Sunday, March 15, 2009

Premio Dardos Award Winners

I was recently notified that I am a recipient of the coveted "Premio Dardos Award." Not familiar with the award? Let me quote:
"Nobody knows who came up with the Dardos Award, but it is given in recognition of cultural, ethical, literary, and personal values transmitted in the form of creative and original writing. These stamps were created with the intention of promoting fraternization between bloggers, a way of showing affection and gratitude for work that adds value to the Web."
The rules (I'm quoting what was sent to me):
  1. Accept the award by posting it on your blog along with the name of the person that has granted the award and a link to his/her blog.
  2. Pass the award to another five blogs that are worthy of this acknowledgment, remembering to contact each of them to let them know they have been selected for this award.
Well, first of all, yes, I graciously accept this award, which was given by my brother, Steve, author of LA's Graveside Companion: Where the V.I.P.s R.I.P. Is it cheating if your brother gives you the award? Let's assume not and continue...

I had a couple of questions, too, like, "Who is Premio Dardos anyway?" I'm pretty sure it translates roughly to "dart prize," which makes no sense at all.

The next thing that interested me was that Steve did not give me the award at what I consider my main blog, Random Thoughts, Notes, & Incidents (hosted, but at Now, it is true that I have a blog at Vloggerheads, I use that site mostly for posting videos. Of course, I've pretty much been ignoring the Random Thoughts blog for months...

So, did Steve mean to give me the Dart Prize for vlogging? But the rules are very specific that it should be in recognition of "creative and original writing."

Does it make a difference, or are blogging and vlogging interchangeable? Most every vlog starts with an idea and some thoughts in mind before the camera starts to roll, even if it's not all written out. And, frankly, even those that are shot randomly, end up being scripted in the editing. Perhaps, by the time it's posted, you could say video blogs require more work and preparation that a typed blog like this.

Both are legitimate means of communication, of getting our ideas out to others, or simply to clarify things to ourselves, and both are worthy of Dart Prizes if done well.

So, I'm expanding the prize - Instead of awarding it to five blogs - I'm going to award to both bloggers and vloggers and people who do both ...

I am now honored to present to you the latest five winners of the Premio Dardos Award:


  1. I say Vlogging is as legit as Blogging. Even more so, as it requires not only good writing, but other creative skills such as filming and editing. So I did intend to recognize you as a video blogger, although I do enjoy your writing as well. In either case, and aside from our sibling relationship, you are a deserving recipient of this award.

  2. This blog has been Sorffed.

  3. I'm honored! I think...


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