The 2019 Normal Happenings Blog Awards: Now Accepting Nominations


  • The 2019 NH Blog Awards will be taking place on February 26, 2019.
  • Five categories exemplifying the best of blogging.
  • Accepting nominations within!

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The 2019 Normal Happenings 
Blog Awards!

We always want to recognize the outstanding accomplishments of the people in our little corner of the blogosphere! That is what Nice Job Badges are for, after all. So many of you have spurred our desire for crafting excellent blog posts, and we couldn’t have done it without the constant support of our community. From commenters to contributors to Twitter aficionados, it has been a pleasure interacting with each and every one of you.

But sometimes we want to do more than give a nod to great posts during the week. Sometimes we want to do something really big! Normal Happenings started on February 26, 2018, and we can’t think of a better way to celebrate our birthday than celebrating the year’s best of the best. Therefore on February 26, 2019, we will be doing the first annual Normal Happenings Blog Awards!

Here are the categories:

  • 2018’s Best Overall Blogger!
  • 2018’s Best Solo Blog Post!
  • 2018’s Most Creative Blog Post!
  • 2018’s Best Collaboration!
  • 2018’s Kindest Blogger!

Catchy, right? In my estimation, they exemplify the best qualities of blogs and their bloggers, and they deserve recognition of their hard work. Megan from A Geeky Gal has once again graciously volunteered to design some big, fancy badges to commemorate the winners.

This is going to be a collaborative effort. You see, we need your help determining the winners. If you’re like us, certain blog posts from the year have stuck in our memory, defining our life’s journey in some small way. We would like to know what those are for you, so we need your nominations. All nominations will be listed in the awards post, and you will receive a shout-out for your picks!

There are three ways to nominate:

  • The best way is to use the nifty nomination contact form affixed to this post.
  • You can also send Normal Happenings a message on Twitter.
  • If you’d like, you can send us a DM on Instagram.

Please be sure to include the category of your nomination, as well as the needed URL’s so we can read them. Feel free to add why you picked your selections, if you wish. Oh and…

  • Please don’t nominate yourself (or any guest post on your own site).
  • Please don’t nominate any links specifically on Normal Happenings, but feel free to nominate any blogger you like!
  • This is a bit awkward, but please don’t nominate Nikki or me.

I know, I know, that eliminates some good stuff, but I think it’s a good policy.

After compiling all of the nominations, which we will do on February 9, 2019, we will seed the results based on how many nominations they received. If there is a clear and decisive winner, I won’t worry about running a poll and go ahead and slot the winner for the award. If it is remotely close, I will run a series of two-option Twitter polls in a type of bracket format. While Normal Happenings will ultimately pick the winner, there is a very good chance it will be the winner of those polls. Therefore, we highly recommend following us on Twitter so you can be a part of the selection process!

On February 26, 2019 we will announce the winners in a big post! So we hope you are looking forward to this big event! With that, let’s get to nominating!

Reminder of the categories:

  • 2018’s Best Overall Blogger!
  • 2018’s Best Solo Blog Post!
  • 2018’s Most Creative Blog Post!
  • 2018’s Best Collaboration!
  • 2018’s Kindest Blogger!

Nice Job Badges | January 11


  • Posts from around the blogosphere worthy of a “Nice Job!”
  • If you win one, feel free to add it to your post/site with a pingback.
  • In no particular order — they’re all great!

Nice Job Badges

Vol. 2, No. 2 | Prev · Next

Greetings everyone, we hope you’re enjoying the second Friday of the year! Of course, here in St. Louis, we’re on the eve of a major league snowstorm, so we hope it’s nice, sunny, and warm wherever you are. Anyway, let’s kick off the weekend with some Nice Job Badges!

My Personal Life in 2018: It Was The Worst Of Times | Matt Doyle Media

“Objectively speaking, 2018 was the worst year of my life. For all the positives that have cropped up during my creative endeavors, the bad far outweighs it all.”

This is a tough one to start out with. It’s regretful to hear about all of the challenges Matt Doyle and his family have gone through in 2018. Of course as expected it’s a wonderfully written post, but he also deserves a “nice job” for sticking with things, especially creative, when life is hard. Everyone should swing by and leave an encouraging remark. Here’s hoping your 2019 bodes much better for you, Matt!

Home Button’s 2018 Random Awards | Home Button

“Now that I’ve thrown out my Top Ten Games of 2018, I thought it would be fun to throw out other random awards that are relevant to 2018. All of these are just off the top of my head, and will have no overarching rhyme or reason in their choice.”

I admit, this post got a Nice Job Badge for one particular reason: I love the idea of random award categories. Think the Dundee awards in The Office (U.S.). While not completely arbitrary, Daniel also provides a lit of unique video games you should get your hand on if you finds yourself with time to play. Well, except for the “worst game he played in 2018,” which you might should consider skipping.

First Games | AmbiGaming

“Kirby was my first game that was really mine, if you don’t count the creepy Sesame Street game or M.C. Kids. At any rate, I am sure I used to drive my dad nuts when I would play Kirby because I loved the high-pitched trill Kirby made when trying to inhale an enemy.
…and may have imitated it once or twice.”

Long-time followers of Normal Happenings will pick up on why this post got selected quite quickly. Kirby’s Adventure is the first game I ever played, and to see it on this amazing blogger’s list was so satisfying. I, too, attempted to imitate Kirby’s high-pitched inhale squeal.

📣 squeeeeee ee ee eeeeee ee ee eeeeee…

Stay a minute longer | The Rendezvous Club

“Stay, stay a minute longer
I know you’ve got places to be
But my secrets can’t be held back any longer
And my hands don’t like staying cold either”

It takes a lot to get me to emotionally react to poetry, but Thought For Change always has a knack for making me do just that. If I had to sum up this poem in one word, it would be “yearning.” Instead of providing a review, however, who don’t you go check out this brilliant blogger’s piece for yourself. And be sure to follow while you’re there. They’ve always been kind and encouraging to Normal Happenings, and deserve all the recognition in the world.

Create Your Own Conspiracy Theory | McWritestuff

“Are you bored by the truth? Do people always correct your misconceptions with facts? Do you wish there was a way to make up a lie too outrageous to disprove? If that’s the case, then you have been selected by the twelve Alien races to create your very own conspiracy theory!”

Let’s end today’s awards with a brilliant little comedy piece by Twitter savant McWritestuff, who I believe is making his first appearance on the Nice Job Badges list. Apparently, you’re not supposed to but tinfoil when crafting a conspiracy theory, so now what am I supposed to do with the five packages at home? Learn some recipes, I guess. Anyway, so give this wonderfully comedic blogger a follow.

And thus concludes this week’s Nice Job Badges. I trust I’m doing a better job this year of keeping these posts nice and concise. You have no idea how hard it is for me to avoid composing a 2,000 word treatise on the inherent —

No Matt, you must not ramble.

Did I miss any amazing posts deserving of a Nice Job Badge? Let us know in the comments, and we’re happy to put them in the running for next week. And, of course, you can submit Nice Job Badge nominations any time you want on Twitter. You’ll get a shout-out for any posts that get selected for badges. As always, have a great week, and keep on doing a Nice Job at life!

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