what weight handicaps were applied, his height, best friend (a donkey) , and favourite beverage (Guinness of course!) , before I could remember my home address.
Every Easter we had a day out at Fairyhouse and I can clearly remember being lifted up over my uncle’s head so I could see Arkle coming home a length ahead of the rest of the field with 2.5 stone handicap at the 1964 Irish Grand National. That boy had everything: beauty, talent, power, and charisma. He clearly enjoyed performing for a crowd, his ears would go up as he flew past the stands and he knew perfectly well the cheering was just for him. The Irish Racing board developed two weight systems – one for when Arkle was present, and the other for when he was elsewhere.
This video shows a legendary duel between Arkle and the wonderful, exceptionally big, Mill House at Cheltenham in the same year. Watching it just now I got the same thrill today as I did at 5 years old when I watched Arkle react to his audience and pretty much demolish the opposition at the close of the race. When it’s said of this guy “They will never see his like again” it’s pretty much the truth.
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