A huge thank you to the amazing Shameful Narcissist for nominating me for this prestigious PANDA award. I’m truly honored to have met this talented writer and inspiring blogger. WordPress would be a darker place without her kindhearted, amusing, and encouraging words. I really enjoy rambling in her comment sections about a wide variety of topics, and she hasn’t moderated me for spam yet, which I appreciate! I highly recommend you check out her fan fictions, epic reviews, Final Fantasy tarot project, and very interesting weekly updates on her reading, writing, and gaming progress. I always look forward to seeing what her “Question of the Week” will be on Sundays.
This award is extra special to me since it was created by another inspiring blogger I have the honor of following: Mr. Panda. Mr. Panda is an incredible force of positivity on WordPress. I see his uplifting comments on many blogs, and his thoughtful words always make me smile. He also writes impressive video game reviews that I love reading. I hope he’s having fun on his trip, and I’m looking forward to his next review when he gets back!
This award is much different from the other chain awards floating around out there. PANDA stands for ‘Play A New Day Award’. I’ll quote the Shameful Narcissist’s quote of Mr. Panda’s explanation: “I want to encourage others to play for another day. No matter what is going on, whether in the world, your country, your home, or even in your mind, I want you to play for a new day. We’re all in this together, and we can make it together.”
The award only has three rules:
- Thank the person who nominated you.
- Nominate any number of people for the award.
- Encourage them in any way, whether through thanking or complimenting them.
In no particular order, here are a few of the bloggers I would like to nominate. As always, don’t feel like you have to do one of these if I ramble about you below:
- Cheap Boss Attack – The Shameful Narcissist spoke so highly of you that I had no choice but to check out your blog, and I’m really glad I did! We have a lot in common gaming wise. It’s always nice to meet someone who survived the long trek through Azeroth, and your review of Titanfall 2’s single player campaign made me add it to my wishlist. I always look forward to Friday to read about what you’re playing, and I appreciate your encouraging words when I share what I’m working on.
- kirilson – I don’t get to travel much. In fact, I’ve never left the borders of my country yet. Your inspiring photography showcases the finer details of the places you visit, and it’s the next best thing to actually going there. I really enjoyed your La citta’ eterna post since it reminded me of Assassin’s Creed II. I can see your photography style evolving with every post.
- hungrygoriya – I admire your incredible determination to track down those rare retro games you seek. I always like reading about what you managed to score, and how much work you put into finding it. I’m so happy you’ve tracked down so many awesome games thus far. I have to admit, I am a bit jealous of your recent Conker’s Bad Fur Day find. As a fellow Canadian, here’s to hoping winter is kind to us this year!
- Mr. Wapojif at Professional Moron – I’ll probably never invest in your ingenious inventions, but I wish you the best of luck with all the lawsuits you no doubt receive, from both severely injured and disgruntled customers. You are also in the UK so I think I’m safe from the chaos here in Canada, unless they let you export things. Oh and Steve definitely deserves several bonus pumpkin seeds based on the stellar employee review you gave him. Your surreal humor always brightens my day!
- The Otaku Judge – You’ve reminded me I need to make more time for movies. I still can’t believe I haven’t watched Deadpool yet. I haven’t seen the new Star Wars movies yet either, and I know the newer one is coming soon. I enjoy reading all of your reviews on games, anime, and movies. I’m actually not a big fan of anime (that silly time thing again), but your great reviews on the subject are entertaining to read. Thanks for putting up with my many sarcastic remarks on your posts.
- Kuribo at Nintendofigures.com – It’s great to meet a fellow Amiibo addict. I always laugh when you bring up the “pee stick” affliction that the early figures suffered from (SSB Link is the worst offender by far, lol). You’ve put together detailed buying guides and have shown many sweet plastic figures I’d like to own someday. Those Zelda and Link Figmas look stunning.
- Matt at Nintendobound – I can’t remember a time when video games weren’t a huge part of my life either. Your reviews usually trigger happy memories of the games I loved playing as a kid. Your well-written Paper Mario review reminded me I haven’t beaten it yet. I borrowed it from a friend once, and like you mentioned in the review, the creative stories really made this game shine. I’ll have to track down a copy soon.
- retr0pia – Most gamers dream of making their own game, but you are actually planning on doing it! I know SketchQuest is going to be awesome, and I can’t wait to see Nedford, Ira, and Thistle in action.
- Resa at Graffiti Lux and Murals – Your beautiful blog has shown so many marvelous pieces of street art. My favourite piece so far has been the Wolf at the Door. It’s an incredible way to decorate a normally boring garage door.
- Lynn Thaler – I enjoy reading about your positive life posts. Joey is quite an amazing dog, and I hope you share many more happy moments with him.
- Particlebit – You are one of the first bloggers I met here, and I think you started the WordPress journey around the same time I did. I like reading your review roundups, Pokemon Go adventures, and VR thoughts. Here’s to many more years of blogging!
- The Well-Red Mage – Your great community is a stronghold for creative discussion. When I admitted how much I admired Lightning from FFXIII on one of your posts, you actually asked why, instead of just laughing at me. Your detailed reviews have shown me many games I need to own someday, even though I don’t need more reasons to grow my ugly backlog. Oh and I often completely agree with Rage Mage’s heated points. I’m not sure if that’s a good thing or not…
- Benez256 at I ❤ Old Games – When I first started following you, I used Google Translate to read your posts since I don’t speak your native language. It took a lot of courage to switch over to English posts, and your words are great and continue to improve exponentially! I’ve learned so much about retro game consoles and the history of video games from you. I know you’ll have a huge retro game collection soon.
- iplayedthegame – I don’t think I could handle being a teacher, so props to you for doing this tough job! I find all of your posts entertaining. I’m definitely putting those video game inspired art pieces on my Christmas list. I hope Santa gets you some too!
- Jacob C. Edwards at Atomic Scribbles – You sir are the master of awesome short stories. I’ve been moved by all of the brilliant pieces that I’ve had the privilege to read. Were were you? was a particular masterpiece that covered a really devastating subject: suicide. You are one of the people that keeps inspiring me to finish my secret novel project. I look forward to reading more from you!
- Red Metal at Extra Life – I really appreciate all the time you must put into your highly detailed reviews. Your scoring system is superb and you’ve steered me away from a lot of games I would probably hate.
- Astro Adam at Video Games Nebula – I can’t read enough of your unique insights on the video game universe! I’m so glad video games don’t actually have Victorian Style titles. I think they’d run out of room on the cover.
- Nick the Gent at Deconstructing Video Games – Lately you’ve been covering the music of the gaming world. It’s easy to overlook the musical elements of games but you’ve highlighted how important those timeless melodies are.
- evilwizardesq – I’m pretty sure you’ve used some sort of evil mind control to make me mention you here, but oh well. I appreciate you refraining from destroying this messed up planet of ours so this mere mortal can enjoy your #FrozenFoodFriday goodies. I will get around to playing the new Tomb Raider and Dragon Warrior games, eventually.
There are many more awesome bloggers out there I didn’t get the opportunity to nominate. I could spend all day talking about the great people I’ve met on here. But I do have this massive backlog battle to wage, and a ‘not so secret anymore’ writing project to finish.
I also want to express my sincere thanks to anyone who takes the time to read my posts. I often feel like I don’t belong in this crazy world, that I desperately wish I could save (#INFJProblems). Honestly, I find it hard to connect with the humans I know in the real world, and it has been a blessing to discover this amazing community of internet people.
No matter what your dreams may be or how impossible they may seem to accomplish, I know you are capable of turning them into a joyful reality. Never give up on anything important to you! Everything happens for a reason.