A New Badge Is Born: Be The Blog

by Mark Sierra on November 7, 2007

Earlier this year I was tagged with the blogging tip meme in which the tip I offered was “Be the Blog“. That phrase stuck with me because I think that really sums up what a successful blogger does. And what I mean by successful is that they make it their own, stay with it, are interactive with their readers, and just plain have fun.

Since then I’ve been thinking about creating an award of my own, but with so many out there, it’s hard to find a niche that remains untapped for recognition. So I said, “What the heck?”, and decided to shape the phrase into an award called (you guessed it): Be The Blog.

To accommodate a variety of blog themes, I have created three different “flavors” of badges: Creamy Cabernet, Midnight Oil, and Pink Smoothie.

I present this award to the following bloggers: Brown Baron, Mike, Christy, Bobby, Forest, Tish, Aaron, Marzie and Bush. You guys are a joy to read, you teach me, and you make me think and laugh (okay, and sometimes make me jealous, but let’s not go there :lol: ). Congratulations and keep up the good work!

Present and future recipients of the award are encouraged to drop by this post and pick their favorite flavor to copy and paste the code (intact) to their blogs.

Now, what do you say we take blogging to the next level?! :cool:

Creamy Cabernet

Midnight Oil

Pink Smoothie

Purple Passion

(Updated by request on 11/22/07)

Blueberry Tart

(Updated by request on 12/01/07)

[tags]blogs,awards,be the blog,BTB,badge[/tags]


Mark (844 comments.) November 22, 2007 at 8:52 pm

Wow, thanks for the compliment! Congratulations!

cyberpunk (1 comments.) November 23, 2007 at 1:50 am

the badges look nice :D

cyberpunk’s last blog post is: A Stripper Tells All

Mark (844 comments.) November 23, 2007 at 1:59 am

I’m glad you like them. Thanks for dropping by to say so. :)

cardiogirl (3 comments.) November 23, 2007 at 4:59 am

Oh, be still my heart. Thank you so much for creating a purple badge! I can’t wait to put it up at my place!!

Thank you!

Mark (844 comments.) November 23, 2007 at 11:59 am

Hehe…glad to have started your heart like that. :lol:

Robin Lee Sardini (1 comments.) November 24, 2007 at 8:38 pm

Thank you so much for creating this great award. Inspiration, kindness and good-will are rippling through the blogosphere as a result of your efforts. Wonderful! By the way, I see you have a Be The Blog Award in your sidebar but I gave you another (see comments on my post)… you could pick your second favorite color or just create it! :-)

Robin Lee Sardini’s last blog post is: Awards & Blessings

Mark (844 comments.) November 24, 2007 at 8:51 pm

LOL Thank you very much! I’m tickled to see the effect it’s having. Very fun! And thanks for the award and for dropping by. Please do so again and again. ;)

Mimi Lenox (1 comments.) November 25, 2007 at 10:44 am

Hi Mark. I just received this lovely award from Robin at The Spirit Knows Best. Thank you for creating it. I will be back soon to read what other winners have written.


Mimi Lenox’s last blog post is: The Blue Tea Meme from a Virgin Memer

Mark (844 comments.) November 25, 2007 at 11:24 am

Much obliged! Thanks for stopping by and I hope to see you back here soon. :)

Debbie Dolphin (4 comments.) December 1, 2007 at 1:50 pm

Hi Mark,

As the famous Award Architect, could you please add a new nautical blue flavor option to the flavors of “Be The Blog” for another Blog theme?
For a color reference, please visit The Beacon Blogosphere Awards

Mark (844 comments.) December 1, 2007 at 2:02 pm

Me? Famous? Aw shucks. :oops:

I’ve added Blueberry Tart to the menu. I hope it’s the blue you were looking for. Thanks for stopping by and hope to see you as a regular reader here on MeAndMyDrum. :wink:

Debbie Dolphin (4 comments.) December 1, 2007 at 4:17 pm

Thank you, Mark…

Blueberry Tart is close yet, the navy blue and steel blue border “drums up” my nautical Blog theme. Hopefully, I can use the navy blue badge to drum up some support for you?

Love the Zeroes Parody! …enough to subscribe to your Drum Corps!

Mark (844 comments.) December 1, 2007 at 4:29 pm

You’re welcome, but I’m not quite clear on your comment. Are you saying that this will do or is the blue off than what you were envisioning?

Debbie Dolphin (4 comments.) December 1, 2007 at 4:43 pm

Hi Mark,

Seeking a more navy blue color shade similar to the badge at The Beacon Blogosphere Awards. With your permission, the navy blue badge can be added to my side bar linking back to you.

Mark (844 comments.) December 2, 2007 at 7:32 pm

Okay, having that color to refer to helped. :wink:

Anonme (1 comments.) December 3, 2007 at 9:59 am

Thats a wonderful concept!
i wish someday will bestow somethin of this enormity on me too! :smile:
Wonderful work!!

Anonme’s last blog post is: Spring all over again!

Mark (844 comments.) December 3, 2007 at 12:20 pm

Thanks for the compliment and for taking the time to say so. ;)

Cuckoo (1 comments.) December 12, 2007 at 2:43 pm


Thanks for giving us so many choices. I am just been given the BTB award by Vijay and I’ll pick up the purple passion which goes well with my blog.

Thanks. :D

Cuckoo’s last blog post..The Packaged Deal

Mark (844 comments.) December 12, 2007 at 10:30 pm

My pleasure! Congratulations on winning the award. Be sure to pass it along to other worthy bloggers and thanks for stopping by. ;)

RennyBA (1 comments.) December 15, 2007 at 6:55 pm

Sorry I’m late getting back to report that I’ve got your award and have found a way to return the favour: http://www.terella.no/awards

RennyBA’s last blog post..Link Love and Award Extreme

Mark (844 comments.) December 16, 2007 at 1:31 am

No problem. I’m glad you were given the award. And thank you too! ;)

Rashmi (1 comments.) February 10, 2008 at 8:53 am

How do we get to “BE-THE-BLOG”?

Rashmi’s last blog post..Child’s play

Mark (844 comments.) February 11, 2008 at 7:50 am

Welcome to MeAndMyDrum!

The way to get the award is to have someone give it to you. No hard and fast rules here, but essentially, the award is intended to be given to blogs who meet the original criteria above, and that is to say, you think someone has a good blog and are obviously keeping good care of it by interacting with their readers and writing posts.

Thanks for commenting. :)

Debbie (1 comments.) March 26, 2008 at 11:28 pm

Was trying to create an award for a fellow blogger and googled and found your award, it is very cool. Loved reading all the comments. Is it possible to be able to pass on your badge to this blogger?

Mark (844 comments.) March 30, 2008 at 6:08 pm

You found my award via Google? Cool! Glad you like it. As to your question, consider it passed. And be sure to spread it far and wide. :)

AtomiK Kitten (1 comments.) April 22, 2008 at 10:03 am

The pink one is pretty awesome.

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Technology Transfer (2 comments.) June 6, 2008 at 12:11 pm

I didn’t know anything about your blog until a few days ago, but I have to admit that I like it very much and that I will visit it very ofen. I want to congratulate you for the nice comunity that you have here, you all seem to be very closed friends. I hope to integrate in your group.

Mark (844 comments.) June 7, 2008 at 12:06 pm

@Technology Transfer
Thank you for the kind words. There’s always room to include new members. The door is always open. Welcome to MeAndMyDrum! ;)

Gavin Smith (1 comments.) June 26, 2008 at 1:08 pm

Those are some nice designs

Gavin Smiths last blog post..Awesome anti united spoof

Mark (844 comments.) June 26, 2008 at 5:07 pm

Thanks, that’s very kind of you to stop by to say so. :)

Zen (1 comments.) August 8, 2008 at 1:44 pm

LOL… cute!

The banners look really nice.

Zens last blog post..80 Things That Make Me Happy

Nick (1 comments.) September 20, 2008 at 10:13 pm

Those are pretty cool designs. I like how you made the T look like a torch. :smile:

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Great-Granny Grandma (1 comments.) January 1, 2009 at 10:41 am

Just found your blog as I was looking for an appropriate award to pass on to some bloggers who inspired me today, and your BTB design is perfect. Hope it’s okay to use it. Will give you the credit for designing it. :-)
Happy New Year!

Great-Granny Grandmas last blog post..FOLLOWING IN GREAT-GRANNY’S FOOTSTEPS?

Mark Sierra January 1, 2009 at 11:58 am

@Great-Granny Grandma
Welcome to MeAndMyDrum. Absolutely it’s okay to use the badge. Send to as many blog friends as you like. Happy new year to you too. :)

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